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Moncada, Torres lead top prospect performers

June 4, 2016

Two of the better middle-infield prospects in the Minor Leagues were at the center of a slugfest on Friday in Class A Advanced Salem's 11-10 win over Myrtle Beach.After going 4-for-7 with four doubles in a doubleheader on Thursday, No. 5 overall prospect Yoan Moncada paced Salem's offense once again

Two of the better middle-infield prospects in the Minor Leagues were at the center of a slugfest on Friday in Class A Advanced Salem's 11-10 win over Myrtle Beach.
After going 4-for-7 with four doubles in a doubleheader on Thursday, No. 5 overall prospect Yoan Moncada paced Salem's offense once again by going 3-for-3 with three more doubles and four runs scored out of the leadoff spot. He reached base in each of his five plate appearances thanks to a pair of walks and also stole a base in the contest. Overall, the Red Sox's top-ranked prospect is hitting .309/.434/.495 with a Carolina League-leading 20 doubles, 32 steals, 49 runs scored and 39 walks.
Also hitting three doubles in the game was No. 24 overall prospect Gleyber Torres (Cubs' No. 1), who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI for Myrtle Beach. The 19-year-old shortstop struggled during the first month of the season -- .179 average in 21 games -- but has settled in to hit .322 with 15 extra-base hits including five home runs in his last 30 games. The hot streak has helped Torres raise his season slash line to .265/.339/.449 through 51 games for the Pelicans.
The rest of the best performances from top prospects Friday
No. 16 overall prospect Austin Meadows tripled for a third straight day to extend his hitting streak to 12 games for Double-A Altoona in their win against Binghamton. The Pirates' No. 2 prospect actually hit a pair of triples in the contest, finishing 2-for-4 at the plate, and he also scored two runs and plated another two out of the three-hole for the Curve. Meadows has turned in seven multi-hit performances in his last eight games and is raking at a .467 clip (21-for-45) during his current hitting streak.
No. 59 overall prospect Nick Williams hit a home run and doubled as part of a 3-for-6 showing in Triple-A Lehigh Valley's win over Charlotte. The long ball, a solo shot in the sixth inning, was the sixth of the season for the Phillies' No. 3 prospect, who is hitting .282 with 16 extra-base hits in 47 games this season in his first Triple-A exposure.
No. 74 overall prospect Jack Flaherty was dominant in his second straight scoreless start but once again received a no-decision as Class A Advanced Palm Beach fell to Dunedin, 3-0. The 20-year-old right-hander, No. 2 on the Cardinals' Top 30, fired a season-high seven innings of two-hit ball, striking out seven and walking a pair. Between his last two starts, Flaherty has fanned 16 hitters and yielded six hits in 13 scoreless innings.
Tigers No. 2 prospect Beau Burrows kept the opposing team off the board for a third straight start Friday in Class A West Michigan's win against South Bend. The 2015 first-rounder allowed one hit and one walk, hit a batter and notched one strikeout over six scoreless innings in what was the longest outing of his young career. Burrows, 19, has not allowed an earned over his last 16 1/3 innings (three starts) and owns a 2.01 ERA in 44 2/3 frames on the season.
• In what was nearly the greatest start of his four-year career, Angels No. 3 prospect Nate Smith came within two outs of throwing a shutout for Triple-A Salt Lake against Tacoma. The 24-year-old southpaw ultimately received a no-decision, allowing two earned runs -- both of which scored after he was relieved -- on three hits in 8 1/3 innings, striking out seven.
Mariners No. 4 prospect Tyler O'Neill powered Double-A Jackson to a 2-1 win over Tennessee, going 3-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored. The 20-year-old outfielder has been outstanding in his first taste of the Double-A level and paces the Southern League in hits (67), home runs (tied-10), RBIs (42) and total bases (117). He's also hitting .335 with a .981 OPS, both of which rank second on the circuit.

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D-backs No. 7 prospect Peter O'Brien showcased his prodigious power by hitting a pair of home runs in Triple-A Reno's rout of Las Vegas. The 25-year-old outfielder owns a share of the Minor League lead and is pacing the Pacific Coast League with his 15 home runs through 46 games this season for the Aces.
Blue Jays No. 8 prospect Rowdy Tellez hit his ninth home run of the season to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, but it wasn't enough to keep Double-A New Hampshire from falling to Reading. The 21-year-old first baseman is hitting .417 (15-for-36) during his streak, with two home runs, 12 runs scored and nine RBIs.
Marlins No. 14 prospect Jordon Holloway tossed a season-high five innings of one-run ball to lead Class A Greensboro past Delmarva. It was the best start of 2016 for the 19-year-old right-hander, who allowed two hits and struck a season-best six hitters in the outing.
Blue Jays No. 23 prospect Angel Perdomo and Rays' No. 25 Jose Mujica provided the duel of the day as they each fired six scoreless innings in Class A Lansing's loss to Bowling Green. Perdomo, 22, allowed one hit and two walks while fanning eight, giving him a 1.45 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP with 54 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings on the season. Mujica, meanwhile, scattered four hits and struck out five in his second straight six-inning outing for Bowling Green.
• Making his 2016 debut, Pirates No. 23 prospect Gage Hinsz hurled five scoreless innings of three-hit ball for Class A West Virginia in a loss to Augusta. The 20-year-old righty surrendered three hits, walked two and struck out six in the outing, with 47 of his 84 pitches going for strikes.
Brewers No. 27 prospect Miguel Diaz was dominant in his best outing of the season for Class A Wisconsin as he fired a career-high 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a win against Kane County. The flame-throwing 21-year-old matched his career high with eight strikeouts, gave up two knocks and walked one in the outing.
Braves No. 30 prospect Patrick Weigel recorded his first career shutout in Class A Rome's win over Lexington in game one of a double dip. The 2015 seventh-rounder struck out two, scattered four hits and walked one over seven innings, and he needed only 76 pitches (48 strikes) to go the distance.

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