Futures Game 2013 Rosters: Highlighting Top Stars to Watch

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Futures Game 2013 Rosters: Highlighting Top Stars to Watch
David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Are you ready for some Futures Game?

Of course you are. Nothing is better than previewing the stars of tomorrow today in the lead-up to the Major League All-Star Game, to be held this year on Sunday, July 14 at 2 p.m. ET. 

While all of these players are potential studs of the future, a few are more intriguing than the rest. Here are the players you should be watching closely come the Futures Game. 

 

Oscar Taveras, St. Louis Cardinals

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In his first season of Triple-A ball, Taveras isn't disappointing, hitting .306 with five home runs, 32 RBI, 25 runs scored and five stolen bases in 46 games. One of the top prospects in all of baseball, Taveras will be the biggest star at this year's showcase event. 

He broke out in a big way last season, hitting .321 with 23 home runs, 94 RBI, 83 runs and 10 stolen bases in 124 games in Double-A. It won't be long before he's patrolling the outfield at Busch Stadium. 

 

Taijuan Walker, Seattle Mariners

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The 20-year-old has been magnificent in 2013, posting a 5-7 record with a 2.30 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 100 strikeouts in 90 innings pitched in both Double-A and Triple-A.

The tall righty is the prize jewel of the Mariners' farm system. He boasts a fastball that reaches 97 mph and a nasty curve that gives hitters fits. While the team probably would like to see him spend the rest of the year in Triple-A, don't be surprised if he makes his major league debut next season.  

 

Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds

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Billy Hamilton has faced some struggles in Triple-A this season, hitting just .247. On the other hand, he continues to score runs (50) and steal bases (49) at an absurd clip. With 101 hits and walks on the year, Hamilton essentially steals a bag every other time he reaches base. 

That's nuts, folks. Of course, it's also no surprise, seeing as he stole 155 bases last season. That's right, 155 stolen bases in 132 games. Ricky Henderson, here he comes. 

If he doesn't steal a base at the Futures Game, it will be a pretty huge shocker. 

 

Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins

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The second overall pick in the 2012 draft, Buxton has hit the ground running in the minors, combining to hit .304 with 13 home runs, 77 RBI and 43 stolen bases in 118 games over the past year-and-a-half. 

A five-tool prospect, Buxton arguably has more pure talent than any other player in this game and is just as likely to amaze offensively as he is by making a highlight-worthy play in the outfield. 

He's a young, unpolished Matt Kemp, folks. Well, the healthy version, at least. 

 

United States Roster (via MLB.com)

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Pitchers 

Name
ORG
Level
B
T
HT
WT
Jesse Biddle PHI AA L L 6-4 225
Archie Bradley ARI AA R R 6-4 225
Eddie Butler COL A+ S R 6-2 180
Kyle Crick SF A+ L R 6-4 220
Taylor Guerrieri TB A R R 6-3 195
Taylor Jordan WSH AA R R 6-3 190
Jimmy Nelson MIL AAA R R 6-6 245
Anthony Ranaudo BOS AA R R 6-7 230
Noah Syndergaard NYM AA R R 6-6 240
Taijuan Walker SEA AAA R R 6-4 210


Catchers 

Name
ORG
Level
B
T
HT
WT
Austin Hedges SD A+ R R 6-1 190
Josh Phegley CWS AAA R R 5-10 220


Infielders 

Name
ORG
Level
B
T
HT
WT
CJ Cron LAA AA R R 6-4 235
Delino DeShields HOU A+ R R 5-9 205
Matt Davidson ARI AAA R R 6-2 225
Joey Gallo TEX A L R 6-5 205
Brad Miller SEA AAA L R 6-2 185
Addison Russell OAK A+ R R 6-0 195
Joey Terdoslavich ATL AAA S R 6-0 200
Kolten Wong STL AAA L R 5-9 185


Outfielders 

Name
ORG
Level
B
T
HT
WT
Byron Buxton MIN A+ R R 6-2 189
Billy Hamilton CIN AAA S R 6-0 160
Joc Pederson LAD AA L L 6-1 185
George Springer HOU AA R R 6-3 200
Christian Yelich MIA AA L R 6-4 195

 

World Rosters (via MLB.com)

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Pitchers 

Name
ORG
Level
B
T
HT
WT
Miguel Almonte KC A R R 6-2 180
Carlos Contreras CIN A+ R R 5-11 205
Rafael De Paula NYY A+ R R 6-2 212
C.C. Lee CLE AAA R R 5-11 190
Rafael Montero NYM AAA R R 6-0 170
Andre Rienzo CWS AAA R R 6-3 190
Eduardo Rodriguez BAL A+ L L 6-2 200
Enny Romero TB AA L L 6-3 165
Yordano Ventura KC AAA R R 5-11 180
Michael Ynoa OAK A R R 6-7 210

 

Catchers

Name
ORG
Level
B
T
HT
WT
Jorge Alfaro TEX A R R 6-2 185
Christian Bethancourt ATL AA R R 6-2 215
AJ Jimenez TOR AA R R 6-0 210


Infielders 

Name
ORG
Level
B
T
HT
WT
Michael Ynoa CHC AA S R 5-10 160
Xander Bogaerts BOS AAA R R 6-3 175
Maikel Franco PHI AA R R 6-1 180
Dilson Herrera PIT A R R 5-10 150
Jordan Lennerton DET AAA L L 6-2 217
Francisco Lindor CLE A+ S R 5-11 175
Miguel Sano MIN AA R R 6-3 195


Outfielders 

Name
ORG
Level
B
T
HT
WT
Yeison Asencio SD AA R R 6-1 225
Gregory Polanco PIT AA L L 6-4 170
Jorge Soler CHC A+ R R 6-4 215
Oscar Taveras STL AAA L L 6-2 180
Henry Urrutia BAL AA L R 6-5 200

 

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