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Sunday's top prospect performers

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

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California League pitchers are learning the hard way that Jo Adell's power is for real.

Adell, the Angels' No. 1 prospect (No. 53 overall), connected on a leadoff home run before finishing 3-for-4 with two RBIs as he led Class A Advanced Inland Empire past Rancho Cucamonga, 3-1.

The homer was Adell's fifth in his past 10 games, during which he also has collected at least three hits on five occasions while hitting an even .500 (21-for-42).

The 19-year-old outfielder has hit eight home runs in 25 games since being promoted to Inland Empire, while his season total now sits at 14 homers in 50 games including his time with Class A Burlington.

What's more, Adell's last four home runs have all come in the first inning -- something he also did twice with Burlington.

Altogether, the 2017 No. 10 overall Draft pick owns a .318/.373/.617 slash line with 30 extra-base hits, 47 RBIs and 11 stolen bases in his first full season.

Adell blasts leadoff homer

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Sunday

No. 31 overall prospect Jesus Luzardo (A's No. 2) posted his second straight scoreless start, working five strong frames in Double-A Midland's win against Frisco. The 20-year-old left-hander scattered three hits with two walks and one strikeout while throwing 45 of his 77 pitches for strikes. He's allowed just one earned run on nine hits in 15 innings over his past three starts. Catcher Sean Murphy (A's No. 6, No. 92 overall) helped his pitcher by going 2-for-3 with a solo home run and three runs scored. He's gone deep three times in his past seven games, giving him seven homers in 53 games for the season.

Luzardo fans first batter of day

• No. 47 overall prospect Matt Manning (Tigers' No. 2) wrapped up his week by notching a win in his longest start this season for Class A West Michigan. Working seven scoreless innings, the 20-year-old right-hander allowed three hits and one walk to go along with six strikeouts. Now 10 starts into his season, Manning owns a 3.70 ERA with 68 strikeouts and 28 walks in 48 2/3 innings. Jose Azocar (No. 17) paced the Whitecaps' offense by going 4-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored and two RBIs. After struggling in the Florida State League to begin his season, Azocar has produced a .304/.353/.506 batting line since a demotion to West Michigan.

Manning finishes seven scoreless

• No. 74 overall prospect Yordan Alvarez (Astros' No. 4) came off the disabled list to hit a two-run homer, his seventh, that helped power Double-A Corpus Christi to an 8-6 win over San Antonio. The 20-year-old outfielder actually hit a pair of home runs on Saturday, only to have the game canceled due to weather. Regardless, Alvarez, after finishing 2-for-5 with three RBIs on Sunday, has now hit in 12 straight games dating back to April 25.

Alvarez goes yard

Blue Jays No. 17 prospect Ryan Noda stayed hot with a 3-for-4 performance for Class A Lansing that included his eighth home run of the season and seventh in his past 10 games. The 2017 15th-rounder has been on a tear since the beginning of June, hitting .400/.463/.889 with eight extra-base hits and 18 RBIs in 12 games.

Brewers No. 21 prospect Trey Supak was a tough-luck loser despite turning in his best Double-A start in Biloxi's 2-1 loss against Mississippi. He allowed two runs but both were unearned as the result of his own second-inning error. Otherwise, the 22-year-old righty allowed just four hits and matched his season high with eight strikeouts over six strong innings. Keston Hiura (No. 1, No. 45 overall) had another strong game at the plate for the Shuckers as he finished 2-for-5 with a double. The 21-year-old second baseman owns a .383/.431/.550 batting line in 16 games since his June 1 promotion to the Southern League.

Dodgers No. 23 prospect Tony Gonsolin posted a career-high nine strikeouts and did not issue a walk as he completed seven innings for the second time this season in a no-decision for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. Gonsolin allowed one earned run on four hits and generated another eight outs via ground balls, throwing 62 of his 90 pitches for strikes in the outing. The 24-year-old righty owns a 2.97 ERA over 14 starts, with 77 strikeouts and 22 walks in 69 2/3 innings.

Giants No. 28 prospect Jason Bahr allowed one earned run on two hits (one being a solo homer) in a no-decision for Class A Augusta. He issued two walks and struck out nine in the outing to push his season total to 88, second most in the South Atlantic League, through 68 2/3 innings (13 starts). He's pitched to a 2.75 ERA and held hitters to a .211 average in that span.

Indians No. 5 prospect Nolan Jones' two-run home run accounted for all of Class A Lake County's offense in a 6-2 loss against Bowling Green. Finishing 2-for-4, Jones was the lone Captains player to tally multiple hits. The 20-year-old third baseman is having a strong first full season, with a .276/.395/.442 batting line and eight home runs through 55 games. He's been especially hot of late, too, with 17 hits and a .447 average across his past 10 contests.

Video: Top Prospects: Nolan Jones, 3B, Indians

Indians No. 25 prospect Tyler Krieger hit a pair of home runs, stole two bases and was a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate for Double-A Akron. He's homered five times this season and thrice in his past two contests after connecting on a solo shot Saturday. The 24-year-old outfielder-second baseman's batting average jumped from .210 to .229 with the five-hit performance, the second of his career.

Rays No. 26 prospect Resly Linares was lights-out for five innings as he recorded his first win of the season for Class A Bowling Green. The 20-year-old lefty allowed just one hit in the performance, issuing one walk with a season-high eight strikeouts. He threw 73 pitches in the outing, 47 for strikes.

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