MLB's annual Futures Game took place yesterday afternoon at Target Field in Minneapolis. The Futures Game is baseball's annual showcase of the top minor league talent in the game, and the New York Mets had two players representing them in the contest. Starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard made his second consecutive Futures Game appearance, while catcher Kevin Plawecki made his first appearance. Both players were a part of the United States team. This week's Minor League Monday's feature takes a look at how the two of them got there.
Kevin Plawecki recorded the game's first RBI on a groundout in the third inning and lined out in his second at bat in the fifth. While Plawecki went 0 for 2 in the game, Plawecki has been a revelation for the Mets this season. Plawecki has already been promoted from AA Binghamton to AAA Las Vegas, and he showed that he could be an interesting prospect going forward. With Travis d'Arnaud showing the form that made him the top catching prospect in baseball, Plawecki is an interesting guy to watch for the Mets in the second half. The Mets could either teach him some first base so he can platoon with Lucas Duda as soon as next season, or he could become a valuable trade chip in the offseason.
Syndergaard came on in the ninth inning for the US team. Syndergaard gave up one hit but pitched a scoreless inning to record a save as the USA went on to beat the World team 3-2. Syndergaard struck out a batter as well, and has been pitching with the Las Vegas 51's for the entire season. While Syndergaard went through a rough patch in June with injuries and ineffectiveness, he has gotten the ship righted the last few weeks. Syndergaard told reporters after the game that while he has enjoyed his Futures Game experiences, his goal is to pitch in the All Star Game next season. Syndergaard will likely make his debut in the second half of the season, possibly post trade deadline.
This was the second consecutive year the Mets had multiple prospects represent them at the Futures Game. Syndergaard appeared last year alongside starting pitcher Rafael Montero and outfielder Brandon Nimmo when the contest was held at Citi Field.Tags: Baseball, Binghamton, Futures Game, Kevin Plawecki, Las Vegas 51's, MLB, New York, New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard