First-rounder Mahtook succeeds in AFL

Rays pick plates two, collects two hits in Surprise's 6-2 victory

Mike Mahtook was selected with the 31st overall pick this year out of LSU. (James Garner/

By Paige Schector / | October 13, 2011 9:09 PM ET

Surprise 6, Phoenix 2
Mikie Mahtook, Tampa Bay's first-round pick this year, plated two runs and had two hits to help pave the way for the Saguaros. In his first professional action, the Louisiana State University product is batting .263 (5-for-19) with a steal and five RBIs. Marlins outfielder Kevin Mattison also had two hits for Surprise, tripling and scoring twice out of the leadoff spot. Starter Nathan Adcock (Royals) earned the win, striking out seven over three scoreless innings. Recap | Gameday box score

Salt River 3, Scottsdale 1
D-backs prospect Adam Eaton went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored as the Rafters improved to 7-2. So far in the AFL, the 22-year-old outfielder is hitting .417 (10-for-24) with five RBIs and four steals in five games. Teammate Nolan Arenado was the only other player to have multiple hits in the game, going 2-for-4 and driving in a run. The 20-year-old third base prospect is batting .400 (10-for-25) and tied for the league lead with 10 RBIs. Recap | Gameday box score

Mesa 6, Peoria 3
Robbie Grossman delivered three hits and fellow Pirates prospect Jarek Cunningham smacked a timely two-run double for the Solar Sox. Grossman doubled, singled twice and drew a base on balls in his six plate appearances. He is batting .325 through nine AFL games after completing his best season as a pro at Class A Advanced Bradenton. White Sox prospects Tyler Saladino and Brandon Short also had key RBIs. Recap | Gameday box score

Paige Schector 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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