Phillies pitchers offer glimpse of future

Angels' Baldoquin, Dodgers' Barnes among top prospect performers Wednesday

Phillies pitchers offer glimpse of future

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 prospect Zach 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.

Jake Thompson,'s No. 55 overall prospect and Philadelphia's top-ranked pitching prospect, entered in the fourth inning and promptly fired three scoreless innings en route to picking up the win. The 22-year-old right-hander, acquired from Texas in the Cole Hamels deal last July, scattered five hits and struck out one batter. He now hasn't allowed an earned run in two appearances this spring.

Next to take the mound was No. 4 prospect Mark Appel, whom the Phillies acquired from Houston in the Ken Giles trade, and he fared much better after a shaky spring debut last week (2 IP, ER, 4 BB). Ranked as MLBPipeline's No. 70 overall prospect, Appel allowed one unearned run and struck out three batters in two innings.

No. 99 overall prospect Roman 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 prospect Tyler 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.

White's RBI double

• Third baseman Patrick Wisdom, the Cardinals' No. 22 prospect, showed off his power with a booming two-run home run against the Marlins.

Wisdom's two-run blast

Rays No. 22 prospect Taylor 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.

• In his second appearance this spring, MLBPipeline No. 3 overall prospect Lucas Giolito struck out the side but also yielded two hits, including a solo home run to outfielder Tyler Collins, in Washington's loss to the Tigers.

Pirates No. 6 prospect Harold Ramirez continued his hot hitting by going 2-for-2 in a loss to Boston, giving him nine hits in his first 14 at-bats (.643 average) this spring.

A's No. 8 prospect Chad 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 prospect Matt Chapman cracked a two-run homer off White Sox prospect Robinson Leyer in the ninth inning, his second home run this spring.

Chapman's two-run homer

Dodgers No. 12 prospect Austin Barnes went 3-for-4 and socked a solo home run, his first of the spring, against Angels starter Jered Weaver. No. 6 prospect Cody Bellinger went 3-for-3, lifting his average to .667 this spring.

Barnes' solo home run

Cubs No. 7 prospect Jeimer Candelario went 2-for-3 with a solo home run against the Indians.

Diamondbacks No. 3 prospect Brandon Drury launched his second spring home run, a two-run shot, against San Diego right-hander Johnny Hellweg. Padres No. 6 prospect Colin Rea started and fired three scoreless frames, allowing two hits and one walk.

Drury's two-run homer

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.

Baldoquin's three-run double

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.