High 5, kid. You're Futures Game bound. (Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE)
The Futures Game is played the Sunday before the All Star Break and features some of the top prospects in the minor leagues. There are two teams, the U.S. and the World, and it's played like an All Star Game, but with players not currently in the major leagues. The selections came out today and Rymer Lirano, OF for the Lake Elsinore Storm and the Padres #3 overall prospect according to minorleageball.com, and Yasmani Grandal, C for the Tucson Padres and the Padres #2 overall prospect according to minorleageball.com, will represent the Padres. Both players will play for the world team with Grandal being Cuban born and Liriano hailing from the Dominican Republic.
Once upon a time, as recent as 2007, the Padres didn't get quality representatives in the Futures Game. The representatives that year was Craig Stansberry. An infielder the Padres picked up off of waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates. That was followed up by Wil Inman, the top prospect in the 2007 Scott Linebrink trade, in the 2008 game, which was a little better. Since then the Padres have had Mat Latos and Luis Durango in 2009, Simon Castro and Drew Cumberland in 2010 and James Darnell in 2011. If you go back before 2007 you get names like Sean Burroughs, Josh Barfield, Khalil Greene, George Kottaras, Brad Baker and Tim Stauffer as Padres representatives. Some players from this year's team as well as some Padres prospects were once Futures Games participants while with other organizations. Cameron Maybin, Yonder Alonso, Edinson Volquez, Casey Kelly, Jeremy Hermida, Orlando Hudson and Jesus Guzman all have played in at least one of the Futures Games.