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All-Star Futures Game 2015: Joe Jimenez named to World roster

The hard-throwing West Michigan reliever will serve as one of five Single-A representatives in the USA vs. World Team annual event.

Emily Waldon

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. -- You don't have to sit through many outings from Whitecaps big right-handed relief pitcher Joe Jimenez to see what the Tigers organization has something special on their hands.

The performance of Jimenez this season has secured the right amount of attention and admiration to secure a slot as a member of the pitching staff for the 2015 MLB Futures Game, set for July 12 at American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio.

As a part of the 17th annual event, Jimenez will serve as one of 10 members of the World Team pitching staff, as well as being the lone Detroit organization representative and one of only five prospects representing from the Single-A level.

For the World Team, seven countries and territories will be featured in the staff to face off against the USA Team, including 13 players representing the Dominican Republic.

Aside from his intimidating stature on the hill, the 20-year-old out of San Juan, Puerto Rico, has a fastball that easily makes you fear for your life; tipping the radar at 98-99 miles per hour. Yes, he has also hit 100 miles per hour on more than one occasion.

Through 21 innings of play, Jimenez currently holds a 1.69 ERA, boasting 35 strikeouts and only six walks so far this season for Detroit's Single-A West Michigan affiliate.

The Futures game is scheduled to kick off at 3 p.m. ET and will be live on MLB Network and