Zac Veen to play in 2022 Futures Recreation

This story was excerpted from Thomas Harding’s Rockies Beat publication. To learn the complete publication, click on right here. And subscribe to get it recurrently in your inbox.

No. 2 Rockies prospect Ezequiel Tovar, who’s having a giant 12 months at Double-A Hartford and may very well be within the Majors by season’s finish, may even symbolize the Rockies.

The seven-inning American vs. Nationwide League recreation will happen at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, July 16 at 7 p.m. ET/5 p.m. MT. Will probably be broadcast dwell on Peacock and SiriusXM, with MLB Community producing the telecast and re-airing the sport at 9 a.m. ET on Sunday. Scott Braun (play-by-play), Yonder Alonso (analyst), Jim Callis (analyst) and A.J. Andrews (reporter) shall be on the decision.

However Veen, the workforce’s high prospect and the No. 9 total Draft choose in 2020, is aware of even a possibility earlier than a worldwide viewers is merely yet one more step towards his purpose of being an affect participant within the Majors.

“I’m attempting to maintain the identical strategy every single day and maintain my physique,” mentioned Veen, who at 6-foot-4, 190 kilos nonetheless has potential so as to add extra muscle and power. “I do know the ability will come, however I’m attempting to be a very good hitter first. It’s good that there are 10 dwelling runs for simply being a hitter.

“It’s very humbling. I can keep in mind watching the sport after I was youthful and seeing gamers that I see on TV right now.”

The ten homers by way of 73 video games present Veen is able to a bounce in manufacturing, regardless that he’s going through barely older competitors. Final 12 months, he hit 15 dingers in 106 video games whereas batting .301 at Single-A Fresno, a stage that included fewer faculty merchandise. The opposite eye-popping quantity is he has 35 steals in 37 makes an attempt this season. He was 36-for-53 final 12 months.

Within the low Minors, the bases are greater and there are limits to pickoff throws and step-offs to regulate the operating recreation. However the 20-year-old Veen doesn’t need to abandon operating when a few of these guidelines go away at increased improvement ranges. It’s questionable whether or not a participant his dimension can keep aggressive all through a Main League profession. He’s the same dimension to the Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon, who stole 43 bases in 2015 however curbed the operating to remain more healthy. For now, it’s a part of Veen’s recreation.

“Followers love to look at stolen bases,” Veen mentioned. “It brings vitality, so positively one thing I plan on doing. The most effective methods to attain runs is to, you understand, advance 90 ft. It’s solely helpful to do it.”

Rockies normal supervisor Invoice Schmidt mentioned Veen is on board with the workforce’s requirement for him to make arduous contact extra constantly and to handle the occasional uphill swing that higher-level pitchers will exploit. Figuring out within the offseason within the Orlando, Fla., space with a number of Main Leaguers, together with the Rockies’ Brendan Rodgers, has helped Veen’s maturity stage, Schmidt mentioned.

“He’s acquired instruments and potential to be a very good participant at this stage,” Schmidt mentioned. “I nonetheless assume refinement — contact consistency, the power to drive the ball to all components of the sector — is in his future. He’s an aggressive baserunner. He’s a very good baserunner.

“He’s mature. There are going to be changes he’ll have to make — all gamers do. However he understands that.”

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