|Jose Berrios throws a perfect first inning as the|
starting pitcher for the World team Sunday.
|Kennys Vargas runs out his double Sunday in the|
Futures Game. "Run" is a generous term.
I'd like to see the Futures game moved to prime time, with all the regular season games on that All-Star Sunday played in the early afternoon.
But that's just me. My wife and I attended the Futures Game Sunday and ducked out before the "Celebrities and Legends" softball game.
This, apparently, makes us a minority:
Target Field crowd much larger and louder for the celebrity softball game. some things never change at the @futuresgame
— John Manuel (@johnmanuelba) July 14, 2014
And I did notice a number of empty seats in my section filling in the last couple of innings of the Futures Game.
|Alex Meyer didn't give the photographers much|
opportunity to get a photo: He got three outs on
just four pitches.
I do know this: As long as the softball game is a bigger draw than the Futures Game, what looks to me to be a flawed schedule will never be repaired.
The Twins provided three of the 50 players in the Futures Game: Pitchers Jose Berrios (who started for the World team) and Alex Meyer (U.S) , and first baseman Kennys Vargas (who hit cleanup for the World).
All three performed well. Berrios tossed a perfect first inning (no pitchers work more than an inning in this game), showing a fastball in the mid 90s and a breaking ball some 15 mph slower. Vargas drilled a double in his second at-bat and played a clean first base as one of the few players who went all nine innings. And Meyer needed just four pitches to get three outs in his inning of work.
Baseball America named Meyer's the best fastball of the contest, noting velocities of 97, 97, 98 and 97.
How quick was Meyer's outing?
Tom Kelly: "Meyer came in, I turned around to write the change on the lineup card, and when I turned back, he was walking into the dugout."
— Phil Miller (@MillerStrib) July 14, 2014
All told, not a bad showing at all -- especially considering that the two best prospects in the organization weren't there.