The 2012 MLB Futures Game is loaded with elite prospects. This is not surprising, given that this game is designed to showcase the best and brightest rising stars in the minor league system, but that said, there is still an impressive amount of players who have the looks of becoming big stars.
Here are the three most exciting prospects from this year's contest.
Wil Myers, OF, Kansas City Royals
Myers, 21, isn't likely to spend much more time in the minors. He is just eating up the pitching. Myers was called up to Triple-A earlier this year, and it has not slowed him down.
He has played in 48 games since his promotion and is hitting .315 with 14 HR and 42 RBI.
Myers is a below average outfielder, but with offense like that no one is going to care. He is athletic enough that he could make improvements in the outfield, but even if he doesn't, his bat is going to be a valuable part of any lineup.
Dylan Bundy, RHP, Baltimore Orioles
At 19, there is still a lot that could go wrong with Bundy before he reaches the majors, but he is clearly on the fast track to the bigs.
Last year's No. 4 overall selection started off the season in single-A Delmarva. He didn't stay there for long, and opposing hitters were not complaining.
In 30 innings with Delmarva, he allowed no earned runs, just five hits and two walks while striking out 40.
He moved up to Advanced Single-A Frederick and has been very promising there. He is 4-2 with an ERA of 3.58 in seven starts.
Billy Hamilton, SS, Cincinnati Reds
There are some impressive stat lines being brought to this Futures Game, but none of those can touch one that Hamilton boasts.
Playing in Advanced Single-A Bakersfield, Billy Hamilton has 104 stolen bases in 82 games. How is this even possible?
Sure he is hitting .326 with a .415 OBP, but still? Break this down a little and the number is still mind-boggling.
Hamilton has reached base 179 time via either hit or walk. Ten of his hits were either triples or home runs. So let's assume he didn't steal any bases on those hits.
That means he averages stealing a base on 62 percent of the time he has reached first or second. That's awesome. Are pitchouts illegal in his league or something?
Hamilton is also a fine defensive player. Any way you look at it, he is on the fast track.
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