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2016 Futures Game Rosters



Major League Baseball announced the rosters for the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will be played on July 10 at Petco Park in San Diego. This is the 18th annual prospect extravaganza, with the best prospects in the game divided into World and United States teams, based on players’ birthplaces. The game will start at 4 p.m. Eastern and be broadcast on MLB Network and MLB.com as well as SiriusXM on XM channel 89 and Sirius channel 209. Baseball America works with Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com and the 30 teams to select the two 25-man rosters. Each major league organization is represented with at least one player and no more than two, and players from all full-season minor leagues are eligible. Capsules were written by J.J. Cooper, Josh Norris and Vince Lara-Cinisomo. (c-selected, won't play because of callup; x-selected, won't play because of injury; y-replacement player; z-suspended, won't play)
U.S. CAPSULES Anthony Banda, lhp Diamondbacks (Triple-A Reno) Born: Aug. 10, 1993. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 208. B-T: L-L. Career Transactions: Selected by Brewers in 10th round of 2012 draft; signed June 15, 2012. Traded by Brewers with OF Mitch Haniger to Diamondbacks for OF Gerardo Parra, July 31, 2014. Background: Banda has been a steady performer after helping San Jacinto (Texas) JC to a runner-up finish in the 2012 Junior College World Series. What to Watch For: Banda’s stuff is more solid than spectacular, which makes it harder for him to stand out in a short stint. His curveball and changeup are average offerings, but his fastball velocity has ticked up to 93-95 mph. Phil Bickford, rhp Giants (high Class A San Jose) Born: July 10, 1995. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 200. B-T: R-R. Career Transactions: Selected by Giants in first round (18th overall) of 2015 draft; signed June 26, 2015. Background: A two-time first round pick (he was drafted in the first round by the Blue Jays in 2013 out of high school), Bickford has done an outstanding job of missing bats. What to Watch For: Bickford’s fastball is one of the best in the minors more for its running life and his deception than it’s still solid low-to-mid-90s velocity. His slider is an excellent second offering. J.T. Chargois, rhp Twins (Triple-A Rochester) Born: Dec. 3, 1990. Ht: 6-3. Wt.: 210. B-T: B-R. Career Transactions: Selected by Twins in second round of 2012 draft; signed June 15, 2012 Background: Chargois missed two full pro seasons as he recovered from an elbow injury, but the Rice star has quickly shaken off the rust upon his return. What to Watch For: Chargois is one of the hardest-throwing relievers in the minors. He’s touched 100 mph in the past and unlike most hard-throwers, he has a pair of secondary offerings he believes in with his slider and changeup. Carson Fulmer, rhp White Sox (Double-A Birmingham) Born: Dec. 13, 1993. Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 200. B-T: R-R. Career Transactions: Selected by White Sox in first round (eighth overall) of 2015 draft; signed July 3, 2015. Background: Fulmer was one of the stars of Vanderbilt’s pitching staff, helping the Commodores to the 2014 NCAA national title. What to Watch For: Fulmer has excellent stuff, but his high tempo, high energy pitching delivery is hard to keep under control at times, which explains why he’s struggled with walks this year. Amir Garrett, lhp Reds (Triple-A Louisville) Born: May 3, 1992. Ht.: 6-5. Wt.: 210. B-T: L-L. Career Transactions: Selected by Reds in 22nd round of 2011 draft; signed Aug. 15, 2011. Background: Garrett was a Division I basketball recruit (St. John’s) who didn’t even pitch in his senior year of high school, but the Reds took a chance, signed him and watched him blossom into an excellent starting pitching prospect. He gave up his basketball career in 2014. What to Watch For: Garrett’s 90-95 mph fastball and above-average slider give him a way to attack lefthanded and righthanded hitters. Josh Hader, lhp Brewers (Triple-A Colorado Springs) Born: April 7, 1994. Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 187. B-T: L-L. Career Transactions: Selected by Orioles in 19th round of 2012 draft. Traded by Orioles to Astros. Traded by Astros to Brewers. Background: Hader’s slight build and funky delivery have led to debates about whether he’ll end up as a power reliever or a starter. He’s been traded twice, but has had success everywhere he pitches. What to Watch For: Hader’s delivery hides the ball well and his low arm slot makes it hard for hitters to pick up the ball. When a pitcher does that and touches 97 mph, he’s never a fun at-bat for a hitter. Jeff Hoffman, rhp Rockies (Triple-A Albuquerque) Born: Jan. 8, 1993. Ht.: 6-5. Wt.: 220. B-T: R-R. Career Transactions: Selected by Blue Jays in first round (ninth overall) of 2014 draft. Traded by Blue Jays to Rockies, July 28, 2015. Background: Hoffman established himself as one of the better college pitchers in the 2014 draft class, but he blew out his elbow that year. He’s made a full return from Tommy John surgery and taken a step forward after a trade to the Rockies. What to Watch For: Hoffman has premium velocity but his fastball is just as notable for breaking bats as missing them. Joe Musgrove, rhp Astros (Triple-A Fresno) Born: Dec. 4, 1992. Ht.: 6-5. Wt.: 265. B-T: R-R. Career Transactions: Selected by Blue Jays in supplemental first round (46th overall) of 2011 draft. Traded by Blue Jays to Astros. Background: Musgrove missed time with a sprained rotator cuff and a sprained elbow. But since returning to health, he’s made up for missed time. What to Watch For: Musgrove has quality stuff—his 92-95 mph fastball and slider are both above average pitches and his changeup is average as well, but all three play up because he has some of the best control in the minors. Nate Smith, lhp Angels (Triple-A Salt Lake) Born: Aug. 28, 1991. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 205. B-T: L-L. Career Transactions: Selected by Angels in eighth round of 2013 draft; signed June 12, 2013. Background: Smith was a senior sign out of Furman, which meant his lack of negotiating leverage meant he signed for a modest bonus to free up more money for other draft picks. But Smith has turned into one of the Angels’ best pitching prospects. What to Watch For: Smith is likely a back-of-the-rotation big league starter who succeeds with average stuff (an 87-91 mph fastball, a good changeup and a developing slider). Ryne Stanek, rhp Rays (Double-A Montgomery) Born: July 26, 1991. Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 190. B-T: R-R. Career Transactions: Selected by Rays in first round (29th overall) of 2013 draft; signed July 2, 2013. Background: Stanek’s success has always revolved around his health. He’s endured hip surgery and battled back from a shoulder injury but when healthy his stuff has always been top notch. What to Watch For: Stanek has hit triple digits this year as a starter so he’s got a good chance to flash a 100 mph in a shorter outing in the Futures Game. Alex Bregman, ss/3b Astros (Triple-A Fresno) Born: March 30, 1994. Ht.: 5-11. Wt.: 185. B-T: R-R. Career Transactions: Selected in first round (second overall) in 2015. Background: A USA Baseball veteran since early in his high school days, he was the BA Freshman of the Year in 2013 and a two-time first-team All-American for Louisiana State. What to Watch For: Bregman is showing more power than expected (.296/.410/.562) and is playing third base at Double-A and Triple-A as the Astros prepare for a possible callup in the second half. Willie Calhoun, 2b Dodgers (Double-A Tulsa) Born: Nov 4, 1994. Ht.: 5-8. Wt.: 187. B-T: R-R. Career Transactions: Selected by Dodgers in fourth round of 2015 draft. Background: The compact (5-foot-8, 190 pounds) Calhoun doesn’t look the part, but led juco hitters with 31 homers in just 61 games at Yavapai (Ariz.) JC in 2015. What to Watch For: Calhoun has a special ability to control the barrel and hammer the ball with authority when he does connect. He has to prove he can stick defensively at second base long-term but there are few questions about the bat. Carson Kelly, c Cardinals (Double-A Springfield) Born: July 14, 1994. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 215. B-T: R-R. Career Transactions: Selected by Cardinals in second round of 2012 draft Background: Kelly was drafted out of high school in Oregon and signed as a third baseman before the Cardinals moved him behind the plate before the 2014 season. What to Watch For: The improvements Kelly showed on offense in 2015 have continued this season as he’s driving the ball and using the whole field. Defensively he’s already quite polished. Chance Sisco, c Orioles (Double-A Bowie) Born: Feb. 24, 1995. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 214. B-T: L-R. Career Transactions: Selected by Orioles in second round of 2013 draft Background: The knock on Sisco had been his work behind the plate. His bat could play, but his defense and arm received poor grades from scouts outside the organization. Not anymore. What to Watch For: Sisco has always been known as a hitter first, but his catching skills have progressed to the point that some scouts see at least an average defender. Travis Demeritte, 2b Rangers (high Class A High desert) Born: Sept. 30, 1994. Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 178. B-T: R-R. Career Transactions: Selected by Rangers in first round (30th overall) of 2013 draft Background: A two-way player in Georgia, Demeritte was his team’s No. 1 starter, but teams wanted him more for the bat because they liked his power potential. What to Watch For: Demeritte has quick hands that generate great power, something he’s shown in stops at Hickory and High Desert. He’s leading the California League by far with 20 homers, but also leads in strikeouts. Ryon Healy, 1b Athletics (Triple-A Nashville) Born: Jan. 10, 1992. Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 230. B-T: R-R. Career Transactions: Selected by Athletics in third round of 2013 draft Background: Undrafted out of high school because of a purported high price tag, Healy went on to be one of the best bats in the Pac-12 at Oregon. What to Watch For: Despite his impressive size, Healy is more geared for line drives with a short, compact swing. The A’s want him to loft the ball more, but he’s at his best going up the middle with an advanced approach. Hunter Dozier, 3b Royals (Triple-A Omaha) Born: Jan. 10, 1992. Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 220. B-T: R-R. Career Transactions: Selected by Royals in first round (eighth overall) of 2013 draft Background: A shortstop and quarterback at Denton High in Texas, a broken collarbone in his junior year effectively ended his football career but his baseball career took off. What to Watch For: Dozier has rebounded from an awful 2015 by shortening his swing, but he hasn’t sacrificed any of his plus power. He’s got 15 homers combined at Double-A and Triple-A. Dominic Smith, 1b Mets (Double-A Binghamton) Born: June 15, 1995. Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 240. B-T: L-L. Career Transactions: Selected by Mets in first round (11th overall) of 2013 draft Background: Smith was a known entity on the SoCal baseball landscape before the Mets grabbed him early in 2013 as the third consecutive high school first-rounder of the Sandy Alderson regime. What to Watch For: Smith is a hitter rather than power player despite his size and position. The Mets would like to see him loft the ball more, but even scouts pessimistic about his power admit he has a loose, smooth swing. Dansby Swanson, ss Braves (Double-A Mississppi) Born: Feb. 11, 1994. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 190. B-T: R-R Career Transactions: Selected by Diamondbacks in first round (first overall) of 2015 draft; Traded by Diamondbacks to Braves, Dec. 9, 2015 Background: A two-time champ as a basketball player in high school in Marietta, Ga., Swanson led the Commodores to the 2014 national championship and a return to the CWS finals in 2015. What to Watch For: Swanson might not have the highest ceiling of No. 1 overall picks, but his maturity and varied toolset have allowed him to advance quickly to Double-A in his first full season. Andrew Benintendi, of Red Sox (Double-A Portland) Born: July 6, 1994. Ht.: 5-10. Wt.: 170. B-T: L-L Career Transactions: Selected by Red Sox in first round (seventh overall) of 2015 draft. Background: A draft-eligible sophomore in 2015, Benintendi skyrocketed to the seventh overall pick and the BA College Player of the Year. What to Watch For: Very average-sized, Benintendi succeeds thanks to an exceptional plate approach and strong forearms. Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski recently said Benintendi was ready defensively for the majors, but still needed polish on offense. Dylan Cozens, of Phillies (Double-A Reading) Born: May 31, 1994. Ht.: 6-6. Wt.: 235. B-T: L-L Career Transactions: Selected by Phillies in second round of 2012 draft. Background: The huge Cozens was committed to play baseball and defensive end at Arizona but passed on college for a $659,800 bonus. That’s paid off with a great 2016 season that sees him among the best hitters in the minors. What to Watch For: He’s been helped somewhat by cozy FirstEnergy Park, but his power (20 homers) is undeniable, as are the strikeouts (99), which both rank in the top three in Double-A. y-David Dahl, cf Rockies (Triple-A Albuquerque) Born: April 1, 1994. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 195. B-T: L-R Career Transactions: Selected by Rockies in first round (10th overall) of 2012 draft; signed June 12, 2012. Background: Alabama prep star who passed on Auburn commitment to sign with Rockies for $2.6 million. What To Watch For: Dahl's had two major injuries the past four years, but came back well from a splenectomy last year. Dahl has the potential to be a five-tool center fielder and some scouts seen 20-25 homer potential. Clint Frazier, of Indians (Double-A Arkon) Born: Sept. 6, 1994. Ht.: 5-11. Wt.: 185. B-T: R-R Career Transactions: Selected by Indians in first round (fifth overall) of 2013 draft. Background: Like fellow Georgia prep outfielder Byron Buxton, there was some buzz for Frazier to be the top pick in 2013 thanks to his bat speed and all-around athleticism. What to Watch For: The Indians worked to quiet Frazier’s hands at the plate to cut down on his strikeouts and it hasn’t cost him any power. Frazier’s more likely a corner outfielder now with Bradley Zimmer the superior defender. x-Austin Meadows, of Pirates (Triple-A Indianapolis) Born: May 3, 1995. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 210. B-T: L-L Career Transactions: Selected by Pirates in first round (eighth overall) of 2013 draft Background: Drafted three picks after Loganville neighbor—they went to different high schools—Clint Frazier, Meadows was considered the top prep hitter in the 2013 class before Frazier passed him by. What to Watch For: A fractured right orbital bone delayed his 2016 season, but didn’t slow him much. Meadows came back on a mission and slugged his way (.611) to Triple-A. He should be ready for the crowded Pirates outfield before too long. Hunter Renfroe, of Padres (Triple-A El Paso) Born: Jan. 28, 1992. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 210. B-T: R-R Career Transactions: Selected by Padres in first round (13th overall) of 2013 draft Background: The moose-strong Renfroe was a catcher and pitcher in high school, but the Mississippi native blossomed at Mississippi State, leading the SEC in homers. What to Watch For: Renfroe is the prototypical right fielder, with power and a plus throwing arm. He worked with hitting instructors Morgan Burkhart and Luis Ortiz last season to get to the ball quicker and it hasn’t cost him any power. Christin Stewart, of Tigers (High Class A Lakeland) Born: Dec. 10, 1993. Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 220. B-T: L-R Career Transactions: Selected by Tigers in first round (34th overall) of 2015 draft Background: Stewart went undrafted out of high school despite a prolific power track record, which he built on at Tennessee and for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team last summer. What to Watch For: Stewart leads the Florida State League in homers by far and his 78 strikeouts are in the top five. Swing and miss will always be a part of his game, but the Tigers have seen Steven Moya succeed in small samples with the same traits.
U.S. TEAM ROSTER
Player (Org)B/THt.Wt.DOBTeam (League/Level)
13. Anthony Banda (ARI)L/L6-22088/10/1993Reno (Pacific Coast League/AAA)
55. Phil Bickford (SF)R/R6-42007/10/1995San Jose (California League/HiA)
23. J.T. Chargois (MIN)S/R6-321012/3/1990Rochester  (International League/AAA)
15. Carson Fulmer (CWS)R/R6-020012/13/1993Birmingham (Southern League/AA)
25. Amir Garrett (CIN)L/L6-52105/3/1992Louisville (International League/AAA)
17. Josh Hader (MIL)L/L6-31874/7/1994Colorado Springs (Pacific Coast League/AAA)
30. Jeff Hoffman (COL)R/R6-52201/8/1993Albuquerque (Pacific Coast League/AAA)
14. Joe Musgrove (HOU)R/R6-526512/4/1992Fresno (Pacific Coast League/AAA)
15. Nate Smith (LAA)L/L6-22058/28/1991Salt Lake (Pacific Coast League/AAA)
25. Ryne Stanek (TB)R/R6-41907/26/1991Montgomery (Southern League/AA)
Catchers (2)
5. Carson Kelly (STL)R/R6-22157/14/1994Springfield (Texas League/AA)
12. Chance Sisco (BAL)L/R6-22142/24/1995Bowie (Eastern League/AA)
Infielders (7)
2. Alex Bregman (HOU)R/R5-111853/30/1994Corpus Christi (Southern League/AA)
1. Willie Calhoun (LAD)L/R5-818711/4/1994Tulsa (Texas League/AA)
2. Travis Demeritte (TEX)R/R6-01789/30/1994High Desert (California League/HiA)
33. Hunter Dozier (KC)R/R6-42208/22/1991Omaha Storm (Pacific Coast League/AAA)
49. Ryon Healy (OAK)R/R6-42301/10/1992Nashville (Pacific Coast League/AAA)
22. Dominic Smith (NYM)L/L6-02406/15/1995Binghamton (Eastern League/AA)
7. Dansby Swanson (ATL)R/R6-11902/11/1994Mississippi (Southern League/AA)
Outfielders (6)
18. Andrew Benintendi (BOS)L/L5-101707/6/1994Portland (Eastern League/AA)
31. Dylan Cozens (PHI)L/L6-62355/31/1994Reading  (Eastern League/AA)
27. David Dahl (COL)L/R6-21954/1/1994Albuquerque (Pacific Coast League/AAA)
4. x-Clint Frazier (CLE)R/R5-111859/6/1994Akron (Eastern League/AA)
19. Austin Meadows (PIT)L/L6-22105/3/1995Indianapolis (International League/AAA)
10. Hunter Renfroe (SD)R/R6-12101/28/1992El Paso (Pacific Coast League/AAA)
20. Christin Stewart (DET)L/R6-022012/10/1993Lakeland (Florida State League/HiA)

WORLD CAPSULES Jharel Cotton, rhp Dodgers (Triple-A Tulsa) Born: Jan. 19, 1992. Ht.: 5-11. Wt.: 195. B-T:: R-R. Career Transactions: Selected by Dodgers in 20th round of 2012 draft; signed July 12, 2012. Background: A short righthander drafted out of East Carolina, Cotton had a 7.07 ERA with high Class A Rancho Cucamonga at the all-star break in 2014. But the Dodgers noticed he was tipping pitches, fixed it and he’s rolled since. What to Watch For: Cotton’s likely future role in the big leagues is as a power reliever so the Futures Game will be a great preview. His 93-96 mph fastball and excellent changeup are big league ready although his curveball and control still need refinement. Chih-Wei Hu, rhp Rays (Double-A Montgomery) Born: Nov. 4, 1993. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 230. B-T:: R-R. Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Twins, Aug. 3, 2012. Traded by Twins with RHP Alexis Tapia to Rays for RHP Kevin Jepsen, July 31, 2015. Background: Hu was a Twins’ find out of Taiwan who caught the Rays’ eyes with a solid 2015 season that included an effective spot start for Triple-A Rochester. He’s been equally effective in his first full year with the Rays. What to Watch For: Hu succeeds because he has a wide variety of solid pitches rather than one dominant one. He will pitch at 91-93 mph (although he has touched 97) and he has an average breaking ball and changeup. Joe Jimenez, rhp Tigers (Double-A Erie) Born: Jan. 17, 1995. Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 220. B-T:: R-R. Career Transactions: Signed as nondrafted free agent by Tigers, June 24, 2013. Background: Jimenez was undrafted out of Puerto Rico in 2013 but he quickly emerged as a legitimate prospect soon after the Tigers signed him. What to Watch For: Jimenez combines excellent stuff and surprisingly good command for a power reliever. Jimenez was impressive in last year’s Futures Game and should be one of the better arms to watch again. Reynaldo Lopez, rhp Nationals (Double-A Harrisburg) Born: Jan. 4, 1994. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 185. B-T:: R-R. Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Nationals, June 21, 2012. Background: Lopez struggled to touch 90 mph when the Nationals signed him as an 18-year-old. Two years later he was tickling triple digits with his fastball. What to Watch For: Lopez’s combination of small size and an outstanding fastball is reminiscent of Royals’ righthander Yordano Ventura. Adalberto Mejia, lhp Giants (Triple-A Sacramento) Born: Jan. 4, 1994. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 185. B-T:: R-L. Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Giants, Feb. 1, 2011. Background: The thickly-built Mejia has always been able to handle aggressive assignments. He generally was one of the younger pitchers in whatever league he was in. What to Watch For: When Mejia is on, he’s very pitch efficient able to work deep into games with a 92-94 mph fastball, and a solid changeup and slider. Dovydas Neverauskas, rhp Pirates (Triple-A Indianapolis) Born: Jan. 14, 1993. Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 175. B-T:: R-R. Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Pirates, July 9, 2009 Background: Neverauskas is the first Lithuanian to play in the Futures Game. He was spotted by the Pirates when he was working at MLB’s European development camp. He’s taken off after a move to the bullpen. What to Watch For: Neverauskas’ fastball has improved in shorter stints out of the bullpen. He can touch 95 mph and he’s refined his control. Ricardo Pinto, rhp Phillies (Double-A Reading) Born: Jan. 20, 1994. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.:: 165. B-T:: R-R. Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Phillies, Dec. 28, 2011. Background: Most hard-throwing young pitchers have to work to find the strike zone. Pinto has always had a knack for throwing strikes which has made him a consistent performer as he climbed through the Phillies’ system. What to Watch For: Pinto’s 91-95 mph fastball and changeup are both above-average pitches already, but he should be able to stay a starter if his slider continues to improve. Alex Reyes, rhp Cardinals (Triple-A Memphis) Born: Aug. 29, 1994. Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 175. B-T:: R-R. Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Cardinals, Dec. 3, 2012 Background: Reyes is the rare U.S.-born international signee. He was born in New York but moved to the Dominican Republic to live with his grandmother before signing with the Cardinals. What to Watch For: Reyes will be one of the best prospects in this year’s game. Hitters get very defensive swings against his 95-100 mph fastball and his downward-breaking curveball. Francisco Rios, rhp Blue Jays (high Class A Dunedin) Born: May 6, 1995. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 180. B-T:: R-R. Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Blue Jays, July 20, 2012. Background: Rios is a fast mover. The 21-year-old was so dominant in his first six starts in full season ball with Lansing that he earned a quick promotion to Dunedin. What to Watch For: Rios’ fastball has gotten better and better. It now sits 92-94 mph and he pairs it with an above-average curveball. He’s working on improving his changeup. x-Dylan Unsworth, rhp Mariners (Double-A Jackson) Born: Sept. 23, 1992. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 175. B-T:: R-R. Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Mariners, Sept. 15, 2009. Background: It’s been a slow climb through the minors for Unsworth as he spent four years in rookie and short-season ball but he’s sped up his climb this spring with an excellent season with Jackson. What to Watch For: Unsworth lacks a plus or even above-average pitch, but when he’s pitching well he’ll double up on his changeup and mix in two breaking balls keeping hitters off his high-80s fastball. y-Angel Perdomo, lhp Blue Jays (low Class A Lansing) Born: May 7, 1994. Ht.: 6-6. Wt.: 200. B-T:: L-L. Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent, Nov. 28, 2011. Background: Perdomo is one of the last pitchers from Toronto's 2011 international signing class to still be in the organization aside from Roberto Osuna. What To Watch For: Perdomo is all legs and arms coming at a batter, with a fastball that sits 93-94 but plays up because of his long limbs. The slider flashes average. He's coming off a brief-but-dazzling performance in the Midwest League all-star game. Francisco Mejia, c Indians (high Class A Lynchburg) Born: Oct, 27, 1995. Ht.: 5-10. Wt.: 175. B-T:: S-R. Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Indians, July 2, 2012. Background: Signed in 2012, Mejia repeated the low Class A Midwest League this year and has responded with spectacular results. He’s among the leaders in nearly every offensive category. What to Watch For: Not only has Mejia taken a step forth as a hitter, but he has also caught 43 percent of runners trying to steal and is developing into a well-rounded prospect. Gary Sanchez, c Yankees (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre) Born: Dec. 2, 1992. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 230. B-T:: R-R. Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Yankees, July 2, 2009. Background: Sanchez’s resurgence as a prospect has followed his maturation as a person. He made his MLB debut in 2015. What to Watch For: Sanchez has loud tools across the board, none more so than his elite power and well above-average throwing arm. Willy Adames, ss Rays (Double-A Montgomery) Born: Sept. 2, 1995. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 180. B-T:: R-R. Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Tigers, July 2, 2012. • Traded by Tigers with LHP Drew Smyly to Rays as part of three-team deal in which Rays sent LHP David Price to Tigers, Tigers sent OF Austin Jackson to Mariners, and Mariners sent 2B Nick Franklin to Rays, July 31, 2014. Background: Adames was the centerpiece of the trade that sent David Price to Detroit two seasons ago, and has validated that status with his play since coming over to the Rays. What to Watch For: Adames is a solid defender at shortstop, but he makes his money with offensive skill set that includes doubles power to all fields and a high-energy makeup. Carlos Asuaje, 2b Padres (Triple-A El Paso) Born: Nov. 2, 1991. Ht.: 5-9. Wt.: 160. B-T:: L-R. Career Transactions: Selected by Red Sox in 11th round of 2013 draft; signed June 13, 2013. Traded by Red Sox with OF Manuel Margot, SS Javier Guerra and LHP Logan Allen to Padres for RHP Craig Kimbrel, Nov. 13, 2015. Background: Asuaje, along with fellow Futures Gamer Manuel Margot, was part of the package the Red Sox sent to San Diego to acquire closer Craig Kimbrel this past offseason. What to Watch For: Not a flashy player, Asuaje gets by with a steady set of skills across the board and his defensive versatility that allows him to play in both the infield and outfield. c-Jeimer Candelario, 3b Cubs (Triple-A Iowa) Born: Nov. 24, 1993. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 210. B-T:: B-R. Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Cubs, Oct. 2, 2010. Background: Signed as a 16-year-old, Candelario has slowly moved through the Cubs’ system but is now blocked in the big leagues by all-star and Futures Game alumnus Kris Bryant. What to Watch For: Candelario is a switch-hitter who broke out in 2015 and is performing again in Triple-A this season. He’s an above-average defender at third with a powerful arm, too. y-Yandy Diaz, 3b Indians (Triple-A Columbus) Born: Aug. 8, 1991. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 185. B-T: B-R. Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Indians, Sept. 20, 2013. Background: The Indians haven't invested heavily in the Cuban free agent market, but in 2013 they signed Diaz for $300,000. What To Watch For: Diaz has a good feel for the barrel and a disciplined approach, but that approach comes at the detriment of power numbers. Ronald Guzman, 1b Rangers (Double-A Frisco) Born: Oct. 20, 1994. Ht.: 6-5. Wt.: 205. B-T:: L-L. Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Rangers, July 2, 2011. Background: Guzman was signed as a 16-year-old out of Dominican and was lauded for his power potential and hulking frame. He’s proven to be as much a hitter as a slugger as a pro. What to Watch For: Still just 21 years old, Guzman has reached Double-A for the first time and has already clubbed 10 home runs this season, which is just two short of his career high for a season. His long arms and big strike zone make him prone to strikeouts. Dilson Herrera, 2b Mets (Triple-A Las Vegas) Born: March 3, 1994. Ht.: 5-10. Wt.: 150. B-T:: R-R. Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Pirates, July 29, 2010. Traded by Pirates with a player to be named to Mets for OF Marlon Byrd and C John Buck, Aug. 27, 2013; Mets acquired RHP Vic Black (Aug. 28, 2013). Background: The centerpiece of the Mets’ return for outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck in 2013, Herrera has accumulated 149 games in the majors but is adding some final polish in Las Vegas What to Watch For: Herrera is a steady hitter with gap power and an outstanding work ethic, which will help him mature defensively. z-Jorge Mateo, ss Yankees (high Class A Tampa) Born: June 23, 1995. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 190. B-T:: R-R. Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Yankees, Jan. 28, 2012. Background: The top prospect in the system, Mateo broke out in 2015 and showed the potential to be a five-tool player who sticks at shortstop. What to Watch For: Mateo led the minor leagues in stolen bases in 2015, so make sure to pay attention if he gets on the basepaths. Yoan Moncada, 2b Red Sox (Double-A Portland) Born: May 27, 1995. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 205. B-T:: B-R. Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Red Sox, March 11, 2015. Background: The Red Sox spent a total of $62 million to land Moncada out of Cuba just before last season. After a slow start, he justified the hype. What to Watch For: Moncada has among the loudest tools across the board in the game, and will show tremendous power from both sides of the plate. Josh Naylor, 1b Marlins (low Class A Greensboro) Born: June 22, 1997. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.: 225. B-T:: L-L. Career Transactions: Selected by Marlins in first round (12th overall) of 2015 draft; signed June 26, 2015. Background: After establishing himself as one of the country’s premier power brokers, the Marlins made him their first-round pick in 2015. What to Watch For: Naylor has tremendous juice from the left side and has the potential to put on a show during pre-game batting practice. y-Amed Rosario, ss Mets (Double-A Binghamton) Born: Nov. 20, 1995. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 170. B-T:: R-R. Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Mets, July 2, 2012. Background: The Mets ponied up the franchise's largest bonus for an international amateur when they signed Rosario for $1.75 million in 2012. What to Watch For: A plus athlete with plus speed, Rosario has soft hands and plus arm strength. Lean but broad-shouldered, many scouts expect him to fill out and drive the ball more consistently. Jorge Bonifacio, of Royals (Triple-A Omaha) Born: June 4, 1993. Ht.: 6-1. Wt.:: 195. B-T:: R-R. Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Royals, Dec. 9, 2009. Background: Emilio Bonifacio’s younger brother, Jorge got to Triple-A for the first time this season and has produced the power the Royals expected when they signed him. What to Watch For: Bonifacio has transformed into a power-over-hit player, so he could challenge the Western Metal building down the left-field line at PetCo. Eloy Jimenez, of Cubs (low Class A South Bend) Born: Nov. 27, 1996. Ht.: 6-4. Wt.: 205. B-T:: R-R. Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Cubs, Aug. 1, 2013. Background: Given the top signing bonus for a player out of Latin America in 2013, Jimenez has gotten his first taste of full-season ball this year and is flourishing. What to Watch For: Jimenez’s calling card is his prodigious power, which has shown up in spades in the Midwest League and could draw plenty of oohs and aahs from fans in San Diego. Manuel Margot, of Padres (Triple-A El Paso) Born: Sept. 28, 1994. Ht.: 5-11. Wt.: 180. B-T:: R-R. Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Red Sox, July 2, 2011. • Traded by Red Sox with SS Javier Guerra, 2B Carlos Asuaje and LHP Logan Allen to Padres for RHP Craig Kimbrel, Nov. 13, 2015. Background: Margot, originally, a Red Sox signee out of the Dominican Republic, was sent to San Diego as part of the haul that netted closer Craig Kimbrel for Boston. What to Watch For: Margot combines a contact-fueled offensive game with above-average defensive skills in center field and should give the fans in San Diego a glimpse of their near future. Tyler O’Neill, of Mariners (Double-A Jackson) Born: June 22, 1995. Ht.: 5-11. Wt.: 210. B-T:: R-R. Career Transactions: Selected by Mariners in third round of 2013 draft; signed June 11, 2013. Background: A third-rounder out of British Columbia, O’Neill toyed with catching as an amateur, but he’s proven a much better fit in the outfield which is more suited for his skill set and body type. What to Watch For: O’Neill finished tied for second (with system-mate Jabari Blash) in the minors with 32 home runs last year. He’s opened evaluators’ eyes with power that could eventually make Safeco Field look small. Raimel Tapia, of Rockies (Double-A Hartford) Born: Feb. 4, 1994. Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 160. B-T:: L-L. Career Transactions: Signed as international free agent by Rockies, Nov. 29, 2010. Background: Signed as a 16-year-old in 2010, Tapia was coveted for the hand-eye coordination that scouts correctly saw as a precursor to a tremendous ability to hit. What to Watch For: Tapia keeps producing, but his game is unorthodox. His batting stance is unlike any you’ll see in the minors, and he crouches to near Eddie Gaedel height when the count reaches two strikes.
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Building A Fantasy Baseball All-Star Team Of The 2010s

We continue our search for the best individual fantasy seasons ever, this time focusing on the 2010s.

WORLD TEAM ROSTER
Player (Org)B/THtWtDOBTeam (League/Level)
10. Jharel Cotton (LAD)R/R5-111951/19/92Oklahoma City (Pacific Coast League/AAA)
19. Chih-Wei Hu (TB)R/R6-123011/4/93Montgomery (Southern League/AA)
44. Joe Jimenez (DET)R/R6-32201/17/95Erie  (Eastern League/AA)
14. Reynaldo Lopez (WSH)R/R6-11851/4/94Harrisburg (Eastern League/AA)
50. Adalberto Mejia (SF)R/L6-31956/20/93Sacramento (Pacific Coast League/AAA)
30. Dovydas Neverauskas (PIT)R/R6-31751/14/93Indianapolis (International League/AAA)
35. Ricardo Pinto (PHI)R/R6-11651/20/94Reading (Eastern League/AA)
22. Alex Reyes (STL)R/R6-31758/29/94Memphis (Pacific Coast League/AAA)
27. Francisco Rios (TOR)R/R6-11805/6/95Dunedin (Florida State League/HiA)
55. x-Dylan Unsworth (SEA)R/R6-11759/23/92Jackson (Southern League/AA)
40. Angel Perdomo (TOR)L/L6-62005/7/94Lansing (Midwest League/LoA)
Catchers (2)
27. Francisco Mejia (CLE)S/R5-1017510/27/95Lake County (Midwest League/LoA)
35. Gary Sanchez (NYY)R/R6-223012/2/92Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (International League/AAA)
Infielders (8)
12. Willy Adames (TB)R/R6-11809/2/95Montgomery (Southern League/AA)
2. Carlos Asuaje (SD)L/R5-916011/2/91El Paso (Pacific Coast League/AAA)
22. Amed Rosario (NYM)R/R6-217011/20/95Binghamton (Eastern League/AA)
29. c-Jeimer Candelario (CHI)S/R6-121011/24/93Iowa (Pacific Coast League/AAA)
27. y-Yandy Diaz (CLE)R/R6-21858/8/91Columbus (International League/AAA)
31. Ronald Guzman (TEX)L/L6-520510/20/94Frisco  (Texas League/AA)
2. Dilson Herrera (NYM)R/R5-101503/3/94Las Vegas (Pacific Coast League/AAA)
14. z-Jorge Mateo (NYY)R/R6-11906/23/95Tampa (Florida State League/HiA)
11. Yoan Moncada (BOS)S/R6-22055/27/95Portland  (Eastern League/AA)
10. Josh Naylor (MIA)L/L6-12256/22/97Greensboro (South Atlantic League/A)
Outfielders (5)
41. Jorge Bonifacio (KC)R/R6-11956/4/93Omaha (Pacific Coast League/AAA)
27. Eloy Jimenez (CHI)R/R6-420511/27/96South Bend (Midwest League/LoA)
4. Manuel Margot (SD)R/R5-111809/28/94El Paso (Pacific Coast League/AAA)
4. Tyler O'Neill (SEA)R/R5-112106/22/95Jackson (Southern League/AA)
15. Raimel Tapia (COL)L/L6-21602/4/94Hartford (Eastern League/AA)

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