Baddoo, Arozarena and Mercedes keep rolling

April 6th, 2021

The fairytale opening act for  continued on Monday. The 23rd-ranked Tigers prospect followed up going yard on the first pitch he saw in The Show on Sunday with a grand performance in Detroit's 15-6 loss to Minnesota at Comerica Park.

Baddoo stepped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded and two outs and unloaded on a 2-1 fastball from Twins righty Randy Dobnak. The ball made the seats 374 feet away in left and brought the 22-year-old's RBI total to five through his first two big league games.

Baddoo also lined a single into center field in the fifth inning off a 91.6 mph fastball that came in right over the middle of the plate. It's the first multi-hit effort for the Rule 5 Draft pick in December, who also had one over 21 Grapefruit League games this spring. He also notched his first career stolen base by successfully swiping second in the fifth.

Baddoo has three hits -- with a pair of dingers -- through his first seven career at-bats. More»

 caught fire for the Rays during last year's postseason run, and the spectacle whenever he takes the field continues into this season. The 26-year-old reached base three times -- going 2-for-3 with a walk -- scored a run and made a pair of sensational plays in the outfield as Tampa Bay dropped an 11-2 decision to Boston at Fenway Park.

MLB Pipeline's No. 33 overall prospect battled Red Sox starter Nick Pivetta in the opening inning for an eight-pitch at-bat that ended with ball four in the dirt and a walk for the Cuban native. Three frames later, Arozarena got the best of the righty again, turning around a 92.7 mph fastball and lining it into right. In the eighth, Arozarena punched a ground ball back up the middle and found the grass for his second base knock of the night.

The third-ranked Rays prospect also took extra bases (and a second RBI) away from Hunter Renfroe with a full-extension, leaping grab in the fourth. Arozarena followed that up with another diving play in the eighth that kept runs off the board for the Red Sox. More»

There may be no one hotter in baseball right now than . The No. 21 White Sox prospect not only has hit safely through his first four games this season, Mercedes has notched three multi-hit performances in that span while collecting 12 total knocks -- with four going for extra bases -- and six RBIs. His 12 hits are the most by any player in the modern era over his first four career starts. The 28-year-old is also coming off being named the AL Player of the Week.

Mercedes went 3-for-4 on Monday with a trio of base knocks and a walk in the White Sox 6-0 blanking of the Mariners on the road. The Dominican Republic native led off the fourth with a single to left, laced a double the same way in the fifth, and legged out an infield hit to third in the seventh.

Mercedes is now sporting an eye-popping .667/.667/1.000 slash line with a walk over 18 at-bats this season. He is 6-for-10 in two-strike counts so far. More»

More notable performances from top prospects on Monday:

Michael Kopech, RHP, CWS (MLB No. 38)

Making his second relief appearance of the season, Kopech allowed a hit and a walk over two frames of relief while fanning five -- including striking out the side in the sixth inning. It was just the second game pitched for Kopech since 2018 due to Tommy John surgery that wiped out his 2019 season and his decision to opt out of the 2020 campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gameday»

Triston McKenzie, RHP, CLE (MLB No. 49)

On in relief of starter Logan Allen for his first appearance of the season, McKenzie was amped. The righty walked four batters for the first time in a game since he issued five free passes on June 13, 2017 for Class A Advanced Lynchburg. But he more than compensated with five strikeouts, his most in relief in the Majors. Over 3 2/3 innings pitched, McKenzie allowed a run on two hits and threw 58 pitches, 32 for strikes. Gameday»

Jordan Holloway, RHP, MIA

Miami’s No. 24 prospect cruised through two perfect innings. Holloway whiffed three of the six batters he faced, needing just 22 pitches and reaching 98.4 mph with his fastball in his season debut. Gameday»

Trevor Rogers, LHP, MIA

Making his season debut, Rogers battled through four innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits while walking four and striking out six. The southpaw’s strikeout total was his most in a start since last Sept. 21 at Atlanta and the second-most in a Major League start in Rogers’ career. More»

Brent Rooker, LF, MIN

Called up from Minnesota’s alternate training site two days ago, Rooker got six at-bats in his first start of the season. The 26-year-old roped a single to center field at 105.9 mph in the top of the seventh inning to plate a run, according to Statcast data. It was Rooker’s first hit and RBI of the season and brought in the final tally of the Twins’ 15-run, 14-hit day. Gameday»

Jonathan India, 2B, CIN

After reaching on a fielder’s choice and striking out in his first three at-bats, India came through in his final one. The Reds second baseman continued his hot start to the season by punching an RBI single through the left side in the bottom of the eighth inning. Through four games, India is 6-for-15 (.400) with a .904 OPS. Gameday»

Zach McKinstry, LF/2B, LAD

Making his second straight start after coming off the bench in his first two games of the season, McKinstry kept his strong early campaign going. The No. 15 Dodgers prospect plated a run with a sacrifice fly to left in the second inning before tallying singles to right and center in the third and seventh, driving in additional runs with each. He also doubled and scored in the ninth for L.A. Gameday»

A.J. Puk, LHP, OAK

Summoned from the Athletics’ alternate training site earlier on Monday, Puk pitched 3 1/3 innings in his first outing of the season, allowing just one hit and no runs. The lefty struck out four and walked three, crossing 95 mph with his fastball seven times. More»