Fantasy takeaways from Futures Game 

July, 13, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Sunday's All-Star Futures Game at beautiful Target Field showcased plenty of power-hitting prospects on the rise, with myriad reporters congregating around the lockers of Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant and Texas Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo, and for good reason. Those guys project to be fantasy stalwarts in the home run department, likely as soon as next season.

It's probably going to take Cincinnati Reds outfield prospect Jesse Winker longer to make his mark in the major leagues, but when I caught up with this natural hitter prior to the game Sunday, won 3-2 by the USA Team, all he wanted to discuss was fantasy football, as he recognized me and the other significant sport I cover at ESPN.

"I'm a big fantasy football guy, playing in a league with my family, and the guys down at [Double-A Southern League] Pensacola put together a league, and I want to let everyone know that Sammy Watkins is going to be the real deal this year," said Winker, 20, and a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan and native of Niagara Falls, New York.