Not only will the Padres host the superstars of baseball in two weeks, but they will also give San Diego an up-close preview of their top prospects.
Chihuahuas outfielders Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe as well as infielder Carlos Asuaje will participate in the 18th SiriusXM Futures Game on Sunday, July 10 at Petco Park in San Diego.
The Futures Game is an exhibition of the top prospects at all levels in baseball, and has been part of the MLB All-Star Game since 1999. Two teams are made up of the top prospects from the United States against a team of World prospects. Renfroe will play for the U.S. Team while Margot and Asuaje will suit up for the World Team.
Manuel Margot is the Padres top prospect and will be playing in his second straight Futures Game. Margot started in center field for the World Team in 2015 in Cincinnati and went 0-for-2 at the plate. In 2016, he has played center field for the Chihuahuas exclusively as well as leading off. His 14 outfield assists lead all of Minor League Baseball, he is fifth among all Minor Leaguers with 59 runs scored, and is second in the Pacific Coast League with 22 stolen bases.
The San Diego Padres number three prospect, Hunter Renfroe, will also play in his second Futures Game. Renfroe was 1-for-2 in the 2014 Futures Game at Target Field in Minneapolis when he was at Double-A San Antonio. The Mississippi native is a former first-round pick by the Padres as the 13th overall selection in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. Renfroe currently leads the Pacific Coast League in home runs (18), and he also leads all of Minor League Baseball in extra-base hits (47).
Carlos Asuaje is ranked as the Padres number 14 prospect according to MLB.com. Asuaje was born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela but grew up in Miami, Florida. He came to the Padres organization from Boston in the offseason with Margot in a package for Craig Kimbrel. His .320 batting average is 12thin the Pacific Coast League while his 93 hits are fourth among Minor League hitters, just behind Renfroe with 102 in second place. Asuaje and Margot currently pace the PCL triples race with 7 three-baggers apiece.
The trio of Padres prospects join right-handed pitcher Colin Rea as the only players in El Paso’s Triple-A history to be selected to the Futures Game. Rea recorded the final two outs of the 2015 Futures Game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The 2016 U.S. Team will be managed by Trevor Hoffman (Padres senior advisor, baseball operations) while the World Team will be instructed by Moises Alou (Padres special assistant, player development). A pair of Padres minor league instructors who have passed through El Paso so far this season, Mark Prior and Luis Ortiz, will serve as additional field staff under Hoffman and Alou respectively.
First pitch for the 2016 Futures Game is set for 5 PM Mountain Time (4 PM Pacific) and can be seen on MLB Network. Complete Futures Game rosters can be found here.