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So one should pay close attention to the players in this year’s Futures Game, which will be broadcast live on MLB Network and streamed on MLB.com. And there will be plenty of talent to watch, with 27 players from MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects list across both rosters. There is little doubt that many of those prospects will be hitting Major League rosters by this time next year.
“When I found out, I was obviously super excited,” said Astros prospect Kyle Tucker, No. 28 on the Top 100 and one of 15 members of the list on the U.S. squad. “I’ve watched it the last few years. To be put on that kind of team, that kind of roster, it’s an honor to be on there.”
While Tucker hoped to one day play in the Futures Game, he wasn’t sure this would be his year, given that he just recently got to Double-A. The outfielder, who already has 15 homers and 17 steals over his first 73 games, thought the game was more for those knocking on that big league door.
“I didn’t pay too much attention to it at the start of this year,” Tucker said. “I thought it was older guys in Triple-A about to make it up. I was kind of surprised at first. It makes me that much more humbled and honored to be a part of that team.”
|ATL||Ronald Acuna, Mike Soroka|
|BAL||Tanner Scott, Chance Sisco|
|CIN||Jimmy Herget, Nick Senzel|
|CLE||Tristan McKenzie, Francisco Mejia|
|COL||Ryan McMahon, Brendan Rodgers|
|CWS||Zack Collins, Michael Kopech, Yoan Moncada|
|DET||Beau Burrows, Jairo Labourt|
|HOU||Yordan Alvarez, Derek Fisher, Kyle Tucker|
|LAD||Yadier Alvarez, Alex Verdugo|
|MIA||Brian Anderson, Tayron Guerrero|
|MIL||Lewis Brinson, Mauricio Dubon, Corey Ray|
|NYM||Tomas Nido, Amed Rosario|
|NYY||Domingo Acevedo, Estevan Florial|
|PHI||Rhys Hoskins, Scott Kingery|
|TB||Brent Honeywell, Lucius Fox|
|TOR||Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.|
It’s a team, which will be managed by former Marlins catcher Charles Johnson, that is jam-packed with elite prospects. Three of the other four U.S. outfielders with Tucker are also in the Top 100, including his organization-mate Derek Fisher. Five U.S. pitchers are Top 100 guys, led by White Sox flame-thrower Michael Kopech. There are three Top 100 infielders and both U.S. catchers, Futures Game vet Chance Sisco (he homered in last year’s game) of the Orioles and 2016 White Sox first-round pick Zack Collins, are on the list.
Tucker and Collins are two of 15 total former first-round selections, with three others — the Reds’ Nick Senzel, the Brewers’ Corey Ray, the Padres’ Cal Quantrill and A.J. Puk of the A’s — joining Collins from the 2016 Draft class. Collins is a product of the University of Miami, so this will be a homecoming of sorts for the catcher. Tucker hails from a different part of the state, but still feels like he’s getting a taste of home.
“Even though it’s not Tampa, it’s still Florida. I’m excited to go back there. My family will be there and I’m excited to see them in Miami.”
Seeing the World Team roster, managed by former Marlins World Series hero Edgar Renteria, in Miami should be equally exciting. There are 12 Top 100 players on the squad, led by the No. 1-ranked prospect in baseball, Cuban second baseman Yoan Moncada of the White Sox.
While the World has fewer Top 100 players in total, they have more top guys than the U.S., with three other members of the top 10 (No. 3 prospect Amed Rosario of the Mets, No. 5 Victor Robles from the Nationals and No. 8 Eloy Jimenez from the Cubs). Red Sox third-base phenom Rafael Devers isn’t far behind at No. 12. A dozen countries and territories outside the United States will be represented, including some countries not heard from often in baseball circles: Haiti (Estevan Florial of the Yankees), Honduras (the Brewers’ Mauricio Dubon) and the Bahamas (the Rays’ Lucius Fox).
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