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Baby Snakes make appearance in All-Star Futures game

Arizona Diamondbacks prospects Wei-Chieh Huang and Socrates Brito made brief appearances Sunday for the World Futures team during the All-Star Futures Game in Cincinnati.

Brito entered the game in the top of the eighth inning and flew out to left fielder Nick Williams of the U.S Futures team in a 10-1 win for the U.S. Futures team.
Huang entered the game in the fifth and pitched 2/3 of an inning.

The 21-year-old right hander from Taitung, Taiwan signed a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks last July and was assigned to Single-A Kane County in May. He is 4-1 with a 1.54 ERA eight games. He’s struck out 48 and walked nine.

Brito, 22, is a left-handed hitter from Azua, Dominican Republic who has been in the Diamondbacks origination since 2010. This year for Double-A Mobile he is batting .269 with three home runs and 29 RBIs.

Meanwhile the day belonged to Kyle Schwarber who grew up roorting for the Reds in nearby Middletown, Ohio and hit a two-run triple to lead the U.S. team in the ballpark that his boyhood team calls home.

The 22-year-old Cubs catcher estimated that he had more than 100 relatives and friends scattered around the stands on Sunday at Great American Ball Park, which is a 45-minute drive from his home. Many of them were in Cleveland last month for yet another big moment.

The Cubs called up their 2014 top pick for a one-week stint as a designated hitter during interleague play in June. He went 8 for 22 and homered in Cleveland. He was sent back to the minors, making him available to play in the Futures Game.

“I wasn’t disappointed at all to go back down,” he said during batting practice. “One of the benefits is being able to play in this game. This is awesome.”

Schwarber showed ’em the swing that made him the fourth overall pick last year. He is working on his defense — a passed ball set up the World team’s first run — but he has proven he can hit. He tripled into the right-field corner for a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning.

The U.S. team — managed by former Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Sr. — piled up 13 hits, including a two-run homer by the Pirates’ Josh Bell. The game’s only homer was another unexpected moment for the first baseman, who figured to be fresh out of college right about now.

Bell showed power as a switch hitter in high school. Both of his parents were college professors, and he intended to go to Texas. He was so determined to finish his education that his family sent a letter to all 30 teams telling them not to bother drafting him. The Pirates took him in the second round and offered him a $5 million deal that changed his mind.

There weren’t many good moments for the World team managed by Hall of Famer Tony Perez, who was the first baseman on the Big Red Machine. Leadoff hitter Ketel Marte from the Mariners had a pair of singles and drove in a run. The 21-year-old Marte is batting .343 at Triple-A Tacoma this year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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