Baseball’s future was on display Sunday afternoon at Coors Field. Just like the sun-splashed playing surface, it is bright.
Here’s a look at how each team’s prospects performed on Sunday.
BLUE JAYS - Austin Martin, SS, TOR No. 2 | MLB No. 16: Martin came on in place of AL starting shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. and promptly helped them get a run on the board. Martin hit an RBI single in the seventh, keeping the AL from being shut out. He also worked a walk in his first plate appearance.
ORIOLES - Adley Rutschman, C, BAL No. 1 | MLB No. 2: Rutschman got the start behind the plate for the American League and reached in one of his two plate appearances. The top overall selection in the 2019 Draft flew out to left field in the second inning before walking in the fourth. He was replaced by Cleveland’s Bo Naylor in the bottom of the fourth. Marcos Diplan, RHP: Diplan entered out of the bullpen with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning. After starting off 2-0 and then working to a full count against San Francisco’s Heliot Ramos, Diplan froze him with a curveball at 81 miles per hour for a called strike three to end the inning. Diplan returned to the mound for the bottom of the sixth and surrendered home runs to Brennen Davis of the Cubs and Francisco Álvarez of the Mets before departing.
RAYS - Shane Baz, RHP, TBR No. 5 | MLB No. 71: Baz was the first reliever out of the AL bullpen on Sunday and dominated in his lone inning. The right-hander retired all three batters he faced, two via strikeouts. Baz froze Atlanta’s Michael Harris II on a 98.5 mph fastball to lead off the inning, then whiffed Cubs prospect Brennen Davis with another fastball at 97.7 for the second out. The 22-year-old needed just one pitch to retire Colorado’s Ryan Vilade and close the inning, getting Vilade to ground out to second on a slider. Baz threw eight of his 10 pitches for strikes. Xavier Edwards, 2B/SS, TBR No. 4 | MLB No. 66: Edwards started the game at second for the AL squad, going hitless in his lone at-bat.
RED SOX - Jeter Downs, SS, BOS No. 2 | MLB No. 35: Downs came on as a pinch-hitter in place of AL starter Edwards in the top of the fifth and battled in a nine-pitch at bat but went down swinging against Washington Nationals right-hander Cade Cavalli.
YANKEES - Jasson Dominguez, CF, NYY No. 1 | MLB No. 24: Though he has yet to take an at-bat or play an inning above the complex-league level, Dominguez generated some electricity in his Futures Game debut. The 18-year-old connected on a home run during batting practice, then lined out on a 106 mph screamer to third base after entering as a pinch-hitter in the top of the third. Dominguez struck out to close the top of the fifth against Cavalli.
INDIANS - Bo Naylor, C, CLE No. 3 | MLB No. 87: Naylor entered the game as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the fourth inning and went 0-for-1 with a groundout at the plate. He caught for five pitchers and flashed his skills behind the dish.
ROYALS - Bobby Witt Jr., SS, KC No. 1 | MLB No. 7: Witt Jr. led off and started at shortstop for the American League, going 0-for-2 with a 113 mph lineout to left fielder Alek Thomas in the first inning and a 103 mph lineout to right fielder Brennen Davis in the third. Nick Pratto, 1B, KC No. 5, MLB No. 100: Pratto started the game at first base and went 0-for-1 at the plate. He also worked a walk off Marlins prospect Max Meyer.
TIGERS - Spencer Torkelson, 3B, DET No. 1 | MLB No. 3: Torkelson started at third base for the American League and went 1-for-2 with a run scored, a single and a walk. He also flashed the leather on multiple occasions, including a sixth inning lineout off the bat of Brett Baty. Riley Greene, OF, DET No. 2 | MLB No. 15: Greene started in center field for the AL All-Stars and went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a base knock. He ceded center to Yankees top prospect Jasson Dominguez in the bottom of the third inning and shifted over to left field, where he made a nice lunging grab.
TWINS - Josh Winder, RHP, MIN No. 12: Winder worked one-third of an inning, surrendering a home run to eventual MVP Brennen Davis before recording a groundout. He struck out his final batter in Phillies prospect Bryson Stott, but Stott was able to reach on what was scored as a wild pitch.
WHITE SOX - Yoelqui Cespedes, OF, CWS No. 2: Cespedes served as the AL’s designated hitter, going 0-for-2 with a strikeout. The younger brother of Yoenis Cespedes did get to display his 55-grade power during a home run round of batting practice before the game.
ANGELS - Reid Detmers, LHP, LAA No. 2 | MLB No. 57: Detmers’ day was brief, but it was dominant. The lefty out of Louisville faced two batters and struck out both, setting Mets No.4/MLB No. 73 prospect Brett Baty down on three pitches and got Rockies No. 30 prospect Willie MacIver looking before giving way to Orioles prospect Marcos Diplan. Hector Yan, LHP, LAA No. 9: Yan preceded Detmers and worked around a walk to toss a scoreless two-thirds of an inning, getting two batters to hit weak popups. The two Halos southpaws went a combined 1 1/3 innings without allowing a hit.
ASTROS - Pedro Leon, OF, HOU No. 2: Leon was a pinch-hitter in the seventh, striking out in his one at-bat against Marlins No. 22 prospect Jake Eder.
ATHLETICS - Tyler Soderstrom, C, OAK No. 1 | MLB No. 82: Soderstrom stepped out from behind the plate to play first base for the AL. He struck out in his lone at-bat in the sixth.
MARINERS - Jarred Kelenic, OF, SEA No. 1 | MLB No. 4: Kelenic started the game for the AL squad in left field. He only came up to the plate once, grounding out to second in the first inning. Julio Rodríguez, OF, SEA No. 2 | MLB No. 5: Rodríguez went 0-for-3 at the plate with three strikeouts and a walk for the AL. He swiped second following his walk in the sixth, only to be thrown out seconds later after overshooting third trying to take the bag. Despite going hitless on the day, it was still a day to remember for Rodríguez, as his father surprised him prior to the game and watched him play for the first time in the United States.
RANGERS - Cole Winn, RHP TEX No. 3: Winn toed the rubber as the starter for the AL, going one inning before giving way to Rays No.5/MLB No. 71 prospect Shane Baz. Winn allowed just one hit, but that hit was a home run by Reds No. 4 prospect Jose Barrero to open the scoring. Cole Ragans, LHP: Ragans faced four batters in his outing, getting one out. He allowed a two-run homer to Rockies No. 3 prospect Michael Toglia.
BRAVES - Michael Harris II, CF, ATL No. 9: Harris earned the starting nod for the NL in center field and went 0-for-2 before giving way to Giants No. 3 prospect Heliot Ramos. Harris was called out on strikes against Tampa Bay’s Baz in the second, then lined out to AL second baseman Xavier Edwards in the third.
MARLINS - Max Meyer, RHP, MIA No. 3 | MLB No. 20: The first reliever out of the National League bullpen, Meyer faced just two batters and threw only seven pitches. The right-hander got top Orioles prospect Rutschman to fly out left field on just two pitches, then reached 96.2 mph with his first fastball to Pratto. The Royals prospect worked a walk to bring an end to Meyer’s day. Jake Eder, LHP, MIA No. 22: Eder struck out Pedro León swinging on a changeup in the top of the seventh and permitted a single to Riley Greene.
METS - Francisco Álvarez, C, NYM No. 1 | MLB No. 34: After putting on an impressive show during batting practice, Álvarez rocketed a solo homer out to left field in the NL half of the sixth inning. The blast left Álvarez’s bat at 104 mph according to Statcast data.
NATIONALS - Cade Cavalli, RHP, WSH No. 1 | MLB No. 77: Cavalli needed 29 pitches to work his way through the fifth inning but did so unscathed and lit up the radar gun in the process. The righty matched the two walks he issued with two strikeouts and touched 100 miles per hour on three straight fastballs to Boston prospect Downs. With runners at first and second and two outs, Cavalli whiffed Yankees prospect Dominguez on a 99.6 mph fastball to escape the inning with no damage done to the NL’s pitching effort.
PHILLIES - Bryson Stott, 2B, PHI No. 2: Though he didn’t get a hit for the National League, Stott still reached base twice. The infielder beat out a play at first after hitting a comebacker to the mound that tied up AL pitcher Cole Ragans for an error in the third. One inning later, Stott struck out swinging but reached first on a wild pitch by Josh Winder.
BREWERS - Ethan Small, LHP, MIL No. 4: Small was the final man out of the National League bullpen and fired two-thirds of an inning with three hits and two earned runs allowed. He struck out Jasson Dominguez and Julio Rodríguez to close the NL’s 8-3 victory.
CARDINALS - Matthew Liberatore, LHP, STL No. 1 | MLB No. 27: Liberatore got the start for the National League team and worked a 1-2-3 first frame, retiring a trio of top 10 prospects in Bobby Witt Jr., Jarred Kelenic and Julio Rodríguez. Nolan Gorman, 3B, STL No. 2 | MLB No. 28: Gorman started at third base for the NL All-Stars and went 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI double in the third inning. He yielded the hot corner as planned to Mets prospect Brett Baty after the game’s first three frames.
CUBS - Brennen Davis, OF, CHC No. 2 | MLB No. 45: Davis was named MVP of the 2021 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, taking home the Larry Doby award after a 2-for-3 performance which featured a pair of solo home runs. Manuel Rodríguez, RHP: Rodríguez registered a scoreless sixth inning for the NL All-Stars, allowing just one walk and striking out No. 82 overall prospect Tyler Soderstrom.
PIRATES - Quinn Priester, RHP, PIT No. 2 | MLB No. 37: Priester fired two-thirds of an inning during the middle portion of Sunday’s prospect showcase, allowing one walk and striking out White Sox prospect Yoelqui Cespedes.
REDS - Nick Lodolo, LHP, CIN No. 1 | MLB No. 43: Lodolo faced the top of the AL All-Stars lineup and tallied a scoreless inning of work, punctuating his outing with a strikeout of Top 10 prospect Julio Rodríguez. Jose Barrero, SS, CIN No. 4 | MLB No. 85: Barrero started the game at shortstop and posted an impressive 1-for-2 game which featured two runs scored, a first inning home run, and a base on balls.
D-BACKS - Alek Thomas, OF, ARI No. 4 | MLB No. 62: Thomas went 0-for-2 with a strikeout at the plate, but he still found a way to make the highlight reels. Thomas made a nice leaping catch on a 112.7 mph liner to rob Royals No. 1/MLB No. 7 prospect Bobby Witt Jr. of extra bases.
DODGERS - Michael Busch, 2B, LAD No. 3 | MLB No. 81: Busch made the most of his one at-bat, slapping a single to the right side in the sixth inning. He came on as a defensive replacement in the fifth inning. Andre Jackson, RHP, LAD No. 27: Jackson came into the game in the second inning, relieving Marlins No. 3/MLB No. 20 prospect Max Meyer. The 6-foot-3 righty held the AL to just one hit in an inning pitched.
GIANTS - Marco Luciano, SS, SF No. 1 | MLB No. 12: Luciano showed off his solid approach at the plate during his performance, working a walk in one of his two plate appearances. Heliot Ramos, OF, SF No. 3 | MLB No. 63: Ramos only made it to the plate once on the day, striking out against Orioles prospect Marcos Diplan in the fifth.
PADRES - Luis Campusano, C, SD No. 3 | MLB No. 31: Campusano started the game behind the dish for the NL, guiding the pitching staff through four shutout innings. He ended his day at the plate 0-for-1, but the 22-year-old notched an RBI in the third on a sacrifice fly to left.
ROCKIES - Michael Toglia, 1B, COL No. 3: Toglia gave the hometown crowd something to cheer about in the third inning, smashing a two-run homer 444 feet to left-center. His homer sparked a four-run rally in the inning for the NL as they extended their lead to 5-0. He ended his day 1-for-3 at the dish. Ryan Vilade, OF, COL No. 4: Vilade served as the DH for the NL to start the game. He went 0-for-2 at the plate with two groundouts. Willie MacIver, C, COL No. 30: MacIver took over for Padres No. 3/MLB No. 31 prospect Luis Campusano behind the plate and picked up right where he left off, helping the NL pitching staff work two more scoreless innings before the AL scored three in the seventh. Mariners No. 2/MLB. No. 5 prospect Julio Rodríguez stole second in the sixth, but MacIver wasn’t about to be fooled twice, nabbing him in his attempt to steal third. At the plate, MacIver went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts.