Vladimir Guerrero Jr., recently ranked the second-best prospect in all of baseball by Baseball Prospectus, and Bo Bichette played in the All-Star Futures Game yesterday, performing well against some of the best minor-league pitchers and fielders in the game.
Guerrero Jr. collected two hits. Bichette, in two at-bats, didn’t reach base, but lined out to right-field and struck out.
Three Canadians played in the Futures Game as part of the World team. Josh Naylor collected an RBI single, Mike Soroka pitched one inning and didn’t allow an earned run, and Cal Quantrill pitched one inning and gave up two earned runs.
Joe Smith threw off a mound yesterday and “felt good,” Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet reports. Smith is expected to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday, before beginning a rehab stint with the triple-A Buffalo Bisons on Friday.
Yesterday’s game was one for the ages. The Blue Jays lost 19-1 to the Houston Astros on Aaron Sanchez bobble-head day, ending the ceremonial first half of the season with the worst loss of the season.
Toronto’s only run came in the bottom of the ninth inning with two out, when Ezequiel Carrera hit a solo home run to end the shutout.
It may be hard to believe, but the Blue Jays are still just five games back of the second wild-card spot. The postseason is not out of reach for this team, and, technically speaking, it is a better team than what it was to start the season, accounting for injuries.
For better or for worse (probably for better), the Blue Jays don’t play today. Or tomorrow. Or Wednesday. Or Thursday, for that matter. With the All-Star break in full swing, you can watch the Home Run Derby tonight at 8 PM ET and the All-Star game tomorrow at 7:30 ET.
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