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House of Shlain: The Future is Here

Nick Shlain

Nick Shlain

Nick analyzes prospects for RotoWire and focuses on the Midwest League during the season.

The 2013 Futures Game rosters are in. With the game just a few weeks away, here's a look at a few exciting players that will take the big stage at Citi Field in New York.

World Team

Rafael De Paula, RHP, New York Yankees - Signed in 2010, De Paula is proving to have been well worth the wait as he's been overpowering in his stateside debut. In 13 starts with Charleston, De Paula struck out 96 batters (26.9 percent strikeout rate) in 64.1 innings with a 2.94 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. He threw five shutout innings with six strikeouts in his first start for High-A Tampa and should continue to run through the Florida State League with ease. He can work his fastball up to 97 mph and his breaking ball is a big time out pitch. Despite his relative lack of experience, the 22-year-old could pitch his way up to Double-A before the end of the season. De Paula is easily the most tantalizing Yankees pitching prospect since Manny Banuelos and arguably all the way back

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