The 2013 MLB All Star Futures Game starts on Sunday at 2 PM Eastern at Citi Field in New York. Here is a look at the United States roster.
Eddie Butler, RHP, Rockies:
A.J. Cole, RHP, Nationals: Low-to-mid-90s fastball and usually throws strikes, but an erratic change and curve have given him an inconsistent track record. Has a 4.43 ERA in High-a but with a 99/22 K/BB in 91 innings for Potomac.
Kyle Crick, RHP, Giants: Age 20, drafted in the supplemental first round in 2011 from high school in Sherman, Texas. Limited to 30 innings this year for High-A San Jose by an oblique injury, but has a 1.21 ERA with a 44/19 K/BB ratio. Can hit 98-99 MPH and has an impressive curveball, changeup combo although command can be erratic.
Jimmy Nelson, RHP, Brewers:
Anthony Ranaudo, RHP, Red Sox:
C.J. Riefenhauser, LHP, Rays:
Noah Syndergaard, RHP, Mets:
Taijuan Walker, RHP, Mariners:
Austin Hedges, Padres: , hitting has been better than anticipated, hitting .272/.353/.428 line this season in High-A California League. Still a top all-around catching prospect.
James McCann, Tigers:
Garin Cecchini, 3B, Red Sox: Age 22, just replaced the injured Joey Gallo on the roster, drafted in the fourth round in 2010 from high school in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Line drive hitter with superb plate discipline and moderate power, hitting .358/.475/.545 this year between High-A and Double-A. Combination of high walk rate with relatively few strikeouts stands out.
CJ Cron, 1B, Angels: Hit 27 homers in the Cal League last year but his power hasn't fully translated to higher level success yet, though he's maintained his batting average.
Delino DeShields, 2B, Astros:
Matt Davidson, 3B, Diamondbacks: Age 22, hitting .294/.356/.506 with 14 homers for Triple-A Reno. Supplemental first round pick in 2009 from high school in Yucaipa, California, Davidson demonstrates serious power from the right side of the plate, but also whiffs a lot (99 times in 340 at-bats this year).
Chris Owings, SS, Diamondbacks: Age 21, Owings is hitting .350/.373/.501 with 11 homers and 15 steals as Davidson's teammate in Reno. He was a supplemental first round pick in 2009 from high school in Gilbert, South Carolina. Pure athleticism including speed and power stand out, but he is an impatient hitter and erratic fielder.
Addison Russell, SS, Athletics: First-round pick in 2012 from high school in Pace, Florida, and he has the tools to show for that background, projecting as an impact player on both sides of the ball.
Christian Walker, 1B, Orioles:
Kolten Wong, 2B, Cardinals: Age 22, hitting .299/.358/.458 for Triple-A Memphis with 13 steals in 14 attempts along with impressive defense. Drafted in the first round in 2011 from the University of Hawaii, Wong is fundamentally sound and has good makeup to go with his line drive hitting skills.
Byron Buxton, Twins:
Billy Hamilton, Reds: better pitching has exploited his lack of power, giving him a disappointing overall line of .245/.300/.334. Hamilton is still the fastest man on the field (only Buxton comes close) and the Reds will be patient with his bat.
Brandon Nimmo, Mets: Age 20, drafted by the Mets in the first round in 2011 from high school in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Solid across-the-board tools but his hitting has been disappointing thus far, with a .261/.366/.350 line in Low-A. He'll draw some walks but also strikes out a lot, with 82 Ks in 234 at-bats, too many whiffs for a guy with one homer.
Joc Pederson, Dodgers:
George Springer, Astros: Age 23, first round pick in 2011 from the University of Connecticut. Springer has a terrific power/speed game with 26 bombs and 28 thefts between Double-A and Triple-A this year, with an overall .315/.419/.627 line. He strikes out a lot (112 in 88 games) but will draw some walks as well. His athleticism also helps him in the outfield.
Christian Yelich, Marlins:
Joey Gallo, 1B, Rangers (strained groin); Taylor Guerrieri, RHP, Rays (fatigue); Taylor Jordan, RHP, Nationals (promoted to majors); Brad Miller, SS, Mariners (promoted to majors); Josh Phegley, C, White Sox (promoted to majors); Joey Terdoslavich, 1B, Braves (promoted to majors).