It was recently announced that the beloved DH is returning to the All Star weekend as a manager.
Future Hall of Fame DH, David Ortiz will reportedly be managing the World All Star team in the Futures game in the upcoming All Star weekend.
This game will feature the brightest prospects from around Major League Baseball, but unfortunately will not include any Red Sox hitters. In this case, most prospects are considered a few years away from the majors; however players such as Rhys Hoskins, Yoan Moncada, and Ronald Acuna, have all made it to the spotlight by the end of the season, or beginning of the following year.
Despite not having any young Red Sox pitchers to teach, he will have young Sox prospect, Bryan Mata on his roster. Mata is currently listed as the 4th overall prospect within the organization and currently resides in Salem.
The 19 year old arm has a 3.42 ERA thus far this season and has the potential to develop into a solid rotation piece.
The scouting report on Mata:
Long way to go developmentally, but a very intriguing arm. Has the profile of a potential mid-rotation starting pitcher. Already shows the beginnings of a three-pitch mix and has a projectable frame. Has shown the ability to miss bats with both his fastball and changeup already, though his curveball lags behind. Physical development will be key given how skinny he is at present.
It’s an incredible experience for David Ortiz to return to the All Star game as a manager and to get to mentor these young phenoms. Opposite of Ortiz is Torii Hunter, who will coach the United States’ team.
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The Ortiz / Hunter matchup brings back back some great memories…[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJyxzaLNlNw&w=560&h=315]
Congratulations to Big Papi and go World!