Wednesday's top prospect performers

May 3rd, 2018

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.
A pair of top A's prospects starred in Class A Beloit's 7-6 loss to Fort Wayne on Wednesday night. Oakland's No. 6 prospect Austin Beck had a big night, going 4-for-5 with an RBI triple, and right-hander Wyatt Marks (No. 25) started and tossed five scoreless innings while striking out seven and walking three.
Beck, the sixth overall selection in the 2017 Draft, upped his batting average on the season to .296 (24-for-81) in his second professional season. Marks lowered his season ERA to 1.90 in five appearances (four starts). He's struck out 35 percent of the batters he's faced this season (33 strikeouts, 95 batters faced).
Other top prospect performances from Wednesday's action:
No. 22 overall prospect (Rays' No. 2) belted a three-run homer with two outs in the fifth inning of Triple-A Durham's 8-6 win over Norfolk. The 22-year-old middle infielder has four doubles, two triples and three homers in 24 games for Durham this season.
, the White Sox No. 6 prospect (No. 89 overall), tossed six scoreless innings in Double-A Birmingham's 8-3 victory over Tennessee. The 23-year-old right-hander gave up four hits, walked one and struck out five, lowering his season ERA to 2.25 over five starts.
Astros No. 4 prospect Yordan Alvarez (No. 98 overall) launched a pair of homers in Double-A Corpus Christi's 8-3 win over Midland. The 20-year-old connected for a two-run shot in the first inning and a solo shot in the ninth, upping his home run total to six in 23 games this season. He also has six doubles and five steals.
• Right-hander , the Blue Jays' No. 10 prospect, turned in six strong innings for Double-A New Hampshire in a 6-5 loss to Reading. The 22-year-old gave up two runs on five hits and struck out 10 without walking a batter. His ERA is at 1.53 through five starts.
• Blue Jays No. 19 prospect Kevin Smith went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in Class A Lansing's 6-2 win over Kane County. It was the 21-year-old shortstop's fourth homer of the season, and he's slashing .333/.381/.583 with 10 doubles and a triple as well.
Braves No. 13 prospect Bryse Wilson threw 6 2/3 scoreless frames in Class A Advanced Florida's 6-3 loss to Palm Beach. The 20-year-old right-hander gave up just three hits while walking two and striking out seven, lowering his season ERA to 0.34. He hasn't surrendered an earned run in back-to-back starts and in four of his five starts this season.
• Errol Robinson, the Dodgers' No. 20 prospect, turned in a 3-for-3 performance, including a three-run home run to account for all of Double-A Tulsa's offense in a 5-3 loss to Arkansas. The 23-year-old middle infielder added 40 points to his season batting average, upping his slash line to .226/.310/.355 with two homers and four steals in 19 games.
Mariners No. 6 prospect Joe Rizzo went 3-for-5 with a double and five RBIs in Class A Advanced Modesto's 11-4 win over Rancho Cucamonga. The switch-hitting third baseman is slashing .298/.362/.356 in 26 games this season.
• On a day where the multi-home run game was a common theme across the Minors, Nationals No. 28 prospect Anderson Franco joined in by smashing a pair of homers in Class A Hagerstown's 10-8 loss to Greensboro. Overall, the 20-year-old third baseman went 3-for-4 with four RBIs. He belted a two-run shot in the sixth, and a solo shot in the eighth for his first two homers of the season.
Phillies No. 17 prospect had a game to remember with three home runs in Triple-A Lehigh Valley's 8-6 win over Syracuse. The 23-year-old right fielder launched a solo shot in the second inning, a two-run shot in the third, and another solo homer in the eighth to double his total to six on the season. He's slashing .278/.385/.557 in 24 games.
Pirates No. 22 prospect joined the multi-homer party with two of his own in Triple-A Indianapolis' 7-5 loss to Toledo. The 24-year-old outfielder connected in the first (solo homer) and third innings (two-run shot), driving in five runs on the night. He increased his batting average on the season by 18 points in the process, from .185 to .203.
• Rays No. 15 prospect Brandon Lowe had a big night at the plate for Double-A Montgomery, going 3-for-5 with a double and five RBIs in Montgomery's 12-5 victory over Jackson. The 23-year-old second baseman is slashing .250/.320/.466 with seven doubles and four homers in 23 games.
• A pair of Royals prospects came through in a big way for Class A Advanced Wilmington, with Emmanuel Rivera (No. 10) going 4-for-4 with a double in the 12-7 victory over Potomac, and Chase Vallot (No. 25) belting two homers and driving in four. It was a big night in particular for Vallot, who entered the contest with an .081/.216/.258 slash line. With the pair of homers, he upped his total to five on the year.