Hitters Highlight Futures Game Selections

5 of MLB's top bats among 50 prospects picked.

A glimpse of what is to come will be on display July 16 during the MLB Futures Game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The 25-player rosters for the American and National League teams were announced Thursday.

Five of MLB Pipeline’s top 10 prospects will be the headliners and 31 of the 50 players are on the top-100 list. New York Mets catcher Francisco Álvarez (No. 2 who is at Triple-A), Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Corbin Carroll (No. 3, Double-A), Baltimore Orioles shortstop-third baseman Gunnar Henderson (No. 5, Triple-A), St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Jordan Walker (No. 7, Double-A) and New York Yankees shortstop Anthony Volpe (No. 8, Double-A) are the top-10 prospects who will be at the Futures Game. No. 1 prospect Riley Greene, an outfielder with the Detroit Tigers, is currently in the majors.



All of those are hitters, but the pitchers will be well-represented. Miami Marlins right-hander Eury Perez (No. 16, Double-A), Texas Rangers right-hander Jack Leiter (No. 17, Double-A), San Francisco Giants left-hander Kyle Harrison (No. 26, Double-A), Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Bobby Miller (No. 27, Double-A) are the top-rated pitchers named to the Futures Game.

The top two picks from last year’s MLB Draft were selected: Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Henry Davis, the top overall draftee who is ranked 18th, and Leiter, the second pick. Those two are among the 13 first-round draft choices selected.

Two players picked Boston Red Sox right-hander Bryan Bello (No. 45) and Giants third baseman David Villar (not ranked) — were recently called up to the majors and will be replaced on the Futures Game roster.

There are 17 international-born players from six countries, led by six from the Dominican Republic and five from Venezuela. Among them is Jackson Churio (No. 38, Low A), the fast-rising prospect in the Milwaukee Brewers‘ organization. The outfielder turned 18 two months before making his debut in the Carolina League and becoming the youngest full-season player in the minors.

Another notable selection was Washington Nationals second baseman Darren Baker (not ranked, High A), a 10th-round draft pick last year. Dad Dusty Baker is the manager of the Houston Astros and will manage the AL in the July 19 All-Star Game.

The NL will be managed by Mike Scioscia, a former Los Angeles Angels manager and ex-Dodgers catcher, while the AL skipper is former Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins.


Graphic by Cody Rogers (Twitter, Instagram).

Steve Drumwright

Steve Drumwright is a lifelong baseball fan who retired as a player before he had the chance to be cut from the freshman team in high school. He recovered to become a sportswriter and have a successful journalism career at newspapers in Wisconsin and California. Follow him on Twitter and Threads @DrummerWrites.

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