DENVER – In a showcase featuring many of baseball’s future stars, Cincinnati Reds prospect Jose (Garcia) Barrero fit right in.
Barrero pummeled a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning, the first hit of the game, and he scored twice to help the National League squad to an 8-3 victory in the Futures Game at Colorado’s Coors Field. He was a candidate for MVP honors before Chicago Cubs prospect Brannen Davis homered twice.
It was a special moment for those who know Barrero. He changed his last name in May to honor his mother, who died from a COVID-related illness.