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Thursday's top prospect performers

August 3, 2018

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.In recording his third straight scoreless outing, Nolan Martinez was untouchable.:: Complete prospect coverage ::The Yankees' No. 27 prospect faced the minimum over five perfect innings as Class A Short Season Staten Island walked off Connecticut,

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Thursday.
In recording his third straight scoreless outing, Nolan Martinez was untouchable.
:: Complete prospect coverage ::
The Yankees' No. 27 prospect faced the minimum over five perfect innings as Class A Short Season Staten Island walked off Connecticut, 3-2. He struck out seven and threw 44 of his 66 pitches for strikes in the outing, which resulted in a no-decision.
Martinez, 20, hasn't given up a run since July 12. Since then the right-hander has permitted just eight hits over his last 19 1/3 frames while racking up 18 strikeouts.
For the season, Martinez, the Yankees' third-round pick in 2016, has not given up an earned run in five of his seven outings. He's 4-0 overall, with a 1.23 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and a 26-to-11 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 36 2/3 innings. Opposing hitters, meanwhile, have produced a paltry .172 average against him.
The rest of the best performances from top prospects Thursday
No. 6 overall prospect Brendan Rodgers (Rockies' No. 1) collected a hit Wednesday night in his first at-bat for Triple-A Albuquerque before the game was suspended. He added another hit when the game resumed today to finish 2-for-5, and then turned in a 1-for-4 performance in the regularly scheduled game. The 21-year-old shortstop was promoted to the Minors' highest level after producing a .275/.342/.493 line with 17 homers, 23 doubles, 62 RBIs and 12 steals in 95 games with Double-A Hartford.
• No. 11 overall prospect MacKenzie Gore (Padres' No. 2) did not allow a run in one of his better starts of the season for Class A Fort Wayne. Tossing five strong innings, the 19-year-old lefty yielded two hits, walked a pair and struck out eight, all while throwing 41 of 56 pitches for strikes. He's allowed two or fewer earned runs in seven straight starts, during which he's lowered his season ERA from 6.75 to 3.75 while racking up 43 strikeouts in 32 innings.
• No. 78 overall prospect Monte Harrison (Marlins' No. 1) smashed a long solo homer, as well as a double, to finish 2-for-5 in Double-A Jacksonville's win over Biloxi. With 14 home runs and 23 steals so far this season, the 22-year-old outfielder has a legitimate shot at recording his second straight 20-20 campaign, though it's come with a .238 average and 169 strikeouts in 107 games.

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Cardinals No. 3 prospect Nolan Gorman doubled and hit a two-run homer in his third straight multihit performance for Rookie-level Johnson City. The extra-base hits marked the ninth of Gorman's career -- totals he's reached in just 31 games. Overall, the No. 19 overall pick from this year's Draft is slashing .331/.432/.653 with 36 runs and 24 RBIs in his pro debut.
Dodgers No. 6 prospect Gavin Lux made an immediate impact in his Double-A debut by hitting two-run homer and finishing 3-for-5 to help power Tulsa past Arkansas, 5-1. The 20-year-old shortstop was promoted to the Texas League after hitting .324/.396/.520 with 11 homers, 41 extra-base hits and 11 steals over 88 games with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.

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Mets No. 24 prospect Simeon Woods-Richardson tossed three scoreless frames for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Mets, giving the 2018 second-rounder six straight scoreless innings to begin his career. The three innings were a career high as were his four strikeouts. The 17-year-old righty has permitted just two hits while striking out seven in three appearances.
Orioles No. 12 prospect Keegan Akin allowed two or fewer runs for the 10th time in 11 starts as Double-A Bowie edged Akron, 4-3. The 23-year-old lefty posted seven innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits and two walks while striking out nine. In addition to ranking first among all active qualified Eastern League hurlers with a 2.82 ERA, Akin also paces the circuit in both wins (11) and strikeouts (116).

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Rays No. 6 prospect Ronaldo Hernandez went deep twice in his third multi-homer game of the year for Class A Bowling Green. The 20-year-old catcher connected on a solo homer in his first at-bat and then added a two-run shot in the fifth inning to finish 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Hernandez is pacing the Midwest League with 18 home runs and also ranks among the league leaders with 69 RBIs (third), 170 total bases (third), .528 slugging (second) and .872 OPS (third). Resly Linares (No. 19) was equally impressive on the mound, tossing six innings of one-run ball to earn the win. The 20-year-old lefty scattered seven hits with one walk while striking out eight.
Royals No. 14 prospect Kyle Isbel doubled twice on a four-hit night for Class A Lexington. It was the fifth multihit performance in six games for the 2018 third-rounder, who finished 4-for-5 with two RBIs. He owns a .362 average in 12 games with Lexington after batting .381/.454/.610 with 15 extra-base hits and 12 steals over 25 games in the Rookie-level Pioneer League.

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