2013 MLB Futures Game: World Roster Unveiled

Easily one of the more highly regarded prospects in the minor leagues, Miguel Sano will participate in this summer’s Futures Game. (Image Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

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:

Pitchers

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

Catchers

Jorge Alfaro, Texas Rangers

Christian Bethancourt, Atlanta Braves

AJ Jimenez, Toronto Blue Jays

Infielders

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

Outfielders

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.

Topics: 2013 MLB Futures Game, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, St Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays

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