All-Star game week is always a busy time full of storylines, from superstar Julio Rodriguez joining the Home Run Derby to the Ken Griffey Junior Swingman Classic and the annual MLB All-Star Futures game. This year's midsummer classic and its events are must-watch television.
If you're tapped into the Mariners' farm system or want to get a good look at the franchise's future, look no further than the organization's number one prospect Harry Ford and the power and speed combination of outfielder Jonathan Clase. Both will suit up for Harold Reynolds' American League team in the annual prospect showcase.
Ford, a catcher with a keen eye and Craig Biggio-esque skillset, had a whirlwind offseason leading the Great Britain team in the World Baseball Classic. Now, he's making a media circuit ahead of what should be a memorable experience for the 2021 first-round pick.
As for Clase, he took the Northwest League (High A) by storm earning consecutive Player of the Week honors early in the season (.333, 7 HR, 14 games). That performance propelled him up the ladder to Arkansas (Double-A), where he's been a staple at the top of the first half Texas League champions' lineup. The Dominican outfielder possesses a rare speed and power combination that has flashed across the two levels this year.
These two future stars are just the tip of the iceberg regarding the talent down on the farm. They are two to three years away from donning a Mariner uniform, but for one day, they'll be closer to T-Mobile Park than ever.