Wednesday's top prospect performers

October 20th, 2022

Here’s a look at Wednesday's top performers from the Arizona Fall League and Dominican Winter League.

Reds: Elly De La Cruz, 2B (MLB No. 14), Tigres del Licey
A sensational 2022 campaign has carried over into Winter League action for De La Cruz. The 20-year-old opened the scoring with an RBI double and added a single for his third multihit performance in five games. De La Cruz scored twice and is 8-for-18 (.444) with three extra-base hits, seven RBIs and a pair of stolen bases to kick off his Dominican Winter League slate.

A's: Zack Gelof, 2B (MLB No. 94), Mesa Solar Sox
It was another strong effort from Gelof, who extended his hitting streak to five games after collecting a double, single and two RBIs in Mesa's 10-inning tie with Scottsdale. The 23-year-old has hit safely in nine of 11 games for the Solar Sox and is batting .300/.396/.500 with four extra-base hits, two homers and five RBIs in 40 at-bats.

Mets: Ronny Mauricio, SS (No. 6), Tigres del Licey
Often overshadowed by his fellow Mets prospects, Mauricio has been scorching hot to open his Winter League campaign. The 21-year-old tallied his second three-hit performance in three games and his third multihit effort in four contests. Mauricio has four doubles, four RBIs and three stolen bases in his first five games and sports a .391/.462/.565 slash line across 23 at-bats.

Cubs: Alexander Canario, OF (No. 9), Aguilas Cibaenas
Canario is doing a little bit of everything on both sides of the ball. The 22-year-old stroked a pair of doubles and drove in a run to lift his early line to .385/.500/.923 with five extra-base hits and three RBIs through five games. Canario also showed off his defensive talents in the Aguilas outfield, collecting an assist at second base and making a nice running grab to take away a potential extra-base hit.

Marlins: Victor Mesa Jr., OF (No. 13), Mesa Solar Sox
An up-and-down two weeks for Mesa was on the rise, albeit with some assistance. The 21-year-old tripled twice, one coming with a little help from the sun, and drove in a run for the first time in six games. Although Mesa is carrying just a .235 average in 34 AFL at-bats, he owns an .892 OPS thanks to five extra-base hits. His two triples moved him into a tie for the top mark on the circuit.

Pirates: Blake Sabol, C (Unranked), Surprise Saguaros
Sabol picked an opportune time for his first home run. The 24-year-old launched a game-tying grand slam and drove in the go-ahead run with a walk an inning later. Sabol's five RBIs were his first since plating a run in his AFL debut and established a new personal best in a professional career that began in 2019. The long ball was his first this fall after going deep a career-high 19 times across two Minor League levels during the regular season. More »