If the next generation of baseball's stars on display at Sunday's Major League Baseball All-Star Futures Game were any indication, there's one thing that won't change when these top prospects filter up to the majors: a lot of home runs.
The United States team won, 10-6, over the World team in a game in which the clubs evenly split eight home runs on a muggy day at Nationals Park, headlined by a pair from Dodgers prospect Yusniel Díaz for the World side and capped by a massive two-run home shot by Mets first base prospect Peter Alonso to put the game out of reach in the seventh.
The host Americans got on the board in the first inning, when Rockies second baseman Brendan Rodgers doubled with two outs and scored on a single by Rays prospect Nate Lowe. The next 11 runs would come on home runs, seven in all, before Los Angeles Angels prospect Jo Adell scored the go-ahead run after a double, a passed ball, and a wild pitch in the seventh inning.
Seuly Matias, a 19-year-old outfielder in the Royals organization who leads the minors in home runs, tied it with the game's first home run in the second inning, and White Sox outfielder Luis Basabe, acquired in the trade that sent Chris Sale to the Red Sox, turned around a 102-mph fastball from Reds top draft pick Hunter Greene to give the World team a 3-1 advantage.
A pair of two-run home runs by Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen and Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes erased, then reversed that deficit for the U.S. in the fourth inning. It didn't last long, with Díaz hitting his first home run to tie it in the fifth inning.
Reds outfielder Taylor Trammell made it 6-3 U.S. in the sixth inning, only for Díaz to tie the game again in the top of the seventh before Adell and the U.S. finally ended the run of home runs.
Alonso's home run, measured at 113 mph off the bat by MLB's Statcast tracking system, was the most towering home run of the game, and put the U.S. up 9-6.
Big-swinging Orioles infielder Ryan Mountcastle tried to join the power party in his two at-bats, but he struck out in the fifth inning and flew out to left field in the seventh while coming off the bench as the designated hitter.
Orioles left-hander Alex Wells retired both batters he faced, including Padres outfielder Buddy Reed (Finksburg), using nine pitches before exiting the game.