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How Sox prospects Downs, Bello fared in Futures Game

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Jeter Downs and Brayan Bello represented the Boston Red Sox in Sunday's MLB Futures Game at Coors Field.

Downs, the organization's No. 3 ranked prospect per SoxProspects.com, had two at-bats in the exhibition. The 22-year-old middle infielder fouled off some tough pitches against Washington Nationals prospect Cade Cavalli before striking out on a filthy changeup in the fifth inning.

Downs' second AB came in the seventh, when he made up for his strikeout with a two-run double.

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Bello took the mound for the American League in the third inning. The Sox' No. 7 prospect reached 98 mph with his fastball but struggled with his command while giving up some hard contact. He allowed an RBI double from St. Louis Cardinals prospect Nolan Gorman and a sacrifice fly.

Downs, who was acquired in the 2020 trade that sent Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers, is hitting .234 with seven homers and 17 RBI for Triple-A Worcester. Bello is 5-0 with a 2.27 ERA in six starts for Double-A Portland.

The National League defeated the American League in the 2021 Futures Game, 8-3. Chicago Cubs prospect Brennen Davis was named MVP after a two-homer performance.