Estevan Florial went 0-1 in his appearance in the 2017 SiriusXM Futures All-Star Game at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida on Sunday, July 9, 2017.
The Port Au Prince, Haiti native had two plate appearances and played several innings in right field for the World team.
In his first at bat, Florial faced Kansas City Royals prospect Foster Griffin. On the sixth pitch of the at bat, he struck out swinging on a 90 mile per hour fastball up and away.
Oakland Athletics prospect A.J. Puk was the second pitcher that faced Florial with one out in the top of the ninth inning. Estevan was able to draw a six pitch walk off the hard-throwing left-hander. The Yankee prospect later came around to score a run in the inning to bring his team within one run of tying the exhibition game.
After the game, Florial described his experience as “a huge opportunity” he continued to say “it feels great because the Yankees choose me to be here to represent them.”
At just 19 years of age Florial has the tool-set to become a future big league star. The young prospect said that he has “been working on a lot of different stuff, I think this year I just keep improving on things I was doing wrong last year and I know now what it is so I can get better at it…As a young player we need to improve in all (facets of the game), in baseball, every day you learn something new so we never finish (working).”
When asked if he wanted to credit or thank any coach or instructor in the Yankees minor league system, Estevan didn’t hesitate to say “All of them, it’s not one. There’s many that worked with me during spring training and the season… I want to thank them all.”
The Yankees youth movement at the major league level was brought up in conversation and he described it as “nice”. He continued to say “to talk with those guys in spring training and communicate with them, when you see them get called up we get excited for them and it feels like I was called up. It’s amazing for us (to experience).”
The 6’1” prospect is slashing .300/.383/.502 with 11 home runs, and 40 RBI’s for the Charleston RiverDogs (Single A) in just his first season with a full-season affiliate.