Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.
Make no doubt about it: Peter Alonso is locked in at the plate.
Alonso, the Mets' No. 4 prospect, homered for a fourth straight game Sunday to help power Double-A Binghamton past Erie, 6-4, in 10 innings. He paced the Rumble Ponies' offense in both hits and runs, tallying three apiece in the win.
In addition to his home-run streak, Alonso now has hit safely in seven straight games. He owns a robust .577 batting average over that stretch, during which he leads all Minor Leaguers in hits (15), home runs (4), total bases (29), slugging (1.115) and OPS (1.792).
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Alonso homers again - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1988322283
The Mets' second-round pick in the 2016 Draft, Alonso showcased his offensive potential in his first full season in '17 by hitting .289/.359/.524 with 18 home runs across 93 games and two levels despite missing six weeks with a broken left hand. And if his start to '18 is any indication of what's to come, the 23-year-old first baseman should have no trouble surpassing those numbers.
Through 20 games, Alonso is leading the Eastern League in all three triple-slash categories, at .403/.500/.778. He's also pacing the circuit in hits (29), home runs (seven) and total bases (56), and he ranks second in RBIs (18), walks (14).
Overall, Alonso's 1.278 OPS is second-best among all Minor Leaguers.
The rest of the best performances from top prospects in Sunday's action:
• No. 4 overall prospectEloy Jimenez (White Sox No. 1) extended his RBI streak to six games behind his second home run in as many games for Double-A Birmingham. The homer, a three-run shot in the fifth inning, gives the 21-year-old outfielder four long balls and 14 RBIs in 11 games this season.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Jimenez blasts three-run shot - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1988196283
• No. 16 overall prospect Kyle Tucker (Astros' No. 2) posted three hits, three runs and three RBIs to help lead Triple-A Fresno past Tacoma, 11-5. A pair of those hits went for extra bases, as the 21-year-old outfielder doubled early in the contest before connecting on a two-run home run in the eighth inning. Tucker is hitting .273 on the season, with two homers, seven doubles and 14 RBIs in 21 games.
• No. 57 overall prospect Alex Faedo (Tigers' No. 3) was solid for Class A Advanced Lakeland, tossing six innings of three-hit ball in a no-decision against Florida. The 2017 first-rounder allowed three runs (one earned) in the outing while compiling three walks and four strikeouts and throwing 63 of his 94 pitches for strikes. Faedo posted a 2.48 ERA over 29 innings (five starts), with 25 strikeouts, four walks and a .175 opponents' average in his first month as a professional.
• A's No. 5 prospectDustin Fowler finished a single short of hitting for the cycle in Triple-A Nashville's win over New Orleans. The 23-year-old outfielder began his quest for the cycle with a fourth-inning triple before he added a double in the subsequent frame. Fowler then connected on a two-run homer, his second of the season, in the seventh. He also scored three runs, finishing 3-for-5, while Franklin Barreto (No. 64 overall, A's No. 3) and Jorge Mateo (No. 71 overall, A's No. 4) both tallied an extra-base hit in their respective two-hit efforts.
• Blue Jays' No. 6 prospect Danny Jansen launched a solo shot, his second homer of the season, and went 2-for-2, leading Triple-A Buffalo past Pawtucket, 2-0. The multi-hit performance was Jansen's second this year and first since going 4-for-4 on Opening Day. The 23-year-old backstop is slashing .310/.420/.524 through 12 games.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Jansen's home run - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1988620983
• Braves' No. 20 prospect Derian Cruz and Isranel Wilson (No. 22) both connected on their second home run of the season and collected multiple hits in Class A Rome's win over Hagerstown. Cruz paced the offense out of the leadoff spot, going 3-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs, while Wilson enjoyed a two-hit, two-run game from the bottom of the order.
• D-backs' No. 6 prospect Daulton Varsho belted his third home run, a two-run shot, and collected a season-high three hits in Class A Advanced Visalia's win over Inland Empire. The 21-year-old backstop also scored three runs and fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle in the contest.
• Dodgers' No. 5 prospect Yusniel Diaz's big day at the plate proved to be the difference in Double-A Tulsa's 3-2 win against Northwest Arkansas. He put the Drillers on the board with his second home run of the year, a second-inning solo shot, and went on to collect two more hits to finish 3-for-3 with a walk and a team-high two runs. The 21-year-old outfielder has swung a hot bat in the early going, slashing .400/.500/.700 with four extra-base hits and more walks (six) than strikeouts (five). On the mound, right-hander Caleb Ferguson (No. 16) allowed two unearned runs in six innings to lower his Texas League-leading ERA to 0.42. He struck out six in the outing, giving him 26 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings (five starts).
• Indians' No. 10 prospect Aaron Civale allowed just one hit over seven scoreless innings in a dominant outing for Double-A Akron. Throwing 66 of his 81 pitches for strikes, Civale struck out seven batters and generated another five outs on the ground. The 22-year-old right-hander owns a 2.22 ERA overall, with 27 strikeouts and four walks in 28 1/3 innings (five starts).
• Padres' No. 8 prospect Logan Allen fired seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out six in Double-A San Antonio's win over Midland. The 20-year-old southpaw threw 71 of his season-high 101 pitches for strikes in the outing, as he won for the third time in five starts. Fernando Tatis (Padres' No. 1, No. 8 overall), Josh Naylor (No. 15) and Austin Allen (No. 28) each hit a double in the victory. Allen led the offense with three two-baggers as part of a 4-for-4, three-RBI game.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Allen goes yard - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1988341983
• Seuly Matias and MJ Melendez, the Royals' No. 3 and No. 4 prospects, respectively, hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning of Class A Lexington's win against West Virginia. Matias' homer, a solo shot, gives him seven on the season as well as a share of the South Atlantic League lead. Melendez, who finished 2-for-5 with a team-high two runs, pushed his home run total to three.