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Monday, July 10, 2017

Futures Game players on fast track to MLB | MLB.com

1. Yoan Moncada, 2B, White Sox: It has to be a matter of when, not if, right? Moncada didn’t follow up his 2016 Futures Game MVP performance this year, but his tools (11 homers, 16 SB) have to be an upgrade over what the White Sox have at second base currently, no?

2. Amed Rosario, SS, Mets: See above. Mets fans have been clamoring for Rosario to get called up and he’s making it tough to stay patient as he continues to hit while Jose Reyes is batting .215 in New York.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2017 at 09:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
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Acuna, Fisher, Kopech star in Futures Game | MLB.com

And he was only signed for $100,000.

Entering the day hitting .325/.374/.507 since being promoted to Double-A, Acuna cracked the hardest-batted ball of the game, 112.3 mph with a 13-degree launch angle, in the seventh inning off of Royals prospect Foster Griffin. That combination falls for a hit 78 percent of the time, and it was actually the only Barrel of the day—a ball that qualifies as the near-perfect combination of exit velocity and launch angle. Unfortunately for Acuna, center fielder Corey Ray (Brewers) was positioned perfectly, preventing the hit.

That’s not all. Acuna had the three hardest outfield throws of the game, hitting 92.9 mph, 95.2 mph, and 96.7 mph. Forget the 0-for-4; suddenly, it’s easy to see why MLBPipeline calls him a five-tool talent, and reminds us that “evaluators get downright giddy when discussing Acuna.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2017 at 09:13 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Top Rays prospect Brent Honeywell showed off his nasty screwball in the 2017 Futures Game | MLB.com

It was curious the announcers didn’t point out the pitch during the game.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2017 at 09:09 AM | 9 comment(s)
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Team U.S. defeats World in 2017 Futures Game | MLB.com

An entertaining Futures Game.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 10, 2017 at 05:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Saturday, July 01, 2017

Pipeline Inbox: 2017 All-Star Futures Game | MLB.com

I have been to every Futures Game except one (the birth of my daughter won out over the 2004 edition in Houston), so there’s a lot of history to sift through. In some ways, answering this question really would require a longer look at future success, sort of like evaluating the Draft. I don’t mean to kick this down the road, but seeing how many of this year’s Futures Gamers go on to not only get to the big leagues, but become impact players would be the true measure.

I will say that in terms of number of Top 100 players, it’s right up there. The last four years:

2016: 18
2015: 23
2014: 27
2013: 24

This year’s rosters have 27 Top 100 players, so by that measure it’s as good as any group in recent memory. Eight of the top 13 prospects will be on the field at Marlins Park. That’s some serious elite-level prospect power.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2017 at 08:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

2017 Futures Game packed with top prospects

It’s a team, which will be managed by former Marlins catcher Charles Johnson, that is jam-packed with elite prospects. Three of the other four U.S. outfielders with Tucker are also in the Top 100, including his organization-mate Derek Fisher. Five U.S. pitchers are Top 100 guys, led by White Sox flame-thrower Michael Kopech. There are three Top 100 infielders and both U.S. catchers, Futures Game vet Chance Sisco (he homered in last year’s game) of the Orioles and 2016 White Sox first-round pick Zack Collins, are on the list.
Tucker and Collins are two of 15 total former first-round selections, with three others—the Reds’ Nick Senzel, the Brewers’ Corey Ray, the Padres’ Cal Quantrill and A.J. Puk of the A’s—joining Collins from the 2016 Draft class. Collins is a product of the University of Miami, so this will be a homecoming of sorts for the catcher. Tucker hails from a different part of the state, but still feels like he’s getting a taste of home….

Seeing the World Team roster, managed by former Marlins World Series hero Edgar Renteria, in Miami should be equally exciting. There are 12 Top 100 players on the squad, led by the No. 1-ranked prospect in baseball, Cuban second baseman Yoan Moncada of the White Sox.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 29, 2017 at 12:45 PM | 0 comment(s)
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