Torres, who had six doubles and hit .254 in 31 games with the Yankees, also doubled to left in his first at-bat of the game and finished 2-for-5.
“He’s something else. He’s just a really, really talented kid,” Tampa manager Patrick Osborn told MiLB.com. “You look at the box score, he’s 2-for-5 with two doubles, but he made some plays tonight in the field that kept the game tied. He’s got a chance to be one special player and I’m glad he’s on our side.”
The 21-year-old gave Tampa a 1-0 lead when he hit into a fielder’s choice in the third. Mateo later singled and stole second to lead off the 11th, but his teammates were unable to bring him home.
The rest of the best performances from top prospects Tuesday:
• No. 79 overall prospect Mitch Keller (Pirates’ No. 5) got off to a strong start in Class A Advanced Bradenton’s 11-6 win over St. Lucie in Game 1 of the Florida State League semifinals. Keller didn’t pitch his best, but did enough to get the win, giving up three runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. The 20-year-old cruised through four innings, but then saw his 33 inning scoreless streak snapped in a three-run fifth.
• No. 94 overall prospect Anthony Alford (Blue Jays’ No. 3) provided all of Class A Advanced Dunedin’s offense with an RBI single in the third inning in the club’s loss to Tampa. Alford, who had 44 RBIs in 92 games this season, went 1-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.
• Gilbert Lara (Brewers’ No. 9) extended his hitting streak to seven games, including five multi-hit efforts, with a 2-for-4 night for Rookie-level Helena. The 18-year-old shortstop picked up his 10th double of the season and also drove home a pair of runs, bringing his total to 28 through 58 games.
• A trio of Dodgers’ prospects put together strong showings in Rookie-level Ogden’s 12-10 win over Grand Junction. Gavin Lux (Dodgers’ No. 9) had his third three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Keibert Ruiz (Dodgers’ No. 25) hit his second homer of the season and finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Mitchell Hansen (Dodgers’ No. 27) homered for the first time since Aug. 14 as part of a 2-for-3, two RBI night.
• Mets’ No. 24 prospect David Thompson got off to a strong start in the postseason with a 3-for-5 game for Class A Advanced St. Lucie. Thompson, who had six games with three or more hits in the regular season, ripped a pair of doubles, but it was not enough for the Mets to come away with a win.
• Phillies’ No. 21 prospect Jhailyn Ortiz hit a go-ahead two-run single to help keep the Rookie-level GCL Phillies alive. Ortiz went 3-for-4 as the Phillies topped the Cardinals, 3-2, forcing a decisive Game 3 in the GCL Finals.
• Kevin Kramer (Pirates’ No. 18) registered his sixth three-hit game of the year for Class A Advanced Bradenton. The 22-year-old hit .277 in 118 games this season and began the playoffs with a 3-for-5 night.
• Reds’ No. 12 prospect T.J. Friedl collected a pair of hits for the third consecutive game, going 2-for-5 for Rookie-level Billings. The 21-year-old had three RBIs and finished with a pair of doubles.
• Garrett Davila (Royals’ No. 20) was stuck with his first loss of the year in an outing for Rookie-level Burlington. The 19-year-old entered Game 1 of the Appalachian League Finals with a 7-0 regular season record, but gave up six runs (two earned) on six hits in 3 1/3 innings.
• Ricky Aracena (Royals’ No. 29) filled up the box score for Rookie-level Idaho Falls. Aracena was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate, doubled, drove in three runs, scored a run and stole his 17th base of the season.
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