9 Spot: 2011 MLB All-Star Futures Game Standouts + Notes

9 Spot to watch

Atlanta Sports Cards

By Jamie Kennedy, ASC Blog Writer

Futures Game – Players to Watch

1. Grant Green, IF (Athletics)

Green mashed in all of his at bats, scoring 2 doubles in as many appearances.  Not just that, he looked great in the field.  He is somewhat of a forgotten prospect, who excelled at A ball last year, and his 2010 Bowman card took off.  Fast forward to 2011, where at AA, he blended in with all the other talent.  After showing off all 5 tools in the game though, he is certainly one to pick up.  He won the MVP, which probably has his cards too high at this point, but if they dip, you may want to pick some up.

Key Card: 2010 Bowman Chrome Auto

2.  Gary Brown, OF (Giants)

Announcers commented on Brown’s love for the game, and Brown responded by showing gap power, and really, REALLY great speed.  After singling in the 6th, he stole second, and despite the ball getting away on the throw, his head first slide and big smile made up for not advancing to 3rd.  Nevertheless, he ended up scoring and making a great catch in the outfield.  His tweets are now legendary for their goofiness, but the bottom line is, he is no less talented than Mike Trout, and has a HUGE career ahead of him.  His cards advance in price every day, so grab them now while you still can.

Key Card: 2010 Bowman Sterling Refractor Auto /199

3.  Sebastian Valle, C (Phillies)

Valle hit the ball hard every time up, surprising everyone, as he was one of the lesser heralded players going into the game.  If any 1 prospect improved their positioning the most, it was the not-well-known Valle.

Key Card: 2010 Bowman

4. Drew Pomeranz, P (Indians)

After recording 2 quick outs, Pomeranz let 4 straight runners reach.  This all went down right after one announcer anointed him “possible game MVP.”  I loved his stuff: a tight curveball and a well placed 96 MPH fastball, complimented by a nasty drop-off-the-table knuckle curve.  But what stood out, was the pitcher’s tantrum he threw as he flipped the ball in the air when Piazza took him out.  Unimpressed big time.

Key Card: 2009 UD USA Patch Auto /99

5. Jarred Cosart, P (Phillies)

His 1 inning took about 1 minute to finish.  He blew through 3 batters with impeccable control of a high-90s fastball, and is well on his way to joining the rotation of all rotations.

Key Card: 2011 Bowman Chrome Auto

6. Nolan Arenado, OF (Rockies)

His opposite field double just rams the point home that this kid is the best prospect no one knows in the game.  Very impressed.

Key Card: 2010 Bowman Chrome Auto

7. Arodys Vizcaino, P, Braves

Pinpoint control of his 98 MPH fastball, and a knee buckling curve were the revelations of the game for me.  Since watching him Sunday, I put my money where my mouth is even further, picking up 2 more gold refractor autos in the 2010 Bowman Chrome Set

Key Card: 2010 Bowman Chrome Auto

8. Jurickson Profar, OF

Profar hit a ball in the gap, and despite not hitting the wall, crusied into 3rd base.  Seems like the next Jose Reyes.

Key Card: 2011 Bowman Chrome Auto

9.  Matt Moore, P (Rays)

Perfect. As expected.

Key Card: 2010 Elite Auto /819

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