The Futures Game is a precursor to the All-Star Game every year and showcases the future stars that could make impact in years to come. We first caught a glimpse of today’s Cuban stars such as Randy Arozarena and Yordan Álvarez in this such game.
In this year’s edition we will likely get a glimpse of Yosver Zulueta, Yanquiel Fernández and Edgar Quero, who were selected and are highly regarded by their organization as possible future stars in the big leagues.
Switch-hitting Edgar Quero looks like the backstop of the future for the Los Angeles Angels. In 54 games this year with the Rocket City Trash Pandas the native of Cienfuegos, Cuba is hitting .244 with two longballs and 27 runs batted in, but 14 of his 49 hits have been for extra bases and also boast a .386 OBP on the campaign.
— Rocket City Trash Pandas (@trashpandas) June 26, 2023
In the case of Yanquiel Fernández the power-hitting outfielder has drawn comparisons to Yordan Álvarez. In 66 games this season with the Rockies Class A, A+ and AA affiliates he has hit a solid .313 with 19 roundtrippers and knocked in 73. Fernández is coming off a year in which he set a Fresno Grizzlies’ single season record with 109 RBIs. Colorado invisions the youngster as a future corner outfielder and run producer in the majors.
After fighting off two major injuries during his career, this season might be the year that Yosver Zulueta makes him MLB debut. Armed with a triple digit fastball and an array of breaking pitches, the flamethrowing Cuban has the makings of a closer at the big league level with Toronto. In 37 innings pitched this year mostly in relief he has won two games and fanned 42 batters. Although his ERA is a middling 4.34 opponents only hit .250 versus Zulueta. The pitcher will make his straight appearance in the game, he was last year’s winning pitcher.
— Blake Street Banter ⚾🌮 (@blakestbanter) June 21, 2023