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Kelenic cranks first spring homer for M's

Seattle's top prospect finishes 2-for-2 in loss to Rockies
Jarred Kelenic almost quadrupled his career total with 23 homers over three levels in 2019. (Photo courtesy of the Seattle Mariners)
March 2, 2020

Jarred Kelenic was off to a bit of a slow start this spring, but he may have found the spark he needed's No. 11 overall prospect went 2-for-2 with his first homer of the Cactus League season in the Mariners' 9-6 loss to the Rockies in Peoria, Arizona. The

Jarred Kelenic was off to a bit of a slow start this spring, but he may have found the spark he needed Monday.'s No. 11 overall prospect went 2-for-2 with his first homer of the Cactus League season in the Mariners' 9-6 loss to the Rockies in Peoria, Arizona. The blast came in his final at-bat in the eighth inning, plating Jose Siri.

Kelenic entered the game in the sixth as a defensive replacement for Seattle's No. 9 prospectJake Fraley. He singled in his first trip to the plate, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.
The 20-year-old started last season with Class A West Virginia, jumping to Class A Advanced Modesto after 50 games and to Double-A Arkansas after another 46. Between the three levels, Kelenic stitched together a line of .291/.364/.540 with 23 homers, 80 runs scored and 68 RBIs.
Fourth-ranked Evan White was 2-for-3 with a double and two while No. 24 Donovan Walton added a double for his only hit of the day. On the mound, No. 13 Justus Sheffield allowed a run on two hits while striking out four over three innings as the game's starter. No. 20 Aaron Fletcher dealt a scoreless eighth with one punchout, and No. 19 Joey Gerber fanned two in a perfect ninth.
For Colorado, ninth-ranked prospect Sam Hilliard belted his first home run of the spring, a two-run shot that he followed up with a double. No. 3 Colton Welker doubled and drew a walk in two plate appearances, and No. 13 Josh Fuentes went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run. Tenth-ranked Yonathan Daza went 1-for-3. Box score
Red Sox 11, Tigers 11
Boston's third-ranked prospect Bobby Dalbec hit a three-run homer -- his first homer of the spring -- in the high-scoring stalemate. No. 16 Connor Wong and No. 21 Marcus Wilson also went yard for the Red Sox with their lone hits of the day. For Detroit, fourth-ranked Tarik Skubal dealt two hitless innings in his Grapefruit League debut, striking out three and walking one. No. 10 Jake Rogers went deep for the first time this spring, and No. 3 Riley Greene went 1-for-2 with a walk. Box score
Giants 8, D-backs 1
No. 8 San Francisco prospect Mauricio Dubón finished 2-for-3 with a run. He bumped his average to .500 (7-for-14) and has scored five times in six Spring Training games. Fourth-ranked Hunter Bishop was 0-for-1 with a walk and scored during the Giants' three-run ninth. Andy Young, the No. 21 D-backs prospect, collected a base knock in his only at-bat. Fourth-ranked Seth Beer was 0-for-1 with a walk, while Kevin Cron (No. 24) was 0-for-2 and is still seeking his first spring hit after 14 at-bats. No. 6 Jon Duplantier yielded one run on a hit and two walks while whiffing three in 1 2/3 innings of relief. Box score
Rangers 3, Indians 2
Third-ranked Texas prospect Leody Taveras entered the game as a pinch-runner in the fifth and scored, then singled in his only at-bat in the seventh. Sherten Apostel (No. 10) finished 1-for-2 with an RBI. Cleveland's No. 2 prospect Tyler Freeman was 1-for-2, while Ernie Clement (No. 28) added a single and a run. Jean Carlos Mejía, the club's 26th-ranked prospect, started and went two innings. He allowed two hits and a walk and struck out a pair. Box score
Padres 3, White Sox 1
San Diego's No. 2 prospect Taylor Trammell flied out to center in his only at-bat of the game. Ninth-ranked Owen Miller capped the team's scoring with an RBI groundout in the ninth. Gabriel Aries (No. 13) notched a base hit, while Edward Olivares (No. 16) singled and scored. Chicago's top prospect Luis Robert did not record a hit in three plate appearances, and 13th-ranked Luis González went 2-for-2 with the only White Sox run. Box score

Reds 6, Dodgers 2
Third-ranked Cincinnati prospect Jonathan India finished 0-for-2, while No. 9 Jose Garcia notched a base hit and Stuart Fairchild (No. 15) doubled. Righty José De León (No. 29) tossed a clean frame of relief with a punchout. Los Angeles' top prospect Gavin Lux singled and walked. On the hill, righty Dennis Santana (No. 10) fanned a pair and walked one in a hitless eighth, and righty Marshall Kasowski (No. 28) worked around two hits and a two walks in 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. Box score
Cardinals 6, Twins 1
A trio of pitching prospects -- No. 6 Zack Thompson, No. 10 Génesis Cabrera and No. 12 Johan Oviedo -- combined on four scoreless frames as St. Louis cruised past Minnesota in Palm Beach. Top Cardinals prospect Dylan Carlson walked and scored on an 0-for-3 afternoon. His Twins counterpart, shortstop Royce Lewis, went 1-for-3 with a double into the left-field corner. Third-ranked Trevor Larnach is batting .313 this spring after going 1-for-3. Box score
Blue Jays 4, Pirates 0
Top Pirates prospect Mitch Keller fell to 0-1 on the spring after allowing three runs on three hits over 2 1/3 innings in Dunedin. Keller sports a 7.50 ERA in three Grapefruit League starts and has yielded eight hits in six innings. Pittsburgh's No. 18 prospect Jason Martin singled while Ke'Bryan Hayes (No. 2), Oneil Cruz (No. 3) and Kevin Kramer (No. 11) combined to go 0-for-5 in the loss. Box score
Rays 3, Orioles 3
Fifth-ranked Baltimore prospect Austin Hays went 0-for-3 while No. 7 Yusniel Díaz ripped a triple and came around to score. Right-hander Hunter Harvey (No. 12) looked strong in his spring debut, working around a hit with a strikeout in a scoreless seventh. Rays No. 24 prospect Peter Fairbanks allowed one walk with two punchouts in a hitless eighth. Box score
Cubs 9 (ss), Angels 4
Top Chicago prospect Nico Hoerner singled. Angels No. 22 prospect Orlando Martinez homered in the eighth in his lone at-bat. Box score
Phillies 6, Braves 4
Atlanta's top prospect Cristian Pache tallied three singles and a run scored in his best game of the spring while second-ranked Drew Waters singled in two trips to the plate. Philadelphia's No. 15 prospect Mauricio Llovera allowed one hit and struck out a batter while earning his first save of the spring with a scoreless ninth. Box score
A's 5, Cubs (ss) 2
Oakland only had two hits in the win, but one came from the club's No. 10 prospect Luis Barrera, who singled in a run. Eighth-rankedLogan Davidson walked and added an RBI. Baseball's No. 33 overall prospect Sean Murphy earned two walks in two trips to the plate for the A's. Box score