Ten to watch in the Futures Game
When Major League Baseball announced the Futures Game rosters Sunday, many of the usual suspects were there, including seven of the top 10 prospects from my May 31 ranking update: Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Julio Teheran, Shelby Miller, Martin Perez and Manny Machado. But the game also includes a number of prospects I haven't seen in a while or at all, including these 10 guys who head the list of Futures Game participants I'm most excited to see.
1. Jarred Cosart, RHP, Philadelphia (U.S.): By all accounts, Cosart has one of the most electric arms in the minors, with a fastball that sits 93-98 mph and a hammer curveball at 77-80. He's a good athlete, but his delivery is still a little stiff. His athleticism should make that issue easy to smooth out, though. Cosart would have pitched in last year's game but was out with minor arm soreness that went away with time off.
2. Matt Moore, LHP, Tampa Bay (U.S.): He's perhaps the best left-handed pitching prospect in baseball with a fastball up to 97 and two above-average to plus secondary pitches in the curve and circle-change. Since last year's All-Star break, Moore has thrown 166 2/3 innings and struck out 237 batters while walking 47. Somehow, he seems to be flying under the radar relative to other top prospects, which has to be because he plays for Tampa Bay.
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