Nunez among 10 top prospect performers Friday
Athletics' No. 4 prospect goes 2-for-5 with a homer; extends his hitting streak to 9 games
Oakland's farm system showed off some pop on Friday night.
At Double-A Midland, No. 4 prospect Renato Nunez ran his hitting streak to nine games while bashing a home run in a 6-2 win against Arkansas. He finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs on the night and is 17-for-43 (.395) with two homers and seven RBIs since the streak began on June 21.
Meanwhile, No. 2 prospect (No. 70 overall) Franklin Barreto and No. 3 prospect Matt Chapman both homered in Class A Advanced Stockton's 5-2 come-from-behind win over San Jose. The solo shots tied the game, 2-2, and then Chapman delivered another RBI as part of a three-run sixth inning.
The third baseman has been nearly unstoppable against San Jose; Friday marked his third homer in the four-game series and he has 14 on the year to go along with 33 RBIs.
The trio of A's prospect have excelled this season, combining for 39 doubles, 32 homers and 101 RBIs.
The rest of the 10 best performances from top Minor Leaguers
• Blue Jays No. 21 prospect Rowdy Tellez clubbed two home runs as Class A Advanced Dunedin took down Brevard County, 12-4. The recently promoted Tellez has been on fire, hitting five homers and collecting 13 RBIs in just nine games for his new squad. He's had multi-hit games in five of those contests. His line -- .361/.425/.778 -- has actually improved from Class A Lansing, where he hit .296/.351/.444 with seven homers and 49 RBIs in 68 games.
• Braves No. 1 prospect (No. 31 overall) Jose Peraza helped Triple-A Gwinnett win the first game of its doubleheader with Charlotte, going 2-for-5 with a double, two-run homer and four RBIs. While he went 0-for-4 in a second-game loss, Peraza still managed to plate two runs with productive outs. The second baseman, who also starts in center field, cracked his third homer of the season and notched six of his 33 RBIs Friday. Peraza been effective on the basepaths, collecting six doubles, five triples and 21 stolen bases this season.
• Cubs No. 2 prospect (No. 40 overall) Kyle Schwarber and Triple-A Iowa fell to Rangers No. 1 prospect Joey Gallo and Round Rock, but Schwarber had a great day at the plate. The 22-year-old was a perfect 4-for-4 with a walk and three RBIs in an 11-5 loss, his first multi-RBI game at the Triple-A level. The former Indiana star was fantastic for Double-A Tennessee this year, walloping 13 homers and 39 RBIs before getting called up to the big leagues for a six-game stretch in mid-June. He was excellent there, but the Major League stint was meant to be temporary and he's now hitting .375/.419/.625 with a homer and seven RBIs in 11 games for Iowa.
• Dodgers No. 7 prospect Darnell Sweeney is on an absolute tear for Triple-A Oklahoma City. The outfielder ripped his third homer in four games and is 12-for-24 (.500) with seven RBIs over the past six contests. His three-run shot was responsible for all of the Dodgers' runs as they took down Memphis, 3-2. Sweeney finished 2-for-4 with a walk and stands at .295/.350/.454 with seven homers and 36 RBIs on the season.
• Phillies No. 7 prospect Matt Imhof had his best performance of the year for Class A Advanced Clearwater. The 21-year-old southpaw tossed six shutout, one-hit innings for the Threshers in a 3-0 win over Tampa, collecting his third win of the season in the process. Imhof struck out three and issued four walks, but strikeouts aren't a big part of his game. He's much more adept at limiting damage and has not allowed more than seven hits in any of his seven starts this season, including four starts with four hits or less. He stands at 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA.
• Rangers No. 1 prospect (No. 8 overall) Joey Gallo hit his first homer for Triple-A Round Rock on Friday night. Having skipped over the Express his first time around, Gallo suited up for his first game on Wednesday and had yet to collect a hit in six at-bats entering Friday night's contest against Iowa. That changed in the top of the first inning, when Gallo (1-for-6) smacked a Felipe Paulino pitch over the wall in right-center field. Gallo has been one of the biggest threats at the plate in the Minors this season. He crushed 10 doubles and nine home runs in just 34 games with Double-A Frisco before the big league club came calling. Gallo provided plenty of punch in Arlington, too, belting five homers in 25 games. But his average tailed off quickly and now he finds himself with Round Rock for the first time.
• Reds No. 4 prospect Amir Garrett tossed seven innings of shutout ball for Class A Advanced Daytona and has now blanked opponents in his past two outings (12 total innings). The 6-foot-5 southpaw allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out seven batters. Garrett picked up the win and stands at 4-5 with a 2.73 ERA. He's still undefeated since June 4, which was the last time he allowed more than two earned runs in a start.