Red Sox's Travis, Rays' Motter among top prospect performers Friday
By Mike Rosenbaum
It took him a week to get going, but Joey Gallo is settling in at the plate.
MLBPipeline.com's No. 9 overall prospect had his best game of the spring Friday, going 2-for-3 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in a win over Milwaukee. The homer, his first of the spring, came in his first at-bat in the top of the second inning, when the left-handed slugger blasted a 2-1, belt-high fastball from starter Matt Garza well over the right-field fence.
After collecting one hit and striking out in six of his first eight at-bats to open spring training, Gallo is 3-for-6 with three walks and zero strikeouts in his last three contests.
• Rays No. 22 prospectTaylor Motter went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and an RBI double against the Pirates, strengthening his case to make the Opening Day roster as a super utility player. Motter made his first spring start at second base in the game and also has seen time at third base, shortstop, right and left field. He's now six for his last nine with three extra-base hits. Speaking of hot hitting, Pirates No. 6 prospectHarold Ramirez went 1-for-2 with a double to improve his spring average to .625 (10-for-16)
• Red Sox No. 7 prospectSam Travis delivered a clutch, game-tying home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth -- a booming shot off the hitter's eye in straightaway center field -- against the Blue Jays, though Boston ultimately lost the game in extra innings.
• White Sox No. 29 prospectMatt Davidson was bumped up to fifth in the batting order Friday and responded by going 2-for-4 in a win over the Padres, improving his spring average to .412. Courtney Hawkins (No. 9) made his first spring knock count, hitting a solo homer in the top of the fifth inning.
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.