Florial flirts with history in Scorpions win

Yanks No. 3 prospect homer shy of cycle, Holder collects four hits

Estevan Florial has collected 10 hits in his first five Arizona Fall League games. (Jennifer Stewart)

By MiLB.com Staff | October 20, 2017 12:13 AM

As the New York Yankees continue their march through the postseason, a couple of Bombers prospects have also been having impressive Octobers. 

Yankees No. 3 prospect Estevan Florial and 2015 first-round pick Kyle Holder both fell a hit short of the cycle and combined for five RBIs to lead Scottsdale over Peoria, 13-7, on Thursday. 

Florial ripped a double to center field in the second inning and came around to score on a wild pitch by Walker Lockett (Padres). Three batters later, Holder singled to center. 

Gameday box score

After Florial was caught trying to stretch his single to right into a double to end the third, Mets No. 24 prospect David Thompson and Holder swatted back-to-back solo homers to left and right field respectively to put Scottsdale up, 6-3. 

Thompson also fell one leg short of the cycle, needing a triple to complete the feat. The 24-year-old third baseman sports a .421 average through six games with the Scorpions.

"Just feeling good at the plate," Thompson told MLB.com. "Been working with [the coaches], just trying to get comfortable working on a few things."

Following a walk to Thompson in the sixth, Holder came through again with a two-run triple to center. An inning later, it was Florial's turn, as MLB.com's No. 78 overall prospect ripped a three-bagger to left to plate a pair of runs. 

Florial and Thompson struck out in their final plate appearances, and Holder lined a single to right for his fourth hit of the afternoon. 

"It's been a ton of fun," Thompson said. "I just like being around all these really good players and picking the brains of them guys on the team -- their hitting approach and things like that. It's been a lot of fun.

"As a team we've hit the ball really well here and it's just been fun, everybody is doing what they can."

Kevin Kaczmarski (Mets) collected two more hits to raise his average to .476. 

A night after falling a triple shy of a cycle, Braves No. 16 prospect Alex Jackson hit a solo home run. Eric Filia (Mariners) collected a trio of singles to raise his average to an AFL-best .565 through seven games. 

Solar Sox 6, Saguaros 4 (10 innings)

Tigers infield prospect Kody Eaves belted a solo homer and singled while top Astros prospect Kyle Tucker doubled and drove in a run for Mesa. Nationals No. 10 prospect Daniel Johnson collected a team-high three hits. Luis La O (Rangers) finished 3-for-5 and Michael O'Neill (Rangers) added two doubles, an RBI and a run scored for Surprise. Gameday box score

Rafters 5, Desert Dogs 1

Marlins outfielder Braxton Lee went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and RBI to lead the Salt River offense. D-backs No. 19 prospect Victor Reyes chipped in two hits and righty Zach Jemiola (Rockies) allowed five hits while striking out four over five scoreless innings for the Rafters. Logan Hill (Pirates) plated Glendale's lone run. 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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