A pair of Dodgers prospects from Double-A Tulsa will take part in the 2021 MLB Futures Game to kick off All-Star festivities at Coors Field in Denver.
Second baseman Michael Busch and pitcher Andre Jackson are the Dodgers contingent on the National League roster, which will battle American League prospects in a seven-inning showcase of MLB prospects that starts at noon PT.
MLB Network will televise the game, with Scott Braun on play-by-play alongside analysts Yonder Alonso and Jonathan Mayo, plus reporter Heidi Watney.
Several Rockies compile the coaching staffs for the Futures Game, including Vinny Castilla managing the NL team along with bullpen coach Marvin Freeman. Also on the staff as hitting coach is old friend Andruw Jones.
Sunday is part of an incredibly busy baseball day, and not just because the Dodgers play at 1 p.m. PT. This is the first time the MLB Draft is lined up with All-Star festivities, and the first round is Sunday night (4 p.m. PT; ESPN, MLB Network).
Busch, who was drafted by the Dodgers in the first round in 2019 out of North Carolina, is hitting .223/.373/.415, a 119 wRC+ with nine home runs through 51 games in his first full professional season. The 23-year-old was rated a top-100 prospect in baseball before the season by Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, ESPN, FanGraphs, and The Athletic. In BA’s midseason update on Friday, Busch was moved up from 87th to 69th.
Jackson, a 12th-round draft pick out of Utah in 2017, has a 3.78 ERA and 4.85 FIP for in 12 games for Tulsa, with 63 strikeouts (a 31.7-percent strikeout rate) and 15 walks in 50 innings. The 25-year-old was added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster in November.
MLB Futures Game info
- Teams: National League vs. American League
- When: Sunday, 12 p.m. PT
- Where: Coors Field, Denver
- How long: 7 innings
- Dodgers involved: Michael Busch, Andre Jackson
- TV: MLB Network