2019 MLB Futures Game Rosters, Preview
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.
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.
|RHP||Nate Pearson||Blue Jays||22||AA|
|2B||Nick Madrigal||White Sox||22||AA|
|OF||Jarren Duran||Red Sox||22||AA|
|OF||Luis Robert||White Sox||21||AA|