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Friday's top prospect performers

May 4, 2019

Here's a look at Friday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list: AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST Blue Jays: Patrick Murphy, RHP (No. 18) -- 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 8 K (Double-A New Hampshire) After working a career-high eight innings in his

Here's a look at Friday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list:


Blue Jays: Patrick Murphy, RHP (No. 18) -- 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R (3 ER), 0 BB, 8 K (Double-A New Hampshire)
After working a career-high eight innings in his last start, Murphy tied his season-high strikeout total without issuing a walk over six innings on Friday as New Hampshire fell to Hartford, 4-3. The 23-year-old right-hander is yet to record a win this season but has completed at least six innings with seven strikeouts in three of his six starts, registering a 4.55 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 31 2/3 frames overall.
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Orioles: Ryan Mountcastle, 1B (No. 2, MLB No. 67) -- 2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R, BB (Triple-A Norfolk)
Mountcastle was one of five Tides to finish with multiple hits in Norfolk’s 10-2 win over Charlotte. The 22-year-old has logged six straight multihit performances amid his 10-game hitting streak, during which he’s batted .417 (20-for-48) with five extra-base hits. The 2015 first-round pick is hitting .342/.369/.553 line on the season, with five homers, seven doubles and 22 RBIs in 28 games.
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Rays: Moises Gomez, OF (No. 13) -- 2-for-3, HR (3), 3 RBI, 2 R, BB (Class A Adv Charlotte)
Gomez appears to be heating up after his fourth multihit effort in six games. He padded the Stone Crabs’ lead in the eighth inning with a tape-measure three-run homer that hit the batters’ eye in center field. The 20-year-old outfielder has hit three home runs in 24 games this season after a full-season debut in which he went deep 19 times (and hit 34 doubles) over 122 games in the Midwest League.
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Red Sox: Mike Shawaryn, RHP (No. 13) -- 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 1 HBP, 3 K (Triple-A Pawtucket)
The 24-year-old workhorse turned in his longest start of the season on Friday as he completed at least six innings for the fourth time in six starts for Pawtucket. Shawaryn induced 14 groundouts and struck out three before departing the game with a season-high 99 pitches (65 strikes). The 2016 fifth-rounder owns a 2.72 ERA (36 1/3 IP) on the season after posting a 3.93 ERA (36 2/3 IP) last year in his first Triple-A exposure.
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Yankees: Josh Breaux, C (No. 15) -- 2-for-5, HR (5), 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R (Class A Charleston)
Both of the 21-year-old Breaux’s hits went for extra bases, as he recorded hit his fifth home run of the season along with his third double in Charleston’s win against Greenville. The 2018 second-round pick has been on a tear lately, hitting .419 (13-for-31) with four homers and 15 RBIs over his last seven games.
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Indians: Sam Hentges, LHP (No. 10) -- 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 7 K (Double-A Akron)
After pitching to an 8.62 ERA over his first four starts, Hentges, 22, righted the ship on Friday in his longest start of 2019. The 6-foot-8 lefty once again struggled with his control, issuing a season-high five walks, but he also permitted just two hits while fanning a season-best seven batters en route to his first win.
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Royals: Brady Singer, RHP (No. 1, MLB No. 51) -- 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K (Class A Adv Wilmington)
Singer gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in the first inning but retired 14 of the final 15 he faced to record his third pro win. The 2018 first-rounder out of Florida fanned seven, tying his career-high mark, and generated eight groundouts in the outing, throwing 52 of 80 pitches for strikes. The 22-year-old righty owns a 3.03 ERA with 31 strikeouts and nine walks in 32 2/3 innings on the season.
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Tigers: Jake Rogers, C (No. 13) -- 3-for-3, 2 HR (4), 2 RBI, 3 R; Anthony Castro, RHP (No. 24) -- 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 6 K (Double-A Erie)
Rogers’ home runs were both solo shots, as he went deep in the second and sixth innings to record his second multi-homer game against Bowie this season. The 24-year-old finished with a season-high three hits, snapping out of a 2-for-20 funk in the process. On the mound, Castro, also 24, racked up a season-best six strikeouts and faced two over the minimum in his longest start of 2019. He retired the final 10 batters he faced and threw 47 of his 75 pitches for strikes in the outing.
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Twins: Brusdar Graterol, RHP (No. 3, MLB No. 64) -- 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 5 K (Double-A Pensacola)
The 20-year-old flamethrower wasn’t at his best, throwing 43 of his 77 pitches for strikes, but pitched well enough to pick up his third win in six starts for the Blue Wahoos. In the process, Graterol lowered his ERA to 2.23 and upped his strikeout to total to 33 in 32 1/3 innings. Opposing hitters, meanwhile, are batting just .177 against him.
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White Sox: Luis Gonzalez, OF (No. 10) -- 1-for-3, solo HR (2) (Double-A Birmingham)
Gonzalez’s two-out home run in the first inning accounted for all of the Barons’ offense in their loss against Chattanooga. The 23-year-old outfielder is hitting .224/.304/.357 in his first taste of the Double-A level after compiling a .307/.368/.498 line with 14 homers and 40 doubles in 117 games last season between Class A Kannapolis and Class A Advanced Winston-Salem.
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A’s: Jeremy Eierman, SS (No. 10) -- 1-for-3, solo HR (3) (Class A Adv Stockton)
Eierman's third home run of the year, a seventh-inning solo shot, was the only run the Ports scored on Friday in a 4-1 loss against Modesto. He's homered twice during his five-game hitting streak while improving his average from .133 to .192.
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Angels: Jared Walsh, 1B/OF/LHP (No. 20) -- 2-for-5, HR (7), 3 RBI, 2 R (Triple-A Salt Lake)
Walsh put the Bees on the board in the third inning when he connected on a three-run homer, his seventh of the season. He would finish the game with two hits, recording his third straight multihit performance and his fourth in the last five games.
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Astros: Seth Beer, OF (No. 10) -- 2-for-4, 3 RBI (Class A Adv Fayetteville)
Beer notched two hits for a second straight day and drove in three runs in Fayetteville’s loss against Down East. The 2018 first-rounder out of Clemson is off to a strong start in his first full season, hitting .320/.404/.526 with five homers and 26 RBIs in 26 games.
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Mariners: Dom Thompson-Williams, OF (No. 15) -- 3-for-5, 2B, RBI, R (Double-A Arkansas)
The 24-year-old outfielder -- one of six players to accrue at least 20 homers and 20 steals in 2018 -- recorded his fourth three-hit game of the season as he pushed his overall batting line up to .300/.390/.456 for the Travelers. Three of those three-hit games have occurred during his last eight games, a stretch during which he has five multihit efforts.
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Rangers: Joe Palumbo, LHP (No. 7) -- 4 2/3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 10 K (Double-A Frisco)
Entering out of the bullpen for the RoughRiders, Palumbo recorded 10 of his 14 outs via the strikeout while throwing 57 of his 92 pitches for strikes. It was the third time in the 24-year-old left-hander’s career in which he’s racked up double-digit strikeouts. He’s whiffed 35 batters in 27 innings this season while holding opposing hitters to a .198 clip.
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Braves: Austin Riley, 3B/1B (No. 5, MLB No. 35) -- 2-for-4, HR (8), 2B, R BI, 2 R, BB (Triple-A Gwinnett); Drew Waters, OF (No. 8, MLB No. 81) -- 4-for-4, RBI (Double-A Mississippi)
Riley’s power surge continued Friday as the 22-year-old connected on his sixth home run in eight games for the Stripers. He also hit an RBI double to go along with the three-run shot to finish with four RBIs, a season high. He’s up to eight home runs with an overall line of .290/.350/.598 in 27 games this season. One level down, the 20-year-old Waters was perfect at the plate, going 4-for-4 out of the leadoff spot for the M-Braves. The performance gives him 11 hits in 16 at-bats over his last four games, and he’s now hitting a robust .358/.398/.547 on the season.
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Marlins: Sixto Sanchez, RHP (No. 1, MLB No. 26) -- 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K (Class A Adv Jupiter); Zac Gallen, RHP (No. 18) -- 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 10 K (Triple-A New Orleans)
Making both his Marlins organizational debut as well his 2019 debut, Sanchez got off to a rocky start, allowing two runs on three hits in the first inning, but settled in to complete five innings on 67 pitches (44 strikeouts) while sitting in the mid- to upper-90s with his fastball. Acquired from the Phillies in the offseason J.T. Realmuto trade, the 20-year-old righty logged 46 2/3 innings last season with Class A Advanced Clearwater before being shut down with right elbow inflammation in early June. As for the 23-year-old Gallen, he turned in his second double-digit strikeout performance of the season, allowing just three hits over seven innings en route to his fourth straight victory. One of the more effective starters in the Minors so far this season, the North Carolina product sports a 1.12 ERA, 0.55 WHIP and 48/5 K/BB through his first 40 1/3 frames (six starts).
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Mets: Carlos Cortes, 2B (No. 20) -- 3-for-5, HR (2), 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R (Class A Adv St. Lucie)
The 2018 third-rounder has hit safely in five straight for St. Lucie after posting his second three-hit effort in the last seven games on Friday. Assigned directly to the Florida State League for his first full season, the 21-year-old second baseman has held his own, producing a .256/.313/.378 with six extra-base hits in 24 games.
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Phillies: Simon Muzziotti, OF (No. 12) -- 3-for-5, 2B, R (Class A Adv Clearwater)
That's now back-to-back multihit games for Muzziotti after he matched his season high with three hits out of the leadoff spot on Friday. The 20-year-old Venezuelan is hitting .280 so far this season, with eight extra-base hits and six steals in his first 24 games.
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Nationals: Tim Cate, LHP (No. 5) -- 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K (Class A Hagerstown)
The 2018 second-round pick tied his career high in strikeouts while completing exactly six innings for a fourth straight start. He threw 64 pitches, 43 for strikes. One of the more polished college arms in his Draft class, Cate unsurprisingly has made it look easy so far this season in the South Atlantic League, pitching to a 1.62 ERA, .164 BAA and 39/11 K/BB in 33 1/3 innings (six starts).
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Brewers: Trent Grisham, OF (No. 30) -- 3-for-5, HR (5), 2 RBI, 2 R (Double-A Biloxi)
Grisham hit a third-inning solo shot off of hard-throwing righty Brusdar Graterol, one of a season-high three hits collected by the former first-rounder (2015) on Friday. With five homers through 27 games, the 22-year-old outfielder is on pace to blow past his career-high total of eight home runs that he achieved over 133 games in 2017. His average, on the other hand, sits at .231 so far following a 2018 season in which he batted .233 in 107 games at Biloxi.
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Cubs: Aramis Ademan, SS (No. 6) -- 2-for-4, RBI, R (Class A Adv Myrtle Beach)
Ademan snapped a 1-for-12 mini-slump as he and five other Pelicans tallied multiple hits on Friday to help power Myrtle Beach past Salem, 12-2. After a challenging 2018 season in the Florida State League at age 19, Ademan, a left-haded hitting middle infielder, is hitting .262/.400/.446 with six this season (21 games) in his second tour of the FSL.
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Cardinals: Tommy Edman, INF (No. 11) -- 3-for-6, HR (3), 3B, 3 RBI, 2 R; Lane Thomas, OF (No. 7) -- 4-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB; Edmundo Sosa, INF (No. 10) -- 3-for-6, 5 RBI, R (Triple-A Memphis)
The Cardinals' Top 30 trio put on a hitting clinic as they combined for 10 hits and 11 RBIs in a game that saw the Redbirds rack up 24 hits in a 17-4 rout of Nashville. Edman finished a double short of hitting for the cycle out of the leadoff spot, while Thomas and Edman each set season-highs with four hits and five RBIs, respectively. Sosa is hitting .342 on the season, followed by Edman (.333) and Thomas (.306).
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Pirates: Kevin Kramer, 2B (No. 6) -- 3-for-3, HR (2), 2B, 5 RBI, BB (Triple-A Indianapolis)
Kramer's big game at the plate proved the difference as the Indians edged Louisville 7-5 on Friday. He drove in four runs in the first inning with one swing, hitting a two-out grand slam (the first of his career) to right-center field, and added an RBI single in the seventh to finish with a career-best five RBIs.
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Reds: Hendrik Clementina, C (No. 23) -- 2-for-5, HR (2), 3 RBI (Class A Adv Daytona)
The 21-year-old out of Curacao hit a two-run shot for his second home run of the season and finished with multiple hits, snapping out of a 3-for-19 skid. Clementina showcased his power potential last year in his first full season season by hitting 18 homers in 96 games with Class A Dayton.
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D-backs: Jazz Chisholm, SS (No. 1, MLB No. 57) -- 2-for-5, HR (6), 3 RBI, 2 R, BB (Double-A Jackson)
Chisholm has lacked consistency at the plate this season as a 21-year-old in Double-A but continues to show impressive power. His homer on Friday was his sixth in 23 games, and overall nine of his 13 hits this season have been of the extra-base variety. It's come at the cost of a .155 average, however, and he's already fanned 38 times in 23 games.
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Dodgers: Carlos Rincon, OF (No. 30) -- 2-for-4, HR (5), 2B, 2 RBI, BB (Class A Adv Rancho Cucamonga)
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound outfielder hit his third home run in the last five games for the Quakes, pushing his season total up to five home runs. The 21-year-old hit a career-high 22 home runs in 2018, including 15 in just 29 games after receiving a promotion to the California League.
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Giants: Chris Shaw, OF (No. 11) -- 3-for-5, 2B, 3 R, BB (Double-A Richmond)
The former first-rounder (2015) matched his season-high totals in both hits and runs, though it wasn't enough to keep Richmond from falling to Altoona, 10-7. After appearing in 22 games (.185/.274/.278) with the Giants a year ago, Shaw failed to crack the team's Opening Day roster and was assigned Double-A.
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Padres: Hudson Potts, 3B (No. 15) -- 3-for-5, HR (4), 3 RBI, BB (Double-A Amarillo)
Potts, 20, tied a bow on his three-hit game with a walk-off two-run homer in the 11th inning. It was the fourth home run this season and the third in the last 10 games for the former first-rounder (2016), who hit 19 homers across two levels last season after going deep 20 times during his first full season.
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Rockies: Ryan Rolison, LHP (No. 5) -- 5 2/3 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K (Class A Adv Lancaster)
The 2018 first-rounder out of Mississippi won for the first time since being promoted to the California League. He set a career high with eight strikeouts and didn't allow a run until the sixth inning, when he was tagged for a leadoff homer. Altogether, Rolison has pitched to a 1.11 ERA with 33 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings (six starts) between Lancaster and Class A Asheville.
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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.