Braves' Smith maintains strong spring with multihit effort

Indians' Clevinger, D-backs' Brito among top prospect performers Tuesday

Braves' Smith maintains strong spring with multihit effort

The Atlanta Braves' farm system, ranked No. 2 in baseball by, was once again on full display Tuesday as outfielder Mallex Smith collected two hits and sparked a come-from-behind win against the Mets.

With the Braves trailing by one run entering the bottom of the ninth, Smith, the club's No. 11 prospect, doubled to right field to open the frame and advanced to third on shortstop Ozzie Albies' (No. 3) groundout. Dansby Swanson, MLBPipeline's No. 8 prospect, followed with a game-tying triple to right field and ultimately scored the winning run on Emilio Bonifacio's walk-off single.

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 prospect Brian 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 prospect Mike 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 prospect Jacob 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 prospect Joe Jimenez, the 2015 Puerto Rico Winter League Rookie of the Year, struck out two batters in a scoreless eighth inning.

Nationals No. 6 prospect Wilmer Difo went 1-for-1 with a double, walk and two runs scored, and right-hander Austin Voth (No. 9) fired a scoreless inning in a win over Houston. Outfielder Derek Fisher, the Astros' No. 9 prospect, hit a solo home run in the loss.

Fisher's solo homer

Royals No. 7 prospect Bubba 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 prospect Dillon 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.

D-backs No. 9 prospect Peter O'Brien hit his first spring home run, a two-run shot, in a tie against the Padres. In Arizona's other split-squad matchup versus the Angels, third baseman Brandon Drury (No. 3) and outfielder Socrates Brito (No. 4) went 2-for-3 and 3-for-3, respectively, with each player collecting a double and an RBI in the contest. In the same game, Angels No. 4 prospect Victor Alcantara struck out three of the six D-backs hitters he faced. In two scoreless innings, the right-hander threw 13 of 18 pitches for strikes.

Jesse Winker, MLBPipeline's No. 34 overall prospect, went 2-for-2 with an RBI against San Francisco Giants' ace Madison Bumgarner. Reds No. 16 prospect Scott Schebler also stayed hot with a two-run homer (against Bumgarner) to right field in his first at-bat.

Schebler's two-run homer

• In the same game, Giants No. 19 prospect Jarrett Parker responded with a two-run homer in the bottom of the third inning, which gave San Francisco a 4-3 lead. In the seventh, San Francisco's No. 1 prospect Christian Arroyo launched his first Spring Training home run and, following an Andrew Susac walk, No. 7 prospect Mac Williamson delivered an RBI double.

Parker's two-run shot

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.