A trio of Colorado Rockies prospects will take the field at Coors Field on Sunday, July 11, during the 2021 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. Rockies fans hope it’s a preview of what they will be seeing at 20th and Blake for years to come.
Catcher Willie MacIver, infielder Michael Toglia, and outfielder Ryan Vilade will represent the Colorado Rockies on the National League squad during the 2021 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.
Colorado will also have plenty of representation on the bench, with Blake Street Bomber Vinny Castilla managing the NL team and former Rockies pitcher Marvin Freeman serving as a coach. Additionally, current Hartford Yard Goats pitching coach Frank Gonzales will serve as the pitching coach for the NL.
“We have a really good team,” Castilla said of the NL Futures squad prior to the Rockies taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates at Coors Field on Wednesday afternoon.
Castilla will be opposed in the American League dugout by LaTroy Hawkins, an important part of Colorado’s 2007 World Series squad as part of his three seasons with the Rockies.
It’s been a good end of June for MacIver, who was just promoted from High-A Spokane to Double-A Hartford after hitting 10 homers and ranking in the top eight in average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage in High-A West when he got the call-up to Hartford.
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Ranked by MLB Pipeline as Colorado’s third-best prospect, Toglia is the Rockies’ No. 3-ranked prospect. The Rockies used the 23rd overall pick to draft him in 2019 and he shared the Spokane lead in homers with MacIver with 10. Heading in Wednesday’s action, Toglia had a .233/.344/.450 slash line.
During a trip to Spokane earlier this season, we caught up with Toglia and you can hear our interview with him here.
Vilade has made the switch from infield to outfield since being drafted in the second round of the 2017 draft. Coming in just behind Toglia at No. 4 in the Rockies prospect rankings, Vilade is hitting .260/.327/.356 at Triple-A Albuquerque.
Top prospect Zac Veen, currently at Low-A Fresno, was not chosen for the game while No. 2 prospect Ryan Rolison is currently recovering from surgery to remove his appendix.