Tri-City alum Jordan Lyles has been chosen to represent the U.S. in the 2010 All-Star Futures Game. Lyles will be the only player from the Houston organization to appear in the exhibition. The Futures Game is an annual exhibition played on All-Star Weekend featuring the top minor-league players from all full-season levels.
Lyles is one of ten pitchers on the U.S. roster. The nine-inning game pits the best American-born prospects against international players. The World team has won the last three contests.
Houston selected the 19-year-old righty out of high school in the supplemental round of the 2008 amateur draft with the 38th overall pick. Lyles has developed into one of the Astros' top prospects, shooting up the minor-league system in his teenage years.
Lyles has fanned nearly a quarter of the batters he has faced at Corpus Christi (AA) this season, racking up 85 strikeouts in 93.1 innings. He has only doled out 22 free passes, and his 2.60 ERA ranks fifth in the league among pitchers with more than ten starts. Lyles and teammates J.B. Shuck and Douglas Arguello - also former ValleyCats - were selected to the Texas League All-Star team
two weeks ago.
The righty was promoted to Tri-City late in the 2008 season after beginning his rookie season successfully at Greeneville. He only threw 5.2 innings in two starts for the ValleyCats, striking out four and allowing seven walks. Last year, Lyles posted a 3.24 ERA at Lexington, fanning 167 hitters in 144.2 innings.
Another former ValleyCat, Jason Castro, played in the Futures Game last year. Castro was called up to Houston last month.
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