Futures Game rosters announced

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Major League Baseball just announced the rosters of this year’s Futures Game, which will take place in Phoenix during the All-Star break.  You know the deal: prospects. Ones with future potential. Get it?  Yeah, I knew you would. You’re clever like that.

The setup is U.S. vs. the World.  Here are the players, with their organizations in parenthesis:

U.S. TEAM

Pitchers 
Jarred Cosart (Phillies)
Kyle Gibson (Twins)
Matt Harvey (Mets)
Shelby Miller (Cardinals)
Matt Moore (Rays)
Brad Peacock (Nationals)
Drew Pomeranz (Indians)
Tyler Skaggs (D’Backs)
Tyler Thornburg (Brewers)
Jacob Turner (Tigers)

Catchers
Devin Mesoraco (Reds)
Austin Romine (Yankees)

Infielders 
Nolan Arenado (Rockies)
Chase d’Arnaud (Pirates)
James Darnell (Padres)
Paul Goldschmidt (D’Backs)
Grant Green (Athletics)
Jason Kipnis (Indians)
Manny Machado (Orioles)
Will Middlebrooks (Red Sox)

Outfielders
Gary Brown (Giants)
Bryce Harper (Nationals)
Wil Myers (Royals)
Matthew Szczur (Cubs)
Mike Trout (Angels)

WORLD TEAM

Pitchers
Henderson Alvarez (Blue Jays)
Liam Hendriks (Twins)
Kevin Herrera (Royals)
Gregory Infante (White Sox)
Jhan Marinez (Marlins)
Carlos Martinez (Cardinals)
James Paxton (Mariners)
Martin Perez (Rangers)
Julio Teheran (Braves)
Arodys Vizcaino (Braves)

Catchers
Wilin Rosario (Rockies)
Sebastian Valle (Phillies)

Infielders
Yonder Alonso (Reds)
Jose Altuve (Astros)
Jefry Marte (Mets)
Francisco Martinez (Tigers)
Hak-Ju Lee (Rays)
Alex Liddi (Mariners)
Jurickson Profrar (Rangers)
Jonathan Schoop (Orioles)

Outfielders
Chih-Hsien Chiang (Red Sox)
Reymond Fuentes (Padres)
Starling Marte (Pirates)
Alfredo Silverio (Dodgers)
Dayan Viciedo (White Sox)

Braves designate Josh Collmenter for assignment

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Last night Braves reliever Josh Collmenter surrendered three homers and seven runs in the 10th inning of a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He came into the game when it was tied 5-5 so, yeah, ouch. Today Collmenter is on his way to no longer being a Braves reliever as he has been designated for assignment.

Collmenter made 11 appearances for the Braves, going 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in 17 innings. If he doesn’t latch on someplace else he can take heart that his final act in the big leagues was striking out former MVP Andrew McCutchen. If only he hadn’t surrendered consecutive homers to David Freese, Jose Osuna and Jordy Mercer just before that. Oh well. Take the good with the bad.

Right-hander Matt Wisler, who has been no great shakes in the bigs himself, was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett before today’s series finale against the Pirates. He’s currently throwing mopup duty for Bartolo Colon, who got shelled for seven runs in four innings.

Given how Colon is going, maybe the Braves will be thinking about some more transactions soon.

Wanna feel old? Dusty Baker’s son Darren is graduating from high school

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Remember Darren Baker, the son of Nats manager Dusty Baker? If you do, it’s because you remember him as a three-year-old bat boy for the San Francisco Giants who, during Game 5 of the 2002 World Series, was almost run over at home plate only to be saved by Giants first baseman J.T. Snow. Simple math makes it obvious that the kid is now 18, but it still feels weird that so much time has passed.

Now Darren is graduating from Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California, so father Dusty will miss the Washington Nationals weekend series against the San Diego Padres to attend the ceremonies and festivities. Baker will rejoin Washington when they begin a three-game series in San Francisco on Monday. In the meantime, bench coach Chris Speier will assume managerial duties.

Time flies, man.