Three Midwest League players are among the 50 minor-leaguers selected for the 2011 All-Star Futures Game.
The U.S. and World team rosters each consist of 25 players. Peoria Chiefs outfielder Matt Szczur was picked for the U.S. team. Pitchers Carlos Martinez (Quad Cities River Bandits) and James Paxton (Clinton LumberKings) were selected for the World team.
Tyler Thornburg also was picked for the U.S. team. He pitched for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers this season until being promoted today to the Advanced-A Brevard County Manatees.
Also making the cut for the World team was Charlotte Stone Crabs shortstop Hak-Ju Lee, who played for the Peoria Chiefs last season. I’m mentioning Lee because I watched the South Korea native play many times last year and was very impressed by him — especially his defensive skills. Lee was chosen for last year’s All-Star Futures Game, too.
To see the entire rosters, click here.