syndergaard480_xpc8c0r9_363r1wvqOvershadowed by the hyped Homerun Derby and the All-Star Game, the MLB Futures Game falls off the radar of baseball fans. Every year the game features many of MLB’s top prospects as they get a chance to showcase themselves as the next big stars of baseball. Three New York Mets prospects were featured; pitchers Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero and outfielder Brandon Nimmo. In addition, the game featured number one prospect outfielder Byron Buxton from the Minnesota Twins and eight of the top ten prospects in baseball according to Baseball America. This year, the United States topped the world by a score of 4-2. The amount of talent featured in the game makes it seem like a no-brainer for any baseball fan to attend. Add in the fact that the All-Star Game visits a Major League city once every couple of decades and tickets are ridiculously cheap, why do so few fans attend the game? I attended the game and purchased six tickets together in the second row of the Pepsi Porch for $16.85 on StubHub. It was hot, the food is overpriced, but the Futures Game experience is worth it. It wasn’t the most exciting game with the World team only scratching out three hits. However, there were a few flashes shown by the young international phenoms . Just about every pitcher threw mid to upper 90s and flashed a plus breaking ball. For the U.S. squad, Syndergaard and Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley were the most impressive pitchers throwing a combined two innings of shutout ball. For the World team Rafael De Paula of the other New York team stood out by pitching an excellent inning, flashing some serious power stuff. A couple of the World hitters also showed off their skills; Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogarts was impressive, hitting two singles and drawing a walk in the world’s ninth inning comeback attempt. Chicago Cubs middle infielder Arismendy Alcantara had the most impressive swing of the night crushing a pitch into the Pepsi Porch. These two players accounted for all of the World’s hits and runs scored. The United States hitters faired a little better than their World counterparts, scoring four runs on nine hits. Futures Game MVP third baseman Matt Davidson of the Diamondbacks provided the blast of the game with a two-run homerun to center field. Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich drilled a double and singled in his only two at-bats, together with Davidson they provided all the offense the U.S. would need to win. The play of the game on defense was Joc Pederson’s unsuccessful, but strong throw to the plate on a sacrifice fly by Detroit Tigers first base prospect Jordan Lennerton. Pederson made what looked to be a fairly easy sac-fly into a close play at the plate. If the throw wasn’t a little behind the plate, he may have gunned down the runner, Bogarts. Two disappointing things about this years games was not getting a chance to see Houston Astros prospect Delino DeShields or Cinicinatti Reds Billy Hamilton get their golden legs working. Together they stole 256 stolen bases last season. The other was not getting to see Buxton put on the show many expected him to give. The all-around star in the making, struck out twice in two at-bats.  You Can Follow Me on Twitter @danny_ss