The future of Major League Baseball starts in the minor leagues. There are a wide variety of levels down on the farm, with everything ranging from Dominican and short-season summer league clubs, all the way up to full-season leagues across the country.
One of the most star-studded levels in all of minor league baseball right now is the Midwest League, which is holding its All-Star game in Dayton, Ohio, home of the Cincinnati Reds' Low-A affiliate.
Led by Minnesota Twins' uber-prospect, and arguably the best prospect in baseball right now, Byron Buxton, the game has the potential to produce a few true superstars. Several players will carve out good big league careers and, sadly, some who are going to stall in Double-A.
But that is the beauty of baseball at the lower levels, where there is so much hope and so much volatility. Anything can happen between now and the years before we see these players in the big leagues.
In going over the rosters for the two teams in this game, here are the names you absolutely need to know for the future.
Note: Rosters courtesy of MiLB.com. Also, while some players originally on the team would have made the list, we are only using those who will play in the game. For example. Tampa Bay's Taylor Guerrieri is an All Star, but won't play and is therefore not on the list.