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The highest-ranked player among the MLB top prospects to be dealt at the trade deadline, many around baseball are split about Austin Martin. Coming away from the Futures Game, there were raised doubts about his ability to ever hit for power. But even if that element of his offensive game never comes, Martin can be a reliable leadoff hitter. Minnesota did extremely well landing him from Toronto.
The All-Star Futures Game is an annual baseball exhibition game hosted by Major League Baseball (MLB) in conjunction with the mid-summer MLB All-Star Game. A team of American League-affiliated prospects competes against a team of National League-affiliated prospects. From the inaugural 1999 event through 2018, teams of prospects from the United States faced off against teams of prospects from other countries. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
Since the start of last season, Acuña has walked more than 15 percent of his plate appearances. He has improved his chase rate every year so far. It’s getting to the point now where it’s at near-Soto level selectivity. He has as much power as anyone else in the game, and he’s close to the league lead in stolen bases. He has every tool. —Lindbergh
The game is played by the same rules listed in the Official Baseball Rules published by Major League Baseball. Exceptions are game duration and the handling of tie games. From 2008 through 2018, games lasted 9 innings. From 1999 to 2007 and since 2019, games last seven innings. Through 2018, up to two extra innings were available to settle a tie after playing all regulation innings. In 2019 and since 2021, one extra inning may be played, with each half-inning starting with a runner at second base, the last player put out. The home team wins if they take the lead in the 7th or 8th inning; the visitors win if they hang on in either inning; the game is over if it is tied after eight. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)
Why he's here: Harper enters his third season with the Phillies after a strong 2020 campaign in which he hit .268/.420/.542 with 13 homers. The right fielder is still just 28 years old, which seems nearly impossible given how long he's been on the minds of baseball fans, but he has yet to win his first playoff series as a major leaguer, something Philadelphia undoubtedly envisioned when it signed him to a 13-year, $330 million deal. -- Joon Lee
Why he's here: He has played only a full season's worth of major league games and has already secured a 14-year, $340 million contract while being considered the new face of baseball. Why? Well, that one-season sample (143 games, 629 plate appearances) included a .301/.374/.582 slash line, 39 homers, 27 stolen bases, 8 triples and a 7.0 Baseball-Reference WAR -- all before turning 22. No player has ever accumulated more Baseball-Reference WAR within his first 150 games. -- Gonzalez (Source: www.espn.com)