MLB Futures Game Odds & Predictions 2022 | MLB All-Star Prospect Showcase Betting Picks

Matt WilliamsDigital Content Coordinator
Posted: Jul 13, 2022Last updated: Jul 18, 2022

The 2022 MLB Futures Game will be played on Saturday, July 16, at Dodger Stadium. Major League Baseball’s most talented prospects will go head-to-head in a showcase of the game’s bright future.

Former NL MVP Jimmy Rollins will be the manager for the American League side, while former Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia will lead the National League. Each roster consists of many players on the cusp of reaching the big leagues and a few standout prospects that are still honing their skills.

Every MLB team has at least one representative at the game, with the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Milwaukee Brewers leading the way with three players each.

Thirteen former first-round picks will compete in the contest, including Jack Leiter, son of former All-Star pitcher Al Leiter, and Darren Baker, the son of Astros manager Dusty Baker.

Let’s look at the full rosters for the Futures Game, the players to watch, and a prediction on which team will take home the victory.

MLB Futures Game Rosters

American League Futures Game Players

  • Baltimore Orioles: SS/3B Gunnar Henderson
  • Boston Red Sox: RHP Brayan Bello, OF/3B/SS Ceddanne Rafaela
  • Cleveland Guardians: OF George Valera, 3B/1B Jhonkensy Noel
  • Chicago White Sox: OF Oscar Colas
  • Detroit Tigers: C Dillon Dingler, RHP Wilmer Flores
  • Houston Astros: RHP Hunter Brown, C/1B Yainer Diaz
  • Kansas City Royals: RHP Alec Marsh
  • Los Angeles Angels: LHP Ky Bush
  • Minnesota Twins: 2B/3B Spencer Steer, OF Matt Wallner
  • New York Yankees: SS Anthony Volpe, OF Jasson Dominguez, LHP Ken Waldichuk
  • Oakland Athletics: C Shea Langeliers, OF Denzel Clarke
  • Seattle Mariners: RHP Emerson Hancock
  • Tampa Bay Rays: RHP Taj Bradley, 3B/1B Curtis Mead
  • Texas Rangers: RHP Jack Leiter, 1B/3B/OF Dustin Harris
  • Toronto Blue Jays: LHP Ricky Tiedemann, RHP Yosver Zulueta

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National League Futures Game Players

  • Arizona Diamondbacks: OF Corbin Carroll
  • Atlanta Braves: LHP Jared Shuster
  • Chicago Cubs: OF Pete Crow-Armstrong
  • Cincinnati Reds: 3B/SS Elly De La Cruz, LHP Andrew Abbott
  • Colorado Rockies: OF Zac Veen
  • Los Angeles Dodgers: C Diego Cartaya, RHP Bobby Miller, 3B/2B/1B Miguel Vargas
  • Miami Marlins: RHP Eury Pérez
  • Milwaukee Brewers: OF Jackson Chourio, OF Joey Wiemer, LHP Antoine Kelly
  • New York Mets: C Francisco Álvarez
  • Philadelphia Phillies: C Logan O’Hoppe, LHP Erik Miller
  • Pittsburgh Pirates: RHP Mike Burrows
  • San Diego Padres: OF Robert Hassell III
  • San Francisco Giants: LHP Kyle Harrison, 3B David Villar
  • St. Louis Cardinals: 3B Jordan Walker, SS Masyn Winn
  • Washington Nationals: 2B Darren Baker, LHP Jose A. Ferrer

MLB Futures Game: Players To Watch

The 2022 MLB Futures Game is packed with some of the most exciting prospects in baseball, including five names on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects list. These players merit special attention.

Francisco Álvarez, C, New York Mets

Francisco Álvarez is the second-ranked prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline and is currently on the Syracuse Mets — the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. The 20-year-old backstop is batting .261/.364/.518 with 18 home runs and 17 doubles in 75 minor-league games this season.

New York’s catcher of the future blasted a home run in last year’s Futures Game and has a legitimate chance to crack the MLB roster due to his immense power and above-average hit tool. The only reason he’s still in the minors is to fine-tune his defensive skills.

Corbin Carroll, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

Corbin Carroll is the third-ranked prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline and is currently on the Reno Aces — the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The left-handed on-base magnet has the ability to hit for power and average while stealing plenty of bags. Carroll is a complete hitter, capable of using the entire field while still generating solid power.

Carroll is slashing .315/.434/.653 across three levels of the minors this season with 19 home runs and 23 steals in 64 minor-league games across three levels this year, all while playing stellar defense in centerfield. The 21-year-old is an exceptional talent who could end up being a star in the majors and a monster in fantasy leagues.

Gunnar Henderson, SS/3B, Baltimore Orioles

Gunnar Henderson is the fifth-ranked prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline and is currently on the Norfolk Tides — the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.

Baltimore’s infield prospect is batting .294/.428/.540 across two levels of the minors this season with 13 home runs and 15 stolen bases in 79 games. Like Carroll, Henderson is expected to hit for average at the next level and has an advanced hit tool capable of winning a batting title in the future.

Henderson recently hit for the cycle one day shy of his 21st birthday, becoming the first Norfolk Tides player to achieve the cycle in 22 years.

Jordan Walker, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals

Jordan Walker is MLB Pipeline’s seventh-ranked prospect in baseball and is currently on the Springfield Cardinals — the Double-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals.

At 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, Walker is an impressive sight on the diamond. He has the potential to be a perennial All-Star in the majors with the ability to hit for average, hit for power, draw walks, and collect stolen bases. A fair comparison for this outlook, statistically, is a taller David Wright.

That said, it may be difficult for Walker to reach the major leagues as a corner infielder, as those positions are currently locked down by superstars Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt in St. Louis.

Anthony Volpe, SS, New York Yankees

Anthony Volpe is the eighth-ranked prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline and is currently on the Syracuse Patriots — the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees.

Whenever the Yankees looked to make a significant trade in recent years, Anthony Volpe was the prospect other teams coveted. New York thinks highly of him, continuously turning down such offers with relative ease and refusing to participate in one of the deepest shortstop free-agent classes ever this past offseason.

The 21-year-old is slashing .253/.351/.461 at Double-A this season with 12 home runs and 35 stolen bases in 77 games. This may seem disappointing on the surface, but after a slow start to the season, Volpe has posted a .969 OPS since May 28.

MLB Futures Game Prediction

National League over American League

The result of the Futures Game is of little importance, as the contest is more of an exhibition than anything else.

That said, the National League has a distinct advantage with three of the top seven prospects in baseball in their starting lineup. I expect Alvarez and Carroll in particular to both have a massive impact.

The NL features other standouts as well, including Robert Hassell III of the San Diego Padres and Zac Veen of the Colorado Rockies.

If the American League is going to win this contest, it will be on the back of their starting pitching, led by Seattle Mariners prospect Emerson Hancock.

Futures Game Betting Odds & Bets

MLB Futures Game Odds and Prop Bets will be posted once they are made available.

Author

Matt Williams

Matt Williams is a Digital Content Coordinator with The Game Day, formerly of The Athletic and NBC Sports. Matt is the former host of the Turn Two Podcast and champion of both Tout Wars and the Kings Classic fantasy expert leagues. He has been nominated for an FSWA award and is known for his analytical breakdown threads on Twitter.

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