June 29--Steven Moya has been on the radar of Detroit Tigers' scouts the past few years.
On July 13, he will get a chance to show his talents on a national stage.
Moya, 22, will compete in the Major League Baseball Futures Game for the world team in Minneapolis at 5 p.m.
"It feels good and the guys that have gone before tell me it's a great experience," Moya said. "I'm really happy to go play in the game against some very good talent."
The Futures Game features top minor league prospects in each organization, and this year's game includes 15 former first-round picks. Erie SeaWolves hitting coach Gerald Perry was also selected to the game as a hitting coach for Team USA.
Moya is hitting .264 this season with 20 doubles, 16 home runs, 52 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. He is listed as the No. 20 prospect in the Detroit Tigers' organization, according to MLB.com. Moya will be joined by starting pitcher Jake Thompson, the No. 3 prospect in the organization. Thompson, 20, is 6-3 with a 2.75 ERA in Lakeland and could be a member of the SeaWolves' pitching staff late this season or in 2015.
- The SeaWolves received some bullpen help Saturday as reliever Bryan Augenstein returned to Erie. Detroit sent reliever Evan Reed to Toledo, and to make room on the roster, Augenstein was sent back to the SeaWolves. Erie didn't have to make a corresponding move as starter Warwick Saupold was placed on the disabled list Friday with a right-ankle sprain. Saupold will miss his next start Monday.
Augenstein, 27, made two appearances in Toledo and allowed one hit, two walks and struck out two in 21/3 scoreless innings.
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