Sunday afternoon saw the future stars of Major League Baseball take to the field in Miami to showcase themselves on the big stage in the annual Futures Game, which kicks off All-Star Weekend. The US team rode a strong performance from Astros prospect Derek Fisher and Brendan Rodgers of the Rockies to claim a 7-6 win over the World team.
For Team USA, the road to victory went through Derek Fisher, who is currently part of the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, who drove in two runs in two at-bats, going 1-2 with a walk and a run scored. Fisher is hitting .306/.370/.575 with 56 RBI and is the fourth best prospect in the Astros system according to MLB Pipeline. Brendan Rodgers, a 20-year-old shortstop, currently playing for the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats, who hit .400 in the first half at Single-A Lancaster, was 1 for 1 with a RBI, a walk and sacrifice fly batting out of the nine hole. Rodgers is the 10th best prospect in all of baseball as well as the Rockies top prospect and likely to climb higher if he finishes out the year as strong as he started it.
For Team World, Tomas Nido of the Mets Double-A affiliate Binghampton was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and was able to bring Team World within one run in the ninth, but the rally was destined to fall short. Nido is the number nine prospect in the Mets organization. Also turning in a strong performance for Team World was Blue Jays top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who turned in a strong 2-for-4 performance, scoring two runs in the process. Guerrero’s performance is especially impressive when you consider the fact that he is in his first year of full-season baseball playing for the Single-A Lansing Lugnuts.
The fans in Miami got to see some amazing plays on Sunday afternoon, including this incredible grab from Rockies prospect Ryan McMahon.
Over the railing with the game on the line?
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Brent Honeywell of the Tampa Bay Rays shows off a nasty breaking ball. Honeywell struck out four in two innings and was named the game’s MVP.
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