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Futures Game to feature loaded U.S. team

Jun 21, 2012, 2:07 PM EDT

Dylan Bundy AP

The Futures Game rosters were announced on Thursday, and they definitely favor the U.S. team over the World.

U.S. Roster

RHP Matt Barnes (Red Sox)
RHP Trevor Bauer (Diamondbacks)
RHP Dylan Bundy (Orioles)
RHP Gerrit Cole (Pirates)
LHP Danny Hultzen (Mariners)
RHP Alex Meyer (Nationals)
RHP Jake Odorizzi (Royals)
RHP Jameson Taillon (Pirates)
RHP Taijuan Walker (Mariners)
RHP Zack Wheeler (Mets)

C Travis d’Arnaud (Blue Jays)
C Tommy Joseph (Giants)
1B Jonathan Singleton (Astros)
2B Scooter Gennett (Brewers)
2B Kolten Wong (Cardinals)
3B Nolan Arenado (Rockies)
3B Nick Castellanos (Tigers)
3B Mike Olt (Rangers)
SS Billy Hamilton (Reds)
SS Manny Machado (Orioles)
OF Tyler Austin (Yankees)
OF Michael Choice (Athletics)
OF Anthony Gose (Blue Jays)
OF Wil Myers (Royals)
OF Christian Yelich (Marlins)

World Roster

RHP Lisalberto Bonilla (Phillies)
LHP Edwar Cabrera (Rockies)
RHP Jose Fernandez (Marlins)
RHP Kyle Lotzkar (Reds)
LHP Chris Reed (Dodgers)
LHP Felipe Rivero (Rays)
RHP Julio Rodriguez (Phillies)
LHP Enny Romero (Rays)
RHP Bruce Rondon (Tigers)
RHP Yordano Ventura (Royals)

C Christian Bethancourt (Braves)
C Yasmani Grandal (Padres)
1B Jesus Aguilar (Indians)
2B Chih-Fang Pan (Athletics)
3B Wilmer Flores (Mets)
3B Carlos Sanchez (White Sox)
SS Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox)
SS Francisco Lindor (Indians)
SS Jurickson Profar (Rangers)
SS Jean Segura (Angels)
OF Oswaldo Arcia (Twins)
OF Jae-Hoon Ha (Cubs)
OF Rymer Liriano (Padres)
OF Alfredo Marte (Diamondbacks)
OF Oscar Taveras (Cardinals)

Of course, roster strength doesn’t mean a whole lot in one-nine inning game that’s going to feature 18-20 different pitchers. It’ll certainly be fun to see the U.S. squad roll through so many incredible arms, though.

The World team isn’t so lucky there. I’d say the U.S. has the top eight pitchers in the game, with only Meyer and maybe Odorizzi lagging behind. Bundy, Bauer, Cole and Wheeler are arguably the top four pitching prospects in the minors right now, and Seattle’s duo of Walker and Hultzen  in the next group. The World’s best bets are Fernandez and the London-born Reed.

The World team is loaded at shortstop, however. Profar might be the game’s top position prospect, and Lindor and Bogaerts both have star potential. I’m assuming Segura will start at second base in the game. It was his original position in the minors, though he’s only played there a couple of times this year.

One missing infielder from the world team is Twins third baseman Miguel Sano. It’s hard to imagine that he wasn’t asked to participate, given his rising profile. Perhaps he declined.

Also, hurting the World squad is the lack of any real Asian talent at all. Pan and Ha are maybe the two weakest prospects in the game. Pan is hitting .280/.338/.383 in low-A ball, while Ha is at .256/.332/.349 in Double-A. Rays shortstop Hak-Ju Lee, the top Asian prospect in the minors, is sitting this one out having already taken part in two Futures Games.

  1. dondada10 - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Over/under on Billy Hamilton steals in the game is 1.5. Take the over.

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 21, 2012 at 5:46 PM

      Under. Can he get on base enough to take over the game? There is also another rather good base stealer in CF.

  2. napoleonblownapart6887 - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Glad to see two Buccos Pitchers make the game. Both deserving.

    But what? No Tony Sanchez? **begins sobbing**

  3. ajcardsfan - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    I’m not sure how this process of selecting players go, but can somebody explain to me why there’s only one 1st baseman on each team?

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:34 PM

      It’s certainly odd, particularly given the fact that neither of those prospects are so good that you’d like to see them play the entire game. That said, beyond Rizzo (who is probably going to be in the majors by the time the game is played) and Singleton, there aren’t many quality first base prospects in the minors right now.

      • stex52 - Jun 21, 2012 at 3:36 PM

        Tell us how great Singleton is actually going to be, because he is the only Astros prospect. Aren’t things bad enough as they are?

      • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:16 PM

        He’s probably the second best first base prospect in the minors, so that’s something. And I imagine George Springer was under consideration for an outfield spot.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      Oh… and the selection process, as I understand it, is that Baseball America tells MLB who it wants in the game (up to two prospects per major league team) and MLB gets team approval from there.

      • geoknows - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:51 PM

        I thought it was two as well, but the Royals have three.

      • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:54 PM

        You’re right. That’s odd. They must have made an exception for some reason.

      • seanmk - Jun 21, 2012 at 3:22 PM

        maybe the exception was that the game is in kansas city

      • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:15 PM

        Yeah, that’d make sense.

  4. dawgpoundmember - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    any chance of this making tv? alot of names id love to see play some ball

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      Yeah, it’ll be on ESPN the Sunday afternoon before the All-Star Game.

  5. redguy12588 - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Apparently there are no good 2nd base prospects. Scooter only has an ops of .750 in AA

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:50 PM

      They’re usually aren’t many pure second base prospects. Instead, that’s where some of the shortstop prospects will end up. If not Segura, then the Phillies’ Cesar Hernandez probably should have been the World Team’s second baseman. Scooter and Wong are about as good as any of the U.S. team choices. San Diego’s Cory Spangenberg was an alternative.

    • seanmk - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      Joe Panik will be a choice for second baseman when/if he moves there in the future.

      also can’t wait to watch Oscar Taveras hit

  6. geoknows - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Chris Reed was born in Encino, CA. Raised in London, maybe? I can’t imagine how else he would qualify for the World team. And Yordano Ventura is a better prospect than he is anyway.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:54 PM

      His Stanford bio says he was born in London.

  7. chibimike - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Correction:
    SS Francisco Lindor (Tigers)

    Lindor is an Indian’s prospect, wish he was a Tigers prospect.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 21, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      Whoops. Thanks. I’ll blame that on the fact I was watching the Tigers game and writing.

  8. bigleagues - Jun 21, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    I do believe that Matt Barnes becomes the first UConn Huskies player to make the Futures Game.

    #nutmegpride

  9. proudlycanadian - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    The 2 Jays prospects were originally drafted by the Philadelphia. d”Arnaud came in the Halladay trade and Gose was an indirect byproduct of that trade. Both will be in the majors next year. Next season, the futures game should see some of the young pitchers that Toronto has been stockpiling.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 21, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      Good call.

      Singleton is another traded Phillies prospect, of course. He went to Houston in the Pence deal.

  10. notsofast10 - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Anthony Rizzo is not listed on the team? I guess that means he is on his way to the big club prior to the festivities?

    • brownsbraves11 - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:13 PM

      I think this game is for guys who haven’t made the Big League debut yet. Rizzo has made his.

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