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2016 MLB Futures Game: World Team preview

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The 2016 MLB Futures Game will be played on Sunday, July 10th, at 7 PM Eastern time. Here’s a look at the roster of the World Team. A review of the United States roster will be posted tomorrow morning.

WORLD TEAM

PITCHERS:

Jharel Cotton, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers:
Age 24, from the Virgin Islands, drafted in the 20th round in 2012 from East Carolina University, 4.98 ERA in 69 innings in Triple-A but with a nice 82/25 K/BB and just 56 hits allowed; very good change-up and fastball can hit 95.

Chih-Wei Hu, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays: Age 22, from Taiwan, signed by the Twins in 2012 then traded to the Rays last summer, 2.34 ERA in 73 innings in Double-A, 65/21 K/BB; throws three solid-average pitches for strikes and keeps hitters off-stride.

Joe Jimenez, RHP, Detroit Tigers: Age 21, signed out of Puerto Rico in 2013; stunning 0.33 ERA in 27 innings this year with 46/7 K/BB between High-A and Double-A; throws very hard and throws strikes should be ready for major league trial soon.

Reynaldo Lopez, RHP, Washington Nationals: Age 22, from the Dominican Republic, just promoted to Triple-A after posting 3.18 ERA in 76 innings in Double-A with 100/25 K/BB; can hit 100, secondary pitches have steadily improved, and he throws strikes.

Adalberto Mejia, LHP, San Francisco Giants: Age 23, from the Dominican Republic, 2.73 ERA with 76/20 K/BB in 82 innings between Double-A and Triple-A; low-90s fastball with solid slider and change-up, throws strikes, mid-rotation potential.

Dovydas Neverauskus, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates: Age 23, signed from Lithuania in 2010, has 2.67 ERA in 34 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, 34/12 K/BB; low-to-mid-90s fastball and has shown some feel for strike-throwing, middle relief potential.

Ricardo Pinto, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies:
Age 22, from Venezuela, 4.32 ERA in Double-A with 59/24 K/BB and 86 hits allowed; scouting reports peg fastball at 90-95 MPH with a very good change-up; breaking stuff needs work and component ratios point to need for more polish.

Alex Reyes, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals: Age 21, originally from New Jersey but was signed as a free agent from the Dominican Republic in 2012; just coming back from marijuana suspension; has a 4.93 ERA in 35 innings in Triple-A with 52/18 K/BB; can hit 100 and has a plus curveball; high strikeout rate is no fluke.

Francisco Rios, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays: Age 21, from Mexico; 2.05 ERA with 81/21 K/BB in 87 innings this year between Low-A and High-A; best pitch is plus breaking ball but fastball is respectable at 90-94 and he throws strikes.

Dylan Unsworth, RHP; Seattle Mariners: Age 23; from South Africa; 1.16 ERA in 47 Double-A innings with 35/7 K/BB; control artist with mediocre fastball but excellent control of his breaking ball and change-up.

CATCHERS

Francisco Mejia, C, Cleveland Indians:
Age 20, switch-hitter from the Dominican Republic; in the middle of a breakout season in Low-A, hitting .3347/.384/.531 in 239 at-bats; also has good defensive tools and has taken a large step forward with the glove. Should be considered among the top catching prospects in all of baseball at this point.

Gary Sanchez, C, New York Yankees:
Still just 23 years old despite being on prospect lists since the Hoover Administration; from the Dominican Republic, hitting .280/.322/.490 in Triple-A; defense is sound as well; just needs a chance at this point.

INFIELDERS

Willy Adames, SS, Tampa Bay Rays
: Age 20, from the Dominican Republic, hitting .275/.365/.472 with 22 doubles and eight homers in Double-A; switch-hitter with pop and good plate discipline; very good fielder as well, originally in the Tigers system and acquired in the David Price trade.

Carlos Asuaje, 2B, San Diego Padres
: Age 24, from Venezuela but attended college at Nova Southeastern in Florida, drafted by Red Sox in 11th round in 2013, came to Padres in Craig Kimbrel deal, hitting .324/.388/.464 in Triple-A, doesn't have premium tools but knows how to hit and commonly exceeds expectations.

Jeimer Candelario, 2B, Chicago Cubs: Age 22, switch-hitter born in New York City but signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2010, hitting .248/.360/.423 this year between Double-A and Triple-A; very good fielder at third base and has a promising bat but likely trade bait in this system.

Ronald Guzman, 1B, Texas Rangers
: Age 21, from the Dominican Republic; hitting .290/.352/.486 in Double-A, a breakout season after erratic performances in the low minors; has some contact concerns but is getting to his raw power much more often this year.

Dilson Herrera, 2B, New York Mets:
Age 22, from Colombia, hitting .274/.319/.466 with 11 homers in Triple-A; has 149 at-bats in the majors with a .215/.308/.383 line and is not a formal rookie; good pop in the bat but still looking for a full big league opportunity.

Jorge Mateo, SS, New York Yankees:
Age 21, from the Dominican Republic, hitting .269/.328/.406 with 26 steals in 283 at-bats in High-A; cooling off after hitting .337 in April; fast, athletic, gap power, and should stay at shortstop although he's spent some time at second base this year.

Yoan Moncada, 2B, Boston Red Sox
: Age 21, Cuban, hitting .304/.412/.485 between High-A and Double-A, with 45 walks and 37 steals in 45 attempts. In 566 minor league at-bats he has 45 doubles, 13 homers, 87 walks, and 86 steals; switch-hitter with power, plate discipline, and a tremendous baserunner.

Josh Naylor, 1B, Miami Marlins:
Age 19, drafted in the first round from high school in Canada last year, hitting .257/.316/.441 with eight homers in Low-A; outstanding power potential from the left side of the plate.

OUTFIELDERS

Jorge Bonifacio, OF, Kansas City Royals
: Age 23, from the Dominican Republic, hitting .295/.357/.516 with 12 homers in Triple-A; progress after so-so 2014 and 2015 campaigns in Double-A; still has some contact issues but getting to his power more often this year.

Eloy Jimenez, OF, Chicago Cubs: Age 19, from the Dominican Republic, signed in 2013, hitting .341/.378/.548 with 10 homers in Low-A; breakout campaign from a player with excellent physical tools who is developing the skills to make those tools work.

Manuel Margot, OF, San Diego Padres: Age 21, from the Dominican Republic, acquired in the Kimbrel trade from the Red Sox, hitting .295/.395/.412 with 22 steals in Triple-A; noted for speed and defensive ability but gets on base enough to project well at the top of an order. 

Tyler O’Neill, OF, Seattle Mariners: Age 21, drafted out of Canada in the third round in 2013, hitting .310/.371/.532 with 13 homers in Double-A, showing that his power will work outside the California League where he knocked 32 dingers last year.

Raimel Tapia, OF, Colorado Rockies: Age 22, from the Dominican Republic, hitting .318/.370/.449 with six homers in Double-A; line drive hitter with gap power; not likely to be a big home run guy but not punchless and own a career .315 average.