OAKLAND -- The A's highly touted farm system was given a rather nice pat on the back with Thursday's news that four of its Minor League players were named to the 10th annual XM All-Star Futures Game, which features many of the top prospects in baseball.
As the Olympic Games in Beijing draw near, the 2008 Team USA Olympic trial team will be featured against the World Team as part of Taco Bell All-Star Sunday, the first of three days of All-Star events at Yankee Stadium, culminating with the 79th All-Star Game on July 15.
Brett Anderson and Trevor Cahill of the Double-A Midland Rockhounds are two of 10 players on Team USA's pitching staff. Joining them on the 25-man roster is infielder Cliff Pennington of Triple-A Sacramento, who had a .299 batting average for the River Cats through Wednesday.
Going up against his fellow Oakland prospects is Class A Stockton pitcher Henry Rodriguez, who is featured on the World Team's 25-man roster. The Venezuelan starting pitcher is 1-2 with a 3.41 ERA in six starts for the Ports.
Two-time All-Star Tino Martinez will manage the World Team and four-time All-Star and World Series-winning manager Davey Johnson will lead Team USA.
Jane Lee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.