Halfway through their respective breakout seasons, Trenton Thunder catcher/infielder/outfielder Peter O’Brien and Tampa Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino were tabbed on Tuesday as the New York Yankees’ two representatives for the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.
The Futures Game, which will be played at Target Field in Minneapolis on the Sunday before the MLB All-Star Game, features some of the top prospects from the United States pitted against top organizational stars from around the world.
O’Brien began the year in Tampa, dominating the Florida State League before a mid-May promotion to Trenton. Since joining the Thunder, O’Brien has destroyed Eastern League pitching, earning comparisons to former Yankee great Reggie Jackson along the way. O’Brien has a combined .266 batting average between Tampa and Trenton, and his 25 home runs are the third most in Minor League Baseball. With the home run power that O’Brien has shown this season, it appears likely that the former second-round draft choice will be a lock to break into the Yankees’ top ten ranked prospects in Baseball America’s midseason update.
Severino has spent the majority of his season with the Class-A Charleston RiverDogs before earning a recent promotion to High-A Tampa. Over 14 starts with Charleston, Severino compiled a 3-2 record and a 2.79 ERA. He struck out 70 hitters in 67 2/3 innings pitched. In his only start with Tampa, Severino took a loss after allowing three runs in 4 2/3 innings pitched, though he struck out eight batters. Rated as the ninth-best prospect in the New York Yankees farm system by Baseball America before the season, Severino’s solid showing with the RiverDogs may spring him even higher up their midseason list.