Wednesday's top prospect performers

April 12th, 2018

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performers in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.
Alex Kirilloff is officially back on track.
The Twins' No. 6 prospect got off to a slow start this season, going 1-for-12 over his first three games with Class A Cedar Rapids, but he collected two hits on Tuesday and then upped that to three hits -- including two homers and a career-high six RBIs -- in a 12-9 win over Peoria on Wednesday.
A slow start may have been somewhat expected as Kirilloff, who won Appalachian League Player of the Year honors in 2016, missed the 2017 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

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However, he showed no lingering effects on Wednesday as he accounted for half of the Kernels' offense in his first career two-homer game.
Kirilloff finished 3-for-5 as he drove in two with a homer in the first, hit a three-run homer in the third and finished with an RBI single in the sixth.
Other top prospect performances from Wednesday's action:
No. 12 overall prospect (Dodgers' No. 1) spun another strong start for Triple-A Oklahoma City. The right-hander gave up one run on four hits and struck out six in five innings. Buehler has struck out 11 and given up two runs in his two starts (nine innings) this season.

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• No. 36 overall prospect (Padres' No. 3) hit his first homer of the season for Triple-A El Paso. Urias, who has a hit in five of six games this season, went 3-for-5 to boost his slash line to .381/.536/.571.

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• No. 43 overall prospect Taylor Trammell (Reds' No. 3) didn't get a ton of pitches to hit, but he only needed one to make an impact for Class A Advanced Daytona. Trammell drew a trio of walks in Game 1 of a doubleheader, but in the sixth he hit a two-run homer, his first of the year, to finish 1-for-1. Tyler Stephenson (Reds' No. 9) also had a good day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double. In the second half of the doubleheader, Reds' No. 5 prospect Tony Santillan led the club to a win with six innings of one-hit ball. Santillan also struck out eight, bringing his total to 13 through two starts.
• No. 60 overall prospect Jesus Luzardo (Athletics' No. 2) set a career high with 10 strikeouts in his second start with Class A Stockton. The 20-year-old lefty cruised through four innings before giving up one run in the fifth. Luzardo finished the frame and left having allowed one run on two hits.
• No. 92 overall prospect (White Sox No. 6) carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. Dunning, who struck out eight for the second time in as many starts, was unable to finish the seventh, but he still picked up the win in the quality start. The right-hander left after giving up two hits in 6 1/3 scoreless frames.

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Blue Jays' No. 27 prospect led Double-A New Hampshire to a win as he carved his way through seven scoreless frames. Romano notched seven strikeouts and gave up three hits.

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Mets No. 3 prospect Justin Dunn was dominant for Class A Advanced St. Lucie. The 2016 first-round pick has yet to give up a run and has fanned 14 in 10 innings spanning two starts. On Wednesday, Dunn threw 46 of his 81 pitches for strikes, struck out seven and yielded just two hits in five innings.
• A quartet of Yankees prospects showed off the organization's pitching depth as (No. 7), (No. 9), Trevor Stephan (No. 15) and Glenn Otto (No. 20) combined to give up one earned run over 22 innings. The four pitchers also tallied 22 strikeouts.

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• D-backs prospects Daulton Varsho (No. 6) and Drew Ellis (No. 8) got the Class A Advanced Visalia offense off to a fast start as they hit back-to-back homers in the first inning. Varsho, who finished 1-for-2, hit a three-run blast for his second homer of the season, while Ellis followed up with his second homer as well. Pitching for Double-A Jackson, Arizona's No. 26 prospect Yoan Lopez put together a perfect performance as he struck out the side and picked up the save in his one inning on the mound. Lopez hasn't given up a run and has allowed just two hits in three appearances this season.
• Giants' prospects Chris Shaw (No. 2) and (No. 5) certainly did their part in Triple-A Sacramento's offensive explosion. The River Cats broke out for 18 runs on 19 hits with the Shaw and Slater duo accounting for seven of those hits. Shaw set a career-high with five hits and also notched his second homer of the season as part of his 5-for-6, three-RBI day. Slater also drove in three runs and finished 2-for-4.

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Indians No. 10 prospect Aaron Civale led Double-A Akron to a win with a dominant performance on the mound. The 22-year-old was in complete command, firing 55 of his 85 pitches for strikes, as he fanned seven and yielded just three hits over six scoreless innings.

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• Orioles prospects Alex Wells (No. 11) and Michael Baumann (No. 15) were lights-out for Class A Advanced Frederick and Class A Delmarva. Wells was stuck with a no-decision despite giving up just one unearned run on two hits over six innings, and Baumann, who struck out nine over six innings, gave up one run on three hits and earned a win.