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)

Kyle Schwarber: Before and After

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It’s always a bit deceiving to see offseason workout photos of players who are said to be getting into great shape because guys in those pics are wearing compression shirts and crap and we’re used to seeing them in baseball uniforms. I remember pics of Miguel Cabrera and David Ortiz in the offseason looking svelte, only to see them in uniform come spring as their familiar beefy selves. Uniforms are often loose and billowy and the players wear  a couple of layers when they’re suited up, so at least visually speaking it’s better to compare apples to apples.

Which brings us to Kyle Schwarber. All offseason long we’ve been getting reports about Schwarber working out, losing weight and, of course, getting into The Best Shape of His Life. And some of those pics have definitely shown a young man who has cut fat and gotten lean. Good for him!

Let’s see how that translates to Schwarber in uniform. Here is is at spring training last year:

MESA, AZ – FEBRUARY 21: Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Chicago Cubs poses during Chicago Cubs Photo Day on February 21, 2017 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

 

Here he is toward the end of last season:

CHICAGO, IL – SEPTEMBER 09: at Wrigley Field on September 9, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

And here he is now:

MESA, AZ – FEBRUARY 20: Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Chicago Cubs poses during Chicago Cubs Photo Day on February 20, 2018 in Mesa, Arizona. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

 

Nice goin’, kid.