Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Twins prospects Berrios, Vargas picked to Futures Game

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB Updated: June 24, 2014 - 6:09 PM

    J.O. Berrios may be only 20 and one of the youngest players in next month's Futures Game at Target Field, but he doesn't figure to be overwhelmed by the chance to represent his franchise in a big-league setting. After all, he's already represented his homeland in the World Baseball Classic.

    Berrios, who has posted a 2.05 ERA in 14 starts this season for Class A Fort Myers, is one of two members of the Twins organization to be selected for the July 13 Futures Game, which pits the best American prospects against a team of international prospects. New Britain first baseman Kennys Vargas, like Berrios a Puerto Rican, will be Berrios' teammate on the international team. Vargas is hitting .318 with 14 home runs and 57 RBIs for the Class AA Rock Cats this season.

    Berrios, a righthanded pitcher from Puerto Rico selected with the 32nd pick in the 2012 draft, has climbed quickly through the Twins' system. He struck out 100 batters in just 103 innings at Cedar Rapids last summer, and has 98 already this year at Fort Myers, in 83 1/3 innings. He also pitched twice for the Puerto Rican team in the 2013 WBC, allowing four runs over two innings.

    No Twins prospect was selected for the USA team. Last season, the Twins were represented by third baseman Miguel Sano and outfielder Byron Buxton at the Futures Game at Citi Field in New York. Both players have been injured all season this year, however.

    Though Sano and Buxton have not been to the major leagues yet, 22 participants in the 2013 Future Game, won by Team USA 4-2, have. Team USA has a 9-6 record in the Futures Game, and has won the last four in a row.

Here is the complete Team USA roster for the 2014 Futures Game:

 

RHP Christian Binford,  KC

RHP Lucas Giolito, Wash

LHP Marco Gonzales, StL

RHP Hunter Harvey, Balt

LHP Daniel Norris, Tor

LHP Henry Owens, Bos

RHP Braden Shipley, Ariz

RHP Robert Stephenson, Cin

RHP Noah Synergaard, NYM

RHP Jake Thompson, Det

 

RF Josh Bell, Pit

2B Mookie Betts, Bos

3B Kris Bryant, ChC

SS J.P Crawford, Phil

3B Joey Gallo, Tex

2B Micah Johnson, CWS

C Peter O'Brien, NYY

C Justin O'Conner, TB

3B D.J. Peterson, Sea

C Kevin Plawecki, NYM

CF James Ramsey, StL

RF Hunter Renfroe, SD

SS Corey Seager, LAD

RF Michael Taylor, Wash

LF Jesse Winker, Cin

 

Here is the complete World Team roster for the 2014 Futures Game:

 

RHP Alfonso Alcantara, LAA

RHP J.O. Berrios, Min

LHP Edwin Escobar, SF

RHP Domingo German, Mia

RHP Tayron Guerrero, SD

RHP Jorge Lopez, Mil

RHP Francellis Montas, CWS

LHP Enny Romero, TB

RHP Luis Severino, NYY

LHP Julio Urias, LAD

 

C Jorge Alfaro, Tex

CF Dariel Alvarez, Balt

SS Javier Baez, ChC

C Christaian Bethancourt, Atl

SS Carlos Correa, Hou

1B/3B Maikel Franco, Phi

RF Gabriel Guerrero, Sea

SS/3B Rosell Herrera, Col

SS Francisco Lindor, Cle

RF/LF Steven Moya, Det

3B Renato Nunez, Oak

2B Jose Peraza, Atl

CF Dalton Pompey, Tor

RF Domingo Santana, Hou

1B Kennys Vargas, Min

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