MILWAUKEE -- The Nationals will have two prospects -- outfielder Michael Taylor and right-hander Lucas Giolito -- playing for the U.S. Team in the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.
An excellent defensive outfielder, all Taylor needed to do was hit the baseball on a more consistent basis, something he hadn't done until this year. Entering Tuesday's action, Taylor was hitting .333 with 17 home runs and 52 RBIs for Double A Harrisburg.
"He is in the proper position to hit on a more consistent basis," assistant general manager Doug Harris said. "He has made adjustments from at-bat to at-bat and pitch to pitch. In the past it would take a week or more to get [out of a slump]."
Giolito, who was Washington's first-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, has fully recovered from Tommy John surgery. In 11 starts for Class A Hagerstown, Giolito, 19, is 2-2 with a 2.59 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings.
"He is a very mature young man. He applies information very quickly. That is the most impressive thing about him," Harris said.
The 16th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will take place at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 13, at Target Field in Minneapolis, and it can be seen live on MLB.com and MLB Network, and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89 and Sirius channel 209. 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 and receive tweets to and from the U.S. and World Team dugouts during the game by tagging tweets with the hashtags #USDugout and #WorldDugout.
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. Complete Futures Game rosters, prospect analysis and rankings can be found at mlb.com/pipeline.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.