06/23/11 3:35 PM ET
OF Szczur to represent Cubs in Futures Game
By Alex Ruppenthal / MLB.com
Szczur, a baseball and football standout at Villanova, was selected in the fifth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. He started his professional career with a 21-game hit streak, batting .347 with 10 doubles, 10 RBIs and a .414 on-base percentage over 25 games split among the Arizona Rookie League, Low Single-A Boise and Single-A Peoria.
So far this year, Szczur is hitting .327 with five home runs, 12 doubles and 24 RBIs in 51 games for Peoria. He is one of five outfielders on the U.S. Team's roster.
Szczur, pronounced "Caesar," was a wide receiver and return specialist for Villanova, and led the Wildcats to their first NCAA Football Championship Subdivision title in 2009. In the championship game, Szczur accumulated 270 all-purpose yards and was named Most Outstanding Player.
Szczur, 21, decided to give up football in January, when he signed with the Cubs. He is ranked as the No. 8 Cubs' prospect by MLB.com.
Eight current Cubs played in past Futures Games: Marlon Byrd (2002), Starlin Castro (2009), Koyie Hill (2004), Lou Montanez (2005), Carlos Pena (2000, 2001), Aramis Ramirez (1999), Alfonso Soriano (1999) and Geovany Soto (2007).
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 5 p.m. CT. 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.
Alex Ruppenthal is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.