Two to represent Rox at Futures Game
Young to play for the U.S. team, Chacin for the World
DENVER -- The Rockies arranged to give second baseman Eric Young Jr. and right-handed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin opportunities during Major League Spring Training. That's a first sign that the organization likes their potential.
Now all of baseball is demonstrating affection for the pair.
Young, who plays at Triple-A Colorado Springs, and Chacin, a leader of the Double-A Tulsa rotation, will represent the Rockies at the 11th annual XM All-Star Futures Game. Under the format, Young, son of former Major League infielder Eric Young, will represent the U.S., and Chacin, signed out of Venezuela in the Rockies' Latin America program, will represent the World.
The contest, pitting the best Minor League prospects from the United States against the best from the rest of the World, will be held at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on All-Star Sunday, July 12, at noon MT. MLB.com will provide complete coverage before, during and after the game, which can be seen live on ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on Gameday.
Here is a look at the Rockies' representatives:
Eric Young Jr., 2B, Triple-A Colorado Springs (U.S. Team)
Young entered 2009, his first in Triple-A, with a .292 batting average in his first 449 Minor League games. Triple-A isn't fazing him.
Through 66 games with the Sky Sox, Young was hitting .296 with three home runs, 15 doubles, four triples, 21 RBIs and 43 stolen bases. Young displayed athletic ability in center field during 2008 Arizona Fall Leauge action. He led the AFL with a .430 batting average and 20 steals, and hasn't slowed down since.
Young was selected in 2004 in the 30th round.
Jhoulys Chacin, RHP, Doule-A Tulsa (World Team)
The buzz about Chacin began last year, when he finished a combined 18-3 at two Class A levels. The start to this season was slow, but he's come along quickly and is 6-5 with a 2.92 ERA. In his last 10 starts, Chacin is 5-2 with a 2.29 ERA, with 59 strikeouts against 21 walks.
It's too bad for hitters that his walk totals are low, since he has been so difficult to hit. Opposing batters are hitting .202. Also, in a positive development for a pitcher in the Rockies' organization, Chacin forces 2.02 groundballs for every flyball.
Not only has Chacin been chosen for the Texas League All-Star team, but on Friday he will start for the Drillers against Springfield in what amounts to a one-game playoff for the first-half championship of the league's North Division.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.