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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.

Cubs fans were offered a promising glimpse of the future during Wednesday's Minor League contests. Four pitchers ranked in Chicago's Top 30 prospects -- Alex Lange (No. 5), Brendon Little (6), Trevor Clifton (27) and Duane Underwood Jr. (29) -- turned in strong performances for their respective teams.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.

Cubs fans were offered a promising glimpse of the future during Wednesday's Minor League contests. Four pitchers ranked in Chicago's Top 30 prospects -- Alex Lange (No. 5), Brendon Little (6), Trevor Clifton (27) and Duane Underwood Jr. (29) -- turned in strong performances for their respective teams.

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Lange pitched six scoreless innings for Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach in its 5-0 win over Lynchburg. The right-hander held the Hillcats to just six hits, didn't issue a walk and struck out a career-best 10 batters.

Little bounced back from giving up five runs in his last start to toss seven scoreless frames for Class A South Bend, lowering his ERA to 4.50. He allowed three hits with no walks and struck out five vs. the Lansing Lugnuts. With Double-A Tennessee, Clifton pitched four scoreless innings and allowed two hits and two walks with three strikeouts before rain suspended play. And at Triple-A Iowa, Underwood held Round Rock to one run over six innings while striking out six.

Other top prospect performances from Wednesday's action:
• The Minors' hottest hitter, No. 2 overall prospect (Blue Jays' No. 1) Vladimir Guerrero Jr., continued his tear through the Eastern League. Guerrero went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and a walk for Double-A New Hampshire, stretching his on-base streak to 31 games. His .425 batting average is also the best in the Minors.

The Jays' No. 19 prospect Cavan Biggio also impressed by going 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs for Double-A New Hampshire. It marked his first three-hit game of 2018 and the 10th of his professional career.

Watch: Biggio rips 2-run double

• No. 32 overall prospect (Padres' No. 3) Luis Urias collected his third multi-hit game in the last four days, batting 3-for-5 with an RBI for Triple-A El Paso.

Watch: Urias doubles in a run

• In his return from the disabled list, No. 44 overall prospect (Yankees' No. 3) Justus Sheffield held his opponent without a run. The 22-year-old southpaw pitched four scoreless innings with three hits, a walk and five strikeouts for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Astros' No. 24 prospect J.J. Matijevic went deep twice for Class A Advanced Buies Creek. He was 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers, giving him six long balls on the season as well as two multi-homer games. Ronnie Dawson (Houston's No. 14) also left the yard in that game as part of a four-RBI performance.

Braves' No. 18 prospect Drew Waters was a catalyst for Class A Rome on Wednesday, batting 3-for-3 with an RBI, two doubles, a triple, two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base from the leadoff spot. His seven total bases tied his career-high.

Orioles' No. 15 prospect Zac Lowther held Hickory to one hit and three runs over six innings in a gem for Class A Delmarva. He struck out 10 batters, reaching double digits for the third time this season. It was his best performance since he pitched six hitless frames and struck out 13 in his season debut on April 9. The left-hander has allowed just four runs through 31 innings in 2018 (1.16 ERA).

Phillies' No. 13 prospect Thomas Eshelman turned in his best performance of the season, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning -- Rochester's Nick Gordon (Twins' No. 4), brother of Mariners outfielder Dee Gordon, broke up the no-no bid with a leadoff single -- for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Eshelman completed a season-high seven innings and allowed one run on four hits.

Jonathan Hernandez, the Rangers' No. 14 prospect, followed up last week's 11-strikeout performance by fanning 10 over six scoreless innings for Class A Advanced Down East. He took a no-decision, however, as the Wood Ducks lost, 2-1, in extras.

Hernandez's 10th strikeout

Tigers' No. 9 prospect Daz Cameron extended his hitting streak to eight games with a 2-for-4, two-homer performance for Class A Advanced Lakeland. He drove in three runs and posted his third multi-hit effort in his last six games.

White Sox No. 11 prospect Gavin Sheets finished a double shy of the cycle in Class A Advanced Winston-Salem's 3-1 win in the opener of a doubleheader against Buies Creek. Sheets homered for a second consecutive day, hit his second career triple and had a hand in all three of Winston-Salem's runs.

Sheets homers to right

Sheets' teammate, Luis Alexander Basabe (Chicago's No. 13 prospect) impressed in the nightcap, batting 3-for-4 with a solo homer.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.