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    Olt and Barnes to Represent UConn in MLB Futures Game

    UCONNHUSKIESDOTCOM Olt seen here playing for the Myrtle Beach (A) Pelicans in 2011.
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    Olt seen here playing for the Myrtle Beach (A) Pelicans in 2011.
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    July 2, 2012

    STORRS, Conn. – The 14th annual XM Sirius All-Star Futures Game will be played next Sunday at 5:00 pm from Kaufman Stadium in Kansas City, the site of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.  Mike Olt and Matt Barnes, both first round draft picks from the University of Connecticut, will represent the Huskies and their respective professional franchises on the U.S. Team managed by Hall of Famer third baseman George Brett.

    “Both Mike and Matt are off to such great beginnings in their professional careers,” started Connecticut head coach Jim Penders.  “We have a lot of fun watching their progress from agar and are excited they’ll be smack dab in the middle of the game’s base talent in Kansas City this month.”

    Olt, the first UConn player to be taken in the first round since Charles Nagy in 1988, was selected with the 49th overall pick by the Texas Rangers in 2010.  Playing for the Frisco RoughRiders in the Double-A Texas League, he was named an All-Star last month.  Olt currently leads the league with 21 home runs, four ahead of the next closest batter, and a 1.001 OPS.  He is also second in RBI (60) and slugging percentage (.593).  He is ranked the 43rd top prospect in the minors by Baseball America and third in the Rangers organization by MLB.com.

    Barnes became the third Husky taken in the first round in a two year span with the 19th draft pick by the Boston Red Sox in 2011.  He began the season with the Greenville Drive of the South Atlantic League before being promoted to Advanced-A ball where he plays for the Salem Red Sox of the Carolina League.  Between the two teams, Barnes is 7-1 with a 1.86 earned run average.  Through 15 starts he has struck out 98 batters and walked just 15 in 77.1 innings of work.  Barnes is ranked as the fourth highest prospect in Boston’s farm system by MLB.com.


     

     

    The two 25-man rosters were put together by Major League Baseball, the MLB Scouting Bureau, MLB.com and Baseball America, with help from all 30 MLB teams.  The Futures Game will be broadcast live at 5:00 pm ET on ESPN2, MLB.tv and MLB Network Radio XM 89.  Fans can also interact with both the U.S. and World Team dugouts during the game via twitter by following @USDugout and @WorldDugout.

    “As always, all those in UConn Nation will be cheering for them on July 8 and on every step of the way to Arlington and Boston,” concluded Penders.

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