U.S. Futures Game Roster




BRETT ANDERSON LHP
Double-A Midland/Athletics
The son of Oklahoma State coach Frank Anderson was a supplemental first-round pick of the Diamondbacks, then joined Oakland's organization in the Dan Haren trade.
W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H BB SO AVG
9 4 4.14 14 13 0 0 74 68 18 80 .238
JAKE ARRIETA RHP
High Class A Frederick/Orioles
The Orioles waited until the fifth round to pop Arrieta in 2007 after his draft stock fell. His fastball touched 96 mph in the Carolina League-California League all-star game.
W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H BB SO AVG
5 3 2.88 15 15 0 0 84 57 39 85 .192
TREVOR CAHILL RHP
Double-A Midland/Athletics
A San Diego high school product, Cahill has used a heavy sinker and good curveball to dominate Californai League hitters, earning a promotion to Double-A at age 20.
W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H BB SO AVG
6 4 2.70 15 14 0 0 93 54 34 109 .170
WILL INMAN RHP
Double-A San Antonio/Padres
A short righty with average stuff, Inman has used his knack for pitching and control to thrive as a pro, even after being traded to San Diego from Milwaukee in the Scott Linebrink deal.
W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H BB SO AVG
8 3 2.96 16 16 2 0 85 64 36 92 .206
KEVIN JEPSEN RHP
Triple-A Salt Lake/Angels
A hard-throwing Nevada native, Jepsen has gotten healthy and progressed past A-ball for the first time in his career. A move to the bullpen suits his power stuff.
W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H BB SO AVG
2 3 1.99 30 0 0 12 41 30 24 45 .211
RYAN MATTHEUS RHP
Double-A Tulsa/Rockies
Signed for $700,000 as a draft-and-follow back in 2004, Mattheus entered this season with a 5.47 career ERA as a starter. He also has thrived after moving to the 'pen.
W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H BB SO AVG
2 2 3.15 34 0 0 12 34 29 16 31 .244
KEVIN PUCETAS RHP
High Class A San Jose/Giants
A product of Division II Limestone (S.C.), Pucetas is another example of the Giants' ability to develop pitchers. He's the Al Davis of minor league pitchers. Just win, baby: he's 29-5 in his pro career.
W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H BB SO AVG
7 0 2.76 12 12 0 0 65 57 15 51 .234
CLAYTON RICHARD LHP
Triple-A Charlotte/White Sox
In a depleted White Sox system, Richard moved past A-ball for the first time in his career and has taken his high-80s sinker and good control all the way up to Triple-A.
W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H BB SO AVG
9 6 2.34 16 16 2 0 104 78 16 65 .207
JESS TODD RHP
Double-A Springfield/Cardinals
Todd's power slider helped him set Arkansas' single-game strikeouts record. He's shown more durability and a better knack for pitching than expected in his first full pro season.
W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H BB SO AVG
5 2 1.74 16 12 0 1 83 58 18 72 .198
CASEY WEATHERS RHP
Double-A Tulsa/Rockies
The No. 8 overall pick last year after an All-America year at Vanderbilt, Weathers has developed quickly since being converted from outfielder in junior college to a reliever.
W L ERA G GS CG SV IP H BB SO AVG
1 0 2.37 30 0 0 1 30 20 17 36 .183
BRYAN ANDERSON C
Triple-A Memphis/Cardinals
A repeat Futures Gamer, Anderson also has Team USA experience as a member of the 2007 World Cup team, which won  the gold medal in November.
AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.337 193 25 65 11 1 2 28 17 31 0 .392 .435
LOU MARSON C
Double-A Reading/Phillies
After a slow start to his pro career offensively, Marson has improved markedly the last two seasons, showing improved power and a better ability to make consistent contact.
AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.329 225 37 74 15 0 2 37 48 45 3 .446 .422
TAYLOR TEAGARDEN C
Triple-A Oklahoma/Rangers
It's easy to get lost in the Rangers' suddenly deep farm system, but Teagarden's improved bat and reputation for fine catch-and-throw skills (when healthy) keeps him near the top of the list.
AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.219 183 25 40 5 3 7 19 31 59 1 .341 .393
CHRIS DAVIS 1B
Triple-A Oklahoma/Rangers
A move to first base from third has helped unlock his above-average raw power, as has improved plate discipline. He got called up in late June, putting his roster spot in jeopardy.
AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.333 297 77 99 21 1 23 73 26 73 7 .386 .643
JASON DONALD SS
Double-A Reading/Phillies
Donald's production as a pro has mirrored his college career at Arizona, only now he's using wood bats. His steady approach and defensive versatility stand out.
AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.303 244 39 74 13 3 9 38 34 58 8 .397 .492
MAT GAMEL 3B
Double-A Huntsville/Brewers
The Brewers have had no problem developing hitters of late, but they just keep doing it. Gamel was leading the minors in hits and total bases as part of a powerhouse Stars lineup.
AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.371 307 65 114 25 5 15 66 33 57 5 .432 .632
CHRIS GETZ 2B
Triple-A Charlotte/White Sox
Getz has excellent speed, bat control and defensive versatility, stamping himself as a future utility player. With his improved power, though, he was making a case to be a regular.
AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.304 260 35 79 15 1 6 29 22 37 7 .355 .438
MATT LAPORTA of/1B
Double-A Huntsville/Brewers
LaPorta led Division I in home runs in 2005, but injuries ruined his 2006 season. He returned to form in '07, the Brewers took him seventh overall and his bat has made them look very good.
AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.294 262 50 77 20 2 19 59 39 55 1 .408 .603
CLIFF PENNINGTON 2B
Triple-A Sacramento/Athletics
Leg injuries slowed Pennington last season, but he got healthy this year and has returned to being a disruptive force atop the lineup. His fine defense up the middle also has returned.
AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.272 301 60 82 12 4 1 26 56 49 21 .385 .349
CHRIS VALAIKA SS
Double-A Chattanooga/Reds
Valaika's international experience makes him a likely Olympian. He's played for USA Baseball's youth, junior and college national teams previously.
AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.315 298 47 94 18 1 11 48 21 59 4 .365 .493
DEXTER FOWLER OF
Double-A Tulsa/Rockies
A potential five-tool talent, Fowler's skills have caught up rapidly with his prodigious athletic ability; he was a Harvard basketball recruit.
AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.314 290 60 91 21 5 7 45 35 62 15 .395 .493
GREG GOLSON OF
Double-A Reading/Phillies
Packed with offensive potential, Golson was having his best minor league season before a sprained left wrist sidelined him in June.
AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.299 251 41 75 13 2 7 36 14 77 17 .335 .450
ANDREW MCCUTCHEN OF
Triple-A Indianapolis/Pirates
Part of the 2005 draft class of prep outfielders that includes Justin Upton and Cameron Maybin, McCutchen is close to joining them in the majors with his power-speed combination.
AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.283 300 45 85 18 0 8 31 33 52 21 .363 .423
NATE SCHIERHOLTZ OF
Triple-A Fresno/Giants
The Giants remain patient with Schierholtz, an improved defender who has plus raw power that will show more as he improves his plate discipline.
AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.297 263 42 78 14 8 11 48 18 41 9 .350 .536
DENARD SPAN OF
Triple-A Rochester/Twins
A 2002 first-round pick, Span has had his best season in 2008 and saw his first big league time. His above-average speed and center field defense make him a good fit for the Olympics.
AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
.333 138 30 46 9 1 3 14 26 31 15 .439 478