Top prospect Crawford, Franco part of Futures Game

Top prospect Crawford, Franco part of Futures Game

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies prospects J.P. Crawford and Maikel Franco were selected to play next month in the All-Star Futures Game in Minnesota.

Crawford, who was just promoted to Class A Clearwater, will be on the U.S. roster. Franco, who has struggled this season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, will be on the World roster.

The 16th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will take place at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 13, at Target Field in Minneapolis, and it can be seen live on and MLB Network, and followed live on's Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89 and Sirius channel 209. will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game. Fans can stay updated by following @MLBFutures on Twitter and can send and receive tweets to and from the U.S. and World Team dugouts during the game by tagging tweets with the hashtags #USDugout and #WorldDugout.

Crawford is considered the organization's top prospect by The shortstop, who the Phillies drafted in the first round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, had a .295/.398/.405 line and 16 doubles, three home runs, 19 RBIs, 37 walks and 37 strikeouts with Class A Lakewood before a promotion to the Threshers.

Franco entered Spring Training with a chance to win a big league job, but he started the season with the IronPigs and has struggled. He is hitting .207 with 16 doubles, one triple, five home runs and 29 RBIs this season, although the Phillies still believe he has potential to be an everyday third baseman.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.