There is perhaps no hitter on the planet who had a better spring than Mariners' No. 11 prospect Daniel Vogelbach.The 25-year-old first baseman, slugging his way to a spot on Seattle's Opening Day roster, continued his offensive onslaught by clubbing his seventh home run of Spring Training on Tuesday vs.
There is perhaps no hitter on the planet who had a better spring than Mariners' No. 11 prospect Daniel Vogelbach.
The 25-year-old first baseman, slugging his way to a spot on Seattle's Opening Day roster, continued his offensive onslaught by clubbing his seventh home run of Spring Training on Tuesday vs. the Rockies. The long ball tied him atop the big league leaderboard for most spring homers.
Vogelbach added a single in the contest, finishing 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs. He ends his monster showing in camp leading MLB in batting average (.407), on-base percentage (.529), slugging percentage (.926) and OPS (1.455). It's safe to say he's earned the job in the Majors.
Other top prospect performances from Tuesday's action:
• Blue Jays top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. made magic happen in the spring finale in Montreal, crushing a mammoth walk-off home run to beat the Cardinals, 1-0. Vlad Jr. stepped to the dish with two outs in the ninth and deposited a Jack Flaherty (Cardinals' No. 2) slider well into the center-field seats, sending the crowd at Olympic Stadium into a frenzy.
• It was the one pitch to Guerrero that changed Flaherty's night. The young hurler was cruising through the Blue Jays' lineup, having thrown 2 2/3 scoreless frames with four strikeouts before surrendering the game-ending homer. The right-hander finishes spring with 24 strikeouts in 15 2/3 frames.
• The Braves' No. 9 prospect, Cristian Pache had a night to remember, crushing two home runs and driving in three to help Atlanta's Future Stars hang with the big leaguers. The 19-year-old outfielder entered the contest with just two hits all spring, but he made up for it with his massive evening.
• Lewis Brinson, the Marlins' top prospect, may have ripped a hole in the atmosphere with his laser of a home run in the first inning vs. the University of Miami. The long ball had an exit velocity of 115.7 mph, per Statcast™.
• Mitch Garver (Twins' No. 19) sent Minnesota home with a victory in its spring finale vs. Washington thanks to his game-winning two-RBI single off Trevor Gott in the top of the ninth inning. It was a promising end to Spring Training for Garver, who earned a spot on the Twins' Opening Day roster as their backup catcher behind Jason Castro.
• The Marlins' No. 15 prospect, Dillon Peters was phenomenal in his final spring tune-up vs. University of Miami, allowing two earned runs over 4 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts and just one walk. The 25-year-old finishes Spring Training with 16 strikeouts in 12 2/3 frames.
• Rogelio Armenteros, the Astros' No. 12 prospect, capped off his solid spring with a pair of scoreless innings versus the Brewers. The 23-year-old struck out four in the outing, giving him 28 punch outs in 18 1/3 frames in camp.
• Colin Moran (Pirates' No. 8) doubled home a run in the first inning versus the Phillies and later singled in the fourth inning to cap off his spring on a high note. The 25-year-old third baseman hit .362 with an .831 OPS in camp to earn a spot on Pittsburgh's Opening Day roster.
• Brian Anderson, the Marlins' No. 9 prospect, had a perfect day at the dish, going 2-for-2 with a double, a single and a walk against the University of Miami.
• The Astros' No. 9 prospect, J.D. Davis also played his way onto the big league Opening Day roster by hitting .385/.406/.662 in Spring Training. Davis' day versus the Brewers was equally impressive, as he collected two singles in five at-bats. He also scored and drove in a run.
Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @basebollie.