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Minor-league report: Cardinals prospect Masyn Winn hits first Arizona Fall League homer

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SpringfieldÕs Masyn Winn makes contact with the ball during a baseball game on Thursday, June 2, 2022 at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo. Paul Halfacre, St. Louis Post Dispatch

Some of the flash of power that Cardinals shortstop prospect Masyn Winn showed following his call-up to Class AA Springfield at the end of May revealed itself once again on Tuesday in the Arizona Fall League.

Matched up against Allan Winans, a 27-year-old Braves minor-leaguer with experience at the Class AAA level, Winn connected on a 2-2 changeup on the inside part of the plate and lifted it 363 feet over the left field wall for Winn’s first home run of the AFL.

The 20-year-old’s solo homer highlighted a two-for-four game that also included a walk — Winn’s 11th of the fall league — and his fourth stolen base.

Winn was one of four Cardinals prospects to play for the Salt River Rafters in their 9-1 win over the Scottsdale Scorpions. Here is how some of them performed:

Shortstop Masyn Winn: After playing second base on Monday, Winn returned to his natural shortstop spot on Tuesday. Winn’s two-for-four game bumped his average to .360 and his on-base percentage to .556. His solo homer off Winans was Winn’s first extra-base hit of the fall league and gave him his second RBI in 10 games played.

Center fielder Jordan Walker: Walker doubled as he went one-for-five and struck out once. The double came against Tyler Myrick — a 24-year-old Giants minor-leaguer. Although he only had one hit on Tuesday, Walker was responsible for two of the hardest-hit balls among Salt River and Scottsdale hitters. Walker lined out against Winans, registering a 112.1 mph exit velocity — the hardest-hit ball in Monday’s ballgame, per statcast. The 20-year-old’s double had a 103.7 mph exit velocity — the fourth hardest-hit ball. Walker is nine-for-36 (.250) in 10 AFL games for Salt River.

Right-handed pitcher Tink Hence: In one inning of work, Hence struck out one batter and set down the side in order on 11 pitches (eight strikes). Hence struck out 22-year-old Braves prospect Justyn-Henry Malloy swinging on a 95.7 mph two-seam fastball. The outing was Hence’s fourth of the AFL. He has allowed one run, which came on a solo home run and struck out three in his limited opportunities.  

Right-handed pitcher Kyle Leahy: Leahy tossed two scoreless innings during which he allowed one hit and struck out three batters. Leahy got through the two frames on 26 pitches (17 strikes) and generated five swings-and-misses with his fastball. The scoreless outing also provided a bounce back for Leahy, who has allowed a team-high 13 runs in eight AFL innings. Leahy has also struck out 12 and walked six batters in his five relief appearances.

Daniel Guerrero

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