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Who to watch at the Futures Game

Updated: June 22, 2012, 12:30 AM ET
By Keith Law

On Thursday, MLB announced the rosters for this year's Futures Game. The top eight prospects from my May update of the top 25 prospects in the minors are all invited to appear in this game, as well as nine of the remaining 17 on that list. So, good job by MLB!

Here's a rundown of my initial thoughts upon seeing the list of players who are slated to appear in the game.

Five guys most likely to do something awesome

Billy Hamilton, SS, Cincinnati Reds (high Class A Bakersfield): He has stolen 80 bases in 66 games already. If he stole any more, he'd be eligible for TARP money.

Gerrit Cole, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates (Double-A Altoona): Hit 101 mph in his last outing at high Class A Bradenton before promotion ... with a 92-mph slider and a 95-mph two-seamer. I can promise you he'll be trying to hit triple digits in that one-inning outing at the Futures Game. Taijuan Walker, Yordano Ventura, and Jose Fernandez could do the same.

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