Myrtle Beach Pelicans outfielder Eloy Jimenez has been named to the World Team in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game for the second consecutive season. The game will be played at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 9 at Marlins Park in Miami as part of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game festivities.
Ranked by MLB.com as the No. 8 prospect in all of baseball and the top prospect in the Chicago Cubs organization, Jimenez is batting .268 with a .496 slugging percentage with five doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 25 RBI in 34 games with Myrtle Beach this season.
Over his last 20 games, the 20-year-old from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic is batting .273 with five doubles, one triple, four homers and 15 RBI.
In last year’s Futures Game, Jimenez went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer, double and four RBI. He also made a spectacular catch on the retaining wall in foul territory in right field. According to Statcast, Jimenez ran 127.8 feet to make the catch, which would have ranked fifth at the time in 2016 in distance traveled by a right fielder to make a catcher in a Major League game.
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The July 9 game can be seen on the MLB Network and MLB.com.
Jimenez will face off against former Myrtle Beach outfielder Lewis Brinson, who will suit up for the U.S. Team. Brinson is hitting .323 with 15 doubles, a triple, eight home runs and 31 RBI for Triple-A Colorado Springs. He made his major league debut for Milwaukee on June 11 and played in 14 games for the Brewers before getting re-assigned to Colorado Springs.
Former Pelicans catcher Victor Caratini also made the World roster, but he was removed due to his promotion to the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. Caratini was batting .343 with 20 doubles, two triples, eight home runs and 54 RBI with Triple-A Iowa.