March 7 Grapefruit League Report

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Jul 14, 2013; Flushing , NY, USA; World infielder Ji-Man Choi (51) catches the ball as USA infielder George Springer (4) during the 2013 All Star Futures Game at Citi Field. USA defeated World 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Kolten Wong of the St. Louis Cardinals had the best game for a prospect in the Grapefruit League on Friday but more on him a bit later.

The only rookie in the starting lineup for the Atlanta Braves on Friday was second baseman Tommy La Stella who went 0-3 but is hitting .333 so far this spring. Rising minor leaguer Cody Martin was tagged with the loss, giving up three runs on three hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning.

The home Red Sox fielded their “A” team, keeping the minor leaguers on the bench for the most part. Xander Bogaerts went 0-3 for the Sox while catching prospect Christian Vazquez went 0-1 with a walk and a run.

For the Astros, who were visiting the Washington Nationals, George Springer got the start and went 0-3 with a run while Carlos Correa struck out in his only at bat. Springer is hitting just .125 so far this spring and Correa is batting .200. Max Stassi, one of the Astros’ catching prospects also went 0-1.

On the Nats’ side, Michael A. Taylor went 0-2 while Steven Souza went 0-1, Matt Skole walked in his only plate appearance and Eury Perez, coming in for Bryce Harper who hit his first home run of the spring, hit a double in his only at bat.

Miami traveled to Fort Myers to play the Cardinals and beat them 7-3 thanks to three RBI from Adeiny Hechavarria. Perhaps wary of being labelled hypocrites after calling the Red Sox out for not bringing any ML regulars with them, their travel squad featured practically their full big league lineup including Christian Yelich, Giancarlo Stanton, Jared Saltalamacchia and Hechevarria. 6-foot-7 lefty Brian Flynn gave up a pair of runs in two innings off of three hits and two walks but struck out four while Carter Capps, also 23, gave up just a hit in his inning.

For the St. Louis Cardinals, James Ramsey went 0-4 on the day while Stephen Piscotty went 1-1 with a single. On the mound, Lee Stoppelman threw one and a third clean innings with two strikeouts.

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