Scouting reports for all Futures Game players

July 13th, 2024

As always, the 25th edition of the All-Star Futures Game promises to be a festival of future big league talent, all on the field at the same time.

Before settling in to see all of that talent at 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT today at Globe Life Field, we wanted to provide a primer. Watch the Futures Game on MLB Network, MLB.TV, or in the MLB App. The Futures Skills Challenge will air on tape delay at 10 a.m. ET/9 a.m. CT on Sunday on MLB Network as well as on MLB.TV, and in the MLB App.

Here are scouting reports for everyone involved in both the Futures Game and the new Futures Skills Challenge, which will take place immediately after the Futures Game is over. Players on a Futures Game roster who are participating in the Skills Challenge are notated with a ^. The players who are Skills Challenge competitors only are noted with ^^.

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Blue Jays: Fernando Perez, RHP (No. 23)
Perez has been a much-needed pitching success story in the Jays system this season with a 3.60 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 76 strikeouts in 70 innings at Single-A Dunedin. He sits 91-94 mph with his fastball while showing an above-average low-80s slider and a low-80s changeup that gets about 14 inches of armside run.

Orioles: ^Samuel Basallo, C (No. 2/MLB No. 12)
Ranked as the second-best catching prospect in baseball, Basallo is still a teenager (he doesn’t turn 20 until August) and he’s more than holding his own in Double-A. The left-handed hitter has plus hit and power potential and is currently in the top 10 among Eastern League hitters in both home runs and slugging.

Rays: Xavier Isaac, 1B (No. 3/MLB No. 31); Chandler Simpson, OF (No. 10); ^^Tre' Morgan, 1B (No. 13)
Isaac has built on last year’s breakout season with another powerful demonstration at High-A Bowling Green in 2024, slugging .557 with 12 homers through 58 games. His left-handed pop will be some of the best in this year’s prospect showcase. Simpson brings a slap-and-dash approach to Arlington, and the 80-grade speedster leads full-season Minor Leaguers in average (.365) and steals (58) between High-A and Double-A. Former LSU star Morgan is more well known for his glovework at first base, but he brings an improved bat (.342/.425/.500) to the Skills Showcase.

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Red Sox: Marcelo Mayer, SS (No. 1/MLB No. 7); ^^Roman Anthony, OF (No. 2/MLB No. 14); Kyle Teel, C (No. 3/MLB No. 24)
Two of Boston's last three first-round picks, Mayer (2021) and Teel (2023) can make an impact on both sides of the ball and are getting close to big league-ready, even if they haven't been promoted from Double-A yet. Mayer participated in last year's Futures Game, starting at shortstop and singling in his lone at-bat. Anthony received the highest bonus in Boston's 2022 Draft class ($2.5 million) as a supplemental second-rounder out of a Florida high school and has a higher offensive ceiling than either of them.

Yankees: Spencer Jones, OF (No. 2/MLB No. 74); Brock Selvidge, LHP (No. 10)
A 2022 first-rounder out of Vanderbilt, Jones played in last year's Futures Game and walked and struck out in two plate appearances. His plus power is his best tool and he's also much more athletic than most 6-foot-6, 235-pounders. Selvidge has gone from 2021 third-rounder as an Arizona prepster to one of the best lefty pitching prospects in the game, with his low-90s fastball, low-80s slider, upper-80s cutter and control all grading as solid or better.


Guardians: Jaison Chourio, OF (No. 3/MLB No. 85); Ralphy Velazquez, 1B (No. 4/MLB No. 87)
Both of the Guardians' Futures Gamers just turned 19 in May. The younger brother of Jackson Chourio, Jaison signed for $1.2 million out of Venezuela in 2022 and is an advanced hitter with solid speed and defensive tools. A first-round pick from a California high school last July, Velazquez has a patient approach and 25-30 homer upside.

Royals: Ben Kudrna, RHP (No. 3); Gavin Cross, OF (No. 7)
A 2021 second-round pick out of the Kansas City area (on the Kansas side), Kudrna is in the midst of his best pro season yet with a 3.14 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 64 strikeouts in 63 innings at High-A Quad Cities, thanks to an above-average slider and changeup. Cross – a 2022 first-rounder – dealt with an illness (namely Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever) in his first full season but is back to show he can be a power-speed threat in the outfield in his return to Double-A.

Tigers: Max Clark, OF (No. 1/MLB No. 10); Hao-Yu Lee, 2B (No. 13)
Last year’s third overall pick Clark brings plenty of flash to the Futures Game with plus-plus speed and impressive outfield defense. Offensively, he’s done a tremendous job at staying in the zone and making contact on hittable pitches at Single-A, and optimistic evaluators are still hopeful he can reach average power as a potential five-tool threat. Lee, who was acquired at last year’s Trade Deadline for Michael Lorenzen, is a bat-first infielder who is living up to that hype with a .297/.370/.517 line and an organization-best 30 extra-base hits in 66 Double-A games.

Twins: Brooks Lee, SS (No. 2/MLB No. 13), Luke Keaschall, 2B/OF (No. 5/MLB No. 94)
Lee, the No. 8 pick of the 2022 Draft, won't play after his callup to the The Show. He returned from missing the first two months of the season with a back injury swinging the bat well, using his advanced approach at the plate with even more power than he’s shown previously, to post a .997 OPS since his June 4 reintroduction to Triple-A (1.029 in 20 games). Keaschall replaces Lee as Minnesota's representative, and he'll also be a legitimate offensive threat for the AL. The 2023 second-rounder collected 30 extra-base hits through his first 77 games across High-A and Double-A.

White Sox: Colson Montgomery, SS (No. 1/MLB No. 16); Noah Schultz, LHP (No. 2/MLB No. 18)
Only the Tigers feature a higher-rated hitter/pitcher prospect duo than the White Sox do with Montgomery and Schultz, who were high school first-round picks in consecutive Drafts (2021-22). Both earn lofty comparisons, Montgomery to Corey Seager (physical shortstop with a potent bat) and Schultz to Randy Johnson (6-foot-9 lefty with a mid-90s fastball and wipeout slider).


Angels: Caden Dana, RHP, Angels (No. 1/MLB No. 90)
At 6-foot-4 and with long golden hair, he might remind some of Noah Syndergaard and the 20-year-old’s stuff has been playing in Double-A. He has a fastball that tops out at 96 mph and a mid-80s slider with depth to go along with a slower curve and a changeup he doesn’t throw as often.

Astros: A.J. Blubaugh, RHP (No. 7)
The Horizon League reliever of the year in 2021 and 2022 at Milwaukee, Blubaugh has turned into a viable starter with a running 92-95 mph fastball and an 82-85 mph sweeping slider since turning pro as a seventh-round selection.

A’s: Luis Morales, RHP (No. 2)
The top pitching prospect in the 2023 international class, Morales got $3 million to sign with the A’s and the 21-year-old is now in High-A, still learning to harness his electric fastball that touches 99 mph and a full array of secondary pitches (slider, curve, changeup).

Mariners: Cole Young, SS (No. 1/MLB No. 22); Harry Ford, C (No. 2/MLB No. 23)
The Mariners have taken a high school hitter in the first round in each of the past three Drafts and two of them will be in this Futures Game. Ford, who played in last year’s contest, was the 2021 first-rounder, a super-athletic catcher with an exciting power-speed combination; Young went a year later and is already with Ford in Double-A with the chance to be a plus hitter.

Rangers: ^Sebastian Walcott, SS (No. 1/MLB No. 72); Emiliano Teodo, RHP (No. 14); Winston Santos, RHP (No. 15)
Signed for $3.2 million out of the Bahamas in 2023, Walcott has five-tool upside and the potential to become the best player ever from the island. Teodo (2020) and Santos (2019) were $10,000 steals out of the Dominican Republic. Teodo can push his fastball to 103 mph and has a mid-80s breaking ball with two-plane depth, while Santos is more polished and sports a solid three-pitch mix.


Braves: Drake Baldwin, C (No. 11)
A left-handed-hitting backstop taken by the Braves in the third round of the 2022 Draft out of Missouri State, Baldwin has a solid approach at the plate and draws walks, which helps him get to his solid power.

Marlins: Noble Meyer, RHP (No. 1/MLB No. 40); Thomas White, LHP (No. 2/MLB No. 57)
The Marlins have absolutely no regrets about spending their first two picks in the 2023 Draft and a combined $8.6 million on a pair of high schoolers with frontline-starter stuff. Meyer's mid-90s fastball and mid-80s slider are both plus pitches, and White eventually could have three plus offerings in his mid-90s fastball, 78-82 mph curveball and low-80s changeup.

Mets: Brandon Sproat, RHP (No. 6/MLB No. 97)
Sproat was twice drafted by the Mets, first in the third round in 2022 and then in the second round last year, and New York should be over the moon it got its man the second time. The 23-year-old right-hander has been up to triple digits with his fastball and has flashed promising sliders and changeups that have made him unhittable at times at High-A and Double-A in his first full season.

Nationals: James Wood, OF (No. 1/MLB No. 2); Dylan Crews, OF (No. 2/MLB No. 4); ^^Brady House, 3B (No. 3/MLB No. 44)
Wood will not participate as a recent Major League debutant, but he earned at least hearing his name on the initial roster after leading Triple-A in average (.353), OBP (.463) and OPS (1.058) as a five-tool talent with Rochester. Last year’s No. 2 overall pick, Crews just reached Triple-A and can be above-average across the board as a center fielder, particularly when it comes to making consistent hard contact. House has slipped some in his return to Double-A, but at 6-foot-4, he still has plus power and a strong throwing arm that could make him a valuable third baseman in DC.

Phillies: Aidan Miller, SS (No. 2/MLB No. 27); Justin Crawford, OF (No. 3/MLB No. 55)
The Phillies’ first-round picks in 2022 and 2023 form one of the most exciting young hitting duos at the Futures Game this year. Miller is a former High School Home Run Derby winner with tremendous raw power and Crawford, a 2023 Futures Gamer, has close to top-of-the-scale speed that makes him a major basestealing threat and helps him play plus defense in center field.


Brewers: Cooper Pratt, SS (No. 4/MLB No. 95)
Milwaukee paid Pratt $1.35 million to sign out of the sixth round last year, and it still might have gotten a steal. The 19-year-old shortstop is off to a solid start at Single-A Carolina with a .312/.411/.405 line and 19 steals in 60 games, and he’s earned strong reviews for his defensive work, particularly when it comes to making strong, accurate throws from the six.

Cardinals: Tink Hence, RHP (No. 1/MLB No. 42); Quinn Mathews, RHP (No. 2/MLB No. 99)
St. Louis sends a pair of Double-A arms at different stages in their careers. Hence has bounced back nicely after some struggles in Springfield last year and is back to showing a 93-95 mph fastball and two impressive secondaries in his 82-85 mph slider and devastating changeup around the same velocity, though he’s struggled to stay on the mound at times of late. Mathews -- a senior sign out of Stanford -- has climbed three levels in his first full season while showing improved velocity into the mid-90s as well as a plus changeup and an above-average slider.

Cubs: Matt Shaw, 3B (No. 2/MLB No. 29); Owen Caissie, OF (No. 3/MLB No. 34); James Triantos (No. 4, MLB No. 53), ^^Moises Ballesteros, C (No. 5/MLB No. 60)
Caissie was removed from the roster on Wednesday, but he was replaced by Triantos, meaning the Cubs will still be represented by two players in the Futures Game and another in the Skills Showcase, all of whom are among MLB's Top 100 prospects. Shaw has moved quickly since going 13th overall in last year's Draft out of Maryland, showing solid hitting ability, power potential and speed while changing positions from shortstop to third base. Triantos, a 2021 second-rounder, has had a very productive first half at Double-A, coming into the week before the Futures Game with 17 doubles, 30 stolen bases and a .307/.345/.459 line. Ballesteros earned a $1.2 million bonus out of Venezuela in 2021 thanks to his outstanding bat-to-ball skills, and he has torn up Triple-A since getting promoted two weeks ago at age 20.

Pirates: Bubba Chandler, RHP (No. 1/MLB No. 51); ^Termarr Johnson, 2B (No. 2/MLB No. 76)
A former two-sport (football) and two-way standout, Chandler continues to make large leaps forward the more he focuses on pitching, with a fastball that’s sat around 97 mph this year and three secondary offerings that all have the chance to be at least above-average in time. Johnson, the No. 4 pick in the 2022 Draft, has gotten off to slow starts in his first two full seasons, but is heating up again this year and has shown a propensity to draw walks with plenty of power to tap into from the left side of the plate.

Reds: Rhett Lowder, RHP (No. 1/MLB No. 20); ^Cam Collier, 3B (No. 3/MLB No. 84)
Lowder was taken No. 7 overall in last year’s Draft as a college arm with tremendous command who could move quickly, and while he’s scuffled in Double-A, he still has an excellent three-pitch mix and tremendous feel for pitching. Collier, the Reds’ top pick the year before, will be just 19 for all of the 2024 season and is still learning to tap into his considerable offensive potential, with his run-production abilities showing up enough for him to be among the High-A Midwest League leaders in home runs and RBIs.


D-backs: Druw Jones, OF (No. 3/MLB No. 79); Deyvison De Los Santos, 1B (No. 14)
After Jones’ rough first full season riddled with injuries and down performance, D-backs fans can breathe a slight sigh of relief that the 2022 second overall pick appears back on track offensively at Single-A Visalia, where he has a 116 wRC+ through 64 games. His speed and center-field defense could pop in a showcase like the Futures Game. De Los Santos -- a Rule 5 pick last offseason by the Guardians who was returned to the D-backs in the spring -- has top-of-the-scale power and can send balls screaming upon contact, as evidenced by his Minors-best 26 homers between Double-A and Triple-A. A lack of patience at the plate and subpar defense hold back the profile for now.

Dodgers: Thayron Liranzo, C (No. 8); Jeral Perez, 2B (No. 17)
Though they're two of just four non-Top 100 prospects on the National League squad, Liranzo and Perez are both ascendent Dominican prospects who could crack that list in the not-too-distant future. One of the best unhyped catching prospects in the game, Liranzo signed for just $30,000 in 2021 and features plus raw power and arm strength. Perez turned pro for $397,500 a year later and has electric bat speed that produces exceptionally hard contact for a teenager.

Giants: Bryce Eldridge, 1B (No. 2/MLB No. 70)
The best two-way talent in the 2023 Draft, Eldridge went 16th overall out of a Virginia high school and since has focused on hitting because the Giants want to maximize his immense power potential.

Padres: Ethan Salas, C (No. 1/MLB No. 6); Robby Snelling, LHP (No. 2/MLB No. 46)
Salas (18) and Snelling (20) have struggled to repeat their breakout 2023 campaigns at High-A and Double-A respectively, but they're still especially young for their given levels. Salas remains a gifted defensive catcher with enough power to dream on, and Snelling still brings a bulldog mentality and a starter’s mix with his fastball, breaking ball and changeup, though his heater velocity has dropped down to the low 90s in his return to the Texas League.

Rockies: Chase Dollander, RHP (No. 1/MLB No. 36)
The No. 9 overall pick in the 2023 Draft, Dollander seems to have made some adjustments to his arm slot with his plus fastball and slider combination to go along with an effective curve and changeup. That has put him atop the High-A Northwest League strikeout leaderboard.