Two Boston Red Sox Prospects on Futures Game Roster, One on Final Vote Ballot
Stud prospect Xander Bogaerts has made the roster again. Time will tell if he gets time at short in the game or at third, with uber prospect Francisco Lindor also making the World team roster. Bogaerts has really flashed power in his 12 games since being promoted up to AAA hitting four home runs already. His average has been low in a small sample size, but his OBP has been stellar in both AA and AAA so far this season.
Anthony Ranaudo, has been arguably the best pitcher in the Red Sox minor league system this year and will be pitching for the USA squad. At AA this year he is 7-2 with an ERA of just 2.28 and an opponents batting average of just .180. He also has a greater than 3/1 strikeout to walk ratio.
This year is the first year the Futures Game has a final vote just as the MLB All-Star Game has featured the past several years. Red Sox third base prospect Garin Gecchini is on the ballot for team USA. He has also impressed this year earning a promotion from A ball and making his AA debut on June 21. He has a combined batting average of .348 and on-base of .466 between the two levels. He has not had many home runs and has more steals than you might expect from a third baseman, but he has been caught about a third of the time.
There are other notable non-Red Sox on the rosters, but a few really jump out to me if you are just a fan of baseball that would be worth keeping an eye on during the game.
San Diego Padres catching prospect Austin Hedges will be on the USA roster. Hedges is as talented a defensive catcher as there has been in a long long time. The only question on him is how his bat will play, but any chance to watch him work behind the dish is worth your time.
On the ballot for the World Roster is 2012 first overall pick for the Houston Astros Carlos Correa. I haven’t seen him play much, but getting a feel for how a first overall pick develops through the system is a treat.
Previously mentioned Cleveland Indians shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor will be on the World roster. Lindor is still 20 years old and is widely considered hands down the best prospect below AA in baseball today.
Archie Bradley will likely start the game for USA. The Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher will play very well in a showcase game of sorts. He will rev his fastball up to around 98 and follow it by as sweet a curve as there is in the minors right now.
The last guy to keep an eye on during the game is one Jorge Soler in the Chicago Cubs system. Soler was one of three Cuban outfielders to be signed in 2012. The other two are the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ Yasiel Puig and the Oakland Athletics‘ Yoenis Cespedes. Soler was thought to have the highest long-term upside of the three. Now that is high praise.