July 11, 2013 at 7:15 PM
Garin Cecchini has been added to the U.S. Team for the Futures Game, replacing Texas Rangers' prospect Joey Gallo, who was recently placed on the disabled list with a groin strain. Cecchini finished second in the Futures Finalist fan vote, so his inclusion made perfect sense after Gallo went down. Cecchini figures to play four or five innings at the hot corner, sharing the position with Matt Davidson of the Diamondbacks.
Cecchini has been one of the best performers in all of the minor leagues this season, hitting .350/.469/.547 in 63 games with High A Salem, and is now hitting .407/.514/.576 in his first 17 games with Double-A Portland. Cecchini was rated as the 39th best prospect in the game by Baseball Prospectus in their mid-season Top 50 list, and Baseball America rated him as the 41st best prospect about two weeks later.