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Homers power the National League to an 8-3 win in Futures Game

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Some of the top talent around the minors squared off today in hitters haven Coors Field.

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Atlanta Braves Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Some of the best talent the minors has to offer were on display today at Coors Field. Braves prospects Michael Harris II, and Drew Waters both made the NL squad with Michael getting the start and playing center. Some of the arms they were be going up against include starting pitcher Cole Winn, and the likes of Shane Baz and Luis Medina so safe to say nothing was easy.

AL Futures 0, NL Futures 8

  • Michael Harris II, CF: 0-for-2, K
  • Drew Waters, LF: 1-for-1, BB

Box Score

Michael Harris II got the start and hit fifth for the NL team and went 0-for-2 in his two at bats, and fielded just one ground ball. His first at bat came up against Shane Baz, baseball’s No. 74 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline and was rung up on a tough pitch inside that was 99 MPH - fair unhittable. His second at bat resulted in a line out to the second baseman and was then replaced in the game by Heliot Ramos in the fourth inning.

Also in the fourth, Drew Waters checked into right field for Alek Thomas and in the bottom half of the inning drew a nice walk on six pitches. Drew is on a torrid stretch right now, having gone 7-for-16 in his last three games played with two doubles, a triple, and a homer so seeing him work that nice count in his first at-bat was nice to see. He’s started seeing the breaking ball a lot better of late and is starting to get going. Drew would also add a single in the bottom of the sixth.

As for the rest of the game the NL squad got out to an early lead thanks to a Jose Barrero solo homerun in the first. They added four more in the bottom of the third inning including two-run shot by Rockies prospect Michael Toglia in front of his home crowd. Nolan Goreman would also double in the inning and extend the score to 4-0. Brennen Davis, from the Chicago Cubs organization, would also homer in the fourth to extend the lead out to 6-0 and then another in the sixth inning to make it 7-0. Francisco Alvarez made it back-to-back shots to then further extend the lead for the NL to 8-0.

The AL started to make a little noise in the seventh, and final frame, when Jeter Downs doubled in Riley Greene and Spencer Torkelson making the game 8-2. Austin Martin singled in Brennen Davis to then make it 8-3. Ethan Small then struck out Julio Rodriguez to end the game 8-3.