Toronto Blue Jays prospect Austin Martin will represent the American League at the All-Star Futures Game at Coors Field in Denver next month.
Martin is hope # 16 on MLB Pipeline Top 100 and the Blue Jays’ No. 2 prospect behind right-hander Nate Pearson.
Other MLB top prospects include former top picks Adley Rutschman of the Orioles and Spencer Torkelson of the Tigers, as well as Royals prospect Bobby Witt Jr. and Mariners prospect Jarred Kelenic.
Martin was a first-round pick, fifth overall, by the Blue Jays in 2020. He’s split between shortstop and center fielder with a double-A from New Hampshire this season, his first as a pro, hitting .275 / .391 / .394 with two home runs and four steals.
“Austin is a special talent,” Blue Jays pitcher Alek Manoah said in spring practice. “He’s a very good baseball player and he’s also a very good mental player. His instinct is well above average. In the box there are a lot of times he won’t swing on ground like I am, I’ve had him on that. And then there are a lot of times, where I get it. We have a good time face to face. Just being able to compete against each other was a blast. “
The 2021 All-Star Futures Game will pit top prospects from both leagues against each other in a seven-round contest. The game will take place on the afternoon of July 11 and will be followed by the MLB All-Star Game later that night.