Cubs' Almora Jr. flexes muscles with slam

Phillies' Hoskins also goes deep for third Grapefruit League homer

Albert Almora Jr. hit .277 with three home runs and 14 RBIs in 112 big league at-bats last season. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

By MiLB.com Staff | March 29, 2017 9:09 PM

Cubs 15, A's 11 (Box)

Chicago's Albert Almora Jr. certainly looks ready for Opening Day. The third-ranked Cubs prospect closed out the Cactus League in grand style, belting his second slam of the spring in Wednesday's game against the A's. He went 2-for-3 and ended the exhibition season hitting .339/.344/.694 with four homers and 16 RBIs.

Over his past three games, baseball's No. 75 overall prospect was 7-for-11 (.634) with two doubles, three long balls, nine RBIs and five runs scored. No. 13 Victor Caratini went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBIs while second-rankedIan Happ doubled in a run. No. 23 Rob Zastryzny struck out three in two perfect innings to close out the win.

No. 12 Oakland prospect Richie Martin hit a two-RBI single while No. 20 Max Schrock plated a run. No. 28 Nolan Blackwood retired all four batters he faced.

Phillies (ss) 8, Tigers 2 (Box)

Philadelphia's No. 13 prospect Rhys Hoskins, who blasted 38 homers last season for Double-A Reading, launched his third homer of the spring -- a solo shot off Mike Pelfrey. The 24-year-old first baseman, who was designated hitter in the game, went 1-for-3 with two RBIs to improve his spring average to .286. No. 14 Andrew Knapp went 2-for-3 as the Phils' starting catcher. He'll begin the season serving as Cameron Rupp's backup behind the plate.

Phillies (ss) 8, Pirates 2 (Box)

With Drew Hutchison getting optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis earlier, Pittsburgh's No. 18 prospect Trevor Williams made a strong case to earn a rotation spot by firing four scoreless innings. Williams allowed two hits while fanning six and did not issue a walk, lowering his spring ERA to 2.04. His primary competition for Pittsburgh's fifth-starter spot, top Bucs prospect Tyler Glasnow sports a 5.65 ERA and .306 average against in Grapefruit League play. First baseman Josh Bell, the Pirates' No. 3 prospect, went 0-for-4. He is 4-for-39 (.103) with a double this spring.

Mets 2, Braves 2 (Box)

New York's No. 17 prospect Luis Guillorme went 2-for-3 with a run and a walk and infielder T.J. Rivera added a hit and an RBI. Rivera, New York's No. 30 prospect, started at first base and batted leadoff before No. 2 Dominic Smith came in and went hitless in his lone at-bat. Tim Tebow, who hit seventh and started in left, finished 0-for-3 with a walk, dropping his spring average to .148. Top Atlanta prospect Dansby Swanson went hitless and drew a walk in three plate appearances.

Yankees 3, Blue Jays 1 (Box)

New York's No. 13 prospect Jordan Montgomery spun five innings of one-run ball, allowing six hits and one walk while striking out four. Fourth-ranked Aaron Judge went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Dodgers 3, Mariners 3 (Box)

Seattle right-hander Dylan Unsworth put an exclamation point on his Cactus League with five scoreless innings of relief. The 24-year-old allowed three hits and didn't walk a batter, striking out three. Unsworth is unscored upon in 12 innings while striking out 14. No. 9 prospect Dan Altavilla struck out the only batter he faced, giving him 11 whiffs in 9 2/3 frames.

Royals 0, Rangers 0 (Box)

Kansas City's top prospect Matt Strahm struck out three in a scoreless seventh. The left-hander started the frame with a pair of strikeouts before Texas All-Star Carlos Gomez reached on an error. Strahm then blew a full-count fastball past All-Star Jonathan Lucroy.

Padres 9, White Sox 9 (Box)

Chicago's No. 23 prospect Jake Peter hit a game-tying two-run homer in the eighth, but struck out with the bases loaded to end the game. No. 27 Dylan Covey allowed two runs on three hits in one inning in the start. Sixth-ranked Zack Collins walked twice and scored a run. San Diego's No. 27 prospect Allen Cordoba stole his fourth base of the spring while third-ranked Hunter Renfroe singled and scored a run.

Indians 9, Reds 6 (Box)

Cleveland's No. 10 prospect Yandy Diaz went 2-for-3 with his second spring home run, a three-run shot off Brandon Finnegan. Cincinnati's No. 28 prospect Tanner Rainey tossed a scoreless inning of relief, walking one and striking out one.

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