Futures Game Open Thread and Prospect All Questions Answered

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 10: Manager Luis Gonzalez of the World Futures team meets with the umpires and manager Mike Piazza of the United States Futures team before the 2011 XM All-Star Futures Game at Chase Field on July 10, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The prospect writers here at Fake Teams will be watching the Futures Game today at 2 PM PST (5 PM EST), so we will be commenting on this post with some of our observations from the game, as well as prior to the game. Feel free to join the conversation, ask questions if you have any, and we'll try to answer as many of them as we can. Myself, Craig Goldstein, and Bret Sayre will all be around during the game, so if you have questions about our rankings, specific prospects we have written about, or specific prospects you'd like to see us write about, post them in the comments as well.

The lineups and pitching orders have been released for the game today:

According to the article from MLB.com and this one from Baseball America, we know the lineups and anticipated pitching order for both teams:

US Roster POS Profiles World Roster POS Profiles
1 Billy Hamilton SS (CIN) #1, #2, #3 1 Jean Segura 2B (LAA)
2 Kolten Wong 2B (STL) 2 Jurickson Profar SS (TEX) #1
3 Wil Myers RF (KC) #1, #2 3 Oscar Taveras RF (STL) #1, #2
4 Mike Olt 3B (TEX) 4 Alfredo Marte LF (ARI)
5 Jonathan Singleton 1B (HOU) Tomorrow 5 Xander Bogaerts DH (BOS)
6 Michael Choice LF (OAK) 6 Wilmer Flores 3B (NYM)
7 Nick Castellanos DH (DET) #1, #2 7 Jesus Aguilar 1B (CLE)
8 Tommy Joseph C (SF) 8 Jae-Hoon Ha CF (CHC)
9 Anthony Gose CF (TOR) #1 9 Christian Bethancourt C (ATL)
BN Rob Brantly C (DET) BN Ali Solis C (SD)
BN Nolan Arenado 3B (COL) #1 BN Francisco Lindor SS (CLE) #1
BN Scooter Gennett 2B (MIL) BN Chih-Fang Pan 2B (OAK)
BN Manny Machado SS (BAL) BN Carlos Sanchez 3B (CHW)
BN Christian Yelich OF (MIA) BN Oswaldo Arcia OF (MIN)
BN Tyler Austin* OF (NYY)
BN Rymer Liriano OF (SD)

* Austin will not play due to injury, and was not replaced on the roster.

US Staff Org. Profiles World Staff Org. Profiles
1 Jake Odorizzi KC 1 Yordano Ventura KC #1
2 Gerrit Cole PIT 2 Jose Fernandez MIA
3 Danny Hultzen SEA #1 3 Julio Rodriguez PHI
4 Dylan Bundy BAL 4 Felipe Rivero TAM
5 Tyler Skaggs ARI 5 Kyle Lotzkar CIN
6 Jameson Taillon PIT 6 Ariel Pena LAA
7 Taijuan Walker SEA 7 Chris Reed LAD
8 Alex Meyer WAS 8 Lisalberto Bonilla PHI
9 Zack Wheeler NYM 9 Bruce Rondon DET
Swing Matt Barnes BOS #1 Swing Enny Romero TAM

Personally, I'm already looking forward to the possibility of the fastest runner in the minors trying to steal on one of the best defensive catchers in the minors. Hopefully Ventura can help Bethancourt out a bit.

You can follow us on Twitter @jasonsbaseball (Jason), @cdgoldstein (Craig) and @tfw_bret (Bret), as well as the game itself on Twitter @mlbfutures, and each of the teams @USDugout and @WorldDugout

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