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Three Cubans at the MLB Futures All-Star Game


It used to be the Futures Game would pit the United States prospects versus the world. That is no longer the case. Now it is American League versus National League. Below are the rosters of the Future game. These are some of the top prospects in major league baseball.


American League

Pitchers - Shane Baz (Rays/Durham), Bryan Bello (Red Sox/Portland), Reid Detmers (Angels/Rocket City), Marcos Diplan (Orioles/Norfolk), Luis Medina (Yankees/Somerset), Cole Ragans (Rangers/Hickory), Josh Winder (Twins/Wichita), Cole Winn (Rangers/Frisco), Hector Yan (Angels/Tri City)


Catchers - Adley Rutschman (Orioles/Bowie), Tyler Soderstrom (Athletics/Stockton), Bo Naylor (Indians/Akron)


Infielders - Vidal Brujan (Rays/Durham), Jake Burger (White Sox/Knights), Jeter Downs (Red Sox/Worchester), Austin Martin (Blue Jays/New Hampshire), Nick Pratto (Royals/Northwest Arkansas), Spencer Torkelson (Tigers/Erie), Bobby Witt Jr (Royals/Northwest Arkansas)


Outfielders - Yoelqui Céspedes (White Sox/Winston Salem), Jasson Dominguez (Yankees/FCL), Riley Greene (Tigers/Erie), Jarred Kelenic (Mariners/Tacoma), Pedro León (Astros/Corpus Christi), Julio Rodriguez (Mariners/Arkansas)


International Stars from American League


Dominican Republic - Bryan Bello, Marcos Diplan, Luis Medina, Hector Yan, Vidal Brujan, Jasson Dominguez, Julio Rodriguez

Cuba - Yoelqui Céspedes, Pedro León

Canada - Bo Taylor

Colombia - Jeter Downs


National League

Pitchers - Cade Cavalli (Nationals/Harrisburg), Jake Eder (Marlins/Pensacola), Andre Jackson (Dodgers/Tulsa), Matthew Liberatore (Cardinals/Memphis), Nick Lodolo (Reds/Chattanooga), Max Meyer (Marlins/Pensacola), Quinn Priester (Pirates/Greensboro), Manuel Rodriguez (Cubs/Iowa), Ethan Small (Brewers/Nashville)


Catchers - Francisco Alvarez (Mets/Brooklyn), Luis Campusano (Padres/El Paso), Willie MacIver (Rockies/Spokane)


Infielders - Brett Baty (Mets/Brooklyn), José Barrero (Reds/Louisville), Michael Busch (Dodgers/Tulsa), Nolan Gorman (Cardinals/Memphis), Marco Luciano (Giants/San Jose), Bryson Stott (Phillies/Reading), Michael Toglia (Rockies/Spokane)


Outfielders - Brennen Davis (Cubs/Tennessee), Mike Harris II (Braves/Rome), Heliot Ramos (Giants/Richmond), Alek Thomas (Diamondbacks/Amarillo), Ryan Vilade (Rockies/Albuquerque), Drew Waters (Braves/Gwinnett)


International Stars from National League

Mexico - Manuel Rodriguez

Venezuela - Francisco Alvarez

Cuba - José Barrero

Dominican Republic - Marco Luciano

Puerto Rico - Heliot Ramos


16 International players were selected for the Future game, a number that would fall short of a roster. The majority of international players are from the Dominican Republic (8) with Cuba the second most (3). All other countries plus Puerto Rico could only garner one player.


(Cover photo of Yoelki Céspedes/MLB)