Welcome to The Upper Deck, Baseball America’s daily look at the biggest stories around the game and some lighter fare.
Sox of the Future
— Cut4 (@Cut4) July 9, 2017
White Sox prospects Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech got a chance to face each other in the Futures Game on Sunday. Moncada is probably hoping the matchup doesn’t happen again in their careers. Kopech gassed Moncada with a 101 mph fastball for the strikeout.
Just A Warmup
this ball still hasn't landed btw… pic.twitter.com/Xj0l7lp4vH
— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) July 9, 2017
Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon will compete in the Home Run Derby Monday night. He hit this 477-foot bomb Sunday to warm up for the event. Blackmon’s teammate Kyle Freeland also took a no-hitter into the ninth inning of Colorado’s 10-0 win against the White Sox before Melky Cabrera broke it up with a single with one out.
— MLB (@MLB) July 9, 2017
Elijah Cabell, a 2018 third baseman and outfielder from Florida, impressed at the Tournament of Stars by having the second-fastest exit velocity at the event. He flashed some pop again at the High School Home Run Derby in Marlins Park on Sunday. Cabell hit a ball off the sculpture in center field. Wow.
— Cut4 (@Cut4) July 10, 2017
I don’t think this video needs too much of a description. Just look at that hair. Majestic. . . . Oh yeah, Harper’s also Top 10 in the NL in batting, RBIs and homers heading into the all-star break.
No Worries for The Rest Of Your Days . . .
What a wonderful phrase. pic.twitter.com/nqR4CijsAV
— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) July 9, 2017
Check out baseballamerica.com for plenty of coverage on Sunday’s Futures Game. JJ Cooper recapped the event; Ben Badler handed down superlatives for the game’s top performers, and there is plenty more.