Since 1999 the Major League Baseball Futures Game has given young players to opportunity to showcase their talent during the All-Star Break. Each team send two representatives while the host team is able to send three. The players are split to pit Team USA against the World.
Winker, 20, had spent most of his season in Advanced-A Bakersfield before recently begin called up to join the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. In 53 games with the Blaze, Winker batted .317 with 13 home runs and 49 runs batted in. In six games with Pensacola he has three hits and has scored seven runs. Primarily an outfielder, Winker has also seen time as a designated hitter. He committed just two errors in Bakersfield this year. The native of Windermere, Florida was a first round selection of the Reds (49th overall) in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.
Stephenson, 21, has been in the Reds organization since being drafted in the first round of the 2011 MLB Draft, 27th overall. The right-hander from California is in his first full season with Pensacola after spending 2013 in Single-A Dayton, Advanced-A Bakersfield, and Pensacola. He was combined 7-7 last season with a 2.99 ERA in 22 total starts. This year he hold a 3-5 record with a 3.95 ERA in 14 starts. He has recorded 80 strikeouts in 77 innings.
The Reds have sent some big names to the game in the past including Billy Hamilton, Devin Mesoraco, Joey Votto, and Jay Bruce among others. The 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will be played on Sunday, July 13th at Target Field in Minnesota.
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