Baseball's top prospects were showcased during Sunday’s Futures Game at Marlins Park. Team USA jumped out to an early lead and held on to defeat Team World 7-6. Charles Johnson managed Team USA, while Edgar Renteria was the manager for Team World.
Team USA led 7-0 at one point, but Team World stormed back to trail by only one run. Rays prospect Brent Honeywell, who started for Team USA, was named MVP after pitching two shutout innings. Honeywell became the first pitcher to win MVP at the Futures Game.
After Honeywell, White Sox prospect Michael Kopech came in and immediately impressed with his fastball. Kopech struck out consensus No. 1 prospect Yoan Moncada with a 100 mph fastball.
Marlins prospect Brian Anderson had a productive day in his future park, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. For Team World, Marlins prospect Tayron Guerrero made an appearance in the eighth inning, and didn't allow a hit.
Derek Fisher (Astros) recorded two RBI for Team USA, and both of those runs came from a two-run double in the fourth inning. That double gave Team USA a 7-0 lead, which was enough for the win.
Dee Gordon's brother, Nick, went 1-for-3 for Team USA. Team World also had a very familiar face, as former Marlins prospect Josh Naylor started at first base.
Naylor went 1-for-2 with an RBI before being pulled.
Team World scored two runs in the ninth inning, but A's prospect A.J. Puk would prevent any further damage to give Team USA the win.
Each starter for Team USA got a hit, and six different players recorded an RBI for the United States.
The next All-Star event is the Home Run Derby, which will take place at Marlins Park Monday night. Giancarlo Stanton is looking to defend his title from 2016.