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Monday's top prospect performers

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April 30, 2019

Here's a look at Monday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list: AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST Blue Jays: Cavan Biggio, 2B/OF (No. 9) -- 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI (Triple-A Buffalo) Biggio snapped out of a three-game hitless streak (11 at-bats) to slug his fourth homer of the

Here's a look at Monday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list:

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays: Cavan Biggio, 2B/OF (No. 9) -- 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI (Triple-A Buffalo)
Biggio snapped out of a three-game hitless streak (11 at-bats) to slug his fourth homer of the season. Biggio, a fifth-rounder from the 2016 Draft, exploded for a career best 26 homers over 126 games last season. This year, while hitting .348, Biggio has homered four times over 21 games.
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Orioles: Ryan Mountcastle, 3B (No. 2, No. 67 in MLB) -- 2-for-5, HR, RBI (Triple-A Norfolk)
Make that three straight multihit games for Mountcastle, who is 7-for-15 over that stretch. Mountcastle hit his fifth homer of the season, a solo shot in the ninth inning, as Norfolk fell to Durham. The 22-year-old is hitting an even .300 this season after hitting .297 with 13 homers a season ago.
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Rays: Jesus Sanchez, OF (No. 4, No. 36 overall) -- 2-for-3, 2B (Double-A Montgomery)
Sanchez struggled a bit, hitting .214 over 27 games, in a brief introduction to Double-A ball at the end of last season. However, it appears the 21-year-old built upon that experience over the offseason as he's fared better in the early stages of 2019. Through 21 games, Sanchez is hitting .291 with three homers and 18 RBIs.
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Red Sox: Bryan Mata, RHP (No. 8) -- 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K (Class A Advanced Salem)
Mata followed up his worst start of the season (4 IP, 4 R, 3 ER) with a gem in Salem's loss to Carolina. The 19-year-old has a 1.40 ERA through five starts (25 1/3 innings) and has racked up 26 strikeouts, and seven walks, this season. Mata spent the entirety of his 2018 campaign with Salem and posted a 3.50 ERA over 72 innings.
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Yankees: No members of the Yankees Top 30 Prospects list played on Monday

AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL

Indians: Eric Haase, C (No. 29) -- 1-for-3, HR, RBI (Triple-A Columbus)
Haase, who's hitting .219 through 17 games, hasn't been hitting much for average this season, but his power has certainly been there. After hitting 20 or more homers in each of the past two seasons, Haase has already hit seven in 2019. The former seventh-round Draft pick (2011) homered in four straight games from April 14-18 and has also gone deep twice over his past four games.
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Royals: Emmanuel Rivera, 3B (No. 18) -- 3-for-5, HR, 5 RBI (Double-A Northwest Arkansas)
Rivera extended his hitting streak to five games with his third three-hit game of the season. Rivera, who was picked in the 19th round of the 2015 Draft, is hitting .275 through his first 24 games at the Double-A level. Monday's homer, a fifth-inning grand slam, was the first of the season for the 23-year-old, who hit a career high (12) in 2017 but just six last season. His five RBIs on Monday also marked a career best.
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Tigers: Daniel Woodrow, OF (No. 22) -- 2-for-5, 3B (Triple-A Toledo)
Tigers' No. 1 prospect Casey Mize threw a no-hitter in his Double-A debut, but he wasn't the only Tigers prospect to have a solid night. Woodrow extended his hitting streak to nine games and hit his third triple of the year in the process. Woodrow, a 2016 draftee (12th round), is hitting .282 through 18 games after breaking out and hitting .317 across two levels last season.
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Twins: Griffin Jax, RHP (No. 23) -- 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K (Double-A Pensacola)
Jax has been so dominant this season that it's almost a surprise when he surrenders a run. The 24-year-old, a third-round pick from the 2016 Draft, gave up his second run of the season as he threw 43 of his 64 pitches for strikes. Jax is sporting a 0.66 ERA through five starts (27 1/3 innings) and has a 1.02 WHIP.
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White Sox: Luis Robert, OF (No. 4, MLB No. 37) -- 4-for-5, 3B, HR, 3 RBI (Class A Advanced Winston-Salem)
Robert is absolutely on fire at the plate and seemingly can't be stopped these days. The highly touted 21-year-old put together his first four-hit game of the season. He has multiple hits in 12 of the 20 games he's played and is raking at a .453 clip. Robert hit 12 homers last season and already has eight this year, including one in each of the past two games.
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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST

A’s: Kevin Merrell, SS/2B (No. 17) -- 2-for-3, 2B, 4 RBI (Double-A Midland)
Merrell set a career high with four RBIs, two of which came from a two-run double in the fourth, as Midland topped Northwest Arkansas, 11-7. Merrell, who the A's selected with the 33rd overall pick of the 2017 Draft, is hitting .228 this season after hitting .291 across a trio of levels (71 games) in his full-season debut last year.
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Angels: Patrick Sandoval, LHP (No. 12) -- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K (Double-A Mobile)
Sandoval lowered his ERA to 3.60 with another solid start for the BayBears. The 22-year-old, an 11th-round pick of the Astros in the 2015 Draft, has given up one run or less in three of his five appearances this season and has amassed 32 strikeouts, with seven walks, over 20 innings. Sandoval pitched across four levels last season and went 11-1 with a 2.06 ERA.
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Astros: Abraham Toro, 3B (No. 23) -- 1-for-3, 2B, RBI (Double-A Corpus Christi)
A day after his five-game hitting streak came to a close, Toro contributed an RBI double in Corpus Christi's 5-4 loss to Tulsa. Toro, 22, hit .230 over 50 games at the Double-A level last season then faced advanced competition in the Arizona Fall League. That experience looks to be paying dividends in the early going as Toro is hitting .278 through 23 games.
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Mariners: Kyle Lewis, OF (No. 7) -- 2-for-5, HR, 4 RBI (Double-A Arkansas)
Lewis hit his third homer of the year, a three-run blast, in the fourth inning of Arkansas' 9-6 win over Amarillo. Lewis, 23, is hitting .241 through 22 games this season, and most importantly, he's staying healthy. Injuries have been a constant struggle for Lewis since the Mariners selected him in the first round of the 2016 Draft.
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Rangers: Tyler Phillips, RHP (No. 14) -- 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K (Class A Advanced Down East)
Phillips gave up four runs over 5 2/3 innings in his last start, but he bounced back with his fourth scoreless start (out of five) of the season. The 2015 16th-round pick has been lights out this season, posting a 1.14 ERA through 31 2/3 innings. Phillips has racked up 23 strikeouts and issued just four walks over that span.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves: Drew Waters, OF (No. 8) -- 3-for-4, 2 2B (Double-A Mississippi)
Waters, a 2017 second-round pick, is hitting .319 and has already amassed five three-hit games this season. The 20-year-old is 7-for-16 over his past four games and is impressing in the early stages of his first Double-A campaign. Waters hit .293 (114 games) over two levels last season.
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Marlins: Monte Harrison, OF (No. 1) -- 1-for-3, BB (Triple-A New Orleans)
Harrison extended his hitting streak to five games and bumped his average up to .308. The toolsy 23-year-old is looking to bounce back after a down year last year, his first in the Marlins organization after being traded from the Brewers, when he hit .240 over 136 games at the Double-A level.
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Mets: Ryley Gilliam, RHP (No. 21) -- 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (Double-A Binghamton)
Gilliam's Double-A debut couldn't have gone much better as the 21-year-old needed just 16 pitches (12 strikes) to strike out the side. Prior to his promotion to Binghamton, Gilliam, a fifth-round pick from last year's Draft, was off to a strong start with Class A Advanced St. Lucie as he'd held opponents without a run in five of his six outings and had a 16-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
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Phillies: Mickey Moniak, OF (No. 9) -- 1-for-3, 3B, 2 RBI (Double-A Reading)
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 Draft, Moniak has gotten off to a slow start this season and is hitting just .205. He does, however, have hits in five of his past six games. The 20-year-old has 11 RBIs this season but also has struck out 24 times in 73 at-bats.
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Nationals: Luis Garcia, INF (No. 2, MLB No. 71) -- 3-for-5 (Double-A Harrisburg)
Garcia, 18, put together his sixth multihit game of the season as Harrisburg topped Reading, 7-5. Garcia, who signed with the Nationals in 2016, entered play in a mini 0-for-7 skid. After hitting .298 last year, Garcia is off to a slow start, hitting .236 through 22 games, but it's also important to note that he's playing at Double-A despite being just 18-years-old.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL

Brewers: Adrian Houser, RHP (No. 15) -- 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (Triple-A San Antonio)
In his first start back after a start in the Majors, Houser put together a strong performance. The right-hander has been solid for San Antonio, posting a 1.27 ERA through four starts (21 1/3 innings). In those outings Houser has racked up 23 strikeouts and issued just four walks.
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Cubs: Dakota Mekkes, RHP (No. 24) -- 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K (Triple-A Iowa)
Mekkes gave up a pair of hits but worked his way out of the jam and spun a scoreless inning in relief. The 24-year-old hasn't allowed a run in five of his eight appearances this season, including each of his last two. Mekkes threw 11 of his 19 pitches for strikes in the outing and has a 4.00 ERA through eight appearances (nine innings).
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Cardinals: Conner Capel, OF (No. 17) -- 2-for-4, 2B, HR, RBI (Double-A Springfield)
Capel has struggled offensively this season, hitting .215 through 23 games, but perhaps Monday's effort is a sign of things to come. Capel came through with two extra-base hits, including his third homer of the season, and snapped out of a rough patch that saw him collect just three hits over an 11-game span. The 21-year-old is getting his first taste of Double-A ball after hitting .257 over 118 games last season.
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Pirates: Kevin Kramer, 2B (No. 6) -- 2-for-4, HR, RBI (Triple-A Indianapolis)
Despite going 0-for-4 on Sunday, Kramer has been heating up lately. The 25-year-old is 8-for-16 over the past four games, bringing his season average up from .158 to .222. The homer was also the first of the year for Kramer, who hit a career best of 15 last season.
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Reds: Nick Senzel, 3B/2B/OF (No. 1, MLB. No. 5) -- 3-for-6, HR, 2 RBI (Triple-A Louisville)
Senzel has a hit in all six games he's played this season, but Monday night's effort, which included his first homer of the season, was his first multihit game. The 23-year-old hit a two-run blast in the 9th inning to boost his season average to .296. Senzel, who is expected to contribute in Cincinnati at some point this year, hit .310 over 44 games last season.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST

D-backs: Kevin Ginkel, RHP (No. 30) -- 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K (Double-A Jackson)
It wasn't the cleanest appearance as Ginkel had runners on base for the bulk of his outing, but the 25-year-old right-hander put up a zero for the seventh time in eight appearances this season. Ginkel, who posted a 1.41 ERA over 54 appearances last season, is off to a strong start this year with a 1.64 ERA and 18 strikeouts over 11 innings.
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Dodgers: DJ Peters, OF (No. 10) -- 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI (Double-A Tulsa)
Peters' third homer of the year came at an opportune time as the three-run blast highlighted a four-run eighth inning in Tulsa's 5-4 win over Corpus Christi. Peters, a fourth-round pick from the 2016 Draft, has hits in six of his past seven games and has boosted his average from .211 to .226 over that time frame. Peters hit .236 over 132 games with Tulsa last season.
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Giants: Logan Webb, RHP (No. 5) -- 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 10 K (Double-A Richmond)
Webb racked up a career-high 10 strikeouts, continuing what has been a trend all season. The 22-year-old, a fourth-round pick from 2014, has generated 31 strikeouts through 27 innings (five starts) this season. After issuing five free passes in his first start of the year, Webb has since walked just two over 21 innings.
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Padres: MacKenzie Gore, LHP (No. 2, MLB No. 14) -- 4.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 11 K (Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore)
After posting a season high nine strikeouts in his last start, Gore followed that up with a career-high 11 strikeouts in a strong performance against Rancho Cucamonga. Gore, 20, struck out the side in the first and third innings and has accumulated a ridiculous 28 strikeouts in just 26 1/3 innings this season. Gore struck out 74 over 60 innings for Class A Fort Wayne last season.
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Rockies: Colton Welker, 3B (No. 2, MLB No. 90) -- 3-for-5, 2 2B, RBI (Double-A Hartford)
Welker boosted his average to .345 and extended his hitting streak to seven games, through which he is 13-for-26. The 21-year-old has hit .337 in 255 games since the Rockies drafted him in the sixth round of the 2016 Draft.
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William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.