The future is now.
While our civilization has seemingly swung and missed with predictions like flying cars, Martian colonies and teleportation, the folks responsible for choosing the rosters for the annual MLB Futures Game have proven quite prescient. Since the game was introduced during the 1999 All-Star break, the event has featured dozens of players who went on to become full-fledged MLB All-Stars. From Justin Verlander to Alfonso Soriano, the game has produced a handful of pitchers who have thrown no-hitters, won MVPs in both leagues, home run champions, Gold Glove winners, Silver Sluggers and a pair of World Series MVPs.
David Wright and Robinson Cano, the NL and AL captains in the 2013 Midsummer Classic, both were selected to the 2004 Futures Game. Here are 30 players who went from being baseball's future to its present.
Some of them earned a spot in this year's All-Star Game at Citi Field.