Gerrit Cole, the first pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2011 draft, delivers a pitch during the second inning. Cole, currently in Double A, surrendered two runs on one hit and a walk on Sunday. Cole also struck out two.
Detroit Tigers third-base prospect Nick Castellanos hits a three-run homer during a nine-run sixth inning for the US Futures team at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on Sunday. The US squad defeated the World team 17-5. Castellanos, who plays for Double-A Erie, took home MVP honors after going 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs.
Unfortunately for World team pitcher Julio Rodriguez, he serves up the three-run blast to Nick Castellanos. Rodriguez, a Phillies Double-A starter, yielded three runs — two earned — in one inning of work.
Hoisting the hardware
Nick Castellanos, who played DH for the US squad, holds up the MVP trophy after Sunday's contest. The 20-year-old Castellanos was drafted after his senior season in high scool as the 44th overall pick — a first-round selection by the Detroit Tigers — in the 2010 draft.
The tide has turned
United States players celebrate after their 17-5 rout on Sunday afternoon. The US has won the last three contests. The World took three in row from 2007 to '09. Since the start of the series 14 seasons ago, the US leads the event 8-6.
Discussion on the hill
US pitcher Danny Hultzen (right) talks with catcher Tommy Joseph during the third inning. Hultzen, a 22-year-old lefty with the Seattle Mariners' Triple-A affiliate, yielded a run on three hits. The 20-year-old Joseph, who currently plays for San Francisco's Double-A club, had an RBI double and walked in his two plate appeaances on Sunday.
Wishing for a do-over?
The World team's Ariel Pena has the worst day of all the Futures pitchers. Pena, an Angels right-handed prospect in Double A, allowed eight runs on seven hits and a walk, while only retiring one batter during his sixth-inning appearance.
St. Louis Double-A prospect and World team outfielder Oscar Taveras is out on a stolen-base attempt in the fifth inning. USA second baseman Scooter Gennett, who plays for Milwaukee's Double-A club, applies the tag. Both players were 1-for-3 at the plate, but Gennett added two runs and an RBI.
Caught at third
The World's Jesus Aguilar is tagged out at third base by the US' Mike Olt in the fourth inning. Aguilar, a Clevealnd Indians prospect in Class A, went 1-for-3 with a run on Sunday. Olt, who plays for the Texas Rangers' Double-A club, was 1-for-5 with an RBI double.
Hall of Famer and Kansas City Royals icon George Brett motions as he walks back to the dugout before the first pitch. Brett managed the winning US team,
Cincinnati prospect Billy Hamilton heads toward third base as his triple plates two of the US' four runs in the third inning. The World team jumped out to a 4-0 lead after 2½ innings, but the US tied it with the four-run frame. Hamilton, who went 1-for-3 on Sunday, has 104 stolen bases in 82 games at Class-A Bakersfield this season.
US catcher Tommy Joseph, who plays for San Francisco's Double-A affiliate in Richmond, Va., watches his two-run double during the fourth inning.
Someone had to take the L
World pitcher Felipe Rivero, who pitches for the Rays' Class-A club in the Midwest League, ends up the losing pitcher of record after allowing two runs — one earned — on one hit and three walks in the bottom of the fourth on Sunday.
UCLA product Gerrit Cole, the first pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2011 draft, delivers a pitch during the second inning. Cole, currently in Double A, surrendered two runs on one hit and a walk on Sunday. Cole also struck out two.
Safe at third
The World Futures team leadoff hitter Jean Segura slides into third base as the US' Mike Olt awaits the throw during the third inning. Segura, a Double-A infielder for the Angels, went 2-for-3 with a run on Sunday.
Cubs fans can't wait
The World Team's Jae-Hoon Ha cranks a two-run homer in the second inning. Ha, a Double-A outfielder for the Chicago Cubs, finished 2-for-2 in a losing cause on Sunday. The homer gave the World a 3-0 lead.
World shortstop Jurickson Profar (right) celebrates with teammate Oscar Taveras after hitting a solo blast in the first inning. Profar, a 19-year-old shortstop for Texas' Double-A affiliate, finished 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI on Sunday.
Jake Odorizzi, the starter for the US and a Triple-A farmhand for the Royals, delivers a pitch during the first inning. Odorizzi yielded one run on a hit, while striking out one in his lone inning of work.
Skipper for a day
US manager George Brett (left) tips his cap to the crowd during pregame introductions at Kauffman Stadium.
Ready to go
The US team stands on the first-base line, while the World team takes the third-base line before the national anthems.
Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith sits in the United States dugout during the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday.