This Sunday is the best day of the year for prospect junkies with the 15th annual Futures Game taking place at Citi Field in New York.
It features 52 of the best and brightest that Minor League Baseball has to offer, with a lot of fans getting their first exposure to these players after reading so much about them for years.
While some of the things you see in this game are going to look a bit different from what you would see during an actual game—for instance, since the pitchers are only going to throw one inning, they can crank up the velocity more than if they were pacing themselves to go seven innings—but just being able to see so much talent in one spot is a fan's dream.
In anticipation of the big event this weekend, we wanted to give you a closer look at the players you will see with scouting reports, highlights and comparisons so that you will know what to be on the lookout for both on Sunday and when these players eventually graduate to the big leagues.
Note: Four players on the initial Futures Game roster (Atlanta's Joey Terdoslavich, Chicago's Josh Phegley, Washington's Taylor Jordan and Seattle's Brad Miller) have graduated to the big leagues. Three others (Tampa Bay's Taylor Guerrieri, Chicago's Jorge Soler and St. Louis' Oscar Taveras) are not playing due to injuries. We will still give the scouting reports for the injured players.
To replace these five players, MLB announced that Washington's A.J. Cole, Tampa Bay's C.J. Riefenhauser, Detroit's James McCann, Baltimore's Christian Walker and San Francisco's Jesus Galindo have been added to the game. We will also include reports on them.