Former Bowling Green Hot Rods RHP Brent Honeywell was named the All-Star Futures Game MVP after the U.S. Futures team beat the World Futures team 7-6 at Marlins Park on Sunday.
Honeywell — currently a pitcher for the Durham Bulls, the Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays — started the game for the U.S. team and pitched two innings, striking out four while allowing one hit, no walks and a wild pitch.
He spent the first half of the 2015 season in the Midwest League, going 4-4 with a 2.91 ERA, 76 strikeouts and 12 walks in 65 innings (12 starts) for the Hot Rods.
The only current Midwest League player in the game was Hot Rods shortstop Lucius Fox, who went 0-for-2 but drove in a run with an RBI groundout in the top of the 6th inning.
Three others who played in the Midwest League most of this season appeared in the game. Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Jon Duplantier, who pitched for the Kane County Cougars in the first half, threw a third of an inning for the U.S. team, giving up one run on two hits and a walk.
Also playing in the game were Toronto Blue Jays prospects Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette, who were Lansing Lugnuts until learning of their joint promotion to High-A after Thursday’s game. Guerrero played the entire game for the World team, starting as the designated hitter and later playing third base. He went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Bichette entered the game as a pinch hitter in the 5th inning and then played shortstop for the U.S. team. He went 0-for-2.
The teams were managed by a pair of former MLB All-Stars who were teammates in the Midwest League. The U.S. team was managed by former catcher Charles Johnson, and the World team was managed by former shortstop Edgar Renteria. They both played for Kane County in 1993. Johnson batted .275 with 19 HR and 94 RBI in 135 games with the Cougars, while Renteria batted .203 with 1 HR and 35 RBI in 116 games. Future Lugnuts and Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond also played for the Cougars that year, batting .200 with 10 RBI in 43 games.