Milledge, Petit selected for Futures Game

NEW YORK – The Mets' two top organizational prospects will represent the club at the Futures All-Star Game in Detroit on July 10, with St. Lucie outfielder Lastings Milledge and Binghamton pitcher Yusmeiro Petit joining the festivities.

Milledge, 20, was the Mets' first round selection in the 2003 draft. Through 49 games for St. Lucie, the five-tool outfielder is hitting .308 (57-185) with three home runs and 16 RBI, stealing 14 bases in 25 attempts.

Petit, 20, was signed as a non-drafted free agent in Nov. 2001 and has worked his way to the top of the system's pitching by putting up great numbers at every minor league stop.

A deceptive righthander who hides the ball longer than anyone in the Mets' system, Petit is 2-2 with a 2.74 ERA through 11 starts at Double-A after missing time to attend to a personal matter in Venezuela. In 46.0 innings this year, Petit has allowed 38 hits and 14 earned runs, striking out 52 and walking just six.

Last year, the Mets were represented at the Futures Game by Petit and David Wright, who had not yet been promoted from Triple-A Norfolk. Representing Venezuela, Petit pitched two-thirds of an inning in that game at Houston, not allowing a run, while Wright went 1-for-3 for Team USA.

In related news, Norfolk pitcher Juan Padilla, who is 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA and six saves this season, was selected for the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 13 in Sacramento, Calif.

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