The first real event of the 2011 MLB All-Star Weekend (sorry, FanFest) is the Futures Game, which is scheduled to take place at 3:00 PM PST tonight, July 10. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 2 and MLB.TV.
While the Major Leagues are still playing their final games of the first half, the Futures rosters will be stocked full of minor league talent. Arizonans will get their first looks at Paul Goldschmidt and Tyler Skaggs, two members of the Diamondbacks' organization.
The hype for Goldschmidt has been palpable, with his .320 batting average and 25 home runs in the first half of the season compelling fans to campaign for his promotion to the big leagues.
Skaggs was one of the centerpieces of the Dan Haren trade last summer, and has not disappointed. At just age 19, Skaggs has an ERA of 3.22 at High A Visalia, starting 17 games and displaying an incredible knack for strikeouts (125 in 100.2 innings).
Sun Devils fans will recall Jason Kipnis, the former ASU star who is now at the AAA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Kipnis is hitting .297 with 11 home runs and 51 RBI for the Columbus Clippers.
Bryce Harper will also be on hand to take part in the festivities. Harper is perhaps better known for his antics than for his talent, but that could soon change. Joining the Washington organization this year, Harper has already progressed to AA, proof that his bat will not be ignored and that he is a can't-miss prospect for the Nationals.
You can see the full rosters here. Check back for updates as the All-Star Weekend continues.