The Mud Hens pushed across three more runs to bring Moya to the plate for a second time and he delivered with a three-run homer to right center. Moya blasted his second long ball of the game in the fourth inning, when he drove a pitch from Steve Johnson over the left field wall for a two run home run.
Moya's 35 home runs in 2014 was the fourth-most in the Minors, and he followed it up with 23 more last season in his first Triple-A campaign. However, with that power comes a lot of swing-and-misses and strikeouts, and he's never been one to make consistent contact or get on base. So even though Moya has the potential to hit 30-plus homers in a given year, he's unlikely to serve as an everyday player in the big leagues without making gains in those areas.
The rest of the best performances from top prospects Thursday
• Rangers No. 21 prospect Travis Demeritte also hit a pair of home runs on Minor League Opening Day en route to finishing 3-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBIs in Class A Advanced High Desert's win over Inland Empire. After pacing the South Atlantic League with 25 home runs in his 2014 full-season debut, Demeritte appeared in only 53 games last season after he received an 80-game suspension in early June after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
• Red Sox top prospect Yoan Moncada (No. 6 overall) reached base four times out of the leadoff spot for Class A Advanced Salem, finishing 2-for-4 with two runs scored, two walks, a stolen base and an RBI, and Andrew Benintendi (No. 24 overall) went 4-for-5 with a double, triple and three RBIs in a 13-4 win over Carolina. Benintendi's four hits were a career high for him as a pro.
• A pair of Rockies prospects shined in their Double-A debuts as Hartford edged Richmond, 5-4. No. 4 prospect Ryan McMahon (No. 47 overall) was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double, run scored and a walk, while left-hander Kyle Freeland (No. 8) threw five innings of one-run ball to pick up the win.
• Mets No. 3 prospect Amed Rosario (No. 78 overall) isn't known for his power, having hit just five home runs in 238 games headed into the season. But the 20-year-old shortstop hit one out in Class A Advanced St. Lucie's season opener on Thursday, connecting on a walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the ninth. He finished the game with three hits in five at-bats and picked up his first stolen base of the season.
• Rangers No. 16 prospect Andy Ibanez's impressive pro debut highlighted exactly why the Rangers signed him for $1.6 million last July -- he can flat-out hit. The 23-year-old second baseman paced Class Hickory to a 5-1 win over Kannapolis on Opening Day, going 4-for-5 with a triple, four RBIs and a stolen base.
• Diamondbacks No. 2 prospect Archie Bradley (No. 71 overall) looked like his old self in Triple-A Reno's 8-0 rout of El Paso, striking out seven batters in six scoreless innings. Shortstop Jack Reinheimer (No. 14) paced the Aces at the plate by going 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBIs and two runs scored.
• Mariners No. 2 prospect Edwin Diaz was nothing short of dominant in his Opening Day start for Double-A Jackson, as he allowed just two hits and struck out nine in six scoreless innings in a 6-0 win against Montgomery.
• Astros No. 8 prospect Joe Musgrove was nearly perfect for Double-A Corpus Christi as he yielded just one hit in five scoreless innings, striking out four, in a 2-0 win over Tulsa. Known for his excellent command, the 23-year-old righty threw 43 of his 54 pitches for strikes and generated eight groundball outs.
• Indians No. 15 prospect Adam Plutko carried a no-hit bid into the sixth inning as Double-A Akron defeated Bowie, 5-2. The right-hander ultimately allowed one unearned runs on two hits in the contest, walking two and striking out eight.