The steady revival of the Seattle Mariners’ farm system has been well documented here and throughout the baseball media realm, so it should come as little surprise that the annual tradition of the MLB Futures Game at the 2019 All-Star Game will end up feature a handful of highly-touted Mariners prospects. Lo and behold, the game will feature three of them, in fact:
Congrats to Mariners prospects Evan White, Justin Dunn and Jarred Kelenic, all named to AL team for All-Star Futures Game on July 7 in Cleveland.— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) June 28, 2019
“THREE?!?!” you ask. “I thought teams only got two players max in the Futures Game!”
Mariners got three prospects into the Futures Games. Evan White, Justin Dunn and Jarred Kelenic. Usually organizations only get two. https://t.co/QhQUKoZxTq— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) June 28, 2019
Thanks, Divish. So having three prospects chosen for the Futures Game is pretty fantastic, especially considering the Mariners are not even a year removed from many prospect writers ranking the team has having one of the worst farm systems in all of baseball. Life comes at you fast. Look at these lovely lads:
The #Mariners are 1 of 5 teams with 3 players in the 2019 #FuturesGame.— MarinersPR (@MarinersPR) June 28, 2019
This marks the 3rd time in the 21-year history of the Futures Game that the Mariners have sent 3 players to the game (also: 2004 and 2013).
Kelenic’s giant glove is for catching Mets fans’ tears (h/t to Isabelle).
I’m not sure Jarred Kelenic’s stock could possibly get anymore hype at this point, but this is a pretty nice lil’ acheivement for Justin Dunn and Evan White to add to their resumes. I appreciate that White got the nod, too, since we’ll have a truly homegrown prospect in the mix with our swindled joy from the Mets.
The Futures Game is on Sunday, July 7 at 4 PM PDT, only viewable on the MLB Network. They abandoned the weird US vs. the World team format and just went back to good ol’ AL vs NL. The game has also been shortened from 9 innings to 7 innings.
Show ‘em what ya got, fellas!