Harry Ford, the Mariners’ 2nd-rated prospect had another solid year earning Northwest League all-star honors, leading the organization’s minor leaguers in walks (103), and he was a key contributor to the Aquasox’s playoff run. The old cliché no rest for the weary holds true when it comes to the 20-year-old phenom, as he is now competing in the World Baseball Classic European Championships for Team Great Britain.
Ford has played five games thus far and the results are spectacular (.529/.565/1.059). He’s launched three long balls and driven in 12 runs to lead Great Britain to an undefeated record. The youthful backstop is flashing plus speed leading the tourney in stolen bases with five, as well as showcasing his “dominate the zone” tendencies (3 BB – 1 SO).
Great Britain currently leads Group B, which includes Sweden, Italy, and Hungary. Other group leaders are Spain, Netherlands, and Germany. Ford played a key role behind the plate in defeating Germany yesterday providing leadership for a young pitching staff against a veteran lineup. Another game that stands out is his two homer, 6 RBI night against a seasoned Italian squad.
Harry Ford’s ability to seize the moment is well-documented and really became a narrative when he propelled Great Britain to their first ever World Baseball Classic win last spring. Look for the 2021 first-round pick to continue to spearhead the British lineup when the rubber meets the road tomorrow as the double elimination part of the round robin tournament kicks off.