Rockies feature three prospects in 2021 MLB Futures Game at Coors Field
First baseman Michael Toglia, outfielder Ryan Vilade and catcher Willie MacIver will represent Colorado in the annual showcase for top minor-league talent.
The Rockies will have three prospects at this year’s MLB Futures Game, to be held July 11 at Coors Field.
First baseman Michael Toglia, outfielder Ryan Vilade and catcher Willie MacIver are set to represent Colorado in the annual showcase for top minor-league talent. The National League team will be managed by ex-Rockies third baseman and current special assistant Vinny Castilla.
Toglia is the Rockies’ No. 3-ranked prospect, per MLB Pipeline, and was the club’s first-round pick out of UCLA in 2019. The 22-year-old switch-hitter is slashing .233/.344/.450 for Class-A Advanced Spokane this year, with 10 homers and 33 RBIs.
Vilade, who switched from the infield to the outfield last year, skipped Double-A and is currently slashing .260/.327/.356 with Triple-A Albuquerque. He is Colorado’s No. 4 prospect, and the organization is confident in the former second-round pick’s ability to keep fast-tracking to the majors.
MacIver, a ninth-round pick in 2018, joined Vilade as non-roster invites in this year’s spring training. MacIver is slashing .286/.395/.542 with 10 homers and 30 RBIs for Spokane, with a .937 OPS.
Other Colorado ties on the Futures Game coaching staffs are NL bullpen coach Marvin Freeman (Rockies pitcher 1994-96), NL pitching coach Frank Gonzalez (pitching coach for Double-A Hartford), American League manager LaTroy Hawkins (Rockies pitcher 2007 and 2013-14) and AL third base coach Jamey Carroll (Rockies infielder 2006-07).
Additionally, Rangers’ right-handed prospect and Longmont native Cole Winn will be playing for the AL team.
Winn is a former Silver Creek star who won the 2016-17 Gatorade state player of the year before finishing his prep career in California. He was drafted No. 15 overall in 2018. The 21-year-old is 2-3 with a 2.27 ERA in nine starts for Double-A Frisco this year.
The Futures Game has been held since 1999 and is in its second year of an NL versus AL format (it was previously U.S. versus World). In the last Futures Game in 2019, the Rockies were represented by left-handed reliever Ben Bowden, who is now with the big-league club.
First pitch for this year’s game will be at 1 p.m., and it will be broadcast on the MLB Network. Ex-Rockies first baseman Yonder Alonso will be an analyst on the telecast. The game will feature 29 former first-round draft picks, including the last two No. 1 overall picks on the AL roster (Baltimore’s Adley Rutschman and Detroit’s Spencer Torkelson).