The All Star Futures Game is a great way to see the next wave of young talent before it arrives at the major league level. For Oakland A’s fans, it is a chance to see a pair of intriguing prospects in action.
The All Star Futures Game rosters were announced on Wednesday. Shea Langeliers and Denzel Clarke will be representing the A’s as they head to Dodger Stadium to take part in the seven inning game on Saturday, July 16.
Shea Langeliers, Denzel Clarke to give Oakland A’s fans look at future
It may not be too much longer until Langeliers is plying his trade behind the plate in Oakland. Ranked as the 32nd best prospect in baseball, he has built off of his breakout campaign last year, producing an impressive .860 OPS with 14 homers and 12 doubles in his 297 plate appearances. His strong showing has made him the A’s catcher of the future and put Sean Murphy’s future in question.
Clarke is not as highly rated as most of the other prospects participating. He was a fourth round selection in the 2021 MLB Draft for the A’s and is currently ranked as their 14th best prospect. His athleticism and tools, as well as his bloodlines as he is the cousin of Bo and Josh Naylor, make him an intriguing prospect despite his lower status.
He has done his part on the diamond. The young outfielder earned a promotion from A-ball to High-A already this season, and has produced a combined .903 OPS with nine homers and 16 doubles in his 247 plate appearances while stealing 17 bases. Although he has struggled in his brief time in Lansing, Clarke has the type of potential to become a star if he develops as hoped for.
It may take a bit of time for brighter days to come to Oakland. The A’s rebuild is not going to end any time soon. However, with several intriguing prospects, the hope is that the good times will be back sooner rather than later. The fans can get a taste of what could be coming with Clarke and Langeliers.
Shea Langeliers and Denzel Clarke are heading to the MLB All Star Futures Game. The Oakland A’s can get a look at their future in advance.