A game is held right before the All Star game between the best prospects from the United States and the best prospects from the world. The United States has been winning the last couple Future games, but then there are more players to choose from. Last year Joey Gallo made a name for himself with his batting practice shots. He is now playing for the Texas Rangers. Who will be the bright spots this year?
Pitchers - Mark Appel (Astros), Tyler Beede (Giants), Zach Davies (Orioles), Carl Edwards (Cubs), Amir Garrett (Reds), Lucas Giolito (Nationals), Sean Newcomb (Angels), Aaron Nola (Phillies), Colin Rea (Padres), Blake Snell (Rays)
Catchers - Kyle Farmer (Dodgers), Kyle Schwarber (Cubs)
Infielders - Josh Bell (Pirates), J.P. Crawford (Phillies), Tony Kemp (Astros), Matt Olson (Athletics), Richie Shaffer (Rays), Trevor Story (Rockies) Trea Turner (Nationals)
Outfielders - Michael Conforto (Mets), Aaron Judge (Yankees), Brandon Nimmo (Mets), Kyle Waldrop (Reds), Nick Williams (Rangers), Bradley Zimmer (Indians)
The United States has three lefthanders in Snell, Garrett and Newcomb. Snell had a shutout streak earlier in the season of 40 plus innings. Lucas Giolito may be the hardest thrower but Aaron Nola may end up being the best over all pitcher.
On the power front Aaron Judge will be the batting practice player to watch. Matt Olson and Richie Shaffer are other power sources. The best hitter on this roster may be Kyle Schwarber.
The most popular name on this roster is Kyle with three players on the United States roster named Kyle. California had the most players from a birth perspective with five. Texas came in second with four. Four other states had two each (Massachusetts, Washington, Georgia and Florida). I’m guessing Wyoming has their first representative in Nimmo.
Pitchers - Jose Berrios (Twins), Edwin Diaz (Mariners), Jarlin Garcia (Marlins), Juan Gonzalez (Dodgers), Wei-Chieh Huang (Diamondbacks), Joe Jimenez (Tigers), Jairo Labourt (Blue Jays), Keury Mella (Giants), Frankie Montas (White Sox), Alex Reyes (Cardinals)
Catchers - Elias Diaz (Pirates), Gary Sanchez (Yankees)
Infielders - Ozhaino Albies (Braves), Orlando Arcia (Brewers), Cheslor Cuthbert (Royals), Rafael Devers (Red Sox), Max Kepler (Twins), Raul Mondesi (Royals), Renato Nunez (Athletics)
Outfielders - Socrates Brito (Diamondbacks), Manuel Margot (Red Sox), Nomar Mazaro (Rangers), Yorman Rodriguez (Reds), Raimel Tapia (Rockies)
The only lefties on the international roster are Garcia and Labourt. Compared to the United States team that has seven pitchers standing 6′4″ or greater, the tallest international pitcher is 6′4″ Labourt. The hardest throwers are probably Montas and Reyes, though there are a couple pitchers myworld is not familiar with.
Not a lot of power here. Renato Nunez and Nomar Mazaro may provide the most entertainment as far as batting practice power. Orlando Arcia is a smooth fielding shortstop and may be one of the more complete players in this game from both an offensive and defensive perspective. The best hitter may be Devers.
Max Kepler is the first German player ever to play in the Futures game. The Dominican Republic is the most represented country on the international squad with 12. Venezuela follows with five and then Puerto Rico with four. Four other countries have one player each (Curacao, Germany, Nicaragua and Taiwan). Canada is not represented this year, but they have some up and coming players that should squeeze into future rosters. Cuba is surprisingly not represented, with most of their better players hitting the major leagues fairly quickly after leaving Cuba.