Lest anyone be tempted to shrug off the performers and performances in this game, consider some of the names included in last October's box score:
Gordon Beckham, Matt Wieters, Phil Hughes, Brian Matusz, Tommy Hanson.
All made Major League impacts this season, with the latter right-hander being a favorite for National League Rookie of the Year honors after going 11-4 with a 2.89 ERA for the Braves.
No wonder this Rising Stars Game is informally referred to in baseball inner circles as a "finishing school."
While all 30 Major League organizations were represented among the 50 players on the two rosters, four teams shared the honor of two starters each: the Orioles (first baseman Brandon Snyder and third baseman Josh Bell), the A's (left fielder Grant Desme and second baseman Jemile Weeks), the Mariners (center fielder Dustin Ackley and shortstop Carlos Triunfel) and the Reds (left fielder Heisey and first baseman Alonso).