Saturday's top Spring Training prospect performers

March 27th, 2022

Here's a look at Saturday’s top performers at Spring Training from each team's Top 30 Prospects list.

Tigers: Spencer Torkelson, 1B/3B (MLB No. 4)
Riley Greene, OF (MLB No. 5)

The Tigers’ top two prospects both collected extra-base hits in a 14-8 win over the Phillies. Torkelson, batting eighth and starting at first base, walked in the first inning and doubled in the sixth, scoring two batters later. The 22-year-old is 5-for-16 in the spring with three doubles and an RBI. Torkelson’s advanced bat was evident throughout his debut season in 2021, when he mashed 30 home runs with a .935 OPS across High-A, Double-A and Triple-A.

Greene batted one spot before Torkelson while starting at center field and also recorded a double and a walk. The 21-year-old drove in a run with his fourth inning extra-base knock, bringing his Spring Training batting average to .333 with a homer, a triple, a double and four RBIs in seven games. Greene’s 2021 saw him hit 24 homers, eight triples, 25 doubles and 16 stolen bases with a .301/.387/.534 triple slash line over Double-A and Triple-A. Detroit’s pair of top-five prospects are expected to make their debuts this season and usher in a new era for the Tigers lineup.

Reds: Hunter Greene, RHP (MLB No. 22)
Greene made his second appearance of the spring on Saturday, getting the start and pitching two scoreless innings with a strikeout while allowing four hits. Greene’s fastball -- graded as one of the best in the Minors -- reached 101 mph as the 22-year-old continued to show off his impressive arsenal. Greene struck out 139 batters with a 3.30 ERA over 106 1/3 innings at Double-A and Triple-A last season, walking 39 and holding hitters to a .220 batting average against. After spending the majority of his season at Triple-A, Greene should get a chance to show off his triple-digit fastball in the Majors this year.

Blue Jays: Orelvis Martinez, SS/3B (MLB No. 38)
Martinez continues to rake regardless of the level or competition he faces. After coming in as a pinch-runner for Matt Chapman in the sixth, the 20-year-old capitalized on a bases-loaded situation the following inning and lined a two-run double to left that came off the bat at 105.8 mph. In seven spring games so far, all four of Martinez’s hits have gone for extra bases (two doubles and two homers) in addition to drawing two walks, driving in four runs and scoring five.

Guardians: Brayan Rocchio, INF (MLB No. 84)
On Friday, Rocchio cracked two singles and scored two runs. On Saturday, he repeated the feat with two more singles and two RBIs. After collecting his first base knock in the seventh when he came in as a pinch-hitter, he took advantage with bases loaded in the next inning, ripping a two-run single up the middle. The 21-year-old is coming off a strong 2021 campaign in which he batted .277/.346/.460 with 15 homers, 21 stolen bases, 26 doubles and 63 RBIs across High- and Double-A.

Angels: Orlando Martinez, OF
Martinez clubbed his first home run of the spring when he sent a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall in the top of the ninth. The 24-year-old has collected a single, two doubles and a homer in his six Spring Training games as he looks to bounce back from a mediocre 2021 in which he hit .258/.313/.445 with 119 strikeouts in 102 Double-A games.

Braves: Tucker Davidson, LHP
Davidson was untouchable in three innings against the Twins, firing three perfect frames and racking up four strikeouts. The ball never left the infield his entire outing, starting in the first frame when Davidson induced two lineouts and a groundout. He started the second inning with punchouts of Miguel Sanó and Gary Sánchez and finished off his outing by getting Alex Kirilloff and Nick Gordon swinging. Coming off his start in Game 5 of the World Series, the 26-year-old allowed two runs over two innings in his first Spring Training start against the Red Sox, but quickly settled down in his Saturday outing against Minnesota.

Phillies: Mickey Moniak, OF
Moniak only managed one hit on Saturday, but he sure made it count. Stepping into the box against the Tigers’ Matt Manning, Moniak took a 94 mph fastball and absolutely demolished it, sending it 431 feet over the center-field fence with an exit velo of 108.2 mph. It’s the 23-year-old’s second dinger this spring and his third hit in six games. Moniak is looking to bounce back from a tough 2021 in Triple-A, hitting just .238 with a .746 OPS in 99 games.

Rangers: Josh Smith, SS
Smith came into the game in the sixth and made the most of his lone at-bat, cracking a 398-foot, two-run dinger to right-center on the first pitch he saw. Smith has been an on-base machine in his six games, collecting six hits, three walks and no whiffs along with two homers, a double, a stolen base and five RBIs. In his first taste in the Rangers’ system last year after being acquired in the Joey Gallo trade, the 24-year-old hit .313/.416/.537 with four homers, 16 RBIs and 18 walks in 37 games across four different levels.

Rays: Ford Proctor, C/INF
Starting the game at second base, Proctor collected two doubles and drove in a run to continue his strong start to Spring Training. The 25-year-old smacked his first two-bagger off Michael Wacha to left field and eventually came around to score on a Wander Franco single. Two innings later, he laced another to left to plate Brett Phillips. Through seven games this spring, the utility man has notched six hits – four of them going for extra bases – with five RBIs, two walks and only two strikeouts in 11 at-bats.