Get ready for four-days of top prospect baseball when the Washington Nationals and New York Mets face each other on March 14-17 in the “Spring Breakout,” as MLB has designated those days for all teams to field rosters of their future stars for a showcase in the middle of Spring Training. Teams will be paired from Spring Training homes to face nearby Grapefruit and Cactus league rivals.
The event’s concept is to showcase each organization’s best prospects against another team’s in a game that’s part of a doubleheader with a regularly scheduled spring training game. The only downside to this is taking top prospects out of Big League games in the Spring Training schedule. But for most top prospects, they are out of sight on the backfields at the team’s winter complexes — and this will put them front-and-center for four days.
“Spring Breakout will provide a new opportunity to showcase the future stars of the game as they continue on their journey to the Major Leagues.”— MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement
“Our fans will get unique opportunities to meet our best prospects, get autographs, and see the next generation of Major Leaguers up close.”
“We are thrilled that Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball and all of our Clubs are working closer than ever to grow the game and to shine a brighter light on our future All-Stars.”
The Washington Nationals might have inspired this idea when they announced that they were doing an exhibition game on March 26th of their top prospects versus Nats’ MLB players in an exhibition game called “On Deck: Nationals Futures Game”. By the way, tickets are on sale now on this link.
For the “Spring Breakout” games, MLB envisions in-person autograph sessions and other meet-and-greet opportunities with prospects. This is a chance to broaden baseball’s appeal with the stars of tomorrow. Many of the game will be televised on the MLB Network. Since these are minor league games, all of the television logistics have not been worked out yet. But certainly, if you choose a time to travel to Spring Training — that would be a good time to do it.
The Nats lineup and roster could look something like this:
1. Dylan Crews CF
2. Brady House 3B
3. James Wood RF
4. Yohandy Morales 1B
5. Robert Hassell LF
6. Elijah Green DH
7. Nasim Nuñez SS
8. Darren Baker 2B
9. Drew Millas C
For the Mets, one their Top-5 prospects, Ronny Mauricio, was just lost for a year with a knee injury suffered in winter baseball. The Mets will have the newly acquired Luisangel Acuna plus Drew Gilbert, Jett Williams, and Kevin Parada.
With all of those names as a partial list of participants, you can get excited by the future of the Nationals, and MLB has put together some great matchups like the Orioles and Pirates which could feature Paul Skenes pitching to Jackson Holliday. That will be “must see” television, and that is what MLB wants. If this works out well, expect it to be expanded in 2025.