Mets' Thompson sparks offense in Fall League

New York's No. 24 prospect goes 3-for-4 with his first homer in AFL

Mets' Thompson sparks offense in Fall League

PEORIA, Ariz. -- After hitting a career-high 16 homers during the regular season, David Thompson notched his first homer of the Arizona Fall League in Scottsdale's 13-7 win over Peoria on Wednesday.

Thompson, the Mets' No. 24 prospect, reached base four times and fell a triple shy of the cycle as he finished 3-for-4 with a homer, double, walk, two RBIs and a trio of runs scored.

"Just feeling good at the plate," Thompson said. "Been working with [the coaches], just trying to get comfortable working on a few things."

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Thompson, who slashed .263/.325/.429 across 133 games in his first experience at the Double-A level, is off to a good start in the AFL, hitting .421 through five games.

The 24-year-old flashed some power with a pair of extra-base hits -- a double in the second and a homer in the fourth -- and also added an RBI single in the seventh, before a ninth-inning strikeout ruined his perfect day at the plate.

"It was a 2-1 count, he had already dropped me a couple of curveballs, so I figured he'd throw me a fastball," Thompson said of his homer. "He threw me a fastball in and I put a good swing on it."

Thompson's blast was the first homer of the game, but it was just the first of five on a day where both offenses were on fire, combining for 20 runs on 28 hits.

The Scorpions scored in five different frames and put up multiple runs in four of those innings.

"It's been a lot of fun," Thompson said. "As a team we've hit the ball really well here and it's just been fun, everybody is doing what they can."

Peoria struck first as Padres' prospect Javier Guerra, who is 7-for-14 (.500) through four games, hit a solo homer, his first, in the bottom of the first. However, the lead didn't last long as the Scorpions struck for four in the second.

Top Prospects: Thompson, NYM

Yankees prospects Thairo Estrada (No. 17) and Estevan Florial (No. 3, No. 78 overall) jump-started the rally with back-to-back hits and eventually scored on an RBI groundout and a wild pitch.

Thompson, who also scored in the second, helped extend the lead as he went deep in the third, but just as he was getting back in the dugout, the Scorpions had already tacked on another run as Kyle Holder (Yankees) made it back-to-back homers. Holder finished 4-for-6 with three RBIs.

From there, the Yankee prospects continued to do damage as Holder drove in two, including Thompson, with a two-run triple in the sixth and Florial added a two-run triple of his own in the seventh.

"It's been a ton of fun," Thompson said. "I just like being around all these really good players and picking the brains of them guys on the team -- their hitting approach and things like that. It's been a lot of fun."

While Peoria didn't score enough to come up with the win, there was no shortage of offense from that side either.

In addition to his first inning homer, Guerra added an RBI single in the third. Braves top prospect Ronald Acuna (MLB No. 5) drove in two runs in a 1-for-3 performance and was also credited with an outfield assist as he threw out Florial, who was trying to stretch a single into a double in the third.

The Javelinas also hit a pair of homers in the fourth as Alex Jackson (Braves' No. 16) hit his second homer in as many days and his third in six AFL games. Red Sox No. 24 prospect Chad La Guerra also hit a solo shot, his second long ball of the season.

William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.