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Rockies' Story mashes in quest to crack Opening Day roster

Phillies' Goeddel, Dodgers' Thompson among top prospect performers Monday
March 14, 2016

With Jose Reyes' return to baseball up in the air, much has been made this spring of shortstop Trevor Story's chances of cracking the Rockies' Opening Day lineup. The Rockies' No. 11 prospect certainly strengthened his case in a win over the Mariners, going 2-for-3 with a home run, triple,

With Jose Reyes' return to baseball up in the air, much has been made this spring of shortstop Trevor Story's chances of cracking the Rockies' Opening Day lineup. The Rockies' No. 11 prospect certainly strengthened his case in a win over the Mariners, going 2-for-3 with a home run, triple, RBI and three runs scored. Story has homered in back-to-back games and has four in eight spring contests to go along with an overall batting line of .350/.458/1.100.
But Story wasn't the only Rockies' prospect to have a big game, as outfielder Raimel Tapia (Rockies No. 7) finished 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Cristhian Adames (No. 28), who is competing with Story to be the Opening Day shortstop, collected two hits in three at-bats.
Meanwhile, right-hander Miguel Castro, Colorado's No. 15 prospect, closed out the game with a scoreless ninth inning to notch his first save of the spring.

More notable performances by top prospects
MLBPipeline.com No. 44 overall prospectMax Kepler improved his Spring Training average to .333 in a win over the Cardinals, going 2-for-3 with a run scored, RBI and walk. No. 97 overall prospectJorge Polanco, who hit leadoff and played second base, paced the Twins' offense with three hits and also drove in a run.

Phillies No. 18 prospectTyler Goeddel, whom the club plucked from the Rays' system with the first pick in the Rule 5 Draft last December, cracked his first spring home run in a loss to the Orioles. Hitting leadoff, Goeddel took Yovani Gallardo deep to open the game and finished 1-for-3 with two runs scored, two walks and a stolen base.

Dodgers No. 15 prospectTrayce Thompson gave the Dodgers an early 5-0 lead when he connected on his second home run of the spring, a three-run shot in the first inning against Brewers starter Wily Peralta. Second baseman Micah Johnson, the club's No. 14 prospect, had a big game out of the leadoff spot, going 3-for-4 with a run scored, while catcher Austin Barnes (No. 12) finished 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Padres No. 6 prospectColin Rea, who is competing for a spot in the team's big league rotation, continued his solid spring with a four innings of one-run ball in a win against the Cubs. Providing the offense was MLBPipeline.com's No. 45 overall prospectManuel Margot, who went 2-for-2 with an double and RBI after replacing outfielder Jabari Blash (No. 16), who swatted his second spring home run in the loss.
Angels No. 29 prospectTodd Cunningham has swung a hot bat this spring, and that continued in a win over the Reds on Monday, when he went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, raising his spring average to .533. Third baseman Kaleb Cowart (No. 5) went 1-for-1 with a double in the victory, while starter Nate Smith (No. 3) allowed one earned run in two innings.

• For the Reds, MLBPipeline.com's No. 71 overall prospectJose Peraza went 2-for-3 with a double out of the leadoff spot and made his first start in center field this spring after seeing time at both middle-infield spots in the early going.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.