2012 Futures Game U.S. Roster

Statistics are as of the time the player was named to the roster

U.S. PITCHERS

Matt Barnes, rhp
Team: high Class A Salem (Carolina)
Organization: Red Sox
The Scoop: Barnes, last year’s 19th overall draft pick, has shown a solid changeup and curveball this season, complementing a 93-95 mph fastball that has actually shown better velocity—getting up to 95-98 mph—in later innings, blowing hitters away.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H BB SO AVG
7 1 0.99 13 13 1 0 73 45 12 95 .176

Trevor Bauer, rhp
Team: Triple-A Reno (Pacific Coast)
Organization: Diamondbacks
The Scoop: Bauer’s six-pitch repertoire earned him BA College Player of the year honors last season and already has him in Triple-A this year. Still working on his game-management skills, the righthander looks to be almost big league ready.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H BB SO AVG
11 1 2.11 14 14 0 0 85 73 42 104 .221

Dylan Bundy, rhp
Team: high Class A Frederick (Carolina)
Organization: Orioles
The Scoop: Bundy got off to an astounding start this season in the South Atlantic League, not allowing an earned run through 30 innings, walking two and striking out 40, earning him a promotion to Frederick, where he is trying to find the same command.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H BB SO AVG
3 2 1.66 12 12 0 0 49 23 8 63 .141

Gerrit Cole, rhp
Team: high Class A Bradenton (Florida State)
Organization: Pirates
The Scoop: Last year’s No. 1 draft pick started his first professional season in the Florida State League, and the flamethrower has already proven his worth at the high Class A level. His high-90s fastball and two other plus-plus pitches should move him quickly.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H BB SO AVG
5 1 2.55 13 13 0 0 67 53 21 69 .217

Danny Hultzen, lhp
Team: Double-A Jackson (Southern)
Organization: Mariners
The Scoop: The No. 2 overall pick in 2011, Hultzen has had very little trouble jumping to Double-A. In a 45-inning stretch for the Generals, he was 6-0, 0.40 with 45 strikeouts, combining low-90s fastball velocity with deception, location and angle to dominate.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H BB SO AVG
8 3 1.19 13 13 0 0 75 38 32 79 .151

Alex Meyer, rhp
Team: low Class A Hagerstown (South Atlantic)
Organization: Nationals
The Scoop: Signed for $2 million in 2011, Meyer is harnessing the power stuff his 6-foot-9, 220-pound frame produces, with a mid-90s fastball and plus slider. He gets plenty of groundouts while also averaging 9.85 strikeouts per nine innings.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H BB SO AVG
6 3 3.33 14 14 0 0 70 54 28 77 .222

Jake Odorizzi, rhp
Team: Triple-A Omaha (Pacific Coast)
Organization: Royals
The Scoop: Part of the Royals’ bounty from the Zack Greinke trade, the athletic Odorizzi has become the system’s best pitching prospect. Just 22, he was thriving after a promotion to Triple-A, winning his first four decisions with 34 strikeouts in as many innings.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H BB SO AVG
8 2 2.89 13 12 0 0 72 59 21 81 .219

Jameson Taillon, rhp
Team: high Class A Bradenton (Florida State)
Organization: Pirates
The Scoop: The No. 2 overall pick of the 2010 draft has moved slower than the No. 1 pick that year (Bryce Harper). The Pirates remain pleased with the 20-year-old’s development, taking the wraps off after limiting him to 75 pitches per start in 2011.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H BB SO AVG
3 6 4.52 13 13 0 0 68 67 17 62 .234

Taijuan Walker, rhp
Team: Double-A Jackson (Southern)
Organization: Mariners
The Scoop: Walker and Danny Hultzen challenge each other weekly in the Jackson rotation, with the former showing bigger velocity and better pure power stuff. He doesn’t have Hultzen’s feel for pitching, so the 19-year-old’s performance has been less consistent.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H BB SO AVG
4 3 3.79 12 12 0 0 57 53 23 59 .249

Zack Wheeler, rhp
Team: Double-A Binghamton (Eastern)
Organization: Mets
The Scoop: It’s been a good year for the Mets in the majors, and Wheeler—acquired from the Giants for Carlos Beltran last summer—has exceeded expectations in the minors. He ranks third in the Eastern League in ERA and in strikeouts.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H BB SO AVG
6 2 1.92 11 11 0 0 66 39 27 70 .174

CATCHERS

Travis d’Arnaud, c
Team: Triple-A Las Vegas (Pacific Coast)
Organization: Blue Jays
The Scoop: What happens in Vegas tends to stay in Vegas, including offensive numbers at Cashman Field. But d’Arnaud’s offensive track record and power potential, as well as overall athletic ability, make him a good bet to be an offensive big league catcher.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.336 256 42 86 20 1 15 48 19 51 1 .386 .598

Tommy Joseph, c
Team: Double-A Richmond (Eastern)
Organization: Giants
The Scoop: Joseph turns 21 just after the Futures Game, and his youth has shown at the plate in Double-A. He offers intriguing power potential as well as excellent arm strength, having thrown out 48 percent of opposing basestealers.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.246 199 20 49 11 0 3 14 13 38 0 .292 .347

INFIELDERS

Nolan Arenado, 3b
Team: Double-A Tulsa (Texas)
Organization: Rockies
The Scoop: Arenado was considered a polished hitter even before being the 2011 Arizona Fall League MVP. The 21-year-old is still coming into his power but has improved defensively and figures to be playing next to Troy Tulowitzki in Denver for a long time.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.291 261 30 76 17 0 6 35 19 34 0 .343 .425

Nick Castellanos, 3b
Team: Double-A Erie (Eastern)
Organization: Tigers
The Scoop: Castellanos is in a hurry to make Miguel Cabrera move back off third base in Detroit. The 2010 supplemental first-rounder tore up the Florida State League, hitting .405 to earn a promotion to Double-A as a 20-year-old.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.382 255 38 96 18 3 3 33 22 47 3 .432 .514

Scooter Gennett, 2b
Team: Double-A Huntsville (Southern)
Organization: Brewers
The Scoop: Gennett is almost the opposite of the Brewers’ current second sacker, lacking Rickie Weeks’ physicality and power but showing feel for hitting and a short stroke. He’s a grinder who can hit, with above-average speed and just enough defensive chops.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.296 277 35 82 19 2 3 23 18 41 7 .342 .412

Billy Hamilton, ss
Team: high Class A Bakersfield (California)
Organization: Reds
The Scoop: The fastest player in the minors also ranks as the most exciting. Hamilton’s 80 stolen bases in 66 games left him 34 bases ahead of his next-closest competitor. He has work to do defensively, but no one in the game will be more fun to watch.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.322 270 59 87 13 8 1 22 38 53 80 .408 .441

Manny Machado, ss
Team: Double-A Bowie (Eastern)
Organization: Orioles
The Scoop: The third pick in 2010, Machado has moved more quickly than Jameson Taillon but also is not lighting the world on fire. He is showing solid defense at shortstop and exciting power potential while keeping his head above water as a teen in Double-A.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.241 245 26 59 16 2 3 24 28 50 9 .326 .359

Mike Olt, 3b
Team: Double-A Frisco (Texas)
Organization: Rangers
The Scoop: With a big league club coming off consecutive pennants, Texas doesn’t need a ton of help. But Olt’s righthanded power could fit at first base sooner than later, and defensively he’s shown he can handle the hot corner or move across the diamond.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.312 250 46 78 13 1 20 58 43 75 4 .418 .612

Jonathan Singleton, 1b
Team: Double-A Corpus Christi (Texas)
Organization: Astros
The Scoop: Acquired from the Phillies in the Hunter Pence trade, Singleton has moved back to first base from left field. He’s showing the power, feel for hitting and plate discipline that made him the centerpiece of the deal for the rebuilding Astros.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.277 231 49 64 13 2 11 42 42 64 2 .391 .494

Kolten Wong, 2b
Team: Double-A Springfield (Texas)
Organization: Cardinals
The Scoop: At 5-foot-9, 190 pounds, Wong didn’t have typical first-rounder size. He has atypical hitting polish, though, to go with athleticism and surprising speed. He has handled a jump from low Class A to Double-A with aplomb.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.298 252 39 75 7 4 7 31 23 32 12 .364 .440


OUTFIELDERS

Tyler Austin, of
Team: low Class A Charleston (South Atlantic)
Organization: Yankees
The Scoop: A showcase star early in his high school career, Austin lost some draft stock due to a perceived tough profile as a right/right corner bat. All he’s done as a pro is rake while showing the athletic ability to handle right field and first base.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.336 226 62 76 20 5 14 50 27 58 14 .409 .655

Michael Choice, of
Team: Double-A Midland (Texas)
Organization: Athletics
The Scoop: The A’s need power and hope Choice can provide it. His raw juice fits the right-field profile, and he’s more prototypical than fellow Texas-Arlington alumnus Hunter Pence. He’ll have to make more consistent contact to tap into it.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.260 269 42 70 10 1 6 42 28 69 4 .334 .372

Anthony Gose, of
Team: Triple-A Las Vegas (Pacific Coast)
Organization: Blue Jays
The Scoop: Gose may not be the fastest guy in the minors, or have the best throwing arm. But the tooled-up center fielder can do a little bit of everything and just needs a bit of polish to keep translating his tools into production.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.291 296 62 86 13 9 3 34 32 70 24 .366 .421

Wil Myers, of
Team: Triple-A Omaha (Pacific Coast)
Organization: Royals
The Scoop: After a staph infection made 2011 a lost season, Myers made up for lost time in the Arizona Fall League and continued to hit this spring. The next great Royals prospect combines the hitting ability of Eric Hosmer with Mike Moustakas’ raw power.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.337 253 59 85 18 3 24 61 32 67 5 .408 .718

Christian Yelich, of
Team: high Class A Jupiter (Florida State)
Organization: Marlins
The Scoop: From a pure hitting standpoint, Yelich might be the best the minors currently have to offer. He’s moved to center field as a pro and provides solid-average power and above-average speed to go with one of the game’s prettier swings.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.275 164 29 45 11 3 7 19 19 45 11 .352 .513
POST-ANNOUNCEMENT ADDITIONS

PITCHER

Tyler Skaggs, lhp
Team: Triple-A Reno (Pacific Coast League)
Organization: Diamondbacks
The Scoop: The replacement for Trevor Bauer, who was called up to the big leagues and is therefore ineligible, Skaggs was traded to the Diamondbacks in the Joe Saunders trade near the trade deadline in 2010. Since then he has established himself as one of the best lefthanded pitching prospects in the game thanks to a low 90s fastball and a plus curveball that can freeze hitters.

W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H BB SO AVG
6 4 3.05 15 15 0 0 80 77 23 77 .256

CATCHER


Rob Brantly, c

Team: Triple-A Toledo (International)
Organization: Tigers
The Scoop: Brantly was added to the roster to fill the spot opened up when Travis D’Arnaud was sidelined with a knee injury. Brantly could make a strong case for making the team outright as he’s one of the better catching prospects in the upper minors. Brantly is generally solid behind the plate, but he does his best work standing in the batter’s box. He earned a promotion to Triple-A after only 46 games in Double-A, and is now just a call away from the big leagues.

AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.300 273 27 82 19 1 3 29 18 35 0 .349 .410

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