Sunday at Citi Field is catnip for baseball lovers and prospect lovers alike, with 52 minor leaguers—some representing the best Minor League Baseball has to offer, others just filling out a roster—taking part in the 2013 Futures Game.
However, as much fun as it is to think about Rafael De Paula throwing 98-mph fastballs with Byron Buxton in the batter's box now, the only thing that matters is what they'll do when they reach the big league level.
Obviously, not all the players in this game will make it to the big leagues. And others will fail to reach their ceiling when they do get there. But that is what makes this game, and prospects in general, so interesting.
The dream of what they could be is why we follow them from the draft through the dog days of Arizona Rookie League, all the way to Double-A and Triple-A before they're called up to The Show.
In anticipation of this year's Futures Game, here is a look at the top 20 prospects, listed in alphabetical order by their MLB team name, in the game and our best estimate of when you might see them in the big leagues.
Note: All stats courtesy of MiLB.com unless otherwise noted.