BY SHANE HENNIGAN
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The New York Yankees’ top two prospects will get the chance to display their talents against some of the best up-and-comers in all of baseball.
RailRiders catcher Gary Sanchez and Tampa Yankees shortstop Jorge Mateo were selected Tuesday to represent the Yankees in the 18th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on July 10 at Petco Park in San Diego.
The game coincides with Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game festivities. Sanchez and Mateo will both play on the World Team, which will go up against Team USA.
Both teams are comprised of 25 players with every organization having at least one representative — but no more than two — in the game.
This is the second consecutive Futures Game selection for Sanchez, who Baseball America ranks as the Yankees’ second-best prospect. He joined teammate Aaron Judge in last year’s game at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati.
Sanchez, 23, entered Tuesday’s game at Syracuse hitting .277 with eight home runs, 31 RBIs, 16 doubles, 25 runs and an .813 OPS in 48 Triple-A games.
Defensively, Sanchez has committed just two errors in 43 games behind the plate and leads the International League in caught-stealing efficiency at 39 percent (9 for 23).
On May 13, he received his second big league promotion and served as the Yankees’ designated hitter in a 7-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox. He went 0 for 4 and was optioned back to the RailRiders the following day.
Mateo, who turned 21 on Thursday, is the Yankees’ No. 1 prospect. He’s played in 69 games for High-A Tampa and owns a .270 batting average with five homers, 33 RBIs, eight doubles and 24 walks, currently leads the Florida State League with 26 stolen bases and is tied for the league lead with eight triples and 45 runs scored.
On June 18, Mateo participated in the Florida State League All-Star game and went 1 for 2 with a stolen base while hitting leadoff and playing second base for the North All-Stars.
The Futures Game starts at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on MLB Network, MLB.com, SiriusXM on XM channel 89 and Sirius channel 209.
Contact the writer: firstname.lastname@example.org
@RailRidersTT on Twitter
1. Ben Gamel DH
2. Donovan Solano 3B
3. Aaron Judge RF
4. Gary Sanchez C
5. Tyler Austin 1B
6. Jake Cave CF
7. Cesar Puello LF
8. Pete Kozma 2B
9. Jonathan Diaz SS
RHP Kyle Haynes (1-3, 5.06)
Syracuse Chiefs (36-40)
1. Trea Turner CF
2. Steve Lombardozzi 3B
3. Brian Goodwin RF
4. Matt Skole 1B
5. Christopher Bostick 2B
6. Caleb Ramsey Dh
7. Pedro Severino C
8. Zach Collier LF
9. Jason Martinson SS
RHP Austin Voth (4-3, 2.99)
— The Yankees recalled RHP Conor Mullee from the RailRiders and optioned RHP Kirby Yates earlier today. Yates made his 30th appearance with the Yankees earlier this morning – yes, this morning. Following a 3-hour and 35-minute rain delay in the ninth inning, Yates relieved closer Aroldis Chapman with the Yankees holding a 6-5 lead over Texas. But he hit three batters and gave up a pair of two-run singles as the Rangers rallied for 9-6 win with the game ending at 2:44 a.m.
Yates, who was traded to the Yankees for cash in January, went 2-1 with a 5.72 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 28 1/3 big-league innings this season.
This is Mullee’s second promotion to New York and it is once again well-deserved. He’s been the RailRiders best reliever all season, going 4-0 with a 0.52 ERA, six saves and 45 strikeouts in 23 Triple-A appearances (34 1/3 innings).