Yanks well represented at Futures Game
Catcher Romine will join righty Noesi in Anaheim on July 11
PHOENIX -- Yankees Double-A prospects Austin Romine and Hector Noesi have been tabbed to participate in the 12th annual XM All-Star Futures Game, to be played on July 11 at 6 p.m. ET at Angel Stadium.
Romine, 21, is considered one of the Yankees' top catching prospects and was ranked by Baseball America as the Yankees' No. 2 prospect entering the 2010 season. He will play for the USA team.
The 12th annual Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on XM 175. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game.
A second-round selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, Romine was hitting .283 with three home runs and 34 RBIs for Double-A Trenton at the time of the announcement.
Romine was the Florida State League "Hitter of the Year" in 2009 while playing for Class A Tampa and said during Spring Training this year that he was looking forward to continuing his development at the higher levels.
"You can always hit higher," said Romine, who batted .276 for Tampa in 2009. "I always shoot for about .300 -- it's a big mark. I also want to control the staff in Double-A and build upon those relationships. Everything kind of flowed, and I liked that."
Noesi, 23, will represent the World team. The right-hander was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Yankees in 2004 and was 3-1 with a 2.31 ERA through five starts at Double-A Trenton, having earlier posted a 5-2 record with a 2.72 ERA in eight starts for Tampa this season.
Noesi entered the 2010 season averaging 8.54 strikeouts and just 1.55 walks per nine innings in his professional career, impressive ratios that he has kept in his arsenal this season, having struck out 82 and walked 11 in 78 innings between the two levels.
Earlier this season, the 6-foot-2, 175-pound hurler was named the Eastern League's Pitcher of the Week for the period ending June 6.
Taco Bell All-Star Sunday is the first of three days of All-Star events at Angel Stadium, culminating with the 81st All-Star Game on July 13.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.