Mets prospects RHP Zack Wheeler and IF Wilmer Flores were selected to represent the club in the 14th annual Minor League exhibition game to be held during the All-Star Game festivities in Kansas City. This will be the rare second appearance for both players (Wheeler in '10, Flores in '09).
Wheeler has been nothing short of sensational in this his debut season for Double-A Binghamton. The 22-yr old is currently 6-3 with a 1.88 ERA in a dozen starts, including 73 strikeouts in 71 innings pitched. As the league's sixth youngest pitcher he is top three in ERA, WHIP (1.00), K/9 (9.2) and opponent average (.176).
After facing questions about his long-term defensive home and worse, a stalling bat Flores has rebounded in a big way this season, batting .289/.336/.463 before being promoted to Binghamton last night. The 20-yr old is one of only two players in the league in the top ten in both K% (11%) and SLG. And despite the fact that he was in his third season in the Florida State League, he was still the thirteenth youngest player in the circuit.
The Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday on Sunday, July 8, at 5 p.m. ET. Additionally, fans can stay updated by following the @MLBFutures feed on Twitter and can send/receive tweets to/from the U.S. and World teams during the game by following @USDugout and @WorldDugout.