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Bandy, Heaney among top performers in Minors Tuesday

Angels No. 30 prospect homers twice, while No. 1 prospect Heaney fans nine for Triple-A Salt Lake
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The Angels farm system got excellent production from opposite ends of its Top 30 on Tuesday. While No. 1 prospect (No. 25 overall) Andrew Heaney provided a strong seven-inning outing for Triple-A Salt Lake, teammate and No. 30 prospect Jett Bandy was outstanding at the plate.

The catcher continued his recent tear with a 3-for-4 night that included two homers and four RBIs. Bandy has been unstoppable over the past five games, going 11-for-17 with three home runs and 14 RBIs. During this stretch, he's bumped his season line from .293/.302/.390 to .390/.422/.661.

The Angels farm system got excellent production from opposite ends of its Top 30 on Tuesday. While No. 1 prospect (No. 25 overall) Andrew Heaney provided a strong seven-inning outing for Triple-A Salt Lake, teammate and No. 30 prospect Jett Bandy was outstanding at the plate.

The catcher continued his recent tear with a 3-for-4 night that included two homers and four RBIs. Bandy has been unstoppable over the past five games, going 11-for-17 with three home runs and 14 RBIs. During this stretch, he's bumped his season line from .293/.302/.390 to .390/.422/.661.

Meanwhile, Heaney continues to impress. The southpaw gave up one earned run to go along with nine strikeouts Tuesday, and pushed his undefeated record to 5-0 with a 3.62 ERA. Traded from the Marlins organization this past winter, the former first-rounder's win total is currently tied for the Triple-A lead with Reds No. 14 prospect Jon Moscot.

More standout performances from Top 100 prospects on Tuesday

Astros No. 1 prospect (No. 3 overall) Carlos Correa made his Triple-A debut for Fresno, going 1-for-5 with a single in the Grizzlies' 6-4 win over Albuquerque. The 20-year-old showed off his defense in the win when he quickly ranged to his left to rob a hit up the middle in the sixth inning. The shortstop was promoted this week after tearing up Double-A pitching to the tune of .385/.459/.726. Correa also swatted seven homers and knocked in 32 runs over the first month of the season.

Cubs No. 4 prospect (No. 48 overall) Kyle Schwarber slugged his sixth home run of the year for Double-A Tennessee. While he's cooled off since an early-season barrage, the catcher has now brought runners home in two of his past three contests. On the season, he's hitting .301/.422/.570 with 17 RBIs.

Indians No. 2 prospect (No. 52 overall) Clint Frazier went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer for Class A Advanced Lynchburg. The 20-year-old center fielder has hit in 11 of his past 13 games, and his season line stands at .266/.331/.371.

Rays No. 2 prospect (No. 64 overall) Daniel Robertson went 7-for-9 with a triple and five RBIs in two contests against Tennessee, bumping his average from .261 to .298 in the process. The shortstop has three home runs and 25 RBIs to his name this year.

Royals No. 4 prospect (No. 73 overall) Brandon Finnegan threw 2 1/3 scoreless -- and hitless -- innings in his return to Double-A Northwest Arkansas. The lefty had been out since April 18, when he suffered a shoulder injury. He did what was asked of him on Tuesday, blanking Arkansas while only allowing two walks. Finnegan picked up a no-decision, and is still 1-2 on the season with a 2.89 ERA.

Cardinals No. 1 prospect (No. 87 overall) Stephen Piscotty smacked his first home run since May 4 in a 10-3 loss to Colorado Springs. The outfielder went 2-for-5 for Triple-A Memphis, halting a 1-for-15 stretch, and bringing his season totals to five homers and 16 RBIs.

Other notable performances from around the Minor Leagues

Rays No. 9 prospect Blake Snell extended his shutout streak to 40 innings with a seven-inning, two-hit night. He also ended last season with three scoreless innings, which means his shutout streak stands at 43 innings including last season's results. Snell was promoted to Double-A Montgomery in time for a May 1 start, and has given up just six hits in 19 innings in his three contests since.

Mets No. 9 prospect Dominic Smith had a season-high four RBIs in a 3-for-5 performance with a double for Class A Advanced St. Lucie. The first baseman now has seven RBIs on the year. Smith appears to have turned a corner, pushing his average up from .143 to .187 over the past three games.

Pirates No. 30 prospect Stetson Allie hit his third home run in six games for Double-A Altoona. The outfielder is 7-for-23 (.304) in that time, and is up to .232/.300/.444 with five homers and 19 RBIs on the year.

Brewers No. 4 prospect Clint Coulter took the Florida State League home run lead with his eighth jack of the season. The Class A Advanced Brevard County outfielder now has 25 RBIs after his latest solo homer.

Mariners No. 14 prospect John Hicks has now hit in nine of his past 10 games, and collected his third home run in four contests on Tuesday. The catcher is hot -- he did not hit a homer this year until May 9, and now has a trio to go along with 14 RBIs.

Astros No. 10 prospect Lance McCullers earned his second straight win, and didn't give up any earned runs for the fifth time in six starts this season. The Double-A Corpus Christi righty no-hit San Antonio in four innings of work while tossing six strikeouts against zero walks. He's 3-1 with a save and a 0.62 ERA on the season.

Braves No. 10 prospect Tyrell Jenkins has been nothing short of excellent after giving up nine earned runs on May 1. The Double-A Mississippi hurler gave up one earned run on seven hits in seven innings Tuesday, following six innings of shutout work on May 7. Jenkins is now 2-2 with a 3.55 ERA.

Nationals No. 4 prospect Reynaldo Lopez tossed his second straight scoreless start to begin his season. The righty hit his innings limit last year, so the organization decided to delay his debut until May 7, when he gave up just two hits in five innings of work. Tuesday was more of the same: Lopez surrendered four hits and two walks against six strikeouts in six innings. He's now 2-0 with that 0.00 ERA.

Marlins No. 3 prospect Justin Nicolino preserved his undefeated record in Triple-A New Orleans' 5-0 win over Oklahoma City. The lefty gave up eight hits, but tossed six shutout innings to bump his record to 3-0 and cut his ERA to a Pacific Coast League-best 1.55.

White Sox No. 13 prospect Chris Beck won his second straight for Triple-A Charlotte, blanking Louisville for six innings while surrendering just one hit. The outing was easily his best of the year, and he now sits at 2-1 with a 3.90 ERA.

Astros No. 8 prospect Teoscar Hernandez hit his second home run in three games for Double-A Corpus Christi. The center fielder has four dingers and nine RBIs on the year, and has improved his batting average from .132 to .179 in the past four contests.

Pirates No. 24 prospect Adrian Sampson did not earn a decision in a 2-1 loss to Pawtucket in 10 innings, but it wasn't for lack of effort. The hurler gave up six hits and one earned run in seven innings of work, and also collected eight strikeouts on the night. Sampson is still 2-3, but boasts a slimmer 2.55 ERA.

Blue Jays No. 21 prospect Matt Boyd tossed five strong innings for Double-A New Hampshire, the fifth time in seven starts that he hasn't given up any earned runs. The lefty did surrender four hits and an unearned run, but those did not impair his 2-1 record or 1.21 ERA.

Indians No. 28 prospect Sean Brady didn't allow any runs for the first time this season as Class A Advanced Lake County beat Fort Wayne, 5-0. The 20-year-old southpaw picked up the win after giving up five hits against seven strikeouts in six innings, and now sits at 3-2 with a 2.73 ERA on the year.

Tigers No. 3 prospect Buck Farmer picked up his first win in three tries for Triple-A Toledo. The Mud Hens hurler gave up just three runs in six shutout innings, and had seven strikeotus against two walks. He's now 4-1 with a 3.32 ERA.

Nationals No. 5 prospect Joe Ross continues to dominate for Double-A Harrisburg. The righty allowed one run in seven innings Tuesday, and has only allowed three total over his past four starts. On the year, Ross is 2-1 with a 2.54 ERA, and sports an impressive 41/12 strikeout/walk ratio.

Rockies No. 12 prospect Antonio Senzatela gave up five hits and one earned run in 6 2/3 innings of work for Class A Advanced Modesto. He didn't get a decision for the fourth straight start, so he remains 1-2 on the year with a 2.39 ERA.

Alex M. Smith is a reporter for MLB.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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