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.