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The Z-Meter: Futures Game Special

I tried to do a more complete posting on the Futures Game this weekend. I really did. But there were kids’ birthday parties and errands and all that stuff, and I petered out after five innings worth of writing. Suffice to say, it was great to put faces with the names we’ve been profiling all season long, and it will make it all the more enjoyable when these guys get called up in September.

Here’s the box score

The World team won this matchup 3-0, but the scoring was widely spaced out, with one run on the board in the first, and two more appearing in the seventh. It was a nine-inning game and each pitcher only got one inning to ply his craft, so hitters probably never got comfortable.

Just a handful of Z-Meter guys played, but let’s look at their stats below:

World:

Elvis Andrus, SS, Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers): 1AB – .000 – 1R – 1BB – 1SB – 1CS (also picked off once)

Fernando Martinez, CF, Binghamton Mets (Mets): 2AB – .500 – 0R – 0BB – 0SB

U.S.:

Andrew McCutchen, CF, Indianapolis Indians (Pirates): 2AB – .000 – 0R – 0SB

Mat Gamel, 3B, Huntsville Stars (Brewers): 2″AB” – .000 – 0R – 2BB

Matt LaPorta, 1B, Akron Aeros (Indians): 3AB – .333 – 0R – 1BB – 0SB

Clearly, without much scoring going on, it’s tough to judge how these guys fared. I recall seeing some decent defense from McCutchen and Gamel, but that’s all that jumped out at me. Andrus is clearly very fast, and managed to steal one base, but he was also picked off at first and caught stealing, so he may have been pressing in front of the scouts.

The two World players who put runs on the board are not part of my Z-Meter. Which just goes to show that I am (1) Lazy, because I don’t want to type up lines for more than 25 guys, and (2) Perhaps more interested in current stats rather than potential, as many of the Futures Game players have not spent time on my tracking system.

In the interests of rectifying that, I will note a few tidbits I picked up about these other players during the game. One is that 1B Pablo Sandoval, who toils for the Connecticut Defenders (Giants), is sort of a Venezuelan Big Papi, both in his intimidating plate presence, and in his less-than-fleet base running. But he can crack ’em. He put 59 ribbies on the board for the San Jose Giants before getting the call up to AA, where he’s still hitting .310 over his first eighteen games.

I admit complete ignorance of Che-Hsuan Lin (pictured above), who bashed the game’s only home run, went 2-for-2, and basically made the absolute most of his day in the sun. The Taiwanese CF has logged only 80 games in the minors, all for the Class A Greenville Drive (Red Sox). Suffice to say we should be seeing him move up the ladder at some point this season. Maybe today.

I was also intrigued by the story of Eduardo Morlan, yet another fantastic pitcher from the Rays organization. While Morlan is Cuban, his parents escaped the island by fleeing to Spain and then emigrating to the U.S., where Morlan actually played several years of high school ball. Like all of the other pitchers, he got one inning of work, so that’s about all I know about the guy.

One of the defensive standouts that caught my eye was Dexter Fowler, a tall, thin CF who made the U.S. roster based on his work with the AA Tulsa Drillers (Rockies). The switch-hitter didn’t make much noise on offense, but flashed some serious speed and glove while roaming the grass of Yankee Stadium.

We heard several times during the broadcast that this game was the last chance for U.S. Olympic team hopefuls to make an impression, so we’ll have another post looking at who will make the trip to Beijing. In addition, I’ll try to do a little investigation and see how many of the World players will be there for their respective nations.

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MLB Futures Game to be Played Today

Just a reminder that the MLB Futures Game will be played this afternoon at 12:30pm on ESPN2.

Check out the rosters

Futures Game Rosters Announced

Last year, I watched the Major League Futures game for the first time. Players like Justin Upton, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Chin-Lung Hu had great games, foreshadowing their eventual debuts in the majors. There’s no doubt I intend to watch again this year, as five six current Z-meter residents have been chosen to particpate.

July 13th in Yankee Stadium is this year’s setting for the Futures Game. The premise pits the U.S. against the world, which may one day be an untenable position for Uncle Sam, but for now it seems to work out.

U.S. Roster

World Roster

I’d love to get someone to talk to me about the selection process, because particpants come from all levels of the minor leagues. By my count, AA is the best-represented level, with 28 players taking the field. AAA sends 13, just seven come from A, and a mere five from Advanced-A.

The Z-meter representatives are Andrew McCutchen, LF for the AAA Indianapolis Indians (Pirates), Elvis Andrus, SS of the AA Frisco Roughriders (Rangers), and the Wondermat(t)s – Mat Gamel and Matt LaPorta from the Huntsville Stars (Brewers). Reading Phillies Pitcher Antonio Bastardo was selected, but will sit due to injury. *update* I missed Fernando Martinez, who is on a rehab assignment. He will be making his second straight appearance in the Futures Game.

Even if you can’t watch the game live, set your DVR or other recording device and watch it later. It’s a rare chance to see so many of these guys in action.