Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer fondly recalls playing in the 2010 All-Star Futures Game in Anaheim, Calif,. And not merely because he had four hits in a personal tour de force against the game's top prospects.

"It was the first time I'd ever played in a big-league stadium," he said. "There were like 20,000 people there. That was, definitely, the closest to being a big-leaguer that I felt (up to that time).

"Basically, you're in the big leagues for a day. That's what it feels like."

This year's game is at 4 this afternoon at Kauffman Stadium and includes three Royals prospects: outfielder Wil Myers and right-handed pitchers Jake Odorizzi and Yordano Ventura. Odorizzi will start for the U.S. Team and Ventura will start for the World Team. Myers will start in right field and bat third in the U.S. lineup.

What awaits each is the stuff dreams are made of.

"It was awesome to go out there and take BP on a major-league field," said third baseman Mike Moustakas, who participated in the 2010 game with Hosmer.

"It was awesome. You got to wear your pants down, finally. (The Royals require their minor leagues to wear the pants up to show socks.) You got to hang out around the cage with all of the big-time guys. It was pretty cool."

Moustakas paused, laughed and continued: "And then I went back to Corpus Christi (to join his Class AA Northwest Arkansas teammates)."