Blue Jays' Marisnick homers again

Toronto's No. 3 prospect goes deep for second time in week

Jake Marisnick has four hits, two homers and four RBIs in two games (Mark LoMoglio/

By Danny Wild / | April 26, 2012 6:10 PM ET

A slow start behind him, Jake Marisnick is finally putting together some quality at-bats, and the results speak for themselves.

Marisnick, the Blue Jays' No. 3 prospect, homered for the second time in three games, going 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs in Class A Advanced Dunedin's 9-6 loss at Lakeland on Thursday night.

Toronto's third round pick in the 2009 Draft was in an 0-for-13 slide in a three-game stretch entering Tuesday's game, when he smacked a two-run homer against Tampa. He kept the turnaround going with two hits Wednesday and a leadoff homer in the second inning on Thursday, his second of the season, before adding an RBI single in the fourth and a one-out single in the sixth.

Before Tuesday, Marisnick had seven hits and two RBIs in his previous eight games. He entered Thursday's game batting .212 against left-handers with 15 strikeouts in 18 games.

Toronto has high hopes for the 21-year-old native of Riverside, Calif., who is ranked just behind fellow outfielder Anthony Gose and catcher Travis d'Arnaud on the Jays' prospect list.

He spent the 2011 season at Class A Lansing, where he hit .320 with 14 homers, 77 RBIs and 37 steals en route to being named a organizational All-Star and Midwest League All-Star.

Marisnick's homer wasn't quite enough for Dunedin on Thursday, though, as Wade Gaynor homered and drove in four runs and Bruce Rondon picked up the save for Lakeland.

Danny Wild is an editor for This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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