The prospect that needs no introduction is third baseman Nick Castellanos, who has been shooting up prospect ranking charts this season, in addition to the organizational ladder. Castellanos spent the first two months of the season with high-A Lakeland, where he hit over .400 before being promoted to Double-A Erie in June. Between the two stops, he's hitting .371 with 23 doubles, seven home runs and a .940 OPS.
Castellanos will get the start as a member of the US roster as the team's designated hitter, batting seventh.
Joining Castellanos on the US team is catcher Rob Brantly, who was a late addition to the squad after Travis D'Arnaud from the Blue Jays organization had to pull out of the game due to injury. Brantly has also spent time between two teams this season, starting the year in Erie before being promoted to Triple-A %%MATCH_6%%. Between the two stops, he's hitting an even .300 with 19 doubles, three home runs and posting a .759 OPS.
Brantly will serve as the backup to San Francisco Giants catcher Tommy Joseph.
The final member of the organization is on the world roster, right-handed reliever Bruce Rondon. The big Venezuelan has started making waves this season as he's beginning to harness his fastball that reaches triple digits while improving his slider, making for a devastating one-two punch that has many talking about him as a future closer in Detroit.
Recently promoted to Erie from Lakeland, Rondon has compiled 23 saves already this season with a sparkling 1.38 ERA. He's also struck out 45 and walked just 13 in 32 2/3 innings while posting a WHIP of 0.86. Rondon is in the World team's bullpen and will likely make an appearance in the later innings.
All three prospects will feature prominently in TigsTown's midseason 2012 Top 50, as all three will ranked among the top ten players in the organization.
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