The MLB Future’s Game is where some of the top prospects in all of baseball get to show off their skills. The format for the past several years has been team U.S.A. vs team World and the games used to be nine innings.
This year, it was the American League prospects vs the National League prospects. The game was cut from nine to seven innings. With the National League prospects leading 2-0 in the bottom of the seventh-inning, outfielder Sam Huff (Texas Rangers prospect) hit a two-run moon shot to left field to tie the game at two, but the game only went one more inning and it ended in a 2-2 tie.
Huff hit the home run off of Colorado Rockies prospect left-handed pitcher Ben Bowden. Bowden is supposed to be the future closer in Colorado. He has been perfect in the minor leagues in save opportunities so far this season.
Because of that home run, Sam Huff won the MLB Future’s Game MVP.
Ben Bowden pitched 0.1 innings and gave up three hits and two runs. He also walked one batter.
Because of Bowden having a rough seventh-inning, he was pulled from the game with one out and right-handed pitcher Luis Patino (San Diego Padres prospect) came into the game.
He had to try and escape from a jam with runners on second and third with one out. Patino was able to get the next two batters out and he had very impressive pitches. Luis Patino was very good at locating his fast ball.
He pitched 1.2 innings and struck out three batters.
In extra innings, each team was able to have a runner start at second base with no body out just like softball does.
The other two runs that were scored in this game was both in the fourth-inning on a Taylor Trammell (Cincinnati Reds prospect) RBI and a Dylan Carson (St. Louis Cardinals prospect) RBI.
Pitching was the big story in the Future’s Game this season. All of the pitchers showed off their stuff in so many different ways.
New York Yankees right-handed pitching prospect Deivi Garcia started the game. He pitched a scoreless and struck out one batter.
Justin Dunn (Seattle Mariners prospect), D.L. Hall (Baltimore Orioles prospect), Jordan Balazovic (Minnesota Twins prospect), Grayson Rodriguez (Baltimore Orioles prospect), and Nate Pearson (Toronto Blue Jays prospect) all pitched scoreless innings for the American League.
Pearson and Brady Singer (Kansas City Royals prospect) each struck out two batters for the American League.
Right-handed pitcher Ian Anderson (Atlanta Braves prospect) started the game for the National League. He pitched one scoreless inning and struck out one batter.
Left-handed pitcher MacKenzie Gore (San Diego Padres prospect) pitched a scoreless second-inning and right-handed pitcher Dustin May ( Los Angeles Dodgers prospect) pitched a scoreless third-inning.
There wasn’t a single hit recorded in this game until the Top of the fourth-inning by Washington Nationals prospect, shortstop Carter Kieboom.
There were also 23 prospects in this game last year that have already reached the majors and play right away.
This game was played at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The Home-Run Derby will be on Monday night and the MLB All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday night.