Sean Murphy upped his season home run total to seven on Sunday with his second two-homer of the season. The Athletics' No. 14 prospect went deep in each of his first two at-bats of Class A Advanced Stockton's 3-2 win over Lake Elsinore.Murphy, the A's third-round pick from the 2016
Sean Murphy upped his season home run total to seven on Sunday with his second two-homer of the season. The Athletics' No. 14 prospect went deep in each of his first two at-bats of Class A Advanced Stockton's 3-2 win over Lake Elsinore.
Murphy, the A's third-round pick from the 2016 Draft, has caught fire over the past two games, going a combined 5-for-8 with three homers and four RBIs.
"I just want to take it as it comes, not really think anything or expect anything of myself," Murphy told MiLB.com. "Goals and expectations, they tend to cloud your head. So it's going up every at-bat with your mind clear, not doing anything different than what I am doing right now."
After going 3-for-4 with a homer on Saturday, Murphy finished Sunday 2-for-4 with two homers and three RBIs.
The 22-year-old is making his full-season debut and got off to a slow start, but has picked it up recently and is hitting .305 through 28 games.
Other top prospect performances from Sunday's action:
• No. 84 overall prospect Bobby Bradley (Indians' No. 4) hit his eighth homer of the season as part of a 2-for-3, 2 RBI day for Double-A Akron. Bradley hit a solo homer in the fourth and came through with an RBI single in the eighth to cap a solid game in what has been a rough Double-A debut for the 21-year-old, who is hitting .230 through 48 games.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Bradley blasts moonshot - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1467171683
• No. 89 overall prospect Matt Chapman (Athletics' No. 4) and Paul Blackburn (Athletics' No. 22) led Triple-A Nashville to a 6-0 win over Iowa. Chapman, who finished 2-for-5, hit his 13th homer of the season, his second in as many days, while Blackburn fired seven scoreless innings, giving up just two hits.
MILB Video - Title: Chapman goes deep - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1465492583
• Astros' No. 14 prospectYordan Alvarez extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a 2-for-5, five RBI performance for Class A Quad Cities. Alvarez hit a three-run homer, his third this season, in the third inning and had an RBI single in the seventh. He later drew a bases loaded walk to pick up his fifth RBI.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Alvarez crushes homer - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1466342583
• Astros' No. 26 prospect Jason Martin collected his first two hits, including a homer, with Double-A Corpus Christi. After Martin was promoted from Class A Advanced Buies Creek -- where he hit .287 in 46 games -- the 21-year-old got off to a sluggish start with the Hooks. Martin went 0-for-10 over his first three games, but got on track Sunday as he finished 2-for-5 with a double, homer and three RBIs.
MILB Video - Title: Martin's first Double-A homer - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1465402883
• Brewers' No. 7 prospect Lucas Erceg notched a career-high four hits in Class A Advanced Carolina's walk-off win over Winston-Salem. Erceg finished 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs, two of which came via clutch two-out hits.
MILB Video - Title: Erceg's RBI double - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1465591483
"It was a good day, definitely an all-around team win," Erceg told MiLB.com. "I kind of just went back into my Spring Training mentality, just going up there and trying to see the ball as well as I can and put a good swing on it. The results showed today that that process works."
• Cardinals' No. 17 prospect Jake Woodford bounced back from a round outing with seven scoreless frames for Class A Advanced Palm Beach. Woodford was tagged for seven runs (four earned) in 4 2/3 innings in his last start, but was lights out on Sunday, limiting Fort Myers to just three hits.
• Dodgers' No. 22 prospect Dustin May put it all together for Class A Great Lakes, spinning seven scoreless innings of five-hit ball. The 19-year-old struck out seven and retired 11 of the first 12 he faced.
• Mariners' No. 8 prospect Dan Vogelbach reached base five times in his first four-hit game of the season for Triple-A Tacoma. Vogelbach, who finished 4-for-5 with a walk and three RBIs, hit his seventh homer of the season in the first and then collected RBI singles in the second and ninth innings. He also added a base hit in the fourth.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Vogelbach notches 4th hit - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1465876383
• Orioles' No. 4 prospect Ryan Mountcastle missed out of a cycle, but still put together quite a game for Class A Advanced Frederick. Mountcastle hit his 12th homer of the season and finished 3-for-5 with a double.
• Phillies No. 25 prospect JoJo Romero lowered his Class A Lakewood ERA to 2.06 with seven strong innings. The lefty held Asheville scoreless and limited the Tourists to just five hits. He also exhibited strong command, as he struck out five without issuing a walk.
• Red Sox's No. 10 prospect Michael Chavis had a monster game for Class A Advanced Salem in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Chavis put together his third multi-homer game of the season as he finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Chavis, whose career-high is 16, has 14 homers through 47 games this year.
MILB Video - Title: Chavis hits second homer - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1465332083
• Reds' No. 15 prospect T.J. Friedl had a perfect day at the plate, going 3-for-3 for Class A Dayton. Friedl, who has a hit in four straight games, fell a double shy of the cycle as he tripled in the first, singled in the third and homered in the seventh.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Friedl goes yard - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1466280583
• Yankees' No. 12 prospect Domingo Acevedo spun another strong start for Double-A Trenton, giving up two runs on five hits in six innings. The 23-year-old struck out seven and has been stellar since his promotion. Acevedo has pitched at least five innings in all four starts with Trenton and has posted a 1.78 ERA thus far.
• Yankees' No. 20 prospect Zack Littell continued his stellar run of pitching seven innings while giving up one earned run or less. Littell led Class A Advanced Tampa to a win over Jupiter with a seven-inning complete game, giving up just one run on eight hits. The right-hander has given up a total of three runs over his past 28 innings (four starts).
William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.