Two of baseball’s top young bats left the yard on Thursday night and did so in thunderous fashion.
Seattle’s Taylor Trammell provided the only run in his team’s win – and preserved it with a game-ending catch -- while White Sox slugger Yermín Mercedes belted another mammoth blast in Chicago’s doubleheader sweep.
Trammell was the star of the Mariners’ 1-0 win in Houston. Leading off the third inning, Seattle’s No. 6 prospect connected on his fourth home run of the season to right-center, depositing it 359 feet over the wall according to Statcast data
It was the outfielder’s only hit of the night and one of just six combined for the game, four on Seattle’s side.
With the M’s clinging to the narrowest of leads with two outs in the ninth and the potential tying run on first base, Trammell raced in from deep center to make a sliding catch on a blooper off the bat of Carlos Correa for the game’s final out.
In Chicago, with a 3-1 win in the day’s first of two already under his team’s belts, Mercedes kept his eye-popping rookie campaign rolling. The designated hitter in an 11-0 rout in the nightcap, Mercedes mashed his fifth home run of the season to center field as part of a seven-run White Sox fifth. The blast left Mercedes’ bat at 110.8 mph and traveled 449 feet according to Statcast.
The No. 20 White Sox prospect is now batting .423/.464/.679 in 21 games this season.
More notable performances from rookies on Thursday:
Adbert Alzolay, RHP, CHC
Making his fourth start of the season, Alzolay turned in his best on Thursday. The righty went a career-high six innings, striking out six and allowing two runs on four hits. He also chipped in the first base hit of his Major League career as the Cubs rolled to a 9-3 win. Gameday»
Nick Maton, SS, PHI
After three straight hitless games, Maton got back to his multi-hit ways with two hits including a double in the Phils’ 4-3 loss in 10 innings at St. Louis. Maton now has four multi-hit showings in his first 10 games as a Major Leaguer. Gameday»
Andrew Vaughn, LF, CWS (MLB No. 12)
Getting the nod in left field in Chicago’s Thursday nightcap after going 0-for-2 with a walk in the opener, Vaughn tallied his first three-hit game as a big leaguer with two doubles to go along with a single. Vaughn scored two runs in the second game of the sweep.
Shane McClanahan, LHP, TB
McClanahan made his big league debut for the Rays as Thursday’s starter and worked four effective innings. The southpaw dealt 42 of his 59 pitches for strikes and allowed two runs on five hits, striking out five and not walking a man.
Bryan Abreu, RHP, HOU
Houston’s first reliever on the mound to hold the line in an eventual 1-0 loss to Seattle, Abreu did just that. The 24-year-old turned in his second straight scoreless outing after allowing at least run in four of his previous five. Abreu yielded just one hit and walk and struck out a pair over two innings.