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Friday's best: Barreto fuels Nashville victory

August 26, 2017

Franklin Barreto's hot streak continued on Friday as the Athletics' top prospect led Triple-A Nashville to a 6-5 win over Round Rock in 11 innings.Barreto, the No. 37 overall prospect, had a monster game for the Sounds as he went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and a trio of runs scored.Not

Franklin Barreto's hot streak continued on Friday as the Athletics' top prospect led Triple-A Nashville to a 6-5 win over Round Rock in 11 innings.
Barreto, the No. 37 overall prospect, had a monster game for the Sounds as he went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and a trio of runs scored.
Not only did the 21-year-old put up big numbers, but they came in big spots as well. Barreto got the Sounds' offense off to a fast start as he drove in the first two runs of the game with a homer, his 15th, in the first inning. After Round Rock had taken a lead, Barreto came up big in the seventh and tied the game with an RBI single.

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In the 11th, Barreto worked a walk, reaching base for the fifth time, and came around to score the game-winning run when Joey Wendle (Oakland's No. 24 prospect) drove him home with a walk-off single.
The big game is just the latest performance in what has been an impressive few days for Barreto. The shortstop has multiple hits in four straight games -- including three or more hits in each of his past three contests. Barreto is 12-for-19 (.632) during that stretch and has boosted his averaged from .274 to .289 in the process.
Other top prospect performances from Friday's action:
No. 8 overall prospect Ronald Acuna extended his hitting streak to 13 and then to 14 as he collected hits in both halves of Triple-A Gwinnett's doubleheader. The Braves' No. 1 prospect, who was a combined 4-for-8 over the two games, is hitting .358 through 43 games at the Triple-A level.

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No. 24 overall prospect Triston McKenzie (Indians' No. 2) piled up the strikeouts as he threw 61 of his 78 pitches for strikes in a dominant outing for Class A Advanced Lynchburg. McKenzie fanned 11, his fifth double-digit strikeout performance of the season, as he gave up one run on one hit across six innings. The 20-year-old got off to a fast start as he retired the first nine he faced and also notched a pair of strikeouts in each of the first five innings.
No. 26 overall prospect Luis Robert (White Sox No. 4) drove in a career-high four runs for the DSL White Sox in a win over the Padres. Robert hit a three-run homer in the second and added an RBI single in the fourth in his 2-for-5 effort.
No. 72 overall prospect Stephen Gonsalves (Twins No. 3) rebounded from his worst start of the season with a strong outing for Triple-A Rochester. After giving up six runs in just three innings in his last start, Gonsalves got back on track with six innings of one-run ball. The lefty gave up seven hits but walked just one and struck out six.
Marlins No. 4 prospect Dillon Peters spun another gem and led Double-A Jacksonville vs. a win over Birmingham. Peters extended his scoreless streak to 13 innings as he threw 6 2/3 scoreless frames, giving up just four hits. The 24-year-old walked two, struck out seven and has given up just one earned run over his past three starts.
Tigers No. 5 prospect Christin Stewart hit his Eastern League-leading 28th homer in Double-A Erie's win over Akron. Stewart, who has hit three homers in his past six games, put the SeaWolves on the board with a solo homer in the fifth and then drove in the go-ahead run via a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

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Nationals No. 5 prospect Seth Romero bounced back from a couple of rough starts with four scoreless frames for Class A Short Season Auburn. Romero, the Nationals' first-round pick from the 2017 Draft, threw 41 of his 62 pitches for strikes, yielded four hits, walked none and struck out four.
White Sox No. 9 prospect Zack Collins hit his 19th homer of the season in a perfect day at the plate for Double-A Birmingham. Collins hit a solo homer in the second and later added a double on his way to a 3-for-3 night.
Brewers No. 10 prospect Lucas Erceg put together his third straight multi-hit game as he went 3-for-5 for Class A Advanced Carolina. Not only did Erceg collect a trio of hits, but each of those hits -- singles in the third and seventh and a double in the fifth -- drove in runs as Erceg finished with four RBIs.

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Reds No. 19 prospect Rookie Davis matched his career high with eight solid innings as he led Triple-A Louisville to a win over Toledo. Davis, 24, gave up four hits and one unearned run while striking out six on 110 pitches (78 strikes).

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Brewers No. 21 prospect Cody Ponce spun a gem in his debut with Double-A Biloxi. After posting a 3.45 ERA in 22 starts with Class A Advanced Carolina, Ponce's Double-A career began with 6 1/3 scoreless frames. The right-hander struck out three, walked two and surrendered a pair of hits.

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Cardinals No. 23 prospect Jonathan Machado extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a perfect day at the plate for the GCL Cardinals. Machado, 18, went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs as the Cardinals fell to the Astros.
Orioles No. 29 prospect David Hess led Double-A Bowie to a win over Altoona with his fifth straight quality start. Hess gave up just one hit as he threw a career-high eight scoreless innings. The 24-year-old walked one and struck out five.

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"One thing I was able to do well tonight was get the first guy out in every inning," Hess told "When you're able to do that and let your defense work behind you, a lot of good things happen."

William Boor is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.