CEDAR RAPIDS — Former Cedar Rapids Xavier prep Mitch Keller has been selected to participate in baseball’s prestigious Futures Game in a week and a half.
The game is conducted in conjunction with the Major League Baseball All-Star Game and will be held July 15 at 3 p.m. at Washington’s Nationals Park. It features 50 of the top minor-league prospects.
Pitcher Keller, a Pittsburgh Pirates farmhand, will be joined on the United States team by former Cedar Rapids Kernels outfielder Alex Kirilloff. Former Kernels pitcher Lewis Thorpe is on the World team.
Keller dominated this season at Double-A Altoona and recently was promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis, where he has made two starts. He struck out 10 over 6 2/3 innings Thursday night against Louisville.
Kirilloff hit .333 in 65 games this season for the Kernels, adding 13 home runs and 56 RBIs. He was promoted to high-Class A Fort Myers after the Midwest League all-star break and is hitting .328 in 14 games for the Miracle, with a homer and 12 RBIs.
Thorpe, from Australia, made 16 starts for the Kernels in 2014. He is pitching for Double-A Chattanoooga, where he is 4-4 with a 4.04 ERA in 16 games, 15 starts.
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