The Upper Deck
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
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.
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.
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
Podcast: How The Cubs Scouted Cory Abbott
Cubs area scout Tom Myers joins the podcast to discuss scouting and signing Cory Abbott.
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.