2012 Futures Game Roster: Wil Myers and Major-League Ready Prospects

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 8, 2012

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Wil Myers may be baseball's top prospect, but he may not be in the minors very long. He is hitting .327 with 27 home runs and 72 RBI in 85 games this year.

With that type of production, the Kansas City Royals may be calling Triple-A Omaha to request the 21-year-old outfielder's presence with the big club. There is talk that Jeff Francoeur is on the trading block to make room for Myers' arrival, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Counting Myers, the Royals have three prospects in action for the MLB Futures Game. The other two are the starting pitchers for both the World and USA sides: Yordano Ventura and Jake Odorizzi.

The Royals' future looks bright, but Ventura and Odorizzi aren't quite as major league-ready as Myers.

Myers isn't the only prospect in the Futures Game whose arrival to the majors could be sooner rather than later.

Here are two more players looking to make their debut in the Show.


Billy Hamilton

I know Hamilton is just in Class-A Advanced in the Reds organization, but speed transfers at all levels—unless you can't hit, but that isn't the case with Hamilton. 

This year he has stolen a remarkable 104 bases in just 82 games. He's hitting .323 with nine triples as well.

A 2012 call-up is probably asking too much, but next season could be the season. If he takes his next graduation through the organization well, he could replace Zack Cozart as the everyday shortstop. Imagine him on base ahead of Joey Votto.


Anthony Gose

He's a fleet-footed center-fielder with pretty good skills as a hitter, and he's hitting .290 with 29 stolen bases for Triple-A Las Vegas.

But Gose really shines as a simply outstanding defensive outfielder. The former pitcher has a cannon for an arm, and he can run down just about anything in the field.

He has tremendous baseball instincts, and he could precipitate a trade in the Toronto Blue Jays' organization. Colby Rasmus is currently in center, they also have Rajai Davis and other prospects.

Something has to give, either with Toronto or elsewhere, because Gose is about ready to come up. 


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