2011 MLB All-Star Futures Game Roster Review: United States Team Pitching Staff
Here is a guide to the 2011 MLB All-Star Futures Game rosters. We will begin with pitchers on the United States team. The hitters will follow this afternoon, and we'll look at the World Team on Wednesday.
Jarred Cosart, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies: Drafted in the 38th round in 2008 from high school in League City, Texas, Cosart features a mid-to-upper 90s fastball, a strong curveball, and an improving changeup. He has a 3.10 ERA with a 65/34 K/BB in 87 innings for High-A Clearwater. Age 21. Major League ETA: late 2012.
Kyle Gibson, RHP, Minnesota Twins: Drafted in the first round from the University of Missouri in 2009. Gibson is armed with an impressive 88-92 MPH sinker, plus slider and strong changeup. 4.17 ERA with 86/22 K/BB in 86 innings for Triple-A Rochester. Age 23. Major League ETA: late 2011-2012.
Matt Harvey, RHP, New York Mets: Drafted in the first round from the University of North Carolina in 2010, Harvey utilizes a mid-90s fastball, a hard power curve, and an adequate-but-improving changeup. Has a 2.73 ERA with a 101/27 K/BB in 86 innings this year between High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton. Age 22. Major League ETA: 2012.
Shelby Miller, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals: Drafted in the first round in 2009 from high school in Brownwood, Texas. Miller has a mid-to-upper-90s fastball, a terrific curve, a promising change, and superb command for a power pitcher. 2.47 ERA with a 119/28 K/BB in 91 innings for High-A Palm Beach and Double-A Springfield. Age 20. Major League ETA: 2012.
Matt Moore, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays: Drafted in the eighth round in 2007 from high school in Moriarty, New Mexico. Moore has a low-to-mid-90s fastball, a wicked breaking ball, and a solid changeup. Incredible stats for Double-A Montgomery, 2.21 ERA with a 115/25 K/BB in 90 innings, just 60 hits. Age 22. Major League ETA: 2012.
Brad Peacock, RHP, Washington Nationals: Drafted in the 41st round in 2006, signed in spring ‘07 after attending Palm Beach Community College. Low-to-mid-90s fastball, key for success has been greatly improved command of plus kuncklecurveball and decent changeup. 2.14 ERA, 120/21 K/BB in 93 innings for Double-A Harrisburg. Age 23. Major League ETA: 2012.
Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Cleveland Indians: Drafted in the first round in 2010 from the University of Mississippi. Power lefty with low-to-mid-90s fastball, very nasty breaking ball, improving changeup. 2.06 ERA with 88/30 K/BB in 70 innings for High-A Kinston, 53 hits allowed. Age 22. Major League ETA: late 2012-2013.
Tyler Skaggs, LHP, Arizona Diamondbacks: Drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the supplemental first round in 2009 from high school in Santa Monica, California. Traded to Arizona in the 2010 Dan Haren deal. Low-90s fastball, excellent curveball, solid changeup, good command, has taken a big step forward this year. 3.23 ERA with 120/34 K/BB in 98 innings for High-A Visalia, 78 hits. Age 19, turns 20 on July 13th. Major League ETA: 2013.
Tyler Thornburg, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers: Drafted in the third round in 2010 from Charleston Southern University. Mid-to-upper-90s fastball, excellent curveball, inconsistent but promising changeup. 1.47 ERA with a 92/29 K/BB in 80 innings this year, 52 hits allowed, between Low-A Wisconsin and High-A Brevard County. Age 22. Major League ETA: 2013.
Jacob Turner, RHP, Detroit Tigers: Drafted in the first round in 2009 from high school in St. Louis, Missouri. Low-to-mid-90s sinking fastball, mixed with a solid curveball, changeup, with good command and excellent mound presence. 3.07 ERA with 77/25 K/BB in 94 innings, 79 hits for Double-A Erie, one of the youngest players at that level at age 20. Major League ETA: 2012.
ORIGINS (highest level of amateur competition): California, Florida, Texas (2), Mississippi, Missouri (2), New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina.