Royals' Toups records three hits in first Fall League action

Kansas City's No. 30 prospect doubles and homers for Surprise in first two frames

October 12th, 2016
Royals No. 30 prospect Corey Toups recorded three hits for Surprise, including a homer and double, as the Saguaros and Javelinas tied, 7-7 (Jason Wise Photography).

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Corey Toups just keeps on hitting.

After hitting .250 across two levels in the first half, the Royals' No. 30 prospect hit .285 in the second half and notched at least one hit in all eight playoff games with Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

And in his first action of the Arizona Fall League, Toups found himself stockpiling hits once again as Surprise and Peoria played to a 7-7 tie in 11 innings on Wednesday afternoon at the Peoria Sports Complex.


"It was fun," Toups said. "They have some good arms throwing today, but I feel like the whole team battled well."

In order to protect the pitching staffs, the AFL mandates that tie games end after 11 innings.

Toups filled the box score, going 3-for-5 with a double, homer, two RBIs and a pair of runs scored.

"That's been a big thing for me, not losing my approach at the plate going up there having an idea of what I want to do," Toups said. "I just tried to relax as much as I could and take it slow, not try to do too much."

The second baseman got off to a fast start, hitting the fourth pitch of the game into left field for a leadoff double. After Red Sox's No. 12 prospect Mauricio Dubon popped out, Rangers' No. 20 prospect Jose Trevino took Rays' No. 2 prospect Brent Honeywell deep for the first runs of the game.

Honeywell had a stellar 2016 campaign. However, his Fall League debut didn't go nearly as smooth. Although he wasn't hit as hard as his line would indicate, he did give up five runs on four hits in two innings. The No. 40 overall prospect gave up a pair of two-run homers in his 37-pitch outing.

After Trevino went deep in the first, Toups homered in the second. The 23-year-old had 12 homers and 35 doubles during the regular season and had one of each during his first two Fall League at-bats.

"He's a pretty good pitcher, got ahead throwing inside fastball that had some run on them," Troups said of Honeywell. "I was looking for something up that I could hit and he threw me a change-up. I ran into it and it happened to go over the fence."

The two-out, two-run homer extended Surprise's lead to 5-0, but in the offense-friendly AFL, no lead is safe.

Peoria closed the gap with three runs in the third, highlighted by Tyler O'Neill's two-run homer.

O'Neill, the Mariners' No. 2 prospect, hit 24 homers during the regular season and was named the Southern League MVP after a strong campaign with Double-A Jackson. O'Neill battled, fouling off five pitches and on the eighth pitch of the at-bat, lifted his first homer of the AFL season out to left.

The Javelinas continued their comeback in the sixth as Orioles' farmhand Adrian Marin, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, collected his second hit of the day, an RBI single to center. Peoria completed its comeback in the seventh with a series of patient at-bats.

Three singles loaded the bases and Peoria tied the game when Seattle's Patrick Marlette drew a walk. Marin also drew a walk, giving Peoria a one-run lead, but Surprise scratched across a run in the eighth to tie the game at 7.

"It's fun to play with guys that have the same passion as you do," Toups said. "They are all incredible athletes so it's really fun and they're really good guys too."