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LOS ANGELES—When Shea Langeliers stepped up to the plate in the fourth inning of Saturday’s Futures Game, he faced a familiar face on the mound. Jared Shuster and Langeliers were teammates last year at Double-A Mississippi before the catcher was traded to the A’s in early 2022 as part of the deal that sent Matt Olson to Atlanta.
“Knowing the types of pitches that he throws and knowing how he tries to get guys out … having the knowledge that going into the at-bat and knowing he has a really good changeup, I think it gave me an advantage,” Langeliers said.
Baseball America’s No. 83 prospect smacked a 392-foot home run to give the American League its first Futures Game win, a 6-4 victory, since the game switched from a USA vs. World format in 2019.
Because Langeliers knows all about Shuster’s talent, the home run was a little sweeter. However, the most satisfying moment of the day was when he threw out Corbin Carroll, who attempted to steal third base in the first inning.
Langeliers came into the weekend most looking forward to playing on a big league field and having the opportunity to meet some of the game’s other top prospects. He leaves with a win, and a trophy for Most Valuable Player.
“There’s a bunch of talented guys out there on the field,” said Langeliers of his MVP nod. “It was really easy behind the plate with how good the pitchers were. Everybody out there is a super talented baseball player. At the end of the day, it was just fun to get out there.”