Right-handed pitcher Dylan Bundy and shortstop Manny Machado -- two of baseball's most touted young players -- were named to Team USA's roster, which was officially revealed on Thursday, and they will join an impressive collection of talent from around the game.
Machado and Bundy entered the season ranked as the third-best and seventh-best prospects, respectively, in baseball. Bundy had a 0.20 ERA in his senior season and was the Orioles' first-round selection -- fourth overall -- in last year's First-Year Player Draft. The 19-year-old righty, who will be the youngest Team USA pitcher, tossed a scoreless sixth inning in the Carolina League All-Star Game for Class A Advanced Frederick on Tuesday night.
Bundy did not allow an earned run in 30 innings for Class A Delmarva, holding opposing batters to a .053 average and striking out 40 while issuing only two walks. He made eight starts for the Shorebirds before being promoted to Frederick.
Machado, also 19, is hitting .241 with 16 doubles, two triples, three homers and 24 RBIs in 67 games for Double-A Bowie. The fourth overall pick in the 2010 Draft, Machado has also walked 28 times and has stolen nine bases.
Seen as the organization's shortstop of the future, Machado is 6-foot-3 and approximately 185 pounds with good footwork and a strong arm. Unlike Bundy -- who is on Baltimore's 40-man roster and therefore guaranteed an invitation to Major League Spring Training -- Machado was in Minor League camp but was frequently called over by manager Buck Showalter to appear in big league games.
Ranked as both the Orioles' top prospect and the top shortstop prospect in baseball, Machado -- along with Bundy -- could make a push to arrive in Baltimore as early as next season.
The 14th annual Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday on Sunday, July 8, at 5 p.m. ET. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game. Fans can stay updated by following @MLBFutures on Twitter and can send/receive tweets to/from the U.S. and World team dugouts during the game by following @USDugout and @WorldDugout.
Major League Baseball -- along with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League baseball clubs -- selected the 25-man rosters.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less