Mets sending pair of prospects to Futures Game
Hurler Harvey picked for US club; third baseman Marte is on World
NEW YORK -- A pair of Mets prospects will represent the club at the 2011 XM Futures Game in Phoenix next month.
Right-hander Matt Harvey, recently promoted to Double-A Binghamton, will play for the U.S. team and Class A Advanced St. Lucie third baseman Jefry Marte will suit up for the World squad. The game will be played at 6 p.m. ET on July 10 at Chase Field as part of Taco Bell All-Star Sunday. Rosters for both squads were announced on Thursday.
Major League Baseball, along 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.
Ranked the Mets' No. 2 prospect by MLB.com, Harvey got off to a fast start in his first pro season since being drafted No. 7 overall in 2010. The University of North Carolina product did not allow an earned run in his first four starts in St. Lucie. He posted an 8-2 record with a 2.37 ERA in 14 starts to help St. Lucie clinch its division's first-half championship in the Florida State League.
Harvey, 22, was promoted to Binghamton on Tuesday and is expected to make his first Double-A start on Sunday. With a mid-90s mph fastball and an impressive curveball in his arsenal, Harvey has a chance to make an impact at the big league level one day.
Marte, who was born in the Dominican Republic, turned 20 on Tuesday. Despite his youth, he has been in the Mets' system since 2008. After a year at Rookie League and two at Class A Savannah, Marte advanced to Class A Advanced St. Lucie to start this season.
Marte entered Thursday batting .283 with a .357 on-base percentage and a .402 slugging percentage for St. Lucie. He was tied for third on the team with five home runs in 68 games, the highest number of games anyone at St. Lucie had played this season.
The right-handed hitter is riding a hot streak, hitting .364 with a .450 on-base percentage and a .455 slugging percentage during his past 10 games. Marte was not ranked in MLB.com's list of top 10 Mets prospects, but a strong showing at the Futures Game could get him on the radar.
The Mets have three players at the big league level who appeared in the Futures Game: third baseman David Wright, shortstop Jose Reyes and closer Francisco Rodriguez.
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. 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.
Aaron Taube is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.