St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong (89) heads to first base with a game winning RBI single against the Atlanta Braves at Roger Dean Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Braves 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

MLB Futures Game 2012: Kolten Wong's USA Team Drubs Oscar Taveras And World Team By 17-5 Score

The St. Louis Cardinals send two Minor League Guys to the 2012 MLB Futures Game--Oscar Taveras and Kolten Wong will get their first All-Star Game taste.

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Futures Game 2012: USA Scores 17 To Sink Oscar Taveras, World Team

The 2012 MLB Futures Game doesn't determine, say, who gets home-field-advantage in a future World Series, but anyone who was watching it for a look at some of baseball's best prospects had to notice just how out of hand the game beneath the parade of prospects quickly got. After falling behind early, the U.S. Futures Team poured nine runs on Ariel Pena and the World Futures squad, continuing the scoring in the seventh on their way to a 17-5 win. Detroit Tigers prospect Nick Castellanos is the MVP-by-default, going 3-4 with a home run and three RBI.

The St. Louis Cardinals' prospects were involved, if only tangentially. Kolten Wong, the U.S. team's starting second baseman, went 0-2 but scored on a three-base error precipitated by a pitcher's justified interest in what uber-speedster Billy Hamilton was doing at third base; Oscar Taveras, who played all nine innings in the outfield for the World team, went 1-3 and was run ragged on line drive after line drive into the gaps.

(If you're looking for a box score, Major League Baseball has hidden it, inexplicably, at


Futures Game 2012: Kolten Wong, USA Top World By 17-5 Score

St. Louis Cardinals fans didn't really have a dog in this minor league fight--the World team featured top prospect Oscar Taveras, who went 1-3 with a single and played some center field--but the 2012 MLB Futures Game was hardly neutral, by the time the ninth inning rolled mercifully around: Team USA dropped 17 runs on the World squad on the way to a bruising 17-5 victory (you can find the box score tucked away on, crushing Los Angeles Angels prospect Ariel Pena for eight runs in a third of an inning in a sixth inning that seemed to never end.

The Cardinals prospect on the right side of the bludgeoning, second baseman Kolten Wong, started and went 0-2, reaching third base and eventually scoring thanks to an error caused by Cincinnati Reds super-speedster Billy Hamilton. He also turned a neat backflip, earning another year or two of Ozzie Smith-styled accolades.

The Futures Game MVP award went to USA DH (and Detroit Tigers third base prospect) Nick Castellanos, who went 3-4 with a home run and three RBI. After hitting .405 across two months of Florida State League games, Castellanos is presently playing in the AA Eastern League.

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