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The minors may be down, but they’re not empty. There are 11 days left until the biggest single prospect stage of the season and here’s a look at the roster the World will trot out there in San Diego on All Star Futures Game Sunday.

The Hitters:

Willy Adames, SS, Tampa Bay Rays (Double-A Montgomery)

Adames was the big prospect get in the deal that saw David Price move onto Detroit, and slowly but surely, he's developed into one of the best shortstop prospects in baseball. He's a very smart hitter who rarely beats himself by swinging at pitches outside of the zone, and while the patience leads to two-strike counts which leads to strikeouts, the bat speed and swing path suggest an above-average hit tool is within reach. He's also started to fill out his frame—in a healthy way—and the raw power so many saw as a teenager has begun to translate into games. He's a solid-average runner with a strong arm who isn't a lock to stay at the premium position, but he should be able to stick there for at least the medium term, and the bat would play at either third or second in the worst-case-scenario. —Christopher Crawford

Carlos Asuaje, 2B, San Diego Padres (Triple-A El Paso)

Asuaje was nowhere close to the first—or even second—best prospects to be included in the Kimbrel trade, but he might be the quickest to the majors, and he's been sensational in Triple-A El Paso. He consistently puts the ball in play, and there's enough bat speed here to make his contact the hard kind. He's an average runner who has played all over the infield, but the lack of elite instincts with the glove along with only a so-so arm makes him a better fit at second base if he's an everyday player. —Christopher Crawford

Jorge Bonifacio, OF, Kansas City Royals (Triple-A Omaha)

The brother of Emilio Bonifacio has sported an almost 60-point increase from the Texas League to the PCL, while keeping his on-base skill in tact. He won’t offer much with his glove as a right fielder, but has started to grow into his power since the start of 2015, swatting 29 home runs since the start of 2015. Bonifacio has been an all-star at almost every level and even though he has taken more time to develop than some had initially anticipated, he has grown into what will be a solid player at the MLB level, especially if he can show the ability to hit for power and average at the same time. —Grant Jones

Jeimer Candelario, 3B, Chicago Cubs (Triple-A Iowa)

Candelario first got attention in 2011 when he drew 50 walks in the DSL, prompting many to notice the outlier among a swing-first league. Since then the switch-hitting third baseman has had an interesting career with many ups and downs. Multiple times he has started the year off repeating a level, only to show adjustments and get promoted. This recently happened at Double-A Tennessee resulting in his recent promotion to Iowa. He profiles as a third baseman, but won’t wow you with his glove. He will more than likely see time in the bigs at some point this year, though there isn’t an easy fit with the Cubs for him. —Grant Jones

Ronald Guzman, 1B, Texas Rangers (Double-A Frisco)

Despite being tethered to first base like an astronaut to the International Space Station, Ronald Guzman has a real chance to provide major league impact. After several concerning years of offensive mediocrity, Texas’ non-Nomar Mazara bonus kiddo has finally come into his own with the bat. Over 72 games with Frisco, Guzman has hit for both average and power, consistently accessing the tools he teased prospect writers and Rangers fans with since 2012. Part of this improvement comes from a refining of his swing, which while still long, has been constrained—and even with this long swing, his quick wrists make it difficult to beat him inside, the way some power hitters can be contained. Defensively, Guzman handles the bag well for such a giant individual, and his arm is at least strong enough to perform the occasional 3-6-3 double play. If you’re really lucky, you’ll see him do the splits this All-Star weekend, something not every listed-6-foot-5 power hitter can do. —Kate Morrison

Dilson Herrera, 2B, New York Mets (Triple-A Las Vegas)

The future is now? Herrera has spent parts of two seasons in the majors and isn't even rookie-eligible anymore. He is currently cooling his heels in Las Vegas while Neil Walker mans the keystone for the Mets. He is short, stocky,and second-base only, but he's a good athlete, and wrings surprising power out of his frame. There's some question about how his aggressive approach will translate to the majors long term, but he hasn't looked horribly overmatched in his two cups of coffee. Herrera could be the starting second baseman for more than a few major league teams, but will have to settle for starting for the World Team for now. —Jeffrey Paternostro

Eloy Jimenez, OF, Chicago Cubs (Low-A South Bend)

One of the biggest breakthrough players of the year so far, Jimenez has shown an immensely improved approach while still showing light tower power. He will still flail at low outside sliders from time to time, but the urge to swing at everything has abated. His .380 OBP is largely unexpected, and had always been considered raw in comparison with fellow Cubs 2013 IFA signee Gleyber Torres, but this year has shown the readiness for the next level, though the Cubs may prefer to let Jimenez continue to work on his approach in South Bend. —Grant Jones

Manuel Margot, OF, San Diego Padres (Triple-A El Paso)

With all due respect to Javier Guerra and a name we'll talk about in just a second, Margot was the big get in the deal that saw Craig Kimbrel move to Bean Town. There are three pus tools here, including a plus hit tool that comes from a line-drive swing with strong wrists and excellent hands. The speed and glove could be plus-plus, and he's not bereft of power, either. Whether it's in the middle of the order or at the top, Margot is going to be a starting center fielder, and a pretty good one. —Christopher Crawford

Jorge Mateo, SS, New York Yankees (High-A Tampa)

Mateo is one of the best shortstop prospects in the game right now. An 80 runner, he has a plus arm and the potential to be a plus hitter. While he hasn’t looked the most comfortable on the dirt this year, his actions and footwork have gotten better as the season has progressed and looks to stay there long term. —Steve Givarz

Francisco Mejia, C, Cleveland Indians (High-A Lynchburg)

Mejia hit his way out of the Midwest League, recently earning a promotion to High-A Lynchburg. The 20-year-old has a compact frame and a filled-out lower half. Mejia likes to brandish his double plus arm strength—evident even on throws back to the mound. Behind the plate, he possesses fine receiving skills and keeps the ball in front of him well. There's good strength and impressive bat speed here, but he tends to get under the ball because of his hands, which at times drift back and drop. A switch hitter, Mejia can spray the ball in the gaps. There are some warranted concerns about mental focus and consistency on a pitch-to-pitch basis. The overly aggressive approach will need some work, but Mejia is undoubtedly an exciting catching prospect who continues to perform. —Will Siskel

Yoan Moncada, 2B, Boston Red Sox (Double-A Portland)

The $31.5 million man has actualized into one of the best prospects in baseball. Moncada is one of the few prospects in the minors that offers true five-tool potential, and he does so in a fairly polished switch-hitting middle infield profile. With the power starting to come, there’s just not a lot to nitpick here past early struggles in 2015 as he adjusted to American baseball and life in general. He’s an advanced hitter with a very good sense of the strike zone, an excellent base runner, and is rounding into a fine second baseman. The only roadblock to a star middle infield pairing in Boston with Xander Bogaerts is that Boston already has an entrenched star second baseman in Dustin Pedroia. —Jarrett Seidler

Josh Naylor, 1B, Miami Marlins (Low-A Greensboro)

Somebody has to play first base in these, and Naylor is the best candidate for the job despite turning 19 just last week. The stocky Canadian is a better athlete than he looks, and is only limited to first because of a well-below-average throwing arm. He is limited to first though, so he'll have to hit. Thus far he has handled an aggressive full-season assignment with aplomb, showing off plus raw power, along with a precocious hit tool and approach. He'll be facing older and far more advanced arms in San Diego, but he doesn't get overly aggressive or pull-happy, and has the strength and bat speed to turn on all the plus fastballs he will face. —Jeffrey Paternostro

Tyler O’Neill, OF, Seattle Mariners (Double-A Jackson)

One of the best pop-up prospects in baseball, the 21-year-old O’Neill responded to a promotion to Double-A by walking more, slashing his strikeout rate, and slugging at an elite clip. If it clicks, O’Neill could have 70 in-game power down the line, and with his age, makeup, and development history, that outcome is very much in play. —Brendan Gawlowski

Gary Sanchez, C, New York Yankees (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre)

If it seems like we’ve been writing about prospect reports about Gary Sanchez forever, consider that he first appeared in the BP 101 in 2011 when the top three prospects were Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, and Jesus Montero. It’s been a long, long road of ups and downs for Sanchez, but he’s only 23, and still a real prospect. The two standout tools—power and arm—are still standout tools. The rest of the defensive game has come around quite a lot in the past two seasons, giving him a real shot to catch regularly in the majors. Brian McCann’s contract runs through 2018, but the Yankees will be facing some choices in their C/1B/DH mix before then, and Sanchez could yet be part of the solution. —Jarrett Seidler

Raimel Tapia, OF, Colorado Rockies (Double-A Hartford)

Much ink has been spilled about Raimel Tapia at Baseball Prospectus over the years, but here's the elevator pitch: Kid can hit. The swing is unorthodox, even moreso when he goes into his extreme crouch with two strikes, but the bat speed is electric and the barrel seems to always find the stitches. It's a potential 70 hit tool. There aren't many of those in this game. The approach has improved some this year as well, insomuch as Tapia now has a better idea of which bad balls he should actually swing at. He's a good runner, but a bad baserunner. And while his outfield instincts have also improved, he's likely a left fielder at the highest level. The power plays as below-average right now, so he may have to hit .300 for this to really work. He may hit .300. —Jeffrey Paternostro

The Pitchers:

Jharel Cotton, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers (Double-A Tulsa)
Cotton has long battled the stigma of being a short right-hander without a great deuce, and he’s largely managed to survive to this point thanks to an outstanding changeup that rates as a true plus pitch. He pitches with plus velocity as a starter, though the pitch lacks plane and a ton of movement, and is vulnerable to the long ball. He still likely profiles as a power reliever at the end of the day, but the heat-cambio combo gives him the ingredients to be a good one. —Wilson Karaman

Chih-Wei Hu, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays (Double-A Montgomery)

The Rays are loaded in right-handed pitching, and though Hu doesn't have the ceiling of some of the other arms in the system, he does have one of the highest floors. Acquired for Kevin Jepsen last year, Hu will get his fastball up to 93, and the life on the pitch makes it an above-average offering. There's three solid-average offspeed pitches; my favorite is the palmball because, well, palmball, but he also throws a competent slider and a decent change as well. He pounds the strike zone with all four pitches, and the command isn't too far behind his control. You're not looking at more than a fourth starter, but that just might be the not-so-optimistic floor, too. —Christopher Crawford

Joe Jimenez, RHP, Detroit Tigers (Double-A Erie)

Jimenez gave up his first run of the season Saturday bringing his ERA for the season to 0.33…which is really good. Armed with an 80 fastball and a 60+ slider, Jimenez has made quick work of opposing batters this year and doesn’t seem long for the minors. He could appear in the Tigers bullpen later this year, which should frighten opposing hitters in the majors. —Steve Givarz

Reynaldo Lopez, RHP, Washington Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg)

Lopez features an overpowering fastball that touches 98, while sitting 94-96—even as a starter. The ball explodes through the zone with a second gear, taking off to his arm-side as well when he elevates fastballs. He backs up his double-plus fastball with two solid secondary pitches, possessing encouraging feel for his changeup for a young arm-strength pitcher. He throws a hard curveball in the 78-82 mph range that flashes above-average shape at times, though I’ve seen him struggle to execute it consistently on nights where his effort-laden mechanics are out of sync. In two viewings, Lopez has maintained his electric arm speed on his changeup, flashing the ability to get swings and misses over a pitch with late, diving arm-side turnover in the upper 80s. While he’ll never lack in pure stuff, he will likely always have to overpower hitters to account for bouts of wildness and hitter’s counts if he remains a starter. His power three-pitch mix is tantalizing if it can be harnessed as a starter, though given Lopez’ height, effort, and a fastball that could touch 100 mph in a short-exposure role, he might have a future as a late-innings bullpen piece. —Adam McInturff

Adalberto Mejia, LHP, San Francisco Giants (Triple-A Sacramento)
Mejia just turned 23, but on his best nights, he will look like a far more seasoned lefty. He’s a physical 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, and scouts have noted the degree he showed up to Spring Training in better physical condition this season. He’s more appealing for his floor than his ceiling, though he’s the type of pitcher that keeps a team in the game every fifth day. I saw him work with a heavy low-90s sinker and a four-pitch mix this April at Double-A Richmond, and he’ll run his fastball up to the 93-94 range at best. He’s made three starts so far since his promotion to Triple-A Sacramento, and the ceiling is that of a reliable back-end left-handed starter. —Adam McInturff

Dovydas Neverauskas, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates (Triple-A Indianapolis)

Every time Neverauskas steps onto the mound, he represents a victory for the ever-globalization of baseball. Next weekend, he’ll represent Lithuania as their first Futures Game representative—a country with so little baseball culture that, according to the internet, it ranks behind motoball in popularity. And yes, motoball is exactly what you are imagining. Of course, it certainly didn’t help that baseball was once banned Soviet leaders because it was too capitalist. And that was baseball with the reserve clause.

Odds are there’s no one on this roster who made even the most ardent prospect followers do a double take, and for good reason. True to his surname, he’s never appeared in a BP annual and he’s never appeared in a BP article—only surfacing once in a 2015 Eyewitness Report from current Astros scout Tucker Blair, in his third-to-last start before being transitioned full-time to the bullpen. (Last year, he had a 7.85 ERA as a starter and 1.44 ERA in relief.) Despite the anonymity, Neverauskas can run his fastball into the mid-90s in short bursts and pairs it with a slider that flashes above-average and could miss enough bats to make him a serviceable middle reliever. There’s no next sentence though, as he’s scrapped his change and curve—neither of which worked even as tertiary offerings—giving his arsenal simplicity that play-by-play announcers could only wish for. —Bret Sayre

Ricardo Pinto, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies (Double-A Reading)

The athletic Pinto has seen his season improve after a rocky April, though by no means has he been dominant. He features a low-90s fastball that will sit 93, a low-80s curve, and a mid-80s changeup. The change can flash better than average, and curve is fringy. What stands out with Pinto is his ability to throw strikes, particularly with the fastball. Should he get the customary inning appearance in the Futures Game, Pinto could be offering a glimpse of his future as a fastball-heavy reliever. —Adam Hayes

Alex Reyes, RHP, St Louis Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis)

Pitchers like Reyes are made for All-Star games. His high 90’s fastball and filthy curve are piling up strikeouts (and walks), but he’s made it past five innings once in seven starts. Some early exiting might be precautionary after a 50-game marijuana suspension that delayed the start to his season, but expending 100 pitches in 4.1 innings earlier this month was an example of where he needs to progress. —Kit House

Francisco Rios, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays (High-A Dunedin)

Signed out of Mexico in 2013, Rios is a deceptive right-hander with pitchability. The fastball sits 89-93 with arm-side run that he commands to all four quadrants.The slider is his main off speed offering, featuring sharp, late bite. The changeup also shows promise with proper arm speed and feel for the pitch. —James Fisher

Dylan Unsworth, RHP, Seattle Mariners (Double-A Jackson)

Does Unsworth have the best control in the minors? Joe Musgrove fans would say no, but Unsworth fills up the zone like few other pitchers. He’s not a high-impact arm though, as he relies on a high-80s fastball and fringy offspeed offerings, a combination that often gets exposed at the game’s highest levels. —Brendan Gawlowski

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jsdspud
6/29
Regarding Neverauskas, Europe may be the next new market for baseball to develop. Even if his selection is based on marketing alone, it is good for baseball.