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Tuesday's best: Bieber is lights out in Akron debut

July 26, 2017

Shane Bieber has passed every test the Indians have thrown his way this season, a trend that continued Tuesday with his scoreless debut for Double-A Akron.Starting for Akron in game one of a doubleheader against Binghamton, Bieber, the Indians' No. 13 prospect, limited opposing hitters to five hits over 6

Shane Bieber has passed every test the Indians have thrown his way this season, a trend that continued Tuesday with his scoreless debut for Double-A Akron.
Starting for Akron in game one of a doubleheader against Binghamton, Bieber, the Indians' No. 13 prospect, limited opposing hitters to five hits over 6 2/3 innings. He found the zone with 65 of his 94 pitches, striking out five and walking one, and generated another nine outs on the ground.
Bieber's promotion to Double-A, his second promotion this season, came after the 22-year-old right-hander went 6-1 with a 3.10 ERA in 14 starts with Class A Advanced Lynchburg. Over 90 innings in the Carolina League, he struck out 82 and walked just four.
A fourth-round pick in 2016, Bieber began his first full professional season in the Midwest League, where he posted a 3.10 ERA with a 31-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio in 29 innings totaling five starts.
Overall, Bieber owns a 2.94 ERA, as well as a stellar 119-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio, in 125 2/3 innings spanning 20 starts across three levels.
The rest of the best performances from top prospects Tuesday
No. 10 overall prospect Kyle Tucker (Astros' No. 1) homered in his first game back for Double-A Corpus Christi after a brief stint on the disabled list for a sore back. He's now hit nine homers in 37 games for the Hooks, matching the total he posted over 48 games with Class A Advanced Buies Creek to earn a promotion.

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• No. 28 overall prospect Alex Verdugo (Dodgers' No. 2) and Willie Calhoun (No. 70 overall, Dodgers' No. 3) both went deep for Triple-A Oklahoma City. Calhoun's home run, his 23rd, easily cleared the wall, and he finished the game 3-for-5. Verdugo, on the other hand, required an assist from Reno right fielder Zach Borenstein('s head) to record his fourth homer of the season in a 2-for-5 performance that included four RBIs.

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• No. 38 overall prospect Mike Soroka (Braves' No. 5) tossed seven strong innings, allowing one earned run on six hits, in a no-decision for Double-A Mississippi. He struck out six and did not issue a walk in the outing, throwing 66 of his 93 pitches for strikes. The 19-year-old righty has allowed two or fewer earned runs in three straight starts, completing seven innings in each. He owns a 2.32 ERA in 112 2/3 innings (19 starts) this season.
• No. 60 overall prospect Lucas Giolito (White Sox No. 7) got back on track for Triple-A Charlotte by tossing seven scoreless innings in a win over Columbus. The 23-year-old righty scattered four hits while walking three and striking out six. It was a much needed performance for Giolito, who had allowed a combined eight earned runs over 6 2/3 innings in his previous two starts.

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• No. 82 overall prospect Luis Ortiz (Brewers' No. 3) gave up one earned run on four hits over a season-high seven innings en route to his fourth win for Double-A Biloxi. Throwing 59 of his 93 pitches for strikes, the 21-year-old right-hander struck out seven without issuing a walk. He sports a 3.57 ERA through 80 2/3 frames (17 starts) on the year.

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• No. 100 overall prospect Tyler O'Neill (Cardinals' No. 5) connected on his first home run since joining the Cardinals organization, a game-tying two-run shot in the seventh inning for Triple-A Memphis. The home run was O'Neill's 20th this season, and he's now gone deep six times in his last eight games.

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• Dodgers No. 28 prospect Brendon Davis drove in a career-high five runs with a pair of doubles in a 2-for-5 performance for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. The 19-year-old infielder has collected multiple hits in two of five games since his promotion from Class A Great Lakes, where he slashed .245/.357/.403 in 86 games.
• Making his second start for the A's Rookie-level Arizona League affiliate, A's No. 5 prospectJesus Luzardo, acquired from the Nationals last week, allowed one unearned run on four hits in four innings. The 19-year-old lefty compiled four strikeouts against zero walks, giving him a 23-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 20 1/3 innings to begin his career.
• Brewers No. 24 prospect Kodi Medeiros gave up four hits (all singles) over six scoreless innings in his best start this season for Class A Advanced Carolina. The 21-year-old lefty generated eight ground-ball outs and struck out three without permitting a walk in the outing, which marked his fourth straight completing six frames.
Marlins No. 28 prospect Stone Garrett matched his season high with four hits (4-for-5) and drove in a season-high four runs to lead Class A Advanced Jupiter past Florida, 8-6. After a slow start to his season, the 21-year-old outfielder has recorded hits in four straight games.
• Starting opposite Bieber for Binghamton, Mets No. 8 prospectMarcos Molina turned in his best start at the Double-A level, tossing six scoreless innings of three-hit ball and striking out nine. The 22-year-old right-hander owns a 4.14 ERA through six starts since moving up to the Eastern League.
Red Sox No. 3 prospect Michael Chavis filled out the box score for Double-A Portland, going 2-for-3 with a two-run homer, a double, three runs scored and two RBIs. He also walked twice in the contest. The homer was the 24th this season for the 21-year-old third baseman, and he's tallied exactly two hits in four straight contests.
Astros No. 15 prospect J.D. Davis hit a pair of home runs, including a grand slam, in a five-RBI game for Triple-A Fresno. He's homered in back-to-back games for the Grizzlies, and he's slashing .323/.364/.677 with three homers and eight RBIs in seven games since being promoted from Double-A.

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Yankees No. 14 prospectJorge Guzman, 21, piled up nine strikeouts over six scoreless innings in a no-decision for Class A Short Season Staten Island. The hard-throwing righty has been missing bats with ease this season, as Tuesday's performance gives him 49 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings (11.4 K/9).

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