The first weekend of Spring Training came to an end on Sunday with a number of prospects shining in Grapefruit and Cactus League action. Houston fans, in particular, were treated to a glimpse of the future as the club's No. 2 prospect (16th overall), Kyle Tucker, hit a three-run homer in
The first weekend of Spring Training came to an end on Sunday with a number of prospects shining in Grapefruit and Cactus League action. Houston fans, in particular, were treated to a glimpse of the future as the club's No. 2 prospect (16th overall), Kyle Tucker, hit a three-run homer in the Astros' 7-3 win vs. the Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla.
Tucker, 20, is in big league camp for the first time this spring. Last season, he hit .274 with 33 doubles, five triples, 25 homers, 90 RBIs and 21 stolen bases in 120 games between Class A Advanced Buies Creek and Double-A Corpus Christi.
Fellow prospect J.D. Davis -- Houston's No. 9 -- also contributed to the victory, starting at third and batting 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and two RBIs. Davis' first-inning RBI single and Tucker's homer combined to give the Astros an early 4-0 lead.
Below is a look at how the rest of the game's biggest prospects performed on Sunday:
• Minnesota's No. 19 prospect Mitch Garver clubbed a two-run homer in the Twins' 5-4 win against the Rays at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. Garver is the front-runner to win the backup catcher role behind starter Jason Castro.
"Mitch is looking for situations to turn on more balls," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "He's got power we didn't see much of last year. He's trying to find the right times to take his shots."
Right-hander Zack Littell, the Twins' No. 15 prospect, also impressed with two perfect innings of relief to earn his first Spring Training save. Littell struck out three of the six batters he faced.
• The Yankees' Gleyber Torres, rated No. 5 overall, doubled in his first at-bat against the Phillies on Sunday. Torres is working his way back from season-ending Tommy John surgery. Friday's spring exhibition opener marked his first game action in eight months as he competes to be New York's primary second baseman.
• Miami's top two prospects, outfielders Lewis Brinson and Monte Harrison, impressed on Sunday with strong performances in the Marlins' 10-3 loss to the Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Brinson and Harrison each batted 1-for-2. Harrison, starting at designated hitter, hit an RBI double in the fourth inning, while Brinson reached base twice on a hit-by-pitch and a single. Both players were acquired by Miami in the Christian Yelich deal.
• Baseball's No. 32 prospect A.J. Puk was sharp in his spring debut, pitching two scoreless innings with one strikeout for the A's against the Royals. Puk is a candidate to fill out Oakland's big league rotation, but he's likely to start the year with a promotion to Triple-A Nashville. He went 6-10 with a 4.03 ERA through 27 games (24 starts) between Class A Advanced Stockton and Double-A Midland.
• Pirates second baseman Kevin Kramer, Pittsburgh's No. 9 prospect, put his team on the board with a three-run home run in the second inning of an 8-8 draw against the Tigers on Sunday. Kramer, 24, is coming off a strong Minor League campaign; he hit .297/.380/.500 with six home runs and 17 doubles over 53 games for Double-A Altoona last season despite missing time with a fractured right hand.
• Mariners No. 21 prospect Rob Whalen pitched two scoreless innings against the Dodgers on Sunday. The right-hander allowed one hit and one walk and struck out three batters, including Corey Seager and Justin Turner. Left-hander Sam Moll, the club's No. 26 prospect, also pitched a perfect ninth inning, earning the save in the 2-0 victory.
• Giants prospect Steven Duggar hit a two-run homer in his club's 12-10 loss to the Cubs. The The 24-year-old is competing with free-agent acquisition Austin Jackson to be San Francisco's everyday center fielder.
Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.