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Thursday's top prospect performers

Indians' Bradley hits pair of homers to lead Double-A Akron to victory
May 4, 2018

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.Bobby Bradley may be starting to find his groove.Two days after going 3-for-4 with a home run and eight total bases, the Indians' No. 3 prospect crushed a pair of homers and added a double to

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.
Bobby Bradley may be starting to find his groove.
Two days after going 3-for-4 with a home run and eight total bases, the Indians' No. 3 prospect crushed a pair of homers and added a double to help Double-A Akron cruise to a 15-0 victory over Bowie.
Bradley's 10 total bases were the second most he's recorded in a game in his career, trailing only the 12 he posted on June 27 of last season vs. Erie. Cleveland's 2014 third-round selection also racked up five RBIs and scored three runs -- both season highs -- in the RubberDucks' offensive outburst.

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The 21-year-old Bradley was batting just .127/.213/.241 entering the month of May, but with the prolific day Thursday raised his line to .174/.245/.402.
The young outfielder appears to be catching fire as the weather gets warmer.
Here are other top prospect performances from Thursday's action:
Fernando Tatis Jr. (Padres' No. 1 prospect, No. 8 overall) is heating up after a slow start. The 19-year-old infielder finished a homer shy of the cycle to lead Double-A San Antonio to a 13-6 win over Frisco. Tatis tripled in the second inning, doubled in the fifth and singled in the sixth, driving in three runs and scoring two. He's now 7-for-17 (.412) with three doubles, a triple, two homers and six RBIs in his past three games after going 17-for-96 (.177) with four doubles, a triple, three homers and 10 RBIs in his first 24 games of the year.

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Blue Jays' No. 1 prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. absolutely demolished his third home run of the season for Double-A New Hampshire en route to a 2-for-5 evening that raised his season slash line to .388/.452/.624. Major League Baseball's No. 3 overall prospect continues to rake in the Eastern League, as he's now driven in 15 runs over his past 10 games.

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• There is perhaps no hotter hitter in the Minor Leagues than Nationals' No. 2 prospect Juan Soto, who blasted his third and fourth home runs in nine games since being promoted to Class A Potomac. Soto, MLB's No. 28 overall prospect, leads all Minors hitters in total bases (78) and RBIs (36) and ranks second in extra-base hits (20) and OPS (1.300). His nine home runs in total in 2018 rank third among all hitters in MiLB.

Jorge Mateo (Athletics' No. 4 prospect, No. 71 overall) showcased his tantalizing all-around skill set, going 4-for-5 with a pair of long balls, three RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base for Triple-A Nashville. Mateo had struggled of late, but raised his slash line from .165/.206/.231 to .198/.235/.323 with the stellar performance.

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• Dakota Hudson (Cardinals' No. 6 prospect) tied a career-high with eight innings pitched despite taking the tough-luck loss for Triple-A Memphis. The 23-year-old righty allowed one unearned run on five hits and a walk while striking out four. He lowered his season ERA to 3.03.

• Daniel Tillo, the Royals' No. 19 prospect, retired the first nine batters he faced via strikeout and set a new career high just two innings into Class A Lexington's extra-inning loss to Columbia. The 21-year-old southpaw took a no-hitter into the sixth and finished the evening with 10 K's and three walks over 6 1/3 innings. The lone hit he allowed was a three-run homer, as he settled for a no-decision.
Cubs' No. 22 prospect Zack Short doubled his season home run total by clubbing a pair of long balls to lead Double-A Tennessee to a win over Birmingham. The shortstop drove in four of the Smokies' eight runs on the night.

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• Thomas Jones (Marlins' No. 25 prospect) made his season debut Wednesday. He already has three home runs, five RBIs and six runs scored for Class A Greensboro. After homering and collecting six total bases in his first game for the Grasshoppers, Jones crushed a pair of solo blasts for his encore. He had hit just two home runs in his first 302 career Minor League at-bats prior to the offensive explosion.
• Brett Adcock (Astros' No. 28 prospect) was strong again for Class A Advanced Buies Creek, picking up his second win of the season and lowering his season ERA to 1.21 with six scoreless innings. Adcock, 22, struck out eight and walked one while allowing just two hits. The left-hander has given up just two hits and two walks without allowing a run over his past 10 innings pitched while striking out 17.

Oliver Macklin is a reporter for based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @basebollie.