Players to watch in MLB's All-Star Futures Game

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Players to watch in MLB's All-Star Futures Game originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The future is now.

The next generation of Major League Baseball stars will take the field on Saturday at Dodger Stadium in the 2022 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. 

The top farmhands in the minors will square off in a seven-inning game between the American League and National League, which begins at 7 p.m. ET on Peacock. The game will feature five of the top 10 players currently on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list. Overall, 30 of those top 100 prospects are on the two rosters for the Futures Game.

Here are some of the top prospects to keep an eye on. 

Logan O'Hoppe - Philadelphia Phillies

The 22-year-old catcher, MLB.com's No. 88 prospect, has climbed the rankings since being drafted in the 23rd round of the 2018 draft. O'Hoppe followed up an impressive performance in the Arizona Fall League by hitting .276 with 14 home runs and 40 RBIs this season with Double-A Reading. Phillies pitching prospect Erik Miller, who has a 1.46 ERA in 14 appearances with Double-A Reading this season, also will play in the Futures Game.  

Francisco Álvarez - New York Mets

It was a big week for the promising 20-year-old catcher. Over the span of a few days, Álvarez was promoted to Triple-A Syracuse, ranked the No. 2 prospect in baseball by MLB.com and then named to the All-Star Futures Game. Álvarez hit .277 with 18 home runs and 47 RBIs in Double-A Binghamton before moving up to Triple-A. When the Mets signed him in 2018, Álvarez was the No. 9 international prospect at 16 years old.

Corbin Carroll - Arizona Diamondbacks

The 21-year-old outfielder, a first-round pick in the 2019 draft, crushed a game-tying two-run home run and shined in the outfield during his debut with Triple-A Reno on Sunday. In Double-A Amarillo this season, Carroll hit .313 with 16 homers and 39 RBIs. 

Gunnar Henderson - Baltimore Orioles

The 21-year-old infielder was drafted by the Orioles in 2019, one round behind their top overall pick Adley Rutschman, who played in the Futures Game last season and is now in the major leagues. Henderson, MLB.com's fifth ranked prospect, hit .312 with eight home runs and 35 RBIs this season with Double-A Bowie before getting promoted to Triple-A Norfolk, where he's hitting .266 with five home runs and 17 RBIs. 

Jordan Walker - St. Louis Cardinals

Standing 6-foot-5, the 20-year-old third baseman has drawn comps to the New York Yankees' Aaron Judge. A first-round pick in 2020, Walker is hitting .305 with seven home runs, 32 RBIs and 15 stolen bases with Double-A Springfield. 

Anthony Volpe - New York Yankees

The next great shortstop in pinstripes? The 21-year-old has overcome some early-season struggles to hit .252 with 11 home runs, 41 RBIs with Double-A Somerset this season. He has also shown the ability to draw a walk, with 36 base on balls this season, and swipe a bag, with 35 stolen bases.  

Eury Pérez - Miami Marlins

The highest-ranked pitching prospect competing in this year's Futures Game, Pérez is listed at No. 15 on MLB.com's top 100 list. The 19-year-old righthander has gone 3-1 with a 3.05 ERA in 13 starts with Double-A Pensacola this season, striking out 87 batters and walking just 14.

Jack Leiter - Texas Rangers

The son of former major league pitcher Al Leiter is the top-ranked pitcher (No. 16) on this year's AL squad. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 draft, Leiter began the season with Double-A Frisco, where he is 2-7 with a 6.30 ERA in 14 appearances.