Major League Baseball and Baseball America are proud to announce the rosters for the 2011 All-Star Futures Game, which will be held July 10 in Phoneix. The game features a United States-World matchup, with two 25-man rosters made up of 10 pitchers, two catchers, four corner infielders, four middle infielders and five outfielders.
This is the roster for the U.S. team. For the World roster, click here.
Jarred Cosart, rhp
High Class A Clearwater (Florida State)
Cosart has as electric an arm as anyone in the minor leagues, with a fastball that frequently sits in the high 90s. If he can stay healthy and refine his command, he can be a frontline starter.
Kyle Gibson, rhp
Triple-A Rochester (International)
Gibson has had the misfortune of pitching for unsuccessful minor league teams, but his well-rounded repertoire and outstanding slider give him all the ingredients for big league success.
Matt Harvey, rhp
Double-A Binghamton (Eastern)
In an organization that can use good news, the Mets have to be pleased with how Harvey has pitched since they made him the seventh overall pick in 2010. He should take a fast path to New York.
Shelby Miller, rhp
Double-A Springfield (Texas)
The Cardinals have tried to put Miller on a patient path, but he broke through to Double-A this year and could move quickly from here. He’s in the discussion for best pitching prospect in the minors.
Matt Moore, lhp
Double-A Montgomery (Southern)
The Rays just seem to keep cranking out the young talent, and Moore doesn’t take a back seat to anyone. His no-hitter in June only re-emphasized that he has top-of-the-rotation stuff.
Brad Peacock, rhp
Double-A Harrisburg (Eastern)
If you’re looking for a breakout prospect from this year’s game, Peacock might be your man. After four nondescript seasons, he put it all together this year and led the Eastern League in strikeouts as of late June.
Drew Pomeranz, lhp
High Class A Kinston (Carolina)
Like Matt Harvey, Pomeranz is a 2010 first-round college pitcher with power stuff who didn’t pitch last year but has shown this season that he won’t need a lot of minor league seasoning.
Tyler Skaggs, lhp
High Class A Visalia (California)
Arizona has rebuilt around pitching in the last year, and getting Skaggs from the Angels in the Dan Haren deal last July looks like it will pay dividends. His best pitch is his above-average curveball.
Tyler Thornburg, rhp
Low Class A Wisconsin (Midwest)
Thornburg is another college pitcher from the 2010 draft, though not nearly as celebrated out of Charleston Southern. His fastball and power curve have overmatched Midwest League hitters.
Jacob Turner, rhp
Double-A’¨ Erie (Eastern)
Turner was one of the top arms in the 2009 draft but fell to the ninth overall pick, where Detroit was happy to grab him. He has everything needed to pitch at the top of a big league rotation.
Devin Mesoraco, c
Triple-A Louisville (International)
Mesoraco, a 2007 first-rounder, has moved through the Reds system perhaps a bit slower than expected, but he has all the tools to be an above-average offensive performer behind the plate.
Austin Romine, c
Double-A’¨ Trenton (Eastern)
With the catching talent in the Yankees organization, Romine may have the best shot to establish himself behind the plate full-time. He also was putting up career-best offensive numbers this season.
Nolan Arenado, 3b
High Class A Modesto (California)
Arenado was a high school shortstop who has now moved to third base and might end up as Todd Helton’s heir at first base in Colorado. His power bat should play at either position.
James Darnell, 3b
Double-A San Antonio (Texas)
Darnell was bothered by a hand injury in 2010, but his second shot at Double-A has been much more successful, re-establishing him as one of the best hitters in the Padres organization.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1b
Double-A’¨ Mobile (Southern)
Goldschmidt has consistently put up good numbers, including 35 home runs last season, but he has made believers out of everyone this year by continuing to produce in Double-A.
Will Middlebrooks, 3b
Double-A Portland (Eastern)
Middlebrooks has taken a slow and steady development path through the Red Sox system, and his well-rounded offensive and defensive skills should have him ready for a big league look next year.
Chase d’Arnaud, ss
Triple-A Indianapolis (International)
D’Arnaud’s brother Travis plays in the Blue Jays organization and is one of the top catching prospects in the game, and Chase has bounced back strong this year after struggling last season.
Grant Green, ss
Double-A Midland (Texas)
Green profiles as a legitimate shortstop with above-average offensive production for the position. Moving up to Double-A has dented his power production, though he’s still getting on base.
Jason Kipnis, 2b
Triple-A Columbus (International)
Kipnis, a converted outfielder who has looked at home at second base, has the ability to hit for both average and power that could make him an all-star at the position. He should get to the big leagues soon.
Manny Machado, ss
High Class A Frederick (Carolina)
Machado was the third overall pick in the 2010 draft and has looked the part in his first full season. Though a left knee injury kept him out for a month, he has flashed a standout bat and glove.
Gary Brown, of
High Class A San Jose (California)
Brown broke his left middle finger last May just before the draft, slowing him down last summer, but he has shown his full range of skills this year, highlighted by a potent bat and blazing speed.
Bryce Harper, of
Low Class A Hagerstown (South Atlantic)
It’s hard to believe, but Harper has actually lived up to his advance billing so far in his professional debut. His advanced approach to hitting and power should pave a smooth road to Washington.
Wil Myers, of
Double-A Northwest Arkansas (Texas)
Myers first fell and cut his knee earlier this year, requiring stitches, then had to fight off an infection in the knee, but the freak injuries won’t do much to slow his path to Kansas City.
Matt Szczur, of
Low Class A Peoria (Midwest)
Better known as a standout football player at Villanova headed into the 2010 draft, Szczur has turned his focus to baseball and has shown off his amazing tools this year, highlighted by his speed.
Mike Trout, of
Double-A Arkansas (Texas)
The other player in the argument for top prospect in the minor leagues (along with Bryce Harper) will now be in the same outfield with him. Trout offers less power but more speed.