HOUSTON -- The Astros' No. 9 prospect, Michael Feliz, a right-hander with one of the hardest-throwing arms in the system, was added to the World Team roster Monday for the All-Star Futures Game as an injury replacement. Feliz is 3-2 with a 3.64 ERA in 14 games, including 10 starts, at Class A Quad Cities.
"I think it's well-deserved," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "Feliz last year really came on the radar for us and is one of those exciting guys that has an electric arm and performed well last year and is continuing to perform well this year, and I think he'll represent the World Team very well."
The Astros are one of 20 teams to have two prospects selected to the game, which will be played Sunday, July 13, at Target Field in Minneapolis. Triple-A outfielder Domingo Santana will also represent the World Team. Carlos Correa, the club's No. 1 prospect, was selected to represent the World Team but is out for the season with a broken fibula.
Feliz, 21, was originally signed by the A's as a 16-year-old in 2010, but his contract was voided when he tested positive for steroids. The Dominican native ultimately landed with the Astros and, after sitting out a 50-game suspension, showed his vast potential on the mound.
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