Candelario among top prospect performers Saturday

Cubs' prospect has career-high seven RBIs in win

May 22nd, 2016

Double-A Tennessee pulled off a dramatic comeback win Saturday night as they scored nine times in the seventh and eighth innings to defeat Biloxi, 10-9.

At the center of the Smokies' late-inning rallies was third baseman Jeimer Candelario, who went 4-for-5 at the plate with a pair of doubles and a go-ahead grand slam in the bottom of the eighth en route to driving in a career-high seven runs.

Candelario, the Cubs' No. 7 prospect, started the scoring for Tennessee when he ripped an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning, and he picked up his second knock of the game with a leadoff single in the sixth. In the seventh, he delivered a two-run double to center field to cap a four-run Smokies outburst and help the team close the deficit to 7-5.

After the Shuckers pushed across a run in the top of the eighth, Tennessee came right back to score a run on a wild pitch before loading the bases with a pair of two-out walks ahead of Candelario. The 22-year-old switch-hitter made Biloxi pay for the free passes as he blasted Stephen Kohlscheen's 2-1 pitch off of the right field foul pole for a go-ahead grand slam.

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"I always knew it was going to stay fair," Candelario told after the game. "I didn't pull it that much, and I got a good swing on it, so I was just waiting for it to either hit the foul pole, or just go over. You always need to wait, but I knew it was going to be fair.

"When you get in that situation, you just gotta focus on doing your job," he added. "When he walked [Cubs No. 18 prospect Mark Zagunis], I knew I had to step up. I was just ready for a mistake and just needed to be ready for the fastball, and when you put a good swing on it, things take care of themselves."

Candelario raised his average to .218 from .197 with the four-hit performance, and he now has three home runs, 15 doubles and 20 RBIs in 40 games for Tennessee.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Saturday:

No. 42 overall prospect David Dahl (Rockies' No. 3) and No. 44 overall prospect Ryan McMahon's (No. 4) back-to-back home runs in the third inning were the difference in Double-A Hartford's 5-3 win over New Hampshire. Dahl's homer, a two-run shot, was his 11th of the season, giving him a share of the Eastern League lead, while McMahon went deep for the first time in 2016 as part of a 3-for-4 showing at the plate. Center fielder Raimel Tapia (No. 6) also collected three hits and scored two runs out of the leadoff spot for the Yard Goats.

No. 68 overall prospect Archie Bradley (D-backs' No. 2) turned in his best start of the season for Triple-A Reno as he struck out nine hitters over a season-high eight scoreless innings in a win against Omaha. The 23-year-old right-hander has made five straight quality starts for the Aces, and he's logged at least seven innings in each of his past three turns. On the season, Bradley is 5-1 (seven starts) with a 1.99 ERA and a 47/18 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 40 2/3 innings.

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No. 89 overall prospect Bobby Bradley (Indians' No. 3) went 2-for-5 with his Carolina League leading 10th home run, but it wasn't enough to keep Class A Advanced Lynchburg from falling to Myrtle Beach. In addition to pacing the circuit in home runs, the 19-year-old first baseman also has the most RBIs (40), the second-most walks (32) and ranks fifth in both slugging (.514) and OPS (.896).

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No. 90 overall prospect Alex Jackson (Mariners' No. 1) went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored in Class A Clinton's win over Burlington. The 2014 No. 6 overall Draft pick has now homered twice in three games since being assigned to Clinton on Thursday. The 20-year-old outfielder is looking to get back on track after he hit just .207/.318/.365 with eight home runs last season in 76 games between Clinton and Class A Short Season Everett.

Reds No. 6 prospect Keury Mella was sharp yet again for Class A Advanced Daytona as he matched his season high with eight strikeouts while firing seven innings of two-run ball (one earned) in a win against Charlotte. After he was rocked for four runs in 3 1/3 innings in his season debut for the Tortugas, Mella, 22, has pitched to a 2.02 ERA in 49 innings across his past eight starts.

Rays No. 9 prospect Jacob Faria picked up his first win of 2016 for Double-A Montgomery as he fanned a season-high 11 batters over seven innings of one-run, one-hit ball in a win against Birmingham. He did not issue a free pass in the outing -- his first walk-less start of the season -- while throwing 59 of his 90 pitches for strikes. After scuffling during April (6.12 ERA in 25 IP), the 22-year-old right-hander has rebounded in May to post a 2.77 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 28 innings over four starts.

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Twins No. 10 prospect Adam Walker hit a career-high three home runs and drove in five runs to lead Triple-A Rochester past Durham, 12-2. The 24-year-old outfielder -- who has lead his leagues in home runs in each of his three full seasons -- is now tied atop the International League leaderboard with nine home runs, five of which have come in his past three games. Overall, he's hitting .240/.314/.504 with 61 strikeouts (43.6 percent strikeout rate) through 35 games for the Red Wings.

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• Marcos Diplan and Freddy Peralta, the Brewers' Nos. 19 and 26 prospects, have been outstanding this season as part of Class A Wisconsin's piggyback starting rotation. That was the case once again on Friday, when the 19-year-old righties allowed a combined one earned run on five hits while striking out 15 batters in a win over Kane County. Diplan piled up seven strikeouts over five innings of three-hit ball to pick up the win, and he's now 5-1 with a 1.56 ERA and a 45/19 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 34 2/3 innings on the season. Peralta, meanwhile, sealed the victory for the Timber Rattlers by striking out a season-high eight batters over the game's final four innings. He owns a 2.01 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings.

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Marlins No. 23 prospect Austin Brice's resurgence continued Saturday as he pitched Double-A Jacksonville past Pensacola with 5 2/3 scoreless frames -- his fourth scoreless start in nine turns for the Suns this season. He scattered five hits and walked one while striking out six. The 23-year-old right-hander has fared considerably better this season in his return to the Southern League, where he's posted a 1.99 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP in 49 2/3 innings while holding opposing hitters to a .205 average.

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Nationals No. 30 prospect Chris Bostick fell a homer shy of the cycle in Double-A Harrisburg's win over Bowie, finishing 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a pair of stolen bases. The 23-year-old second baseman is having a strong campaign back in the Eastern League, hitting .290/.348/.414 with 11 extra-base hits, five steals and a vastly improved 11/28 walk-to-strikeout ratio through 39 games.

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