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Rays' Honeywell among Minors' top performers Sunday

Cubs' Schwarber belts two more homers; D-backs' Blair strikes out nine in solid start
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Rays No. 6 prospect Brent Honeywell didn't get a chance to make history on Sunday afternoon, but he still turned in one of the Minor Leagues' best pitching performances this season.

The 20-year-old righty was pulled after seven no-hit innings for Class A Bowling Green, taking a perfect game into the sixth inning before giving up a lone walk. Sunday marked the third time this season that Honeywell has blanked the opposing side -- he gave up only one hit in each of the first two instances. As one might expect, his season WHIP is now a skinny 0.71.

Rays No. 6 prospect Brent Honeywell didn't get a chance to make history on Sunday afternoon, but he still turned in one of the Minor Leagues' best pitching performances this season.

The 20-year-old righty was pulled after seven no-hit innings for Class A Bowling Green, taking a perfect game into the sixth inning before giving up a lone walk. Sunday marked the third time this season that Honeywell has blanked the opposing side -- he gave up only one hit in each of the first two instances. As one might expect, his season WHIP is now a skinny 0.71.

Honeywell was selected No. 72 overall by Tampa Bay last summer, and proceeded to go 2-1 with a 1.07 ERA for Rookie League Princeton. With a win over Fort Wayne on Sunday, he improved his season record to 3-2 with a 1.66 ERA.

Standout performances from Top 100 prospects on Sunday

Cubs No. 4 prospect Kyle Schwarber (No. 48 overall) moved into a tie for the Southern League lead in home runs with a two-homer game for Double-A Tennessee on Sunday afternoon. The 2014 first-round Draft pick went 2-for-4 with the pair of homers and three RBIs in a 5-0 win over Jackson and is now 8-for-13 with three home runs and six RBIs over his past three contests. Schwarber has nine dingers on the year to complement 23 RBIs in 32 games.

D-backs No. 3 prospect Aaron Blair (No. 78 overall) turned in his longest start of the year for Double-A Mobile. The 6-foot-5 righty went 7 2/3 innings while giving up five hits and one unearned run. Blair flashed impressive control, striking out nine while walking none, and is now 2-2 with a 2.58 ERA

Cardinals No. 3 prospect Alex Reyes (No. 99 overall) pitched three innings of no-hit ball but took the loss for Class A Advanced Palm Beach. A high pitch count -- the byproduct of five walks -- led to Reyes being removed from the game after three, but the 20-year-old right-hander struck out six batters and gave up one unearned run. Reyes has only given up three earned runs in his past six starts, spanning 30 2/3 total innings.

Other notable performances from around the Minor Leagues

Yankees No. 5 prospect Robert Refsnyder hit his first home run of the season in the first inning during Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's 5-0 win over Durham, and then followed that up with his second of the year in the fifth inning. The second baseman's power surge netted Refsnyder three RBIs, and he now sits at .304/.361/.430 with the pair of homers and 16 RBIs.

White Sox No. 8 prospect Troy Michalczewski and No. 20 prospect Adam Engel teamed up to power Class A Advanced Winston-Salem to a 12-1 blowout of Salem. Michalczewski went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs, while Engel went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs of his own. The pair has combined to go 18-for-52 (.346) with four homers and 11 RBIs over the past six games.

White Sox No. 19 prospect Trayce Thompson also came up big offensively, for Triple-A Charlotte. The center fielder went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and four RBIs on the day. The big performance ended a 1-for-21 stretch over the previous seven games, and Thompson now sits at .261/.310/.425 with three homers and 15 RBIs on the season.

Indians No. 11 prospect Erik Gonzalez ripped a three-run home run for Double-A Akron, his first homer since May 3, and third of the year. The shortstop has been on fire over the past nine contests, hitting 15-for-40 (.375) with the homer and 11 RBIs. On the year, he's hitting .264/.285/.396 with 28 RBIs.

Angels No. 27 prospect Austin Robichaux was dominant in his longest start of the season. The Class A Burlington hurler gave up two hits in seven innings while recording four strikeouts against three walks. Robichaux's previous season-high was six innings (twice). An impressive Sunday outing boosted the righty's season numbers to 3-2 with a 3.63 ERA.

Pirates No. 27 prospect Cody Dickson rebounded well from a disastrous perfomance on May 11. Six days after giving up five earned runs in two-thirds of an inning, the lefty delivered seven innings of shutout ball for Class A Advanced Bradenton. Dickson picked up his first win sinceApril 24, and now stands at 3-3 with a 3.55 ERA.

Blue Jays No. 21 prospect Matt Boyd did not allow an earned run for the second straight start, giving up seven hits and one unearned run in seven innings for Double-A New Hampshire. The southpaw has given up just two earned over his past four outings (23 2/3 innings) while striking out 18 against four walks. Sunday, Boyd improved to 3-1 with a 1.02 ERA, and he still has not lost since April 15.

Giants No. 12 prospect Mac Williamson hit a double and a two-run home run for Double-A Richmond, going 3-for-4 while extending his hitting streak to seven games. The outfielder has three straight multi-hit games, and is above .300 for the first time since April 15. On the year, Williamson is hitting .313/.362/.458 with three homers and 20 RBIs.

Alex M. Smith is a reporter for MLB.com.

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