Jul
08

2012 Futures Game Thread

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The Homerun Derby and All-Star Game have gotten a little blah over the years, but the Futures Game remains exciting and the best way to see all of baseball’s best prospects in one place. I unofficially count 21 players from last year’s game who have since made their big league debuts, including 2012 All-Stars Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Jose Altuve. Someone from this year’s game will be an All-Star next year, it’s almost guaranteed.

Unfortunately, outfielder Tyler Austin suffered a concussion when he was hit in the head by a pitch earlier this week and has since been placed on the High-A DL. Not only will he not participate in the game, but the Yankees won’t even have a representative because Austin’s injury happened on such short notice. Needless to say, that is a major disappointment and this game will have little appeal to the Yankees faithful. Feel free to use this thread to talk about the game anyway, it’s still a blast to watch. Here are the lineups…

USA Team (roster)
SS Billy Hamilton (Reds)
2B Kolten Wong (Cardinals)
RF Wil Myers (Royals)
2B Mike Olt (Rangers)
1B Jonathan Singleton (Astros)
LF Michael Choice (Athletics)
DH Nick Castellanos (Tigers)
C Tommy Joseph (Giants)
CF Anthony Gose (Blue Jays)

RHP Jake Odorizzi (Royals)

World Team (roster)
2B Jean Segura (Angels)
SS Jurickson Profar (Rangers)
RF Oscar Taveras (Cardinals)
LF Alfredo Marte (Diamondbacks)
DH Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox)
3B Wilmer Flores (Mets)
1B Jesus Aguilar (Indians)
CF Jae-Hoon Ha (Cubs)
C Christian Bethancourt (Braves)

RHP Yordano Ventura (Royals)

The game will begin a little after 5pm ET and can be seen on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com. Enjoy.

Categories : Game Threads

46 Comments»

  1. Preston says:

    Well I had two reason’s to watch the game, now that Austin is not there I’m just waiting to see Dylan Bundy.

  2. Crime Dog says:

    I think the only reason I’ll watch is to see Billy Hamilton steal 7 bases.

  3. Mike Axisa says:

    This Yordano Ventura kid can bring it.

  4. vinny-b says:

    ok. I remain to wonder why the Yankees didn’t select Nick Castellanos.

    maybe someone else knows this mystery.

  5. Mike E says:

    Cole does not look sharp.

  6. Mike Axisa says:

    Gerrit Cole has shamed our nation.

  7. yooboo says:

    No Yank, no excitement. Boo

  8. G says:

    Thinking that the Dodgers and Dbacks game might be more fun to watch. Trevor Bayer’s pitching and it’s a good chance to see future YankeeTM Justin Upton.

  9. yooboo says:

    That explains why Gary Sanchez was not picked. lol.

    Is it me or what? When I see pitcher’s name with “andez” suffix, I automatically think of 95 plus mph heater.

  10. Preston says:

    Billy Hamilton future pinch runner…

  11. yooboo says:

    Hamilton jogged around for triple? Damn.

    World defense reminded me of yesterday Yanks. lol

  12. yooboo says:

    I am so jealous of catching prospects’ accuracy.

    • RetroRob says:

      Bethancourt? He probably has a better arm than any catcher on all levels of pro ball, including MLB.

  13. yooboo says:

    Saw Tyler Skaggs pitching. He is similar to Cole Hamels, whom I am not a fan of.

    Solid low fastball.
    Hovering change up.
    Big curving drop.

    Not my kind of southpaw repertoire.

  14. yooboo says:

    Jonathan Singleton swings beautifully. Almost similar to Robinson Cano.

    • Ron says:

      You can’t compare a Dominican to a black guy. Don’t you know you have to compare to what ever race the player is.

      • yooboo says:

        ha… when it comes to skin, I am basically blind.

        Two things that separate both.

        Singleton has an excellent OBP but is still struggling against southpaw (same side battle).

  15. New Balance Cleats says:

    Anyone else hear Billy speak?

    • Preston says:

      He sounds like he’s from Taylorsville, MS.

    • RetroRob says:

      He was kind of the anti-Jeter. Crooked teeth, crazy looking artist’s beard, trailer park accent. Looked like he should be playing an instrument in a blues club in Memphis. And, no, I’m not knocking him. I actually liked him when I saw him being interviewed.

  16. yooboo says:

    I guess USA does not really need Tyler Austin.

  17. RetroRob says:

    Messy game.

    Is this like the NBA All-Star game and the NFL’s Pro Bowl where it’s all about offense?

  18. RetroRob says:

    Rick Sutcliff is crazycakes. Not what he’s specifically saying now. Just in general.

  19. RetroRob says:

    Jeez. Is there a mercy rule?

    • yooboo says:

      I dont think because they still have a plenty of pitchers left.

      • RetroRob says:

        These kids are some of the most talented players in the world, yet it’s interesting to see how much polish is still to come between A ball, AA ball and by the time most of them will reach the majors.

        • yooboo says:

          AA and below kids usually go wild and are careless. For some reason, USA team looks intelligent and compact. I have not checked out rosters for level comparison but I feel like USA have more higher level prospects than World.

          • yooboo says:

            USA have 6 AAA. World nil.

            USA have 12 AA. World have 15.

            USA have 5A+. World have 6.

            I guess it is pointless since USA’s AA players made most damage.

  20. yooboo says:

    Now Cito Culver is a huge bust. lol.

  21. flamingo says:

    Wow, the floodgates have opened.

  22. Need Pitching (and maybe hitting too) says:

    nice that they let 12 year olds play in this game, too

  23. Jonathan says:

    Bundy and Castellanos signed for my dad and I at FanFest yesterday. Castellanos was a nice guy but Bundy was a 10 on the douche meter.

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