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Saturday's top prospect performers

July 8, 2018

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Saturday.Taylor Widener was stuck with a hard-luck loss despite turning in one of his best performances of the season as Double-A Jackson lost 1-0 to Tennessee in Game 1 of a doubleheader.:: Complete prospect coverage ::Widener,

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Saturday.
Taylor Widener was stuck with a hard-luck loss despite turning in one of his best performances of the season as Double-A Jackson lost 1-0 to Tennessee in Game 1 of a doubleheader.
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Widener, the D-backs' No. 4 prospect, set a career high with 13 strikeouts and surrendered just one run on three hits as he threw a seven-inning complete game.
The right-hander was sharp from the very beginning, striking out the first batter he faced and racking up five strikeouts over the first two innings. Widener struck out the side in the second and third innings and put together five innings with multiple strikeouts.
Widener threw 67 of his 101 pitches for strikes and sports a 2.60 ERA through 16 starts with the Generals. Overall, the 23-year-old has amassed 114 strikeouts over 86 2/3 innings this season, including three starts with at least 11 punchouts.

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Other top prospect performances from Saturday's action:
No. 96 overall prospect Chris Paddack (Padres No. 8) notched a win in his debut with Double-A San Antonio. Paddack, who went 4-1 with a 2.24 ERA across 10 starts with Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore prior to his promotion, surrendered a solo homer in the second but was otherwise lights out. The right-hander surrendered the one hit, struck out five, walked one and threw 53 of his 79 pitches for strikes as he cruised through six innings.
Astros No. 27 prospect Brett Adcock spun another scoreless start for Class A Advanced Buies Creek. The left-hander, who hasn't yielded a run over his past two start (10 innings), surrendered just one hit as he cruised through five innings. He also threw 42 of his 66 pitches for strikes, walking one and fanning three.
Blue Jays No. 19 prospect Cavan Biggio hit his 19th homer of the season as part of a three-hit night for Double-A New Hampshire. Biggio, who also doubled and finished 3-for-4, has gone deep a trio of times over his past five games.

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Braves No. 27 prospect Tucker Davidson put together his third scoreless start of the season, firing seven strong innings for Class A Advanced Florida. Davidson, who threw 57 of his 94 pitches for strikes, struck out five, walked two and scattered three hits.
Cubs No. 18 prospect Keegan Thompson has gotten into the habit of putting zeros on the board lately. The right-hander put together his second straight scoreless start for Double-A Tennessee (11 1/3 innings) and has held the opposition scoreless in three of his past four turns. Thompson fired five solid innings, walked two, struck out two and gave up three hits.
Red Sox No. 12 prospect Bobby Dalbec went 3-for-5 with four RBIs as he continued his power surge with Class A Advanced Salem. Dalbec hit his 19th homer of the season, along with a pair of doubles as he boosted his average to .245. After a slow start, the 23-year-old has been on a tear lately, hitting a homer in four of his past five games, including each of the past three.
Royals No. 4 prospect MJ Melendez hit his 13th homer of the season and drove in four runs for Class A Lexington. Melendez provided the bulk of the Legends offense as he hit a solo homer in the first, drove in two with a double in the second and hit into an RBI fielder's choice in the seventh. The 19-year-old finished 2-for-4 and is hitting .252 through 66 games in his full-season debut.
Tigers No. 23 prospect Matt Hall has been nearly untouchable for Double-A Erie. Hall, who set a season high with 10 strikeouts, fired six scoreless innings for the SeaWolves, but that should hardly come as a surprise. Hall hasn't surrendered an earned run in 31 1/3 innings, a span of eight appearances (four starts). In fact, Hall has held the opposing lineup without an earned run in 20 of his 26 appearances this season and boasts a miniscule 1.58 ERA through 57 innings.

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White Sox No. 14 prospect Spencer Adams picked up his first Triple-A win in his second straight quality start for Charlotte. Adams, who was stuck with a no-decision despite firing six innings of one-run ball in his last start, led the Knights to a win with seven shutout frames. The right-hander threw 68 of his 107 pitches for strikes as he walked two, struck out four and gave up four hits.
Yankees No. 24 prospect Nick Nelson continued his recent stretch of dominance with a scoreless outing for Class A Advanced Tampa. Nelson struck out five and gave up just three hits over six innings and has allowed just one run over his last 16 1/3 innings, a span of three starts.
• Nick Ames, the Tigers' 15th-round pick from the 2018 Draft, continued his power barrage with Rookie-level GCL West. Ames hit a pair of homers in a 2-for-4 performance and has gone deep five times over the past three games. Through the first 12 games of his professional career, Ames is hitting .304/.365/.761 with five homers and 19 RBIs.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.