Here's a look at Tuesday’s top performers in the Fall and Winter Leagues from each team's Top 30 Prospects list.
Pirates: Nick Gonzales, 2B (MLB No. 62), Peoria Javelinas
Gonzales just keeps on hitting. The fourth-ranked Pirates prospect extended his hit streak to six games with three base knocks to raise his AFL average to .381, which ranks third among all qualified batters. The 22-year-old got his day started quickly by smacking his fourth Fall League double on the eighth pitch of the game before adding a single and a stolen base in the fourth for Peoria. He drew a walk to start the sixth and then plated the tiebreaking run. After Mesa tied the game, Gonzales capitalized on back-to-back walks to start the bottom of the seventh by lacing a single to bring home the go-ahead run. In 17 games, Gonzales has recorded at least one hit in all but three contests. More »
Cardinals: Zack Thompson, LHP (No. 8), Glendale Desert Dogs
Ali Sánchez, C (No. 28), Cardenales de Lara
Coming on in relief of organization mate Andre Pallante, Thompson tossed two scoreless innings and fanned three in Glendale’s win over Salt River. The southpaw allowed only a single in the fifth, then ran into trouble in the sixth when he loaded the bases with one out on a single and two walks. But Thompson struck out Colorado’s Ryan Vilade on seven pitches and sat down the Mets’ Carlos Cortes with a four-pitch whiff to escape the jam. The 24-year-old has allowed 13 hits and 12 walks in 15 1/3 innings in the AFL, but he’s given up just three earned runs, good for a 1.76 ERA. More »
Sánchez collected three hits -- all singles -- and drove in the tying run in the ninth during a three-run frame to send the game into extra innings in Lara’s 10-9 loss. It was his second multihit effort of the Winter League season and his first three-hit performance. The backstop also threw out his second runner of the winter, nabbing a would-be basestealer at second in the fifth. In 12 games thus far, Sánchez is batting .282 with a homer and five RBIs.
Dodgers: Jacob Amaya, SS (No. 14), Glendale Desert Dogs
Amaya recorded his first three-hit game of the AFL, falling a triple short of the cycle after launching his second Arizona home run. The 23-year-old started off with a two-out single in the second, coming around to score on a two-RBI double by Anthony Mulrine (Angels). Amaya doubled in the fourth before sending the first pitch of his at-bat in the sixth over the left-field fence for a solo dinger. In his past six contests, Amaya has recorded three multihit games to raise his average from .211 on Oct. 28 to .342.
Marlins: Kameron Misner, OF (No. 22), Mesa Solar Sox
Misner took sole possession of second place in the AFL home run race with his second multihomer game of the fall, crushing his sixth and seventh dingers in Mesa’s one-run loss to Peoria. After teammate Nelson Velazquez (CHC 29) smacked his league-leading eighth long ball in the second, Misner followed with a solo blast to right field. The lefty slugger drew a walk in the fifth before lifting his second homer of the game to right on an 0-2 pitch in the seventh. After the Solar Sox fell behind by two heading into the ninth, Misner drew a two-out walk and scored on a double by Leo Jimenez (TOR 11), but the rally ultimately fell short. Misner stands tied for fifth in the AFL with 14 RBIs.
Nationals: Cole Henry, RHP (No. 7), Surprise Saguaros
Henry was sparkling in relief of teammate Owen White, and the 22-year-old righty retook the AFL strikeout lead with 30 after fanning seven in Surprise’s 2-1 loss. After allowing two singles to start his outing, Henry retired nine of the next 10 batters before running into some more trouble in the eighth. With one out, Henry hit a batter and issued a walk, but he promptly struck out Triston Casas (BOS 2) and induced a first-pitch flyout from Hunter Bishop (SF 6) to end the inning. The 22-year-old tossed 37 of his 55 pitches for strikes and lowered his ERA to 3.32 with his third scoreless outing of the Fall League.
Rangers: Owen White, RHP (No. 29), Surprise Saguaros
White continued his AFL dominance with yet another scoreless performance. The right-hander surrendered a first-inning single and issued just two walks while striking out four across four innings. White didn’t allow a baserunner to get into scoring position as he lowered his ERA to 1.16, which leads all qualified pitchers on the circuit by 2.16 points. In 23 1/3 innings, White sports a 0.94 WHIP and has allowed 11 hits and 11 walks while holding opposing batters to a .143 average. More »