Braves' Smith maintains strong spring with multihit effort
Indians' Clevinger, D-backs' Brito among top prospect performers Tuesday
By Mike Rosenbaum
The Atlanta Braves' farm system, ranked No. 2 in baseball by MLBPipeline.com, was once again on full display Tuesday as outfielder Mallex Smith collected two hits and sparked a come-from-behind win against the Mets.
Smith finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a pair of doubles, and six of his first seven hits have been for extra-bases. Overall, he's hitting .438 through 16 at-bats.
More notable performances by top prospects
• Red Sox No. 6 prospectBrian Johnson allowed one run in three innings and struck out a pair in a win over Baltimore, and shortstop Marco Hernandez (No. 13), despite not entering the game until the bottom of the sixth, roped a pair of doubles in his only two at-bats and came around to score on both occasions.
• Indians No. 7 prospectMike Clevinger struck out three batters in two scoreless innings in a win over the Mariners. The right-hander had good command of his mid-90s fastball in the outing, painting it to both sides of the plate against right- and left-handed hitters, and showed feel for his changeup and breaking ball. His strikeouts included Luis Sardinas (looking), Seth Smith (looking) and Dae-Ho Lee (swinging).
• Rays No. 9 prospectJacob Faria retired the first five batters he faced before surrendering a solo home run to John Mayberry -- the only hit and run he allowed in two innings of work in a loss to Detroit. Tigers No. 9 prospectJoe Jimenez, the 2015 Puerto Rico Winter League Rookie of the Year, struck out two batters in a scoreless eighth inning.
• Royals No. 7 prospectBubba Starling connected on an inside-the-park, two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning against Colorado. The 2011 first-rounder hit a 93 mph fastball from Jason Motte for his first hit of the spring.
• Oakland's No. 10 prospectDillon Overton was sharp in an outing against the Rangers, striking out five batters in two scoreless innings. Between two outings, the 2013 second-rounder has allowed three hits, issued one walk and struck out six in four scoreless frames.