On Wednesday, Major League Baseball unveiled the names of the 50 players who will participate in the 15th annual Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game next month. Two of those prospects playing in the showcase affair will be from the Reds organization.
The first is outfielder Billy Hamilton who will be making his second consecutive appearance in the prestigious game. Hamilton is currently ranked as the No. 10 prospect on MLB.com's Top 100 Prospect list and will play for the United States Team.
Hamilton showed off his tremendous speed in last year's game by legging out a triple.
Through 73 games this season, Hamilton was batting .243 with 26 RBIs and 48 runs scored. He's drawn 24 walks, and the 22-year-old speedster had also stolen 48 bases in 56 attempts. Hamilton has been in the Reds organization since 2009 after being selected in the second round of the draft.
The second prospect to represent Cincinnati in the game is right-handed pitcher Carlos Contreras. The 22-year-old Dominican native will play for the World Team.
In 15 starts for Bakersfield this season, he's gone 3-7 with a 3.72 ERA, striking out 82 and walking 31 in 75 innings. Those numbers were good enough to earn him a spot on the California League All-Star team. Contreras has been in the organization since the 2008 season.
The 15th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game takes place at 2 p.m. ET on All-Star Sunday at Citi Field in New York and can be seen live on MLB.com, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD 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. 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/receive tweets to/from the U.S. and World Team dugouts during the game by tagging tweets with the hashtags #USDugout and #WorldDugout.