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Barnes, Bogaerts to Represent Red Sox at MLB Futures Game

Outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang was a Red Sox representative at the Futures Game last season.
Outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang was a Red Sox representative at the Futures Game last season.Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Wes MurryContributor IIIJuly 3, 2012

Top prospects Xander Bogaerts and Matt Barnes will be representing the Boston Red Sox at the 14th annual Futures Game in Kansas City on July 8.  

Barnes, 22, has a 7-1 record with a 0.99 ERA between Class-A Greenville and Class-A Salem, while holding hitters to a .176 average.  Barnes was the Red Sox top pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.  Barnes will be on the United States roster.

Bogaerts, a native of Aruba, the 69 square mile Dutch island in the southern Caribbean Sea, will be on the World roster.  Bogaerts signed with the Red Sox as an international free agent in 2009 at age 16.

Now 19, the shortstop prospect is batting .293 with nine homers and 42 RBIs for Salem with a .368 on-base percentage.  Bogaerts is the second-youngest player attending the Futures Game, behind Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, age 18.

All players were selected by Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America, and all 30 MLB clubs.  

The Futures Game starts at 4:00 p.m. (ET) and will be broadcast on MLB.TV, ESPN2, and SiriusXM.

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