Maton, Sheffield off to scorching starts

April 25th, 2021

A first impression is everything. It's hard enough being the new guy in the room, but adding to that the pressure of needing to showcase your value right out of the gate is always a tall task. Well, not for this pair of prospects.

 and  have taken their opportunity and ran with it during the first month of the season. Providing a spark for their respective clubs each time they've taken the field this year.

Maton made his debut in The Show on Monday, and has recorded a hit in every game the Phillies have played since. On Saturday, the 24-year-old recorded his third straight multi-knock effort in Philadelphia's 7-5 victory over Colorado at Coors Field.

Maton led off the sixth inning by lacing a 2-2 curveball from Jhoulys Chacin just inside the first-base line for a two-bagger. It was the third double of the week for the 18th-ranked Phillies prospect. In the following frame, Maton got a hold of a 92.9 mph fastball and punched it into left where the ball went under the glove of Raimel Tapia and helped Maton advance to second on the E7.

The 2017 seventh-rounder is 9-for-19 with an RBI and a run scored. He is sporting an astounding .474/.500/.632 slash line through his first five games.

Sheffield took the ball for the Rockies in the ninth inning, and kept his club's deficit to two runs with his third straight hitless outing. The right-hander retired the side in order on eight pitches and has yet to yield a run over the first five appearances of his career.

The 25-year-old did not allow the ball out of the infield on Saturday as he coaxed Bryce Harper into a popup to short, J.T. Realmuto into a groundout to second and Didi Gregorius sent a line drive into the glove of first baseman C. J. Cron to end the inning.

The 29th-ranked Rockies prospect has allowed one hit over 4 2/3 total frames this year and has yet to yield a walk. The Vanderbilt product is holding opponents to a .067 average while sporting a 0.21 WHIP.

More notable performances from rookies on Saturday:

Adbert Alzolay, RHP, CHC
Alzolay pitched better than his line (two runs allowed over 4 2/3 innings) would indicate. The Cubs' No. 7 prospect found himself in an immediate jam as he gave up a double to the leadoff man and then walked the second batter he faced. However, he then went on to retire 12 in a row, seven via the strikeout. He gave up another hit to open the fifth and was pulled a few batters later after issuing his second walk of the afternoon. Gameday »

Dylan Carlson, OF, STL
The Cardinals' rookie turned in his third multi-hit effort of the season -- second with three hits. Carlson set St. Louis up with two on and none out in the opening frame with a line drive single to right field. The 22-year-old found grass in the third with a bloop hit to right again, and in the seventh he turned around a 92.7 mph sinker from Sal Romano right back up the middle. The 2016 first-rounder is batting .281/.390/.531 with 13 runs scored and 11 RBIs over 20 games this season. Gameday »

Sam Haggerty, OF, SEA
Haggerty capped a strong series against the Red Sox with his first career three-hit game, along with two RBIs and two runs scored. The switch-hitting outfielder drove fastball over the Green Monster for his second home run of the year to extend the Mariners lead in the eighth inning. The 26-year-old added two singles and a stolen base to his stat line, including a hustle play in the top of the ninth to beat out a routine ground ball to first base with the bases loaded to put the Mariners up by seven. Gameday »

Kent Emanuel, LHP, HOU
Emanuel tossed 8 2/3 innings in relief in his MLB debut, striking out five while allowing five hits and two earned runs on two solo home runs. The 28-year-old rookie was thrust into the game after one batter following Jake Odorizzi’s removal due to forearm tightness and went on to finish the game in the Astros 16-2 blowout victory, picking up his first career win. After allowing solo home runs to Albert Pujols and Shohei Ohtani in the second and third innings, Emanuel settled down to retire 10 batters in a row and retired 25 of the 30 batters he faced. The left-hander’s debut performance is tied for the longest relief appearance in Astros history, and the longest debut relief appearance since 1974. Gameday »

Sheldon Neuse, INF, LAD

The 26-year-old turned in his first multi-hit game of the season. Neuse drove in a run with an infield hit in the fourth inning that was not handled cleanly by Padres starter Blake Snell. Two frames later, the No. 19 Dodgers prospect welcomed San Diego reliever Pierce Johnson with a line drive into center. Neuse was plated later in the inning on a bases loaded walk by Mookie Betts. The Oklahoma product has three hits -- one homer -- with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored through five games this season. Gameday »

Ben Bowden, LHP, COL

The No. 15 Rockies prospect notched his third straight scoreless appearance -- fourth of the year. The southpaw was handed the ball with two outs in the sixth, and after yielding a double to Bryce Harper, he escaped further damage by getting J.T. Realmuto to line out to third. Bowden returned to the hill for the seventh and worked around a Nick Maton base hit to retire the side unscathed. The 26-year-old has allowed three hits and no walks while fanning two over his last three appearances (three innings). Gameday »