The annual midsummer gathering for many of baseball's top prospects will take place on Sunday afternoon at Target Field in Minnesota with the 2014 Futures Game, with the U.S. team facing the World team.
The parade of young talent begins on the mound, with Henry Owens starting for the U.S. team and Jose Berrios starting for the World team. Berrios will get cheers from the partisan Minnesota crowd as he is a right-handed pitcher with Double-A New Britain in the Twins farm system. Berrios was ranked the No. 27 prospect in baseball by Baseball America in their midseason rankings released last week, and ranked No. 41 by Baseball Prospectus.
Owens is a left-handed pitcher in the Red Sox system, currently 12-3 with a 2.21 ERA in 17 starts with Double-A Portland in the Red Sox system. He was ranked at midseason No. 15 by Baseball America and No. 40 by Baseball Prospectus.
Headlining the starting lineups are Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant, batting cleanup for the U.S., and Indians shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor, batting second for the World team. Bryant, the second overall pick in the 2013 draft, leads the minors with 31 home runs in 92 games this season, including nine in 24 games since his promotion to Triple-A Iowa. He is rated the second-best prospect by BA and third by BP.
Lindor at 20 is one of the youngest players in Double-A, and hitting .284/.361/.400 with 21 extra-base hits and 24 steals for Double-A Akron. He was ranked the No. 4 prospect by Baseball Prospectus and No. 6 by Baseball America.
The starting lineups:
|U.S. Team||World Team|
|CF||Michael Taylor (Nationals)||CF||Dalton Pompey (Blue Jays)|
|2B||Sean Coyle (Red Sox)||SS||Francisco Lindor (Indians)|
|SS||Corey Seager (Dodgers)||2B||Jose Peraza (Braves)|
|3B||Kris Bryant (Cubs)||1B||Kennys Vargas (Twins)|
|DH||Joey Gallo (Rangers)||LF||Steven Moya (Tigers)|
|1B||D.J. Peterson (Mariners)||RF||Dariel Alvarez (Orioles)|
|LF||Jesse Winker (Reds)||DH||Gabby Guerrero (Mariners)|
|RF||Hunter Renfroe (Padres)||3B||Renato Nunez (Athletics)|
|C||Kevin Plawecki (Mets)||C||Jorge Alfaro (Rangers)|
After Owens pitches for the U.S. team, the following pitchers are scheduled to follow him on the mound, in order: Daniel Norris (Blue Jays), Christian Binford (Royals), Hunter Harvey (Orioles), Alex Meyer (Twins), Lucas Giolito (Nationals), Jake Thompson (Tigers), Braden Shipley (Diamondbacks), Robert Stephenson (Reds) and Noah Syndergaard (Mets).
Following Berrios on the mound for the World team are Domingo German (Marlins), Edwin Escobar (Giants), Luis Severino (Yankees), Julio Urias (Dodgers), Michael Feliz (Astros), Enny Romero (Rays), Jorge Lopez (Brewers), Alfonso Alcantara (Angels) and Tayron Guerrero (Padres).
The Futures Game will begin at 5 p.m. ET and will be televised on MLB Network and streamed online at MLB.com.