Shelby Miller

Carlos Martinez pitches in the 2011 Futures Game (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

July 10, 2011: Carlos Martinez and Shelby Miller Pitch in Futures Game

Just a short post about this. Carlos Martinez had been called up to high-A Palm Beach by this time. He pitched for the World team and Shelby Miller pitched for the USA team in the Futures Game. This was Shelby’s second straight year in the game. He had played in it the year before when he was with the River Bandits. Notably, Bryce Harper also was on the USA team. Here is the Quad City Times article about it:

Former Bandit throws scoreless inning at Futures Game

Shortly after finishing off an extra-inning win, Quad-Cities River Bandits players huddled around the television in the River Bandits clubhouse Sunday to watch one of their former teammates take the mound in baseball’s Futures Game.

Carlos Martinez, who pitched his way to high-A Palm Beach with his work for the River Bandits this season, was one of three pitchers with ties to the Quad-City and Clinton franchises who worked scoreless innings in the game that spotlights the game’s top prospects.

The youngest player in the game at 19-years-old, Martinez uncorked a couple of 98 mph fastballs while working the fourth inning for the World team.

Martinez picked up a strikeout, hit the next batter he faced, and then took a seat after coaxing an inning-ending double play.

His effort came after Shelby Miller, a 2010 River Bandits pitcher now pitching for Double-A Springfield, worked the fourth inning for the United States team.

Appearing in the Futures Game for the second straight year, Miller recorded one strikeout and pitched around a hit and a walk in his run-free inning of work.

Martinez took the mound after James Paxton, a Midwest League all-star for Clinton this season who was promoted earlier this month to Double-A Jackson, needed just six pitches to work a perfect third inning for the World team.

The native of British Columbia recorded a first-pitch groundout and a fly out before getting Bryce Harper, the top pick in baseball’s 2010 draft, to ground out.

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Matt Adams Quad Cities River Bandits

April 11, 2010: Cedar Rapids Kernels @ Quad Cities River Bandits

Jean Segura Cedar Rapids Kernels

Jean Segura

This was the River Bandits’ home opener of 2010. This game featured 6 different future MLB players:

Mike Trout – I previously wrote a post with all my good pictures of him from this game and another game here.

Jean Segura – He was in the Angels system back then. As I go through all these old games I’m struck by how good the Angels system has been over the years. In 2012 Segura was traded with Ariel Pena and Johnny Hellweg to the Brewers for Zack Greinke.

Luis Jimenez – Has played 67 games in MLB over the past 3 seasons. He played 15 this year for the Brewers and was just released and picked up by the Red Sox.

Randal Grichuk – Another Angels prospect. In 2013 he was traded with Peter Bourjos to the Cardinals for David Freese and Fernando Salas.

Matt Adams – He earned the starting first base job for the Cardinals last year and hit 15HR in 142 games for them last year, and also homered off of Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner in the playoffs.

Shelby Miller Quad Cities River Bandits

Shelby Miller

Shelby Miller – He was traded to the Braves with Tyrell Jenkins for Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden before this season. He’s doing really well for the Braves to start the season, 4-1 eith a 1.66 ERA.

Game recap: The River Bandits won this game 2-1. Shelby Miller threw 4 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits, 3 walks and 7 strikeouts. I think the Bandits at that time were using a piggy-back rotation. Chris Notti releived Shelby in the 5th and threw until the 8th inning. The Bandits scored first in the bottom of the 5th on back to back doubles by Robert Stock and D’Marcus Ingram. In the top of the 6th, Grichuk reached on an error and stole second base. He scored on a single by Michael Wing. In the bottom of the 6th Matt Adams homered to right field to put the Bandits up 2-1. Jesse Simpson pitched a scoreless 9th for the save.

Box Score of the game

A few other pictures:

Quad Cities River Bandits Opening Day Ceremonies 2010

Opening Day Ceremonies

Matt Adams Quad Cities River Bandits Home Run

Adams getting greeted in the dugout after his HR

Jean Segura Cedar Rapids Kernels

Segura on the scoreboard in the 1st inning