Futures Game: World

Loads of velocity on the mound

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 World team. For the United States roster, click here.

Henderson Alvarez, rhp High Class A Dunedin (FSL)
Blue Jays
The Blue Jays have moved Alvarez patiently through the minors, and he is building on his breakout last season with a strong performance in the FSL. His fastball now touches the mid-90s.

Simon Castro, rhp
Double-A San Antonio (TL)
Castro showed little other than raw arm strength when the Padres signed him, but he has gradually added polish to his package while maintaining velocity than can touch 96 mph.

Jeurys Familia, rhp High Class A St. Lucie (FSL)
Familia was Mets minor league pitcher of the year after putting up a 2.69 ERA in the South Atlantic League. He has found the going tougher this season as he works on his complementary pitches.

Liam Hendriks, rhp High Class A Fort Myers (FSL)
Hendriks has overcome knee and back injuries—which kept him out for the 2008 season—to have a breakout season. He's a talented athlete whose father played Australian Rules Football.

Trystan Magnuson, rhp Double-A New Hampshire (EL)
Blue Jays
Magnuson's uncle Keith is a former NHL defenseman. He walked on to the Louisville baseball team and became a supplemental first-round pick, and he is moving quickly toward the Toronto bullpen.

Hector Noesi, rhp Double-A New Hampshire (EL)
Blue Jays
Noesi missed parts of the 2007 and 2008 seasons due to Tommy John surgery, but he has been on the fast track since returning. He offers three solid pitches from a low-effort delivery.

Stolmy Pimentel, rhp High Class A Salem (CL)
Red Sox
The Red Sox signed Pimentel for just $25,000 in 2006, and he has made steady progress with the potential to have two plus pitches and a good breaking ball. His fastball touches 95 mph with life.

Eduardo Sanchez, rhp Double-A Springfield (TL)
Sanchez's velocity and feel for pitching have steadily grown since the Cardinals signed him in 2005. He's a bit undersized but can still dial his fastball up to 97 mph at the back of the bullpen.

Julio Teheran, rhp High Class A Myrtle Beach (CL)
Teheran signed for $850,000, the largest bonus for an international amateur pitcher in 2007, and he has been worth every penny so far. He's in the discussion for best pitching prospect in the minors.

Phillippe Valiquette, lhp Triple-A Louisville (IL)
It has taken time for Valiquette to adjust to professional baseball and American culture, but he is tapping into his ability. A lefty reliever who can touch 96 mph is a valuable commodity.

Chun Chen, c Low Class A Lake County (SAL)
Chen put up a .232 mark in two years after signing with the Indians out of Taiwan, but in his first full season he has put himself on the Indians' radar by showing his skills at the plate and behind it.

Wilin Rosario, c
Double-A Tulsa (TL)
The Rockies have found lots of good pitching in Latin America, but Rosario could be their first impact position player. He has the skills to be the complete package behind the plate.

Yonder Alonso, 1b Triple-A Louisville (IL)
Alonso was born in Cuba but went to school in the United States and was drafted out of the University of Miami. He is the purest hitter in the Reds organization and is working to add power.

Alex Liddi, 1b/3b Double-A West Tenn (SL)
Italy has produced other minor league players, but Liddi is by far the best Italian prospect ever. He has major offensive potential and was MVP of the California League last season.

Brett Lawrie, 2b Double-A Huntsville (SL)
Lawrie is the highest-drafted Canadian ever, going 16th overall in 2008, and profiles as an offensive second baseman. He has the strongest hands and quickest bat in the Brewers organization.

Pedro Baez, 3b High Class A Inland Empire (Cal)
Baez also made the Futures Game last year, before his season ended shortly thereafter with a knee injury. He has come back slowly but still should be the Dodgers' third baseman of the future.

Luis Jimenez, 3b High Class A Rancho Cucamonga (Cal)
Jimenez put up promising results before missing 2009 with a shoulder injury. Healthy now, he looks like he's back on track and has already earned a promotion this season.

Pedro Ciriaco, ss/2b Triple-A Reno (PCL)
Ciriaco has pure shortstop actions and the tools to affect the game both with his glove and his feet. The key will be establishing consistent offensive production and controlling the strike zone.

Hak-Ju Lee, ss Low Class A Peoria (MWL)
Lee signed in 2008 but didn't make his professional debut until last season due to Tommy John surgery. His standout tool is speed, and he has the ability to make the tough plays at shortstop.

Ozzie Martinez, ss Double-A Jacksonville (SL)
A native of Puerto Rico, Martinez was drafted out of a California junior college in 2006 and blossomed last year when he got regular playing time. He should be a productive hitter with a little pop.

Gorkys Hernandez, of Double-A Altoona (EL)
Hernandez was originally signed by the Tigers, but was traded to the Braves in the Edgar Renteria deal after the 2007 season, and then to the Pirates in the Nate McLouth deal last season.

Carlos Peguero, of Double-A West Tenn (SL)
Peguero has taken a slow but steady path through the Mariners organization since signing in 2005, but he has shown increased power in the last two seasons (including 31 home runs last year) to raise his profile.

Francisco Peguero, of High Class A San Jose (Cal)
Peguero got the Giants' attention last season when he batted .353 between two levels. His average has dipped this season but he has still showed his standout speed, with eight triples and 23 stolen bases.

Eury Perez, of Low Class A Hagerstown (SAL)
Perez led the Rookie-leve Gulf Coast League in batting (.381) and on-base percentage (.443) last season and should develop into a disruptive leadoff man. His speed also plays well in center field.

Wilkin Ramirez, of Triple-A Toledo (IL)
The Tigers signed Ramirez in 2003 and he made his major league debut last season. He continues to bide his time in the minor leagues while waiting for a long-term big league opportunity.