The Futures Game is a lot of fun to watch for fantasy baseball owners, because you can already start your sleeper cheat sheet for the following season(s).
A handful of players stood out to Fantasy Baseball Dugout during the Futures Game, and we thought we’d give you a heads up on your sleeper and prospect lists for 2009 and 2010… in July of 2008.
- Che-Hsuan Lin, Outfielder, Greenville Drive. Lin was the 20-year old MVP of the Futures game, and hit a 2-run homer in the 7th inning. Some projections have Lin not making the Sawks until 2012, but he has decent power to all fields, a cannon arm, and enough speed to have teammates say he looks like he “glides on rollerskates” in center field.
- Carlos Carrasco, Starter, Reading Phillies. Carrasco was the game’s winning pitcher and is currently a prospect in the Phillies organization. His numbers in AA aren’t all that impressive (5-7, 4.09 ERA) outside of his 91 strikeouts in 99 innings of work. He has played in the Futures game the last three years seasons, so the 21-year old Venezuelan right hander should be making progress toward the Majors. If not, he could be on his way out with the Phils.
- Henry Rodriguez, Reliever, Stockton Ports. H-Rod can hurl, once hitting 100 mph on the radar gun three times in a row. In the Futures Games, the future Oakland Athletic logged one inning of work and struck out the side. The 21-year old, 6’1″, 175 lb right hander is still playing in Advanced A-Ball, so he is still likely a few years away from the big leagues. But whether you agree or disagree with the trade the A’s made for Rich Harden, there’s no doubt that Billy Beane made the right call in drafting Rodriguez.