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

While hitting two home runs in the same game might not have been a new feat for switch-hitter Keibert Ruiz, doing it from both sides of the plate certainly was.

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

While hitting two home runs in the same game might not have been a new feat for switch-hitter Keibert Ruiz, doing it from both sides of the plate certainly was.

The Dodgers' No. 2 prospect (No. 44 overall) connected on a solo homer from the right side of the plate in his first at-bat and added a second solo shot from the left side in the fifth inning in Double-A Tulsa's 14-3 rout of Northwest Arkansas.

Ruiz homers from the right side

It was the second two-homer game this season for Ruiz, who also reached once via a walk and plated two runs with an eight-inning double to finish 3-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored.

Ruiz homers from the left side

The Dodgers gave the 19-year-old Ruiz an aggressive Opening Day assignment to Double-A after he batted .316/.361/.452 last season between Class A Great Lakes and Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. Despite being nearly five years young than the average player in the Texas League, the switch-hitting backstop has more than held his own, producing a .251/.315/.397 batting line with a career-best nine homers in 65 games for Tulsa.

Yusniel Diaz (Dodgers' No. 4, No. 85 overall) enjoyed a big night at the plate, hitting a pair of doubles and scoring two runs in a 4-for-5 performance. The 21-year-old outfielder is ranking at a .450 clip over his past 10 games and owns a .317/.425/.482 batting line in 58 games this season.

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Mitchell White (Dodgers' No. 3, No. 83 overall) paced the Drillers on the mound as he allowed one unearned run on six hits over a season-high 6 2/3 innings to earn the win. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out six and generated another eight outs on the ground before departing with 98 pitches (76 strikes). White's strong performance snapped a stretch of five consecutive starts in which he had allowed at least three earned runs.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Thursday

• No. 70 overall prospect Heliot Ramos (Giants' No. 1) tallied three hits including a solo home run, his seventh of the year, in Class A Augusta's win against Lexington. The 2017 first-rounder finished the game 3-for-5 at the dish, also scoring two runs and swiping his sixth bag of the season. Ramos struggled out the gate but seemingly turned the corner in June (.272/.336/.408 over 26 games) and has continued to swing the bat well in July, producing .300/.404/.450 batting line in 10 games.

Blue Jays No. 18 prospect Kevin Smith went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and pair of extra-base hits, hitting a double as well as his third homer in six games in Class A Advanced Dunedin's win over Clearwater. Smith's homer, a solo shot, was his 16th of the season and ninth in 38 games with Dunedin. Now 84 games into what has been a breakout first full season, the 22-year-old Smith is slashing .327/.380/.584 with 60 extra-base hits, 68 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.

Brewers No. 18 prospect Kodi Medeiros tossed five innings of one-run ball and matched his career high with nine strikeouts in a no-decision for Double-A Biloxi. He threw 55 of 91 pitches for strikes in the outing, ultimately allowing two hits -- one being a solo home run -- with two walks and three hit batsmen. Outfielder Troy Stokes Jr. (No. 20) paced the Shuckers' offense with a double and solo homer as part of a 2-for-4 performance. He's gone deep 14 times in 89 games this season after hitting career-high 20 homers over 135 games in 2017.

Angels No. 7 prospect Matt Thaiss and Taylor Ward (No. 12) each hit a home run and together combined for six hits and five RBIs in Triple-A Salt Lake's win against Sacramento. Thaiss went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, both coming on his eighth Triple-A homer, while Ward doubled, singled, drew a pair of walks and delivered his sixth Triple-A blast, a three-run shot that put the Bees on the board first in the first inning. Overall, Thaiss and Ward have gone deep 14 and 12 times, respectively.

Watch: Thaiss goes yard

• After going 1-for-4 with a double in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, Mets No. 9 prospect Ronny Mauricio has now recorded a hit in all 20 games to begin his career. Signed by New York for $2.1 million last July, the 17-year-old shortstop sports a .354/.341/.549 batting line with 10 extra-base hits and 19 RBIs on the season.

Rays No. 7 prospect Wander Franco is only 17 years old, but he's playing well beyond his years this season for Rookie-level Princeton in the Appalachian League. The teenage shortstop connected on his fourth home run of his career and went 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 17 games. Franco has hit safely in 20 of 21 games to begin his career, slashing .368/.409/.598 with nine extra-base hits and 15 RBIs in that span.

• Rays No. 16 prospect Michael Mercado retired all 15 batters he faced over five perfect innings en route to his first win of the season for Class A Short Season Hudson Valley. The 19-year-old right-hander, a second-round pick a year ago, set a career high with six strikeouts and threw 45 of 71 pitches for strikes in the career-long outing. Overall, Mercado has pitched to a 4.13 ERA in 24 innings (five starts).

Watch: Mercado tosses 5 perfect frames

• Rays No. 19 prospect and 2018 Midwest League Home Run Derby champion Ronaldo Hernandez hit a two-run blast for Class A Bowling Green to move into a first-place tie atop the circuit leaderboard with 15 home runs. More than just a slugger, the 20-year-old backstop also owns a .317/.362/.566 batting line on the season, with 19 doubles, 61 RBIs and five steals through 72 games.

• Make it four straight games with a home run for Giants first-round pick Joey Bart after the No. 2 overall pick's solo shot in the eighth inning of Class A Short Season Salem-Keizer's win over Everett. What's more, the 21-year-old catcher has now homered six times while accruing 14 RBIs in seven games since his promotion to the Northwest League.

• After failing to collect a hit in his first four games and 12 at-bats, Reds first-rounder Jonathan India (No. 5 overall pick) busted out with three hits, three RBIs and two runs scored in Rookie-level Greeneville's win over Kingsport. The 21-year-old third baseman doubled in his first at-bat for his first pro hit, connected on a two-run homer in the third and added an RBI single in the following frame before finishing 3-for-4.

• Mets first-rounder Jarred Kelenic (No. 6 overall pick) hit a two-run home run and recorded multiple hits for a second time in three games since his promotion to Rookie-level Kingsport. Widely viewed as the best prep hitter in his Draft class, Kelenic has certainly lived up that reputation early in his pro career. In 15 games across two levels, the 18-year-old outfielder has hit .411/.469/.679 with three home runs and 15 RBIs.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.