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.