The Futures Game

The Tigers top 2 prospects will be on display amongst other minor league stars today. Humberto Sanchez will be the starting pitcher for the World team while Cameron Maybin looks to contribute to the US team.

Unfortunately the game begins at the same time as today’s Tiger tilt and it will air on ESPN2. Unfortunatel-ier I won’t be around to watch either and my DVR has only one tuner. I’ll be recording the first 45 minutes of the Future’s game before switching to the Tigers.

If you happen to tune in, feel free to post any observations or comments here.

UDPATE: After watching my recording, Humberto Sanchez was – dare I say – filthy. He carved up Stephen Drew, Howie Kendrick, and Alex Gordon with an impressive mix of low 90’s heat and breaking pitches. He fanned Drew and Gordon and made it through the inning on 12 pitches – 9 of which were strikes.

Unfortunately my recording cut off before Maybin hit so I missed him with the bat, though he had a number of routine flyball opportunities early.


  1. Brian A.

    July 9, 2006 at 3:24 pm

    wow, 2 strikeouts and a weak groudout for Sanchez in the first. Impressive.

  2. Rob

    July 9, 2006 at 3:58 pm

    Sanchez was definitely nasty in the first inning pitching to a pretty impressive group of prospects in Steven Drew (strikeout on 4 pitches), Howie Kendrick (weak groundout to short on 0-2 count), and Alex Gordon (struck out looking at a nice curve on 5 pitches).

    Maybin is pretty smooth in the OF, but grounded out in his first AB.

  3. Brian A.

    July 9, 2006 at 4:13 pm

    Maybin is fast. wow.

  4. Brian A.

    July 9, 2006 at 5:03 pm

    that’s 2 infield singles for maybin

  5. Rob

    July 9, 2006 at 6:27 pm

    I guess it’s like being the tallest short guy, but Maybin’s infield singles were not little bloopers. The first was ripped up the middle and redirected off the pitchers glove. The second was a decently hit ball deep in the hole that the SS made a play on, but had no chance of throwing him out.

  6. BigMax

    July 10, 2006 at 8:43 am

    Sanchez’ breaking ball, and Maybin’s speed were both very impressive.

    One inning or one game is not much, but both looked excellent.

  7. Kyle J

    July 10, 2006 at 9:44 am

    Didn’t catch any of the Futures Game, but Maybin is definitely VERY fast. Saw him almost beat out a routine grounder to the second baseman in GR–and the second baseman wasn’t leisurely about making the throw. I have to believe he’s as fast as anyone in the majors right now.