Top prospects show gas in scoreless outings

March 16th, 2021

On a day in which baseball's No. 1 prospect was reassigned to the Minors, the top prospects who remain at big league camp were still able to command the spotlight.

MLB Pipeline's No. 15 overall prospect Sixto Sánchez dialed it up to 100 mph for the Marlins while No. 84 overall prospect Shane McClanahan touched 99 mph for the Rays on Monday. No. 25 overall Matt Manning unleashed his fastball, which flashed 97, for the Tigers.

Sánchez made his first career Spring Training appearance, after a visa issue and a false-positive COVID-19 test delayed his campaign. The Marlins' top prospect worked around a pair of hits and a walk for 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Sánchez utilized three ground balls, including two double plays to get out unscathed.

McClanahan pitched a perfect frame with three punchouts as he showcased his 70-grade fastball. The 23-year-old southpaw has now struck out seven straight batters, dating back to his spring debut on March 3. McClanahan was selected No. 31 overall in the 2018 Draft, and he has just 127 2/3 pro innings under his belt after not seeing game action last summer.

Manning worked around three hits and a walk with two punchouts for a pair of scoreless innings to lower his spring ERA to 1.50. The Tigers' No. 5 prospect worked his way out of two-on, two-out situations in both frames, going to his fastball both times. Manning threw 17 of his 28 pitches for strikes in the outing. The 2016 first-rounder now has five strikeouts against one walk in six innings this spring.

Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, PIT (MLB No. 9 prospect)
Hayes quickly gave the Bucs the lead with a one-out homer to left in the opening frame for his first long ball of the campaign. The Pirates’ top prospect then knocked an RBI single to right in his next at-bat. Hayes is batting .417/.462/.792 with just two strikeouts in eight games. Gameday »

Dylan Carlson, OF, STL (MLB No. 13)
Getting the start in right, Carlson ripped an RBI triple to left-center that split the outfielders. According to Statcast, the ball had an exit velocity of 100.7 mph as the switch-hitter showcased both his 60-grade power and his 55-grade speed. Along with his first extra-base hit of the campaign, Carlson walked and grounded out following an 0-for-4 showing on Sunday. Gameday »

Jazz Chisholm, SS, MIA (MLB No. 66)
Chisholm picked up his first multi-hit game of the spring with a pair of singles. The left-handed batter also scored a run and swiped his first stolen base of the year. Prior to the productive game, Chisholm was 2-for-18 in his previous nine big league camp games. Gameday »

Bobby Dalbec, 3B/1B, BOS (MLB No. 93)
Dalbec boosted his spring average to .304 with a single, a double and a run scored. Getting the start at third, Dalbec has split most of his camp between the corner infield positions. Coming off his Major League debut last summer, the 25-year-old is having a solid Grapefruit League campaign, notching a 1.254 OPS with eight RBIs in 10 games. Gameday »

Michael Kopech, RHP, CWS (MLB No. 39)
After recording two quick outs in the eighth, Kopech ran into traffic on the bases after he hit Nick Martini with a pitch and yielded a single to right by Ian Miller. The righty responded with a strikeout of Trent Giambrone, his second K of the day. Kopech worked only that inning, pouring eight of his nine pitches into the strike zone on the way to a 4-4 tie with the Cubs. The appearance was just Kopech's second of the spring and third since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2019 and opting out of last season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gameday »

CJ Abrams, 2B, SD (MLB No. 8)
Abrams belted a grand slam to left field as part of San Diego's six-run seventh inning on the way to a 13-3 win over Milwaukee. Abrams' blast was the second homer in the infielder's last four games and gave him eight RBIs over that span. The 20-year-old now has a hit in four straight to boost his slash line to .267/.313/.533. Gameday »

Tucupita Marcano, LF, SD
Abrams' Padres teammate Marcano snapped a string of four straight hitless games with a 2-for-2 showing against the Brewers, his third multi-hit game of the month. The Venezuela-born outfielder has shined at the plate this spring. Marcano's two-hit Monday put his spring average at .429 through 13 games with a 1.214 OPS.

Taylor Trammell, RF, SEA (MLB No. 100)
Getting the start in right for the Mariners, Trammell kicked off Seattle's afternoon with a leadoff double to right field in the bottom of the first inning before grounding out to short in the bottom of the third. Trammell has hits in seven of the 11 games he's played this spring. Gameday »