Dodgers' Diaz lifts Desert Dogs in Arizona

Fifth-ranked LA prospect collects three hits in Fall League action

Yusniel Diaz tallied at least three hits in 14 games during the regular season. (Jennifer Stewart/MLB Photos)

By Staff | November 13, 2017 6:00 PM ET

This season, Yusniel Diaz proved he could hang at Double-A in just his second pro season. And now that he's in the Arizona Fall League, the results have been just as good competing against some of the Minors' top talent.

The Dodgers No. 5 prospect went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored as Glendale topped Mesa, 10-3, on Monday afternoon at Camelback Ranch.

Gameday box score

Diaz began his afternoon with a double to left in the second before coming around to score on a single by Los Angeles' No. 8 prospect, Will Smith. The 21-year-old added an RBI single to left in the third and a leadoff single in the seventh.

It marked Diaz's third multi-hit game in his last four contests.'s No. 76 overall prospect boosted his AFL average to .306 with 10 RBIs in 16 games.

Offseason MiLB include

After beginning his career with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga in 2016, the Cuba native returned to the California League to start 2017, but 83 games later, he moved to the Texas League. Diaz finished the campaign with a .333 average, three homers and 11 RBIs in 31 games with Double-A Tulsa.

Dodgers No. 17 prospect DJ Peters, who was named one of the system's Organization All-Stars earlier in the day, slugged his third homer and Mitchell Tolman (Pirates) knocked a grand slam for his first AFL jack.

Fellow Los Angeles prospect Andrew Sopko (2-2) spun four three hits frames with one walk and two strikeouts.

In other AFL action:

Javelinas 2, Rafters 1

D-backs right-hander Ryan Atkinson struck out seven over five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and walking three. ninth-ranked Mariners prospect Max Povse nearly matched him with six innings of one-run ball, allowing seven hits and striking out four. Orioles No. 3 prospect Ryan Mountcastle hit an RBI single to center in the fourth, but Eric Filia (Mariners) and top Braves prospect Ronald Acuna both delivered RBI singles in the eighth to put Peoria on top. Gameday box score

Scorpions 2, Saguaros 0

Seventh-ranked Yankees prospect Albert Abreu allowed six hits and two walks over five scoreless innings to lower his fall ERA to 2.60. Rays right-hander Burch Smith struck out nine over four innings but allowed two runs on one hit and one walk. Yankees No. 17 prospect Thairo Estrada tripled in a run off Smith in the second, and Cardinals No. 27 prospect Andrew Knizner went 3-for-4 to lift his average to .362. Gameday box score

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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