The 2021 MLB All-Star Game festivities in Denver, Colorado will officially begin on Sunday with the MLB Draft and the 2021 MLB All-Star Futures Game. There wasn’t a Futures Games last year due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, which shutdown the entire minor league baseball season.
However, this year’s edition of the Futures Game promises to be a good one with some of baseball’s best prospects, including Jasson Dominguez, Adley Rutschman, and Brett Baty. The Futures Games will be only seven innings unlike the MLB All-Star Game, which is a full nine innings. Also, this will be the second time that the format will be the National League vs. the American League. This change happened in 2019 after the teams used to be split up into Team USA and Team World.
The game will be televised on MLB Network and broadcast on the radio via SiriusXM Radio. If you aren’t around a TV to check it out, you can stream the game via MLBNetwork.com and via the MLB app. But keep in mind that you need a cable-login subscription. If you don’t have a cable log-in, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the game.
MLB All-Star Futures Game
Date: Sunday, July 11
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Channel: MLB Network
Live stream: MLBNetwork.com, MLB app
AL Futures players to watch
1. Jasson Dominguez, New York Yankees — Everybody wants to see how Dominguez aka The Martian will play among his peers at the Futures Game. The 18-year-old outfielder is the first player to play in the Futures Game without having a full-season of experience. The hype is real around Dominguez, who is currently the 24th best prospect in baseball.
2. Adley Rutschman, Baltimore Orioles — Rutschman was the first overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft and is already the second best prospect in baseball. Wander Franco was the best prospect in the game before he got called up to the Rays. The young catcher will not be too far behind Franco as he’s slashing.286/.419/.503 with 11 HRs and 36 RBI at Double-A Bowie. MLB.com projects the 23-year-old to make his major league debut this season, which would not be out of the question.
3. Julio Rodriguez, Seattle Mariners — If you have not heard of J-Rod or seen highlights of him, you need to do that right now. The Mariners have one of the best farm systems in baseball. Rodriguez is the best fifth-best prospect and is one of two Mariners’ players inside the top-5. The other player is outfielder Jarred Kelenic, who is No. 3 and made his MLB debut earlier this season. The 20-year-old Rodriguez began this season in High-A, where he hit .325/.410/.581 with 6 HRs and 21 RBI. He was promoted quickly to Double-A Arkansas, where the 6-foot-3 outfielder is slugging .333/.487/.500 with 1 HR and 4 RBI.
NL Futures players to watch
1. Marco Luciano, San Francisco Giants — Even though it appears as if the American League has more of the hyped prospects, keep an eye out for Luciano. The 19-year-old is playing in Single-A, but is the Giants’ best prospect. The 6-foot-2 shortstop is slashing .266/.359/.547 with 14 HRs and 41 RBI in 53 games with Single-A San Jose. Luciano isn’t expected to make his MLB debut until 2023.
2. Max Meyer, Miami Marlins — Don’t look now but the Marlins have another promising pitcher coming through their system in Meyer. The 22-year-old was drafted with the third overall pick in 2020 out of college and is dominating in Double-A this season. Meyer is 4-1 with a 1.67 ERA and has 54 strikeouts in 54.0 IP. He’s the 20th best prospect in baseball and could make his way to the majors next season.
3. Brett Baty, New York Mets — The Mets might have their third baseman of the future in Brett Baty. The 21-year-old was drafted in the first round in 2019 and is already making some noise in High-A with the Brooklyn Cyclones. Baty is hitting .305/.395/.508 with 7 HRs and 34 RBI and is projected to be in the majors next season.