Two homers, four RBIs for prospect Morban vs. Halos

Two homers, four RBIs for prospect Morban vs. Halos

TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Mariners got five of their eight runs against the Angels from the long ball Friday afternoon, with outfield prospect Julio Morban accounting for four runs on his two homers.

The 21-year-old left-hander from San Cristobal hit a two-run shot to right off Angels starter Tommy Hanson in the second, then took Billy Buckner deep to center for two more runs in the eighth.

"He's a good baseball player," manager Eric Wedge said of Morban. "He has a nice swing, he has a nice approach at the plate, he's focused and he's had a great camp for us. This is a guy who came in here and made quite an impression."

Morban is the club's No. 14 prospect according to, and has compiled a .279 Minor League average in 218 games over four seasons of Rookie ball and the Mariners' three Class A stops.

Justin Smoak also slammed a solo shot to left off Hanson in the fourth.

"He's had some real good at-bats this spring," Wedge said of Smoak. "He's in a much stronger position to hit. He's got much better balance up there, he's using his lower half and seeing the ball well."

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