This afternoon, Major League Baseball announced the selections for this year’s Futures Game with two Padres, starting pitcher Cal Quantrill and first baseman Josh Naylor, being selected to compete for the World Team. Both Canadians are currently at High-A Lake Elsinore.
The Futures Game is held days before the All-Star Game, and the rosters are made up entirely of high profile minor league prospects. Past participants include Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot, Carlos Asuaje, Colin Rea, and Luis Perdomo.
Joining them on them on the World roster is former Padre relief prospect Tayron Guerrero, infielders Vlad Guerrero, Jr., Rafael Devers, Yoan Moncada, and Amed Rosario, and outfielder Eloy Jimenez, among others. The U.S. Team roster includes pitchers Michael Kopech and A.J. Puk, infielders Bo Bichette and Brendan Rodgers, and outfielders Lewis Brinson and Corey Ray.
While you could certainly do much worse than having two players in the Futures Game, there are certainly a few Padres prospects that also could’ve been justified choices.
Luis Urías, the youngest player in the Texas League and 5th-ranked prospect, has put together a solid season for Double-A San Antonio. His .410 OBP is the second-highest in the league and winning the Cal League MVP as a 19-year-old last year certainly carries some degree of cachet. Fernando Tatis, Jr. has also put his name on the map this year, showing surprising power for a 19-year-old and hitting majestic, booming home runs, all while providing highlight-reel defense at short.
It’d be hard pressed to form an argument against World middle infielders like Moncada, Devers, and Rosario; however, Lucius Fox from the Rays’ organization seems like a fringe pick, especially since they already have a U.S. representative. He gets on a good bit (.360 OBP) but doesn’t have much pop (.364 SLG). Maurico Dubon, of the Brewers, has a .689 OPS at Double-A, and is a 22-year-old who wasn’t named to the Midwest League All-Star Game.
Regardless, it will be fun to see Quantrill and Naylor take their game to a bigger stage and see how they fare against top tier talent. The Futures Game will take place July 9th, 2017 at Marlins Park.