The Futures Game, scheduled for July 12 at St. Louis' Busch Stadium, is taking shape.
The Futures Game rosters are what most people want to know, and those get announced Thursday. Wednesday afternoon, MLB announced that Ozzie Smith and Jose Oquendo will manage the Futures Game teams, with Smith managing the U.S. squad and Oquendo piloting the World team.
Coaching staffs also were announced. For the U.S., the coaches will be: Derek Botelho (pitching coach, Triple-A Gwinnett, Braves); Tony DeFrancesco (manager, Triple-A Sacramento, A's); Tony Franklin (manager, Double-A Trenton, Yankees); Terry Kennedy (manager, Double-A San Antonio, Padres); Torey Lovullo (manager, Triple-A Columbus, Indians); and Bob Miscik (manager, Double-A Huntsville, Brewers).
For the World team, the coaches will be: Bobby Cuellar (pitching coach, Triple-A Rochester, Twins); Ever Magallanes (manager, Double-A Birmingham, White Sox); Charlie Montoyo (manager, Triple-A Durham, Rays); Mako Oliveras (manager, Double-A Corpus Christi, Astros); Edwin Rodriguez (manager, Triple-A New Orleans, Nationals).