Prospect Report: Volpe, Baty Stay Hot In Florida
Anthony Volpe, SS, Yankees — New York's top prospect continued his torrid spring on Wednesday, when he reached base three times in a 1-for-2 effort with a pair of walks. His single came off of a slider from big leaguer Gregory Soto. Volpe also stole a bag, his fourth of the spring, and scored a run. He is now 10-for-30 with four doubles and two homers in Grapefruit League play.
Brett Baty, 3B, Mets — On the other side of Florida, the Mets' No. 2 prospect also stayed hot. Baty entered the game against the Cardinals in the sixth inning and went 1-for-1 with a walk in two plate appearances. Baty's single wasn't hit particularly hard—just 78.6 mph off the bat—but he showed enough strength to turn around a 100 mph fastball from Jordan Hicks and dunk it into left-center field. Baty is 12-for-30 this spring and is sporting an on-base percentage of an even .500.
Triston Casas, 1B, Red Sox — Boston's hulking first baseman continued his excellent spring with a solid day at the plate against the Rays. The No. 28 prospect in the game went 1-for-3 with a run scored. His single came in the first inning against Tampa Bay starter Evan McKendry. He's 13-for-34 this spring with three doubles and two home runs.
Connor Thomas, LHP, Cardinals — After an excellent Arizona Fall League campaign (1-0, 1.75 with 34 strikeouts against just five walks), Thomas found that same stellar form again on Wednesday against the Mets. The lefty spun four shutout innings with two strikeouts, two hits—both singles—and no walks. Both of his punchouts were of established big leaguers; he got Tommy Pham swinging and Starling Marte looking.