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Brinson's leadoff homer leads prospect performers

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Marlins No. 1 prospect Lewis Brinson, the No. 27 prospect overall according to MLB Pipeline, had hit leadoff home runs in his professional career before Tuesday's game against the Nationals at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. But then came his blast off of All-Star right-hander Stephen Strasburg to open the contest.

"I've led off before with a homer," Brinson said. "Off Stephen Strasburg? Nothing like that. A pitcher like that, that feels good, too. Especially off a curveball, to get one off a guy like that."

Marlins No. 1 prospect Lewis Brinson, the No. 27 prospect overall according to MLB Pipeline, had hit leadoff home runs in his professional career before Tuesday's game against the Nationals at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. But then came his blast off of All-Star right-hander Stephen Strasburg to open the contest.

"I've led off before with a homer," Brinson said. "Off Stephen Strasburg? Nothing like that. A pitcher like that, that feels good, too. Especially off a curveball, to get one off a guy like that."

Brinson, whom the Marlins acquired from the Brewers in the trade for Christian Yelich, continued his impressive Grapefruit League campaign and is now batting .333 (16-for-48) with two home runs. Marlins manager Don Mattingly said after Tuesday's game that the 23-year-old center fielder could make for an interesting leadoff man in Miami's lineup.

"You want someone who gets on base also," Mattingly said. "Obviously, there's been a trend going in this direction. … He's interesting up there because he gets that [extra] at-bat. We'll keep looking."

Other top prospect performances from Tuesday's action:

• No. 1 overall prospect Shohei Ohtani has had a rough spring at the plate for the Angels, but he singled for his third hit in Cactus League play against the D-backs. He's 3-for-28 (.107) on the spring, but manager Mike Scioscia is confident he'll settle in.

Video: ARI@LAA: Ohtani lines a single to left-center field

• No. 5 overall prospect Gleyber Torres, the Yankees' No. 1 prospect, has also been struggling this spring, entering Tuesday's game against the Tigers batting .160 (4-for-25). The 21-year-old shortstop was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last week, but he continues to get at-bats during Grapefruit League play, doubling in New York's 8-3 loss.

"All spring, he's hit some balls hard that he hasn't gotten any love for," manager Aaron Boone said last Tuesday. "He just needs now to continue to play and get the reps. It won't be too long when it clicks."

• No. 41 overall prospect Ryan McMahon, the Rockies' No. 2 prospect, doubled in his only plate appearance during Colorado's 4-4 tie with the Brewers. He's now batting .350 (21-for-60) with two homers during Cactus League play, with a chance to earn an Opening Day roster spot.

Red Sox No. 5 prospect Sam Travis belted a three-run homer in Boston's 12-6 win over the Pirates. It was the 24-year-old first baseman's fifth homer of Grapefruit League play and upped his spring batting average to .255 (13-for-51).

Video: PIT@BOS: Travis crushes a three-run homer to left

Reds No. 5 prospect Tyler Mahle recovered from a tough first inning to settle into a solid outing against the Padres. The right-hander went five frames, allowing two runs on three hits and one walk with six strikeouts. Mahle now holds a 2.75 ERA in the spring as he battles for a spot in the Opening Day rotation.

Video: CIN@SD: Mahle on solid outing against Padres

Brewers No. 6 prospect Brett Phillips hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in Milwaukee's 4-4 tie with Colorado. It was his first long ball in a spring during which he's only hitting .119 (5-for-42). While he's likely headed for Triple-A Colorado Springs, manager Craig Counsell doesn't think the Cactus League stats bear out the quality of Phillips' at-bats.

"If I were Brett I'd be saying, 'I'm glad this happened during the spring and not during the season,'" Counsell said. "He's 40 plate appearances into 2018, and I'll tell you this: Everyone wants to be locked in going into the first day of the season, and then on the first day of the season, everything that happened in Spring Training becomes irrelevant to the players."

• A pair of Pittsburgh prospects shined in a 12-6 loss to the Red Sox. Pirates No. 4 prospect Ke'Bryan Hayes launched a solo homer, his first of the spring, while No. 23 prospect Jordan Luplow belted a solo shot of his own for his fourth of the spring. Overall, Hayes is 2-for-4 and Luplow is 8-for-34 (.235) in Grapefruit League play.

Video: Top Prospects: Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B, Pirates

Tigers No. 17 prospect Victor Reyes, whom Detroit acquired as a Rule 5 Draft pick from the D-backs, continues to impress during Spring Training, tallying another three hits in an 8-3 victory over the Yankees. The 23-year-old outfielder has raised his average to .244 (11-for-45) and is playing solid defense with a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

"The kid's playing really well, pretty much every day, no matter where I put him," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I put him out in all the different fields, and he's running the balls down out there. You see him swing, and he's staying on the ball [with a] nice short swing and beating it around."

• Competing for the final bench spot on the Angels' Opening Day roster, David Fletcher, the club's No. 23 prospect, continued his strong spring with a game-tying, two-run triple in the 9th inning of Los Angeles' 6-5 win over Arizona. The 23-year-old shortstop is batting .333 (15-for-45) in Cactus League play.

Video: ARI@LAA: Fletcher ties the game with a two-run triple

Dodgers No. 30 prospect Donovan Casey made his Cactus League debut and went 2-for-2 with a double in Los Angeles' 8-2 victory over the A's. The 22-year-old outfielder slashed .403/.453/.604 with seven home runs and six steals in his first taste of professional baseball -- 38 Rookie league games between Ogden and the Arizona League Dodgers last year.

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