#Cubs Schwarber, Edwards named to Futures Game

Cubs prospects Kyle Schwarber and Carl Edwards Jr. were named to the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will be played on July 12 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Schwarber, 22, the Cubs’ first-round pick in the June 2014 First-Year Player Draft, already has had a whirlwind first half. He began at Double-A Tennessee where he batted .320 in 58 games with 13 home runs, 10 doubles and 39 RBIs, and was promoted to the big league team June 16 for a six-game stint to be the designated hitter in Interleague games.

The promotion was perfectly timed for the Ohio native, who got his first start in Cleveland June 17 and had about 40 family and friends present. He tripled for his first big league hit, and finished 8-for-22 in six games with a home run and six RBIs. Schwarber was promoted to Triple-A Iowa, and made his first start Tuesday.

Edwards, 23, compiled a 2.66 ERA in 13 games at Tennessee, striking out 36 over 23 2/3 innings before he was promoted to Iowa. The right-hander, who the Cubs acquired from the Rangers in the Matt Garza trade, had a 3.27 ERA in seven games, striking out 12 over 11 innings.

Tennessee hitting coach Desi Wilson will be on the U.S. team coaching staff.

Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League Clubs, selected the 25 players currently on each team. Ken Griffey Sr. will manage the U.S. Team, while Tony Perez will be the skipper of the World Team.

Last year, Kris Bryant and Javier Baez were both named to the Futures Game, and Baez hit a two-run homer for the World team.

— Carrie Muskat

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