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Sunday's top prospect performers

July 22, 2018

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.Danny Jansen hit a pair of early home runs to back a strong effort on the mound by Sean Reid-Foley as Triple-A Buffalo held on to defeat Durham, 5-3.:: Complete prospect coverage ::Jansen, Toronto's No. 6

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.
Danny Jansen hit a pair of early home runs to back a strong effort on the mound by Sean Reid-Foley as Triple-A Buffalo held on to defeat Durham, 5-3.
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Jansen, Toronto's No. 6 prospect, hit both of his homers against Jake Faria, tagging the Rays' rehabbing hurler for a solo shot in the third inning and then adding a two-run homer in the following frame. He finished 2-for-3 at the plate, also reaching once via a walk in his third ever multi-homer game.
In addition to hitting .275/.402/.479 with more walks (40) than strikeouts (39) through 71 games in his first full Triple-A season, Jansen has already produced 10 home runs to match the career-high total he posted over 104 games during a breakout 2017 campaign.
Reid-Foley (Blue Jays' No. 10) was equally impressive on the mound as he fired six scoreless frames to record his seventh win (7-2) in 12 starts for Buffalo. He permitted two hits and a walk and struck out seven while throwing 68 of 97 pitches for strikes.
After a shaky 2017 season with Double-A New Hampshire, the 22-year-old right-hander has rebounded to go 12-2 with a 2.95 ERA, .198 BAA and 130-to-42 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 110 innings (20 starts) across the upper Minors.

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The rest of the best performances from top prospects Sunday
No. 50 overall prospectTyler O'Neill (Cardinals' No. 2) recorded his first career three-homer game as he powered Triple-A Memphis past Colorado Springs, 7-4. He plated four, finishing 3-for-5 at the plate. The multi-homer performance was O'Neill's fifth of the season and 13th in his career. He's tied for the Pacific Coast League lead with 23 home runs, and he's totaled 26 homers overall including his 19 games in the Majors.

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• No. 68 overall prospect Peter Alonso (Mets' No. 2) homered for a third time in four games, hitting a three-run shot as part of a 1-for-4 performance for Triple-A Las Vegas. It was the ninth home run in 30 Triple-A games for the 23-year-old first baseman, who's hitting .275/.402/.547 with 24 homers and 83 RBIs overall this season across two levels.

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• No. 79 overall prospect Ryan Mountcastle's (Orioles' No. 1) go-ahead solo shot in the sixth inning proved the difference as Double-A Bowie edged Erie, 4-3, in Game 2 of a doubleheader. The 21-year-old third baseman has gone deep four times in his past 10 games, giving him 11 homers in 66 games this season to go along with a .312/.358/.526 slash line. Newly acquired Rylan Bannon (No. 17) tied the game in the fifth inning with a solo homer, his first since joining the Orioles in the Manny Machado trade as well as his first at the Double-A level. The 22-year-old infielder was hitting .296/.402/.559 with 20 homers in the Class A Advanced California League prior to the trade.

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Astros No. 26 prospect Chuckie Robinson blasted a third-inning grand slam and later added a go-ahead three-run homer to finish with a career-high seven RBIs in Class A Advanced Buies Creeks' 10-7 win over Down East. The 23-year-old backstop has three home runs in his past two games and owns a .324 average with 12 RBIs over his last 10 contests.
• Drew Waters (Braves' No. 17 prospect) tallied three hits including two doubles as he increased his South Atlantic League-leading doubles total to 30. The 19-year-old outfielder is slashing .303/.351/.522 in his first full season, with nine homers, six triples and 18 steals through 78 games with Class A Rome. 20-year-old right-hander Huascar Ynoa (No. 30) allowed one earned run on six hits and struck out six over seven innings to earn the win on the mound. He's yielded two runs over his last three starts (18 innings) to lower his ERA from 4.28 to 3.63.
Brewers No. 6 prospect Corey Ray smashed a leadoff home run and later added a pair of doubles to finish 3-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored for Double-A Biloxi. The 23-year-old outfielder is hitting .259/.351/.510 and ranks among the Southern League leaders with 19 home runs (tied for first), 27 doubles (first), 195 total bases (first) and 30 steals (first).
Jake Gatewood (No. 17) also homered for Biloxi, tying him with Ray atop the Southern League leaderboard, while Troy Stokes Jr.'s (No. 20) 15th home run -- a two-run, walk-off blast -- sealed the Shuckers' victory.

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Orioles No. 13 prospect Dean Kremer tossed six innings of one-run ball for Double-A Bowie in Game 1 of a doubleheader, earning the win in his Orioles organizational debut. Acquired from the Dodgers in last week's Manny Machado trade, the 22-year-old righty scattered four hits, walked three and struck out six. Enjoying a breakout season, Kremer owns a 2.93 ERA with 131 strikeouts and 32 walks in 92 innings (18 starts) this season across two levels and three affiliates.
Pirates No. 9 prospectTaylor Hearn turned in six scoreless innings with nine strikeouts in a no-decision for Double-A Altoona. The 23-year-old lefty yielded three hits and walked two in the outing, throwing 62 of 95 pitches for strikes. Hearn has permitted more than two earned runs only twice in his past 10 starts, registering a 2.08 ERA over 56 1/3 innings in that span.
Reds No. 20 prospectKeury Mella allowed one run over eight innings in his longest start of the season. The Triple-A Louisville right-hander allowed five hits, walked one and struck out four and matched his season high by throwing 101 pitches (64 strikes).
• Reds first-rounder Jonathan India (No. 5 overall pick) hit a first-inning home run and finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs in Game 1 of Rookie-level Greeneville's doubleheader. It was his third three-hit performance in 13 games as a professional.

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