Major League Baseball announced the rosters for this year’s SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Cincinnati/Ohio on July 12th. For the first time ever a German player has been selected to be part of the World Team. 22-year-old outfielder/first baseman Max Kepler of the Minnesota Twins is currently playing a stellar season at Double-A and got awarded with an invite. He is currently the lone European player on the 25-man roster, which will be managed by Tony Perez.
The 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will be played at 3:00 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, July 12th at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. The actual MLB All-Star Game follows two days later at the same place. Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League Clubs, selected the 25 players currently on each team. Each Major League organization is represented and players from all full-season Minor Leagues were eligible to participate.
Kepler is currently hitting .342/.413/.560 with 28 extra base hits, 37 runs and 27 RBI in 53 games in the Southern League. He just received a second player of the week nomination after four multi-hit games in the last six days. Signed in 2009 by the Twins he made his professional baseball debut one year later and climbed the latter since then. Since November of 2013 he is part of the 40-man roster of the Twins.