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Norris, Pompey named to Futures Game roster

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TORONTO -- Left-hander Daniel Norris and outfielder Dalton Pompey will represent the Blue Jays at the upcoming Futures Game during Major League Baseball's All-Star break.

The Futures Game features some of the game's top Minor League prospects in a matchup of the United States vs. the World. Norris was named to the U.S. team, while Canadian Pompey will play for the World team.

The 16th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will take place at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 13, at Target Field in Minneapolis, and it can be seen live on MLB.com and MLB Network, and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89 and Sirius channel 209. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game.

Fans can stay updated by following @MLBFutures on Twitter and can send and receive tweets to and from the U.S. and World Team dugouts during the game by tagging tweets with the hashtags #USDugout and #WorldDugout.

Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League clubs, selected the 25 players currently on each team.

Each Major League organization is represented, and players from all full-season Minor Leagues were eligible to participate. Complete Futures Game rosters, prospect analysis and rankings can be found at mlb.com/pipeline.

Norris has arguably taken the biggest step forward of any Blue Jays prospect this season. He appears to have solved some of his previous control problems and made a couple of mechanical adjustments which have led to improved numbers. Norris went 6-0 with a sparkling 1.22 ERA and 76 strikeouts over 66 1/3 innings at Class A Dunedin. He was recently promoted to Double-A and has made one start with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

Pompey also has enjoyed a breakout season with Dunedin. He hit .268 with Lansing last season, but he is currently hitting .312 with a .392 on-base percentage, 22 extra-base hits and 27 stolen bases in 67 games. Pompey is currently ranked the No. 18 prospect  in Toronto's system by MLB.com.

The Blue Jays currently have 10 players on their active roster who previously participated in the Futures Game. They include: Jose Bautista, Mark Buehrle, Melky Cabrera, Edwin Encarnacion, Dioner Navarro, Jose Reyes, Colby Rasmus, Juan Francisco, Brett Lawrie and Anthony Gose.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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