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Garrett among top prospect performers Monday

March 13, 2017

Left-hander Amir Garrett, the Reds' No. 2 prospect and No. 66 overall, continued his impressive spring with four no-hit innings in Cincinnati's 3-1 victory over the A's on Monday at Goodyear Ballpark.The 24-year-old boasts a 0.79 ERA in four Cactus League starts and is competing for one of three open

Left-hander Amir Garrett, the Reds' No. 2 prospect and No. 66 overall, continued his impressive spring with four no-hit innings in Cincinnati's 3-1 victory over the A's on Monday at Goodyear Ballpark.
The 24-year-old boasts a 0.79 ERA in four Cactus League starts and is competing for one of three open spots in Cincinnati's starting rotation.
"My command was really good today," Garrett said. "In the bullpen, I was working on keeping everything down just to prepare for today. I was able to pound the zone and not miss by much where I wanted to go. My breaking ball and changeup were working really well. I was able to keep the hitters off balance."
In 25 appearances (23 starts) between Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Louisville last season, Garrett posted a 2.55 ERA and 8.2 strikeouts per nine innings.
More notable performances from top prospects on Monday:
Ian Happ (Cubs' No. 2, No. 28 overall) continued his torrid spring with a 3-for-3 performance in the Cubs' 3-1 win over the Padres at Peoria Sports Complex. Chicago's first-round Draft pick from 2015 belted a two-run homer in the second inning. He's 9-for-11 with three home runs in his last four games.

The 22-year-old is batting .467 with a 1.351 OPS during Cactus League play while also impressing defensively at second base.
Phillies No. 4 prospectNick Williams was outstanding at the plate and in the field during Philadelphia's 6-4 loss to the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium. The 23-year-old outfielder homered in the top of the eighth and then robbed Logan Schafer of a home run in the bottom of the same frame by leaping at the right-field wall to make an incredible catch.
"That was better than any walk-off home run I've ever hit, personally," Williams said. "I can't even explain it. It was cool. My adrenaline was rushing. I felt it in my glove, I was like, 'No way.'"
Williams is batting .362 with a .962 OPS in 12 Spring Training games. He hit .258/.287/.427 with 13 home runs in 125 games for Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2016.
• A pair of top Royals prospects had big days at the plate in Kansas City's 4-2 win over the Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Hunter Dozier (Royals' No. 2) hit a pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning for his second long ball of the spring. Dozier is batting .389 with a 1.365 OPS in Cactus League play.

Jorge Bonifacio (Royals' No. 12) led off the eighth inning with a solo shot to break a 2-2 tie. He's batting .455 with two homers and a 1.342 OPS this spring.
• Despite being on the losing end of a 24-3 rout by the Brewers, the Mariners saw two top prospects homer at Maryvale Baseball Park on Monday. Ben Gamel (Mariners' No. 19) hit a solo shot in the first inning, Seattle's only hit through four frames. In the seventh, Dan Vogelbach (Mariners' No. 10) hit a two-run homer to cap Seattle's scoring for the day.
Each homer was the first of the spring for Gamel and Vogelbach. The Mariners acquired Vogelbach from the Cubs last summer in the trade that sent Mike Montgomery to Chicago. In 133 Triple-A games between the PCL affiliates of the Mariners and Cubs last season, Vogelbach hit .292/.417/.505 with 23 home runs.
Antonio Senzatela (Rockies' No. 9) lowered his spring ERA to 2.38 with 4 1/3 scoreless innings in the Rockies' 4-2 loss to the Royals. The 22-year-old right-hander is in the thick of the competition to claim one of two open rotation spots for Colorado.
Over his last two games, Senzatela has struck out eight in 7 1/3 innings.

"My fastball command was very good," Senzatela said. "When I have my fastball command, I have confidence."
In seven starts for Double-A Hartford in 2016, Senzatela posted a 1.82 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP in 34 2/3 innings.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.