One of the first events during the 2019 MLB All-Star Weekend will be the annual MLB Futures Game. This game is a very exciting event for baseball fans that want to see the future stars of the MLB. Many of the top players in the MLB have participated in the Futures Game such as Jose Altuve, Pete Alonso, Carlos Correra, Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and Nolan Arenado. The format of the game has changed but the talent will still be “Off the Charts”. Here are five National Leagues to watch for in the 2019 MLB Futures Game.
LHP MacKenzie Gore (San Diego Padres)
The San Diego Padres will have three of their prospects playing in the Futures Game including their top prospect, MacKenzie Gore. The 20 year old left-handed pitcher is one of the top and youngest prospects in the game. On MLB Pipeline, Gore is the 3rd ranked prospects and the #1 left-handed pitching prospect in baseball. Gore was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 2017 MLB Draft with the third overall pick. Gore has a fastball sitting 93-95 mph and tops out at 96 mph with late life. He also has a plus curveball and slider that misses a lot of bats. Gore has excellent command on all of his pitches and both side of the plate. In Class A Advanced, Gore has a 7-1 record with a 1.02 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 79.1 innings pitched. He also has an opponent batting average of .137.
OF Cristian Pache (Atlanta Braves)
Another 20 year old prospect that will be making his Futures Game debut is Cristian Pache. The Dominican born centerfielder is one of the best athletes and hitters in the minor league system. On MLB Pipeline, Pache is the 14th ranked prospect and the sixth ranked outfielder prospect. Pache is also the #1 prospect in the Atlanta Braves farm system. Pache is an elite defensive centerfield and has the talent to win multiple Gold Gloves in his MLB career. His bat has also developed nicely, as he makes a lot of contact and added some power to his game. If his bats continues to develop, Pache should be an All-star caliber player. In Double-A, Pache is batting .297 with 24 doubles, 11 home runs, 48 RBIs and has a .881 OPS.
RHP Sixto Sanchez (Miami Marlins)
Another top pitching prospect that will draw a lot of attention is Sixto Sanchez. The Miami Marlins top prospect has one of the best power fastballs in the Futures Game. On MLB Pipeline, Sanchez is the 22nd ranked prospect and the sixth right-handed pitching prospect in all of baseball. Sixto Sanchez is a mentally advanced pitcher. His best pitches are his four-seam and two-seam fastball that both have a ton of sink and velocity. It sits 95-97 and has reached the triple digits. His curveball is a future strikeout pitch that is still being developed and has a good feel for the changeup. The Marlins traded for Sixto Sanchez along with Jorge Alfaro and Will Stewart for J.T. Realmuto. In Double-A, Sanchez has a 3-4 record with a 3.88 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 55.2 innings pitched.
RHP Ian Anderson (Atlanta Braves)
The Atlanta Braves have one of the top farm systems in the MLB with players like Ian Anderson. The 2016 MLB Draft third overall pick is one of the top arms that will pitch in the Futures Game. On MLB Pipeline, Anderson is the 26th prospect and the 8th right-handed pitching prospects in all of baseball. He is also the #3 prospect in the Atlanta Braves farm system. Anderson is a three-pitch mix, with a fastball, curveball and changeup. His fastball is his best pitch, as it sits 92-95 and tops out at 96 mph that misses a lot of bats and forces groundballs. His best secondary pitch his curveball as he uses it a lot to be his out pitch and is still working on his changeup. In Double-A, Anderson has a 6-5 record with a 2.91 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 86.2 innings pitched.
2B Isan Diaz (Miami Marlins)
The Miami Marlins will have three of their top prospects in the Futures Game including second baseman Isan Diaz. The 23-year-old middle infielder has had one of the best seasons, for players invited to the Futures Game. On MLB Pipeline, Diaz is the eighth ranked second prospect in baseball and the sixth ranked Miami Marlins prospect. The Puerto Rican second baseman has developed into one of the most complete players in the minor leagues. His bat has come a long away and Diaz is also starting to use show some power at the plate. Diaz could get the call-up soon, as he has continued to rake in Triple-A. If he continues to hit high for average, Diaz could be one of the best second baseman in the game. In Triple, Diaz is batting .293 with 20 home runs, 54 RBIs and has a .956 OPS.