Minor League Ball Gameday: Friday, March 7

Masahiro Tanaka pitched well but was tagged by Freddy Galvis. - Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The two biggest names to sign from the international market made waves yesterday, and A's wunderkind Addison Russell also picked up a pair of extra base hits. Jose Abreu put his first home run on the board and Masahiro Tanaka was taken deep by Freddy Galvis.

Hello everyone and welcome back. Unfortunately, some rain tore through Florida and wiped out all but three Grapefruit League games. On the other side of the country however, play was uninterrupted in the Cactus League. Before we get to the highlights of the day I do want to mention the passing of Dr. Frank Jobe. Dr. Jobe was the man to pioneer UCL replacement surgery and was the doctor who performed the surgery on Tommy John. Our thoughts and condolences to the friends and family of a man who changed the game of baseball for the better without ever picking up a baseball.

The most notable hitting performance came from first baseman Jose Abreu who hit his first American home run, a two-run shot off Brad Penny, in a split squad affair against the Royals. In the traditional rookie division, first baseman CJ Cron's pinch hit three-run shot in the ninth inning for the Angels and short stop Addison Russell's extra base hit binge are equally as deserving of the honor.. Russell, the short stop of the future for Oakland, hit a double and triple along with a run scored in just two at bats. Third baseman Garin Cecchini of the Red Sox had a day to forget, securing the first Golden Sombrero of the spring.

Masahiro Tanaka made his second appearance of the spring, allowing two hits and one earned run on a home run to Phillies utility man Freddy Galvis in three innings. He struck out one without issuing a free pass. Red Sox righty Allen "Kid Carl" Webster was the only other Top 100 pitcher making an appearance. He threw three scoreless frames with only one hit allowed and one strikeout with no walks.

The Top 100

Position Players

Rank (Ovr) Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
7 (8) Kris Bryant, 3B CHC 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 K
10 (14) Addison Russell, SS OAK 2 1 2 0 0 0 2B, 3B
11 (17) Maikel Franco, 3B PHI 1 0 0 0 0 0
15 (29) Jose Abreu, 1B CWS 3 1 1 2 1 0 HR (1)
16 (34) Joc Pederson, CF LAD 1 0 0 0 0 0
17 (35) Gary Sanchez, C NYY 2 1 1 0 0 0 K
18 (36) Albert Almora, CF CHC 3 0 1 0 0 0 K
21 (41) Jorge Soler, RF CHC 0 0 0 0 0 0 CS, BB
22 (42) Rougned Odor, 2B TEX 2 1 0 0 0 0 BB, K
27 (50) Jackie Bradley, CF BOS 3 0 1 0 0 0 BB

Rank (Ovr) Name, Pos Team AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
32 (66) Chris Owings, SS AZ 4 1 1 0 0 0
35 (72) Matt Davidson, 3B CWS 3 0 0 0 0 0
36 (73) Blake Swihart, C BOS 1 0 1 0 0 1 SB (1)
37 (74) Garin Cecchini, 3B BOS 4 0 0 0 0 0 Golden Sombrero Alert!
38 (75) Mookie Betts, 2B BOS 0 0 0 0 0 0
46 (85) DJ Peterson, 3B/1B SEA 2 1 1 1 0 0
49 (91) Marcus Semien, SS/2B/3B CWS 1 0 0 0 0 0
54 (98) Michael Choice, CF/LF TEX 4 1 2 0 0 0
55 (100) Arismendy Alcantara, 2B/SS CHC 2 0 0 0 0 0 BB, K

Pitchers

Rank (Ovr) Name, Pos Team IP H R ER BB K Notes
1 (4) Masahiro Tanaka, RHP NYY 3 2 1 1 0 1 HR (F. Galvis)
41 (88) Allen Webster, RHP BOS 3 1 0 0 0 1

Stand Out Performances

Position Players

Name, Pos Team Top 10 Rank AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
Matt Skole, 1B WAS 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 2B, K
Michael Taylor, CF WAS 6 2 0 1 1 0 0
Braeden Schlehuber, C ATL - 2 0 1 1 0 0
Edward Salcedo, 3B ATL - 2 1 1 0 0 0
Alex Hassan, LF BOS - 4 0 1 0 0 0 2B
Deven Marrero, SS BOS - 4 0 2 0 0 0
Ramon Flores, RF NYY - 3 1 1 2 1 0 HR (1), SF
Jose Pirela, 2B NYY - 1 1 1 1 0 0 2B
Scott Schebler, LF LAD - 2 0 1 0 0 0 3B
CJ Cron, 1B LAA 2 1 1 1 3 1 0 HR (1)
Name, Pos Team Top 10 Rank AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
Stefen Romero, LF SEA - 5 1 1 1 0 1 3B, SB (1), K
James Jones, CF SEA - 1 2 1 0 0 1 SB (1)
Jesus Montero, 1B SEA - 4 1 2 1 0 0 BB, K
Leury Garcia, 2B/SS CWS - 2 0 1 0 0 0 K
Carlos Sanchez, SS/2B CWS - 4 0 2 2 0 1 SB (2)
Mike Olt, 1B CHC - 3 0 1 0 0 0 K
Micah Johnson, 2B CWS 6 5 2 3 0 0 1 K, SB (1), PO
Christian Colon, 2B KC - 2 0 1 0 0 0
Matt Argyropoulos, 3B COL - 1 1 1 0 0 0 E
Kyle Parker, 1B COL 4 2 0 1 1 0 0 2B, E

Name, Pos Team Top 10 Rank AB R H RBI HR SB Notes
Tom Murphy, C COL 7 3 0 1 1 0 0 2B, BB, 2 K
Tommy Medica, 1B SD - 2 1 1 3 1 0 HR (2)
Yorman Rodriguez, CF CIN 5 2 0 1 1 0 0 2B, K
Tucker Barnhart, C CIN 10 2 1 1 0 0 0 2B
Jake Lamb, 3B AZ 9 2 1 1 1 1 0 HR (1), K
Alfredo Marte, LF AZ - 2 1 1 2 1 0 HR (1), K
Nick Ahmed, 2B/SS AZ - 4 0 1 0 0 0 CS


Pitchers

Name, Pos Team Top 10 Rank IP H R ER BB K Notes
Felipe Rivero, LHP WAS - 1 0 0 0 0 0
Mario Hollands, LHP PHI - 2 1 0 0 0 2
Chris Anderson, RHP LAD 5 1.1 1 2 2 2 0 HBP
Mike Morin, RHP LAA - 1 1 0 0 1 1
Wei-Chung Wang, LHP MIL - 2 1 0 0 0 2
Jesse Hahn, RHP SD - 1 1 0 0 0 1
Zeke Spruill, RHP AZ - 1 0 0 0 0 1
Jake Barrett, RHP AZ - 1 1 1 1 0 2

Injuries

- Twins 3B Miguel Sano (season; elbow)

- Mariners RHP Taijuan Walker (1 week; shoulder inflammation)

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