The Double-A Jackson Generals had two of their Southern League All-Stars earn another honor today, as outfielder Tyler O'Neill and right-handed starting pitcher Dylan Unsworth were both named to the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game’s World Team roster.
The Futures Game, which is now in its 18th year, features Minor League prospects competing in a 9-inning exhibition game as part of All-Star Sunday. This year’s game will be played at 4:00pm Pacific on Sunday, July 10th at Petco Park in San Diego. This showcase for some of the top prospects from around the minor leagues, featuring a 25-man roster made up of top U.S. born players and a 25-man roster made up of top foreign players, is a haven for prospect junkies to get to see some of the names that they follow in real live action.
O’Neill, who was our No. 4 prospect for Seattle prior to the season starting, leads the Mariners’ minor league system in total bases (151) and RBI (59) and ranks second in hits (88), doubles (20), home runs (13), SLG (.532) and OPS (.902). After leading the California League in home runs in 2015 with 32, the 21 year old’s total base count, hit total and RBI total lead the Southern League this year, while his home run total ranks second in the circuit as he impresses as one of the youngest players in that league.
Unsworth, who is currently on the disabled list in Jackson, has the second lowest ERA among starters with 30 or more innings in the Southern League on the year, with a 1.16 mark in 9 starts. The 23 year old right-hander from South Africa has exhibited his usual pinpoint control on the season with just seven walks in 46 2/3 innings while striking out 35. in the 110 games (103 starts) in his Mariners' minor league career now, Unsworth has a 1.2 BB/9 mark.
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