The Sirius XM 2013 MLB Futures Game highlights the final weekend heading into the All-Star break. What better way to get a sneak peek at the best prospects in both the American and National leagues, not only home grown talent, but from around the world! The 15th annual Futures Game is being held at Citi Field in New York and will be carried LIVE on ESPN2 beginning at 2pm EST this Sunday afternoon. While some preseason favorites like Dylan Bundy (pictured) are either injured or not living up to expectations, both the USA and World rosters are loaded with talent! Let's take a look at those that may get a chance with "The Show" at some point later this season.
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C.J. Cron 1B LA Angels- If/when Albert Pujols simply cannot run anymore, the Angels have a big stick ready and waiting. The 6'4" 230 pound Cron is currently raking at Double-A Arkansas, with eight home runs, 57 RBI and a .288 batting average. The right handed slugger had a huge '12 High-A campaign.
Matt Davidson 3B Arizona- The D'Backs third baseman of the future appears more than ready to take the next step. At Triple-A Reno, Davidson has 14 home runs, 59 RBI and a .294 average. Martin Prado is currently blocking Davidson's promotion and the Arizona outfield is crowded to say the least.
Xander Bogaerts SS Boston- Is Bogaerts the next Jurickson Profar? I had the opportunity to watch him in High-A last season and his talent is undenable. Promoted from Double-A Portland to Triple-A Pawtucket a month ago, Bogaerts has a combined 13 home runs, 54 RBI and seven steals.
Jordan Lennerton INF Detroit- Lennerton has double duty this week, first the Future Game on Sunday, then off to Reno for Wednesday's Triple-A All-Star game. Over 90 games at Triple-A Toledo, Lennerton has 13 home runs, 43 RBI and a .299 average. The big lefty was an All-Pac 12 selection at Oregon State.
Billy Hamilton OF Cincinnati- When Hamilton arrives in Cincinnati his impact on fantasy standings across the country will be immesarable. At Triple-A Louisville, Hamilton is hitting .245 with 50 steals in 61 attemps. Hamilton appears an ideal fit for the revolving door known as left field for the Red Legs.
Christian Yelich OF Miami- Nagging injuries have been all that is standing in the way of Yelich making his debut with the Marlins. In 43 games at Double-A Jacksonville, Yelich has six home runs, 28 RBI and a .251 average. He will soon join Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna patrolling the Miami outfield.
Henry Urrutia OF Baltimore- Urrutia was promoted to Triple-A Norfolk late last month after doing some serious damage in Double-A. In Eastern League play, Urrutia hit seven home runs, drove in 37, while hitting .365 in 52 games. The switch-hitting Cuban defector is tailor made for Camden Yards.
Archie Bradley Arizona- The 20 year old right hander is quickly rising through the Mariners farm sytem, now at Double-A Mobile. Across two levels, Bradley is 8-4 with a sub 2.00 ERA and 115 strikeouts in 104 innings. Although his WHIP is sub 1.20, he could use a little work on control and those bases on balls.
Taijuan Walker Seattle- Another of the young guns on the way in Seattle, Walker was lights out at Double-A Jackson, earning a promotion. Walker is 2-0 in three starts at Triple-A Tacoma with an ERA of 0.56 and an even 1.00 WHIP. Walker has 112 strikeouts in 100 innings across the two minor league levels.
Jimmy Nelson Milwaukee- A 24 year old right hander standing 6'5", Nelson has pitched at two levels in 2013. At Double-A Huntsville, Nelson was 5-4 in a dozen starts with an ERA of 2.73 and a 1.13 WHIP. At Triple-A Nashville, Nelson is 1-3 in six starts with an ERA of 3.61 and a 1.54 WHIP.
Rafael Montero NY Mets- Montero will soon join Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler in arguably the most talented top of the rotation in the majors. Montero was promoted a month ago from Binghamton after going 7-3. In seven starts at Triple-A Las Vegas, Montero has struggled at 1-2 in the hitting heavy PCL.
C.C. Lee Cleveland- Chen-Chang Lee probably won't be appearing in the Futures Game as he was called up today by Cleveland. Recovering from Tommy John surgery last year, Lee has made 15 appearances across three levels in '13. Lee will work out of the bullpen until such time the Tribe needs a fifth starter.
Andre Rienzo Chicago White Sox- The 25 year old right hander is currently pitching out of Triple-A Charlotte. Rienzo served a suspension early last season for PED use, but was recently ranked #7 among White Sox prospects. Rienzo is 6-6 in 18 starts with an ERA of 4.38 an a 1.38 WHIP.
Yordano Ventura Kansas City- The hard throwing 22 year old has worked his way to Triple-A after going 3-2 in 11 starts at Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Things have been a little tougher for Ventura at Omaha, where he is 2-3 in six starts with an ERA of 5.19 and a 1.47 WHIP.
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