PITTSBURGH -- Starling Marte has been chosen to represent the Pirates in this summer's XM All-Star Futures Game, which will be held in Phoenix on July 10.
The 22-year-old outfielder from the Dominican Republic has earned a spot on the World Team, which will face a 25-man roster made up of U.S.-born players. Infielder Chase d'Arnaud was chosen to be a member of that team, but his impending callup to Pittsburgh -- a move that is expected to be made official on Friday -- means that he will not participate.
Marte has thrived in his first season at Double-A, where he is batting .338 with an on-base percentage of .371 through 64 games. He has stolen 15 bases in 21 attempts and is widely considered to have the best arm among all of the outfielders in the organization. He has above-average speed, and he is expected to develop more power as he matures.
Prior to the season, MLB.com ranked Marte as the Pirates' No. 8 overall prospect and second-best position player in Pittsburgh's Minor League system.
Marte is coming off a season in which he hit .315 at the Class A level. He was limited to only 60 games with Bradenton (Fla.) because of a broken hamate bone, an injury that sidelined him for about two months.
The 13th annual Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday on Taco Bell All-Star Sunday, July 10, at 6 p.m. ET. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on XM 175. MLB.com will provide complete coverage before, during and after the game, and you can keep up to date by following @MLBFutures on Twitter. Fans can join the Futures Game conversation by tagging tweets with #mlbfutures.
Major League Baseball, along with with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America, USA Baseball and the 30 clubs, selected the 25-man rosters for each club. Each organization is represented, and the World Team features players from 12 countries and territories. Players from all full-season Minor Leagues were eligible to participate.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.