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Sunday, July 14, 2013
W2W4: MLB Futures Game at Citi Field

By Mike Mazzeo

NEW YORK -- The MLB Futures Game will take place on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. You can catch the game live at 2 p.m. on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.com.

Here’s what to watch for:

FOR METS FANS: New York Mets pitching prospects Noah Syndergaard (U.S.) and Rafael Montero (World) will start for their respective teams. Syndergaard, 20, acquired in the R.A. Dickey trade, is 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in four starts for Double-A Binghamton. Montero, 22, is 1-2 with a 4.36 ERA in seven starts for Triple-A Las Vegas. Overall, Montero is 8-5 with a 3.07 ERA in 18 starts between Double-A and Triple-A. Both right-handers could figure in the Mets’ long-term rotation plans -- if, of course, they aren’t traded.

FOR YANKS FANS: The New York Yankees’ lone representative in the game is 22-year-old pitcher Rafael De Paula (World). The Dominican right-hander is 6-4 overall on the season with a 3.65 ERA in 16 games (15 starts) between Class A Charleston and advanced Class A Tampa.

NIMMO, FOUND: Brandon Nimmo, the Mets’ first-round pick in 2011, earned a spot on the U.S. team based on the fan vote. The 20-year-old outfielder is hitting .261 with one home run and 23 RBIs in 62 games for Class A Savannah.

The lineups:

U.S. Team

Billy Hamilton CF (Reds)
Delino Deshields 2B (Astros)
George Springer RF (Astros)
C.J. Cron 1B (Angels)
Matt Davidson 3B (Diamondbacks)
Joe Pederson LF (Dodgers)
Christian Yelich DH (Marlins)
Addison Russell SS (A’s)
Austin Hedges C (Padres)
Noah Syndergaard RHP (Mets)

World Team

Reymond Fuentes LF (Padres)
Arismendy Alcantara 2B (Cubs)
Xander Bogaerts SS (Red Sox)
Miguel Sano 3B (Twins)
Henry Urrutia RF (Orioles)
Jordan Lennerton 1B (Tigers)
Gregory Polanco CF (Pirates)
Maikel Franco DH (Phillies)
A.J. Jimenez C (Blue Jays)
Rafael Montero RHP (Mets)