As we reflect back on the season's first half and enjoy the All-Star break, lets take a look at MLB's minor league elite. A look at Futures Game participants finds half a dozen prospects in AAA- all of them on the US team. While teams can certainly draw from Double-A, three pitchers, a catcher and two outfielder's appear next on the radar.
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While future stars like Anthony Rizzo, Trevor Bauer and Yasmani Grandal were recent call ups, still plenty of talent knocking on the door.
Danny HultzenSeattle- It appeared that Hultzen was on the fast track to the majors, but reports indicate he could spend the remainder of the season in Triple-A. After dominating Double-A this Spring, Hultzen has struggled a bit in Triple-A. In only 12 innings over three starts, Hutlzen has a 5.25 ERA and 2.17 WHIP at Tacoma.
Jake OdorizziKansas City- Acquired from Milwaukee in the Zack Grienke trade, Odorizzi was on display to the home crowd getting the start in the futures game. After a month of dominating Double-A hitters, Jake was bumped up to Triple-A. Odorizzi is 5-0 in eight starts with a 2.82 ERA and 1.42 WHIP over 48 innings at Omaha.
Tyler SkaggsArizona- With the relative early success by Trevor Bauer could Skaggs be close behind? Skaggs dominated Double-A hitters over the seasons first two months with an ERA of 2.84 and 1.20 WHIP. Early results at Triple-A Reno have been a bit tempered with a 4.50 ERA and 1.60 ERA over 14 innings in two starts.
Travis d'ArnaudToronto- The next great Blue Jays prospect suffered a torn PCL and was forced to sit out the Futures Game. d'Arnaud is expected to be out another four to six weeks, but is expected to make a full recovery. Travis had been raking at Triple-A Las Vegas to the tune of 16-52-.333.
Anthony GoseToronto- A smooth center fielder, Gose is getting a look at the corner outfield due to the explosion of Colby Rasmus. Gose could be an ideal top of the order hitter with 29 stolen bases, along with four home runs and 38 RBI and a .290 average.
Wil MyersKansas City- Myers appears one of the most major league ready hitters in the minors. Is KC waiting to move right fielder Jeff Francouer? Myers has spent time at two levels this season, most at Triple-A Omaha. Combined Myers has 27-72-5 with an average in excess of .330.
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