The Blue Jays have two prospects going to the 2017 Futures Game.
It won’t come as a surprise to any of us. Lansing Lugnuts’ teammates Bo Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will be playing in the game.
In this game they won’t be teammates. Vlad is playing on the World Team and Bichette on the U.S. team.
MLB.com has short bios on all the players selected to the teams.
The son of former big leaguer Dante Bichette, Bo has hit an absurd .408/.458/.661 with 137 hits, 56 extra-base hits and 83 RBIs in 84 professional games since signing as a second-round pick in 2016. The 19-year-old's .402 average this season is tops in the Minors, and he's pacing the Midwest League in all three triple-slash categories (.402/.461/.638), hits (102), doubles (30) and total bases (162) through 62 games.
Following in the footsteps of his father, Vlad Jr. is already one of the best pure hitters in the Minors, with a preternatural ability to barrel the ball from the right side of the plate and effortless raw power to all fields thanks to his combination of bat speed, physical strength and hand-eye coordination. As an 18-year-old in the Midwest League, he's hitting .309/.398/.457 with 25 extra-base hits, 40 RBIs and more walks (33) than strikeouts (31).
Former Blue Jays prospect Jairo Labourt is also on the World Team. He was part of the David Price trade.
And there are three Canadians on the World Team. Mike Soroka (from the Braves), Cal Quantrill (son of former Jay Paul, from the Padres) and Josh Naylor (from the Padres).
The game is played Sunday July 9 at 4:00 pm Eastern.
A big thank you to Tyler Marcotte for the great picture of Vlad and Bo. And thanks to Jesse Goldberg-Strassler for offering it to us.