Seager, Sweeney among 10 top prospect performers Thursday
Dodgers Nos. 1 and 7 prospects help power Oklahoma City's offense in win
A trio of top Dodgers prospects helped Triple-A Oklahoma City wallop Memphis, 8-4, on Thursday night.
No. 1 prospect (No. 5 overall) Corey Seager led the way with a two-run homer. The third baseman finished 1-for-3 and has hit in eight of his past nine games. No. 7 prospect Darnell Sweeney -- 3-for-5 with a double, triple and RBI -- and No. 8 prospect Scott Schebler, who smashed a solo homer in a 1-for-5 night, also pitched in to help the Dodgers improve to 52-27, the best record in the Pacific Coast League.
While Memphis gave up three runs in the seventh inning, its lineup was able to make the score 4-4 by the end of the fifth inning. No. 19 prospect Tommy Pham stood out for the Redbirds, going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer that briefly tied the game. Pham has homered in two straight games for Memphis.
The center fielder has hit in seven straight games and owns an impressive .338/.402/.625 line with five homers and 21 RBIs since his season debut on June 6.
The rest of the 10 best performances from top Minor Leaguers
• Blue Jays No. 2 prospect (No. 35 overall) Dalton Pompey wasn't the hero in Double-A New Hampshire's 6-5 extra innings loss to Portland on Thursday night, but he gave it a good shot. He finished 4-for-8 with a home run and three RBIs, including a two-out, game-tying single in the ninth inning that sent the contest to extras. But that production wasn't enough for the Fisher Cats, who fell to the Sea Dogs in 16 innings after Marco Hernandez scored on Cody Burns' wild pitch. Pompey has been on an absolute tear over the past seven games. In that span, he's gone 16-for-33 (.485) with two homers and six RBIs.
• Brewers No. 11 prospect Jorge Lopez was dealing for Double-A Biloxi, winning his seventh straight decision on Thursday. The 6-foot-4 right-hander gave up one run on four hits in 7 2/3 innings, striking out a career-high nine batters. He stands at 7-2 with a 2.64 ERA and still has not lost since dropping his first two starts of the season in April.
• Giants No. 12 prospect Mac Williamson was perfect for Triple-A Sacramento, going 4-for-4 with a dinger and three RBIs in just his seventh game with the River Cats. The four hits tied his season-high and he's hitting .321/.457/.500 with his new squad and Thursday marked his first homer at the Triple-A level.
• Mets No. 11 prospect Gabriel Ynoa gave up just one hit while striking out six and walking none in a complete game shutout. The 22-year-old tossed 103 pitches -- 76 of them strikes -- as he picked up his fifth win of the season in Double-A Binghamton's 5-0 win against Erie. After giving up a double in the third, Ynoa retired 18 of the next 19 batters, with a fielding error by No. 7 prospect Gavin Cecchini accounting for the only other runner. "He was in total control," Binghamton pitching coach Glenn Abbott told MiLB.com. "He did a very good job tonight of locating his pitches and working ahead in the count. It was just a beautiful job."
• Rangers No. 3 prospect Nomar Mazara and Royals No. 9 prospect Jorge Bonifacio traded blows as Double-A Northwest Arkansas defeated Frisco, 15-4. Bonifacio led the winning side with a 2-for-5 day that included a double, homer and four RBIs. While the RoughRiders weren't able to keep up with the Naturals' offense, Mazara added a two-run homer as part of a 2-for-4, three-RBI night. The left fielder has hit in eight straight games and has ripped three dingers in that span.