MINNEAPOLIS — Team USA took a 3-2 win over the World Team at the 2014 MLB All-Star Futures game at Target Field on Sunday. And while it's silly to try to draw any firm conclusions about young baseball players based on a single game that includes players of various ages and levels, plenty of players turned in impressive performances in the exhibition:
Jose Berrios, Minnesota Twins
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The starting pitcher for the World team, Berrios made quick work of the top of Team USA's batting order in his lone inning of work. Berrios, a 20-year-old who dominated the Class A Advanced Florida State League in the first half of 2014, struck out Nats prospect Michael Taylor with a mid-90s fastball, then induced a couple of lazy fly balls.
Domingo German, Miami Marlins
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Sunday was a good day for Germans. The 21-year-old Class A righty caught a tough assignment when he was asked to face Kris Bryant and Joey Gallo, sluggers with 31 homers apiece at levels higher than his. But German struck them both out, fanning Bryant on an upper-90s fastball and Gallo with a breaking ball in the dirt.
Jesse Winker, Cincinnati Reds
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The 20-year-old outfielder has scuffled a bit since a promotion to Class AA last month, but his struggles didn't show in his first at-bat. The lefty-hitting Winker stroked an opposite-field double off the deep left-field wall at Target Field and went on to score the game's first run. His extra-base hit came off Giants lefty Edwin Escobar, who has dominated Class AAA lefty hitters this season.
Julio Urias, Los Angeles Dodgers
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At 17 years old — 17 years old — Urias was the youngest participant in the Futures Game by a year and a half. But with a fastball that touched 95 mph and a breaking ball he threw for strikes, Urias managed a quick inning behind one strikeout and a couple of batted balls that didn't get out of the infield. He retired a Class AA hitter and two Class AAA guys in the perfect frame. And, again, he's 17.
Joey Gallo, Texas Rangers
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With strikeouts in his first two at-bats, Gallo showed the world the part of his game he needs to improve. Then, in his third at-bat, he showed his strength: Gallo smashed a towering 419-foot homer into the second deck in right field off Astros prospect Michael Felix.
Renato Nunez, Oakland Athletics
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Renato Nunez made this list for one reason: He walked up to the plate accompanied by Dr. Dre's "Keep Their Heads Ringin'," a song perfectly suited for such purposes but critically underused in them. Whether that was by design or coincidence, Nunez deserves to be honored here. He also singled.