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Tuesday's best: O'Neill shows off power for Tacoma

July 19, 2017

Tyler O'Neill has plenty of power and he showed it off with home runs in each game of Triple-A Tacoma's doubleheader split against Albuquerque.O'Neill, the No. 29 overall prospect (Mariners No. 2) is heating up lately, having homered in three straight games and boasting a .327 average through 14 games

Tyler O'Neill has plenty of power and he showed it off with home runs in each game of Triple-A Tacoma's doubleheader split against Albuquerque.
O'Neill, the No. 29 overall prospect (Mariners No. 2) is heating up lately, having homered in three straight games and boasting a .327 average through 14 games this month.

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The 22-year-old hit a two-run homer and finished 1-for-3 in the Rainiers' 5-3 loss in the first game of the twin bill. Then in the nightcap, O'Neill hit his 17th homer of the season, a solo shot, as part of a 3-for-5 effort.

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While O'Neill's homers stole the show, he wasn't the only Mariners prospect to have a good day offensively. Daniel Vogelbach, the organization's No. 8 prospect, also put together a pair of good games, combining to go 4-for-7 with a double and an RBI.
Other top prospect performances from Tuesday's action:
• No. 22 overall prospect Brent Honeywell (Rays' No. 2) was lights-out in his first start of the second half for Triple-A Durham. Honeywell, who last pitched in the Futures Game and won MVP honors, struck out five across five scoreless frames. The right-hander had a rough June, but hasn't allowed a run in either of his July starts (10 innings).
• No. 26 overall prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays No. 1) boosted his average to .348 through six games with Class A Advanced Dunedin. Guerrero went 3-for-4 at the plate, marking his third multihit effort since the promotion. The 18-year-old hit .316 through 71 games with Class A Lansing prior to being bumped up.
• No. 70 overall prospect Derek Fisher (Astros' No. 4) boosted his average to .309 as he put together his first four-hit game of the season for Triple-A Fresno. Fisher, who finished 4-for-6 with two RBIs, helped Fresno get off to a fast start with an RBI double in the first and later added to his big day with a solo homer, his 21st, in the fifth.

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• No. 84 overall prospect Chance Sisco (Orioles' No. 1) set a season high with three doubles and tied his season high with four RBIs in Triple-A Norfolk's win over Scranton-Wilkes/Barre. Sisco, hitting .287 this season, grounded out in his first at-bat, but was on fire from that point forward as he doubled in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.

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Athletics No. 10 prospect Yairo Munoz hit his ninth homer of the season and second in four games with Triple-A Nashville. Munoz, 22, had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-5, but it wasn't enough as the Sounds fell to Iowa, 16-7. Munoz is hitting .270 through 22 games at the Triple-A level after hitting .316 through 47 games with Double-A Midland.
• Blue Jays No. 29 prospect Jonathan Davis collected two hits for the third straight game with Double-A New Hampshire. Davis was a perfect 2-for-2 with two RBIs -- both coming via his seventh-inning homer -- at the plate and reached base four times as he also drew a pair of walks.

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D-backs No. 17 prospect Cody Reed appears to be back on track after another solid outing with Class A Advanced Visalia. Reed gave up just one unearned run across six innings and has now given up just one earned run over his past two starts. This comes after a rough patch where he gave up 10 runs in two starts at the beginning of July.
Indians No. 14 prospect Shane Bieber won his sixth straight decision and improved to 6-1 with Class A Advanced Lynchburg. Bieber, who has pitched to a 3.10 ERA through 14 starts, threw 63 of his 82 pitches for strikes and struck out five across six scoreless innings.
Mets No. 20 prospect P.J. Conlon spun his third shutout of the season as Double-A Binghamton topped Akron, 13-0. Conlon threw 71 of his 106 pitches for strikes and gave up just three hits, while notching eight strikeouts in seven innings.

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"I was more aggressive with the fastball because of my arm feeling the way it did," Conlon told "Early on, I noticed I was spotting it well and that gave me confidence in the middle of the game, the second time through, that I could keep throwing it as long as I commanded it like I was early. That was huge for me."
• Rays No. 30 prospect Ryan Boldt had a big day, collecting hits in both parts of Class A Advanced Charlotte's doubleheader. Boldt went 3-for-4 with a double in the first game, then added another double as part of a 1-for-3 performance in the second game. The 22-year-old also stole his 13th base of the season.
Red Sox No. 5 prospect Roniel Raudes put together another strong outing for Class A Advanced Salem as he struck out four across six scoreless innings. The 19-year-old hasn't given up a run in either of his past two starts, a span of 11 innings, and has lowered his ERA from 4.76 to 4.15 in the process.

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Royals No. 7 prospect Ryan O'Hearn broke out of a 2-for-15 skid with a near perfect day for Triple-A Omaha. O'Hearn got off to a fast start with a single in the second and a double in the third before blasting a two-run homer in the fifth. The 23-year-old finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

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White Sox No. 13 prospect Alec Hansen flirted with a no-hitter in what was his best start for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. Hansen, who has made five starts with the Dash after being promoted from Kannapolis, threw 5 2/3 no-hit innings in the seven-inning contest. Hansen was lifted after the single, having given up one hit, two walks and recording eight strikeouts.
"I'm feeling pretty good about my outing, I would have liked to get out of the sixth inning, but other than that, I'm a happy person," Hansen told "It wasn't like I was in cruise control the whole time, I was fighting myself with command a few times -- I had two walks. For the most part, I felt pretty in control of my fastball, they weren't getting too many good swings on it. I was throwing a pretty good changeup as well."

William Boor is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.