Sunday's top prospect performers

Mets' Alonso homers in fourth straight game to lead Binghamton

April 30th, 2018

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.
Make no doubt about it: 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).

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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 prospect (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.

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No. 16 overall prospect (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 (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 prospect 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 (No. 64 overall, A's No. 3) and (No. 71 overall, A's No. 4) both tallied an extra-base hit in their respective two-hit efforts.

Blue Jays' No. 6 prospect 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.

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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), (No. 15) and (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.

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• 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.