No. 3 overall prospect Lucas Giolito made his Spring Training debut on Friday with two impressive innings in the Nationals' 5-4 loss against Miami.
The Nationals' top-ranked prospect entered in the bottom of fifth, with the Nats leading, 4-2, and promptly struck out the side while pitching around a two-out error. Giolito threw 14 of his 18 pitches for strikes in the frame and generated whiffs with six of them, then needed only four pitches (all strikes) to complete the sixth inning.
Supplying the offense for Washington in the game was
No. 6 prospect Wilmer Difo, who connected on a pinch-hit, three-run homer against Marlins right-hander Brian Ellington in the fifth. Right-hander Abel De Los Santos (No. 22) also struck out two of the three batters he faced in a clean eighth inning.
Difo's three-run shot
WSH@MIA: Difo cranks a three-run home run
3/4/16: Nationals infielder Wilmer Difo hits a three-run home run vs. the Marlins
More notable performances by top prospects
Yankees No. 4 prospect James Kaprielian was sharp in his spring debut, as the 2015 first-rounder struck out a pair in two flawless innings against the Tigers.
Sean Manaea, , struck out four and induced a pair of groundouts in two scoreless innings in a start against the Rockies. MLBPipeline's No. 68 overall prospect , Oakland's No. 1 prospect Franklin Barreto, hit a pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the sixth, while Joey Wendle (No. 13) and Jaycob Brugman (21) both tripled. Left-hander Dillon Overton (10) threw two scoreless innings in relief.
Barreto's solo shot
COL@OAK: Barreto jacks a solo shot vs. the Rockies
3/4/16: Franklin Barreto's solo home run in the 6th helped extend the A's lead over the Rockies
In the A's other split-squad matchup,
No. 6 prospect Matt Chapman hit a solo homer off of right-hander Josh Collmenter in a loss to Arizona. D-backs No. 11 prospect Gabby Guerrero accounted for most of his club's offense in the win, finishing 2-for-3 with a three-run home run and four RBIs.
White Sox No. 28 prospect Jason Coats went 1-for-3 with a solo home run off of Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer.
Coats homers to right-center
CLE@CWS: Coats' solo homer gives White Sox 2-0 lead
3/4/16: Jason Coats homers to right-center field, giving the White Sox a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning
Phillies No. 18 prospect Tyler Goeddel, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 Rule 5 Draft, had another solid showing at the plate, finishing 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs against the Braves. Goeddel's two-run double
ATL@PHI: Goeddel drives an RBI double for 4-1 lead
3/4/16: Tyler Goeddel ropes a two-run double to right field to give the Phillies a 4-1 lead in the 2nd inning
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