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Monday's best: Crawford homers for Lehigh

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J.P. Crawford's season has been a struggle, but the Phillies No. 1 prospect has shown signs of life lately, including a 2-for-4 performance in Triple-A Lehigh Valley's 8-4 win over Gwinnett on Monday.

The No. 4 overall prospect hit his eighth homer of the season, a two-run blast in the fifth, and boosted his average to .221 - the highest it's been all year - as he continues to start the second half on a high note.

J.P. Crawford's season has been a struggle, but the Phillies No. 1 prospect has shown signs of life lately, including a 2-for-4 performance in Triple-A Lehigh Valley's 8-4 win over Gwinnett on Monday.

The No. 4 overall prospect hit his eighth homer of the season, a two-run blast in the fifth, and boosted his average to .221 - the highest it's been all year - as he continues to start the second half on a high note.

Crawford goes deep

After hitting a dismal .211 in 76 games in the first half, Crawford is hitting .368 (7-for-19), including three multihit efforts, through the first five games of the second half. Going back a bit further, Crawford is hitting .308 (16-for-52) in 15 games this month.

Other top prospect performances from Monday's action:

• No. 29 overall prospect Tyler O'Neill (Mariners No. 2) hit his 15th homer as part of a big game for Triple-A Tacoma. O'Neill finished a triple shy of the cycle as he finished 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs - two via his seventh-inning homer.

Watch: O'Neill goes yard

Blue Jays No. 12 prospect Max Pentecost is 7-for-14 over the past three days after going 3-for-5 with Class A Advanced Dunedin. Pentecost doubled and finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs, bringing his season total to 42, a career high, through 55 games.

Brewers No. 22 prospect Monte Harrison needed just one swing to match his season high with four RBIs in Class A Advanced Carolina's win over Salem. Harrison hit a grand slam, his 15th homer of the season, in the first inning of his 2-for-4 night.

Harrison's grand slam

Giants No. 21 prospect Cory Taylor put up nothing but zeroes as he pitched a season-high seven innings for Double-A Richmond. Taylor yielded just four hits and notched six strikeouts in what was his second scoreless start of the season.

Indians No. 23 prospect Nellie Rodriguez put his power stroke on display with his second two-homer game of the season for Triple-A Columbus. Rodriguez also matched his season high with four RBIs in the game, which he finished 2-for-4.

Marlins No. 11 prospect Austin Dean boosted his average to .316 through 20 games with Double-A Jacksonville with another three-hit effort. Dean, who is 6-for-9 over the past two days, hit his third homer of the season and finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs.

Mets No. 19 prospect Jhoan Urena stuffed the box score and put together his second straight three-hit game for Class A Advanced St. Lucie. Urena, hitting .300 through 91 games, went 3-for-4 with a double, homer and two RBIs. He also scored three runs, drew a walk and stole his 14th base.

Orioles No. 15 prospect Alex Wells picked up his eighth win of the season as he spun his third straight scoreless start for Class A Delmarva. Wells, who pitched six solid innings, hasn't given up a run since June 30 - a stretch that spans four starts and 24 innings. The 20-year-old also lowered his ERA to 2.56 this season as he struck out five and gave up four hits.

• Phillies No. 22 prospect Carlos Tocci remained hot in Double-A Reading's win over New Hampshire. Tocci, who went 4-for-5 on Sunday, matched his season high with four RBIs in a 2-for-5 effort. Tocci drove in three via RBI doubles in the third and fourth and added another RBI via a sacrifice fly.

Watch: Tocci doubles in a pair

Rangers No. 4 prospect Ronald Guzman hit his 10th homer of the season in Triple-A Round Rock's win over New Orleans. Guzman hit a solo homer in the fourth inning, but also made his presence felt with RBI singles in the first and third.

Guzman goes deep

Rays No. 19 prospect Joe McCarthy boosted his average up over .300 (.304) for the first time since June 26 with his second three-hit game in two days for Double-A Montgomery. The 23-year-old collected a pair of doubles and hit his fifth homer on the way to a 3-for-4 performance.

Watch: McCarthy launches homer

Red Sox No. 6 prospect C.J. Chatham put together a nice game while on a rehab assignment with the GCL Red Sox. Chatham played just two innings in the game, but went 2-for-2, including a three-run homer.

Reds No. 29 prospect Sebastian Elizalde hit his third homer of the season and first since May 31 in Triple-A Louisville's loss to Syracuse. Elizalde tied the game with a three-run blast in the seventh, but the Bats gave up the lead in the ninth. The outfielder finished the game 4-for-6.

Rockies No. 5 prospect Peter Lambert gave up an unearned run for Class A Advanced Lancaster, but hasn't given up an earned run over his past two starts (12 innings). The 20-year-old threw 57 of his 87 pitches for strikes, giving up six hits and four strikeouts across six innings. He also didn't issue for the third straight start.

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