2013 futures gameFor those of you into the prospecting game – and you should be, especially after Luke’s fantastic work this morning on the midseason Chicago Cubs top 40 prospect list – it doesn’t get much bigger, in terms of a singular event, than the Futures Game.

Played annually as part of the All-Star break festivities, the Futures Game is a kind of all-star game for some of the top prospects in baseball. Each team can basically have upwards of a couple players in the game, which is played between a U.S. roster and a World roster. This year, the Cubs placed two players on the World Team, AA Tennessee infielder Arismendy Alcantara and High-A Daytona outfielder Jorge Soler. Unfortunately, because of the stress fracture in Jorge Soler’s leg, he won’t be playing today.

But Alcantara will, and he’ll do so amid a groundswell of support – thanks in large part to another great season – that has him tickling top 100 overall prospect status. Even batting after Miguel Sano in batting practice, Alcantara still managed to impress in his own session.

He’ll start and bat second for the World Team, whose roster is loaded with studs:

  • P Miguel Almonte, Royals
  • P Carlos Contreras, Reds
  • P Rafael De Paula, Yankees
  • P C.C. Lee, Indians
  • P Rafael Montero, Mets
  • P Andre Rienzo, White Sox
  • P Eduardo Rodriguez, Orioles
  • P Enny Romero, Rays
  • P Yordano Ventura, Royals
  • P Michael Ynoa, Athletics
  • C Christian Bethancourt, Braves
  • C AJ Jimenez, Blue Jays
  • IF Arismendy Alcantara, Cubs
  • IF Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox
  • IF Ji-Man Choi, Mariners
  • IF Carlos Correa, Astros
  • IF Maikel Franco, Phillies
  • IF Dilson Herrera, Pirates
  • IF Jordan Lennerton, Tigers
  • IF Francisco Lindor, Indians
  • IF Miguel Sano, Twins
  • OF Yeison Ascenio, Padres
  • OF Reymond Fuentes, Padres
  • OF Jesus Galindo, Giants
  • OF Gregory Polanco, Pirates
  • OF Henry Urrutia, Orioles

The U.S. Team roster is just as impressive:

  • P Jesse Biddle, Phillies
  • P Archie Bradley, Diamondbacks
  • P Eddie Butler, Rockies
  • P A.J. Cole, Nationals
  • P Kyle Crick, Giants
  • P Jimmy Nelson, Brewers
  • P Anthony Ranaudo, Red Sox
  • P C.J. Riefenhauser, Rays
  • P Noah Syndergaard, Mets
  • P Taijuan Walker, Mariners
  • C Austin Hedges, Padres
  • C James McCann, Tigers
  • IF C.J. Cron, Angels
  • IF Delino Deshields Jr, Astros
  • IF Matt Davidson, Diamondbacks
  • IF Joey Gallo, Rangers
  • IF Chris Owings, Diamondbacks
  • IF Addison Russell, Athletics
  • IF Christian Walker, Orioles
  • IF Kolten Wong, Cardinals
  • OF Byron Buxton, Twins
  • OF Billy Hamilton, Reds
  • OF Brandon Nimmo, Mets
  • OF Joc Pederson, Dodgers
  • OF George Springer, Astros
  • OF Christian Yelich, Marlins

See a few trade targets in there? Yes, yes you do.

The game starts at 1pm CT (2pm ET) at Citi Field, and will be broadcast on ESPN2 and MLB.com. Feel free to drool over prospects in the comments below as the game goes on.

  • jpeck

    Or he has a very tradable contract for a young SS. Not hoping for that, just analyzing.

    • Jp3

      If he goes back to being the same old Castro sure but nobody wants to pay $60mill to a player hitting .243/.279 slash line, especially if he’s making as menu mental errors as he does. I agree his contract looks good if he’s getting 200 hits a year and improves his defense annually like I’m sure the FO thought they were getting.

      • Jp3

        Menu=many. Haven’t finished my coffee yet☺

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