Valdespin, Sox cruise past winless Sags
Mets prospect goes 3-for-3 with two RBIs, scores twice
As the Arizona Fall League wrapped up its first week, the Mesa Solar Sox continued to establish themselves as the circuit's premier hitting team.
Mets infield prospect Jordany Valdespin went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored to lead a 13-hit attack Saturday as the Solar Sox coasted to a 10-1 rout of the winless Peoria Saguaros.
Mesa (4-1) remained tied with Scottsdale atop the Eastern Division and has registered at least 10 hits in all four of its wins. Valdespin's perfect night at the plate helped raise the Solar Sox's league-leading team batting average to .316.
The 22-year-old native of the Dominican Republic doubled in the third inning, had an RBI bloop single in a six-run fourth and singled in another run in the fifth. After walking in the eighth, he's batting .333 with hits in all four games he's started.
Valdespin split the season between Class A Advanced St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton. He hit .289 with six homers, 33 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 65 Florida State League games, then batted .232 with eight RBIs and four steals in 28 contests after his promotion to the Eastern League.
Pirates prospect Justin Wilson, who helped Double-A Altoona capture the Eastern League championship, got the start for the Solar Sox and pitched two shutout innings. Cubs Minor Leaguer Kyle Smit (1-0) followed with two scoreless frames and secured the win.
Lara retired one batter and was charged with six runs on four hits and three walks. Saguaros starter James Avery, who pitched at three levels in the Reds system this season, allowed two hits in three scoreless frames.
Former first-round pick Ben Revere (Twins) and Rays Minor Leaguer Leslie Anderson had two hits apiece for Peoria.
Daren Smith is an editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.