On Saturday July 8, some of the best young talent in farm systems across Major League Baseball will compete in the MLB Futures Game, which starts at 7 p.m. ET and will take place in Seattle at T-Mobile Park ahead of All-Star weekend.
The New York Yankees will be sending two representatives to this year's event: No. 3 prospect Spencer Jones (OF) and No. 13 prospect Clayton Beeter (SP). Neither player is in the starting lineup for the American League squad, but fans will at least get to see Beeter.
The right-hander, who was acquired in last year's Joey Gallo trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers, is set to be the fifth pitcher to enter the game, per MLB.com, but the order is subject to change. Right now, he's expected to see action.
As for Jones, it'll be up to manager (and MLB Network analyst) Harold Reynolds, who will be in charge of the AL dugout. If you can catch the beginning of the game, don't worry, because the Yankees players won't be in there until later on.
MLB Futures Game: How to watch Yankees prospects Clayton Beeter and Spencer Jones
To the dismay of just about everybody, the game will be broadcast on Peacock and SiriusXM, meaning you'll need subscriptions for either platform to watch or listen. MLB Network will co-produce the telecast as well, so you might be in luck depending on your cable/streaming service.
Beeter is set to take the mound after Rangers prospect Owen White, Royals prospect Will Klein, Guardians prospect Joey Cantillo, and White Sox prospect Jonathan Cannon. The right-hander just got the nod to Triple-A Scranton, but has struggled in his first two outings. Before that, he owned a 2.08 ERA and 1.24 WHIP with 76 strikeouts in 12 starts (60.2 innings) with Double-A Somerset.
As for Jones, he might be in Somerset fairly soon. The towering outfielder is hitting .263 with an .800 OPS, 40 runs scored, 10 homers, 40 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 68 games with High-A Hudson Valley. His 98 strikeouts are indeed a problem and the Yankees would probably like to see more walks (just 27), but his raw talent is undeniable. There's a reason beyond merely his size that he's been compared to Aaron Judge.
Jones has unfortunately endured a recent slump (he's 8 for his last 53), but fans are hoping they can catch a quick glimpse of him because there's always a good chance he'll run into one (let's make it two years in a row after Jasson Dominguez's bomb at Dodger Stadium in 2022!).
The MLB Draft will be the next major event to follow the Futures Game in Seattle, and we'll have more coverage on both come Sunday.