2014 Futures Game Running Diary

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See also: Junior Home Run Derby

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Sunday’s Futures Game was a glimpse of what might have been for Cardinals outfielder James Ramsey.

James Ramsey with Ozzie Smith at the Futures Game.

James Ramsey with Ozzie Smith at the Futures Game.

A first-round pick in 2012, Ramsey actually had been drafted by the Twins in 2011 after his junior season at Florida State. A 22nd-round pick, Ramsey was taken in the last year of the old uncapped draft era, and the Twins followed him to the Cape Cod League to evaluate him. As August dawned, the Twins offered Ramsey a reported $500,000 signing bonus.

That fall, a Twins official said the organization viewed him as potentially a Jason Kipnis type; they wanted to try converting him to second base. Ramsey mulled their offer back in Tallahassee, he said, and decided to go back to Florida State.

“It’s funny to be at a Futures Game in Minnesota,” he said, looking around the home clubhouse prior to the Futures Game. “It was hard to decline them but everything worked out, and I really had a positive experience with the organization. I have a lot of respect for them, and Billy Corrigan, the scout that was working on it for them, I have to thank him for believing in me.

“He knew they probably weren’t going to draft me the next year because they picked second, and they liked this Buxton kid,” Ramsey said with a smile, referring to injured outfielder Byron Buxton. “But I really got along with Billy and he liked me, and I know Sean Gilmartin in their system now, and he says great things about the Twins too.”

It worked out for Ramsey, who not only became a first-rounder but led the Seminoles to the College World Series. He’s blocked in an outfield-heavy Cardinals system and posting huge numbers at Double-A Springfield, batting .308/.389/.542 with 12 homers in 201 at-bats. He went 0-for-1 in his only plate appearance.

— John Manuel


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Christian Binford watched the College World Series with more interest than the average minor league player. The Royals farmhand, a 30th-round pick in 2011, was a Virginia recruit and considered a fairly safe bet to go to school considering how far he fell and that he had Tommy John surgery as a prep sophomore, keeping him from pitching as a junior. The 6-foot-6, 217-pounder signed at the deadline in the last year of uncapped drafts for $575,000, which took him and the Virginia coaching staff by surprise. “It was frustrating in some ways, because I think there were a lot of misunderstandings,” Binford said in the U.S. team clubhouse Sunday before the Futures Game. “It’s a frustrating process. I can say that I left the door open (to signing). But the process is a difficult process. I had no idea I was going to get drafted, or get the (signing bonus) that I did. “When the Royals were kind enough to add in money for school, I felt I had to sign and start my pro career.” Binford took a second to survey the clubhouse, where he was dressing next to Orioles prospect Hunter Harvey and two stalls down from Rangers prospect Joey Gallo. “I can say right now I have no regrets, not one bit.” Binford did follow the Cavs this year, though, as they were preseason No. 1 and wound up as runner-up to Vanderbilt. He made his campus official visit with fellow Pennsylvanian Derek Fisher (now with the Astros), as well as Virginia starters Kenny Towns and Nate Irving, and has kept in touch with some of the players. “I didn’t follow them the whole year, because I’ve turned the page on thinking ‘what if,’ but I definitely watched them in the World Series,” said Binford, who has reached Double-A this season after going 5-4, 2.40 with a 92-11 strikeout-walk ratio in high Class A. “It was fun to watch them, it’s too bad they didn’t pull it out.” — John Manuel


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4:22 p.m. Joey Gallo’s BP from the Futures Game, courtesy of Josh Norris 4:21 p.m.

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3:50 p.m. Javier Baez tells MLB Network he’s learned a lot from Manny Ramirez at Triple-A Iowa, says Manny’s always teaching, talking to other players. Says his goal is to be in the majors in 2014.

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12:33 p.m. Here is video, courtesy of mlb.com, of the Junior Home Run Derby.


The lineups, provided by @johnmanuelba                                                                                             2. Coyle, Sean – 2B3. Seager, Corey – SS4. Bryant, Kris – 3B5. Gallo, Joey – DH6. Peterson, DJ – 1B7. Winker, Jesse – LF8. Renfroe, Hunter – RF9. Plawecki, Kevin – C10. Owens, Henry – SPProjected Pitching Sequence1. Owens2. Norris, Daniel3. Binford, Christian4. Harvey, Hunter5. Meyer, Alex6. Giolito, Lucas7. Thompson, Jake8. Shipley, Braden9. Stephenson, Robert10. Syndergaard, NoahWORLD:1. Pompey, Dalton – CF2. Lindor, Francisco – SS3. Peraza, Jose – 2B4. Vargas, Kennys – 1B5. Moya, Steven – LF6. Alvarez, Dariel – RF7. Guerrero, Gabby – DH8. Nunez, Renato – 3B9. Alfaro, Jorge – C10. Berrios, J.O. – PProjected Pitching Sequence:1. Berrios, J.O.2. German, Domingo3. Escobar, Edwin4. Severino, Luis5. Urias, Julio6. Feliz, Michael7. Romero, Enny8. Lopez, Jorge9. Alcantara, Victor10. Guerrero, Tayron         

 
   

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1. Taylor, Michael – CF

12:10 p.m. EST. Here’s the schedule of events, courtesy of mlb.com. All times Central. 12:00 p.m. – Press Gates Open 1:00 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. – World Team Batting Practice 1:50 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – World Team Photo (Outfield) 2:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m. – World Team Photo (Infield) 2:00 p.m. – Public Gates Open 2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – U.S. Team Batting Practice 3:05 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – U.S. Team Infield 3:15 p.m. – 3:25 p.m. – World Team Infield 3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – U.S. and World Team on-field autographs 4:00 p.m. – SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game On-Air (Live on MLB Network and MLB.com) 12:11 p.m.

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