MLB Futures Game 2013: Prospects Who Will Turn Heads in Showcase

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2013

Minnesota Twins' outfielder Byron Buxton
Minnesota Twins' outfielder Byron BuxtonDavid Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Major League Baseball Futures Game is one of the most anticipated events on the calendar each year, and there are always a few prospects looking to turn heads in front of a national audience.

It isn't any different in 2013.

All of the following up-and-coming stars will shine brightest during Sunday’s futures game, so keep a close eye on these players to get a glimpse of just how impressive they are.


Where: Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y.

When: Sunday, July 14, at 2 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN2

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Byron Buxton, OF, Minnesota Twins

The Minnesota Twins went all-in on outfielder Byron Buxton when the franchise selected him No. 2 overall in last year’s draft, and the decision has paid off huge thus far.

In Buxton’s first full season in the minors, Minnesota’s future star jumped from Single-A to High Single-A and amassed an impressive .333 batting average with nine home runs, 63 RBI and 35 stolen bases.

The focus will be on not only how Buxton reacts to the pressure of playing in such a marquee game, but also how he handles the top pitching prospects in the world. If the Twins' prospect has a monstrous game, Minnesota will be in a great position moving forward.

Expect big things from Buxton.


Noah Syndergaard, SP, New York Mets

As the host team for the event, the New York Mets will have an even more vested interest in how pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard performs because he is one of the franchise’s top prospects.

Syndergaard was a first-round pick in 2010 and was traded to the Mets, and now he will be on display for the rest of the majors to see. The 20-year-old prospect has made the jump from Single-A to Double-A this season and has been even more dominant at the higher level.

With 83.2 innings pitched over the 16 starts he has registered this year, Syndergaard has racked up a 2.69 ERA, 90 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.183.

Add in the excitement for a New York team watching one of its brightest stars shining in the home building, and the hype around Syndergaard and the Mets will set the stage for his excellent performance.


Miguel Sano, 3B, Minnesota Twins

The Minnesota Twins have a very bright future. Not only is Buxton looking to impress, but third baseman and Dominican Republic star Miguel Sano is also looking to prove his worth against his American opponents.

Sano was ranked ninth by Baseball America and 12th by coming into this season and has really excelled in 2013. After making the jump from Single-A to Double-A, he has not lost a step in translation and continues to improve with every showing.

While Sano isn’t the best fielding third baseman on the World team, his offensive touch will have many scouts taking note of the potential star. The future of the Twins organization is very bright.


All stats and information via Baseball Reference.