One of the first events during the 2019 MLB All-Star Weekend will be the annual MLB Futures Game. This game is a very exciting event for baseball fans that want to see the future stars of the MLB. Many of the top players in the American League have participated in the Futures Game such as Jose Altuve, Aaron Judge, Mike Trout, George Springer and Alex Bregman. The format of the game has changed but there will be still an overwhelming amount of top prospects. Here are five National Leagues to watch for in the 2019 MLB Futures Game.
SS Wander Franco (Tampa Bay Rays)
The first American League prospect to keep an eye during the Future Game is Wander Franco. The 18 year old middle infielder could be one of the top players in the MLB in the near future. Wander Franco is the #1 MLB prospect in all of baseball. The Tampa Bay Rays signed Wander Franco in 2017 for $3,825,000. The Dominican born shortstop has showed off his talent as soon as he made it to America. Franco is one of the best contact hitters in the minor leagues and is also a very sound defensive player. At 5’10 190 pounds, Franco still has a lot of room to fill in his frame and add some power to his game. Franco is a future MLB All-Star caliber player in the Rays farm system. In the 2019 season, Wander Franco is batting .332 with eight home runs, 38 RBIs and has a .937 OPS.
OF Luis Robert (Chicago White Sox)
The Cuban born outfielder, Luis Robert, should be a player that puts on a show for the fans. The 21 year old outfielder has some of the best tools in the minor leagues including raw power. At 18 years old, Robert slashed .401/.526/.687 in Cuba’s top league. On MLB Pipeline, Luis Robert is the fifth ranked prospect and the #2 outfielder prospect in all of baseball. Robert is also the #1 prospect in the Chicago White Sox farm system. Besides his power, Robert is a very fast outfielder with a strong arm. In Cuba, Robert was clocked running a sub 6.3 60 yard dash. Luis Robert projects to be a future MLB All-Star and maybe even MVP caliber player. In the 2019 season, Robert is batting .349 with 21 doubles, 15 home runs, 51 RBIs and has a 1.010 OPS.
OF Jo Adell (Los Angeles Angels)
Another top outfield prospect from the American League in the Futures Game is Jo Adell. The former first round pick will be making his second appearance in the Futures Game as he played in it last season. On MLB Pipeline, Jo Adell is the fourth ranked prospects and the #1 outfielder prospect in all of baseball. Adell is a five-tool potential outfielder that could be playing alongside Mike Trout in the near future. He has some raw power and can play all three outfield positions but will likely go to right field, with Trout at center. In Double-A, Jo Adell is batting .360 with 10 doubles, four home runs and has a 1.006 OPS.
OF Jarred Kelenic (Seattle Mariners)
After being drafted sixth overall in the 2018 MLB Draft, Seattle Mariners outfielder Jarred Kelenic has become of the top hitters in the MiLB. The 19 year old outfielder is one of the pure hitters in the 2019 MLB Futures Game. The Mariners acquired Kelenic is the trade that sent Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the New York Mets. Kelenic is a left-handed hitter with an advanced approach at the plate and solid raw power that he hasn’t tapped into yet. The Wisconsin native outfielder is a five-tool potential player that will very fun to follow as he continues to develop in the minor leagues. His tools and terrific work ethic could make Jarred Kelenic one of the best players in the MLB. In the 2019 season, Kelenic is batting .292 with 18 doubles, 14 home runs and has a .908 OPS.
RHP Brady Singer (Kansas City Royals)
Another 2018 MLB Draft pick that will play in the 2019 MLB Futures Game is Brady Singer. The former Florida Gators ace was taken 18th overall by the Kansas City Royals. The 22 year old right-handed pitcher is one of the most complete arms in the MiLB. Singer is the 45th ranked prospect and the #1 Kansas City Royals prospect. Singer has a fastball that sits 92-95 mph and tops out at 97 with good two-seam movement. His best pitch is his slider which he used to dominate, when he played at the University of Florida. He also throws an average changeup which should be a quality pitch later down the road for him. He has good command on all of his pitches and should be a frontline starter in the MLB. In Class A Advanced, Brady Singer has a 5-2 record with a 1.87 ERA. He also has a 1.11 WHIP.