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Collette Calls: Futures Game Breakdown

Jason Collette

Jason Collette

Jason has been helping fantasy owners since 1999 at RotoJunkie, Fanball, Baseball Prospectus and now here at RotoWire. He covers the Tampa Bay Rays at theprocessreport.net. You can hear Jason weekly on many of the Sirius/XM Fantasy channel offerings throughout the season as well as on the Towers of Power Baseball Hour Podcast on iTunes. He was selected as the Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year by FSWA in 2013.

The Futures Game rosters were announced a few days back, and as always, it is quite a loaded group of talent. My passion for minor league prospects aside, that game is the biggest event of the weekend for me as the All-Star Game itself is rather uneventful and ESPN has ruined the home run derby with 75 commercial breaks and Chris Berman's tired act calling the shots.

The best thing about the game is it gives everyone a chance to see players in action, which is tough to do these days. Having a subscription to MILB.TV is a great resource if you want to watch Triple-A games and if you are lucky, your local cable provider will carry a local game on television every now and then, but for the most part it remains tough to actually watch minor league baseball without getting out to the games. It would be great if they would show all of the Double-A games as well one of these seasons but I guess we should be grateful for what we have so far.

Here are the teams that will be out on the field on July 10 at Chase Field in Arizona:

Pitchers:

Player Position Org/Level Notes
Jarred Cosart RHP PHL/A+ 80 IP, 4 HR, 63 K
Kyle Gibson LHP MIN/AAA 81 IP, 83 K 21 BB
Matt Harvey RHP NYM/AA 81 IP, 96 K, 5 HR
Shelby Miller RHP STL/AA 85 IP, 66 H, 114 K, 3 HR
Matt Moore LHP TB/AA 83 IP, 107 K, 23 BB
Brad Peacock RHP WSH/AA 87 IP, 57 H, 114 K, 18 BB
Drew Pomeranz LHP CLE/A+ 65 IP, 81 K, 27 BB, 1 HR
Tyler Skaggs LHP ARZ/A+ 91 IP, 34 BB, 111 K
Tyler Thornburg RHP MIL/A+ 74 IP, 51 H, 82 K, 3 HR
Jacob Turner RHP DET/AA 87 IP, 23 BB, 72 K
Henderson Alvarez RHP TOR/AA 57 IP, 3 HR, 33 K
Kelvin Herrera RHP KC/AA 37 IP, 40 K, 3 BB
Liam Hendriks RHP MIN/AA 77 IP, 4 HR, 70 K, 16 BB
Greg Infante RHP CWS/AAA 35 IP, 32 K, 15 BB
Jhan Marinez RHP FLA/AA 30 IP, 39 K, 24 BB
Carlos Martinez RHP STL/A+ 39 IP, 27 H, 14 BB, 50 K
James Paxton LHP SEA/A- 50 IP, 40 H, 1 HR, 73 K
Martin Perez LHP TEX/AA 83 IP, 78 K, 32 BB
Julio Teheran RHP ATL/AAA 86 IP, 63 H, 2 HR, 72 K
Aroldys Vizcaino RHP ATL/AA 72 IP, 56 H, 21 BB, 72 K






The collection of arms in this game are impressive, particularly the collection of left-handed arms here. Teheran has already made an appearance in the majors but is the only one of the group to have done so. Carlos Martinez is the guy I am most interested in seeing as he was recently promoted to High-A with the Cardinals and he and Shelby Miller combine to give the Cardinals a deadly duo at the top of their pitching depth chart. I am also interested in seeing how Peacock looks as well as Thornburg who often gets tied to Tim Lincecum because of a similar delivery. James Paxton has struck out at least 10 or more batters in three of his last seven starts in the Midwest League and Liam Hendriks has a 4.0 K/BB strikeout to walk rate in his last 10 starts that and has given up just four home runs in 77 innings of work in Double-A as yet another one of the Twins' pitchers that pound the strike zone. If you are a fan of watching high-octane fastballs, you will have your chance watching Marinez, Infante, and Cosart who all can get it into the upper-90s.

Catchers:

Player Position Org/Level Notes
Devin Mesoraco C CIN/AAA .316/.397/.530 253 AB
Austin Romine C NYY/AA .297/.360/.417 192 AB
Wilin Rosario C COL/AA .250/.288/.443 228 AB
Sebastian Valle C PHL/A+ .348/.365/.484 184 AB






Mesoraco is the focus here as he has the most fantasy upside right now and just needs the Reds to clear the roster spot for him. Rosario has the power but is struggling this season in Double-A as he comes back from a knee injury that prematurely ended his 2010 season. Romine's future becomes a bit more interesting since Jesus Montero's season has not exactly gone as expected and while Valle is the furthest away, he has a bright future in an organization that does not have much blocking his way between High-A and at least backing up Carlos Ruiz in a couple of seasons.

Infielders:

Player Position Org/Level Notes
Nolan Arenado 3B COL/A+ .301/.348/.460 272 AB
Chase d’Arnaud SS PIT/MLB .280/.347/.418 17 SB
James Darnell 3B SD/AA .337/.432/.605 41 XBH
Paul Goldschmidt 1B ARI/AA .316/.438/.636 39 XBH
Grant Green SS OAK/AA .281/.338/.391 281 AB
Jason Kipnis 2B CLE/AAA .292/.375/.502 31 XBH
Manny Machado SS BAL/A+ .263/.367/.469 160 AB
Will Middlebrooks 3B BOS/AA .296/.338/.505 206 AB
Yonder Alonso 1B CIN/AAA .306/.373/.491 271 AB
Jose Altuve 2B HOU/AA .399/.435/.601 24 SB
Hak-Ju Lee SS TB/A+ .333/.405/.454 20 SB
Francisco Martinez 3B DET/AA .285/.326/.419 246 AB
Alex Liddi 3B SEA/AAA .260/.327/.473 37 XBH
Jeff Marte 3B NYM/A+ .286/.354/.409 269 AB
Jurickson Profar SS TEX/A- .269/.377/.498 223 AB
Jonathan Schoop SS BAL/A+ .302/.355/.470 285 AB






Goldschmidt and Darnell have enjoyed monster offensive numbers, but Goldschmidt has done in it in the traditionally pitching-friendly Southern League. He has also cooled off a bit recently as he is just 4-for his last-36 and has struck out 15 times. For entertainment purposes, it would be awesome if the World team went with Lee and Altuve as their middle-infield combination at one point. In Altuve, you have a guy that is 5-foot-6 in cleats that is hitting nearly .400 on the season and the promotion to Double-A has not slowed him up any and in Lee, you have a rail-thin defensive whiz who has found his bat this season and his having a big year in the Florida State League. Machado and Profar also bear watching; Machado had a knee injury earlier this season that slowed him up a bit but Profar is more than holding his own in full-season ball at the age of 18.

Outfielders:

Player Position Org/Level Notes
Gary Brown OF SF/A+ .320/.388/.464 33 SB
Bryce Harper OF WAS/A+ .322/.421/.569 13 SB
Wil Myers OF KC/AA .288/.374/.417 163 AB
Matt Szczur OF CHC/A- .322/.374/.451 16 SB
Mike Trout OF LAA/AA .325/.425/.549 26 SB
Dayan Viciedo OF CHA/AAA .330/.369/.528 36 XBH
Starling Marte OF PIT/AA .331/.361/.472 15 SB
Reymond Fuentes OF SD/A+ .296/.362/.352 34 SB
Alfredo Silverio OF LAD/AA .319/.339/.583 43 XBH


Obviously, Harper and Trout are the big names here but Myers and Marte deserve your attention as well. If you are looking for future speed, Fuentes is your guy as he was one of the pieces to the Adrian Gonzalez deal and fits nicely into Petco Park working gap to gap as a center fielder. Silverio has an impressive slash line but look at the gap between his OBP and SLG; he has just ten walks in 276 at-bats this season while striking out 52 times. Compare that to Chiang's numbers who has 18 walks and 41 strikeouts in 209 at-bats in the Eastern League. Viciedo continues to produce at Triple-A but remains blocked by Konerko, Quentin, and Dunn at 1B, RF, and DH.

A lot of these guys will show up to the game trying to impress with their skills so focus in on a few things with them. For pitchers, watch their fastball location and how their secondary pitches look and when they throw them. Are they going to only fastballs when down in the count or are they not afraid to show their other pitches? For batters, watch their plate discipline and how they look in the field. The old saying goes - defense gets you to the big leagues but offense will keep you there. Have fun!