Urias pitched in the fifth inning of the game, and did nothing to dispel the hype he’s getting. He was at 92-94 MPH with the fastball in his 14-pitch outing. He touched 95 MPH on the MLB Network radar gun, and 97 MPH in-stadium radar gun. He struck out the Nationals’ Michael Taylor for his lone strikeout. He didn’t allow a hit or walk.
And, much like every level he’s been at so far, the 17-year-old was the youngest player in the game. In fact, he’s the youngest player to ever play in the Futures Game.
Seager was interviewed about Urias after his outing. Jim Callis of MLB.com asked him if wanted to face Urias.
“No, not at all, I wanted no part of him,” Seager said of high Class A teammate Urias, the best LHP prospect in minors. @FuturesGame
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) July 13, 2014
Who could blame him? Also, “best LHP prospect in the minors,” has quite the ring to it. The last time the Dodgers a pitcher who fit into that category, it was Clayton Kershaw. No, Urias isn’t the next Kershaw, but he’s gaining all kinds of acclaim around the league.
Seager started at shortstop and hit third for the U.S. team. U.S. manager Tom Kelly thought highly enough of Seager to hit him ahead of the Cubs’ Kris Bryant and the Rangers’ Joey Gallo (who hit an eleventy billion-foot home run as the game’s MVP). He went 0-for-1 with a line out to right field and a hit by pitch.
Prior to the game, Seager told reporters he had finally been promoted to Double-A Chattanooga from High-A Rancho Cucamonga. Many thought he’d get promoted after the California/Carolina League All-Star game last month, but the 20-year-old returned to Rancho. After his return on June 19, he hit .377/.473/.740 because he really didn’t belong in the league anymore.
With the Lookouts, he should hit in the No. 3 spot and play shortstop, seeing as they have Angel Sanchez — 30-year-old career minor-leaguer — playing the position. Seager won’t be moving to third base anytime soon. He immediately becomes the best prospect on the team and probably the best position prospect in the league.
He posted reverse platoon splits with the Quakes (1.258 OPS vs. LHP, .981 vs. RHP), which bodes well for his future success against tougher competition.
Urias probably won’t be promoted to Chattanooga this year, but Seager has a chance to cement himself as a Top 10-15 prospect in the game with a strong second half in Double-A.