July 11, 2012
2013 Futures Game Rosters
This year's Futures Game featured the best roster in years. Limitations make it a daunting task, and it forces several top players to stay at home. With those restrictions in mind, I was challenged to take my best guess at the 2013 Futures Game rosters. It's more difficult when it looks when you think about it. First off, every team needs to be represented, but the Futures Games feature standard 25-man rosters, not that of the bloated All-Star variety. And then there is the limit of two players per organization (three for the host team), so if you are a fan of a team and you are upset with this list, chances are good that you can't say Player X should be there without taking another one of your team's prospects off the rosters, which often creates a series of roster construction issues that would make Mandelbrot proud. In addition, there is some consideration to make the World team as diverse as possible, and not just stuff it with players from the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. So with those limitations, and an eye on which players might not be available due to a big league presence, here are your 2013 Futures Game rosters.
U.S. Team (* starters)
The assumption here is that the top catching prospect in the minors, Travis D'Arnaud of the Blue Jays, has recovered from his knee injury and reached the big leagues. The third overall pick in this year's draft, Zunino is one of those players whose greatest strength might be his lack of weaknesses. Hedges is one of the best defensive catchers in the minors (if not the best), but his bat has proven to be better than expected, and the California League will make him look even better in 2013.