Johnson, Montas named to Futures Game rosters

Johnson, Montas named to Futures Game rosters

BALTIMORE -- The White Sox will be represented in both dugouts at the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures game in Minneapolis next month. Micah Johnson, a second baseman for Triple-A Charlotte, and Francellis Montas, a right-handed pitcher for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem, were both named as participants for the game on Tuesday for the U.S. and World teams, respectively.

Johnson, the club's No. 2 prospect, according to, began the season at Double-A Birmingham and was promoted after batting .329 in 37 games. In 24 games since joining the Knights, Johnson is batting .279 with five extra-base hits and four steals.

He was a ninth-round selection out of Indiana in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

Montas is the club's 16th-ranked prospect, and the 21-year-old has been dominant for the Dash this season. He has made nine starts this season and posted a 1.64 ERA with 51 strikeouts and just 11 walks. He was acquired by Chicago from the Red Sox last season in a trade centered around starting pitcher Jake Peavy.

Montas made his Minor League debut as a 17-year-old in 2010 and hit triple-digits with his fastball a year later, but he has never had a full season with an ERA better than 3.65.

The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which is now in its 16th year, features the top Minor League prospects competing in a nine-inning contest as part of Taco Bell All-Star Sunday. Team USA, which has won each of the last four contests, leads the all-time series, 9-6. The game will begin at 4 p.m. CT and can be viewed live on MLB Network and

David Wilson is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.