Josh Hamilton played in it. Hanley Ramirez played in it. Hunter Pence played in it.
In total just over 200 players who are now on major league rosters have competed in the All-Star Futures Game and this past Sunday in Anaheim, 50 minor league prospects had the opportunity to show their talents in the hopes of making the next steps to The Show.
In a game that started out as a pitcher’s duel between the US and The World, it turned into a blowout in favor of the US Team when Anaheim prospect and home town favorite Hank Conger crushed a three-run homer in the fifth inning, opening the game up and as a result winning the game’s MVP Award.
The rosters for both teams featured an amazing 17 former first round draft picks. Seven of these picks are from the 2009 draft and have been making huge impacts on their respective teams’ minor league affiliates.
Along with Hank Conger, other members of the 2010 Futures Roster to keep an eye out for include:
Pitcher Jeremy Hellickson is part of the Tampa Bay Rays organization and currently with the AAA Durham Bulls. Ranked as the #20 prospect by MLB.com, Hellickson is 11-2 with a 2.21 ERA and 104 K’s in the International League.
Pitcher Julio Teheran, who pitched for The World Team and is a member of the Atlanta Braves Class A Advanced affiliate Myrtle Beach Pelicans, is currently sporting a 5-5 record — but don’t let the record fool you. He has an ERA of 2.13 with 103 K’s.
Third Baseman Mike Moustakas of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals AA affiliate to the Kansas City Royals is leading the Texas League in Batting Average (.355), Home Runs (21), RBI (76), and SLG (.705).
Also coming out of the Kansas City farm system is Eric Hosmer who is currently in Class A Advanced Wilmington Blue Rocks is batting .349, 7 Home Runs, and 50 RBIs. Hosmer served as the Designated Hitter for the US team and went 4-5 with a double and a pair of RBIs.
Needless to say the future is bright for Major League Baseball.