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Tuesday's top prospect performers

August 1, 2018

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.:: Complete prospect coverage ::In his final start before being promoted to Triple-A Nashville, No. 12 overall prospect Jesus Luzardo (A's No. 1) tossed five innings of one-run ball for Double-A Midland, lowering his RockHounds ERA to

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.
:: Complete prospect coverage ::
In his final start before being promoted to Triple-A Nashville, No. 12 overall prospect Jesus Luzardo (A's No. 1) tossed five innings of one-run ball for Double-A Midland, lowering his RockHounds ERA to 2.29. It will be the second promotion of the season for the left-handed prospect, who is ranked as the second-best among southpaws, and that it comes in his first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2016 should give A's fans plenty to be excited about.
Luzardo began the year making three starts with Class A Advanced Stockton, tallying 25 strikeouts over 14 2/3 innings. He was promoted to Midland in late April and has been on a tear since, most notably with just three earned runs over his last nine starts.
Other top prospect performances from Tuesday's action:
• No. 13 overall prospect Michael Kopech (White Sox No. 2) tied a season high with seven innings pitched for Triple-A Charlotte, giving up two earned runs on four hits and two walks with eight strikeouts. Among MLB Pipeline's Top 100, Kopech ranks second with 143 punchouts on the season.

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• Making his debut for Double-A Mobile, No. 16 overall prospect Jo Adell (Angels No. 1) went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer to help the BayBears to a 9-6 win. Adell, who the Halos took with the 10th overall pick last June, has already climbed from Class A Advanced Inland Empire and Class A Burlington. It's been a busy month for the 19-year-old, who also played in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game a little more than two weeks ago at Nationals Park.
• No. 20 overall prospect Casey Mize (Tigers No. 1) tossed three scoreless innings with four strikeouts in his debut for Class A Advanced Lakeland, throwing 44 pitches, 28 for strikes, with just one hit allowed. Mize made just one start for the Tigers' Gulf Coast League affiliate last week, tossing two hitless innings. At Auburn this season, the 21-year-old compiled a 3.30 ERA in 17 starts, striking out 156 and walking just 16 in 114 2/3 frames before the Tigers took him first overall in the Draft.
• No. 37 overall prospect Triston McKenzie (Indians No. 1) tossed seven innings of one-run ball, lowering his ERA with Double-A Akron to 2.77. As he's continued his climb through Cleveland's farm system, McKenzie -- a first-round pick in 2015 -- has continued to prove that he has wipeout secondary pitches to go with an impressive fastball that scouting reports say has picked up velocity. McKenzie is in his fourth season as a pro, yet he's just 20 years old.
Blue Jays No. 8 prospect Jordan Groshans went 3-for-4 with six RBIs, including a three-run homer, to elevate his season slash line with the Blue Jays' GCL affiliate to a gaudy .380/.439/.593. The 12th overall pick in this year's Draft, Groshans finished a triple shy of the cycle. Scouting reports touted Groshans, one of the top prep hitters in this year's class, for his quick right-handed swing, and it's showing -- the 18-year-old already has four homers in 108 at-bats this season.
Twins No. 6 prospect Trevor Larnach, who the club took in the first round in June, hit his first two professional home runs as part of a 2-for-4 day in the Rookie-level Elizabethton Twins win over Johnson City. It's a limited sample size for the 21-year-old outfield product of Oregon State, but Larnach is slashing .300/.412/.500 in 11 games with Minnesota's rookie level affiliate.
Orioles No. 3 prospect DL Hall continued to impress by striking out five and surrendering only three hits across four shutout innings for Class A Delmarva. The left-hander threw 76 pitches, 46 for strikes, but didn't pick up a decision. Hall, 19, however posted his best month yet, going 2-1 with a 0.67 ERA across five starts spanning 26 2/3 innings with an impressive 39:10 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The good month could be a sign of things to come for the southpaw, who's 2-6 with a 2.27 ERA in 75 1/3 innings in his first full season in the Minors.
Nationals No. 11 prospect Jefry Rodriguez picked up his first win since getting promoted to Triple-A Syracuse after tossing six shutout innings against Pawtucket, improving to 1-2 with the Chiefs. Despite walking three, the 25-year-old righty threw a career-high 107 pitches, 72 for strikes, and also struck out three while giving up only five hits. Since the promotion on June 29, Rodriguez is posting a 4.39 ERA through five starts, and has yet to allow a home run.

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Rangers No. 22 prospect Sam Huff topped off a 2-for-4 showing with two homers, a pair of runs scored and five RBIs for Class A Hickory. The 6-foot-4 prospect is now slashing .248/.306/.460 through 88 games this season. Five of Huff's 15 homers and 10 of his 48 RBIs have come since July 25. During that span, he's also hitting .333 (8-for-24) with six extra-base hits.
Reds No. 28 prospect Jose Lopez surrendered just three hits across seven shutout innings, striking out five without allowing a walk while improving to 5-9 for Triple-A Lousiville. He threw 92 pitches, 72 for strikes, and the win marks the fourth time this season the 24-year-old right-hander has pitched through the seventh. Lopez has gone seven innings three times against the Mudhens, also doing so June 15 and July 7.

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