Hernandez to play in Futures Game
Young outfielder to represent Braves on the World team
TORONTO -- When the Braves announced they had traded Edgar Renteria to the Tigers in October, there wasn't a lot known about the players they were getting in return. But since then, Jair Jurrjens and Gorkys Hernandez have proven they both could have bright futures in Atlanta.
Jurrjens has been one of the National League's top rookie pitchers this year and Hernandez has had little trouble while playing for Class A Myrtle Beach in the South Atlantic League. The 20-year-old outfielder's success has earned him the opportunity to be showcased with many of the game's other top young stars in this year's Futures Game.
Hernandez learned Thursday that he'll be part of the World team during this year's Futures Game, which will be held in conjunction with All-Star festivities at Yankee Stadium on July 13. The game is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN 2.
Entering Friday, Hernandez was hitting .318 with four homers, 24 RBIs and seven stolen bases in eight attempts. In his first full professional season last year, the Venezuelan prospect was successful with 54 of his 65 stolen base attempts. His numbers are down this year because he missed nearly a month with a hamstring injury.
Joining Hernandez as selections on this year's World team are former Braves prospects Elvis Andrus and Max Ramirez, who are both currently in the Rangers organization.
Andrus, a 19-year-old shortstop who was included in last year's Mark Teixeira trade, has hit .276 in 19 games with Double-A Frisco this year. Ramirez, a 23-year-old catcher who was dealt to the Indians in exchange for Bob Wickman two years ago, homered in his Major League debut for the Rangers on Wednesday.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.