Rasmus and Anderson Bay Area-Bound

The St. Louis Cardinals organization has two players named to the 2007 All-Star Futures Game, outfielder Colby Rasmus and catcher Bryan Anderson.

For the first time since 2001, the St. Louis Cardinals will be represented by more than one player at the All-Star Futures Game, to be held at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Sunday, July 8th. Centerfielder Colby Rasmus and catcher Bryan Anderson will suit up for the U.S. team after being announced as two of the 50 players selected for the game on Thursday.

Rasmus, 20, was batting .300 as recently as June 3, but has hit just .121 (8-for-66) since then, dropping his average to .254. Widely regarded as the Cardinals' top prospect, Rasmus was selected as the Topps Texas League Player of the Month for May after hitting .340 with a league-high eight home runs and 24 RBI in 29 games. Overall, he has hit 12 home runs to go along with 40 RBI, and is a perfect 11-for-11 in stolen base attempts.

Anderson, also 20, is currently hitting .326 with five home runs and 31 RBI. He was ranked as the Cardinals' No. 4 prospect here at the Birdhouse over the offseason. Both Anderson and Rasmus were selected as starters in the Texas League All-Star Game.

The ninth annual Futures Game will be held at AT&T Park in San Francisco on All-Star Sunday, July 8th, and will be broadcast live at 3 p.m. CT on ESPN2.

Following is the list of Cardinals' prospects that have been selected since the Futures Game was first played in 1999.

1999 - Rick Ankiel, Adam Kennedy

2000 - Luis Saturria

2001 - Bill Ortega, Josh Pearce

2002 - Jim Journell

2003 - Chris Narveson

2004 - Brad Thompson

2005 - Chris Lambert

2006 - Jaime Garcia

Current Cardinals that have played in the game for other organizations include: Ryan Ludwick (2001), Tomo Ohka (1999, 2000), Mark Mulder (1999), Adam Wainwright (2002) and Kip Wells (1999).

Jason Scott can be reached via email at jasonscott@thecardinalnation.com.

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