Two Mariners' farmhands named to Futures Game

The selections are in, and the Seattle Mariners organization will get to put two of its top minor league pitchers on display during next month's All-Star Futures Game. The game will be held prior to the Major League All-Star game, July 13, at U.S. Cellular Field (formerly Comiskey Park). It will begin at 2:30 p.m. (PDT) and will be televised live on ESPN2.

The MLB All-Star Weekend Futures Game will display why the Seattle Mariners' AA affiliate has dominated the Texas League.

Right-hander Clint Nageotte will play for the U.S. team, and left-hander Travis Blackley will suit up for the World squad.

Both pitchers are main components of the San Antonio Missions' rotation. The Missions won the Texas League West Division first-half title with a 47-22 record – 9.5 games in front of second place Frisco.

Nageotte, 22, led the minors in 2002 with 214 strikeouts, and he already has 75 in 76 innings this season to go with a 7-2 record.

Blackley has held his Texas League opponents to a .195 batting average, while leading the Missions with nine victories.

Blackley, 20, joins former World team member Craig Anderson (2000) as left-handed Australians selected from the Mariners' system to take part in the Futures Game. Anderson is currently in Triple-A with the Tacoma Rainiers.

Missions coaches Dave Brundage and Rafael Chaves will also participate in the Futures Game, coaching the World team.

Mariners prospects have been plentiful at past Futures Games, including pitchers Joel Pineiro and Ryan Anderson, outfielders Shin-soo Choo and Jamal Strong and shortstop Jose Lopez.

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