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2008 XM Satellite Radio Futures Game

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At 12:30 today, the 2008 XM Satellite Radio Futures Game begins. On the rosters will be the players baseball fans will be talking about later this year, next year and years to come. Take a look at the rosters, and many seem familar already from their inclusion/exclusion in the myriad of trade rumors floating around. Four of the five Phillies' prospects tied to the Tronto Blue Jays' A.J. Burnett price tag are here (Carlos Carasco, Lou Marlsen, Jason Donald, Greg Golson). Matt LaPorta, the key piece for the Cleveland Indians' C.C. Sabthia deal, is there.

Or maybe you'll see players who were key pieces to last summers' blockbuster deals like Elvis Andrus on the World team who was a key component of the Mark Teixeira deal. Or in a deal from last Winter like Gorkys Hernandez who, along with Jair Jurrjens, has made the Braves dealing of SS Edgar Renteria look like grand larceny.

In the game are also propsects who will be making 2009 ROY noise as either pre-season hype (Andrew McCutcheon, Mat Gamel, Dexter Fowler, Trevor Cahill) or 2009 sleepers like SS Chris Valaika of Cincinnati or Wilken Ramirez of Detroit.

Whatever you baseball interest, this game is key to your future knowledge of the game. Here is a BA Futures Podcast about the game. Enjoy!

World Pitchers/USA Pitchers:

Name ORG Level T Name ORG Level T
Phillippe Aumont SEA A R Brett Anderson OAK AA L
Carlos Carrasco PHI AA R Jake Arrieta BAL A+ R
Jesus Delgado FLA AA R Trevor Cahill OAK AA R
Shairon Martis WAS AAA R Will Inman SD AA R
Eddie Morlan TB AA R Ryan Mattheus COL AA R
Julio Pimental KC AA R Kevin Pucetas SF A+ R
Henry Rodriguez OAK A+ R Clayton Richard CWS AAA L
Hector Rondon CLE A+ R Jess Todd STL AA R
Fernando Salas STL AAA R Casey Weathers COL AA R
Polin Trinidad HOU AA L

World Catchers/USA Catchers:

Name ORG Level B Name ORG Level B
Welington Castillo CHC AA R Bryan Anderson STL AAA L
Jesus Montero NYY A R Lou Marson PHI AA R
Pablo Sandoval SF A+ S Taylor Teagarden TEX AAA R

World Infielders/USA Infielders:

Name ORG Level B Name ORG Level B
Elvis Andrus TEX AA R Jamie D'Antona ARI AAA R
Scott Campbell TOR AA L Jason Donald PHI AA R
Ivan DeJesus LAD AA R Chris Getz CWS AAA L
Juan Francisco CIN A S Mat Gamel MIL AA L
Luke Hughes MIN AA R Wes Hodges CLE AA L
Ramiro Pena NYY AA S Cliff Pennington OAK AAA S
Angel Villalona SF A R Chris Valaika CIN AA R

World Outfielders/USA Outfielders:

Name ORG Level B Name ORG Level B
Gorkys Hernandez ATL A+ R Dexter Fowler COL AA S
Che-Hsuan Lin BOS A R Greg Golson PHI AA R
Fernando Martinez NYM AA L Matt LaPorta CLE AA R
Gerardo Parra ARI AA L Andrew McCutchen PIT AAA R
Wilkin Ramirez DET AA R Nate Schierholtz SF AAA L

World Injured-In Majors/USA Injured-In Majors:

Name ORG Level B Name ORG Level B
Max Ramirez TEX AA R Chris Davis TEX AAA L
Emilio Bonifacio ARI AAA S Colby Rasmus STL AAA L
Jaime Garcia STL AAA L Denard Span MIN AAA L
Kevin Jepsen LAA AAA R