Futures Game Dominated By Power Arms, Bats

Kansas City -- The word of the day at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday was power. There were power hitting bats and power fastballs to marvel at all game long, as the next wave of young talent on its way to the majors looks to be a very strong one. Here's a look at some of the most impressive performers at the 2012 Futures Game.

- The Rangers farm system simply hasn't taken a break in recent years. Texas sent Mike Olt and Jurickson Profar to Kansas City and each of them were among the standouts of the day. Olt put on perhaps the most impressive batting practice display of the afternoon, launching towering drives to straight away center field and of course showing huge pull power as well. As for Profar, he simply continues to be the ultimate consistent performer in game action.

- It struck me today that Wil Myers has a little Nelson Cruz in him at the plate. His setup, his swing path, and ability to drive the ball to all fields all are comparable to Cruz. In Cruz' healthy seasons, that means that Myers has the look of a 30-35 home run bat in the big leagues.

- Jonathan Singleton is one of the strongest hitters in the minor leagues. He shows carry in batting practice and in game action that would be difficult to top at any level. I'd like to see him stay on his back leg a little more consistently, however, and he may see more consistent results because of it.

- Velocity was a big theme on Sunday and Yordano Ventura had the top radar gun readings of the day. He bumped 100 mph multiple times and routinely registered at 98-99 mph. The rest of his arsenal, including a mid 80s breaking ball, also flashed potential, but clearly the attraction is the heat with Ventura right now.

- Gerrit Cole and his filthy arsenal shouldn't come as a surprise anymore, but it doesn't make him any less impressive. What stood out most about Cole on Sunday was his changeup, however, and not his overpowering fastball. Yes, he still sat at 96-98 mph with that fastball, but being able to throw an 88 mph changeup with diving down and in life to right-handed hitters is even more impressive.

- Jose Fernandez has already come a long way since high school. His breaking ball showed late bite in this game at 82-85 mph. It now has the potential to be a plus pitch and this was far from the case out of high school. And, of course, Fernandez worked at 95-97 mph in his inning of work so that certainly adds to the total package as well.

- The day began with Nick Castellanos taking a highly disciplined and professional round of batting practice. This is a young player who approaches his hitting sessions like a big leaguer and that immediately stood out to me. He knows how to go the other way and his swing produces consistent line drives. By the end of the day, Castellanos was also impressing with his power stroke, as he drove one over the center field fence in game action. His swing isn't necessarily ideal for hitting home runs right now, but his excellent bat speed helps make up for that. This is a hitter that scouts like to say has a distinct feel for hitting.

- Enny Romero is going to have to improve his command but there's a lot to like about what he did on Sunday. He touched 98 mph, sitting at 93-96, and flashed a plus changeup.

- Jameson Taillon and Dylan Bundy could very well be dueling for the title of best pitching prospect in baseball right now. Bundy worked at 95-96 mph on Sunday, but the command of his secondary pitches was not as razor sharp as it typically is. Taillon worked at 95-98 mph and was pretty close to razor sharp with 84-86 mph plus breaking ball. These two are going to get compared a lot in the near future as two of baseball's elite pitching prospects, so we may as well start now.

- Taijuan Walker is what I like to call a prototype. His frame, delivery, arm action, and arsenal are what you look for in a front end right-handed starter in the big leagues. His command has to catch up with everything else, but the framework he showed at Kauffman Stadium was quite impressive. Working at 94-96 mph and touching 97 with his fastball, Walker is going to be able to miss bats in the big leagues, as he couples that heat with a big 74-76 mph breaking ball.

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