Wilson does it all in six-RBI game for Cougars

D-backs' No. 21 prospect homers twice, singles and steals base

Marcus Wilson hit .253/.357/.384 with a homer and seven stolen bases over 26 Midwest League games in 2016. (Paul R. Gierhart/MiLB.com)

By Josh Jackson / MiLB.com | April 15, 2017 5:41 PM ET

In his fourth year as a pro, Marcus Wilson started out of extended spring camp for the first time. So far, it agrees with him.

The D-backs' No. 21 prospect had such a productive game on Saturday, he wasn't even sure what to make of it.

"Man, I don't know, I'm just happy the team won and I'm doing my part in helping the team win," he said.

The outfielder, serving as Class A Kane County's designated hitter, belted two home runs, drove in six runs, scored three times and stole a base in an 8-4 win over Quad Cities.


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The 20-year-old entered the season with three homers in 165 Minor League games over three levels after being selected 69th overall in the 2014 Draft out of a California high school. However, he's needed just 10 games to exceed that total. Besides Saturday's effort, he had a solo shot Thursday night and a two-run homer last Sunday.

Wilson is 8-for-14 over his last three games and batting .405 so far.

"Really, it's just that my mindset has really changed," he said. "I have a more positive mindset -- finding my pitch to hit and not missing it."

He also maintains a prototypical leadoff man's approach, which worked out perfectly in the first inning. Facing right-hander Edgardo Sandoval, he poked the fifth pitch through the left side for a hit, stole second, advanced to third on a balk and scored on a two-out double by Kyle Smith

"Being a leadoff guy, I always try to see a couple pitches for the team, try to make [the opposing starter] throw everything he has," Wilson said. "You've got to see a lot of pitches, and I feel like I good job of that, trying to be a good leadoff guy."

In the second, Wilson launched the second pitch from Sandoval over the left-field wall for a three-run shot. He admitted thinking this would be a memorable game.

"A little bit," Wilson said. "It gives us a good cushion. It gives our pitcher a little room, so there's no pressure on him to go out there and be perfect. It gives us some momentum."

With two out in the eighth, he fell behind against righty Reggie Johnson, but again drove a pitch over the wall in left.

Video: Marcus Wilson homers again for the Cougars

"I was down, 0-2, so I was just trying to come back, not chasing his pitch -- still trying to hit my pitch. He hung a slider up and I was trying not to do too much. I got good wood on it and it went out," he said. "That's a really good feeling. I hadn't [hit two homers in one game] since high school."

Ryan Atkinson (2-0) allowed a run on four hits with five strikeouts and no walks over six innings for the Cougars. 

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Rodrigo Ayarza hit two solo homers for the River Bandits and ninth-ranked Astros prospect Daz Cameron had an RBI triple and scored a run. 

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @JoshJacksonMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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