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06/22/2007 6:28 PM ET
Geovany Soto Selected to XM All-Star Futures Game


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Geovany Soto was selected to the XM All-Star Futures Game Thursday.  It is the first time an Iowa Cub has participated since Hee Sop Choi in 2002 in the same year he earned the Chicago Cubs Minor League Player of the Year Award.  Major League Baseball issued the following release:


Rosters for the ninth annual XM All-Star Futures Game were Thursday today by Major League Baseball,, Minor League Baseball and Baseball America.

The XM All-Star Futures Game will feature the top Minor League prospects competing against each other as part of Taco Bell® All-Star Sunday at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Sunday, July 8th at 1:00 p.m. (PDT). XM will provide satellite radio play-by-play coverage of the XM All-Star Futures Game starting at 12:30 p.m. (PDT) (3:30 p.m. EDT) on XM 176 in addition to its other comprehensive live coverage from San Francisco. The game will be televised live on ESPN2. Taco Bell® All-Star Sunday is the first of three days of All-Star events at AT&T Park in San Francisco, culminating with the 78th All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 10th.

Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the 30 Major League Clubs, and Baseball America, selected the 25-man rosters for each club, the U.S. Team and the World Team. Each Major League organization is represented and the World Team features players from 11 different countries and territories. Players from all full-season Minor Leagues were eligible to participate.

The XM All-Star Futures Game will end after seven innings, regardless of the score. Players and coaches will be outfitted in special XM All-Star Futures Game jerseys and will wear the caps of their Major League organization with an XM All-Star Futures Game logo embroidered on the side. Four Minor League umpires will work the game: David Rackley (home plate) of the Texas League, John Brammer (first base) of the Texas League, Jason Bradley (second base) of the Southern League and Francis Burke (third base) of the Eastern League. This is the third year that XM, the official satellite radio network of Major League Baseball, has sponsored the game.

Hall of Famers Juan Marichal and Dave Winfield will manage the World Team and U.S. Team, respectively. Marichal was a nine-time N.L. All-Star and won the 1965 Midsummer Classic Most Valuable Player Award. Winfield was a member of 12 consecutive All-Star teams from 1977-88 with the San Diego Padres and the New York Yankees. Coaches for the World and U.S. Team are as follows:

World Team
Dave Anderson Manager, Frisco RoughRiders Texas Rangers Texas League/AA
Tim Bogar Manager, Akron Aeros Cleveland Indians Eastern League/AA
Tony DeFrancesco Manager, Sacramento River Cats Oakland Athletics Pacific Coast League/AAA
Trent Jewett Manager, Indianapolis Indians Pittsburgh Pirates International League/AAA
John Shoemaker Manager, Jacksonville Suns Los Angeles Dodgers Southern League/AA
Guy Hansen Pitching Coach, Richmond Braves Atlanta Braves International League/AAA
U.S. Team
Dave Brundage Manager, Richmond Braves Atlanta Braves International League/AAA
Tony Franklin Manager, Trenton Thunder New York Yankees Eastern League/AA
Frank Kremblas Manager, Nashville Sounds Milwaukee Brewers Pacific Coast/AA
Don Money Manager, Huntsville Stars Milwaukee Brewers Southern League/AA
Todd Steverson Manager, Midland RockHounds Oakland Athletics Texas League/AA
Stan Kyles Pitching Coach, Nashville Sounds Milwaukee Brewers Pacific Coast League/AAA

Thirty-one players have competed in both the XM All-Star Futures Game and the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Those players are:

Players from 1999-2006 Futures Games Currently on Major League Rosters:

Player Current Team Position All-Star Game Futures Game
Lance Berkman Astros INF 2001-02, 2004 1999
Hank Blalock Rangers INF 2003-04 2001
Mark Buehrle White Sox P 2002, 2005 2000
Miguel Cabrera Marlins INF 2004 2001-02
Robinson Cano Yankees INF 2006 2003-04
Francisco Cordero Brewers P 2004 1999
Carl Crawford Devil Rays OF 2004 2002
Adam Dunn Reds OF 2002 2001
Rafael Furcal Dodgers INF 2003 1999
Marcus Giles Padres INF 2003 2000
Ryan Howard Phillies INF 2006 2003
Francisco Liriano Twins P 2006 2002, 2005
Jose Lopez Mariners INF 2006 2002
Felipe Lopez Nationals INF 2005 2000-01
Victor Martinez Indians C 2004 2002
Joe Mauer Twins C 2006 2003
Mark Mulder Cardinals P 2003-04 1999
Brad Penny Dodgers P 2006 1999
Aramis Ramirez Cubs INF 2005 1999
Jose Reyes Mets INF 2006 2002
Alex Rios Blue Jays OF 2006 2003
Francisco Rodriguez Angels P 2004 2002
B.J. Ryan Blue Jays P 2005 1999
C.C. Sabathia Indians P 2003-04 2000
Ben Sheets Brewers P 2001, 2004 2000
Grady Sizemore Indians OF 2006 2003
Alfonso Soriano Cubs OF 2002-05 1999
Chase Utley Phillies INF 2006 2001
Vernon Wells Blue Jays OF 2003 1999-2000
David Wright Mets INF 2006 2004
Barry Zito Giants P 2002-03 2000

There are currently 122 players from the first eight XM All-Star Futures Games in the Major Leagues:

Players from 1999-2006 Futures Games Currently on Major League Rosters:

Player, Position Years Current Team      
Josh Barfield, inf 2003, 2005 Indians Conor Jackson, 1b 2004-05 D-backs
Josh Beckett, rhp 2000 Red Sox Howie Kendrick, inf 2006 Angels
Lance Berkman, 1b 1999 Astros Matt Lindstrom, rhp 2006 Marlins
**Hank Blalock, 3b 2001 Rangers Hunter Pence, of 2006 Astros
Joe Blanton, rhp 2004 Athletics Troy Tulowitzki, inf 2006 Rockies
Joe Borchard, of 2001-02 Marlins **Nick Johnson, 1b 1999, 2001 Nationals
Russell Branyan, 3b 1999 Padres Adam Kennedy, 2b 1999 Cardinals
John Buck, c 2002 Royals Jason Kubel, of 2004 Twins
Travis Buck, of 2006 Athletics Adam LaRoche, 1b 2003 Pirates
Mark Buehrle, lhp 2000 White Sox Paul Maholm, lhp 2005 Pirates
*A.J. Burnett, lhp 1999 Blue Jays Joe Mauer, c 2003 Twins
Pat Burrell, of 1999 Phillies **Dallas McPherson, 3b 2004 Angels
Matt Cain, rhp 2004 Giants *Mark Mulder, lhp 1999 Cardinals
Aaron Cook, rhp 2002 Rockies *Brett Myers, rhp 2001-02 Phillies
Carl Crawford, of 2002 Devil Rays *Lyle Overbay, 1b 2002 Blue Jays
Michael Cuddyer, inf 1999 Twins Corey Patterson, of 1999-2000 Orioles
Stephen Drew, inf 2006 D-backs Brad Penny, rhp 1999 Dodgers
Adam Dunn, of 2001 Reds Brandon Phillips, inf 2002 Reds
Prince Fielder, 1b 2004 Brewers **B.J. Ryan, lhp 1999 Blue Jays
Kevin Frandsen, 2b 2005 Giants C.C. Sabathia, lhp 2000 Indians
Marcus Giles, 2b 2000 Padres Ben Sheets, rhp 2000 Brewers
Adrian Gonzalez, 1b 2001 Padres Grady Sizemore, of 2003 Indians
Alex Gordon, 3b 2006 Royals Brad Thompson, rhp 2004 Cardinals
Tom Gorzelanny, lhp 2006 Pirates Chad Tracy, 3b 2002-03 D-backs
Khalil Greene, ss 2003 Padres Chase Utley, 2b 2001 Phillies
Zack Greinke, rhp 2003 Royals Justin Verlander, rhp 2005 Tigers
Jason Grilli, rhp 1999 Tigers Adam Wainwright, rhp 2002 Cardinals
Bill Hall, inf 2002 Brewers Rickie Weeks, 2b 2004 Brewers
Toby Hall, c 2001 White Sox Kip Wells, rhp 1999 Cardinals
J.J. Hardy, inf 2003 Brewers Vernon Wells, of 1999-2000 Blue Jays
Corey Hart, of 2002 Brewers Brad Wilkerson, 1b 2000 Rangers
Jeremy Hermida, of 2005 Marlins David Wright, 3b 2004 Mets
Aaron Hill, inf 2004 Blue Jays Kevin Youkilis, 1b 2003 Red Sox
Jason Hirsh, rhp 2006 Rockies Barry Zito, lhp 2000 Giants
Orlando Hudson, 2b 2002 D-backs      
**Philip Hughes, rhp 2006 Yankees      

Player, Position Years Current Team      
Alfredo Amezaga, of 2001 Marlins Felipe Lopez, ss 2000-01 Nationals
**Joaquin Arias, ss 2006 Rangers Omar Infante, inf 2002 Tigers
Tony Armas, Jr, rhp 1999 Pirates Wilfredo Ledezma, lhp 2004 Braves
*Danys Baez, rhp 2000 Orioles Jose Lopez, 2b 2002 Mariners
Jose Bautista, 3b 2005 Pirates Russell Martin, c 2005 Dodgers
Erik Bedard, lhp 2001-02 Orioles Victor Martinez, c 2002 Indians
Yuniesky Betancourt, ss 2005 Mariners *Scott Mathieson, rhp 2005 Phillies
Wilson Betemit, 3b 2001 Dodgers Justin Morneau, 1b 2002, 2004 Twins
Miguel Cabrera, 3b 2001-02 Marlins Miguel Olivo, c 2000 Marlins
Robinson Cano, 2b 2003-04 Yankees Ramon Ortiz, rhp 1999 Twins
Fausto Carmona, rhp 2004-05 Indians **Pablo Ozuna, inf 1999 White Sox
Jose Castillo, 2b 2003 Pirates Willy Mo Pena, of 2001-02 Red Sox
Ramon Castro, c 2000 Mets Joel Piñeiro, rhp 2001 Red Sox
Francisco Cordero, rhp 1999 Brewers *Aramis Ramirez, 3b 1999 Cubs
Juan Cruz, rhp 2001 D-backs Jose Reyes, ss 2002 Mets
Jorge De La Rosa, lhp 2002-2003 Royals Alex Rios, of 2001 Blue Jays
Edwin Encarnacion, 3b 2003-05 Reds **Juan Rivera, of 2001 Angels
*Alex Escobar, of 2000 Nationals Francisco Rodriguez, rhp 2002 Angels
Jeff Francis, lhp 2004 Rockies **Davis Romero, lhp 2006 Blue Jays
Rafael Furcal, ss 1999 Dodgers Jae Kuk Ryu, rhp 2006 Blue Jays
**Jose Garcia, rhp 2006 Marlins Carlos Silva, rhp 2000 Twins
Ruben Gotay, inf 2004 Mets Alfonso Soriano, of 1999 Cubs
Franklin Gutierrez, of 2003 Indians Willy Taveras, of 2004 Rockies
*Rich Harden, rhp 2004 Athletics *Chin-hui Tsao, rhp 2000, 2003 Dodgers
*Shawn Hill, rhp 2003 Nationals Jose Valverde, rhp 2001 D-backs
**Francisco Liriano, lhp 2002, 2005 Twins Chien-Ming Wang, rhp 2003 Yankees
**Adam Loewen, lhp 2005 Orioles      

* - 15-day DL
** - 60-day DL