No event can rival the annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game for the number of elite prospects on one diamond. This year's matchup takes place July 9 at Marlins Park, and it will showcase not only a plethora of future stars, but also several phenoms who could help your fantasy team
No event can rival the annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game for the number of elite prospects on one diamond. This year's matchup takes place July 9 at Marlins Park, and it will showcase not only a plethora of future stars, but also several phenoms who could help your fantasy team in the very near future.
Last year's midsummer prospect classic in San Diego included Andrew Benintendi, Alex Bregman, David Dahl, Ryon Healy, Manuel Margot, Hunter Renfroe, Gary Sanchez and Dansby Swanson -- and that's just the position players who have gone on to become big league regulars. Pitchers who are currently in the Majors after working in the 2016 Futures Game include Jharel Cotton, Amir Garrett, Josh Hader, Jeff Hoffman and Adalberto Mejia.
Below are the top 10 Futures Game players mostly likely to make a fantasy impact in 2017. The list is based solely on expected big league production for the remainder of the season, in contrast to MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, which reflects long-term value in all phases of the game.
1. Yoan Moncada, 2B, White Sox (Previous rank: 1)
The 2016 Futures Game MVP and the best prospect in baseball, he's hitting .281/.381/.454 with 10 homers and 15 steals in 66 Triple-A games. Moncada still needs to cut down his strikeout rate (28 percent), but he looks ready for a callup after the All-Star break.
2. Amed Rosario, SS, Mets (Previous rank: 2)
New York has little reason not to promote Rosario immediately, as he's batting .315/.356/.468 with seven homers and 13 steals in 76 Triple-A games. Installing him at shortstop, sliding Asdrubal Cabrera to third and benching Jose Reyes would improve the Mets offensively and defensively.
3. Rafael Devers, 3B, Red Sox (Previous rank: unranked)
He's only 20 and has yet to taste Double-A, yet it's becoming clear that Devers is the best option to solve Boston's third-base crisis (the club has the lowest OPS in MLB at the hot corner). Long lauded for his hitting prowess and power potential, he's raking to the tune of a .301/.364/.583 slash line with 16 homers in 68 games as the youngest regular in the Eastern League.
4. Derek Fisher, OF, Astros (Previous rank: unranked)
During a five-game callup earlier in June, Fisher went 5-for-18 with two homers. While that's obviously a small sample size by which to judge, Fisher would be an offensive upgrade over Norichika Aoki in left field. He has recorded back-to-back 20-20 seasons and is on pace for a third, hitting .313/.376/.581 with 17 homers and 13 steals in 67 Triple-A contests.
5. Lewis Brinson, OF, Brewers (Previous rank: unranked)
Brinson had a rougher introduction to the Majors than Fisher, going 3-for-31 (.097) with 13 strikeouts in 14 games. His power/speed ceiling is as high as just about any prospect's, however, and he has compiled stellar numbers in Triple-A: .323/.405/.540 with eight homers and as many steals in 49 games. He's blocked for the moment in Milwaukee because Ryan Braun, Keon Broxton and Domingo Santana all are having strong seasons.
6. Rhys Hoskins, 1B, Phillies (Previous rank: 5)
Hoskins ranked second in the Minors with 38 homers in 2016, and he's proven that was no fluke by leading the Triple-A International League with 19 homers and 63 RBIs in 80 games this season. Hoskins also is batting .303/.399/.606, but he may have to wait for Tommy Joseph to falter before he gets a chance in Philadelphia.
7. Brent Honeywell, RHP, Rays (Previous rank: unranked)
Though he's getting hit harder than he's accustomed to in Triple-A (4.91 ERA, .294 opponents' average), he hasn't lost his ability to pound the strike zone and miss bats with multiple pitches. His 90-to-21 K/BB ratio in 73 1/3 innings indicates that he could be the best option to plug the hole at the back of Tampa Bay's rotation.
8. Scott Kingery, 2B, Phillies (Previous rank: unranked)
After delivering just five homers in his first full pro season in 2016, Kingery leads the Minors with 21 and is hitting .314/.374/.622 with 20 steals in 73 games between Double-A and Triple-A this season. Cesar Hernandez could be out until August with an oblique injury and Howie Kendrick is dealing with a hamstring issue, so Kingery could get the call soon.
9. Francisco Mejia, C, Indians (Previous rank: unranked)
A year after establishing a modern Minor League record with a 50-game hitting streak, Mejia leads the Double-A Eastern League in average and owns a slash line of .343/.387/.577 with nine homers in 52 games. Meanwhile, Cleveland has the second-lowest catching OPS in the Majors.
10. Nick Gordon, SS, Twins (Previous rank: unranked)
Minnesota is challenging in the American League Central while getting little offensive production from shortstop Jorge Polanco. Gordon is batting .306/.375/.481 with six homers and seven steals in 70 Double-A games, and after growing up around the game as the son of former All-Star Tom Gordon, he likely wouldn't be daunted by skipping Triple-A.
Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.