Langeliers wins Futures MVP; HR, nails runner, AL wins 6-4

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Shea Langeliers is on his way to the Hall of Fame ahead of his big league debut.

Langeliers, a 24-year-old catch contestant, was voted MVP of the All-Star Futures Game on Saturday after throwing a runner and kicking out a runner trying to steal third base in the American League’s 6-4 win.

His Victus Pro Reserved DT29 maple stick, size 34-32, goes to Cooperstown.

“It’s crazy, I came in today and I’m happy to be here,” said Langeliers.

New York Yankees’ Jasson Dominguez and Minnesota’s Matt Wallner hit two home runs in the third inning ahead of San Francisco’s Kyle Harrison, who suffered the loss.

Dominguez, at 19 the second-youngest prospect of the game behind Miami pitcher Eury Pérez, leveled the score 3-3 with his 415-foot drive on a slider at the letters. Wallner homed three batters later with a hanging sinker for a 5-3 lead, a 115.3 mph drive that hit harder than any Major League Twins home run that year.

“In an ideal world, I would have done that,” Wallner said.

Langeliers added a solo homer in the fourth on a hanging transfer from Atlanta’s Jared Shuster. Langeliers caught Shuster at Double-A Mississippi last year before Oakland acquired Langeliers in the March trade that sent first baseman Matt Olson to Atlanta.

“I know how good he is,” said Langeliers. “He made my job as a catcher really easy last year. It was cool to be on the other side.”

He knocked out Seattle native Corbin Carroll, the No. 3 overall, in an attempt to claim third place.

What was more satisfying?

“Knock out the bishop for sure,” Langeliers said.

The Futures Game attracts top prospects. Julio Rodríguez played in last year’s game and at 21 is the youngest All-Star this year, also selected for Monday night’s Home Run Derby.

Jack Leiter, son of former major league pitcher Al Leiter, threw a 1-2-3 fourth. In last year’s draft he was selected by Texas as the second overall pick and clocked 97.5 mph.

Darren Baker, son of Houston manager Dusty Baker, entered in fifth and hit a liner that Chicago White Sox midfielder Oscar Colas caught with a staggering catcher.

Toronto’s Yosver Zulueta faced a batsman and clinched the win. The Mets’ Francisco Álvarez retired with a grounder that ended the third.

Mariners right-hander Emerson Hancock hit the side in the sixth. Hancock plays for the M’s AA team, the Arkansas Travelers.

The teams played at Dodger Stadium three days before the All-Star Game is held at the park.

Milwaukee’s Joey Wiemer hit a sacrificial fly in the ninth inning that Oakland’s Denzel Clark caught against the eight-post wall. The Yankees’ Ken Waldichuk secured the save by retiring the Brewers’ Jackson Chourio in a flyout.

Players, excited to be in a major league ballpark, watched while hanging over the dugout railing. Agent Scott Boras and his staff filled the front row a section behind home plate.

Dodgers right-hander Bobby Miller hit three in the first: Dominguez on a changeup, Anthony Volpe on a curveball, and Wallner on a changeup.

Cardinals shortstop Masyn Winn managed 100.5 mph for first to throw Houston’s Yainer Diaz in the second inning, faster than any throw in a big league game since Statcast started in 2015. The big league high is at 97.8 mph by Pittsburgh’s Oneil Cruz on Thursday.

Texas prospect Dustin Harris had an RBI single in the first off Miller, but the NL built a 3-1 lead in the second after the Dodgers’ Diego Cartaya hit a two-out fly on the warning lane of midfield and Dominguez on which was dropped warning track for a two-barrel error. San Diego’s Robert Hassell III followed with an RBI single trailing Hunter Brown.

Dominguez, who learned Thursday he was being promoted from Tampa to the Hudson Valley, was relieved to head home.

“My mind said: Everyone forgets this mistake,” he said.

WEB JEWEL

Cleveland’s George Valera ran to the deep left to rob Hassell of a run-scoring extra base hit in the first game.

THWACK

Tony, Olivier and Emmy Award winner Bryan Cranston took a line drive to a shoulder from Grammy Award winner Anthony Ramos’ bat during batting practice before the celebrity softball game.

“There will definitely be bruises,” Cranston said after recovering in his trailer. “I could be more of a cheerleader in this game.”

Actor Simu Liu on his softball skills: “I’m very athletic, zero technique.”

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