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Benintendi leads top prospect performers Thursday

March 30, 2017

Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, the No. 1 prospect in baseball, continued his strong spring campaign with a two-hit performance for Boston in an 8-1 win over the Nationals at JetBlue Park on Thursday. The 22-year-old drove in a run with a triple to center field in the second inning

Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, the No. 1 prospect in baseball, continued his strong spring campaign with a two-hit performance for Boston in an 8-1 win over the Nationals at JetBlue Park on Thursday. The 22-year-old drove in a run with a triple to center field in the second inning and is batting .322 in Grapefruit League play with three home runs in 59 at-bats.
Another Boston prospect, right-hander Ben Taylor (Red Sox's No. 19), tossed two scoreless innings in that game, lowering his spring ERA to 3.46. The 24-year-old struck out four, increasing his strikeout total in Grapefruit League action to 19 in 13 innings. Between Class A Advanced Salem and Double-A Portland in 2016, Taylor posted a 2.96 ERA and 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings.
Other top prospect performances on Thursday
Willy Adames (Rays' No. 1, No. 21 overall) went 2-for-2 with an RBI triple in Tampa Bay's 6-6 tie with the Twins at Charlotte Sports Park. The 21-year-old shortstop is batting .300 with one home run in 20 at-bats this spring.
In 132 games at Double-A Montgomery last season, Adames hit .274/.372/.430 with 11 homers.
• Joe McCarthy (Rays' No. 20) hit a two-run double in the eighth inning and scored the tying run in the matchup against Minnesota. Though he's only batting .211 this spring, the 23-year-old outfielder/first baseman hit .285/.398/.430 with eight home runs and 19 stolen bases in 104 games between Class A Bowling Green and Double-A Charlotte last year.
Aaron Judge (Yankees' No. 4, No. 45 overall) got New York's nine-run first inning started against the Phillies on Thursday, singling home Jacoby Ellsbury in a 14-1 victory at Spectrum Field. Judge was named the Yankees' Opening Day right fielder on Thursday and is now batting .344 with three home runs in 61 spring at-bats.

T.J. Rivera (Mets' No. 30) went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs in Triple-A Las Vegas' 5-4 exhibition loss to the Mets at First Data Field. The 28-year-old infielder also made the Mets' Opening Day roster, hitting .297 with two homers in 37 Grapefruit League at-bats.
In 113 plate appearances for the Mets in 2016, Rivera hit .333/.345/.476 with three home runs. In 105 games at Triple-A Las Vegas, he hit .353/.393/.516 with 11 homers.

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