The Chicago White Sox are well represented in this afternoon’s MLB All-Star Futures Game with three Sox prospects taking part in the annual display of the game’s future stars, including the 2016 MLB All-Star Futures Game Most Valuable Player, Yoan Moncada.
Yoan Moncada, the Chicago White Sox and baseball’s top overall prospect participated in his second consecutive MLB All-Star Futures Game, starting at second base and assuming the leadoff hitter’s role for the World Futures team, managed by former Miami Marlins’ World Series Champion, Edgar Renteria. Moncada, in his first full season at the Triple-A level is hitting .282 with 11 home runs and 33 RBI for the Charlotte Knights. Moncada also has nine doubles, three triples and 16 stolen bases and a .380/.451/.831 slash line through his first 73 games this season.
Representing the White Sox on the United States Futures team managed by Charles Johnson, is Michael Kopech and Zack Collins. Kopech, is coming off of being named the starting pitcher in the 2017 Southern League All-Star Game (Double-A). Kopech is 4-6 with a 4.02 ERA in 16 starts for the Birmingham Barons this season, recording 101 strikeouts over 78.1 innings of work for an impressive K/9 rate of 11.6. The 21-year old hurler has to work on his command of the strike zone moving forward, but has answered the challenged of making the jump to the Double-A level this season when many thought that Kopech should start his White Sox tenure at the High-A level.
Zack Collins, the White Sox 2016 first round draft choice is struggling at the dish in his first full season in the White Sox farm system, hitting just .214 through his first 75 games this season despite having an impressive .369 on-base percentage thanks to 61 walks. Collins has 11 home runs and 33 RBI to go along with 12 doubles and two triples through his first 248 at-bats of the season.
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In the opening inning of the 2017 MLB All-Star Futures Games Yoan Moncada faced Brent Honeywell of the Tampa Bay Rays. Moncada was aggressive in his first plate appearance against Honeywell, fouling off Honeywell’s 98 mph fastball offering before taking a second fastball offering to even the count at 1-1.
Moncada fouled off a breaking ball and a changeup that Honeywell kept on the outside black of the plate, before taking an outside fastball to again even the count, this time at 2-2. Moncada put the fifth pitch of the at-bat in play, grounding out to second base for the first out of the ballgame.
White Sox prospect Michael Kopech entered the ballgame in the top of the third inning for the USA Future All-Star team. Kopech retired the first two hitters of the inning easily, touching triple digits multiple times on the radar gun before facing fellow Sox prospect Yoan Moncada.
After taking ball one, Moncada swung and missed at a 99 mph fastball to draw the count even at 1-1 before taking a fastball on the outside black to fall behind 1-2. Kopech then struck Moncada out on a 101 mph fastball to complete a scoreless inning of work for team USA.
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Collins took a pair of 98 mph fastballs low and away to jump ahead in the count 2-0 against Vieira before taking a pair of 98 mph sinkers low and away to even the count at 2-2. On the fifth pitch of the at-bat, Collins struck out swinging on a 101 mph fastball across the letters on his jersey.
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