While becoming an All-Star is a great honor, what a player does in the game could leave a lasting impact on his legacy.
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The 19th Futures Game, Major League Baseball’s showcase of emerging talent, takes on even greater relevance as twentysomething players seem all the more likely to make immediate impacts in the big leagues.
The July 9 game at Miami’s Marlins Park almost assuredly will feature players who will soon leave footprints – big ones, perhaps – at the game’s highest level.
Here are five can’t-miss players on the USA and World rosters released Thursday:
Brendan Rodgers, Rockies
Affiliate: Class AA Hartford Yard Goats
The dirt: Rodgers may haunt the Arizona Diamondbacks for years to come. He was chosen third overall in the 2015 draft, two spots behind another shortstop, Dansby Swanson – who the D’backs suddenly decided they didn’t want a few months later.
They might have been better off taking Rodgers from the get-go. He posted unfair numbers over 48 games in the hitter-friendly California League: a .400 average,…