SEATTLE – In just his first season of professional baseball, VFL Drew Gilbert was selected to participate in the 2023 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at T-Mobile Park during the Major League Baseball All-Star Week in Seattle, Washington. The game will be played on Saturday, July 8 at 7 p.m. ET and will be broadcast exclusively on Peacock.
The Futures Game is in its 24th year and puts the stars of tomorrow on the Big-League field as part of All-Star Week while they are still advancing through the minor leagues. In the 2023 edition of the Futures Game, 28 of the 50 participants are currently ranked in MLB Pipeline’s Top-100 Prospect Rankings. Gilbert currently sits at No. 76 on that list.
Gilbert becomes the fifth former Volunteer to be selected for the game, joining Nick Senzel (2017), Christin Stewart (2016), Luke Hochevar (2007) and Chris Burke (2003, 2004). Each of those four players was called up to the Major Leagues within two years and Hochevar was a September call-up for Kansas City in the 2007 season.
On the season, Gilbert is hitting .265 with eight home runs, 28 RBIs, 57 hits and 42 runs scored. The top-ranked prospect in the Astros’ farm system started the year with High-A Asheville and in just over a month he secured a promotion to Double-A Corpus Christi. Gilbert will play on the American League team which is coached by Harold Reynolds.
Gilbert was a first-round selection by Houston in the 2022 MLB First-Year Player Draft and was taken with the No. 28 overall pick after an All-American collegiate career at Tennessee.