Omaha third baseman Balbino Fuenmayor is the only member of the World roster that was born in the 1980s. Doesn’t matter, because he is starting at first base and batting cleanup for the World in the Futures Game that is about to begin in Cincinnati.
U.S. Team starting lineup
1. 2B: Tony Kemp, Astros (super fun guy to watch and root for)
2. SS: J.P. Crawford, Phillies
3. C: Kyle Schwarber, Cubs
4. 3B: Richie Shaffer, Rays
5. RF: Kyle Waldrop, Reds
6. DH: Aaron Judge, Yankees
7. 1B: Josh Bell, Pirates
8. LF: Michael Conforto, Mets
9. CF: Bradley Zimmer, Indians
World Team starting lineup
1. 2B: Ketel Marte, Mariners
2. SS: Ozzie Albies, Braves
3. RF: Yorman Rodriguez, Reds
4. 1B: Balbino Fuenmayor, Royals
5. C: Gary Sanchez, Yankees
6. 3B: Renato Nunez, A’s
7. CF: Manuel Margot, Red Sox
8. DH: Nomar Mazara, Rangers
9. LF: Raimel Tapia, Rockies
*Here are the pitching orders for both sides:
U.S. Team pitching order
RHP: Lucas Giolito, Nationals (excited to see him start because he has dominated the Blue Rocks this year): 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, K
LHP: Amir Garrett, Reds: 1IP, 3H, R (0ER), 0BB, K
RHP: Tyler Beede, Giants: 1IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
RHP: Mark Appel, Astros: 1IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
LHP: Blake Snell, Rays: 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
LHP: Sean Newcomb, Angels: 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
RHP: Carl Edwards Jr., Cubs: 2/3IP, 0R, 2H, 0BB, K
RHP: Zach Davies, Orioles: 2/3IP, H, 0R, 0BB, K
RHP: Colin Rea, Padres: 2/3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
RHP: Aaron Nola, Phillies*
*Not pitching; threw six innings on Friday. Disappointed because I was looking forward to seeing if he pitched better than when I saw him about a few weeks ago.
World Team pitching order
RHP: Jose Berrios, Twins (very excited to see him start): 1IP, 0H, 0R,BB, 0K
LHP: Jarlin Garcia, Marlins: 1.2IP, 3H, 3R, BB, 2K
RHP: Edwin Diaz, Mariners: 2/3IP, 3H, 2R, 0BB, K
RHP: Wei-Chieh Huang, D-backs: 2/3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
LHP: Jairo Labourt, Blue Jays: 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
RHP: Keury Mella, Giants: 1/3 IP, 2H, 2R, 0B, 0K
RHP: Frankie Montas, White Sox: 2/3IP, 4H, 3R, 0BB, K
RHP: Joe Jimenez, Tigers: 2/3 IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
RHP: Juan Gonzalez, Dodgers: 2/3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
RHP: Luis Perdomo, Cardinals: 2/3IP, H, 0R, 0BB, K
Fuenmayor’s first at-bat came leading off the 2nd inning against Giolito. He singled down the right field line for a base hit. He was erased on an inning ending double play.
The World Team took the lead in the 3rd inning. With two outs, Raimel Tapia (Rockies) singled against Amir Garrett (Reds). He moved to second base on a passed ball and scored on Ketel Marte’s (Mariners) single. Ozzie Albies’ followed with a single to left, but Michael Conforto (NYM) threw Marte out at the plate to end the inning.
The US tied the game in the bottom of the third on JP Crawford’s (Phillies) two out RBI single off Jarlin Garcia (Marlins). Kyle Schwarber (Cubs) followed with a two-run triple to give the US the 3-1 lead. That chased Garcia from the game.
Fuenmayor’s second AB came in the 4th inning against Tyler Beede (SF). He grounded out to third base for the second out on a great play by both Richie Shaffer (Rays) at third and a great scoop by Josh Bell (Pirates) at first base.
With one out in the bottom of the fourth, Bell blasted a two-run home run off Edwin Diaz (Mariners) to give the US a 5-1 lead. It was a line drive.
Raul Mondesi entered on defense in the bottom of the fifth. He is batting second. He made a great play on the second batter (Schwarber) of the inning.
Mondesi grounded out in his first AB off Blake Snell (Rays) and almost beat out the grounder to second base. Then Mondesi moved to play second base.
The US took a 6-1 lead on Nick Williams’ (Texas) RBI single up the middle with one out in the bottom of the sixth. Williams was a perfect 7-for-7 against Double-A NW Arkansas on Friday night in a DH before heading to Cincy. NYM prospect Brandon Nimmo followed with an RBI single. Trevor Story (Rockies) followed with an RBI double. Shortstop Trea Turner (Nationals) followed with a two-run double to give the US a 10-1. All four just entered the game.
Cheslor Cuthbert entered on defense at first base in the sixth (replacing Fuenmayor). He led off the seventh against Sean Newcomb (LAA). He flied out to right field for the first out.
Mondesi got his second AB in the 8th against Zach Davies (O’s) with two outs and two men on base. It was Davies first batter. Mondesi hit a soft grounder to third base and beat it out to load the bases.
Cuthbert’s final AB came in leading off the ninth against Davies. He grounded out.
The World Team lost 10-1. The MVP was Kyle Schwarber of the US/Cubs.