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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 MiLB.com.)