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.
1st Inning: Gotta love Jose Altuve. Like 5’5, and has impressed at every single stop. Nice AB from Kipnis, taking Julio Teheran deep. Teheran comes back and carves up Bryce Harper.
2nd Inning: Peacock has a bit of effort in his delivery, but showed solid stuff. Rick Sutcliffe loves everyone and everything.
3rd Inning: Everyone loves Shelby Miller, I like his fastball, but I didn’t really think his curve/change looked like anything special. Of course, its only 1 inning. James Paxton is an Andy Pettitte clone.
4th Inning: Matt Moore throws extremely hard, and it looks effortless. Command has always been his issue. Carlos Martinez. Mercy. Little Pedro.
5th Inning: Tyler Thornberg comes straight over the top. Looked more impressive than I thought, based on what I’d read about him prior to the game. Grant Green, not only a great jazz guitarist, but also a solid hitter.
6th Inning: Pomeranz’s delivery looks off a bit to me, not sure why, just one of those weird things. Like his changeup. And he gives up a home run to Silverio. Hey, its Sebastian Valle! Nice piece of hitting by Valle doubling down the LF and gets to third on the throw! Sebastian! Impressive stuff from Profar as well. World domination. Bryce Harper = bust! Henderson Alvarez is a great example of how quickly things can change for a prospect’s status. 2 years ago, his fastball was 91-93. He’s now hitting 95-98 consistently.
7th Inning: Valle looks fine behind the plate, very quiet target behind the plate.
8th Inning: Cosart time. 98s early. TV gun is reportedly 2 mph fast, so solid 96. Nasty curveball as he slays a Mets prospect. There’s a 99. He gets a second strikeout on an 85 mph changeup. That’s about as good an inning as you could have asked for!