This week the MLB announced the selections for the 2014 MLB All-Star Future's Game. To be selected to play in this game is an honor as you are seen as one of the most talented prospects in the Minor Leagues and among the best in your team's organization. Selected to represent the New York Yankees' Organization is Former Tampa Yankee Catcher Pete O'Brien and current and also newcomer Tampa Yankee RHP Luis Severino. Although both will represent the New York Yankees' Organization in the Future's Game, Severino will play on the Dominican Republic Team and O'Brien will be playing on the United States Team.
Pete O'Brien was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 2012 MLB Draft in the second round while playing at the University of Miami. The Florida native was promoted to the Tampa Yankees in 2012 and even began the 2014 season playing in Tampa as well. This season in Tampa, O'Brien had a batting average of .321 along with ten homeruns and nineteen RBIS in the thirty games he appeared in. O'Brien was then promoted to Double-A Trenton Thunder in early May and has continued his homerun hitting success since. Though he has only maintained a .228 batting average, he already has 15 additional homeruns and 35 more RBIs, giving him a season total of 25 homers and 54 RBI; which is one of the best in the entire minor leagues. There is already speculation of a possible Major League promotion for O'Brien as the New York Yankees could use some homerun hitting power. However, one question does remain: What position would O'Brien play if he did receive a promotion. The Yanks are stocked in the catching position and O'Brien has been making appearances in both the infield and outfield.
Right Luis Severino was also selected to play in the Future's Game, a newcomer to the Tampa Yankees, he was signed by the New York Yankees in July of 2012. He began the 2014 season with the Charleston RiverDogs before his promotion to Tampa. While in Charleston he had a 3-2 record with a 2.79 ERA in the fourteen games he started. Severino has made just one appearance with the Tampa Yankees since being promoted last week as he struck out eight batters in just four and two thirds innings; however being charged with the loss. Severino will make his second start on Wednesday at Bright House Field against the Clearwater Threshers.
The Sixteenth Annual Future's Game will be held at the home of the Minnesota Twins, Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Sunday, July 13, 2014.