ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 12: Prior to the start of the Arizona Diamondbacks v Texas Rangers game, the Texas Rangers agree to terms with five selections in 2012 Major League Baseball first year player draft (L-R) John Daniels general manager, Lewis Brinson, Joey Gallo, Collin Wiles, Jamie Jarmon, Nick Willams and Nolan Ryan president of the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on June 12, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
The Texas Rangers' top two prospects will be getting in a little work and mingling with the big boys over all-star week in Minneapolis, as catcher Jorge Alfaro and third baseman Joey Gallo were selected to play in the MLB Futures Game at Target Field leading up to the MLB All-Star Game.
Both were selected to the game last season, as well, but both had to pull out of the game due to injury, so they will be making their Futures Game debuts on July 13.
This season, Gallo is setting the baseball world on fire with his prodigious power. He's spent two weeks at Double-A Frisco after tearing up High-A Myrtle Beach, and over both leagues he's hitting .308 with a .444 on-base percentage and a 1.157 OPS. He's hit 27 homers, which leads all of pro baseball.
Alfaro, who the Rangers hope will someday become the next Pudge Rodriguez, will play on the World team in the game, while Gallo will star for the United States team. Alfaro is hitting .262 with nine homers and 46 RBIs this season at Myrtle Beach. He has a .983 fielding percentage at catcher and has thrown out 30 percent of would-be base-stealers.