It surely won’t be long before the New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series can proudly say they’ve had their first alum reach the big leagues.
Just who will get there first remains up for debate, however, as there are numerous players already making an impact at Major League Baseball’s annual spring training.
The Colorado Rockies trio of Drew Romo, Zac Veen and Mateo Gil (pictured) have all seen action in big league camp; Romo drove in a run over his first two games played, Veen has gone 2-for-6 with an RBI, a walk and a run scored and Gil memorably smacked a double on March 22 against the Los Angeles Angels in front of his father, Benji Gil, who is one of their coaches.
Romo and Veen both starred at the 2019 Grad Class Tournaments as teammates with the Scorpions — Veen later went on to play at International Week at Fenway Park later that year — while Mateo Gil was a member of the World Team at the inaugural International Week event back in 2017. Additionally, Benji Gil is the former national infield coordinator for the Future Stars Series.
Baltimore Orioles pitcher Grayson Rodriguez, considered the best pitching prospect in baseball, made his spring training debut in a March 21 start in which he struck out two batters in 1 1/3 innings of work.
Rodriguez is a two-time winner of Baltimore’s Jim Palmer Award as their MiLB Pitcher of the Year, and was a member of the National Team at 2017 International Week.
The Cleveland Guardians have a pair of International Week alums in camp; Petey Halpin is 2-for-2 with a run scored and a two RBI thus far, while Bo Naylor is 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI in his first three games.
Halpin turned in a stellar performance at 2019 International Week for the National Team, while Naylor was one of the stars of the World Team back in 2017.
Kyren Paris also made his big league spring training debut, appearing in one game for the Angels without getting an at-bat. Paris was one of the standouts at 2018 International Week at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona as was Dasan Brown, who has a run scored in his first big league spring training as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays.
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