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Rosters Set for All-Star Futures Game

The rosters for both the World Team and the US Team are set for the All-Star Futures Game on July 9, in Miami. Many of the game’s top prospects are a week away from descending on Marlins Park for a showcase game that shows a glimpse into the not-so-distant future.

Two good examples of that is in the 2014 and 2015 Futures Game. Joey Gallo won the MVP in 2014 on a US team that also had Kris BryantNoah Syndergaard and Corey Seager. They were facing off against a World Team that featured Jose BerriosJavier BaezMaikel Franco and Francisco Lindor. The 2015 Futures Game featured a US Team in which nearly the entire squad has reached the big leagues, including Aaron Judge, who is on pace for an American League triple-crown during his rookie season.

The two rosters are filled to the brim of top prospects but here are the three prospect on each team to look out for in no particular order:

Team U.S.A

1) Brett Honeywell, Tampa Bay Rays

Each of the Tampa Bay Rays’ top five prospects are in the Triple-A International League’s Durham Bulls. Brett Honeywell is right at the top as the organization’s premier pitching prospect.

Honeywell throws his fastball in the low- to mid-90s with late sinking action and backs it with a above average changeup and a screwball that is his trademark pitch. He also throws his cutter and curveball pitch well that makes him a complete starting pitcher with a future in the Rays’ starting rotation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) Beau Burrows, Detroit Tigers

Beau Burrows entered the season as the Detroit Tigers’ No. 3 prospect. While he is currently going through some growing pains in the Eastern League, Burrows has dominated the Florida State League with the Lakeland Flying Tigers, going 4-3 with a 1.23 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 11 starts. Burrows commands a blazing fastball with a curveball that is up to snuff and able to keep opposing batters honest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3)  Scott Kingery, Philadelphia Phillies

Scott Kingery came into the season as the Philadelphia Phillies second baseman of the future. He is proving it three months in after a domination of the Double-A circuit that had him leading the Eastern League in runs scored and all of minor league baseball in home runs. He is now one step closer to the big leagues after a recent call-up to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team World

1) Alex Mejia, Cleveland Indians

Alex Mejia is a switch hitter with natural hitting ability from both sides of the plate. Even with an aggressive approach, he generates hard contact on a consistent basis due to his advanced bat-to-ball skills and barrel control to spread his hits to all over the field. His impressive physical strength and bat speed is what generates his raw power that wont be so sneaky for long. He demonstrates it more from the right side of the batter’s box, which may influence where he hits with more regularity later on in his career.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Rafeal Devers, Boston Red Sox

Rafeal Devers is the Boston Red Sox top prospect and their third baseman of the future. His top trait is his ability to hit for power to all fields. He is currently in Double-A, playing for the Portland Sea Dogs in the Eastern League hitting .301 with 16 home runs and 50 RBIs.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Alex Verdugo, Los Angeles Dodgers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Verdugo won the California League at age 19 and rose to the status of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ No. 2 prospect at age 20. It almost goes without saying that he is an extremely advanced hitter for his age. Verdugo is great at recognizing pitches, managing the strike zone and squaring up the ball. He exhibits plenty of bat speed from the left side of the plate and like Devers can use the opposite field. He is currently in Triple-A hitting .352 for the Oklahoma City Dodgers. The big league club has a crowded outfield but Verdugo is always an injury away from getting the big call-up.

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