The dog-and-pony show that is All-Star Week officially kicks off today, with the Futures Game. Like the All-Star Game, the Futures Game demands one
sacrifice player be represented from every team. Last year, the lone Mariners’ representative was fireballing relief prospect Thyago Vieira, who played for the World team on behalf of Brazil (he’s since been traded to the White Sox). This year, the lone Mariners’ representative, OF Kyle Lewis, will represent the US side. If you followed the AFL at all this year (and you should!), many of the names included on the rosters will be familiar: the Yankees’ top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield and the A’s top catching prospect Sean Murphy will play for the US team, while Cleveland’s top overall prospect Francisco Mejia and my favorite non-Mariners prospect in baseball, Padres infielder Luis Urias, will play for the World team.
Lewis, generally accepted as the Mariners’ top overall prospect, is playing his first almost-full, healthy year after a plate collision blew out his knee in his first pro ball experience in Everett in 2016. In A+ Modesto, over 200-plus PAs, he’s carrying a wRC+ of 101, and represented the Mariners in the Cal League All-Star Game.
Lewis is a fun hitter to watch, able to do damage no matter where the pitch is, as shown in his oppo double above. That alone is worth tuning into the Futures Game, today at 1 PM (PT) on MLB Network.