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Chisenhall, Chen named to Futures Game

Chisenhall, Chen named to Futures Game

PHILADELPHIA -- Illustrative of the Indians' efforts to improve their domestic scouting and scour foreign lands for talent are the two players from the organization who received one of the highest of Minor League honors on Tuesday.

Lonnie Chisenhall, the third baseman the Indians took with their first overall selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, and Chun-Hsiu Chen, a power-hitting catcher plucked out of Taiwan in 2007, were both named to the rosters for the XM All-Star Futures Game.

Chisenhall will play for the U.S. Team and Chen will play for the World Team in the Futures Game, which will take place Sunday, July 11, at 6 p.m. ET at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

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The 12th annual Futures Game can be seen live on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on XM 175. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game.

While the Indians have infused their system with prospects acquired in high-profile trades in recent years, Chisenhall and Chen represent two homegrown commodities that the club hopes will have a bright future.

Chisenhall, currently at Double-A Akron, is already being dubbed the Tribe's potential third baseman of the future. Right shoulder soreness limited him and led to a trip to the disabled list early this season, but he has rebounded well. The 21-year-old Chisenhall entered Tuesday with a .294 average, .815 OPS, six homers, 11 doubles and 26 RBIs in 48 games for the Aeros. Since his return from the DL, he had hit .337 with six homers and 20 RBIs in 21 games.

Last year, Chisenhall made the full-time move from shortstop to third base and made the jump from Class A Kinston to Akron.

Chen, 21, was 18 years old when he signed with the Tribe in 2007. He put up rather pedestrian numbers in his first two professional seasons but has come on strong at low Class A Lake County this year. He entered Tuesday with the fifth-highest batting average in the Midwest League, with a .318 mark. He had also contributed 20 doubles, three triples, six homers and 36 RBIs in 52 games. His .544 slugging percentage was fourth in the league.

Past Tribe participants in the Futures Game include Grady Sizemore, who won the event's MVP honor in 2002, and CC Sabathia. Carlos Santana represented the Tribe on the World Team last year.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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