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Tuesday's top prospect performers

August 8, 2018

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.:: Complete prospect coverage ::Joe Palumbo and Tyler Phillips both set career highs in strikeouts as they combined to fan 24 batters over 12 scoreless innings for their respective Rangers affiliates.Palumbo, the Rangers' No. 8 prospect,

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Tuesday.
:: Complete prospect coverage ::
Joe Palumbo and Tyler Phillips both set career highs in strikeouts as they combined to fan 24 batters over 12 scoreless innings for their respective Rangers affiliates.
Palumbo, the Rangers' No. 8 prospect, was lights-out for Class A Advanced Down East, striking out 11 batters over five innings in a no-decision against Buies Creek. He faced three over the minimum, allowing two hits and hitting one batter on 74 pitches (54 strikes).
Selected by the Rangers in 30th round of the 2013 Draft, Palumbo had advanced to Down East for the first time in his career in 2017 but required season-ending Tommy John surgery after three starts. The 23-year-old left-hander returned to the mound this past June, striking out 15 batters over nine innings in the Rookie-level Arizona League before joining Down East. In five starts with the Wood Ducks, Palumbo has pitched to a 3.32 ERA with 25 strikeouts and three walks over 21 2/3 frames.
Meanwhile, down at the Class A level, Phillips racked up 13 strikeouts over seven dominant innings as Hickory blanked Kannapolis, 3-0. The Rangers' No. 14 prospect scattered six hits and did not issue a walk in the outing, throwing 66 of 90 pitches for strikes.
The double-digit strikeout performance was Phillips' second of the season and both have come in his last five starts. What's more, the 20-year-old right-hander has not allowed more than two earned runs in his last seven starts -- a stretch during which he's lowered his ERA from 3.60 to 2.92.
Overall, Phillips has posted 111 strikeouts against just 12 walks in 111 innings (19 starts) in his first full season.
The rest of the best performances from top prospects Tuesday
No. 8 overall prospectKyle Tucker (Astros' No. 2) homered for a second straight game as he helped Triple-A Fresno out-slug Memphis, 15-11. He finished 4-for-6 with a double, three RBIs and four runs scored. The 21-year-old outfielder has collected multiple hits in four of six games since returning from the Major Leagues, where he batted .156 with two extra-base hits in 16 games.

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• No. 29 overall prospect Brendan McKay (Rays' No. 2) earned the win thanks to his fourth straight scoreless start (16 innings) for Class A Advanced Charlotte. The 22-year-old two-way standout posted five blank frames in which he scattered three hits, walked one and struck out five. He's posted 16 scoreless innings across those four outings while permitting just five hits and striking out 21.
• No. 40 overall prospect Wander Franco (Rays' No. 4) had another big game at the plate for Rookie-level Princeton, connecting on a home run as well as a double as part of a 3-for-5, five-RBI performance. The five RBIs marked the second-best single-game total for the 17-year-old shortstop, who's hitting .356 with eight home runs, six doubles and 40 RBIs through 40 games in his professional debut.
• No. 58 overall prospect Matt Manning (Tigers' No. 3) carried a no-hit bid into the fifth inning but took the loss as Class A Advanced Lakeland fell to Fort Myers, 5-0. The 20-year-old right-hander ultimately allowed one earned run on five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six, did not issue a walk and threw 62 of his 94 pitches for strikes. Over six starts in the Florida State League, Manning has pitched to a 2.86 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings.
• No. 63 overall prospect Peter Alonso (Mets' No. 2) went 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs for Triple-A Las Vegas, giving him 27 homers and a Minor League-leading 99 RBIs on the season. Across two levels, the 23-year-old first baseman has produced a .285/.402/.557 line with 50 extra-base hits in 108 games.

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• No. 66 overall prospect Matthew Liberatore (Rays' No. 5) was nearly untouchable in a no-decision for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Rays. Tossing a career-high five scoreless innings, the 2018 first-rounder allowed just one hit while striking out seven, also a career-best mark. In six pro starts, Liberatore has compiled a 1.50 ERA while striking out 20 over 18 innings.
Indians No. 19 prospect Tyler Freeman extended his hitting streak to 19 games as he doubled in the first inning for a second straight day for Class A Short Season Mahoning Valley. He later added a second double as well as a single to finish the game 3-for-5. The 19-year-old shortstop leads the New York-Penn League in all three triple-slash categories (.388/.436/.563), hits (71), doubles (20) and RBIs (tied, 31).
Pirates No. 7 prospect Kevin Newman and catcher Jacob Stallingsboth hit for the cycle for Triple-A Indianapolis. Newman achieved his feat by hitting a solo homer in the eighth inning that marked his career-best fifth hit of the night. The 25-year-old infielder finished the game 5-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs.

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Red Sox No. 8 prospect C.J. Chatham connected on his third home run of the season, a two-run shot, and finished 3-for-4 with a double, four RBIs and a stolen base as Class A Advanced Salem blanked Wilmington, 7-0. He's batting .300/.342/.374 through 70 games with Salem after posting a .307 average over 19 games with Class A Salem to begin the season.

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