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Frazier, Kaprielian among top prospect performers Thursday

March 16, 2017

On a big day for the next wave of Yankees talent, two budding prospects stood out in particular in New York's 11-5 win over the Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium on Thursday.Clint Frazier (Yankees' No. 2, No. 24 overall) belted his first home run of the spring, a

On a big day for the next wave of Yankees talent, two budding prospects stood out in particular in New York's 11-5 win over the Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium on Thursday.
Clint Frazier (Yankees' No. 2, No. 24 overall) belted his first home run of the spring, a solo shot to center off Tim Mayza to tie the score at 5 in the seventh inning. Frazier went 2-for-3 and is batting .323 in Grapefruit League play.
Right-hander James Kaprielian (Yankees' No. 6, No. 58 overall) tossed two scoreless innings of relief, striking out three, walking one and flashing a 96-mph fastball. The 23-year-old needed just 26 pitches to get six outs in his first and only start of the spring -- he was reassigned to Minor League camp following the game.

"It was fun," Kaprielian said. "I've got to do a better job of attacking the zone a little bit, keep commanding that fastball and just keep finding things to improve on, but overall I think it was fun to be in a competitive atmosphere again and look behind me and see the Yankees behind me. It was a good day."
Kaprielian, the Yankees' first-round pick in 2015, made three starts for Class A Advanced Tampa in 2016, allowing three earned runs in 18 innings (1.50 ERA) and striking out 22 while walking three. In 12 Arizona Fall League starts, he posted a 4.17 ERA, striking out 43 and walking 12 in 45 1/3 innings.
Other notable performances from top prospects on Thursday:
• Franklin Barreto (A's No. 1, No. 52 overall) continued his torrid hitting in Cactus League play, homering in the first inning off Indians right-hander Zach McAllister in Oakland's 6-5 loss at Goodyear Ballpark. Barreto is batting .480 in 25 at-bats this spring.
• Right-hander Josh Staumont (Royals' No. 3) turned in a strong performance in Kansas City's 13-3 victory over the Padres at Peoria Stadium. The 23-year-old tossed three scoreless innings, allowing two hits while striking out five and walking none.

The fact that Staumont did not issue a base on balls was significant, as the 2015 second-round Draft pick struggled with control in the Minors last season -- in 29 appearances (26 starts) between Class A Advanced Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas, he walked 104 in 123 1/3 innings.
• JaCoby Jones (Tigers' No. 9) went 2-for-2 with his second home run of the spring as well as two stolen bases in Detroit's 5-3 win over the Braves at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex.
Jones smashed the first pitch he saw from Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz onto the left-field berm to open the second inning. He's batting .346 in 26 Grapefruit League at-bats.

"I came into Spring Training, in my mind, knowing that I'm the center fielder of the Detroit Tigers," Jones said. "Every day I wake up and come to the field, I just want to show them that I'm ready to be the Opening Day guy and I want to be there all year. Whenever I get the chance, I just want to do whatever I can to help the team win."
• Chris Lee (Orioles' No. 7) made his Grapefruit League debut on Thursday against the Phillies at Ed Smith Stadium and was impressive over three scoreless innings. The 24-year-old southpaw allowed two hits, walked two and struck out one.
In eight games (seven starts) for Double-A Bowie last season, Lee posted a 2.98 ERA in 51 1/3 innings.
• Boog Powell (Mariners' No. 25) had an afternoon that would've made his namesake proud, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in a 9-2 win over the Royals. In 22 spring at-bats, the 24-year-old outfielder is batting .545.
At Triple-A Tacoma in 2016, Powell hit .270/.326/.359 in 277 plate appearances.
• Chase De Jong (Mariners' No. 15) was Seattle's starter, and the 23-year-old right-hander had his best outing of the spring. De Jong went four innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits, walking one and striking out one.
The Mariners acquired De Jong from the Dodgers in a trade earlier this month. In 26 starts between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City last year, he posted a 2.82 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP.

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