Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.:: Complete prospect coverage ::Though their No. 1 prospect, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., is sidelined with a sore left knee, the Blue Jays saw other top players in their farm ranks shine on Friday, beginning with one
Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.
:: Complete prospect coverage ::
Though their No. 1 prospect, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., is sidelined with a sore left knee, the Blue Jays saw other top players in their farm ranks shine on Friday, beginning with one of their newest.
Miguel Hiraldo, Toronto's No. 12 prospect per MLB Pipeline, had a huge game at the plate for the Dominican Summer League Blue Jays on Friday, going 4-for-5 with a double and two solo home runs in a 7-2 victory over the DSL White Sox. The 17-year-old third baseman is hitting .462 (12-for-26) in his first six professional games after signing with Toronto out of the Dominican Republic last July.
Meanwhile, Blue Jays No. 2 prospect Bo Bichette -- the No. 9 prospect overall -- had a big game for Double-A New Hampshire, going 3-for-4 with a double and a triple in the Fisher Cats' 4-2 win over Bowie. Bichette is hitting .282/.356/.440 with four home runs and 17 steals in 58 games.
MILB Video - Title: Bichette triples to right - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=2133702183
Other notable performances from top prospects Friday:
• No. 7 overall prospect Forrest Whitley (Astros' No. 1) returned from a 50-game suspension for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program to fire four scoreless innings in his season debut for Double-A Corpus Christi. The right-hander allowed just one hit and struck out five without issuing a walk. The 20-year-old, selected No. 17 overall in the 2016 Draft by Houston, fanned the side in order in his final frame.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Whitley strikes out the side - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=2134134183
Houston's No. 10 prospect, Hector Perez struck out 12 over 6 2/3 strong innings to help lift Class A Advanced Buies Creek to a 5-2 win over Down East. The right-hander gave up two hits and walked three.
• Justus Sheffield, the Yankees' No. 2 prospect and the No. 40 prospect overall, tossed six scoreless frames in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's 4-3 victory over Louisville. The 22-year-old left-hander lowered his season ERA to 2.60 (2.96 in six starts for the RailRiders) with the performance, yielding just one hit while walking three and striking out eight.
MILB Video - Title: Sheffield fans 8th batter - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=2133738283
• Angels No. 1 prospect Jo Adell -- the No. 53 prospect in baseball -- went 3-for-5 with a solo homer in Class A Advanced Inland Empire's 7-1 victory over Rancho Cucamonga. Since his promotion from Class A Burlington, where he slashed .326/.398/.611 with six homers in 25 games, Adell had been struggling -- entering Friday's game, he was hitting .188/.224/.422 in 15 games. But he hopes his big performance on Friday is a sign of things to come.
• Rays No. 23 prospect Ryan Boldt went 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs in Double-A Montgomery's 12-7 victory over Chattanooga. The right fielder has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games, raising his average from .276 to .290 with Friday's performance. He's got an .840 OPS on the season, with five home runs and 10 steals in 48 games.
• The Rockies had a trio of top prospects turn in strong performances on Friday. No. 10 prospectTom Murphy went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer -- his 15th of the season -- in Triple-A Albuquerque's 16-5 loss to Omaha. The 27-year-old catcher is slashing .295/.365/.653 in 46 games this season.
In the same game, Colorado's No. 6 prospect, middle infielder Garrett Hampson, went 3-for-4 with a double. He's hitting .291/.389/.450 with five home runs and 25 steals in 57 games. And fellow middle infielder Brendan Rodgers, the Rockies' No. 1 prospect (No. 10 overall) went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Double-A Hartford's 4-3 loss to Altoona. It was his 12th of the season, and he's slashing .279/.329/.516.
MILB Video - Title: Rodgers blasts a two-run shot - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=2133791783
• Kevin Kramer, the Pirates' No. 8 prospect, turned in a 3-for-4 performance in Triple-A Indianapolis' 8-1 victory over Pawtucket, hitting a solo home run for his eighth of the season. Overall, he's hitting .262/.326/.437 in 54 games. The homer was his fourth over his last 10 games.
• Orioles No. 15 prospect Zac Lowther was brilliant in Class A Advanced Frederick Keys' 3-2 victory over Wilmington, throwing six scoreless innings while allowing three hits, walking one and fanning eight. In eight starts between Class A Delmarva (six) and Frederick (two), the left-hander has a 1.10 ERA with 61 strikeouts and 13 walks in 41 innings.
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