Nationals' prospects Lucas Giolito, Michael Taylor named to All-Star Futures Roster

Washington Nationals' prospects Lucas Giolito in 2013 pitching for the Auburn Doubledays - Photo © and courtesy Jeremy Houghtaling (@CitizenHough)

Washington Nationals' prospects Lucas Giolito, 19, and Michael Taylor, 23, were named to the U.S. roster for the 2014 MLB All-Star Futures Game which takes place on July 13th in Minnesota's Target Field.

Last summer, Washington Nationals' right-hander Taylor Jordan was the lone Nats' prospect named to the MLB All-Star Futures Game. Jordan went (2-1) in six starts with a 1.24 ERA, a 2.46 FIP, six walks (1.49 BB/9) and 29 Ks (7.18 K/9) in 36 ⅓ IP at High-A Potomac then moved up to Double-A Harrisburg, where he was (7-0) in nine games, eight starts and 54 IP in which he put a 0.83 ERA and a 2.39 FIP, nine walks (1.50 BB/9) and 43 Ks (7.17 K/9) at the time of the announcement.

Jordan, then 24, was called up to make his MLB debut just a few days after the announcement, however, so 2010 Nats' 4th Round pick A.J. Cole was added to the game in his place.

Cole, 21, who was traded to the A's in the Gio Gonzalez deal and then reacquired by the Nationals, was (5-3) with a 4.43 ERA, a 3.45 FIP, 22 walks (2.17 BB/9) and 99 Ks (9.76 K/9) in 17 starts and 91 ⅓ IP when he appeared in the prospect showcase which takes place during the All-Star festivities. Cole was promoted to Double-A Harrisburg later that month and he ended the year with a run of 14 starts with the Senators in which he was (6-3) with a 2.92 ERA, 2.67 FIP, 10 walks (1.99 BB/9) and 49 Ks (9.73 K/9) in 45 ⅓ IP.

This afternoon, two Nationals' prospects were named to the All-Star Futures Game roster for the 2014 edition of the game which will be played in Minnesota's Target Field:

Here is the full roster for the U.S. Team for the All-Star Futures Game:

Giolito, 19, and the Nats' 2012 1st Round pick, in his second season back following Tommy John surgery, is (2-2) for the Low-A Hagerstown Suns with a 2.59 ERA, 4.14 FIP, 20 walks (3.70 BB/9) and 52 Ks (9.62 K/9) in 48 ⅔ IP.

Michael Taylor, 23, was an '09 6th Round pick by the Nationals. In his fifth season in the organization, the right-handed hitting and throwing outfielder has a .333/.413/.584 line with 12 doubles, 17 HRs and 19 SBs in 70 games and 307 plate appearances in his first season at Double-A:

The 2014 edition of the All-Star Futures Game takes place on Sunday, July 13th at 5:00 pm EDT.

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