Saturday's top prospect performers

Faedo, Burrows lead Tigers' Minor League clubs to victory

May 6th, 2018

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Saturday.
A pair of Tigers pitching prospects took center stage, as and Beau Burrows turned in strong outings for their respective teams.
Faedo, Detroit's No. 3 prospect (No. 57 overall), was unable to record his first professional win but was solid nonetheless, tossing 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball in a no-decision for Class A Advanced Lakeland. He allowed five hits, walked two and struck out a pair in the outing, throwing 55 of his 98 pitches for strikes as Lakeland fell to Daytona, 3-1.
Faedo lowered his ERA to 2.34 with the performance, and he's completed at least five innings in each of his six starts this season in the Florida State League, where he's currently tied for fourth in innings pitched (34 2/3). The 22-year-old right-hander has held opposing hitters to a .187 average in that span while compiling 27 strikeouts and six walks.

At the Double-A level, Burrows (Tigers' No. 4, No. 76 overall) worked six scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out five, to lead Erie past Altoona, 2-0, in Game 1 of a doubleheader.
It was the second scoreless outing of the season for the 21-year-old right-hander and his first since firing five innings of one-hit ball in his 2018 debut. Altogether, Burrows has pitched to a 2.81 ERA with a 1.17 WHIP and 23 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings (five starts) this season in his return to the Eastern League.

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The rest of the best performances from top prospects Saturday:
No. 3 overall prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays' No. 1) went 4-for-8 with three RBIs on the day as Double-A New Hampshire swept Binghamton in a doubleheader. The 19-year-old third baseman went 2-for-4 with a double in both contests, as he notched two RBIs and two runs in Game 1 before plating another run, his Eastern League-leading 30th RBI, in the nightcap. He's been on fire during his current 11-game hitting streak, raking at a .476 clip (20-for-42) with seven extra-base hits and 15 RBIs. Altogether, Vlad Jr. is slashing .398/.455/.624 through 24 games.

No. 25 overall prospect Brendan McKay (Rays' No. 3) hit a three-run double and later connected on a two-run homer, his first of the season, to finish with a career-high five RBIs and help Class A Bowling Green outslug Burlington, 15-13, in 10 innings. McKay's big offensive performance comes one day after the two-way star tied a career high with nine strikeouts over 4 2/3 no-hit innings.

No. 45 overall prospect (Brewers' No. 1) scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning, capping a 3-for-5, two-double performance in Class A Advanced Carolina's walk-off win over Down East. After getting off to rocky start, the 21-year-old second baseman has boosted his average to .287 behind a .442 clip across his past 10 games, during which he has 19 hits and seven multi-hit performances.

No. 91 overall prospect (Cardinals' No. 4) went 3-for-4 with a solo home run, thought it wasn't enough to keep Triple-A Memphis from falling to Nashville, 4-2. The homer was the 22-year-old's seventh with the Redbirds as well as his first since returning from his first Major League stint.

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No. 93 overall prospect (Braves' No. 6) powered Double-A Mississippi to a win with a 2-for-4 performance that included his sixth home run and 10th double. It marked the third multi-hit performance in four games for the 21-year-old third baseman, who's hitting .333/.394/.677 in 27 games this season.

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No. 95 overall prospect Blake Rutherford (White Sox No. 7) came off the bench to connect on his first 2018 home run, a two-run shot in the eighth inning of Class A Advanced Winston-Salem's 6-2 win over Buies Creek. The 21-year-old outfielder extended his hitting streak to eight games in the process and owns a .352/.378/.495 batting line in 22 games this season.

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Astros' No. 22 prospectJonathan Arauz and J.J. Matijevic (No. 25) combined for six hits, six RBIs and five runs from the top of the order in Class A Quad Cities' win over Lansing. Both players collected three hits including a home run and a double, as Matijevic, in his first game back from the disabled list, finished 3-for-4 with three runs out of the leadoff spot, while Arauz went 3-for-3 with five RBIs.
• After giving up three earned runs in consecutive starts, Braves' No. 10 prospect Joey Wentz returned to his usual ways, tossing six scoreless frames in his longest start of the year for Class A Advanced Florida. The 20-year-old southpaw allowed just two hits as he registered four strikeouts and three walks on 87 pitches (56 strikes). He's pitched to a 2.33 ERA in 27 innings this season while holding opposing hitters to a .200 average.

Cardinals' No. 11 prospect responded to his demotion from Triple-A Memphis by going 2-for-5 with a home run, a double and a career-high five RBIs in Double-A Springfield's rout of Tulsa. The home run -- a grand slam -- was the first this season for the 23-year-old outfielder, who slashed .260/.368/.329 with five doubles and seven steals in 22 games with Memphis.

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Cubs' No. 3 prospect matched his career high with 10 strikeouts over 5 2/3 scoreless innings, leading Double-A Tennessee past Birmingham, 3-1. Throwing 101 pitches (64 strikes) in the outing, the 23-year-old righty allowed two hits and three walks.

Red Sox's No. 25 prospect picked up his first 2018 win for Triple-A Pawtucket thanks to his best outing of the season. Working seven scoreless frames, the 25-year-old right-hander scattered four hits, hit one batter and struck out five, all while throwing 62 of 72 pitches for strikes. A reliever nearly exclusively during his first four seasons, Shepherd has transitioned to the rotation this year to post a 5.33 ERA in five starts, with 26 strikeouts and eight walks in 25 1/3 innings.

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Twins' No. 16 prospect tossed six scoreless innings to record the win in his debut for Triple-A Rochester. He allowed more walks (four) than hits (two) in the outing while striking out six and throwing 57 of his 98 pitches for strikes. The 22-year-old right-hander was promoted to the International League from Double-A Chattanooga, where he had pitched to a 5.87 ERA but also posted 32 walks against seven walks in 23 innings (five starts).