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2019 MLB Futures Game Rosters, Preview

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Wander Franco (Photo by Dave Arnold)

This year’s Futures Game rosters are spectacular. There’s really no other way to put it. The top three prospects in the game—Wander Franco, Jo Adell and MacKenzie Gore—will all be there, as will a scintillating array of the rest of the Top 100. Altogether 36 of the 50 players selected for the Futures Game are currently on Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects list.

To see full analysis on every prospect playing in the game, click here. 

Part of the reason the game was able to collect such vast swath of talent was because of this year’s format switch. Instead of pitting U.S.-born prospects against their counterparts from across the globe, the game will adopt the same format AL vs. NL format as the All-Star Game.

So while all of those involved in the selection process tried to keep the same levels of global variety as in years past, they weren’t left trying to shoehorn players onto the rosters who might not fit otherwise.

For example, this year’s two first basemen are Evan White (Mariners) and Will Craig (Pirates). Both players were born in the United States. Under the previous system, the rosters would need to include a first baseman who was born outside the U.S. who was also having a season worthy of Futures Game consideration. That’s not always an easy task.

Instead, under the new system, Craig and White can both be rewarded for their seasons with a bid to the season’s biggest prospect showcase.

There are still 15 players from outside the U.S. on the roster, including Franco, White Sox wunderkind Luis Robert, budding Braves superstar Cristian Pache, hard-charging Giants outfielder Heliot Ramos and Yankees strikeout machine Deivi Garcia.

The talent on this year’s rosters is some of the best in the last decade, and should make this year’s Futures Game one to remember for a very long time.

American League


POSNameORGAgeLevel
RHPJordan BalazovicTwins20A+
RHPJ.B. BukauskasAstros22AA
RHPJustin DunnMariners23AA
RHPDeivi GarciaYankees20AA
LHPDL HallOrioles20A+
RHPMatt ManningTigers21AA
LHPBrendan McKayRays23AAA
RHPNate PearsonBlue Jays22AA
RHPGrayson RodriguezOrioles19A
RHPBrady SingerRoyals22AA
CRonaldo HernandezRays21A+
CSam HuffRangers21A+
CJake RogersTigers24AAA
SSWander FrancoRays18A
3BNolan JonesIndians21A
SSRoyce LewisTwins20A+
2BNick MadrigalWhite Sox22AA
SSJorge MateoAthletics24AAA
3BIsaac ParedesTigers20AA
1BEvan WhiteMariners23AA
OFJo AdellAngels20AA
OFJarren DuranRed Sox22AA
OFDaniel JohnsonIndians23AAA
OFJarred KelenicMariners19A+
OFLuis RobertWhite Sox21AA

NATIONAL LEAGUE

POSNameORGAgeLevel
RHPAdbert AlzolayCubs24AAA
RHPIan AndersonBraves21AA
LHPBen BowdenRockies24AAA
LHPMacKenzie GorePadres20A+
LHPAnthony KayMets24AAA
RHPDustin MayDodgers21AA
RHPAdrian MorejonPadres20A+
RHPLuis PatinoPadres19AA
RHPSixto SanchezMarlins20AA
RHPDevin WilliamsBrewers24AA
CMiguel AmayaCubs20A+
CJoey BartGiants22A+
CDaulton VarshoDiamondbacks22AA
3BAlec BohmPhillies22AA
1BWill CraigPirates24AAA
2BIsan DiazMarlins23AAA
3BNolan GormanCardinals19A+
SSCarter KieboomNationals21AAA
SSGavin LuxDodgers21AA
OFDylan CarlsonCardinals20AA
OFMonte HarrisonMarlins23AAA
OFCristian PacheBraves20AA
OFHeliot RamosGiants19A+
OFAlek ThomasDiamondbacks19A
OFTaylor TrammellReds21AA
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