Angels' Baldoquin, Dodgers' Barnes among top prospect performers Wednesday
By Mike Rosenbaum
The Phillies showcased three of their top pitching prospects, all acquired in trades over the last two years, on Wednesday in a 4-2 win over the Twins.
Phillies No. 13 prospectZach Eflin, the club's prized return from the Dodgers in the December 2014 Jimmy Rollins trade, started and threw three innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits. The 6-foot-6 right-hander struck out a pair and induced four groundball outs in the outing.
No. 99 overall prospectRoman Quinn added to his strong showing this spring with another multihit performance out of the leadoff spot. The speedy center fielder -- a second-round Draft pick in 2011 -- went 2-for-4 with a triple, walk, a stolen base and two runs scored in the win.
More notable performances by top prospects
• Astros No. 13 prospectTyler White was one of two Astros to collect multiple hits in a 9-5 win over the Braves, going 2-for-3 with a go-ahead RBI double in the bottom of the fourth inning.
• Rays No. 22 prospectTaylor Motter, who is trying to make the Opening Day roster this spring as a superutility player after a breakout 2015 campaign, was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate and scored a run in a loss to Toronto.
• A's No. 8 prospectChad Pinder, playing shortstop and batting second, went 1-for-3 with a double and two runs scored against the White Sox, while second baseman Joey Wendle (No. 13) doubled, walked and scored a pair of runs. No. 6 prospectMatt Chapman cracked a two-run homer off White Sox prospect Robinson Leyer in the ninth inning, his second home run this spring.
• Angels No. 11 prospect Roberto Baldoquin took advantage of his two plate appearances against the Dodgers, hitting a sacrifice fly and then following with a bases-clearing double in the ninth that tied the game at 13. He finished 1-for-1 with four RBIs.
Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.