Two Cubs prospects to play in Futures Game
Jackson, Lee will represent US, World teams, respectively
SEATTLE -- The Cubs' future is bright, and two big parts of it will shine in front of the entire baseball community during the 12th annual XM Futures Game.
The 25-man rosters for the U.S. and World teams in the game, which will be part of Taco Bell All-Star Sunday on July 11, 2010, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, were announced Tuesday -- and there's a Cubs prospect on each club, with outfielder Brett Jackson set to play for the U.S. team and shortstop Hak-Ju Lee selected for the World roster.
All-Star Sunday is the first of three days of All-Star events at the Angels' home park, culminating with the 81st All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 13.
The Futures game will can be broadcast live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on XM 175. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game.
Jackson, who will turn 22 on Aug. 2, was the 31st player taken overall in last year's First-Year Player Draft. After a sterling career at Cal-Berkeley, Jackson was ranked as the second-best overall athlete among all available college players in the 2009 Draft class by Baseball America and was named to the 2009 all Pac-10 team after hitting .321 with eight homers, 17 doubles and 41 RBIs in his junior season.
Playing for Class A Daytona, Jackson was batting .298 through Tuesday's action with four home runs, 34 RBIs, 12 stolen bases, a .405 on-base percentage, a .469 slugging percentage and seven triples.
Lee, who will turn 20 in November, was signed as a non-drafted free agent in March 29, 2008, out of South Korea by scout Steve Wilson. Through Tuesday, the left-handed hitter was batting .271 with 20 RBIs, 17 stolen bases and 40 runs scored in 62 games for Class A Peoria.
Last year with Class A Boise, Lee led all Cubs Minor Leaguers with a .333 batting average and was a Northwest League All-Star. Prior to this year, Baseball America had him listed as the organization's sixth-best prospect.
By playing in a Futures Game, Jackson and Lee join a club that includes Aramis Ramirez (1999 World team), Alfonso Soriano (1999 World team), Geovany Soto (2007 World team), Marlon Byrd (2002 U.S. team), Koyie Hill (2004 U.S. team), Chad Tracy (2002 U.S. team), Starlin Castro (2009 World team) and Carlos Silva (2000 World team). Ramirez, Soriano and Soto went on to become Major League All-Stars.
Tracy said Jackson and Lee will remember the experience of playing in the game for a long time.
"You're in the same ballpark, same week, same entire celebration as the All-Star Game," Tracy said. "There's a buzz there and it's a lot of fun. You get to watch the All-Stars play, you get to see the Home Run Derby, take batting practice on that field.
"You feel like you're part of the action."
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.