We’re going to be live blogging the Futures Game this year. You can check out the rosters and the break downs under the Futures Game tab though for full details. Here’s the first pitch to Jean Segura.
Inning 1 - Odorizzi is taken deep to CF by Jean Segura but it’s the first out of the game.
The second hitter of the game is Jurickson Profar and he puts a perfect swing on an Odorizzi fastball and takes him deep to RF for a solo Home Run. Profar flashing the emerging power despite being just 19 years old. He’s been putting an impressive season togetherand showing why he’s going to slot into the #2 slot on the Baseball Instinct 360 next week.
Oscar Taveras grounds out to his team mate Kolten Wong for the 2nd out.
Odorizzi then takes out Alfredo Marte of the Diamondbacks on a great pitch mix.
The Bottom of the 1st
Young KC hurler Yordano Ventura is starting the game in from of the home crowd and will face off against Billy Hamilton for the bottom of the 1st. Hamilton hits a chopper down the 1b line for the first out. Showing his speed by busting it down the line.
Kolten Wong is the second hitter for the USA team. The Hawaiian of the St. Louis Cardinals grounds out against Ventura on a 99 mph fastball. Ventura also flashed a changeup at 89 the pitch before.
The soon to be full time Kansas City Royals OF Wil Myers is the third hitter for the USA Team. He’s leading all of the Minor Leagues in HR. He grounds out the finally emerging Wilmer Flores of the New York Mets system.
Inning 2 - Gerrit Cole of the Pirates faces off against Xander Bogaerts of the Red Sox and gets him swinging on a 99 mph fastball.
Wilmer Flores is up next and he’s having a true breakout season. Finally. But Cole gets him to ground out to 3B for the 2nd out of the inning.
The Indians Jesus Aguilar is up next and the big 1B gets to see Cole hit 100 after a nasty slider. But he works a full count against Cole and has an excellent AB and works a walk. Cole tends to lose the strike zone when he over throws. But his stuff looks excellent today. Similar to when we got to see him in the FSL.
Ja-Hoon Ha then takes Cole deep to the opposite field. This inning is looking eerily similar to the All-Star game in the AFL when Cole imploded on the national stage.
Cole does compose himself and makes Christian Bethancourt look like an amateur, striking him out swinging.
Bottom of the 2nd
Jose Fernandez opens up the bottom of the 2nd. He recently moved to the FSL with the Jupiter Hammerheads. After the game go and check out the YouTube channel for a full scouting video of Fernandez.
He faces off against an advanced hitter in Mike Olt of the Rangers and makes him look silly on a nasty 85 mph slider after some mid 90s fastballs. You can see why Fernandez has so much upside even if he can’t make it as a starter. Which we think he will anyway.
Jonathan Singleton then takes Fernandez back up the middle to CF for a single.
Working out of the stretch, Fernandez faces off against Mike Choice of the A’s. The elite power prospect has had a rough season, but some changes in his hitting mechaincs can be pointed to as a reason and he still needs to complete his adjustments. It’s possible that the A’s eventually just take off the training wheels and hope that some of the changes stick. Because Choice’s power will be his calling card. But he K’s on a slider and there’s a strike’em out throw’em out as Singleton gets caught stealing second on a good throw by Bethancourt.
Inning 3 - Danny Hultzen of the Mariners takes the mound in the top of the 3rd and faces off against Jean Segura of the Angels. Segura grounds to Billy Hamilton at SS but gets on base on a throwing error that is actually not ruled as an error. Segura’s speed forced the rushed throw.
Next is Profar, this time from the right side of the plate and Profar gets a base hit to RF with Segura going 1st to 3rd.
Oscar Taveras then takes Hultzen deep to CF but is robbed by a diving Anthony Gose. A web gem tonight on ESPN. Segura tags and scores on the fly out.
Alfredo Marte with Profar still at 1B once again strikes out swinging.
Xander Bogaerts singles to LF with Profar moving up to 2B.
Wilmer Flores lines out to Mike Olt to end the inning. But he ripped the pitch and just doesn’t look like the same player I’ve seen for the past two years.
Bottom of the 3rd - Nick Castellanos leads of the top of the 3rd. He hit .400+ in the FSL this year before being promoted to the Double-A club in Erie where he continues to post .300+ levels. He strikesout against the Dodgers #1 pick Chris Reed.
The lefty then walks Tommy Joseph of the Giants.
Anthony Gose, fresh off a web gem singles to RF and then he advances on an errand throw to 3B as Tommy Joseph takes 3rd.
2nd and 3rd with one out and Billy Hamilton drives one over Ha’s head and shows off the elite plus speed after not busting it out of the box. He winds up with a Triple easily anyway with 2 RBI.
Kolten Wong then bounces one back to Reed who throws it away to 1B, Hamilton scores and Wong goes all the way to 3rd base.
The home town kid and the #1 prospect now in all of baseball, Wil Myers faces off against Reed with Wong on 3rd. Myers, grounds out to 2B driving in Wong as the US Team ties the game at 4-4.
Mike old pops out to his AA team mate Profar to end the 4 run 4th for the US squad.
Inning 4 – Dylan Bundy, the Orioles #1 prospect, takes the mound against the World Team. He has 4 pitches at or near plus.
He faces off against Aguilar who is an advanced hitter despite his level. This is going to be the most advanced competition Bundy will have faced to date in his career. Aguilar takes Bundy up the middle for a base hit.
Ha then takes Bundy for another single making it 1st and 2nd against Bundy.
Christian Bethancourt flies out to Anthony Gose at CF.
With Jean Segura at the plate, Jesus Aguilar is thrown out trying to take 3rd base on a pitch by Bundy in the dirt. But Tommy Joseph recovers well and guns him down.
Segura then hacks a high fastball into LF. Aguilar cost his team a run.
Jurickson Profar back on the left side of the plate laces one to Wil Myers in RF who makes the catch to end the inning. Leaving the score tied 4-4.
Inning 5 - Jonathan Singleton faces off against the young lefty from the Rays, Felipe Rivero. Singleton walks and brings Mike Choice to the plate.
Rivero is still very young and is raw for a Futures Game player. While he has some excellent stuff, he hasn’t faced the kind of hitters he’ll see today. Mike Choice takes Rivero deep but he hit it just off the end of the bat and flies out to LF.
That brings up Nick Castellanos a 3B for the Tigers system who is DH’ing today. ou can really see looking at Castellanos how much physical development is still left. He’s such a pure contact hitter at this point that he’s moving faster than his frame should be letting him. He walks and makes it 1st and 2nd, bringing up Tommy Joseph.
Never trust a man with two first names. Tommy Joseph, flies off the RF wall for a double as two runs score and he moves to 3rd base on an errand throw bu Oscar Taveras.
Anthony Gose, hits with Joseph at 3rd base. Enny Romero is warming up in the pen. He’s another one of the Rays prospects. Take a look at his video at the Baseball Instinct YouTube channel as well. Gose walks and makes it 1st and 3rd.
Billy Hamilton then grounds into a 4-6 double play to end the inning. But the USA takes a 6-4 lead.
Bottom of the 5th - Tyler Skaggs takes the hill for the top of the 5th. He’s one of the top LHP prospects in all of baseball.
Oscar Taveras singles to LF to lead off the inning.
Alfredo Marte then flies out to Wil Myers who has been busy in RF.
With Xander Bogaerts batting, Taveras is caught stealing 2B and Tommy Joseph is shutting the running game down. Something being missed by many. 2 outs.
Bogaerts then strikes out swinging and Skaggs breezes through the 5th.
Bottom of the 5th
Enny Romero takes the hill for the World team in the 5th. Scooter Gennett the USA 2B lines out Oswaldo Arcia in RF. Check scouting video on all three on our Youtube channel.
Wil Myers the singles to RF after a good at bat working deep into the count against Romero.
With Myers on 1st base, Mike Olt comes up for his 3rd AB. He works a full count against Romero. Olt flies out to Oswaldo Arcia who tracks down a tough fly ball in the gap.
Jonathan Singleton then singles again back up the middle. He’s shown why his projection as a major league hitter revolves around his ability to make contact. How much power he continues to develop really is what will determine his upside.
Nolan Arenado, the Rockies #1 prospect, hits for the first time. He’s having a solid season at Double-A as a young hitter for the level. The power numbers, with 7 HR is certainly lacking, but it’s not surprising and I would expect the power number to jump in the 2H. Once again, Arcia, makes the grab in RF and has the hat trick for the 5th inning.
Inning 6 - Jameson Taillon takes the mound for the USA Team to start the 6th inning. Taillon is the top pitching prospect for the Pirates, just a touch above Gerrit Cole. He faces off against Carlos Sanchez of the White Sox system. Sanchez floats a double opposite field for a double down the LF line.
With a man on 2nd base, Jesus Aguilar flies out to Wil Myers, now in CF. Sanchez tags, moving to 3rd base.
With one out and a man on 3rd, Oswaldo Arcia, who was busy in the top half steps to the plate. Arcia rips a double down the right field line just fair. He gets an RBI as Sanchez scores. The World Team moves a run closer with the game 6-5 in favor of the USA still.
Bethancourt comes up with the tying run on 2nd base. He “lines out” to Manny Machado on a bit of a floater and Arcia is doubled off of 2nd base to end the threat to the USA lead.
Bottom of the 6th - Ariel Pena opens the bottom of the 6th for the World Team on the mound and gives up a single to Nick Castellanos.
Rob Brantly then doesn’t waste any time with a deep double to the right center gap with an RBI as Castellanos makes it a 7-5 game.
Christian Yelich comes up with Brantly on 2nd base. Check out the video for Yelich as well at the YouTube channel. Yelich bloops a single to CF. Commentators are talking about questions about how much power Yelich will hit for in the majors. Obviously reading pre-season reports. Yelich is 2nd in the FSL in IsoP. There are no more questions.
Manny Machado doubles to left center driving in two and the USA team takes a 9-5 lead with Scooter Gennett coming to the plate.
Gennett, works a 4 pitch walk making it 1st and 2nd with Wil Myers coming to the plate.
Pena finds himself in trouble and Julio Rodriguez of the Phillies is warming in the pen. Runners move to 2nd and 3rd on a wild pitch after Wil Myers smashes a camera. Myers then shoots a sacrifice to CF and Brantly scores to make the score 10-5.
Mike Olt follows with a ripped line drive off of the CF wall. Yelich scores and makes it 11-5 US.
The damage continues as Singleton lines a single to RF and Olt crosses the plate making it 12-5. Next up is Arenado.
Arenado with 1 out and a man on 1st base rips a single back up the middle and makes it 1st and 2nd for Castellanos who is batting for the 2nd time in the inning. Pena is removed after 9 hitters. Not the greatest showing. But he worked in the mid 90s and his breaking stuff was good. He just didn’t hit his spots when he needed to.
Julio Rodriguez comes in early and replaces Pena. He’ll take over with a man on 1st and 2nd and one out. He gives up a 3 run bomb to CF to Castellanos who just brings his hands in on a high fastball and drives it over the CF wall making it 15-5 USA.
Rob Brantly, who also doubled in the inning grounds out to Carlos Sanchez for the 2nd out in the inning.
Yelich up again works a 4 pitch walk. He’s a threat to steal with 25+ SB potential and Manny Machado who doubled him in earlier in the inning comes up.
Machado, the Orioles top position prospect, pops out foul to end the big inning leaving the World Team down 10 runs heading into the top of the 7th.
Inning 7 - Taijuan Walker takes over with a 10 run lead. The 19 year old is the youngest player in the Southern League. He leads off the inning against Chih Fang Pan who strikes out on a 97 mph fastball.
Francisco Lindor singles to RF.
Walker then gets both Oscar Taveras and Rymer Liriano to fly out to CF. He made easy work of two excellent hitters.
Bottom of the 7th
Julio Rodriguez comes out for the bottom.
Scooter Gennett leads off the bottom of the 7th inning with a double to right center. He has a good amount of power for a kid his size.
Wil Myers then singles to LF and drives in Gennett. The USA contiues to put up ru mph fastball and then gets ns, now with a 16-5 lead.
Mike Olt grounds out to 3rd base and Wil Myers moves over to 2nd base. One out.
Pitching Change – Kyle Lotzkar in for Rodriguez.
Lotzkar starts off with a 93 mph fastball against the hot hitting Singleton. Singleton flies out to RF on a liner and Myers tags getting over to 3rd base.
Arenado comes up with Myers on 3rd base and 2 outs. Arenado hits a grounder to the right side and drives in Myers making it 17-5.
Castellanos lines another base hit to RF moving Arenado over to 2nd base with Rob Brantly coming up.
Brantly flies out to Rymer Lirano in left to end the inning. Heading into the 8th the USA has a huge 17-5 lead.
Inning 8 - Alex Meyer takes over for the USA team. The big righty was one of the 1st round picks of the Nationals last year. The University of Kentucky friday night starter has a large frame and a plus fastball with a nasty slider. He’s still a rough product and needs time to be refined enough to be a starter long term. The Nats look to be giving him that time at this point.
Xander Bogaerts grounds out to Manny Machado.
Carlos Sanchez then strikes out swinging.
Pitching Change – Zack Wheeler replaces Meyer with two outs.
Wheeler is the one of the top pitching prospects for the Mets, just a step behind Matt Harvey in development. He opes the outing with a 98 mph fastball and then gets Jesus Aguilar to fly out on a curveball to end the 8th.
Bottom of the 8th
Lotzkar opens the inning against Christian Yelich and gets him to pop out.
Pitching Change – Bruce Rondon the fireballer from the Tigers takes over. Expect high 90s and I wouldn’t be surprised if he touches 100+.
Rondon hits 102 with his first pitch against Manny Machado who flies out to CF.
Scooter Gennett then ground out to Pan at 2b to end the inning and head it into the 9th.
Inning 9 - Zack Wheeler comes back out for the 9th inning and gets Oswaldo Arcia to ground out to Arenado on a web gem. Showing off the arm.
Pitcher Change -Matt Barnes comes in to close out the game.
Barnes takes over with one out. He’ll open up against Ali Solis and get him to pop out to Machado for the 2nd out.
Pan then grounds out to Scooter Gennett to end the game and put a lopsided 17-5 game in the books for the USA who leads the all time series 8-5.
That’s it for the 2012 Futures Game. This is the point where the second half is now in the cross hairs and all the work and scouting that we’ve done in the first half gets fine focused and we bring the lower level short season players into the mix. Keep an eye out as we drop the second half Baseball Instinct 360, the Instinct ProspectTube and more and more Scouting Video by the Instinct Team.
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