Who says the Florida State League is full of pitchers' parks?Pirates No. 2 prospect, Ke'Bryan Hayes, ninth-ranked Jared Oliva and No. 19 Will Craig hit three of the Bucs' seven homers Friday in a 19-13 Grapefruit League win over the Blue Jays in Dunedin. The teams totaled 11 blasts on
Who says the Florida State League is full of pitchers' parks?
Pirates No. 2 prospect, Ke'Bryan Hayes, ninth-ranked Jared Oliva and No. 19 Will Craig hit three of the Bucs' seven homers Friday in a 19-13 Grapefruit League win over the Blue Jays in Dunedin. The teams totaled 11 blasts on a day with a strong breeze blowing out to right field at TD Ballpark.
Hayes got the hit parade started with a solo shot off starter Chase Anderson in the second inning. It was the lone hit in three at-bats for MLB.com's No. 41 overall prospect, who's batting .350 this spring after putting up a .261/.334/.411 slash line between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis last season.
Oliva and Craig both went deep in the eighth off reliever Ryan Dull, who yielded six runs on four hits and a walk without recording an out. Oliva, a defensive replacement in center field, wound up 2-for-2 with three RBIs. Craig added a double to go 2-for-3 while driving in a pair of runs. No. 18 prospect Kevin Kramer singled and scored twice.
Blue Jays No. 20 prospect Reese McGuire, a former Pirates first-round pick who turned 25 earlier this week, doubled and drove in a run in the high-scoring defeat.
White Sox 6, Cubs 3
Luis Robert, MLB.com's No. 3 overall prospect, doubled home Eloy Jiménez in the second inning and walked in the following frame. No. 11 White Sox prospect Gavin Sheets singled once in two at-bats, and 13th-ranked Luis González singled in his lone plate appearance. No. 29 prospect Tyler Johnson allowed an unearned run on one hit and one walk while striking out the side in the eighth. Cubs No. 27 prospect Alfonso Rivas ripped an RBI double in the sixth. Box score
Twins 5, Rays 3
Trevor Larnach homered and 2016 first-round pick Alex Kirilloff went 1-for-3 with a run as the Twins scored three times in the ninth to beat Tampa Bay at CenturyLink Sports Complex. Larnach, the Twins' No. 3 prospect, pinch-hit in the seventh and smacked a two-run homer off Dylan Covey. The 2018 first-rounder has three homers and four RBIs this spring. Kirilloff, MLB.com's No. 32 overall prospect, started in left field and went 1-for-3. He's batting .538 this spring. Nick Gordon, the Twins' 17th-ranked prospect, singled in his only plate appearance. Dakota Chalmers (No. 23) struck out the side in the eighth and Edwar Colina (No. 16) picked up the save by recording the final out. The Rays were held to five hits, although two of them came from prospects: Randy Arozarena (No. 17) went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored and Lucius Fox (No. 25) singled in two at-bats. Brendan McKay, the Rays' No. 2 prospect, fanned one in the fourth inning and Shane McClanahan (No. 7) struck out three in the eighth. Box score
Royals (ss) 4, Angels (ss) 4
No. 2 Royals prospect Brady Singer got the start and allowed a hit and a walk while striking out one in two scoreless frames. The right-hander has given up three earned runs and seven hits over 5 2/3 innings this spring. Seventh-ranked Kyle Isbel went 2-for-4 with an RBI double to left in the fourth inning. He also doubled in his last appearance on Wednesday. No. 8 Angels prospect Jahmai Jones started at second base and was 1-for-3. The 22-year-old led off the third with a single and came around to score on Mike Trout's three-run homer. Box score
Royals (ss) 4, Angels 3 (ss)
Top Angels prospect Jo Adell continued his torrid start to the Cactus League with his second spring double, improving his slash line to .316/.450/.421. No. 23 prospect Jared Walsh also flexed his muscles when he crushed his first spring homer to right field off veteran reliever Greg Holland. For the Royals, 21st-ranked Kelvin Gutierrez came through with two singles, including the go-ahead knock in the eighth inning. No. 3 prospect Daniel Lynch started and yielded a run on a hit and two walks while recording two outs, but fourth-ranked Jackson Kowar came on in relief and allowed a hit with two punchouts in 1 1/3 scoreless frames. No. 25 Josh Staumont worked around two hits in the fourth and fanned two to put up a zero. Box score
Phillies 9, Tigers 0
Phillies No. 27 prospect Arquimedes Gamboa went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in a lopsided road win. Tigers 12th-ranked prospect Franklin Perez, who made two Minor League appearances last season due to right shoulder issues, bore the brunt of the damage for the home team, surrendering four earned runs on two hits and two walks while recording one out. The 22-year-old right-hander has given up five earned runs in 2 1/3 innings for a 19.29 Grapefruit League ERA. No. 15 Bryan Garcia and No. 26 Kyle Funkhouser both gave up a run, with Garcia working one inning and Funkhouser setting down two batters. Box score
Braves 7, Red Sox 5
No. 4 Braves prospect Kyle Wright gave up his first earned runs of the spring in his attempt to crack the Major League rotation. The 24-year-old right-hander surrendered two runs on three hits and two walks while fanning five over 3 1/3 innings. Through three outings, Wright has a 2.16 ERA with 12 strikeouts over 8 1/3 frames. No. 5 Shea Langeliers singled in both of his at-bats for Atlanta and 10th-ranked Tucker Davidson struck out a pair and gave up one run on two hits in 1 1/3 innings to close out the victory. Top Red Sox prospect Jeter Downs struck out in both of his at-bats, while No. 8 Jarren Duran picked up a hit, a stolen base and a run scored. Box score
Rockies 6, D-backs 6
Ninth-ranked Rockies prospect Sam Hilliard doubled and scored a run, giving him four extra-base hits in his last five Cactus League games. No. 11 Yonathan Daza lifted a sacrifice fly to center field in the second inning and led off the seventh with a single, extending his hitting streak to five games. D-backs No. 24 prospect Pavin Smith tied the game in the ninth with an RBI double to center off right-hander Heath Holder. Box score
Reds 11, Athletics (ss) 5
No. 4 Reds prospect Jonathan India collected his second RBI of the spring with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. No. 10 Stuart Fairchild walked and scored a run, 17th-ranked Alfredo Rodriguez singled and scored, while No. 19 TJ Friedl knocked a pair of singles, one of which plated Brantley Bell. Friedl has reached base in all three of his Cactus League plate appearances. No. 22 Joel Kuhnel, who walked one and allowed a hit in his only inning, has yet to surrender a run in 4 2/3 frames this spring. Three of Oakland's top 30 prospects -- No. 11 Jonah Heim, No. 17 Skye Bolt and No. 19 Lazaro Armenteros -- contributed singles. Box score
Giants 5, Brewers 5
Continuing to make his case for the Opening Day roster, No. 11 Giants prospect Mauricio Dubón delivered his fourth extra-base hit of the spring with a second-inning double. Against right-hander Josh Lindblom, Dubon smoked one down the third-base line for his second Cactus League double. Two batters later, the 25-year-old came around to score on second baseman Keston Hiura's throwing error. Dubon has a .421 average with a 1.290 OPS this spring. Top Giants prospect Joey Bart entered as a replacement at DH, but was 0-for-2 and was ejected for arguing a called third strike. Box score
Athletics 7, Indians 6
A's No. 5 prospect Nick Allen went 1-for-1 with a single and a seventh-inning sacrifice fly. Tenth-ranked Luis Barrera singled and scored a run in the fifth. No. 26 Brian Howard pitched a hitless ninth to pick up his first spring save. Indians No. 13 prospect Daniel Johnson went 1-for-3 with a second-inning single and scored on a passed ball. Box score
Astros 3, Mets 2
Third-ranked Astros prospect Abraham Toro hasn't gotten off to a hot start this spring, but he entered Friday night's contest as a replacement and smacked an eighth-inning double to center for his first extra-base hit. No. 25 Chas McCormick gave Houston the walk-off win with a leadoff homer in the ninth off Yefry Ramirez. No. 24 Taylor Jones walked in one of two plate appearances for the Astros, while 29th-ranked Nivaldo Rodriguez pitched a spotless ninth with a punchout, earning his second Grapefruit League win. Mets No. 9 Kevin Smith tossed two scoreless innings, giving up a hit while fanning two. No. 27 Ryley Gilliam fanned two and walked one in 1 1/3 shutout frames. Box score
Orioles 5, Yankees 1
Fifth-ranked O's prospect Austin Hays led off the game with a single, coming around to score on a wild pitch by third-ranked Yankees prospect Deivi Garcia. Hays added a double in the third inning to finish 2-for-4. No. 28 prospect Dillon Tate tossed a perfect seventh, striking out Luke Voit and Tyler Wade. Garcia was charged with two runs -- one earned -- on two hits with two strikeouts in two innings. Box score
Marlins 7, Nationals 3
Ninth-ranked Miami prospect Monte Harrison hit a ground-rule double in his only plate appearance, driving in No. 3 Jazz Chisholm and No. 4 Jesús Sánchez, both of whom walked. No. 7 Lewin Diaz scored Harrison with a single after he stole third and also came home on a homer by Lewis Brinson. Tenth-ranked Nick Neidert tossed three scoreless frames to pick up the win, allowing one hit and one walk while fanning four. Nats No. 23 prospect James Bourque took the loss after giving up two runs on two hits in one inning of relief. Box score
Mariners 9, Dodgers 3
Tenth-ranked Mariners prospect Kyle Lewis hit a grand slam to break a seventh-inning tie, while No. 9 Jake Fraley crushed a towering solo blast in the third. Fraley added an RBI single and scored in the fifth. Evan White, MLB.com's No. 56 overall prospect, was 1-for-3 with a single and sacrifice fly and is batting .412 this spring. M's No. 2 prospect Julio Rodriguez entered in the seventh and walked in his only at-bat. Left-hander Aaron Fletcher (No. 20) notched a strikeout in a 1-2-3 sixth. For the Dodgers, second overall prospect Gavin Lux had a single in three at-bats. Box score
Padres 4, Rangers 3
Padres No. 23 prospect Esteban Quiroz delivered a two-out walk-off single to chase home eighth-ranked Gabriel Arias in the bottom of the ninth to cap a seesaw inning. No. 30 Padres prospect David Bednar (1-0) yielded two runs on three hits while striking out two in one frame. With the Rangers trailing, 2-1, in the top of the ninth, 10th-ranked prospect Sherten Apostel stroked a one-out double to jump-start a two-run rally. No. 15 Bubba Thompson followed with a single to put runners on the corners and eighth-ranked Anderson Tejeda tied the game with a base hit. Thompson scored on a wild pitch to give Texas a short-lived 3-2 lead. Box score