USA routs World 17-5 in All-Star Futures Game

Believe it or not, the World team led 4-0 at one point during yesterday’s All-Star Futures Game.

That was before the U.S. team’s bats woke up.

The U.S. Futures beat the World Futures 17-5, led offensively by a pair of former Midwest League players, Detroit Tigers prospect Nick Castellanos and Kansas City Royals prospect Wil Myers.

Castellanos was named the game’s MVP after going 3-for-4 with a 3-run homer. He hit .312 with 7 HR and 76 RBI in 135 games with the 2011 West Michigan Whitecaps. He currently plays for the Double-A Erie SeaWolves.

Myers went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI in the Futures Game. He hit .289 with 10 HR and 45 RBI in 68 games with the 2010 Burlington Bees. He currently plays for the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers.

The World team got home runs from Texas Rangers prospect Jurickson Profar and Chicago Cubs prospect Jae-Hoon Ha, who hit .317 with 7 HR and 46 RBI in 77 games with the 2010 Peoria Chiefs.

Three current Midwest Leaguers played in the game: Bowling Green Hot Rods LHP Felipe Rivero, Burlington Bees 2B Chih-Fang Pan and Lake County Captains SS Francisco Lindor. Of those three players, Rivero made the biggest impact, taking the loss after giving up two runs on three walks and a hit during his inning of work. Lindor singled in his only at-bat. Pan went 0-for-2.

Cincinnati Reds prospect Billy Hamilton, who stole 103 bases for the Dayton Dragons last year and 104 for the Bakersfield Blaze this year, showed off his speed by turning a ball hit over Ha’s head into a triple.

Detroit Tigers prospect Bruce Rondon hit 102 mph with his fastball and retired both batters he faced. He pitched for the 2011 West Michigan Whitecaps, going 2-2 with a 2.02 ERA, 19 saves and 61 strikeouts in 40 IP.

This entry was posted in 2012 All-Star Futures Game, Bakersfield Blaze, Bowling Green Hot Rods, Burlington Bees, California League, Dayton Dragons, Eastern League, Erie SeaWolves, Lake County Captains, Midwest League, Omaha Storm Chasers, Pacific Coast League, Peoria Chiefs, West Michigan Whitecaps. Bookmark the permalink.

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