The format for the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game has changed, but the overwhelming amount of prospect talent on hand has not.
After 20 years of pitting U.S. and World teams against each other, the Futures Game will switch to American League versus National League on July 7 at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The annual prospect showcase also has been shortened from nine to seven innings for the first time since the inaugural 1999 contest.
Thirty-seven of the 50 players selected to the initial rosters are members of MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list, up from 30 a year ago. This year's Future Gamers include four of the game's five best prospects: Rays shortstop Wander Franco (No. 1 on the Top 100), Padres left-hander MacKenzie Gore (No. 3), Angels outfielder Jo Adell (No. 4) and White Sox outfielder Luis Robert (No. 5).
MLB Network will exclusively televise and MLB.com will live stream the Futures Game at 7 p.m. ET. Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds and Jim Callis will call the action, with Heidi Watney providing reporting from both dugouts. The game also will be available to SiriusXM subscribers.
Nine of the 10 members of the AL pitching staff are Top 100 Prospects, headlined by left-hander Brendan McKay (Rays, No. 23) and right-handers Matt Manning (Tigers, No. 32), Nate Pearson (Blue Jays, No. 41), Brady Singer (Royals, No. 45) and Grayson Rodriguez (Orioles, No. 53). The AL infield is similarly loaded with six Top 100 Prospects, including Franco, Twins shortstop Royce Lewis (No. 7), White Sox second baseman Nick Madrigal (No. 39) and Indians third baseman Nolan Jones (No. 43).
The strength on the NL squad is an infield that features Nationals shortstop Carter Kieboom (No. 21), Cardinals third baseman Nolan Gorman (No. 30), Dodgers shortstop Gavin Lux (No. 31) and Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm (No. 38). The NL also features the game's top catching prospect in Joey Bart (Giants, No. 19); five Top 100 outfielders, led by Cristian Pache (Braves, No. 14) and 2018 Futures Game MVP Taylor Trammell (Reds, No. 27); and a deep pitching staff fronted by Gore and right-handers Sixto Sanchez (Marlins, No. 22) and Ian Anderson (Braves, No. 26).
In addition to Trammell, five other Futures Gamers played in last year's contest: Adell, Cubs catcher Miguel Amaya (No. 76), Kieboom, Manning and Giants outfielder Heliot Ramos (No. 56). The United States won that game 10-6, its 13th victory in 20 tries, as Trammell tripled and homered in two at-bats. World outfielder Yusniel Diaz, then with the Dodgers but included in the Manny Machado trade with the Orioles shortly afterward, joined Alfonso Soriano (1999) as the only players to homer twice in a Futures Game.
Hall of Famer Jim Thome, who hit 337 of his 612 homers for the host Indians, will manage the AL squad. His NL counterpart is Dennis Martinez, who won 245 games in 23 seasons and threw seven shutout innings in the 1995 AL Championship Series clincher for Cleveland.
Below are the Futures Game representatives for each organization (MLB Pipeline rank for their organization in parentheses, followed by Top 100 rank if applicable):
ARI: OF Alek Thomas (7), C Daulton Varsho (4)
ATL: RHP Ian Anderson (3/MLB 26), OF Cristian Pache (1/MLB 14)
BAL: LHP D.L. Hall (3/MLB 66), RHP Grayson Rodriguez (1/MLB 53)
BOS: OF Jarren Duran (9)
CHC: RHP Adbert Alzolay (4), C Miguel Amaya (2/MLB 76)
CIN: OF Taylor Trammell (1/MLB 27)
CLE: OF Daniel Johnson (22), 3B Nolan Jones (2/MLB 43)
COL: LHP Ben Bowden (16)
CWS: 2B Nick Madrigal (4/MLB 39), OF Luis Robert (1/MLB 5)
DET: RHP Matt Manning (2/MLB 32), 3B Isaac Paredes (4/MLB 83), C Jake Rogers (12)
HOU: RHP J.B. Bukauskas (5/MLB 98)
KC: RHP Brady Singer (1/MLB 45)
LAA: OF Jo Adell (1/MLB 4)
LAD: SS Gavin Lux (2/MLB 31), RHP Dustin May (3/MLB 51)
MIA: 2B Isan Diaz (6), OF Monte Harrison (3/MLB 85), RHP Sixto Sanchez (1/MLB 22)
MIL: RHP Devin Williams (unranked)
MIN: RHP Jordan Balazovic (5/MLB 100), SS Royce Lewis (1/MLB 7)
NYM: LHP Anthony Kay (3/MLB 95)
NYY: RHP Deivi Garcia (4)
OAK: SS Jorge Mateo (8)
PHI: 3B Alec Bohm (1/MLB 38)
PIT: 1B Will Craig (12)
SD: LHP MacKenzie Gore (1/MLB 3), RHP Adrian Morejon (4/MLB 49), RHP Luis Patino (3/MLB 40)
SEA: RHP Justin Dunn (2/MLB 67), OF Jarred Kelenic (1/MLB 24), 1B Evan White (5/MLB 81)
SF: C Joey Bart (1/MLB 19), OF Heliot Ramos (2/MLB 56)
STL: OF Dylan Carlson (2/MLB 88), 3B Nolan Gorman (1/MLB 30)
TB: SS Wander Franco (1/MLB 1), C Ronaldo Hernandez (7/MLB 80), LHP Brendan McKay (2, MLB 23)
TEX: C Sam Huff (21)
TOR: RHP Nate Pearson (2/MLB 41)
WSH: SS Carter Kieboom (1/MLB 21)