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Padres' prospect Arias shines
Shortstop hits two home runs in Canberra's big win
12/07/2017 6:40 AM ET
Canberra shortstop Gabriel Arias in action during round three (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA
Canberra shortstop Gabriel Arias in action during round three (C) SMP IMAGES/ABL MEDIA 

San Diego Padres' prospect Gabriel Arias hit two home runs in Canberra's 17-2 Australian Baseball League win over Melbourne on Thursday night.

Arias, 17, finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs as the Cavalry improved their record to 7-5 in the opening game of round four at Narrabundah.

The shortstop put Canberra ahead 4-1 when he blasted a two-run shot off former Texas Rangers pitcher Mark Hamburger in the fifth inning

Arias took the first pitch of the at-bat deep to centre field for his first ABL home run.

He wasted no time getting his second.

The Venezuelan took Hamburger deep for a second time, again off the first pitch he saw, in the sixth inning to make it 9-2 for the Cavs.

His homers were among six Canberra hit against an Aces' outfit also featuring former MLB players Delmon Young and Matt Marksberry.

Arias, signed as a free agent by San Diego in July 2016, is hitting .238 (10-for-42) in 12 ABL games.

He has two home runs, a double, triple and has struck out 16 times.

Arias has also shown off his terrific defensive skills for the Cavs, a team New York Yankees' shortstop Didi Gregorius played for in 2010.

The teenager is one of three Padres playing in the Australian Baseball League with Canberra this season.

Outfielder Buddy Reed (batting .313 with nine RBI) and pitcher Lake Bachar (2-0, 0.61 ERA) have also made bright starts to the 40-game season.

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This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.