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June 27, 2013

Prospects Will Break Your Heart

Gettin' Down With the Futures Game Rosters

by Jason Parks


It needs to be remembered that the Futures Game is not your standard all-star game, where the most worthy for inclusion are recognized for their first-half production or promise. While it’s certainly true that the rosters are thick with frontline talent, the roster limitations (two players per team; some could have three depending on the lucky winners of the fan vote), positional necessity and nationality help shape the selections. Ex: Carlos Correa is candidate for inclusion via the MLB fan vote, but was not included on the initial roster. Jordan Lennerton is on the initial roster. He’s a 27-year-old first baseman in Triple-A. He’s also Canadian. Life isn’t always fair.

Let’s take a quick journey through the rosters, looking at the impact talent that I’m most looking forward to watching.

U.S Squad

Outfielders
Byron Buxton, Twins, Fort Myers Miracle, High-A
Billy Hamilton, Reds, Louisville Bats, Triple-A
Joc Pederson, Dodgers, Chattanooga Lookouts, Double-A
George Springer, Astros, Corpus Christi Hooks, Double-A
Christian Yelich, Marlins, Jacksonville Suns, Double-A

Thoughts: The bench is okay, with Billy Hamilton coming in to run around and freak people out with his wheels, and Joc Pederson coming in to gamer around and freak people out with his gamer qualities. But the starting three [speculation] are straight scary in the talent department; all three in the BP Mid-Season Top 50, with Yelich and Buxton in the Top 10. Buxton is going to steal everybody’s heart, and I might frame the poem I wrote to him and put it in his locker before or after the game, with a note that says, "Hey, man. Great tools. Do you want to be best friends?” Yelich will get a few hits and the fans will swoon. Springer will freak people out with his batting practice displays, and Peter Gammons will pat me on the back and say, “Jason, you are my best friend and man this guy can straight rip.” I’m not making any of this up.

Infielders
C.J. Cron, Angels, Arkansas Travelers, Double-A
Delino DeShields, Astros, Lancaster Jethawks, High-A
Matt Davidson, Diamondbacks, Reno Aces, Triple-A
Joey Gallo, Rangers, Hickory Crawdads, A-Ball
Brad Miller, Mariners, Tacoma Rainiers, Triple-A
Addison Russell, A’s, Stockton Ports, High-A
Joey Terdoslavich, Braves, Gwinnett Braves, Triple-A
Kolten Wong, Cardinals, Memphis Redbirds, Triple-A

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