The All-Star Futures Game isn’t exactly as popular as the MLB All-Star Game, but it’s a great chance to get a good look at some of the top prospects in baseball. This year is certainly no exception.
The game separates prospects into two teams, with the USA taking on the World. The game showcases some of the best young talent in baseball with plenty of the prospects likely heading to the majors in the future.
This year features some very talented players. They will certainly be guys for fans to watch, as they could soon be making names for themselves in the MLB.
Here are four prospects to keep an eye on:
When you’re the starting pitcher for either team in the Futures Game, chances are that you’re a pretty big deal.
When looking at Syndergaard, you can see why he’s going to be starting.
The Mets pitching prospect was recently moved up to Double-A Binghamton and has had quite a bit of success in his first four starts. He’s pitched 20.0 innings and has already recorded 26 strikeouts while boasting an ERA of only 1.35.
The 2012 season showed that Syndergaard could be something special one day. He recorded 122 strikeouts and only gave up three home runs in 103.2 innings of work, with his ERA at a solid 2.60 for the year.
This is a special prospect that the Mets have, and fans will be able to get a good look at him at Citi Field.
It will be really hard to keep your eyes off of USA’s leadoff hitter for this Futures Game, because he might be the fastest guy on the field.
Since moving to Triple-A for the Cincinnati Reds, Hamilton has only been hitting .243 with an on-base percentage of .300, but his speed on the bases is what impresses scouts. In 83 games so far this year, he’s had 52 runs and an even more impressive 51 stolen bases.
Back in 2012, Hamilton blew everyone away by stealing an absolutely ridiculous 155 bases while moving around the organization.
Obviously Hamilton will need to work on getting on base more before making the next step to the majors. If he can continue to be a constant threat on the bases as he has been so far, there’s no doubt that he’ll be a thrill to watch in the future.
If you’re looking for a power hitter in this game, then the World’s cleanup hitter might be the best bet for some big swings.
The Minnesota Twins 20-year-old prospect has shown some real power while moving up the organization. During his time in 2013, he’s hit a total of 22 home runs while driving in 66 runs. His .205 batting average in the Double-A league is a bit concerning, but he’s only been there for 28 games. Before moving up, he was hitting .330 for the year.
The power from Sano is undeniable, but he will need to find ways to get more hits and bring that average up before he’s ready to move up again. Still, it’s a heck of a start for such a young player.
When it comes to complete prospects, there might not be a better one right now than Buxton for the Twins.
Buxton was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, but he’s been a spectacular five-tool player. He may only be 19 years old, but he’s already turning heads wherever he goes.
He is looking to find a home in center field in the next couple of years.
This young center fielder has had a batting average of over .300 and an on-base percentage hovering close to .400 this year. He’s also had nine home runs, 77 runs, 63 runs batted in and 35 stolen bases in just 83 games.
Add that to his impressive speed and closing ability in the outfield and you have a truly complete player, folks. The question isn’t whether or not Buxton will make it to the majors, it’s just a matter of when.