Futures Game lineups: Team USA vs. Team World

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Below you’ll find the starting lineups for Sunday night’s Futures Game at Target Field in Minneapolis. First pitch is scheduled for just after 5:00 p.m. ET.

The game will be televised on MLB Network, with Matt Vasgersian, Sean Casey, Heidi Watney, and MLB.com prospect guru Jonathan Mayo on the call.

Team USA

Michael Taylor, CF, Nationals
Sean Coyle, 2B, Red Sox
Corey Seager, SS, Dodgers
Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs
Joey Gallo, DH, Rangers
D.J. Peterson, 1B, Mariners
Jesse Winker, LF, Reds
Hunter Renfroe, RF, Padres
Kevin Plawecki, C, Mets

Team World

Dalton Pompey, CF, Blue Jays
Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians
Jose Peraza, 2B, Braves
Kennys Vargas, 1B, Twins
Steven Moya, LF, Tigers
Dariel Alvarez, RF, Orioles
Gabby Guerrero, DH, Mariners
Renato Nunez, 3B, Athletics
Jorge Alfaro, C, Rangers

Red Sox prospect Henry Owens will start for USA and Twins prospect Jose Berrios starts for World.

The other scheduled pitchers for Team USA are, in order, Daniel Norris (Blue Jays), Christian Binford (Royals), Hunter Harvey (Orioles), Alex Meyer (Twins), Lucas Giolito (Nationals), Jake Thompson (Tigers), Braden Shipley (Diamondbacks), Robert Stephenson (Reds), and Noah Syndergaard (Mets).

And following Berrios for Team World will be Domingo German (Marlins), Edwin Escobar (Giants), Luis Severino (Yankees), Julio Urias (Dodgers), Michael Feliz (Astros), Enny Romero (Rays), Jorge Lopez (Brewers), Alfonso Alcantara (Angels), and Tayron Guerrero (Padres).

Robinson Cano hit his 300th home run last night

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Last night Robinson Cano hit a solo homer in the ninth inning of the Mariners’ loss to the Texas Rangers. It was his 22nd on the season. Though it was insignificant to the outcome of that game, it was significant to Cano: it was his 300th career homer.

While we’ve become accustomed to not caring much about home run milestones south of, say, 500, 300 homers for Cano is a big deal, as he’s only the third second baseman to cross that threshold in baseball history. The other two: Jeff Kent, at 377, and Rogers Hornsby at 301.

Cano, who turns 35 next month, has a career line of .305/.354/.495 and 1,179 RBI, 512 doubles and 33 triples to go with those bombs. He’s in his 13th big league season and still has six more years left on his deal with the Mariners. He’s averaged 24 homers a year since coming to the Mariners. While he’ll obviously trail off at some point — and while great second baseman’s have this weird habit of just suddenly falling off a cliff — it’s highly likely that he’ll finish his career as the all-time home run leader among second baseman. If he remains healthy he should also get over 3,000 hits in his career.

Cooperstown, here he comes.

Reds sign catcher Tucker Barnhart to a four-year deal

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Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that the Reds have signed catcher Tucker Barnhart to a four-year contract extension. The terms: $16 million total, with a $7.5 million club option for the 2022 season that has a $500,000 buyout. He also received a $1.75 million signing bonus.

The deal buys out all three of his arbitration years — he was going to be eligible for the first time this offseason — and the first year of his potential free agency. The club option buys a second. Barnhart made $575,000 this season.

Barnhart, 26, is finishing his second season as the Reds primary catcher. This year he’s hitting .272/.349/.399 with six homers and 42 RBI in 113 games. For his career he has a line of .257/.328/.366 in 330 major league games. His real value is defensive, however. He leads the National League in caught stealing percentage and number of base stealers caught (31-for-70, 44%) and leads all players at any position in the league in defensive WAR according to Baseball-Reference.com.