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O's get Futures Game star in haul for Machado

Diaz highlights package of 5 prospects coming from Dodgers
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BALTIMORE -- The rumors, speculation and wondering has come to an end. The barrage of questions over. Manny Machado exited Nationals Park after the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night as a member of the Orioles for the final time, with a deal between Baltimore and the Los Angeles Dodgers consummated on Wednesday night.

The trade nets the Orioles five prospects -- outfielder Yusniel Diaz, third baseman Rylan Bannon, right-hander Dean Kremer, righty Zach Pop and second baseman Breyvic Valera. And regardless of whether some, none or all of those prospects ultimately pan out, there will be no filling the shoes of the 26-year-old superstar Machado.

BALTIMORE -- The rumors, speculation and wondering has come to an end. The barrage of questions over. Manny Machado exited Nationals Park after the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday night as a member of the Orioles for the final time, with a deal between Baltimore and the Los Angeles Dodgers consummated on Wednesday night.

The trade nets the Orioles five prospects -- outfielder Yusniel Diaz, third baseman Rylan Bannon, right-hander Dean Kremer, righty Zach Pop and second baseman Breyvic Valera. And regardless of whether some, none or all of those prospects ultimately pan out, there will be no filling the shoes of the 26-year-old superstar Machado.

"This is a bittersweet day for the Orioles and our club. We watched Manny grow up in our franchise over the past eight years, we all know what an exceptional talent he is," executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. "From the great plays he made to his elite hitting, he's always going to be an important part of this club's history."

Since first hitting the big leagues at 19 during the Orioles' 2012 run to the postseason, Machado has been one of the faces of the franchise and a key cog in three playoff appearances over the past five years. A fan favorite, Gold Glove winner, All-Star and a guy who matured enough to come into his own on and off the field, deftly answering trade questions and handling the spotlight everywhere he went this season.

Remembering Machado's top Orioles moments

Machado, drafted third overall by the O's in 2010, spent the past seven seasons in the big leagues and is a free agent at the end of the season, expected to warrant a record deal. With the last-place Orioles headed into a rebuild, he was their biggest -- but far from only -- viable candidate to be dealt in advance of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Showalter fondly recalls Machado's O's tenure

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"Today is the start of the rebuilding process," Duquette said. "Trading Manny is our first step in a multi-dimensional strategy to build a competitive club in the future."

That strategy involves much more than trades, as Duquette mentioned that ownership is committed to investing in the international market, beefing up scouting and analytics and strengthening several other components of baseball operations.

"The clubs that have been through it recently have given us an intrinsic road map of what to do. ... I think we have a good idea of what it takes to be consistently good," said Duquette, whose contract is up at the end of the year.

"Everybody understands some of the changes that we need to make. Orioles fans should know how deeply committed we are to making the important adjustments. Like I've said before, my heart is in Baltimore and I'd like to make the Orioles into a top contending organization again. Today is a new direction for the organization. I'm glad to be helping the club go in that new direction."

Without Machado, the Orioles are expected to move Tim Beckham to his original position at shortstop. The long-term answer may be more difficult to find and is part of several questions facing the club, which will also look to trade closer Zach Britton, center fielder Adam Jones and reliever Brad Brach to help accelerate the rebuilding process.

Duquette confirmed that the trade interest in Britton is heating up, saying several clubs have "renewed" their interest in the lefty this past week and it looks like he will be the next likely player to be moved.

O's will be central figure in Trade Deadline talk

Of the Machado haul, Diaz is considered the centerpiece. Ranked as Los Angeles' No. 4 prospect and the No. 84 prospect in the game by MLB Pipeline, Diaz is fresh off an impressive performance at Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, becoming the second player to homer twice in the showcase's 20-year history. He's currently playing at Double-A Tulsa.

"We like the depth of the Dodgers' package, we like the quality of the Dodgers package, and we like Yusniel Diaz," Duquette said.

Video: WLD@USA: Diaz clobbers 2-run jack, game-tying HR

Bannon was ranked as the Dodgers' No. 27 prospect and Kremer was No. 28. The 22-year-old Bannon is batting .296/.402/.559 with 17 doubles, six triples, 20 home runs and 61 RBIs in 89 games with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. Kremer had recently been promoted to Double-A. The 22-year-old had a 3.30 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 79 innings at Rancho Cucamonga this season. Pop, 21, is a combined 1-2 with a 1.04 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 30 relief appearances between Class A Great Lakes and Rancho Cucamonga.

Valera is the oldest of the group at 26 and has appeared in 26 games for Los Angeles this season, going 5-for-29. He's hit .284/.350/.433 in 56 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City. The O's tried to acquire Valera this spring with no luck. He was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday, with the other four players headed to Double-A Bowie.

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While news leaked Tuesday night of an agreement, the official word was delayed as the O's looked over medicals. Duquette said it was a rigorous process, given that six players were involved, and that it wasn't concerning despite reports that the deal had hit a snag.

"The expectation that everyone had was this deal was done when we were still in the process created a timeline that we couldn't meet," he said. "We thought it was important for Manny to represent the Orioles in the All-Star Game."

That was also important to Machado, who walked off the field Tuesday knowing that it was likely for the final time in black and orange.

"Clubs have to make the hard decisions," Duquette said, "and when you do that, you can be rewarded in the future."

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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Remembering Machado's top Orioles moments

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The Manny Machado era in Baltimore has come to an end. With the blockbuster trade that sends the shortstop to the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Orioles receiving no. 84 prospect outfielder Yusniel Diaz (as well as third baseman Rylan Bannon, right-hander Dean Kremer, righty Zach Pop and second baseman Breyvic Valera), arguably the biggest star to pass through the organization moves on, taking with him the electrifying highlights he provided Orioles fans on a seemingly nightly basis.

Machado has earned his space on highlight reels with both sides of his game, bringing Camden Yards to its feet with powerful swings of the bat and dropping jaws with masterful use of the glove along with an incredible show of the arm. Machado made his debut for the Orioles at the tender age of 19 and was tasked with adapting to the Majors -- on top of maturing as a person -- in front of everybody's eyes on the biggest stage. The homegrown talent won a place in the heart of nearly every fan of the black and orange, and then some.

The Manny Machado era in Baltimore has come to an end. With the blockbuster trade that sends the shortstop to the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Orioles receiving no. 84 prospect outfielder Yusniel Diaz (as well as third baseman Rylan Bannon, right-hander Dean Kremer, righty Zach Pop and second baseman Breyvic Valera), arguably the biggest star to pass through the organization moves on, taking with him the electrifying highlights he provided Orioles fans on a seemingly nightly basis.

Machado has earned his space on highlight reels with both sides of his game, bringing Camden Yards to its feet with powerful swings of the bat and dropping jaws with masterful use of the glove along with an incredible show of the arm. Machado made his debut for the Orioles at the tender age of 19 and was tasked with adapting to the Majors -- on top of maturing as a person -- in front of everybody's eyes on the biggest stage. The homegrown talent won a place in the heart of nearly every fan of the black and orange, and then some.

Here is just a taste of some of the excitement Machado brought to baseball in Baltimore.

Triple for first hit
Baltimore fans did not need to wait long for proof that the No. 3 overall pick from the 2010 Draft was worth the wait. In his second career plate appearance, Machado, 19 at the time, muscled a curveball the opposite way for a hustle triple and his first career hit. He would triple twice more in his remaining 50 games of 2012, which still stands as his career-high for triples in a season (three).

Video: KC@BAL: Machado triples for his first big league hit

First two career home runs
As if the triple for his first hit wasn't enough to impress, Machado launched his first career home runs in back-to-back at-bats the very next day. The first of which was a solo homer to give Baltimore some breathing room against the eventual Royals, while the second was a three-run blast that blew the game wide open. It was a peek at the untamed power Machado would bring in his 162 home runs as an Oriole.

Video: Must C Classic: Machado rips first two ML homers

Adapting quickly to playing the hot corner
Machado was drafted as a shortstop, and despite moving back to the position in 2018, he made himself a nightly highlight reel at third base. With J.J. Hardy holding a lock on short at the Major League level, Machado was given just two games playing third in the Minors before he made his first Major League start on the hot corner.

But he didn't just hold his own at third -- he thrilled. And no play has been more iconic than faking a throw to first before turning around to chase down Rich Thompson trying to take home on the play. Orioles fans were introduced to his brawn on the diamond and genius as a player.

Video: Must C Caught: Machado fakes throw, catches Thompson

From bobbled ball to incredible play
While Machado is a two-time Gold Glove winner, perhaps his most impressive defensive play came only after a mistake. After bobbling a bouncing ground ball down the third-base line, Machado recovered just before the warning track and fired a bullet across the diamond to throw out New York's Luis Cruz.

It was in the midst of a string of countless web gems from Machado, who went on to win his first of the two Gold Gloves in that 2013 season thanks to plays like that of July 7.

Video: BAL@NYY: Machado shows off strong arm for great play

Return to form amid injury-riddled 2014
The 2013 season ended in a gut-punch for Machado and the Orioles, with the former suffering a season-ending left kneecap injury while legging out an infield single with just six games left in the year. The 2014 campaign -- which was prematurely ended yet again by another knee injury -- didn't allow Machado to play out a full season, but he gave fans enough highlights to seem like he did.

A pair of such moments came a year removed from the iconic warning track throw against the Yankees, which Machado did it again in 2014 -- twice in a game. He robbed Albert Pujols of two sure hits with a combination of his glove and arm in foul territory.

Video: Machado robs Pujols in two straight games

First career walk-off home run
Machado continued his jaw-dropping play in the late-July series against the Angels with his first career walk-off home run on July 29. With Cory Rasmus -- brother of Machado's 2018 teammate Colby Rasmus -- on the mound, Machado launched a 1-2 curveball deep to left in the 12th inning for his first career walk-off homer.

It was yet another shortened season for Machado, bookended by knee injuries. What's worse, it was the Orioles' first American League East title in since 1997 -- and only one of the Machado era -- and the superstar was not able to participate in the postseason.

Video: LAA@BAL: Machado belts a walk-off homer in the 12th

Home Run Derby in 2015
The 2015 season was the first non-winning season for the Orioles in the Machado era, as the team finished 81-81 in third place in the AL East. But it was the best individual season for Machado, as he was finally able to play 162 games and finished fourth in MVP voting -- the highest result of his career so far.

He also participated in the Home Run Derby for the first time of his career, and despite getting edged out by eventual-runner-up Joc Pederson in the first round, he represented Baltimore on the national stage at All-Star Week along with Zach Britton, Adam Jones and Darren O'Day.

Video: HRD Rd 1: Machado hits 12 homers in first round

Two grand slams in less than two weeks
Most Major Leaguers go their whole career never hitting a grand slam. Machado did so twice in the span of 10 days, in April-May 2016. The first made it a 10-2 game against the White Sox; the second was done with a pink bat on Mother's Day to make it 11-3 against Oakland. Both were reminders of the pop of Machado's bat that can come any instant.

Video: CWS@BAL: Machado belts a grand slam to left-center

Video: OAK@BAL: Machado launches a grand slam

Powerful response in feud with Red Sox
When Dustin Pedroia left an April 21 loss to Baltimore last season due to injury after a slide from Machado, the Oriole was forced to play the rest of the 2017 season against Boston with an 'X' on his back. Several times he was thrown at or yelled at by the Fenway faithful or Red Sox players themselves.

Machado responded with some of his best baseball of the 2017 season, which included homers off Chris Sale and David Price along with fantastic defensive plays. In 18 games against the Red Sox in 2017, Machado hit six home runs and five doubles to go along with 13 RBIs.

"If they keep poking Manny, he's going to have about 100 home runs," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said at the time.

Video: BAL@BOS: Machado thrown at in 1st, homers in 7th

Three-homer performance, capped off by walk-off grand slam
Machado went long multiple times in a game on 19 occasions for the Orioles. One of his two three-homer performances came on Aug. 18 of last year for one of his most memorable single-game performances at the plate. Machado ended a back-and-forth affair with the Angels with a swing of the bat in the ninth inning, sending an 0-1 fastball to straightaway center field for yet another grand slam. It came after a solo shot and two-run homer earlier in the game.

Video: LAA@BAL: Machado launches three homers, walk-off slam

A feat for all the World to see
One of the most memorable moments for Machado came outside of wearing an Orioles uniform. Facing elimination in the second round of the 2017 World Baseball Classic, Machado's Dominican Republic team was down 4-2 in the seventh inning against the United States when the slugger stepped up to the plate. Machado rocketed a line drive to deep center, but Jones seemingly came from nowhere to rob his Oriole teammate of a crucial homer. All Machado could do was tip his cap to his long-time teammate as his home run trot took a sharp turn to the dugout.

"It was one of the best catches I've ever seen him make or ever seen being made," Machado said at the time. "Unfortunately he robbed me, but better him than somebody else."

Video: Must C Catch: Jones robs homer, Machado tips his cap

Zachary Silver is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore. Follow him on Twitter at @zachsilver.

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How'd the Orioles fare in the Machado trade?

Analyzing the prospect haul Baltimore got from the Dodgers
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The season long speculation over whether the Orioles would trade Manny Machado reached a fever pitch during Tuesday night's All-Star Game as news broke that the Dodgers were moving toward a deal to acquire the four-time All-Star.

Roughly 24 hours later, following a brief holdup over medical exams, the deal was completed, with the Dodgers sending a prospect package of Yusniel Diaz, Dean Kremer, Rylan Bannon, Zach Pop and Breyvic Valera to Baltimore in exchange for the 26-year-old shortstop.

The season long speculation over whether the Orioles would trade Manny Machado reached a fever pitch during Tuesday night's All-Star Game as news broke that the Dodgers were moving toward a deal to acquire the four-time All-Star.

Roughly 24 hours later, following a brief holdup over medical exams, the deal was completed, with the Dodgers sending a prospect package of Yusniel Diaz, Dean Kremer, Rylan Bannon, Zach Pop and Breyvic Valera to Baltimore in exchange for the 26-year-old shortstop.

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That Baltimore managed to get five quality prospects for Machado, a free agent at the end of the season, was a win for an Orioles organization in need of high-ceiling players as well as high-probability depth pieces on its farm.

For comparison, the Arizona Diamondbacks dealt a trio of prospects a year ago to Detroit in exchange for soon-to-be free agent slugger J.D. Martinez. In that trade, the D-backs parted with three infield prospects in Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King. None of the three were MLB Pipeline Top 100 prospects at the time, although Lugo and Alcantara both ranked among the Top 30 in the Tigers' system, checking in at No. 4 and No. 15, respectively.

Four of the five players acquired in the Machado trade immediately slot into the O's Top 30 prospects list, and all but one has experience at the Double-A level. It's a considerable haul by all standards -- especially for a second-half rental poised to test the free-agent market after the season.

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Diaz, MLB Pipeline's No. 84 prospect, headlines the Orioles' return in the deal and checks in as the club's new No. 2 prospect, behind third baseman Ryan Mountcastle. What's more, the 21-year-old outfielder joins the organization just days after he showcased his potential to a national audience by hitting a pair of impressive home runs in Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

Video: WLD@USA: Diaz clobbers 2-run jack, game-tying HR

Signed for $31 million ($15.5 million for his bonus and an equal amount in penalty tax) in November 2015 -- seven months after the then 18-year-old had defected from Cuba -- Diaz spent most of his first two years holding his own as one of the youngest regulars in the Class A Advanced California League before advancing to Double-A Tulsa in late 2017 and raking during the final month of the season. Returning to the Texas League this season, Diaz broke out in earnest by hitting .314/.428/.477 with 20 extra-base hits and more walks (41) than strikeouts (39) in 59 games.

Overall, Diaz possesses the across-the-board tools needed to become an impactful big league regular for the Orioles in the coming years --- perhaps even an All-Star if he can add more power to his game.

The other prospects acquired in the deal may not have a Diaz-like ceiling, but all four have the potential to develop into big league contributors in some capacity.

Kremer, No. 13 on the O's Top 30, shows the makings of becoming a future big league starter with a four-pitch mix that includes a plus fastball and an above-average curveball. That deep arsenal helped the 22-year-old righty amass 114 strikeouts over 79 innings in the California League, and he added to that total by striking out 11 over seven scoreless innings earlier this month in his Double-A debut.

Pop (O's No. 29), meanwhile, has also enjoyed a breakout campaign thus far, pitching to a 1.04 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP with 47 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings across two levels, including Double-A. The 21-year-old right-hander befuddles hitters on both sides of the plate, inducing a combination of whiffs and weak contact with a fastball-slider pairing from a low arm slot. He has the pure stuff needed to carve out a late-inning bullpen role in the big leagues, perhaps even a closer if he can further improve his breaking ball and refine his command.

Speaking of breakout campaigns, Bannon, the O's new No. 17 prospect, was leading the California League in both home runs (20) and slugging (.559) in his first full season at the time of Wednesday's trade. The 2017 eighth-rounder has shown he can hit for average too, with a selectively-aggressive approach that results in some swing-and-miss but also nets him plenty of walks.

The 22-year-old may be more impressive with the glove. He has range to both sides and comes in on balls well, and he possesses soft hands as well as solid arm strength. He could be a plus defender, either at third base or the keystone, with more consistency, and if it all clicks, Bannon could bcome a valuable utility infielder if not a regular.

Valera, on the other hand, is a super utility player who has seen time at every position, save for first base over nine professional seasons. But while the 26-year-old switch-hitter has a strong track record of hitting in the Minors, with a .302 average in over 850 games, he's produced just a .154 average in 25 games as a big leaguer.

As with all prospects, time and patience will be key in determining the long-term impact of Wednesday's trade. On paper, however, the Orioles did well, netting an emerging, high-upside talent in Diaz while also addressing their system deficiencies with the acquisition of several potential big league contributors.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Showalter fondly recalls Machado's O's tenure

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It was 10 minutes before last Sunday's game between the Orioles and the Rangers was about to resume after a rain delay. Manny Machado had already hit a home run on this day, his 24th. But while both teams were off the field, O's executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette had asked his manager, Buck Showalter, not to put Machado back into the game on a wet field, even though it seems that the field at Camden Yards has been wet all season, a season that has been underwater in all ways.

And even though nothing had been finalized on the trade to the Dodgers that was about to end Machado's Orioles career, both people in the room knew Machado wasn't just on his way out of this game, but on his way out of town as soon as he played the All-Star Game in Washington.

It was 10 minutes before last Sunday's game between the Orioles and the Rangers was about to resume after a rain delay. Manny Machado had already hit a home run on this day, his 24th. But while both teams were off the field, O's executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette had asked his manager, Buck Showalter, not to put Machado back into the game on a wet field, even though it seems that the field at Camden Yards has been wet all season, a season that has been underwater in all ways.

And even though nothing had been finalized on the trade to the Dodgers that was about to end Machado's Orioles career, both people in the room knew Machado wasn't just on his way out of this game, but on his way out of town as soon as he played the All-Star Game in Washington.

On Wednesday night, Machado's trade to Los Angeles came to fruition. The O's will receive outfielder Yusniel Diaz, third baseman Rylan Bannon, right-hander Dean Kremer, righty Zach Pop and second baseman Breyvic Valera in return.

Ranked as Los Angeles' No. 4 prospect and the No. 84 prospect in the game by MLB Pipeline, Diaz is the most talented player in the group, with Bannon (No. 27) and Kremer (No. 28) also ranked among the club's Top 30.

"I gotta call him in," Showalter said. "Manny's got his spikes back on, the game's about to start back up. I tell him that I'm pulling him and then he gives me that look. And what the look says to me is: 'This is it.' And just like that, it got real emotional. I said, 'Manny, I've got to be honest with you. It looks like they must have something in place. And if they don't, they're close to having something in place. And they don't want to take a chance on you getting hurt.'

"Now he says, 'Where am I going? Buck, if you know, tell me where I'm going.' I told him the truth, because I didn't, but I said, 'If I knew, I would tell you.'"

Showalter paused now. He has seen every game Machado has played in the big leagues the way Mike Scioscia has seen every game Mike Trout has played in the big leagues. Showalter had managed Don Mattingly in New York, even though when he became the Yankees' manager, Mattingly wasn't the same hitter he'd been when he was young. He briefly managed Alex Rodriguez in Texas, when Rodriguez was young. And now Showalter had seen Machado grow up and grow into being one of the best baseball players in the world.

Players move. They get traded, the way Machado does now. They become free agents, which Machado has a right to become after this season. Managers move, mostly because most of them get fired eventually. Baltimore is Buck Showalter's fourth stop as a big league manager. Rules of the road.

Still, after Showalter had watched Machado play third base and shortstop for him, play 860 regular-season games across seven years -- seven more games in the postseason -- they both knew they were saying goodbye in Showalter's office Sunday afternoon, after all the rumors about Machado that have dominated the season in Baltimore as much as all the losing has.

"There's a part of me hoping that when we both find out now, it's with a phone call, that when it is official, we don't have to do it again in my office," Showalter said. "That would not be pretty."

He paused again and said, "Listen, I know how the industry operates. But there's a part of me that believes that he shouldn't be leaving Baltimore. I get why he is. But that doesn't mean I have to like it."

Then Showalter was talking about the last 96 games Machado played for the Orioles, with those 24 homers and 65 RBIs and a .315 batting average and a .387 on-base percentage and an OPS of .963, on a team that can't win.

"He's had such little protection," Showalter said. "If you had told me that he'd have 65 RBIs the way our offense has been, with all the focus on him, I wouldn't have believed you. There's been times when [O's bench coach] John Russell has said to me, 'Can you believe they're pitching to him?'"

Showalter remembered when Machado first came up to the big leagues as a third baseman, in 2012.

"We knew that he would impact the club defensively until he figured out the offensive part of it," Showalter said. "The biggest jump in all of professional sports is from the pitching you see in the Minors and the pitching you see in the big leagues."

Then everybody, starting with Machado's manager, watched him grow into his body, and into his immense talent for baseball.

"Have I had my moments with him?" Showalter said. "Of course we've had our moments. But I never lost sight of how pure he is, what I call the pureness of his baseball heart. And you could never lose sight of the competitor in him. You push him into a corner, he'll come out firing. You throw at him once too often, he will come at [you].

"He is as talented as they come. He has been focused this season, knowing that stakes for him, from the first pitch of Spring Training. And even over the last two weeks, with all the rumors swirling, he has played [well at] shortstop. To the end, he's done the thing he can do that not many can, which is play this game with imagination."

Showalter saw it all from Machado, from the time he got to Baltimore at the age of 20. Now he will watch him do it in Los Angeles. It's the industry. Buck gets it. Doesn't mean the guy who used to be the only guy to ever manage Manny Machado in the big leagues has to like it.

Mike Lupica is a columnist for MLB.com. He also writes for the New York Daily News.

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Wednesday's top prospect performers

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.

Very few hitters are hotter than Ryan Mountcastle right now and the Orioles' top prospect continued to rake in Double-A Bowie's 5-3 loss to Altoona.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.

Very few hitters are hotter than Ryan Mountcastle right now and the Orioles' top prospect continued to rake in Double-A Bowie's 5-3 loss to Altoona.

:: Complete prospect coverage ::

Mountcastle, the No. 79 overall prospect, has a hit in 16 of his past 17 games after going 2-for-4 with a homer. Mountcastle has also homered in back-to-back games and is 5-for-13 (.385) in the three games since Sunday's Futures Game.

The 21-year-old has certainly played well lately, but the truth is he's pretty much hit all year, although his season got off to a bit of a late start because of a fractured hand. Mountcastle hit .278 in May, then bumped that up to .324 in June and has a ridiculous .357 average through 13 games in July.

While Mountcastle's calling card has always been his ability to hit, it's important to note that he's hitting well this year while also learning to play a new position. After coming up as a shortstop, the 2015 first-round pick was shifted to third late in 2017. After playing 37 games at the corner last year (as well as in the Arizona Fall League), Mountcastle has played third base exclusively in 2018.

Mountcastle goes yard

Overall Mountcastle is hitting .318/.366/.528 with 10 homers and 40 RBIs through 62 games.

Other top prospect performances from Wednesday's action:

• No. 6 overall prospect Brendan Rodgers (Rockies' No. 1) came up clutch with a pair of walk-off hits as Double-A Hartford swept a doubleheader against Reading. Rodgers went 2-for-3 with a walk-off single in Game 1 and then won the second game, which he finished 1-for-3, with a two-run double.

Rodgers hits a walk-off

• No. 34 overall prospect Taylor Trammell (Reds' No. 3) went 2-for-4 with a double and his first homer since late May for Class A Advanced Daytona. Trammell, who won the Futures Game MVP on Sunday, is 4-for-12 in three games back with Daytona. Jose Siri (Reds' No. 7) also had a big night at the plate, hitting a pair of homers and finishing 3-for-5 with four RBIs for Double-A Pensacola.

• No. 72 overall prospect Stephen Gonsalves (Twins' No. 4) was dominant once again. The lefty, who has struggled with command this season, walked five, but still threw six scoreless frames for Triple-A Rochester. Gonsalves has given up one earned run or less in six straight starts and has a 3.34 ERA through 14 starts with Rochester this season.

Gonsalves finishes strong

Astros No. 29 prospect Brandon Bailey was unhittable as he extended his scoreless streak for Class A Advanced Buies Creek. Bailey, who hasn't given up a run over his past three starts (16 innings), cruised through five hitless innings. The right-hander issued a pair of walks and struck out five while throwing 34 of his 55 pitches for strikes.

Cardinals No. 7 prospect Randy Arozarena was perfect at the plate in the first two-homer game of his career. Playing for Double-A Springfield, Arozarena went 4-for-4 with two homers, a double, four RBIs and four runs scored. The 23-year-old hit a solo homer in the fifth and then, needing a triple for the cycle, went deep again -- this time a two-run shot -- in the seventh.

Watch: Arozarena goes yard

Marlins No. 27 prospect Tyler Kolek and Osiris Johnson, the club's second-round pick from the 2018 Draft turned in strong performances in the Rookie-level GCL. Kolek, making his first appearance since August 2017, gave up one hit in a scoreless inning. Offensively, Johnson put together the best game of his young pro career, going 4-for-6. The 17-year-old, doubled, hit his first homer, drove in three runs, scored three runs and stole a base.

Red Sox No. 3 prospect Tanner Houck spun his second scoreless start of the season for Class A Advanced Salem, yielding five hits over six innings. The outing was a nice bounceback start for Houck after he had given up five runs over six innings in his last start. The right-hander also showed strong command in the outing as he struck out seven and issued just one walk. Red Sox No. 9 prospect Mike Shawaryn also had a good day on the mound, firing six innings of one-run ball in a win for Double-A Portland.

Yankees No. 26 prospect Garrett Whitlock has been lights out this season and that continued in his debut with Double-A Trenton. The right-hander posted a 1.55 ERA through 87 1/3 innings with Class A Charleston and Class A Advanced Tampa before being promoted to the Thunder where he spun five scoreless frames. Whitlock struggled with his command as he walked five and didn't record a strikeout, but only gave up three hits and kept himself out of trouble.

• Astros fourth-round pick Alex McKenna hit his first two homers for Class A Short Season Tri-City. The 20-year-old, who finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs, has hits in nine of his past 10 games and is slashing .288/.386/.475 through the first 16 games of his professional career.

Watch: McKenna launches 2nd homer of game

• Kevin Woodall, the Cardinals' 10th-round pick from the 2018 Draft, hit a trio of homers as he finished 3-for-3 for Rookie-level Johnson City. Woodall, who also drew two walks, hit a two-run homer in the first, a solo shot in the fifth and capped his night with another two-run blast in the seventh.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

O's will be central figure in Trade Deadline talk

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BALTIMORE -- The last-place Orioles have had a rough first half of the season, with the past week dominated by the lead-up to Wednesday's trade of superstar shortstop Manny Machado to the Dodgers. As the second half begins, the O's will face the tough task of selling off pieces and trying to engineer a rebuild.

Making matters tougher, of course, is the uncertain state of the front office. Both executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter have contracts expiring at the end of the year. With plenty of things in flux, here's a look at where the Orioles stand going into the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

BALTIMORE -- The last-place Orioles have had a rough first half of the season, with the past week dominated by the lead-up to Wednesday's trade of superstar shortstop Manny Machado to the Dodgers. As the second half begins, the O's will face the tough task of selling off pieces and trying to engineer a rebuild.

Making matters tougher, of course, is the uncertain state of the front office. Both executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter have contracts expiring at the end of the year. With plenty of things in flux, here's a look at where the Orioles stand going into the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

Current status: Seller
The O's have trailed in the American League East by double digits since May, making this an easy choice as the Trade Deadline nears. They'll be willing to deal any of their pending free agents and will listen in on other players in the coming weeks.

What they are seeking
Infield help, pitching.

The Machado deal highlights the lack of infield depth in the organization and there's no real help on the way. Getting a few infield prospects and pitching with upside -- always an area of need -- could go a long way in helping to accelerate a rebuild.

What they have to offer
Closer Zach Britton, center fielder Adam Jones and reliever Brad Brach are among those who are viable trade candidates.

Possible scenario
Britton seems to be the logical candidate to be traded after Machado, and there's plenty of interest in the lefty around the league. The Astros have long coveted Britton (a deal last July fell through) and are considered to be one of the most aggressive suitors, having sent their Opening Day closer, Ken Giles, to Triple-A last week.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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Dodgers looming, Machado keeps level head

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WASHINGTON -- Orioles shortstop Manny Machado played five innings in Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, going hitless in two at-bats and leaving shortly before 11 p.m. ET in what is expected to be his swan song in black and orange.

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WASHINGTON -- Orioles shortstop Manny Machado played five innings in Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, going hitless in two at-bats and leaving shortly before 11 p.m. ET in what is expected to be his swan song in black and orange.

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The O's are closing in on a deal that would send the 26-year-old superstar to the Dodgers, multiple sources confirmed to MLB.com late Tuesday night. The deal is not done, though it's close enough that -- barring a medical issue -- it would be a major upset if Machado isn't traded before Friday.

What Baltimore would get back is one of the items still being worked out.

MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal -- who interviewed Machado in the American League dugout during the All-Star Game -- first reported that the deal is "happening," though Machado said he hadn't heard anything.

"It was a tremendous honor to wear this uniform," Machado said of the possible finality of him in an Orioles jersey. "They gave me the opportunity to come up and play in the big leagues. ... If this is the last time, hopefully I treated them well and did everything I can for the organization."

Video: Machado discusses trade rumors, his fresh haircut

Machado did not talk to the media upon leaving Nationals Park, but he stopped to speak to former O's teammate Nick Markakis and hugged family and friends in the tunnel.

Machado will be a free agent after this season, but even if he ends up a half-season rental for the Dodgers, he could be a huge difference-maker in the National League West race. The Dodgers, who entered the All-Star break leading the division by a half-game over the D-backs at 53-43, lost star shortstop Corey Seager for the season due to Tommy John surgery. And Machado is having a career year offensively, hitting .315 with 24 home runs and 65 RBIs entering the second half.

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Machado declined Tuesday afternoon to talk about what it might be like to join a team such as the Dodgers, and he also didn't want to speculate about whether he'd still be with the Orioles when they travel to Toronto to open the second half later this week.

"I don't expect anything, to be honest," Machado said. "I'm not trying to worry about it. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, I'll be there [in Toronto]."

Video: Machado talks about his potential landing spot

The Orioles -- seeking young, controllable pitchers this offseason when dangling Machado -- have now aggressively pursued the best package possible. Of particular interest to the O's, who love power hitters, would be 21-year-old Yusniel Diaz, who is with the Dodgers' Double-A club. Diaz hit two home runs in Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and is ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the Dodgers' organization, according to MLB Pipeline.

Tweet from @Ken_Rosenthal: Barring last-minute change, #Orioles��� return for Machado will include only prospects, no #Dodgers major leaguers, sources tell The Athletic.

According to NBC Los Angeles, the deal also includes right-hander Dustin May (Dodgers' No. 10 prospect, per MLB Pipeline) and middle infielder Errol Robinson (No. 18), with the Orioles sending the Dodgers cash and potentially international bonus pool money. The clubs have not confirmed.

Tweet from @michaeljduarte: Sources believe the deal agreed upon between #Dodgers and #Orioles is Yusniel Diaz, Dustin May, and Errol Robinson heading to Baltimore for Manny Machado and cash and possibly bonus pool $. Again, not official as teams have yet to announce. Still fluid.

New York Post's Joel Sherman weighed in as well, reporting that the deal could include as many as five prospects going to Baltimore.

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Considered the best available player in advance of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, Machado has been linked to more than a half-dozen teams, though suitors started to bow out as talks progressed. The O's took Machado out of Sunday's game in the fifth inning due to muddy field conditions, tipping their hand as to just how close they are to dealing the superstar.

Machado is expected to be the first of several potential midseason trades for the Orioles, who have gotten interest about pending free agents, including closer Zach Britton, reliever Brad Brach and center fielder Adam Jones.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

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The American League's All-Star shortstops had to simultaneously flee when a pregame liner came their way

When a baseball is hit in your direction, reactions tend to vary based on quality of contact. If it's a popup, then you might have a chance at a souvenir! If it's a line drive? Watch out. That rule even goes for All-Stars.

Tuesday's top prospect performers

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.

To say Estevan Florial's rehab assignment is going well would be an understatement. The Yankees' No. 1 prospect (No. 37 overall) has been on fire at the plate and that continued as he posted his fifth straight multihit effort in the Rookie-Level GCL Yankees East's 3-1 loss to the Tigers West.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.

To say Estevan Florial's rehab assignment is going well would be an understatement. The Yankees' No. 1 prospect (No. 37 overall) has been on fire at the plate and that continued as he posted his fifth straight multihit effort in the Rookie-Level GCL Yankees East's 3-1 loss to the Tigers West.

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The 20-year-old, who missed the bulk of two months due to a broken hamate bone, showed off some extra-base pop as well as his 70-grade speed in a perfect 4-for-4 game at the plate. Florial doubled and tripled in the game, his fourth straight with at least one extra-base hit.

Florial, who was hitting .246 through 36 games with Class A Advanced Tampa prior to his injury, is hitting .548 (17-for-31) over nine games in the GCL and has recorded at least one hit in eight of those contests.

Other top prospect performances from Tuesday's action:

• Baseball's No. 1 overall prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s (Blue Jays' No. 1) rehab assignment is also going quite well. After going 3-for-9 with a pair of doubles across three games with the Rookie-level GCL Blue Jays, Guerrero was bumped up to Class A Advanced Dunedin where he promptly came through with a two-run double in his first at-bat. Guerrero, who later added a singled and finished 2-for-4, will reportedly be promoted to Triple-A Buffalo once his rehab is complete.

• No. 22 overall prospect Brendan McKay (Rays' No. 3) was perfect through four innings in a rehab start with the Rookie-level GCL Rays. The lefty, who was placed on the DL after experiencing tightness in his right oblique, struck out seven of the 12 batters he faced.

• No. 66 overall prospect Alex Kirilloff (Twins' No. 3) hit his 15th homer of the season as part of a multihit effort for Class A Advanced Fort Myers. Kirilloff put the Miracle on the board in the first with an RBI double then showcased some pop with a solo homer in the sixth before finishing 2-for-4.

• No. 79 overall prospect Ryan Mountcastle (Orioles' No. 1) and DJ Stewart (Orioles' No. 10) each doubled and homered in their respective games. Mountcastle, playing for Double-A Bowie, finished 2-for-5 at the plate, while Stewart (Triple-A Norfolk), turned in a 2-for-4 effort.

Watch: Mountcastle goes yard

Cardinals No. 9 prospect Austin Gomber was nearly unhittable for Triple-A Memphis. The 24-year-old lefty yielded just one hit, a single in the fifth, as he cruised through five scoreless frames. Gomber threw 49 of his 80 pitches for strikes, issued two walks and struck out six. Through 12 appearances (11 starts), Gomber has posted a 3.42 ERA for the Redbirds.

Marlins No. 5 prospect Trevor Rogers picked up his first professional win in a quality start for Class A Greensboro. The lefty, a 2017 first-round pick, set a career high with eight strikeouts over six innings. Rogers threw 63 of his 93 pitches for strikes, yielded seven hits and surrendered a pair of runs.

Padres No. 12 prospect Jacob Nix bounced back from a sub-par start with six strong innings for Double-A San Antonio. Nix, who gave up one run and lowered his season ERA to 1.88, scattered five hits and walked two. The 22-year-old also threw 58 of his 88 pitches for strikes and racked up five strikeouts after failing to record any in his last start.

White Sox No. 21 prospect Evan Skoug did a little bit of everything for Class A Kannapolis. Skoug, who has struggled this year and is hitting .203 through 63 games, set a career high with four RBIs as he went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.

• Grayson Rodriguez, the Orioles first-round pick from the 2018 Draft, kept his professional ERA at 0.00 with another strong start in the GCL. Rodriguez struck out one over two innings and has totaled four strikeouts, while giving up three hits over five innings to begin his career.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

Monday's top prospect performers

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.

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As some of Major League Baseball's top sluggers showcased their power in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, Jasrado Chisholm put on his own power clinic in a career performance.

The D-backs' No. 3 prospect broke out of his recent slump to hit a pair of home runs and set career highs with five hits and five RBIs while leading Class A Kane County over Dayton, 13-4. He finished 5-for-6 at the plate and also tied his career best with four runs.

Batting second for the Cougars, Chisholm put his team on the board with an RBI triple and scored one batter latter. The 20-year-old shortstop homered in his next two trips to the plate, connecting on a solo blast in the next frame and then adding a two-run shot in the fourth for his second multihomer game of the year.

Chisholm's second homer

Chisholm's sixth-inning single marked his fourth hit of the game and left him a double short of the cycle, though he would fail to accomplish the feat in his final two trips the plate, popping out to short in the seventh before delivering an RBI single in the ninth.

The Bahamas native had been 1-for-21 with eight strikeouts over his previous five games before erupting for five hits on Monday to improve his season average from .233 to .244. He's produced a .783 OPS in 76 games overall and is tied for second in the Midwest League with 15 home runs.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Monday

• After earning Prospect Team of the Week honors earlier in the day, No. 37 overall prospect Estevan Florial (Yankees' No. 1) homered for a second straight game, stole a base and scored two runs before finishing 2-for-4 in a rehab game in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. The 20-year-old outfielder has posted four consecutive multihit games as well as a .482 average through eight games in the GCL. More important, Florial's three home runs in that span are an encouraging sign after he missed the better part of two months due to a broken hamate in his hand.

• No. 52 overall prospect Alex Faedo (Tigers' No. 3) secured his first Double-A victory with seven scoreless frames as Erie blanked Richmond, 2-0. He mixed three hits with a walk and four strikeouts in the performance while throwing 59 of 88 pitches for strikes. In his first professional season, the 22-year-old Faedo, a first-round pick in 2017, owns a 3.28 ERA with a 1.03 WHIP and .208 opponents' average in 82 1/3 innings (16 starts).

Faedo notches a strikeout

A's No. 23 prospect Wyatt Marks posted six scoreless frames for a second time in three starts as Class A Beloit edged West Michigan, 3-2, in 12 innings. He racked up nine strikeouts, tying his second best single-game total this season, over 94 pitches (55 strikes) in the outing, allowing three hits and three walks. A 13th-round pick in the 2017 Draft, Marks has pitched to a 3.58 ERA with 111 strikeouts across 93 innings (18 games/16 starts) in the Midwest League.

Watch: Marks strikes out 9th batter

Brewers No. 3 prospect Lucas Erceg went 4-for-4 with a solo homer and also reached once via a walk in a perfect night at the plate for Double-A Biloxi. The 23-year-old third baseman's homer was his second in as many days as well as his fifth in the last nine games, giving him a total of 11 home runs in 88 games for the season. Overall, Erceg is slashing .256/.319/.408 in his first Double-A campaign after producing a .259/.310/.421 last season with Class A Advanced Carolina.

Erceg goes yard

Dodgers No. 21 prospect Tony Gonsolin tossed six strong innings, allowing two earned runs on eight hits to earn the win his Double-A Tulsa debut. He struck out eight, threw 62 of his 91 pitches for strikes and did not issue a walk in the outing. Gonsolin, a 24-year-old righty, received a promotion to Tulsa after posting a 2.71 ERA with 114 strikeouts and 26 walks in 89 2/3 innings (18 starts) with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.

Nationals No. 15 prospect Jakson Reetz hit a pair of home runs as he recorded three hits for a second straight game in Class A Advanced Potomac's win over Frederick. The 22-year-old catcher hit a solo homer in the fifth inning and added a two-run shot in the following frame to finish 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Reetz's first ever multihomer game pushed his season total to five homers, a new career high after he totaled four home runs in each of the last two years.

• Another member of MLB Pipeline's latest PTOW, Orioles No. 4 prospect DL Hall made a case for earning repeat honors as he tossed six innings of one-run ball with a career-high 10 strikeouts en route to his second straight win for Class A Delmarva. The 19-year-old lefty has been stellar over his past seven starts, registering a 0.55 ERA with 38 strikeouts and 17 hits allowed in 32 2/3 innings.

Padres No. 14 prospect Josh Naylor and Austin Allen (No. 27) combined to record three extra-base hits and five RBIs in Double-A San Antonio's 9-3 win over Midland. Naylor started in left field and paced the offense with a 2-for-4 performance that included a pair of doubles, two runs scored and three RBIs. Allen, meanwhile, connected on his 14th home run, a two-run shot in the sixth inning, before finishing 2-for-5.

Naylor clears the bases

• Pirates 2018 fourth-rounder Aaron Shortridge permitted one earned run on three hits over five innings in a no-decision for Class A Short Season West Virginia. The 21-year-old righty struck out nine, his highest total in six professional starts, and threw 51 of his 71 pitches for strikes. He's compiled 30 strikeouts and five walks along with a 3.52 ERA in 23 innings to begin his career.

• Rockies first-rounder Ryan Rolison (No. 22 overall pick) yielded one hit, walked one and recorded four strikeouts over three scoreless innings for Rookie-level Grand Junction in his second professional start. The 21-year-old lefty was 10-4 with a 3.70 ERA and averaged 11.1 strikeouts-per-nine with Mississippi this past spring as a Draft-eligible sophomore.

• Royals third-rounder Kyle Isbel hit two home runs and a double as he recorded his second four-hit game as a professional. The 21-year-old outfielder finished the game 4-for-5 with a career-high four RBIs for Rookie-level Idaho Falls. He's hitting .381 overall, with 15 extra-base hits (four homers) and 12 steals in 25 games.

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How every team's players fared at Futures Game

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The 20th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game had no shortage of big moments, with the two sides combining for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park.

The 20th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game had no shortage of big moments, with the two sides combining for eight home runs -- doubling the previous Futures Game record -- as Team USA outslugged the World, 10-6, on All-Star Sunday at Nationals Park.

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Below is a recap of each player's performance, with a breakdown of each club's representatives.

ANGELS
Jo Adell, OF, LAA No. 1 | MLB No. 36
Adell went 1-for-4, but it wasn't for a lack of contact, which has been a concern early in his career. Adell grounded out to Fernando Tatis Jr. in the first, then popped out twice and hit a sac fly.

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ASTROS
Yordan Alvarez, OF/1B, HOU No. 3 | MLB No. 51
Playing in his second straight Futures Game, Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a walk, and he drew widespread attention, both on the field and in the social realms, for his 6-foot-5, 225-pound frame.

ATHLETICS
Jesus Luzardo, LHP, OAK No. 1 | MLB No. 20
Luzardo started for the World Team and pitched the first two innings, giving up three hits and an earned run in the first inning. Luzardo reached 97 mph on his four-seamer, while showing movement on many of his secondary pitches, particularly the two-seamer and slider. As he has over parts of his young career, Luzardo struggled with command. But scouting reports suggest that once Luzardo finds control, he possesses top-of-the-rotation stuff.

Video: WLD@USA: Luzardo strikes out Hiura, Jansen in the 2nd

BLUE JAYS
Bo Bichette, SS/2B, TOR No. 2 | MLB No. 7
Toronto's incredibly talented hitter finished 1-for-3 with a 102.2-mph ground-ball single off Bryan Mata in the third inning. He also got a bit of a surprise in the first inning, when Luzardo quick-pitched him into a flyout.

Danny Jansen, C, TOR No. 6
Jansen sparked a USA rally in the fourth by launching a changeup up and out for a 381-foot game-tying home run to left, which was quickly followed up by Ke'Bryan Hayes' tater to left-center. Toronto's top catching prospect finished 1-for-2 with two runs driven in.

Video: WLD@USA: Jansen clubs a two-run homer to left field

BRAVES
Kyle Wright, RHP, ATL No. 2 | MLB No. 25
Inheriting runners at first and third and no outs in the top of the eighth, Wright induced a flyout from Miguel Amaya and a double play from Andres Gimenez to escape the jam.

Touki Toussaint, RHP, ATL No. 10
A day after being promoted to the World Team roster as a late addition, Toussaint twirled the eighth inning, giving up a triple to Taylor Trammel -- which many, including Trammel, thought was headed to the bleachers before pegging into the center-field wall. Toussaint, who was recently promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett and led the Southern League (Double-A) in strikeouts at the time of his promotion, sat in the high-90s with his two-seamer, dropped 10 mph on his changeup and dropped another 10 mph on his curveball, which he threw just once.

BREWERS
Keston Hiura, 2B, MIL No. 1 | MLB No. 30
Hiura's hitting ability has helped his name come up often with the non-waiver Trade Deadline looming, but he struck out in each of his two plate appearances Sunday.

Luis Ortiz, RHP, MIL No. 4
Ortiz was the last player on either roster to enter the game, doing so with two outs in the top of the ninth against Yusniel Diaz, who had homered twice already. Ortiz threw one pitch, a 95.4-mph four-seamer, that induced a groundout to end the game.

Video: WLD@USA: Ortiz gets Diaz to ground out to end 9th

CARDINALS
Dakota Hudson, RHP, STL No. 3

Hudson made the most of his 11 pitches over a perfect sixth inning. His fastball never dropped below 96 mph, and his slider fooled Keibert Ruiz for a strikeout. That specific combination is why there might be a spot for him in the Cardinals' bullpen at some point.

Andrew Knizner, C, STL No. 5
Days after he was added to the Team USA roster as as an injury replacement for A's catcher Sean Murphy, Knizner entered in the sixth to catch for fellow Cards prospect Hudson. The 23-year-old Knizner, who is hitting .310/.376/.418 between Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis, went 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts.

Randy Arozarena, OF, STL. No. 7
Arozarena entered in the bottom of the seventh and got just one at-bat. He reached on a fielding error by USA first baseman and Mets prospect Peter Alonso.

CUBS
Miguel Amaya, C/1B, CHC No. 10
Amaya went 0-for-2 at the plate after starting at catcher for the World Team.

D-BACKS
Yoan Lopez, RHP, ARI No. 25
Lopez faced just one batter -- entering with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and the game tied at 5 -- striking out Ryan Mountcastle on three fastballs clocked at 96.4, 96.0 and 97.2 mph.

Video: WLD@USA: Lopez gets Mountcastle swinging in the 5th

DODGERS
Keibert Ruiz, C, LAD No. 2 | MLB No. 44
Ruiz, whose name has been linked to Manny Machado trade rumors, left the game after getting clocked on his right hand by a foul ball. X-rays were negative, according to the Los Angeles Times. At the dish, Ruiz struck out in his lone at-bat during the sixth inning.

Yusniel Diaz, OF, LAD No. 4 | MLB No. 85
Diaz entered the game with just six homers over the entire season with Double-A Tulsa. He added another pair on Sunday -- a 409-foot blast in the fifth and a 408-foot shot in the seventh. Diaz became just the second player to homer twice in Futures Game history and was one of just five players to remain in the game from start to finish.

Video: WLD@USA: Diaz clobbers 2-run jack, game-tying HR

GIANTS
Shaun Anderson, RHP, SF No. 7
Anderson gave up a solo home run to Diaz in the seventh, but wound up being the winning pitcher after Team USA powered to a lead it wouldn't relinquish in the following frame. Anderson, who will be promoted to Triple-A Sacramento to start the second half, also gave up a hit to fellow Giants prospect Heliot Ramos just after surrendering the homer.

Heliot Ramos, OF, SF No. 1 | MLB No. 70
Ramos laced a single off fellow Giants prospect Anderson in the seventh in his lone at-bat. He didn't see any action in the field since he entered the game as the designated hitter.

INDIANS
Kieran Lovegrove, RHP
Lovegrove entered Sunday having faced 100 hitters this year without giving up a homer. That ended when Trammel -- the first batter Lovegrove faced -- launched a 438-foot laser to straightaway center. Over his brief appearance in the sixth inning, Lovegrove faced one more batter, recorded an out, then was pulled.

MARINERS
Kyle Lewis, OF, SEA No. 1 | MLB No. 58
Lewis went 0-for-1 with a flyout to right in his first at-bat, a walk and a run scored, courtesy of Hayes' deep fly to left in the fourth frame, and he didn't see any action in the field.

MARLINS
Jorge Guzman, RHP, MIA No. 3
Guzman, who many will identify as a key return in the Giancarlo Stanton trade, flashed his raw stuff to the three batters he faced, throwing 10 pitches -- all between 96.8 and 99.7 mph -- with one strikeout.

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METS
Andres Gimenez, SS, NYM No. 1 | MLB No. 68
Gimenez went 0-for-2 with a pair of groundouts, including an inning-ending double play in the eighth with runners on first and third.

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Peter Alonso, 1B, NYM No. 2 | MLB No. 69
Eager to join in the power party, Alonso gave Mets fans a glimpse of what could be to come when he launched a 415-foot homer to left. The deep fly was scorched at 113.6 mph and lifted at a 46-degree launch angle, according to Statcast™. Yoenis Cespedes is the only Mets player to hit a homer with a higher exit velocity this year.

Video: WLD@USA: Alonso's 415-foot home run down the line

NATIONALS
Carter Kieboom, SS, WSH No. 2 | MLB No. 62
Kieboom didn't quite have the homecoming he was hoping for, going 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts, including one looking on a 78.6-mph curveball from Toussaint.

Luis Garcia, SS/2B, WSH No. 5
Garcia drew a walk in his lone plate appearance during the eighth inning, while also contributing three-plus innings at second base.

ORIOLES
Ryan Mountcastle, 3B, BAL No. 1 | MLB No. 80
Mountcastle, who could be a huge part of the post-Machado Orioles, went 0-for-2 with a strikeout against Lopez and a flyout against Guzman.

Alex Wells, LHP BAL No. 8
Wells faced only Buddy Reed and Knizner and got each out quickly, throwing just nine pitches. Reed nearly took Wells deep, flying out to the left-field wall, but Wells quickly bounced back to strike out Knizner on three called strikes in a row.

PADRES
Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, SD No. 1 | MLB No. 3
Tatis laced a 102.3-mph heater from Hunter Greene for a 107.1-mph single to right, then swiped second during the next at-bat, putting his plus speed on display with a Sprint Speed of 28.4 feet per second, per Statcast™, well above the Major League average of 27.0.

Video: WLD@USA: Tatis Jr. rips a single off a 102-mph heater

Luis Urias, 2B/SS, SD No. 3 | MLB No. 29
Urias had an unfortunate run-in with a 100.4-mph fastball on his left elbow, though he was wearing a protective guard. Urias struck out in his other two plate appearances, and was pulled in the bottom of the fifth.

Buddy Reed, OF
Reed, who just this week was called up to Double-A San Antonio after clubbing 12 homers from Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore, narrowly missed a deep fly in the sixth, having lifted one 346 feet to the wall in left in a full count against Wells. However, Reed made up for it in the field in the following frame, robbing Tatis of what would've been his third hit with a running grab in right-center.

Video: WLD@USA: Reed on his mom, playing hockey

PHILLIES
Adonis Medina, RHP, PHI No. 2 | MLB No. 74
Medina's wild pitch in the seventh inning broke a 6-6 tie and gave Team USA a lead it wouldn't relinquish. The right-hander lost control of a two-seamer that landed in the dirt and allowed Adell to score from third. He also gave up a mammoth blast to Alonso, getting tagged for three runs in a third of an inning, but he did show glimpses of his nasty stuff on his two strikeouts.

Video: WLD@USA: Medina K's Kieboom swinging in the 7th

PIRATES
Mitch Keller, RHP, PIT No. 1 | MLB No. 12
Keller tossed a perfect first inning on eight pitches, striking out Luis Alexander Basabe to lead off the game, then inducing a pair of flyouts. Keller topped out on his four-seam fastball at 99.5 mph.

Video: WLD@USA: Keller K's Basabe, retires the side in order

Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B, PIT No. 3
Hayes, son of 14-year MLB veteran Charlie Hayes, launched a 405-foot homer deep to the left-field bleachers to complete back-to-back deep flies with Jansen, putting Team USA up by two in the fourth. Team USA manager Torii Hunter, being interviewed at the time of Hayes' homer was ecstatic.

Video: WLD@USA: Hunter cheers on Team USA at Futures Game

RANGERS
C.D. Pelham, LHP, TEX No. 19
Pelham walked the first batter he faced, narrowly missing ball four on an inside fastball at 97.9 mph, then got into more trouble when Arozarena reached on an error by first baseman Alonso, putting runners on the corners. That'd be it for Pelham after that, though Wright helped bail him out of the jam.

Leody Taveras, OF, TEX No. 1 | MLB No. 28
Taveras went 0-for-2 with a popup and a groundout, and finished the game after entering as the World Team's center fielder in the bottom of the sixth.

RAYS
Nate Lowe, 1B
Lowe laced an RBI single off Luzardo with two outs in the first that scored Brendan Rodgers to put Team USA up, 1-0, in the opening frame.

Video: WLD@USA: Lowe opens the scoring with an RBI single

Jesus Sanchez, OF, TB No. 4 | MLB No. 35
Sanchez went 0-for-3, grounding into a pair of double plays and flying out to center off a slider from Justus Sheffield in the second inning. His stat sheet won't show it, but Sanchez impressed with a fluid swing from the left side.

RED SOX
Bryan Mata, RHP, BOS No. 4
The 19-year-old, as he has much of this season, had to battle traffic and command, but he left after tossing a scoreless third inning. Mata sat at an impressive 95 mph on his two-seam fastball, and complemented his heat with varying speeds in the high-70s on his curve, though he got just one swing-and-miss on 31 pitches.

REDS
Hunter Greene, RHP, CIN No. 2 | MLB No. 18
The Reds' flamethrower maxed out the radar gun, throwing all 19 of his fastballs above 100 mph and averaging 101.3 mph. Heat alone wasn't enough to keep Basabe from homering and Tatis from following up with a single -- both off 102.3-mph pitches -- but the ease with which Greene delivered his triple-digit velocity was mighty impressive nonetheless.

Video: WLD@USA: Greene talks playing in Futures Game

Taylor Trammell, OF, CIN No. 3 | MLB No. 34
With raw athleticism that stood out during a 38-touchdown season as a high school football star in 2015, Trammell got the chance to put his tools on display. And he didn't disappoint. Cincinnati's No. 35 overall pick in '16, Trammell launched a 107.9-mph homer that traveled a projected 438 feet -- the deepest of the eight homers hit in the game.

Trammell nearly got hold of another one -- and thought he did, given his reaction -- with a fly ball off the center-field wall in the eighth inning, gesturing to the USA dugout as he rounded first, only to settle for a triple. He was named the Futures Game MVP.

Video: WLD@USA: Trammell clubs HR, wins Futures Game MVP

ROCKIES
Brendan Rodgers, SS, COL No. 1 | MLB No. 6
Rodgers roped a Statcast-projected 108.7-mph double into the left-center-field gap with two outs and in a full count, then scored during the ensuing at-bat by Lowe to put Team USA on board first. Rodgers chased an outside curveball from Mata in his second at-bat during the third inning for a strikeout.

Jesus Tinoco, RHP, COL No. 12
Tinoco induced a groundout to Double-A Hartford teammate Rodgers as part of a three-up, three-down, nine-pitch outing after entering in the bottom of the fourth. He began the day by retiring Bichette with a flyout to right.

ROYALS
Seuly Matias, OF, KC No. 3
Matias got the World Team on the board with a 100.7-mph solo homer off Yankees lefty Sheffield, then followed up with a single in the fifth to round out a 2-for-3 day.

Video: WLD@USA: Matias puts the World on the board with a HR

TIGERS
Matt Manning, RHP, DET No. 2 | MLB No. 47
Manning gave up two earned runs on four hits, including a homer to Diaz, while working the fourth and fifth innings. His fastball averaged 94.1 mph, and he complemented it with good variance on his curveball, which hovered in the high-70s.

Video: WLD@USA: Manning strikes out Urias in the 5th inning

Dawel Lugo, 2B, DET No. 12
Acquired last summer as part of the J.D. Martinez deal, Detroit's talented infielder scored a run and went 1-for-2 with a single off Sheffield.

TWINS 
Alex Kirilloff, OF, MIN No. 3 | MLB No. 67
Minnesota's top outfield prospect lined two singles -- one to left field and the other to right-center -- as part of a 2-for-3 day with a run scored. His second single came off Lewis Thorpe, his fellow up-and-comer in the Twins system.

Lewis Thorpe, LHP, MIN No. 11
Thorpe struggled to keep the ball in the park during his fourth-inning stint, surrendering homers to Jansen and Hayes as part of three hits and a walk surrendered in just two-thirds of an inning.

Video: WLD@USA: Thorpe K's Hiura swinging in the 4th inning

WHITE SOX
Dylan Cease, RHP, CWS No. 4 | MLB No. 40
Entering in the top of the ninth, Cease induced a groundout from Leodys Taveras then got Tatis to fly out to right before paving way for Ortiz's victory-sealing groundout.

Video: WLD@USA: Basabe homers off 102-mph pitch from Greene

Luis Alexander Basabe, OF, CWS No. 13
One of the most impressive plays of the entire game came in the top of the third, when Basabe timed Greene's 102.3-mph fastball and muscled it out for a 404-foot home run.

Tweet from @darenw: Luis Alexander Basabe just turned on a 102.3 MPH fastball for a home run... Would be fastest pitch in @mlb hit for a HR since Rafael Devers took Chapman deep last season on a 102.8 MPH pitch.

Basabe also nabbed a runner at second base with an accurate first-inning throw from center field.

YANKEES
Justus Sheffield, LHP, NYY No. 2 | MLB No. 39
Sheffield gave up a second-inning homer to Matias that tied the game at 1. Sheffield was also credited for another earned run for allowing his final batter, Lugo, reach on a single. Lugo then scored on Basabe's homer off Greene.

Daniel Kramer is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @DKramer_. MLB.com's Matt Kelly contributed to this story.