Major League Baseball announced today that Colorado Springs Sky Sox second baseman, Eric Young Jr., has been selected to the United States squad for the 11th annual All-Star Futures Game. The game will be held on Sunday, July 12th at St Louis’ Busch Stadium as part of Major League Baseball’s All-Star Week. Young Jr. becomes the 12th player to play for the Sky Sox and in the Futures game.
Young Jr., a Piscataway New Jersey inhabitant, leads the Pacific Coast League with 43 stolen bases and is also batting .292 with three home runs, 64 runs scored and 21 RBI. Young Jr. currently ranks 2nd on the Sky Sox all time list for stolen bases in a single season, and is only nine steals away from breaking Wayne Kirby’s single season record of 51 stolen bases set in 1992.
Selected by Colorado in the 30th round of the 2003 June draft, Eric Young Jr. has always been one of the minor league’s most gifted base stealers. Before this year, Young Jr. had led his league in steals in two of the last three seasons (73 steals in 2007 with Hi-A Modesto and a career-high 87 steals in 2006 with Low-A Asheville). Young Jr.’s 43 steals are also the most among any player in the Pacific Coast League thus far in the 2009 season, and his 64 runs scored lead all of minor league baseball.
Having already been named to the Futures All-Star game, Young Jr. is still currently on the ballot for the Triple-A All-Star Game. Fans can vote for Young Jr. and their other favorite PCL players online to give them the chance to play in the 2009 Triple-A All-Star Game to be held July 15th in Portland, Oregon. All-Star ballots can be found on the official Pacific Coast League website (www.pclbaseball.com) and will conclude on Friday, June 26.