The Futures Game is a lot of fun. You’re seeing 50 prospects, and though not all of them are future all stars, most of them will make it to the majors. This game isn’t the best data point to try and evaluate someone’s future career, but its fun nonetheless. Some quick thoughts.
Sebastian Valle: Came in to pinch hit and had himself a heck of an AB, laying off a tough 1-2 pitch before lining a double down the left field line and taking 3rd on the wild overthrow from Bryce Harper. In his 2nd AB he faced Jacob Turner, one of the best RHP in the minors. He showed a quick bat, roping a hard fastball just foul and working a deep count before flying out to right centerfield. Defensively, Valle looked just fine, presenting a quiet target, framing high velocity fastballs perfectly, and blocking everything in the dirt. 3 years ago, we were wondering if Valle would have the capability to stick behind the plate defensively, and now his defense appears to be almost completely caught up to his offensive potential. Very positive developments.
Jarred Cosart: Cosart started the 8th inning and blitzed the three hitters he faced. As I noted in the liveblog, the TV gun was 2mph fast, so his 99s were 97s, but that will certainly play. He flashed a big hammer curveball to record a strikeout, and then finished off the last hitter he faced with an 83 mph changeup with solid late fade. He still has a somewhat complex delivery with moving parts, but it did not appear to hamper his command at all. With the USA holding on, Cosart is the winning pitcher.
Pretty solid night for the Phillies farm system.
Another month in the books since we looked at the corners….
Jeff Larish, 28, .239/.330/.450 in 251 AB’s; 13 HR and 37 RBI; 12% bb rate, 30% K rate, .221 vs. LH, .246 vs. RH, .221 with RISP, .078 in July. 51 games at 1B with 2 errors (.996); 9.18 R/F; 18 games at 3B with 4 errors (.925); 2.72 R/F. Its turned into a disappointing season for Larish who is striking out a ton. Continue reading Around the System–Corner Infield
The Futures Game is one of my favorite events of the year. Though you won’t see the top 50 prospects in baseball, you will see plenty of elite prospects mixed in with a few interesting guys. The Phillies are sending Jarred Cosart and Sebastian Valle, and it should be a chance for both to shine. I expect Cosart will air things out in a 1 inning stint, and you may see a few 97s and 98s, which should be fun to watch. I will post my thoughts on the entire game, assuming I get to see the entire game, below the fold. Feel free to follow along. The game starts at 6PM ET and will be shown on ESPN2.