We hope that this becomes a regular series for our readers where we help you keep tab on some of baseballs top prospects throughout the Spring Training schedule. To kick things off, here’s a look at the results from the Grapefruit League yesterday.
The Miami Marlins started a prospect-heavy lineup and the big name of the day was Austin Barnes, a fringe-top-10 prospect who launched a home run off MLB vet Kyle Farnsworth. Jake Marisnick went one for two with a walk and a stolen base while Christian Yelich went oh for two with a walk and was caught stealing.
The Toronto Blue Jays sent several prospects on the road to Sarasota to play the Orioles. Only Kevin Pillar was in the starting lineup playing center field and he went oh for two, looking fairly overmatched at the plate. 2013 Arizona Fall League veterans Kenny Wilson, Andy Burns and Derrick Chung all got into the game. Only Burns had a hit, going one for one. 23-year-old Anthony Gose, technically not a prospect, had a great day, going two for two with two stolen bases and making his first solid contact of the spring.
The Blue Jays also sent out Marcus Stroman to pitch. He went two innings, giving up two runs on four hits but also struck out three in a mixed appearance for the 22 year old.
For the Orioles, Kelvin De La Cruz had a clean inning.
In Bradenton, the Tampa Bay Rays had 1B Vince Belnome and Mikie Mahtook go oh for two while Kevin Kiermaier went one for two with a stolen base. On the mound, Alex Colome threw a scoreless innings, giving up a hit while striking out one, while Matt Andriese and Enny Romero did the same. Mike Montgomery had a clean inning (no strikeouts) and Victor Mateo gave up a hit and struck out two.
For the hosting Pirates, the big name was Gregory Polanco who went oh for two with a strikeout while Alen Hanson also went oh for two. 25-year-old right Zack Thornton gave up a hit in his inning but struck out two.