This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
The All-Star Game and Home Run Derby celebrate baseball's current stars, but the festivities have also become a celebration of what's to come with the Futures Game showcasing the next wave of potential superstars. Talent littered the diamond, but Cubs' top prospect Brennen Davis clubbed two home runs to lead a star-studded affair. The other headliners were Tampa Bay hurler Shane Baz dominating his inning, Cade Cavalli (Nationals) and Luis Medina (Yankees) beating up the radar gun by throwing numerous pitches in the triple-digits, and hometown phenom Michael Toglia hitting one out of the park.
The MLB Draft also started Sunday and the Pirates kicked it off with the selection of Henry Davis, a powerful catcher from Louisville at No. 1. Most organizations were largely lauded for the consistency of the picks in the opening round. Only time will tell who flounders and who becomes the next face(s) of baseball, but there's certainly no shortage of prospects coming through the pipelines.
Let's take a look at some other neophytes looking to make a name for themselves in this week's Minor League Barometer.
Cal Raleigh, C, SEA – Raleigh went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his major-league debut Sunday, but that is not the headline here. Even with Luis Torrens hitting better of late and Tom Murphy still on the roster - among other options - the M's felt confident enough in Raleigh to promote him to the bigs prior to the All-Star break and while still sitting 3.5 games out of