MLB Futures Game 2012: Players Who'll Tilt Game in Favor of USA

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVJuly 8, 2012

SARASOTA, FL - MARCH 01:  Pitcher Dylan Bundy #82 of the Baltimore Orioles poses for a photo during photo day at Ed Smith Stadium on March 1, 2011 in Sarasota, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
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The MLB Futures Game is set for Sunday at 5 p.m. ET, and will air on ESPN2. The players representing their respective minor league teams are just as talented—if not more so—than ever.

There's no denying that some incredible talent will be on display this evening when the USA suits up to face the World, and it's always fun to watch and see which players will be lighting up the majors in a few short seasons. 

The hometown Kansas City Royals will have a big representation at their local event, with two minor-league players on the American squad and one on World.

Let's take a look at the players who should make a difference and give the U.S. a victory.


Wil Myers, OF, Kansas City Royals

This power hitter will be in top form Sunday.

Myers is just 21 years old but is already pegged as one of the most MLB-ready minor league players in baseball. 

He's popped 27 home runs along with 20 doubles in 83 games in the minor league farm system this year, and has an insane 72 RBI to go along with that.

The 6'3" slugger was drafted in the 2009 draft and next year he'll be competing for a spot in the All-Star Game instead of this contest. Expect him to put his power on display here. 


Dylan Bundy, P, Baltimore Orioles

Bundy is another name that's getting a lot of love as a player who should be called up at any moment.

The right-hander was ranked the top-rated minor-league prospect in the nation by Baseball America and will dazzle with the stuff of domination Sunday evening against a World team who'll pose little threat to score off Bundy.

He was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft and is outplaying even those lofty expectations. Bundy will prove why he's a name worth remembering on fantasy baseball rosters in 2013. 


Nick Castellanos, DH, Detroit Tigers

A former first-round pick in the 2010 supplemental draft, Castellanos is a strong hitter who deservedly has landed the designated hitter spot for the Americans.

Castellanos hasn't seen the competition of Triple-A ball like many of these players have, but he's only 20 years old and has put up significant numbers so far in his minor-league career. He's not far from making the leap and becoming a great player.

All Castellanos needs is time to become a formidable member of the Detroit Tigers, and he'll prove to be a little ahead of the curve as he hangs with elite competition Sunday and produces to help his country win.