While some in the baseball world have been clamoring for Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig to make the All-Star Game, his former Double-A Chattanooga outfield teammate already has a trip scheduled for Citi Field in New York. Joc Pederson will be the Dodgers' lone representative in the 2013 Futures Game, to be held on Sunday, July 14.
Pederson is one of 25 players currently on the U.S. roster. The 21-year-old outfielder is hitting .296/.383/.500 with 11 home runs and 17 doubles in 75 games for the Lookouts. Pederson has scored 53 runs, driven in 34 and has stolen 21 bases in 24 attempts.
Rosters for the Futures Game were determined by Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 MLB clubs. This year for the first time fans can vote for the final player on each team, similar to the Final Vote for the MLB All-Star Game.
The five candidates for the final roster spot on the U.S. team are outfielder Tyler Austin (Yankees), outfielder Nick Castellanos (Tigers), third baseman Gerin Cecchini (Red Sox), outfielder Courtney Hawkins (White Sox) and outfielder Brandon Nimmo (Mets).
The five candidates for the final roster spot on the World team are shortstop Javier Baez (Cubs), first baseman Ji-Man Choi (Mariners), shortstop Carlos Correa (Astros), third baseman Renato Nunez (Athletics) and second baseman Rougned Odor (Rangers).
The futures game will be played on July 14 at 11 a.m. PT and will be televised on ESPN2 and available to watch online at MLB.com. The game is planned for nine innings and will last no more than 10 innings, even if tied.
On that same day at Dodger Stadium, the first 40,000 fans will receive a Puig t-shirt.