Tucker, Fisher, Alvarez to Futures Game

July 9 at Marlins Park

By Corpus Christi Hooks | June 29, 2017 1:52 PM

Major League Baseball released the rosters for the 2017 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game Thursday, and three Astros are featured.

Outfielders Kyle Tucker (Corpus Christi) and Derek Fisher (Fresno) have been named to the U.S. Team roster, while outfielder Yordan Alvarez (Buies Creek) will represent Houston as a member of the World Team.

The Astros are one of four organizations with three players named to the 2017 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, along with the Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago White Sox, and Milwaukee Brewers.

Tucker, 20, is ranked by MLB.com as the Astros No. 2 prospect and has enjoyed great success at two minor league stops in 2017. In 73 combined games between Double-A Corpus Christi and Class A-Advanced Buies Creek, Tucker has hit .277 with 19 doubles, five triples, 15 home runs, 60 RBIs, 17 stolen bases, and an .892 OPS. The left-handed hitter is currently the second-youngest player in the Double-A Texas League, where he has clubbed seven doubles and six homers to go with an .821 OPS in his first 25 games at that level. He was selected by Houston with the fifth overall pick in the first round of the 2015 draft.

Fisher, 23, has had a tremendous season at Fresno, where he was recently named a 2017 Triple-A All-Star. In 67 games with the Grizzlies, Fisher has batted .313 with 20 doubles, one triple, 17 home runs, 50 RBIs, 13 stolen bases, and a .957 OPS. Ranked by MLB.com as the Astros No. 4 prospect, Fisher had a strong five-game showing at the Major League level with Houston earlier this month, as he batted .278 with two home runs, three RBIs and a .992 OPS in five left field starts. Fisher was selected by the Astros with the 37th overall pick in the 2014 draft out of the University of Virginia.

Alvarez, 20, has been one of the hottest-hitting prospects in the minors since making his 2017 debut last month. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound left-handed hitter batted .360 with six doubles, nine home runs, 33 RBIs, and a 1.125 OPS in 32 games at Class A Quad Cities and was named a 2017 Midwest League All-Star. Last week, Alvarez was promoted to Class A-Advanced Buies Creek, where he homered in his first game. Alvarez was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers last season in exchange for right-handed pitcher Josh Fields on Aug. 1.

This marks the second time in club history the Astros have had three players selected to the Futures Game, as Carlos Correa, Delino DeShields, and George Springer all represented the Astros at the 2013 Futures Game.

The Futures Game began in 1999, and since then the Astros have had many notable players participate. Last year, Alex Bregman had three hits and fell a home run shy of the cycle, while Joe Musgrove threw a perfect first inning as the starting pitcher for the U.S. Current Astros players who were also Futures Game participants include Jose Altuve (2011) and Michael Feliz (2014).

The 2017 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will be played on Sunday, July 9 at 3:00 p.m. CT at Marlins Park.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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