Reynaldo Lopez's ability to miss bats was on display Sunday as the right-hander struck out a career-high 12 hitters over five innings in Double-A Harrisburg's 2-1 win against Akron. He allowed one earned run on five hits and did not issue a walk for the first time in nine starts
Reynaldo Lopez's ability to miss bats was on display Sunday as the right-hander struck out a career-high 12 hitters over five innings in Double-A Harrisburg's 2-1 win against Akron. He allowed one earned run on five hits and did not issue a walk for the first time in nine starts for the Senators.
The Nationals' No. 5 prospect struck out the side in the first and third innings and also recorded a pair of two-strikeout innings. Lopez, 22, has fanned 56 hitters in 47 2/3 innings on the season, while his ERA sits at 4.15 after Sunday's outing. Meanwhile, opposing hitters are batting just .223 against him.
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On the mound for RubberDucks was Indians No. 15 prospect Adam Plutko, who completed seven innings for the second time in his last three starts. The 24-year-old righty yielded one earned run on two hits -- walking one and striking out four -- to lower his season ERA to 2.66 in 50 2/3 innings, and he finished the month of May with a 1.75 ERA and a 27/4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 36 innings (six starts).
The rest of the best performances from top prospects Sunday
• No. 41 overall prospect David Dahl (Rockies' No. 2) had a perfect day at the plate in Double-A Hartford's win over Portland, going 4-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. The 22-year-old outfielder has tallied a pair of doubles in back-to-back games for the Yard Goats, giving him nine extra-base hits in his last 10 games. Overall, Dahl is hitting .294/.369/.583 with 11 home runs and 13 steals.
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• On extra rest, No. 49 overall prospect Jameson Taillon (Pirates' No. 4) picked up his fourth win of the season for Triple-A Indianapolis with six innings of one-run ball against Pawtucket. He scattered four hits and struck out three on the day while finding the zone with 54 of his 83 pitches in a 8-2 win. After missing all of the 2014 and '15 seasons, Taillon, 24, has posted 1.79 ERA with an impressive 54/5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 55 1/3 innings (nine starts) for the Indians. Backing Taillon in the game was No. 44 prospect Josh Bell (Pirates' No. 3), who went 3-for-4 with his fifth home run, a double and two runs scored.
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• Cardinals No. 30 prospect Andrew Morales tossed seven innings of one-run ball in Double-A Springfield's extra-inning loss to Midland. He yielded just three hits while walking one and striking out six, with 64 of his 93 pitches going for strikes. The 23-year-old righty has logged back-to-back seven-inning, one-run starts for the Cardinals following his worst start of the year (six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings).
• Mariners No. 7 prospect Nick Neidert allowed three hitters to reach base (hit, walk, hit-by-pitch) in five scoreless innings against Class A Burlington in his second start of 2016 for Clinton. The 2015 second-rounder struck out three before departing the game after five innings and 75 pitches (50 strikes). After pitching to a 1.53 ERA over 35 1/3 innings last summer in the Rookie-level Arizona League, Neidert, 19, has given up one run in 10 innings between his first two full-season starts.
• Royals No. 11 prospect Chase Vallot hit his eighth home run and tallied a career-high six RBIs to help lead Class A Lexington past Hagerstown, 11-8. It was the first three-hit game of the season for the 19-year-old backstop, who's hitting .294/.400/.551 with 28 RBIs in his second tour of the South Atlantic League.
"It usually takes me about one or two at-bats to really feel the pitcher out and see what he has," Vallot told MiLB.com. "It's nothing special. I'm just trying to get up there and put a good swing on the ball."
• Tigers No. 4 prospect Christin Stewart paced Class A Advanced Lakeland's offense in a win against Clearwater, going 1-for-2 with three walks and his Minor League-leading 15th home run. The 2015 first-rounder has hit 25 home runs in 121 games since signing with Detroit last year.
• Tigers No. 8 prospect JaCoby Jones continued to swing a hot bat as he extended his hitting streak to nine games with a go-ahead two-run home run in the fifth inning of Double-A Erie's 5-2 win against Richmond. The 24-year-old has left the yard four times in his first 12 games for the SeaWolves and is hitting .347/.411/.735 with 16 RBIs.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Jones goes yard - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=755305283
• White Sox No. 13 prospect Jordan Stephens picked up his first win of the season for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem with five innings of one-run ball in a 4-1 win over Potomac. He allowed two hits, walked a pair and struck out six in the outing while also generating five ground-ball outs.
• White Sox No. 27 prospect Jason Coats hit his second home run in as many games and notched his first four-hit game of the season, but it wasn't enough to keep Triple-A Charlotte from losing to Rochester, 5-3. The 26-year-old outfielder's 4-for-5 performance included two doubles and lifted his season slash line to .322/.386/.530, and he's hit six home runs and 11 doubles in 39 games.
Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.