Bulls' Bauers hits first Triple-A homer

No. 4 Rays prospect has reached base in nine of first 10 games

Jake Bauers hit four homers and drove in 13 runs in 17 Grapefruit League this spring. (Brian McLeod/MiLB.com)

By Andrew Battifarano / MiLB.com | April 16, 2017 9:23 PM ET

Tampa Bay's top prospects are finding their power strokes.

One day after top-ranked Rays prospect Willy Adames hit his first Triple-A homer, No. 4 prospect Jake Bauers followed suit and belted a two-run shot on Sunday in Durham's 7-5 loss to Gwinnett at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

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With Adames on first after drawing a one-out walk in the opening inning, Bauers sent a 1-1 offering from Braves starter Aaron Blair over the right field bleachers to lift the Bulls into a 2-2 tie. 

Video: Bauers hits a two-run homer

The 21-year-old outfielder/first baseman worked a five-pitch walk to start the eighth but was erased one batter later when Rays No. 5 prospect Casey Gillaspie hit into a double play. Bauers went 1-for-3 and is hitting .238/.319/.333 with four RBIs and five walks through 10 games at the Minor Leagues' highest level.

Bauers received his second invitation to Major League camp this spring after collecting a career-high 14 homers and 78 RBIs for Double-A Montgomery in 2016. The California native batted .371/.465/.857 with four homers and 13 RBIs in 17 Grapefruit League games.

Top Braves prospect Ozzie Albies tripled, walked and drove in a pair of runs for Gwinnett.

Andrew Battifarano is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter, @AndrewAtBatt. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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