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Prospect Preview: March 9



Spring training games might not mean anything as far as the regular season is concerned, but it is a great time for watching prospects. That's especially true in the early going. Lineups in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues are littered with players who rank among our Top 30 prospect lists for each team. To help keep you updated, we'll run down each game's lineup every morning and highlight the prospects in each team's starting nine in the Prospect Preview.
We'll update the Cactus League and night Grapefruit League games as the lineups are announced. The Game of the Day is Boston vs. Pittsburgh, and it earns that designation for one reason: Yoan Moncada. Boston's top prospect and the No. 3 overall prospect in this year's Top 100 gets the nod at second base against the Pirates. He came off the bench in the team's exhibition game against Boston College earlier this spring but has yet to play in an official Grapefruit League game. Moncada, who made his pro debut last year after garnering a $62 million outlay from Boston, has a tantalizing mix of tools, including power, speed and defense up the middle. The game will be streamed live on MLB.tv. GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE Atlanta vs Houston — 1:05 p.m. Eastern On TV? MLB.tv PROSPECTS TO WATCH Atlanta SS — Ozzie Albies (No. 6; batting second at SS) OF — Hector Olivera (No. 4; batting sixth in LF) Houston 1B — Tyler White (No. 16; batting seventh at 1B)
Baltimore vs. Philadelphia (SS) — 1:05 p.m. On TV? MLB.tv PROSPECTS TO WATCH Baltimore OF — Hyun-Soo Kim (No. 6; batting fifth in LF) Philadelphia SS — J.P. Crawford (No. 1; batting eighth at SS)
Boston vs. Pittsburgh — 1:05 p.m. On TV? MLB.tv PROSPECTS TO WATCH Boston SS — Deven Marrero (No. 8; batting seventh at SS) 2B — Yoan Moncada (No. 1; batting ninth at 2B) Pittsburgh 2B — Alen Hanson (No. 11; leading off at 2B)
Miami vs. St. Louis — 1:05 p.m. On TV? MLB.tv PROSPECTS TO WATCH Miami None St. Louis OF — Anthony Garcia (No. 21; batting eighth in LF)
Philadelphia (SS) vs. Minnesota — 1:05 p.m. On TV? No. PROSPECTS TO WATCH Philadelphia OF — Roman Quinn (No. 9; leading off in CF) C — Andrew Knapp (No. 4; batting fifth at DH) OF — Tyler Goeddel (Rule 5 Pick; batting sixth in LF) RHP — Zach Eflin (No. 13; starting pitcher) Minnesota SS — Jorge Polanco (No. 6; leading off at 2B) 1B — Byung Ho Park (No. 7; cleaning up at DH) OF — Max Kepler (No. 3; batting seventh in CF)
Toronto vs. Tampa Bay — 1:05 p.m. On TV? No. PROSPECTS TO WATCH Toronto None Tampa Bay None
Washington vs. Detroit — 1:05 p.m. On TV? No. PROSPECTS TO WATCH Washington None Detroit None
New York Yankees vs. New York Mets — 1:05 p.m. On TV? MLB Network; MLB.tv PROSPECTS TO WATCH Yankees C — Gary Sanchez (No. 2; batting fifth at C) OF — Dustin Fowler (No. 9; batting ninth in CF) Mets None
CACTUS LEAGUE Cleveland vs. Chicago Cubs — 3:05 p.m. On TV? PROSPECTS TO WATCH Cleveland OF — Tyler Naquin (No. 6; batting second in CF) SS — Erik Gonzalez (No. 12 batting eighth at SS) Chicago 3B — Jeimer Candelario (No. 10; batting seventh at 3B) 1B — Dan Vogelbach (No. 25 batting eighth at DH)
Colorado vs. San Francisco  — 3:05 p.m. On TV?  PROSPECTS TO WATCH Colorado OF — David Dahl (No. 2; batting second in CF) San Francisco OF — Jarrett Parker (No. 9; batting sixth in RF) OF — Mac Williamson (No. 11; batting seventh in LF)
Milwaukee vs. Kansas City (SS) — 3:05 p.m. On TV? PROSPECTS TO WATCH Milwaukee OF — Michael Reed (No. 17; batting sixth in LF) SS — Orlando Arcia (No. 1; batting eighth at SS) 2B — Colin Walsh (Rule 5 Pick; batting ninth at 3B) Kansas City OF — Bubba Starling (No. 3; batting eighth in CF) OF — Jorge Bonifacio (No. 11; batting ninth at DH)
Oakland vs. Chicago White Sox— 3:05 p.m. On TV? PROSPECTS TO WATCH Oakland SS — Chad Pinder (No. 7; batting second at SS) 2B — Joey Wendle (No. 17; batting ninth at 2B) Chicago OF — Jacob May (No. 5; leading off in CF)
Texas vs. Cincinnati — 3:05 p.m. On TV? PROSPECTS TO WATCH Texas None Cincinnati 2B — Jose Peraza (No. 4; leading off at 2B) OF — Yorman Rodriguez (No. 15; batting sixth in RF) 3B — Eric Jagielo (Trade Acquisition; batting seventh at 3B) SS — Calten Daal (No. 23; batting ninth at SS)
Kansas City (SS) vs. Seattle — 3:05 p.m. On TV? MLB.tv PROSPECTS TO WATCH Kansas City 3B — Hunter Dozier (No. 30; batting eighth at 3B) Seattle None
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Los Angeles Angels — 3:05 p.m. On TV? MLB Network; MLB.tv PROSPECTS TO WATCH Dodgers SS— Corey Seager (No. 1; batting sixth at SS) C — Austin Barnes (No. 8; batting seventh at DH) Angels None
San Diego vs. Arizona — 3:05 p.m. On TV? MLB Network; MLB.tv PROSPECTS TO WATCH San Diego None Arizona OF — Socrates Brito (No. 6; batting second in CF) OF — Gabby Guerrero
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South Korea Routs Israel To Advance To Olympics Semifinals

South Korea pounded out 18 hits and beat Israel, 11-1, to advance to the Olympics semifinals.

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