Mets fans have helped ensure that a third Met will be headed to the Futures Game at Citi Field in New York on July 14.
Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo has been voted onto the U.S. Futures Game roster, while Astros shortstop Carlos Correa has been added to the World team. The two low Class A South Atlantic League rivals won the vote in which fans were asked to pick one of five prospects to add to each team.
Correa's closest competitor for the final spot on the World team proved to be Cubs shortstop Javier Baez. Traditionally each Futures Game roster has a starter and backup at each infield position. For the World team, that meant that several well-qualified shortstops had to be left off when Francisco Lindor and Xander Bogaerts were named to the team. Correa, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft, gives the World team a set of shortstops to envy.
Nimmo, the Mets' first-round pick in 2011, topped Red Sox third baseman Garin Cecchini for the fan's spot on the U.S. team. Nimmo becomes the U.S.'s sixth outfielder. He will join Mets righthanders Noah Syndergaard (U.S.) and Rafael Montero (World) to give the home squad three players on Futures Game rosters. With second baseman Delino DeShields Jr. and center fielder George Springer, the Astros are the other team with three players at the Futures Game.
This was the first time Major League Baseball instituted a fan vote to add an additional player to each team. MLB will have to announce at least one injury replacement before game time as Cubs outfielder Jorge Soler will miss the game with a stress fracture in his leg.