The White Sox are hoping their prospects can have better luck in Minnesota than they recently did.
Two Sox prospects will participate in this year's MLB All-Star Futures Game: infielder Micah Johnson and pitcher Francellis Montas. Johnson will play for the U.S.A. Team and Montas for the World Team.
Those two will be on opposing sides for the Futures Game, which will start at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 13, at Target Field two days before the All-Star Game. Hopefully it will be a more successful trip for those two than the big league team, which just left Minnesota after dropping all four games of a four-game set with the Twins.
Johnson is doing well this year, earning a mid-season promotion from Double-A Birmingham to Triple-A Charlotte. In 24 games with Charlotte, he's batting .279 with a .306 on-base percentage. This after putting up a .329/.414/.466 slash line in 37 games with Birmingham.
Montas, a 21-year-old righty who came over as part of last season's Jake Peavy deal, has a 3-0 record in nine starts with Class-A Advanced Winston-Salem. He currently has a 1.64 ERA, allowing just 10 earned runs in 55 innings. He's struck out 51 hitters on the season.
The Sox also sent two players to the Futures Game last season. Pitcher Andre Rienzo, currently with the big league team, and catcher Josh Phegley played in the game in New York.