Roundup: Naylor leads Missions to pair of wins

April 8th, 2018

powered Double-A San Antonio to a pair of wins on Saturday as he combined for four hits and seven RBIs in the Missions' doubleheader sweep of Arkansas.

The Padres' No. 16 prospect began his day with a pair of home runs, hitting two-run shots in the fifth and seventh innings to lead San Antonio past the Travelers, 6-2, in the opener. Making Naylor's performance all the more significant was that he started the game in left field -- the first non-first-base start in his career (216 games).

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Naylor returned to his primary position in the nightcap and proceeded to collect two more hits, highlighted by a two-run double in the top of the seventh inning that proved to be the difference in a 5-3 Missions win. He later scored on a wild pitch, capping a 2-for-3, three-RBI game.

Naylor, 20, has enjoyed a promising start to his season, tallying six hits (in 10 at-bats) and seven RBIs in three games. His two home runs are as many as he accrued in the Texas League last season, when he batted .250/.320/.346 over 42 games with the Missions.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Saturday

No. 6 overall prospect (Nationals' No. 1) was perfect at the plate in his second game of the season, going 4-for-4 with a walk and scoring two runs in Triple-A Syracuse's 5-4 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He also stole a base, his second in as many games. No. 5 overall prospect (Yankees' No. 1) picked up his first hit of the season in the loss, hitting a game-tying two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

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No. 25 overall prospect Brendan McKay (Rays' No. 3) the hitter went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in Class A Bowling Green's rout of Dayton. He also drew a pair of walks, giving him five free passes through two games. McKay the pitcher will make his mound debut Monday.

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No. 69 overall prospect (Brewers' No. 2) was sharp in his debut for Triple-A Colorado Springs, tossing six innings of one-run ball in a no-decision against Omaha in game one of a doubleheader. The one run came on a third-inning homer, as Burnes scattered five hits with six strikeouts and one walk. Splitting last season between Class A Advanced Carolina and Double-A Biloxi, the 23-year-old right-hander posted a 1.67 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP with 140 strikeouts in 145 2/3 innings (26 starts).

No. 79 overall prospect (Twins' No. 3) proved unhittable for 5 1/3 innings en route to a win for Double-A Chattanooga. The 23-year-old left-hander struck out as many as he walked (three), generated six ground-ball outs and threw 43 of his 71 pitches for strikes. Tyler Jay (No. 16) allowed a hit over 1 2/3 strong innings in relief as Lookouts hurlers combined for a one-hit shutout of Birmingham.

No. 90 overall prospect Carter Kieboom (Nationals' No. 3) went boom for a second straight day, hitting a sixth-inning solo shot in Class A Advanced Potomac's loss to Wilmington. The 20-year-old shortstop finished the game 2-for-3 with two walks and has hit safely in all three games to open the season.

No. 94 overall prospect (Cardinals' No. 4) connected on a two-run home run, his third in two games for Triple-A Memphis. He finished 2-for-6, giving the 22-year-old outfielder a .294 average and seven RBIs across his first three contests.

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A's No. 6 prospect Austin Beck recorded a career-high four RBIs behind a three-hit effort in Class A Beloit's 10-1 win over Wisconsin. The 19-year-old outfielder, the A's first-round pick (No. 6 overall) last June, finished the game 3-for-6 on the heels of an 0-for-5, two-strikeout performance on Opening Day. Snappers starting pitcher Wyatt Marks (No. 26), making his first full-season start, worked five innings to pick up the win. Throwing 46 of his 68 pitches for strikes, the 22-year-old righty allowed one run on four hits while striking out three.

Braves No. 24 prospect Brett Cumberland went yard twice, hitting solo shots in the third and fifth innings in his second-career multi-homer game. With the performance, the 22-year-old catcher has now homered more times than he did over 56 games with the Fire Frogs during the second half of 2017.

D-backs No. 14 prospect set a career high with five hits, all singles, though his 5-for-5 effort wasn't enough to keep Triple-A Reno from falling to Fresno. Brito's five knocks also tied the Aces' club record, and the 25-year-old outfielder has now collected nine hits in 12 at-bats (.750 average) to open the season.

Rays No. 11 prospect Josh Lowe entered the extra-base hit column with a home run and a double in Class A Charlotte's win against Fort Myers. He's hit safely in all three games this season after finishing Saturday's contest 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs.

Reds No. 9 prospect Tyler Stephenson connected on a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning, capping a four-run frame that helped propel Class A Advanced Florida past Daytona, 4-3, in a rain-shortened game. He also drew a walk, finishing 1-for-2. Tortugas leadoff man T.J. Friedl (No. 15) also homered and walked in the contest, while picking up his first steal of the season.

White Sox No. 22 prospect Jordan Stephens pitched well in his season debut for Birmingham, allowing one earned run on two hits in six innings. The 25-year-old righty, the club's fifth-round pick in 2015, issued two walks while striking out seven. Making 16 Southern League starts last season, Stephens worked to a 3.14 ERA in 91 2/3 frames.

Yankees' No. 11 prospect kicked off his season by allowing one earned run on two hits over six innings in Double-A Trenton's 6-2 win over Richmond. The 23-year-old righty struck out five, induced seven ground-ball outs and did not issue a walk, throwing 49 of his 75 pitches for strikes.