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

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

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It may have been the first start of the season for Triston McKenzie, but the 20-year-old right-hander looked to be in midseason form as he led Double-A Akron to a 7-4 win over New Hampshire.

The Indians' No. 2 prospect (No. 21 overall) started the season on the disabled list after experiencing forearm soreness during Spring Training. However, on Thursday he was ready to go and showed why he's one of the top pitching prospects in baseball as he threw five scoreless innings.

McKenzie, who threw 43 of his 63 pitches for strikes, walked two, struck out four and gave up just one hit -- a single to lead off the fifth -- in the outing.

McKenzie gets a K

Other top prospect performances from Thursday's action:

Angels' No. 21 prospect David Fletcher extended his hitting streak to 11 games and lifted his average to .349 with a 2-for-4 effort with Triple-A Salt Lake. Fletcher, who also collected a pair of RBIs in the game, has six multihit games during his current streak.

Athletics' No. 19 prospect Will Toffey extended his hitting streak to eight games and hit his first homer of the season for Class A Advanced Stockton. Toffey finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs in the game and is hitting .358 through 18 games this season.

Blue Jays' prospects Danny Jansen (No. 6), Ryan Noda (No. 17) and Kevin Smith (No. 18) put together big offensive nights for Triple-A Buffalo, Class A Lansing and Class A Advanced Dunedin. Jansen led Buffalo to a win with a career-high five RBIs as part of a 2-for-5 night that included a homer and a three-run double. Noda turned in the first two-homer game of his career and finished the night 3-for-4 with two solo blasts. Meanwhile, Smith, also homered and drove in three runs while going 4-for-5.

D-backs' No. 19 prospect Kevin Cron showcased his 55-grade power with a pair of homers for Triple-A Reno. Cron, who finished the night 3-for-4, has eight homers this season, six of which have come in the past nine games.

Marlins' No. 20 prospect Jordan Yamamoto lowered his ERA to 1.62 with another strong start for Class A Advanced Jupiter. Yamamoto posted his first scoreless start of the season as he threw 52 of his 84 pitches for strikes, struck out six and gave up five hits in five innings.

Phillies' No. 9 prospect Ranger Suarez put together his second scoreless start of the season for Double-A Reading. The left-hander carved his way through seven innings, yielding just two hits on 90 pitches (59 strikes). Suarez issued one walk and struck out nine, but was ultimately left with a no-decision.

Watch: Suarez gets 9th K

• Phillies' No. 12 prospect Enyel De Los Santos continued the stellar start to his season with eight innings of one-run ball for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. De Los Santos, who has a 1.63 ERA and has allowed one earned run or less in nine of his 11 starts, struck out seven and gave up five hits without issuing a walk.

Pirates' No. 10 prospect Taylor Hearn, pitching opposite Suarez for Double-A Altoona, was equally dominant. Hearn matched his season-high with nine strikeouts and also posted seven scoreless frames. The lefty walked two and gave up four hits.

Watch: Hearn racks up 9th K

Rangers' No. 16 prospect A.J. Alexy was unhittable and nearly perfect in another strong start for Class A Hickory. Alexy struck out seven and walked two over six hitless frames. The 20-year-old right-hander has strung together back-to-back scoreless starts (11 innings) and hasn't allowed an earned run in three of his past four starts.

Royals' No. 1 prospect Khalil Lee hit his fourth homer of the season and his second in three days for Class A Advanced Wilmington. The 19-year-old, who finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs, also doubled and has hits in seven of his past eight games.

Twins' No. 8 prospect Brent Rooker turned in his third straight multihit performance for Double-A Chattanooga. Rooker, who has raised his average from .249 to .271 over the past three days, went 4-for-5 with a triple and an RBI.

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