The Rangers' No. 7 prospect hit his first AFL homer and drove in four runs Saturday afternoon, powering the Surprise Saguaros to a 16-10 triumph over the struggling Mesa Solar Sox.
Batting leadoff and playing short, Sardinas delivered a two-run single in the first inning and a two-run blast in the second. The Saguaros scored seven times in each frame to build a 14-4 lead.
Sardinas, off to a 6-for-16 start in Arizona, was signed out of Venezuela in 2009 -- about the same time Profar -- Texas' top prospect -- left his home in Curacao to join the Rangers organization. Injuries, including surgery on both shoulders, limited Sardinas to 40 games between the 2010-11 Minor League seasons.
In 96 games this year for Class A Hickory in the South Atlantic League, the switch-hitter batted .291 with 18 extra-base hits, 30 RBIs and 32 stolen bases. He played 14 games at second base but seems destined to stick at short.
While Sardinas provided a spark at the top of the lineup, the Saguaros also got contributions from the bottom: Dustin Lawley (Mets), Whit Merrifield (Royals) and Mike O'Neill (Cardinals) combined to go 7-for-14 with seven RBIs and six runs scored.
Another elite shortstop prospect, the Cubs' Javier Baez, also went yard Saturday. His three-run shot for the Solar Sox was his third homer in nine Fall League games.
Saguaros starter Justin Marks (2-0) was credited with the win, despite giving up five runs -- two earned -- on six hits over 2 1/3 innings. The Royals left-hander struck out one batter and walked two.
Solar Sox righty Jarred Cosart (0-2) was charged with seven runs -- three earned -- on four hits, exiting with two outs in the opening inning. The Astros' No. 4 prospect walked three, fanned one and remains in search of his first win after three AFL outings.
Seven errors, including a pair by Baez at shortstop, led to eight unearned runs.