MLB Futures Game 2012: What Major League Teams Benefited Most
The United States won the MLB Futures Game for the third consecutive year on July 8 after it thrashed the World prospects team in an offensive onslaught, 17-5.
In a game that showcases the world's top young talent, any baseball fan wants to see his or her respective team's prospects play well. That said, here are a few teams who boasted top performers in the 2012 Futures game.
Detroit's top third base prospect Nick Castellanos shined at the plate Sunday afternoon, going 3-for-4 with a three-run home run to center and two singles.
Castellanos, 20, hasn't played above Double-A yet, but in 27 games with the Erie Sea Wolves he is hitting .307 with 4 home runs and 15 RBI's.
Prior to his time with Double-A Erie, he was batting .455 with 87 hits in 55 games.
In addition to Castellanos' bat, which will add further power to an already strong Tigers lineup in years to come, right-handed pitcher Bruce Rondon showed signs of promise as well.
Rated as the sixth-best prospect in the Tigers' organization by MLB.com in 2012, Rondon possesses arguably the best fastball in the minor leagues, topping out at 102 MPH in Sunday's showcase game.
Shifting to the AL East, Baltimore has a lot to look forward to in its top two prospects, Dylan Bundy and Manny Machado.
Bundy, the O's first round pick in 2011, recorded the win after pitching a scoreless fourth inning despite giving up three hits. The right-handed pitcher is 5-2 with a 1.87 ERA this season in 15 games in the minor leagues.
Machado equaled Bundy's success, going 1-for-3 with a double in the nine-run sixth for the United States.
The two are another year or two away from the Major Leagues, but Buck Showalter and company have plenty to look forward to in the near future.
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After 19-straight losing seasons, there is a lot to be excited about in Pittsburgh. Not only are the Bucs leading the NL Central at the All-Star break this season, there is security in the farm system when it comes to pitching.
Prospect Gerrit Cole boasted a strong fastball ranging from 96-100 MPH on Sunday and recorded two strike-outs.
Fellow prospect Jameson Taillon hit as high as 98 MPH on his fastball, but gave up an earned run. Nevertheless, both pitchers are just part of a large cast of young, emerging talent in the Pirates' organization.
All-Star hosts Kansas City, who have arguably the best farm system in baseball, had a lot to cheer about Sunday afternoon when prospect Wil Myers stepped up to the plate.
The royals prospect received a standing ovation from the 40,000 plus in attendance, and the 21-year-old added 3 RBI's to the nine-run sixth for the United States. Myers is tied for the minor league lead in home runs this year with 27.
Not only do the Royals have an up-and-coming bat, but the U.S.'s starting Pitcher, Jake Odorizzi, is in Kansas City's farm system and is poised to make a jump to the majors sooner rather than later.
Odorizzi is 5-0 with a 2.83 earned-run average in 9 games for Triple-A Omaha.
On the other side of the diamond, the World's starter Yordano Ventura broke the 100 MPH barrier and could feature in a Kansas City bullpen that needs help in the years to come.
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