Former Illini Pitcher Jimmy Journell Named to Futures Game Roster
June 18, 2002
Champaign, Ill. - Former Illini All-American closer and current St. Louis Cardinals farmhand Jimmy Journell was recently named to the Futures Game roster, Major League Baseball announced recently. Journell, who earned All-America honors for his efforts as Illinois' closer over the 1999 season, is currently a starting pitcher at Double-A New Haven for the Cardinals.
Journell was the Cardinals fourth-round draft pick in June of 1999. He underwent 'Tommy John' reconstructive surgery on his elbow just days before the draft and did not pitch for the Cardinals until 2000 after missing all of the 1999 season. Since then Journell has risen quickly through the St. Louis organization. He made his debut at New Haven at the end of last season and responded by throwing a seven-inning no-hitter in his first AA start. After being named the Carolina League (A) Player of the Year, the Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Year and Baseball America's Class A Pitcher of the Year following last season, Journell was ranked as the Cardinals No. 1 prospect by Baseball America entering this season.
The fourth-annual RadioShack All-Star Futures Game will be held at Milwaukee's Miller Park on Sunday, July 7. First pitch for the seven-inning game is at 4:30 p.m. and will air on espn2. The game features the top United States prospects competing against the top international prospects on All-Star Sunday. Each team has a roster of 25 players and there is at least one representative from each Major League organization on one of the rosters. There are currently 53 players on Major League rosters who appeared in one of the previous three Futures Games, including Lance Berkman, Barry Zito, Mark Mulder, Alfonso Soriano, Adam Dunn and Ben Sheets.