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Berrios, Vargas to appear in Futures Game

Rob Carr

The only surprise is that there aren't more Twins attending. But that wouldn't be allowed anyway.

The MLB Futures Game is, essentially, a kind of minor league all-star game. Teams submit players for consideration and, from those nominations, no team can be represented by more than two players combined between the two teams. Minnesota will indeed be represented by the maximum of two players: first baseman Kennys Vargas, and destroyer of (Florida State League) worlds Jose Berrios.

Here are the full rosters for both teams.


World: Jorge Alfaro, Christian Bethancourt
USA: Justin O'Conner, Kevin Plawecki


World: Orlando Arcia, Javier Baez, Carlos Correa, Maikel Franco, Rosell Herrera, Francisco Lindor, Renato Nunez, Jose Peraza, Kennys Vargas
USA: Mookie Betts, Kris Bryant, J.P. Crawford, Joey Gallo, Micah Johnson, Peter O'Brien, D.J. Peterson, Corey Seager


World: Dariel Alvarez, Gabby Guerrero, Steven Moya, Dalton Pompey, Domingo Santana
USA: Josh Bell, James Ramsey, Hunter Renfroe, Michael Taylor, Jesse Winkler


World: Alfonso Alcantara, Jose Berrios, Edwin Escobar, Domingo German, Tayron Guerrero, Jorge Lopez, Francellis Montas, Enny Romero, Luis Severino
USA: Christian Binford, Lucas Gioltio, Marco Gonzales, Hunter Harvey, Daniel Norris, Noah Syndergaard, Henry Owens, Braden Shipley, Robert Stephenson, Jake Thompson

Berrios, as we covered yesterday, is simultaneously one of the Florida State League's best and youngest pitchers. Vargas is fifth in the Eastern League in home runs (tied for second among first basemen), and third in OPS (also among first basemen).

Terry Ryan had spoken about other potential nominations, with Jorge Polanco listed as a favorite. With Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano on the shelf, the Twins' other top prospects such as Alex Meyer and Kohl Stewart could also have been considered.

Fun fact: Orlando Arcia is Oswaldo's brother.

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