2022 National League Futures Game Roster, Player-By-Player Analysis
Major League Baseball announced the 2022 Futures Game rosters on Thursday. Below you can find the complete National League roster with player-by-player analysis and stats through June 30.
The National League will be managed by longtime big league manager Mike Scioscia. The coaching staff includes long-time former big leaguers Shawn Green (hitting coach), Dan Haren (pitching coach), Eric Davis (first base coach) and Ken Landreaux (bench coach).
Position player capsules are written by Josh Norris. Pitcher capsules are written by Geoff Pontes.
Andrew Abbott, LHP, Reds (Double-A Chattanooga)
Age: 23. B-T: L-L. HT: 6-0. WT: 180.
HOW ACQUIRED: Selected by Reds in second round of 2021 draft.
BACKGROUND: A four-year member of Virginia’s pitching staff, Abbott moved into the rotation in 2021 and pitched his way into the second round.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Abbott commands his three-pitch mix extremely well. He leans on a 91-93 mph fastball and high-70s curveball predominately but will also flash a changeup.
Mike Burrows, RHP, Pirates (Triple-A Indianapolis)
Age: 22. B-T: R-R. HT: 6-2. WT: 195.
SOURCE: Waterford HS, Waterford, Conn.
HOW ACQUIRED: Selected by Pirates in 11th round of 2018 draft.
BACKGROUND: Burrows is a classic cold-weather high school player who developed rapidly in pro ball after signing with the Pirates for $500,000.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Burrows’ fastball sits in the mid 90s and peaks at 97 mph with late explosion. He also throws a high-spin curveball in the low 80s and a mid-80s changeup that he lands for strikes.
Cade Cavalli, RHP, Nationals (Triple-A Rochester)
Age: 23. B-T: R-R. HT: 6-4. WT: 240.
HOW ACQUIRED: Selected by Nationals in first round (22nd overall) of 2020 draft.
BACKGROUND: Cavalli rose from High-A to Triple-A in his 2021 pro debut, posting a 3.36 ERA and leading the minor leagues with 157 strikeouts.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Cavalli pitches in the mid-to-high 90s and pairs his fastball with a curveball and slider that both rank as elite. His mid-80s curveball is one of the hardest in baseball and peaks at 89 mph.
Kyle Harrison, LHP, Giants (Double-A Richmond)
Age: 20. B-T: R-L. HT: 6-2. WT: 200.
SOURCE: De La Salle HS, Concord, Calif.
HOW ACQUIRED: Selected by Giants in third round of 2020 draft.
BACKGROUND: The Giants lured the UCLA commit with a bonus just a hair below $2.5 million. Harrison led minor league starters in strikeout rate in 2022.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Harrison’s mid-90s velocity and low approach angle have baffled pro hitters. He also throws a hard-breaking slider in the low 80s and a mid-80s changeup he can land for strikes.
Antoine Kelly, LHP, Brewers (High-A Wisconsin)
Age: 22. B-T: L-L. HT: 6-5. WT: 205.
SOURCE: Wabash Valley (Ill.) JC.
HOW ACQUIRED: Selected by Brewers in second round of 2019 draft.
BACKGROUND: Kelly’s ascension was slowed by thoracic outlet syndrome in 2021, but his breakout 2022 season put him back on the prospect map.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Kelly’s fastball/slider combination serves as a nasty one-two punch. His fastball sits 94-96 mph and touches 98, while his mid-80s slider has nasty bite.
Bobby Miller, RHP, Dodgers (Double-A Tulsa)
Age: 23. B-T: R-R. HT: 6-5. WT: 220.
HOW ACQUIRED: Selected by Dodgers in first round (29th overall) of 2020 draft.
BACKGROUND: Miller nailed down a weekend rotation spot as a college junior in 2020, then impressed the Dodgers at their alternate site that summer.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Miller leads his deep arsenal with a high-90s fastball that routinely touches triple digits. His high-80s slider and low-80s curveball stand out, as does his swing-and-miss changeup.
Erik Miller, LHP, Phillies (Double-A Reading)
Age: 24. B-T: L-L. HT: 6-5. WT: 240.
HOW ACQUIRED: Selected by Phillies in fourth round of 2019 draft.
BACKGROUND: Miller missed most of 2021 with injury, but the 6-foot-5 lefty stood out in the Arizona Fall League and jumped to Double-A this year.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Miller’s swing-and-miss fastball sits 93-95 mph and peaks at 98 with explosive late life. He features three secondaries in his tight high-80s slider, high-70s curveball and a changeup.
Eury Perez, RHP, Marlins (Double-A Pensacola)
Age: 19. B-T: R-R. HT: 6-8. WT: 220.
SOURCE: Dominican Republic.
HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as international free agent by Marlins, July 2, 2019.
BACKGROUND: Perez kept getting taller after he signed but maintained his elite athleticism. He dominated two Class A levels at age 18 in his 2021 debut.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The 6-foot-8 Perez has remarkable body control. His fastball sits 95-97 mph and peaks at 99, and he throws a distinct slider and curveball as well as a high-80s changeup.
Jared Shuster, LHP, Braves (Double-A Mississippi)
Age: 23. B-T: L-L. HT: 6-3. WT: 210.
SOURCE: Wake Forest.
HOW ACQUIRED: Selected by Braves in first round (25th overall) of 2020 draft.
BACKGROUND: Shuster showed increased velocity and stuff in his junior season at Wake Forest, prompting his first-round selection by the Braves.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Shuster sits 89-91 mph but uses his fastball to set up his excellent secondaries: a slider and changeup that both miss bats. His low-80s, Bugs Bunny changeup gives hitters fits.
Francisco Alvarez, C, Mets (Double-A Binghamton)
Age: 20. B-T: R-R. HT: 5-10. WT: 233.
HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as international free agent by Mets, July 2, 2018.
BACKGROUND: Alvarez’s dynamic hitting skill set emerged untarnished from the pandemic. He has taken his place among the game’s elite prospects.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: After homering in last year’s Futures Game, Alvarez will see if he can do it again. He ranks among the best catching prospects in the game and should be a cornerstone for the Mets.
Diego Cartaya, C, Dodgers (High-A Great Lakes)
Age: 20. B-T: R-R. HT: 6-3. WT: 219.
HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as international free agent by Dodgers, July 2, 2018.
BACKGROUND: Cartaya proved himself at Low-A in 2021 and returned to the level to begin 2022 before earning a promotion to High-A
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Cartaya is one of the most powerful prospects in the game and hit the ground running at High-A by hitting .321/.450/.605 with five home runs in 21 June games.
Henry Davis, C, Pirates (Double-A Altoona)
Age: 22. B-T: R-R. HT: 6-2. WT: 210.
HOW ACQUIRED: Selected by Pirates in first round (first overall) of 2021 draft.
BACKGROUND: Davis was part of a stacked Louisville club that produced three first-rounders in two drafts, including fellow Futures Gamer Bobby Miller.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Davis is a powerful hitter capable of sending balls out to all sectors of any park. His very strong arm is game for throwing out even the fastest opposing basestealers.
Logan O’Hoppe, C, Phillies (Double-A Reading)
Age: 22. B-T: R-R. HT: 6-2. WT: 185.
SOURCE: St. John the Baptist HS, West Islip, N.Y.
HOW ACQUIRED: Selected by Phillies in 23rd round of 2018 draft.
BACKGROUND: The Phillies gambled correctly that they could pry O’Hoppe away from his East Carolina commitment. The results have been well worth it.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: O’Hoppe is the best offensive prospect in the Phillies’ system and a standout hitter as a catcher. His arm is so strong that he can throw out basestealers without leaving his knees.
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Darren Baker, 2B, Nationals (High-A Wilmington)
Age: 23. B-T: L-R. HT: 6-0. WT: 180.
HOW ACQUIRED: Selected by Nationals in 10th round of 2021 draft.
BACKGROUND: The son of Dusty Baker was 3 years old when he gained fame at the 2002 World Series. That’s when J.T. Snow hustled Darren, the Giants’ bat boy, away from a potential collision at home plate.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Baker is a speedy player who is capable of stealing a couple bases. He is the only true second baseman on the NL roster.
Elly De La Cruz, SS/3B, Reds (High-A Dayton)
Age: 20. B-T: B-R. HT: 6-5. WT: 200.
SOURCE: Dominican Republic
HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as international free agent by Reds, July 2, 2018.
BACKGROUND: De La Cruz was virtually anonymous until last summer when he broke out in the Arizona Complex League and jumped to Low-A.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: De La Cruz is capable of jaw-dropping plays on both sides of the ball. He can hit tape-measure home runs, sprint around the bases or make lightning-quick throws across the diamond.
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Ezequiel Tovar, SS, Rockies (Double-A Hartford)
Age: 20. B-T: R-R. HT: 6-0. WT: 162.
HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as international free agent by Rockies, Aug. 1, 2017.
BACKGROUND: Tovar stood out for his shortstop defense before a swing overhaul last offseason paid big dividends in his first taste of Double-A.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Tovar demands your attention any time he wears a glove on his left hand. He has found new levels of offensive production as one of the Eastern League’s first-half standouts.
Miguel Vargas, 3B/2B, Dodgers (Triple-A Oklahoma City)
Age: 22. B-T: R-R. HT: 6-3. WT: 205.
HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as international free agent by Dodgers, Sept. 7, 2017.
BACKGROUND: Vargas is the son of Cuban baseball great Lazaro Vargas and has proven himself at every stop during his pro career.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Vargas is versatile in the field, but his best position is in the batter’s box. No matter where he plays—third base, second base, first base or left field—expect Vargas to mash.
David Villar, 3B/1B, Giants (Triple-A Sacramento)
Age: 25. B-T: R-R. HT: 6-1. WT: 215.
SOURCE: South Florida.
HOW ACQUIRED: Selected by Giants in 11th round of 2018 draft.
BACKGROUND: The Giants took a chance on Villar after he had a breakout season at South Florida. He has hit better than expected in pro ball.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Villar is capable at either infield corner and has the power to put a ball into the gap or over the wall. He made his major league debut this summer.
Jordan Walker, 3B, Cardinals (Double-A Springfield)
Age: 21. B-T: R-R. HT: 6-5. WT: 220.
SOURCE: Decatur (Ga.) HS.
HOW ACQUIRED: Selected by Cardinals in first round (21st overall) of 2020 draft.
BACKGROUND: Walker showed exit velocities and bat speed nearly unheard of for a player his age in his pro debut. Those trends have continued in 2022.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Walker can hit balls out to all sectors during batting practice. It will be the same story in the game, when he’ll be among the biggest power threats on either roster.
Masyn Winn, SS, Cardinals (Double-A Springfield)
Age: 20. B-T: R-R. HT: 5-11. WT: 180.
SOURCE: Kingwood (Texas) HS.
HOW ACQUIRED: Selected by Cardinals in second round of 2020 draft.
BACKGROUND: Drafted as a two-way talent out of high school, Winn already looks like, well, a win for the Cardinals after reaching Double-A at age 20.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Winn is a quality hitter, but it’s his throwing arm that is his big-ticket item. His arm would stand out even on an MLB diamond and ranks as an easy 80 tool on the 20-80 scouting scale.
Corbin Carroll, OF, D-backs (Double-A Amarillo)
Age: 21. B-T: L-L. HT: 5-10. WT: 165.
SOURCE: Lakeside HS, Seattle.
HOW ACQUIRED: Selected by D-backs in first round (16th overall) of 2019 draft.
BACKGROUND: Despite missing nearly two full seasons because of the pandemic and shoulder surgery, Carroll jumped straight to Double-A this year.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Carroll is the crown jewel of the D-backs’ rebuild. He has power, speed and an excellent glove in center field. In other words, he has all the tools to take over the game at any point.
Jackson Chourio, OF, Brewers (Low-A Carolina)
Age: 18. B-T: R-R. HT: 6-1. WT: 165.
HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as international free agent by Brewers, Jan. 15, 2021.
BACKGROUND: Chourio showed signs of breaking out in extended spring training. The Brewers moved him to Low-A, where he has thrived at age 18.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Chourio has electric bat speed, excellent raw power and can play center field. He’s the youngest Futures Gamer since Vladimir Guerrero Jr.—who was also 18—in 2017.
Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF, Cubs (High-A South Bend)
Age: 20. B-T: L-L. HT: 6-0. WT: 184.
SOURCE: Harvard-Westlake HS, Studio City, Calif.
BACKGROUND: The Mets’ 2020 first-rounder was injured almost immediately in 2021 and then was dealt to the Cubs for Javier Baez at the deadline.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Crow-Armstrong made quick work of Low-A this year and should provide a blend of hitting ability, speed and lockdown defense in center field.
Robert Hassell III, OF, Padres (High-A Fort Wayne)
Age: 20. B-T: L-L. HT: 6-2. WT: 195.
SOURCE: Independence HS, Thompson’s Station, Tenn.
HOW ACQUIRED: Selected by Padres in first round (eighth overall) of 2020 draft.
BACKGROUND: The first high school player drafted in 2020, Hassell has spent the past two seasons drawing raves for his polished hitting ability.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Hassell is a professional hitter with an outstanding knowledge of the strike zone. He fits nicely toward the top of a lineup, where he can get on board for the big boppers.
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Zac Veen, OF, Rockies (High-A Spokane)
Age: 20. B-T: L-R. HT: 6-4. WT: 190.
SOURCE: Spruce Creek HS, Port Orange, Fla.
HOW ACQUIRED: Selected by Rockies in first round (ninth overall) of 2020 draft.
BACKGROUND: A late riser up 2020 draft boards, Veen has starred over his first two pro seasons, providing a combination of power and speed.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Veen could hit a home run just as easily as he could swipe a bag or rob an opposing hitter in the outfield. He brings excitement whether in the batter’s box or on the grass.