Futures Game: United States

Lefties, 2009 draft picks highlight roster

Major League Baseball and Baseball America work with the 30 major league clubs to determine rosters for the annual All-Star Futures Game, a matchup of top minor league prospects played the Sunday before the major league All-Star Game. This year's event is July 11 in Anaheim. The game features a United States-World matchup, with two 25-man rosters made up of 10 pitchers, two catchers, four corner infielders, four middle infielders and five outfielders.

This is the roster for the United States team. For the World roster, click here.

Zach Britton, lhp Double-A Bowie (EL)
Baltimore continues to rely on pitching to try to rediscover major league success, and Britton is the next piece of the puzzle. He features one of the best sinkers in the minor leagues.

Jarred Cosart
Low Class A Lakewood (SAL)
Noted as a two-way player as an amateur, Cosart has blossomed since
focusing on the mound and now dials his fastball up to 96 mph. He's
just 20 and in his first full season, but Cosart could move quickly.

Christian Friedrich, lhp Double-A Tulsa (TL)
After blazing through the lower levels of the minors, Friedrich is
making adjustments in his first experience in Double-A. It's all
there, though: plus velocity for a lefty with good breaking stuff.

Jeremy Hellickson, rhp Triple-A Durham (IL)
All the Stephen Strasburg hoopla obscured that Hellickson was nearly
his equal in the International League. The only thing holding him back
is a deep Tampa Bay pitching staff.

Dan Hudson, rhp Triple-A Charlotte (IL)
White Sox
Hudson made his major league debut last season and is ready to
contribute in Chicago whenever the club needs him. He offers three
solid pitches with natural deception and strong command.

Jordan Lyles, rhp Double-A Corpus Christi (TL)
It has been a season to forget in Houston, but Lyles is a bright spot,
pitching well in Double-A less than a year after being drafted out of
high school. His fastball touches 94 mph.

Shelby Miller, rhp Low Class A Quad Cities (MWL)
Another 2009 draft pick, Miller follows in the long line of Texas
fireballers. A former football tight end, he stands 6-foot-3 and
touches the mid-90s, with a power approach.

Mike Minor, lhp Double-A Mississippi (SL)
Minor was the seventh overall pick in the 2009 draft out of
Vanderbilt. Some saw him as more of a finesse lefty, but his stuff has
looked sharper this season and he has touched 94 mph with his

Andy Oliver, lhp Double-A Erie (EL)
Oliver gained notoriety in college for his legal tussle with the NCAA,
which obscured that he's a lefthander who can touch the upper 90s. He could move to Detroit quickly.

Tanner Scheppers, rhp Triple-A Oklahoma City (PCL)
The Rangers will manage Scheppers' workload cautiously this season,
but long-term they view him as a starter. With a high-90s fastball,
his pure stuff is the equal of anyone in the minors.

Austin Romine, c Double-A Trenton (EL)
The Yankees have a wealth of catching prospects, and Romine might have the best all-around package of skills, which may make him Jorge Posada's successor behind the plate.

Tony Sanchez, c
High Class A Bradenton (FSL)
Many regarded Sanchez as a reach with the No. 4 pick last year, but
his performance so far has been all the Pirates could have hoped for.
He offers solid defense, and his bat has been better than expected.

Eric Hosmer, 1b High Class A Wilmington (CL)
Hosmer's first full season was a disaster, but it seems to be related
to vision problems that have been corrected. All he has lacked this
season is home run power, which should come in time.

Logan Morrison, 1b Triple-A New Orleans (PCL)
Morrison missed about a month of action this season with a shoulder
injury, but he has hit consistently since he returned, continuing the
trend he has maintained throughout his career.

Drew Cumberland, 2b/ss High Class A Lake Elsinore (Cal)
Cumberland's career has been held back by injuries, with 609 at-bats
over 21⁄2 seasons coming into the year. He has stayed healthy and
stung the ball this year in the Cal League.

Lonnie Chisenhall, 3b Double-A Akron (EL)
After getting drafted in the first round in 2008, Chisenhall quickly
established himself as one of the best third-base prospects in the
minors, sliding over from second base and showing a good bat.

Mike Moustakas, 3b Double-A NW Arkansas (TL)
Moustakas struggled in the pitcher-friendly Carolina League last
season, but he has put those problems behind him in his best
professional performance. He offers the ability to hit for power and

Danny Espinosa, ss/2b Double-A Harrisburg (EL)
Espinosa follows in a distinguished line of Long Beach State
shortstops that includes Bobby Crosby, Troy Tulowitzki and Evan Longoria. He's a switch-hitter with solid tools and great instincts.

Dee Gordon, ss Double-A Chattanooga (SL)
Gordon, the son of former major leaguer Tom, has been playing baseball for a relatively short time, turning to the diamond as a senior in high school. His well-rounded tools are highlighted by his speed.

Grant Green, ss High Class A Stockton (Cal)
Green has the all-around package of skills at shortstop to be an
all-star, with the tools to hold down shortstop as well as produce for
average and a bit of power. Scouts also love his makeup.

Domonic Brown, of Double-A Reading (EL)
Brown's tools put him among the best prospects in the minors, with his ability to hit for average and speed rating as his best tools. He
should be ready for the Philadelphia outfield by next season.

Brett Jackson, of High Class A Daytona (FSL)
Jackson lasted until the 31st pick in 2009 because teams weren't sure
how much he would hit, but he has fared well in the pitcher-friendly
FSL. He's also one of the best athletes in the Cubs system.

 Jennings, of Triple-A Durham (IL)
Jennings has been bothered by minor wrist and shoulder injuries this season that have dented his production. He is coming around, though, and remains one of the top prospects in the game.

Ben Revere, of Double-A New Britain (EL)
Revere was a surprise first-rounder in 2007 and is on his way to
becoming the top-of-the-order sparkplug the Twins envisioned. He's one of the best pure hitters in the minors.

Mike Trout, of Low Class A Cedar Rapids (MWL)
The breakout season defined. Trout was the 26th overall pick in 2009,
but might be No. 2 now. He has the potential to be a true five-tool
player, a strong offensive and defensive center fielder.