D-backs' Bradley highlights day of firsts for prospects
Righty outduels Kershaw in Majors debut; Bryant, Buxton go yard in Minors
While some of the game's top overall prospects made their marks across the Minor Leagues on Saturday, it was D-backs top prospect Archie Bradley who stole the show with his dazzling Major League debut.
Bradley, ranked No. 16 overall on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, outdueled reigning National League Cy Young Award winner and Most Valuable Player Clayton Kershaw en route to picking up his first win. Bradley limited the Dodgers to only one hit while striking out six batters over six shutout innings.
In the Minor Leagues, meanwhile, baseball's top two prospects both picked up their first home runs on the young season. Byron Buxton, the No. 1 prospect, hit what proved to be a game-winning solo homer in the seventh inning for Chattanooga, the Twins' Double-A affiliate.
Not to be outdone, No. 2 prospect Kris Bryant went 3-for-4 with his first homer of the season and three RBIs in Triple-A Iowa's 13-0 victory over Memphis. The Cubs' top prospect also doubled and scored three runs as Iowa picked up its first win of 2015.
Shortstop Carlos Correa, ranked No. 3 on the Top 100, also continued his hot start to the season. Correa, the Astros' top prospect, went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs to help Double-A Corpus Christi defeat Springfield, 9-2. He's now 5-for-12 (.417) with five doubles and five RBIs through three games.
More standout performances from Top 100 Prospects on Saturday:
• Right-hander Tyler Glasnow, ranked No. 13 on the Top 100, tossed five shutout innings in his Double-A debut. He allowed just two hits while striking out six for Altoona. He departed with the game locked in a scoreless tie, though Altoona ultimately lost to Harrisburg, 4-1. Glasnow, the Pirates' top prospect, spent the entire 2014 season with Class A Advanced Bradenton, where he went 12-5 with a 1.74 ERA in 23 starts.
• White Sox top prospect Carlos Rodon also impressed in his 2015 debut, striking out nine batters over five innings for Triple-A Charlotte. Rodon, the No. 15 overall prospect, allowed two runs (one earned) off two hits en route to picking up the win in a 4-2 victory over Norfolk.
• Left-hander Henry Owens, ranked No. 20 overall, allowed one run off one hit over 6 1/3 innings for Triple-A Pawtucket. Red Sox No. 3 prospect Owens departed with a 3-1 lead in the seventh, but settled for a no-decision as Pawtucket eventually beat Lehigh Valley, 5-4, in 13 innings.
• Brewers' top prospect Orlando Arcia continued his torrid start to the season with his third consecutive multihit game in Double-A Biloxi's 7-2 victory over Pensacola. Arcia, the No. 89-ranked prospect overall, went 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI, and is now 7-for-12 (.583) with four RBIs and four runs scored through three games.
Other notable performances from around the Minor Leagues:
• Making his Triple-A debut, right-hander Michael Lorenzen, the Reds' No. 4 prospect, fired seven scoreless innings to help Louisville notch a 5-0 shutout against Toledo. Lorenzen allowed just three hits, while striking out three and walking two.
• A trio of Yankees prospects continued Double-A Trenton's home run barrage to start the season. Yankees No. 8 prospect Eric Jagielo led the way with two homers, while seventh-ranked Gary Sanchez hit another and former first-round pick Cito Culver added one of his own in a 9-3 victory over Erie. That gives Trenton seven homers in its first two games, just one shy of the amount hit by the 11 other Eastern League teams combined.