This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
Last Sunday, was one of the highlights of my season, as it always is. The Futures Game is a showcase of exceptional talent, both in the batter's box and on the mound. I mean, where else can you see so many quality young arms, on their way up, and all pitching in the same place, and on the same day? Admittedly, it's a little disappointing that they typically only throw one inning, and even more so that they shortened the game to just seven innings (eight with a tie), but there are a lot of things to watch for.
As usual, this was yet another interesting Futures Game. In fact, it might have been the best yet with rosters overflowing with Watch List young arms. I really thought the arms were beyond outstanding, but I was concerned that the juiced baseball might taint the game like it has MLB this season. Thankfully, for the most part, the pitching held up. Quality pitching, only facing hitters once, makes the hot ball a bit less dangerous. I think many of the pitchers featured in this year's Futures Game will be impact players, and there were quite a few arms you need to have on your watch list. If you are in a dynasty league, a couple of these guys should already be rostered.
MacKenzie Gore (San Diego Padres)
He currently resides in the penthouse suite of my Watch List, and his performance in the Futures Game did nothing to change that. In