As we get ready for the Major League All-Star Game, the minor leagues celebrated some of the best up-and-coming prospects this weekend in Cincinnati. The Yankees had a couple top prospects taking swings in the exhibition game. Aaron Judge played for the US Futures Team, while Gary Sanchez started for the World Futures Team. The US had little trouble in dispatching their World counterparts, falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first only to come back and take the 10-1 victory, the sixth straight US Futures game win. Kyle Schwarber, the Cub's catching prospect, had a two-run triple in the bottom of the third that gave the US the only lead they would need yesterday. The 2014 fourth overall pick took home the MVP award, and he didn't have to go very far with it, as the catcher grew up just north of Cincinnati. Pirates' prospect, Josh Bell, knocked a two-run homer in the fourth.
Both Yankees' prospects contributed to their teams efforts on Sunday. Judge played the whole game at DH, going 1-4 with a pair of strikeouts and a run scored, while Sanchez started at catcher and went 1-2 with a double. Judge has continued to make a great impression on Yankees fans and the front office, getting called up to Scranton earlier this season after crushing the ball in Trenton. He's only 22, but it is hard to believe it will be that long before the big outfielder gets a trip up to the Bronx.
Sanchez, formerly the top ranked prospect in the Yankees' system, had slipped a bit over the last year, but he is in the midst of a resurgence. The tools have always been there, but his attitude and defense were suspect. In fact, if Cashman and Sanchez are right, it sounds like the young catcher has really turned the page. Cashman stated, "All you hear about the buzz is that the light bulb has gone on and the thirst, the desire, the hunger has matched the talent now. His receiving is significantly improved. He's still young for that league and performing really well. At some point, you're going to see him moved up to Triple-A, too. He's going to be an everyday Major League catcher, no doubt in my mind." Sanchez echoed this by simply saying, "I just came in this year with the mentality that I wanted to work hard. It's time for me to be in the big leagues."