MIAMI—Long before the first pitch of the Futures Game is thrown, there’s a game before the game.
Every year, batting practice at the Futures Game is one of the highlights of the prospect-scouting season. And almost every year, the BP lives up to expectations.
One year it was notable because Carlos Correa matched Miguel Sano long home run for long home run, hinting at the impressive power the Astros shortstop has.
In 2014, Joey Gallo launched balls so high and far at Target Field that he hit a promotional Chevy pickup truck, seemingly parked well out of harm’s way.
This year a star-studded lineup of U.S. and World hitters didn’t dent any trucks. Giancarlo Stanton’s longest home runs of Marlins Park remain safe as well, but there were plenty of highlights.
For consistent power, Brewers outfielder Corey Ray led the way. He put nine balls over the fence, and did so by showing both pull and opposite field power.
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna hit six himself, and like Ray he hit them to left, center and right.
Batting Practice Home Runs
8: Corey Ray
6: Ronald Acuna
5: Derek Fisher
4: Amed Rosario, Josh Naylor, Bryan Reynolds, Ryan McMahon
3: Nick Senzel, Zack Collins
2: Lewis Brinson*, Rafael Devers, Francisco Mejia, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Eloy Jimenez, Yordan Alvarez, Rhys Hoskins, Kyle Tucker, Brendan Rodgers, Bo Bichette, Scott Kingery.
1: Brian Anderson
* Hit an extra one in an extra round of BP no one else took.
But when it came to showing outstanding raw power with long BP home runs, Yoan Moncada, Derek Fisher and Lewis Brinson stood out. Brinson hit a pair of home runs that ended up around the Budweiser sign in left center, an area that is framed by a 427-foot sign.
In right field, Derek Fisher hit the longest ball in the right field upper deck, as he went nearly halfway up in the fourth section of seats in right center. Moncada hit the facade for the second deck, but he did so in deep right center.
A complete plot of all the batting practice home runs is below. All locations are approximate.