Austin Riley finally went deep.After drilling 19-plus homers each of the past three seasons, MLB.com's No. 38 overall prospect left the yard for this first time this spring. Riley added a double and another run scored as the Braves fell, 3-2, to the Nationals in Grapefruit League action Tuesday.
Austin Riley finally went deep.
After drilling 19-plus homers each of the past three seasons, MLB.com's No. 38 overall prospect left the yard for this first time this spring. Riley added a double and another run scored as the Braves fell, 3-2, to the Nationals in Grapefruit League action Tuesday.
Riley notched Atlanta's first hit with a two-bagger to left field with one out in the third inning. Two frames later, the Braves' No. 5 prospect ripped a solo shot to right-center. Both knocks came off veteran righty Aníbal Sánchez.
Although Riley possesses 60-grade power, he had only collected one extra-base hit in his first 43 at-bats this spring. The 6-foot-3 right-hander is batting .267/.327/.378 with eight runs, two RBIs, three walks and 12 strikeouts in 18 games at big league camp. With a plus arm, Riley -- who turns 22 on April 2 -- has played most of the campaign at third, but has spent some time as first as he seeks a ticket to the Majors.
Riley shook off a knee injury last June to finish his fourth pro campaign with a .294/.360/.522 slash line with 19 homers and 70 RBIs in 108 games across Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett, including a rehab stint with the Rookie-level Braves.
No. 4 overall prospect Victor Robles and No. 25 Carter Kieboom singled for the Nationals.
In other spring action:Reds 6, White Sox 5
Cincinnati's top prospect Nick Senzel
continued his stellar spring, going 2-for-5 with two doubles and scoring three times, including the game-tying run in the ninth. The No. 6 overall prospect is hitting .314/.306/.763 and is primed for a probable callup to The Show. Senzel's second double knocked Chicago starter Reynaldo López
out of the game as the White Sox summoned No. 25 prospect Caleb Frare
, who retired the only batter he faced. Box scoreCubs (ss) 6, Mariners 4
Chicago's No. 5 prospect Cole Roederer
homered in the eighth in his first Cactus League at-bat. Seattle's No. 7 prospect Kyle Lewis
finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored. The 23-year-old outfielder doubled in the fourth and ripped a solo shot off Carl Edwards Jr.
in the sixth, his third home run of the spring. Cal Raleigh
(No. 13) knocked a single in his only at-bat. Wyatt Mills
(No. 16) allowed a run on one hit with a strikeout in the fifth. Box scoreRoyals 8, Cubs (ss) 6
Kansas City's No. 8 prospect Nicky Lopez
singled in his lone at-bat, raising his spring average to a crisp .333. Chicago's top and MLB.com's No. 93 overall prospect Miguel Amaya
got his first hit of the spring -- an RBI single in the seventh -- and later walked in the ninth. Trent Giambrone
(No. 20) also got a hit for the Cubs, raising his average to .355. Box score
Angels 9, Rockies 7
Los Angeles' No. 28 prospect Brennon Lund tripled and scored in the fourth after the ball deflected off the glove of Colorado center fielder Ian Desmond. Two-way player Jared Walsh (No. 21) tossed 1 2/3 innings for the Halos, allowing a run on two hits and striking out one. Box score
Rangers 3, Brewers 2
Milwaukee's No. 8 prospect Lucas Erceg pinch-ran for Travis Shaw in the sixth and scored on Jesús Aguilar's double. The third baseman has crossed the plate seven times this spring. The top two Brewers prospects Keston Hiura and Corey Ray both went 0-for-1. Box score
Indians 4, Dodgers 2
Cleveland's No. 29 prospect Eric Haase hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh, then singled and scored an insurance run in the ninth. The 26-year-old is batting .389 with two home runs and eight RBIs in 18 Cactus League at-bats. Box score
Padres 4, D-backs 3
The No. 2 overall prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. singled and scored on a single by Hunter Renfroe in the win. Box score