It's hardly a surprise, but Bryce Harper has been selected for next month's All-Star Futures Game at Chase Field in Phoenix.
Major League Baseball released the entire Futures Game roster Thursday that, in addition to Harper, includes last year's No. 3 overall pick Manny Machado of the Orioles, Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson, Rays lefty Matt Moore, Cleveland infielder Jason Kipnis and Angels outfielder Mike Trout. The entire roster is available here.
The game, played on the Sunday before the All-Star Game, features some of the top talent in the minor leagues. Harper is certainly that.
The No. 1 pick in last year's draft hit .330/.429/.586 with 14 home runs in 64 games in the first half of the season at low-Class A Hagerstown of the South Atlantic League.
On the other end of the spectrum is the Nationals' other Futures Game representative, right-hander Brad Peacock was a 41st-round pick in the 2006 draft. The 23-year-old is 8-2 with a 2.46 ERA in 11 starts and 13 total games for Double-A Harrisburg.
Each team is represented in the game, which features 25-man rosters split among a team made of players from the United States and then a World team. The latter features players from 12 different countries and territories outside the 50 states.
Also, make sure you get ready, because the Eye On Baseball team will be on-site at Chase Field for the Futures Game and for the rest of the All-Star Festivities from July 10-12.For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsmlb on Twitter or subscribe to the RSS feed.