The MLB All-Star Futures Game will be played on July 11 at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado.
It will reunite the best prospects in the game in one exciting game.
After a format change in 2019, the Futures Game will see the American League face the National League in a seven-inning game.
Of the 50 players selected to participate in the game, 32 of them are ranked in the Top 100 prospects by MLB Pipeline.
so excited to have the Futures Game back! fun rosters as always. the AL lineup is going to be particularly ridiculous
starting 9 could be something like:
SS Witt Jr.
DH Burger https://t.co/HcGLulluPv
— Céspedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) June 30, 2021
Here are the three best and most exciting players that will take part in the game.
3. Bobby Witt Jr.
The Kansas City Royals’ shortstop of the future, Bobby Witt Jr., had an explosive spring training as a 21-year-old with no experience above Rookie ball.
That awesome spring got the Royals thinking hard about the possibility of Witt Jr. making the team out of camp.
That didn’t happen, and it was perhaps the right decision.
However, the Royals were aggressive on their assignment of Witt Jr., placing him at Double-A, and it has been a worthy gamble.
In 47 games and 217 plate appearances, Witt Jr. has a .292/.359/.547 line with 12 home runs and 13 stolen bases.
That’s excellent production for a young kid who jumped from Rookie ball to the upper-minors.
If he keeps raking, there is a small chance Witt Jr. makes it all the way to the majors later in the summer.
He is, without a doubt, one of the most electrifying prospects that will play in the Futures Game.
2. Jarred Kelenic
While he struggled in his first stint in the major leagues in 2021 (.096/.185/.193), Jarred Kelenic is still the future in Seattle’s outfield.
The number four prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline, Kelenic oozes potential when the Mariners call him up for good, which is expected to happen later in the summer.
The soon-to-be 22-year-old left-handed outfielder is hitting .308/.383/.606 with eight homers and six stolen bases in 25 games Triple-A games.
Whether that production translates to the bigs this season remains to be seen, but there is no denying that Kelenic is among the strongest prospects in the game.
Fans will be eager to see him patrolling center field in the Futures Game.
1. Adley Rutschman
Baltimore Orioles catcher Adley Rutschman, who was the number one overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, is ranked by MLB Pipeline as the second-best prospect in baseball.
He can do it all on a baseball field: he has the ability to hit for average and power while being an elite defender at a premium position, catcher, which happens to be among the most difficult to play.
He is the future for the Orioles, and has all the tools and intangibles to succeed in the majors.
The AL All-Star Futures roster includes catcher Adley Rutschman. Of course #orioles
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) June 30, 2021
If Baltimore needed him or wanted him up this season, he is talented enough to hold his own in 2021.
They will likely hold him down at least until 2022, though.
In 48 games and 221 Double-A plate appearances, Rutschman is hitting .291/.427/.520 with more walks than strikeouts.
He has shown he is extremely polished for his level and may be challenged soon with a promotion to Triple-A.