MLB Futures Game: US Outfield

The US Team is simply loaded. Five of their current six outfielders are amongst their respective team’s top-three prospects and the sixth has suddenly become a lethal weapon at the plate.

Andrew Benintendi has done nothing but hit since being drafted in the first round last year by the Red Sox. He was part of the exciting Salem division-winning lineup before earning his first promotion to Double-A. Despite a small speed bump where Benintendi struggled a bit adjusting to the advanced pitching, he has turned it around, batting .438 over his last ten games. He’s slashing .312/.378/.535 across both levels this season, continuing to show off his uncanny plate discipline with a 34-to-31 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Clint Frazier is the youngest outfielder on the US Roster, but at 21, he is showing that he is every bit the part of the revival in Cleveland. He is currently on pace for career-numbers across the board, slashing .285/.369/.483 with 11 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 15 attempts. Expect to see him in Triple-A before the year is complete.

The Padres are well represented in their home town, as Hunter Renfroe joins Margot in the Futures Game. Renfroe is on an absolute tear this season, batting .332 with a PCL-best 20 home runs. The only things that have held back his career were high strikeout rates and contact issues, but the Padres may be giving him the call very soon despite his struggles with the strikeouts.

Breakout season is an understatement for Dylan Cozens, who is part of an exciting young outfield brewing in the minor leagues for the Philadelphia Phillies. Cozens, who hit 24 home runs over the past two seasons, already has 23 this season, adding in 15 stolen bases on 16 attempts, showing real 20/20 potential. The problem is his tremendously-high strikeout rate (already 105 in just 317 at bats), but his power can’t be denied.

Christin Stewart, the Tigers 2015 first-rounder, is having a nice year in his High-A debut. The 22-year-old left-handed bat is only hitting .245, but has shown immense power with 18 home runs in a pitching-dominated league, and an ability to get on base, drawing 60 walks and posting a very impressive .396 on base percentage.

Finally, David Dahl gets the call as an injury replacement for Austin Meadows. Dahl has been one of the Rockies’ top prospects since being selected in the first round of 2010.

For my full article, head on over to Today’s Knuckleball by clicking on the link below:

All-Star Futures Game preview: Breaking down the outfield

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