Jun 4, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; The Milwaukee Brewers play the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Twins win 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
16th Annual All-Stars Futures Game — U.S. vs. World: 5 p.m. ET
Target Field — Minneapolis, MN
TV: MLB Network
Radio: XM 89, Sirius 209
Weather: 75 degrees, partly cloudy
The official kick-off to the 2014 MLB All-Star Game comes this afternoon from Target Field in Minneapolis as the top prospects throughout baseball meet up in the 16th Annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. The format pits U.S. born players against those hailing from outside the borders of America.
Representing the Detroit Tigers on the U.S. roster is Jake Thompson, a right handed pitcher drafted by the team in the second round of the 2012 draft.
Thompson, a Heath, Texas-native, has progressed through the low minor league levels. He’s spent time in rookie ball in 2012, West Michigan in 2013, and in the high A-ball level at Lakeland this season.
Through three seasons, he has accumulated a 10-9 record with 2.96 ERA and a WHIP of 1.207. This season for the Flying Tigers, Thompson has compiled a 6-4 record with 3.14 ERA with 79 strikeouts in 83 innings.
He was ranked third on the Tigers’ prospect list heading into the 2014 season.
Steven Moya. Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
A top 20 prospect according to MLB.com, Moya has been in the Tigers’ organization since signing as an international free agent in 2009. Injuries derailed the 22-year old’s early career and caused inconsistency until he started turning heads with his play in Lakeland last year.
A Puerto Rico native playing on the World squad, Moya received early action in Spring Training with the Tigers this season, hitting .333 in 13 games before being assigned to AA-Erie.
With the SeaWolves, Moya struggled early but has come on recently and has posted very nice power numbers, with 22 homers in 89 games. He’s also raised his batting average to .265 (19 points higher than his career average) and has boosted his OPS to .835. Strikeouts figure to be the outfielder’s Achilles heel as he’s already fanned 100 times this year.
For a look at the full list of prospects taking part in this year’s game, click here.