Rosters were unveiled late Wednesday afternoon for this summer’s Futures Game – easily one of the biggest attractions of MLB’s All Star Weekend festivities. The game has become popular simply because of the fact that it’s developed into a premier showcase of some of the top talent across the minor leagues. The annual exhibition game will be played on Sunday, July 14th at New York’s Citi Field and will be broadcast on MLB Network and ESPN2.
Former Mets great Mookie Wilson will manage the US roster and he’ll have an abundance of talent to work with:
Matt Davidson, Arizona Diamondbacks
Brad Miller, Seattle Mariners
George Springer, Houston Astros
Hamilton, Springer, Yelich, and Buxton give the US squad one heck of an impressive outfield mix. Add in DeShields, Gallo, and Hedges and the US team will have a tough lineup to face. Between Hamilton and DeShields there’s enough speed on this team to challenge the US Olympic track team (ok, maybe that’s an exaggeration but the pair combined for over 300 stolen bases last season!). The team’s strength is clearly in the pitching, however, with some big names among the group. Biddle, Bradley, Walker, Syndergaard, Ranaudo, and Crick are all among the top arms in each of their respective organizations.
Pending the outcome of fan voting for the final player that will be added to this roster – a new feature debuting this season for the Futures Game – there will be an addition to this list. Candidates for this final vote include: Nick Castellanos (Detroit Tigers), Garin Cecchini (Boston Red Sox), Courtney Hawkins (Chicago White Sox), Brandon Nimmo (New York Mets), and Tyler Austin (New York Yankees). Fans can vote at between now and midnight Sunday at mlb.com/futurefinalists.
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