W2W4: The Future On Full Display

futuresMLB Futures Game – 2:00 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2 and MLB.com

The Futures Game has been a big part of the MLB All-Star festivities since it was first played in 1999.

The exhibition pits Team World against Team USA, and is a showcase of the games best and brightest prospects. After 13 installments, the MLB Futures Game has become one of the most anticipated parts of the All-Star Game celebration, mainly because it gives us our first national-stage glimpse at some of the players who will soon be the new crop of household baseball superstars.

Don’t believe the hyperbole? Just look at the list Futures Game alumni (along with the year they participated) who were selected as MLB All-Stars this season:

• Pedro Alvarez, 3B Pirates (2009)
• Jose Bautista, OF Blue Jays (2005)
• Ryan Braun, OF Brewers (2006)
• Dominic Brown, OF Phillies (2010)
• Miguel Cabrera, 3B Tigers (2001-2002)
• Robinson Cano, 2B Yankees (2003-2004)
• Jason Castro, C Astros (2009)
• Michael Cuddyer, OF Rockies (1999)
• Edwin Encarnacion, 1B Blue Jays (2003, 2004, 2005)
• Prince Fielder, 1B Tigers (2004)
• Paul Goldschmidt, 1B Diamondbacks (2011)
• Carlos Gonzalez, OF Rockies (2006-2007)
• J.J. Hardy, SS Orioles (2003)
• Bryce Harper, OF Nationals (2011)
• Matt Harvey, SP Mets (2011)
• Felix Hernandez, SP Mariners (2004)
• Clayton Kershaw, SP Dodgers (2007)
• Joe Mauer, C Twins (2003)
• Andrew McCutchen, OF Pirates (2008)
• Brandon Phillips, 2B Reds (2002)
• Mike Trout, OF Angels (2010-2011)
• Troy Tulowitzki, SS Rockies (2006)
• Justin Verlander, SP Tigers (2005)
• Joey Votto, 1B Reds (2006-2007)
• David Wright, 3B Mets (2004)

I’ll do the counting for you. That’s 28 out of 70 All-Stars, or roughly 40 percent.

When watching this afternoon’s game, the question that will be on everyone’s mind is which, of these young up-and-comers will join that list of All-Stars who are also Futures Game alumni.

Here is a full roster of the Future’s Game participants. Personally, as a Reds fan, I will keep my eyes on 2B-turned-CF Billy Hamilton, the prolific base stealer who is going to be Cincinnati’s lead-off man of the future, likely starting with next year.

U.S. Team Roster

Player Position MiLB Team and MLB Organization
Jesse Biddle LHP Reading (AA) – Phillies
Archie Bradley RHP Mobile (AA) – Diamondbacks
Eddie Butler RHP Modesto (Advanced A) – Rockies
Kyle Crick RHP San Jose (Advanced A) – Giants
A.J. Cole RHP Potomac (Advanced A) – Nationals
C.J. Riefenhauser LHP Durham (AAA) – Rays
Jimmy Nelson RHP Nashville (AAA) – Brewers
Anthony Ranaudo RHP Portland (AA) – Red Sox
Noah Syndergaard RHP Binghamton (AA) – White Sox
Taijuan Walker RHP Tacoma (AAA) – Mariners
Austin Hedges C Lake Elsinore (Advanced A) – Padres
James McCann C Erie (AA) – Tigers
C.J. Cron INF Arkansas (AA) – Angels
Delino DeShields INF Lancaster (Advanced A) – Astros
Matt Davidson INF Reno (AAA) – Diamondbacks
Joey Gallo INF Hickory (Full A) – Rangers
Brad Miller INF Tacoma (AAA) – Mariners
Addison Russell INF Stockton (Advanced A) – Athletics
Kolten Wong INF Memphis (AAA) – Cardinals
Christian Walker INF Frederick (Advanced A) – Orioles
Byron Buxton OF Fort Myers (Advanced A) – Twins
Billy Hamilton OF Louisville (AAA) – Reds
Joc Pederson OF Chattanooga (AA) – Dodgers
George Springer OF Corpus Christi (AA) – Astros
Christian Yelich OF Jacksonville (AA) – Marlins

World Team Roster

Player Position MiLB Team
Miguel Almonte RHP Lexington (Full A) – Astros
Carlos Contreras RHP Bakersfield (Advanced A) – Reds
Rafael De Paula RHP Tampa (Advanced A) – Yankees
C.C. Lee RHP Columbus (AAA) – Indians
Rafael Montero RHP Las Vegas (AAA) – Mets
Andre Rienzo RHP Charlotte (AAA) – White Sox
Eduardo Rodriguez LHP Frederick (Advanced A) – Orioles
Enny Romero LHP Montgomery (AA) – Rays
Yordano Ventura RHP Omaha (AAA) – Royals
Michael Ynoa RHP Beloit (Full A) – Athletics
Jorge Alfaro C Hickory (Full A) – Rangers
Christian Bethancourt C Mississippi (AA) – Braves
A.J. Jimenez C New Hampshire (AA) – Blue Jays
Arismendy Alcantara INF Tennessee (AA) – Cubs
Xander Bogaerts INF Pawtucket (AAA) – Red Sox
Maikel Franco INF Reading (AA) – Phillies
Dilson Herrera INF West Virginia (Full A) – Pirates
Jordan Lennerton INF Toledo (AAA) – Tigers
Francisco Lindor INF Carolina (Advanced A) – Indians
Miguel Sano INF New Britain (AA) – Twins
Yeison Asencio OF San Antonio (AA) – Padres
Gregory Polanco OF Altoona (AA) – Pirates
Jorge Soler OF Daytona (Advanced A) – Cubs
Jesus Galindo OF Augusta (Full A) – Giants
Henry Urrutia OF Bowie (AA) – Orioles


About Matthew George

Matthew George graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with a bachelor of science in journalism. He spent three years writing sports for the Kentucky Kernel, the university's daily paper, and served as assistant sports editor. After undergrad, Matthew attended Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University where he earned his juris doctorate. He is now admitted to practice law in Kentucky and Indiana.

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