2011 MLB Futures Game: A Position-by-Position Look at the Players

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2011 MLB Futures Game: A Position-by-Position Look at the Players
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The Futures Game was created some time prior to the first ever matchup between the World and USA squads that took place during the 1999 All-Star break.

That first-ever contest featured some top prospects who went on to become big-league superstars. Players like Alfonso Soriano, who won game MVP honors, as well as pitchers J.C. Romero, Mark Mulder and Francisco Cordero, along with position players like Lance Berkman and Nick Johnson.

Since that very first Futures Game, more than 300 players have taken part, including Ryan Braun, Elvis Andrus, Rick Ankiel (as a pitcher), Josh Beckett, Erik Bedard, Jay Bruce, Clay Buchholz, Mark Buehrle, A.J. Burnett, Miguel Cabrera, Trevor Cahill, Brett Anderson, Robinson Cano, Starlin Castro, Carl Crawford, Stephen Drew, Adam Dunn, Prince Fielder, Neftali Feliz, Rafael Furcal and Matt Garza...among others.

In fact, it might be harder to find a superstar player in today's game that DIDN'T take part in a Futures Game.

So clearly, we're all going to be witness to at least a dozen stars-in-the-making Sunday evening.

Here's a position-by-position-by-team breakdown of the rosters, with mini reports on each player, with good reasons why you should pay attention to each of them during the game.

Enjoy!

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