LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shea Langeliers is headed for the Hall of Fame, even before his major league debut.
Langeliers, a 24-year-old catcher prospect, was voted All-Star Futures Game MVP on Saturday after hitting a home run and throwing out a runner trying to steal third base in a 6-4 American League victory.
His Victus Pro Reserved DT29 maple bat, size 34-32, is headed to Cooperstown.
“It’s crazy, I came in today excited to be here,” Langeliers said.
New York Yankees prospect Jasson Dominguez and Minnesota’s Matt Wallner hit two-run homers in the third inning off San Francisco’s Kyle Harrison, who took the loss.
Dominguez, at 19, the youngest AL prospect in the game, tied the score 3-3 with his 415-foot line on a slider at the letters. Wallner homered three batters later and hung up the sinker for a 5-3 lead, a 115.3-mph drive hit harder than any Major League Twins homer this year.
“In an ideal world, that’s what I would have done,” Wallner said.
Langeliers, the oldest player on either team, added a solo homer in the fourth on a swinging changeup from Atlanta’s Jared Shuster. Langeliers nabbed Shuster last year at Double-A Mississippi, before Oakland acquired Langeliers in the March trade that sent first baseman Matt Olson to Atlanta.
“I know how good he is,” Langeliers said. “He made my job really easy catching last year. It was great to be on the other side.”
He ousted Corbin Carroll, the No. 3 overall prospect, trying to steal third place.
What was more satisfying?
“Eject the running back, for sure,” Langeliers said.
The Futures Game attracts the best prospects. Julio Rodriguez played in last year’s game and is this year’s youngest All-Star at 21, also chosen for Monday night’s Home Run Derby.
Jack Leiter, son of former major league pitcher Al Leiter, pitched a 1-2-3 fourth. Selected second overall by Texas in last year’s draft, Leiter hit 97.5 mph.
Darren Baker, son of Houston manager Dusty Baker, entered in the fifth and hit a line drive that Chicago White Sox center fielder Oscar Colas caught with a drop.
Toronto’s Yosver Zulueta faced a batter and got the win, retiring the Mets’ Francisco Álvarez with a groundout that ended the third.
The teams played at Dodger Stadium, three days before the All-Star Game is held at the park.
Milwaukee’s Joey Wiemer hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning that Oakland’s Denzel Clark caught against the right-field wall. The Yankees’ Ken Waldichuk saved himself by retiring the Brewers’ Jackson Chourio with a fly ball.
Players, excited to be in a Major League ballpark, watched as they hung from dugout railings. Agent Scott Boras and his staff filled the front row a section behind home plate.
Dodgers right-hander Bobby Miller struck out three in the first: Dominguez on a changeup, Anthony Volpe on a curveball and Wallner on a changeup.
Cardinals shortstop Masyn Winn drove 100.5 mph to first to get Houston’s Yainer Diaz out in the second inning, faster than any pitch in a major league game since Statcast began in 2015. it’s 97.8 mph by Pittsburgh’s Oneil Cruz on Thursday.
Texas prospect Dustin Harris had an RBI single in the first inning off Miller, but the NL built a 3-1 lead in the second after the Dodgers’ Diego Cartaya hit a two-out fly ball to center field. that Domínguez dropped on the warning track. warning hint for a two run error. San Diego’s Robert Hassell III followed with an RBI single that chased down Hunter Brown.
Dominguez, who learned Thursday that he will be promoted from Tampa to Hudson Valley, was relieved when he homered.
“My mind said: Everyone forget this mistake,” he said.
The Cubs were represented by Pete Crow-Armstrong, the 19th overall pick in 2020, while the White Sox featured Oscar Colás, ranked sixth in the Red Sox organization by Baseball America, in the All-Star Futures Game.
Cleveland’s George Valera ran to deep left to rob Hassell of an extra-base hit that scored a run in the first inning.
Tony, Olivier and Emmy Award winner Bryan Cranston threw a line drive off the shoulder of Grammy Award winner Anthony Ramos during batting practice before the celebrity softball game.
“There’s definitely going to be a bruise,” Cranston said after recovering in his trailer. “I could be more of a cheerleader in this game.”
Actor Simu Liu on his softball ability: “I’m all athletics, zero technique.”
Hunter Pence hit two home runs for Brooklyn, which beat Cranston’s Los Angeles team 15-13 in softball. Pence, a former San Francisco Giant, was booed repeatedly.
AP freelance writer Jolene Latimer contributed to this report.