The Nationals announced today that outfielder Bryce Harper and right-hander Brad Peacock will be the organization’s representatives in this year’s MLB Futures Game on July 10, the Sunday before the MLB All-Star break.
There’s a good chance you know plenty about Harper, the first overall pick in the 2010 draft, who has hit .330 with a .429 on-base percentage and .586 slugging percentage with 14 home runs in 64 games with Single-A Hagerstown. Harper is widely considered one of the best prospects in the minor leagues, a fact made even clearer after being named to this group — an honor generally bestowed on players at a higher level of the minor leagues than low Class A.
But you may not know as much about Peacock, a right-hander with Double-A Harrisburg who’s putting together a superb season at Harrisburg. Peacock has a 2.46 ERA in 13 games in the minor leagues (80 1/3 innings) but what should impress you most is this: Peacock has struck out 108 and walked just 17. He’s 8-2 and having easily his finest professional season.
For an indication of what a selection to the Futures Game could mean, the Nationals 2010 representative was Danny Espinosa, who played for the U.S. team. Eury Perez played for the World team. Espinosa also played in the game in 2009.