Best Tools in Futures Game 2024

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Since the All-Star Futures Game was first played at Fenway Park in 1999, it has showcased baseball’s top prospects. Joe Mauer becomes the first Futures Gamer to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in a few weeks. Mookie Betts, Miguel Cabrera, Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw, Mike Trout, Justin Verlander and many others will follow him to Cooperstown in the years to come.

This year’s roster is stacked with talent, including 37 members of MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects list among the 50 participants. The game is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, and will be televised on MLB Network, MLB.TV, and the MLB App.

These are the loudest instruments that will be on display:

Best Hitter: Dylan Crews, OF, Nationals
Crews, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2023 draft, consistently makes hard contact with a quick right wing and a selectively aggressive approach.

Top Striker: Xavier Isaac, 1B, Rays
He may have been a great first-round pick in the 2022 Draft, but Isaac has emerged as the best first baseman in baseball, hitting balls exceptionally hard and long for a 20-year-old.

Fastest Runner: Chandler Simpson, OF, Rays
Evaluators joke that Simpson has a 90 speed rating on the traditional scouting scale. He shares the Minor League crown with 94 steals in 2023 and is the runaway with 58 swipes this season.

Strongest Arm: Max Clark, OF, Tigers
Clark was drafted fifth overall last year because of his potential as a center fielder, but he also had a 97 mph fastball as a left-handed pitcher.

Best Defensive Player: Druw Jones, OF, Diamondbacks
Jones’ speed and range give him tremendous reach in center field — reminiscent of his father, 10-time Gold Glover Andruw. He also has above-average arm strength that’s unusual for his position.

Best Fastball: Emiliano Teodo, RHP, Rangers
Teodo has a lightning fast arm with which he hits four-seam slabs at a speed of about 90 km/h and a speed of 166 km/h. He also hits two-seam slabs at a similar speed and an electric sinker.

Best Curveball: Thomas White, LHP, Marlins
Not only does White have a high-spin curveball that reaches the low 80s, he also shows the ability to get the ball into the zone despite the big break.

Best Slider: Noah Schultz, LHP, White Sox
This may be the most devastating pitch in the Futures Game, as the 6-foot-1 Schultz unleashes a low-80s slider with a huge sweep from a low arm slot.

Best Changeup: Tink Therefore, RHP, Cardinals
The changeup of the mid-80s is fading and declining, yielding a staggering 70 percent swing-and-miss ratio in Double-A this year.

Best Control: Rhett Lowder, RHP, Reds
Lowder, the seventh overall pick last year, needed just five starts to reach Double-A, largely because he covers the strike zone with his fastball, slider and changeup.

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