DENVER -- A pair of Rockies prospects were named Thursday to the 13th annual XM All-Star Futures Game. Catcher Wilin Rosario will make his second straight appearance in the game for the World team. The Dominican Republic native, who is the No. 3-rated catching prospect and 34th overall by MLB.com, is hitting .263 with 11 home runs and 25 RBIs in 54 games for Double-A Tulsa this season. A non-drafted free-agent signee of the Rockies in 2006, Rosario may have already made his debut with the Rockies were it not for an anterior cruciate ligament injury that derailed the second half of his 2010 season.
Infielder Nolan Arenado will join Rosario in the Futures Game as a member of the U.S. Team roster. Arenado, a second-round pick of the Rockies in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, is hitting .283 with six homers and 42 RBIs in 65 games for Class A Advanced Modesto. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and right-handed pitcher Aaron Cook are the only Rockies players who have played in both the All-Star Game and the Futures Game. Chris Iannetta (2005), Matt Lindstrom (2006) and Eric Young Jr. (2009) are the other members of the Rockies roster who have played in the Futures Game. The 13th annual Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday on Taco Bell All-Star Sunday, July 10, at 4 p.m. MT. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on XM 175. MLB.com will provide complete coverage before, during and after the game, and you can keep up to date by following @MLBFutures on Twitter. Fans can join the Futures Game conversation by tagging tweets with #mlbfutures. Major League Baseball, along with with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America, USA Baseball and the 30 Major League Baseball clubs, selected the 25-man rosters for each club. Each organization is represented, and the World Team features players from 12 countries and territories. Players from all full-season Minor Leagues were eligible to participate.
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