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Top 100 prospects impress in Spring Training

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The Top 100 prospects are highly regarded for a reason, and so far they're living up to that billing in Spring Training. Overall, Top 100 hitters are batting .322 with 27 homers and 105 RBIs on the spring.

On any given day, there are a plethora of those elite prospects putting up noteworthy stats, and Tuesday was no different.

The Top 100 prospects are highly regarded for a reason, and so far they're living up to that billing in Spring Training. Overall, Top 100 hitters are batting .322 with 27 homers and 105 RBIs on the spring.

On any given day, there are a plethora of those elite prospects putting up noteworthy stats, and Tuesday was no different.

No. 16 overall prospect Kyle Tucker (Astros' No. 2) hit his fourth homer in what has been a very impressive spring thus far. Tucker, whom many expect to make his Major League debut at some point this season, continues to rake. The 21-year-old went 2-for-4, his second straight multi-hit game, and is now batting .429.

In addition to Tucker, Lewis Brinson (No. 27 overall, Marlins' No. 1) hit his first homer in a Marlins uniform as part of a 1-for-2, two-RBI day and Jesse Winker (No. 82 overall, Reds' No. 4) hit his first homer of the season, a monster blast that cleared everything and sailed right out of Goodyear Ballpark.

Video: CLE@CIN: Winker launches solo home run to right field

Austin Riley (No. 97 overall, Braves' No. 8) also got in on the fun as he went 2-for-3 with a homer. Riley got off to an 0-for-8 start this year, but he is hitting .364 (4-for-11) since the calendar turned to March.

While most of the attention has gone to the hitters, some of the game's best pitching prospects also put together impressive performance.

No. 38 overall prospect Jack Flaherty (Cardinals' No. 2) gave up two runs -- the homer to Brinson -- but was otherwise solid over four innings and struck out seven. Mike Soroka (No. 31 overall, Braves' No. 3) threw two scoreless frames and Jesus Luzardo (No. 60 overall, Athletics No. 2) struck out one in a scoreless inning of his own.

Other top prospect performances from Tuesday's action:

• Astros prospects J.D. Davis (No. 9) came up with a trio of hits and David Paulino (No. 8) fired three innings of one-hit ball in a split-squad loss to the Mets. Davis, who went 3-for-4 with a double, is batting .455 and has at least one hit in seven of the eight games in which he's registered an at-bat. Paulino struck out three against the Mets and has notched eight strikeouts and allowed two hits across 7 2/3 scoreless frames (three appearances) in Spring Training.

Marlins No. 3 prospect Sandy Alcantara pitched three scoreless frames in his third outing of the spring. The hard-throwing right-hander struggled with command as he walked two and hit two, but he didn't yield a hit and has a 1.13 ERA through eight innings.

Mets No. 11 prospect Tomas Nido isn't known for his power -- he hit a career-high eight homers last season -- but he showed some pop with a solo homer in a win over the Astros. The 23-year-old is batting .273 (3-for-11) so far in Spring Training.

Video: HOU@NYM: Nido starts off frame with a home run

• Yankees prospects Cody Carroll (No. 17) and Billy McKinney (No. 19) both came up big in the club's 7-2 win over the Tigers. Carroll was lights-out on the mound, striking out all three batters he faced, while McKinney hit his third homer of spring, a three-run blast in the ninth.

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