One of the first events on the MLB All-Star agenda is the Futures Game. The contest pits a U.S. roster against a World roster, with both teams made up of the best minor league talent available. Each team has at least one rep but no more than two, with the players coming from any level of the minors.
This year, the A's rep was breakout corner infielder Ryon Healy. We've written a lot about Healy this year, most recently here, and the bottom line is that the former 3rd-round pick has turned himself into a legitimate prospect. He's been shredding the ball since the second half of 2015 and he's fought his way up the depth chart to become the best hitter at Triple-A Nashville by a wide margin. His selection was a nice piece of recognition for a guy who seems to have sneaked up on the rest of the league.
The game was held on Sunday, and the World team dominated by a score of 11-3. But in an All-Star Game you really only care about how your own guy did, and Healy had a nice showing in his squad's losing effort. The right-hander served as the DH and went 2-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. Even better, one of his hits was a double off St. Louis righty Alex Reyes, who is currently the No. 2 prospect in the entire minors at BA's midseason update.
In his 48 games this season since moving up to Triple-A, Healy's numbers look like this:
Healy, AAA: .316/.361/.508, 6 HR, 6.3 BB%, 19.0% Ks, 127 wRC+
Since Healy's rise has come so suddenly, it seems like the 24-year-old is knocking on the door of MLB and yet we haven't really gotten to know him. Here's a peek at Ryon the person, including an explanation for his oddly spelled name:
Good game, Ryon!
(Note: The Triple-A All-Star Game, a totally separate event, will take place on Wednesday. Oakland's reps, or I suppose Nashville's, will be shortstop Chad Pinder and reliever Patrick Schuster ... though, does Schuster get to play if he's still on the A's 25-man roster by that point?)