Sunday's SiriusXM Futures Game at Target Field in Minnesota is an annual opportunity for general managers, assistant GMs, scouting directors and scouts to see the very best prospects in one game. In my years as GM, I always sent at least two of my top evaluators to the game and made it a must-watch for everyone in baseball operations.
Since most of the players participating in the game are top prospects, it's likely each year that at least a few of these players will get traded at the deadline in the game's biggest blockbusters. For example, if David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays or Cole Hamels of the Philadelphia Phillies is dealt at the deadline, chances are the return will include players who will have played in this game.
Therefore, let's look at seven of the prospects from this year's Future Game who could be traded by the July 31 trade deadline:
Luis Severino, RHP, New York Yankees
6 feet, 191 pounds | Bats: Right; Throws: Right | Age: 20
Stats: 2.45 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 98 K's in 88 1/3 innings (Class A Charleston/high-Class A Tampa)
Severino was the Yankees' most important trade chip in their failed attempt to trade for former Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija, who eventually was traded to the A's. Severino's stock continues to grow, and, if the Yankees do make a big deal, he'll be the first minor league pitcher opposing GMs will ask for. Severino has a mid-90s fastball, and his slider and changeup are developing into solid secondary offerings.