This past weekend marked the beginning of All-Star festivities, specifically, the 2012 Futures Game. Think about this. How does an outfield of Ryan Braun, Mike Trout, and Josh Hamilton sound? Would Joey Votto's bat be a nice addition to your lineup? Could Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw anchor your rotation? Those guys all have something in common - they are all Futures Game alumni. Always a highlight of my summer, it was filled with offense this year, but there were several pitchers who also made an impression. Just keep in mind, this game is not a very true measuring stick. Most of the pitchers were starters, but were used in relief, which when combined with being naturally amped, often results in overstated radar readings. They couldn't follow their typical pre-game warm up routine, and they each pitched a maximum of one inning. There were plenty of things to look for, but you do have to temper the evaluations.
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