BOSTON --- Sean Coyle has replaced Mookie Betts on the U.S. Team in the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Minneapolis on July 13.
The Red Sox called up Betts, their No. 5 prospect, on Saturday and he started Sunday against the Yankees, picking up a hit and a walk in four plate appearances. He played right field in that game and moved to center Monday, despite coming through the organization primarily as an infielder.
Coyle is not ranked among the club's Top 20 prospects in the Red Sox's organization by MLB.com, but the second baseman has hit everywhere he's been. This season for Double-A Portland, Coyle is batting .363/.444/.615 with nine homers and 12 stolen bases in 52 games.
Joining Coyle on the U.S. Team is Henry Owens, Boston's No. 1 prospect according to MLB.com. The lefty has posted a 2.25 ERA, .181 average against and 1.04 WHIP in 15 starts this season for Portland.
The game can be seen live on MLB.com and MLB Network, 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 and Sirius channel 209. 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 and receive tweets to and from the U.S. and World Team dugouts during the game by tagging tweets with the hashtags #USDugout and #WorldDugout.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less