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MLB Futures Game Recap

Goodman Sports associate Liam Ray reports:

Baseball's annual showcase of its best young talent was a big success for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Matt Davidson, the team's power-hitting, 22-year-old third base prospect hit a two-run homerun to lead Team USA over the World Team 4-2 in the Futures Game. On the mound, Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley flashed 98 MPH heat and showed off a devastating curveball that left batters swinging at nothing. In the field, Diamondbacks SS Chris Owings used his natural defensive instincts and a powerful arm to round out the Diamondbacks' prospects' all-around performance. With the Diamondbacks already sitting in first place thanks to their excellent rotation, calling up Davidson could give them the power they have lacked and might make them a truly elite team.

For the fans in the stands at Citifield, the game was all about the performance of the Mets prospects playing in the game.

Noah Syndergaard, the Mets' big righty, popped the catcher's mitt with his 96 MPH fastball. He started the game for Team USA and fanned Cubs prospect Arismendy Alcantara in his single inning of work. 22-year-old Rafael Montero started for the World Team opposite his Mets teammate and went 1-2-3 against Team USA, also pitching just one inning. Montero has been struggling since his promotion to Triple-A, but he remains on track to possibly get called up to the bigs later in the season. Syndergaard is likely still a year or two away from making an impact in the majors, but there's no doubt the Mets have the seeds of a truly fantastic rotation planted.