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 MLB infielder Edgardo Alfonzo will manage the World team this year and will have a strong roster to work with:
Miguel Almonta, Kansas City Royals
Carlos Contreras, Cincinnati Reds
Rafael De Paula, New York Yankees
C.C. Lee, Cleveland Indians
Rafael Montero, New York Mets
Andre Rienzo, Chicago White Sox
Eduardo Rodriguez, Baltimore Orioles
Enny Romero, Tampa Bay Rays
Yordano Ventura, Kansas City Royals
Michael Ynoa, Oakland Athletics
Jorge Alfaro, Texas Rangers
Christian Bethancourt, Atlanta Braves
AJ Jimenez, Toronto Blue Jays
Arismendy Alcantara, Chicago Cubs
Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
Maikel Franco, Philadelphia Phillies
Dilson Herrera, Pittsburgh Pirates
Jordan Lennerton, Detroit Tigers
Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins
Yeison Asencio, San Diego Padres
Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates
Jorge Soler, Chicago Cubs
Oscar Tavares, St. Louis Cardinals
Henry Urrutia, Baltimore Orioles
Bogaerts, Franco, Lindor, Sano, Soler, Tavares, Montero, and Ventura are likely some of the names fans are most excited to see play. Bogaerts and Sano are arguably two of the most talked about prospects in the minor leagues this year, particularly with both recently being promoted up a level within their respective organizations. Tavares’ status for the game remains a question mark, as he’s currently on the minor league DL, but he entered the season among the top prospects in all of baseball. Ventura may be the first of the group to land in the Major Leagues, as he could be pitching out of the Royals rotation by summer’s end.
Players on this year’s World roster originate from ten different countries or territories outside of the United States, including 13 players from the Dominican Republic. Puerto Rico, Columbia, and Cuba each have two players on the roster. The remainder are from Brazil, Aruba, Canada, Taiwan, Panama, and Venezuela.
There could be another addition to this list, pending the outcome of fan voting for the final player that will be added to each roster – a new feature MLB debuted this season. Candidates for the vote include: Javier Baez (Chicago Cubs, Puerto Rico), Ji-Man Choi (Seattle Mariners, South Korea), Carlos Correa (Houston Astros, Puerto Rico), Renato Nunez (Oakland Athletics, Venezuela), and Rougned Odor (Texas Rangers, Venezuela). Fans can vote at between now and midnight Sunday at mlb.com/futurefinalists.
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