Wednesday's top prospect performers

July 26th, 2018

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.
, the No. 4 prospect in the White Sox organization and No. 40 overall, turned in his finest outing of the season for Double-A Birmingham, leading the Barons to a 9-1 victory over Tennessee on Wednesday. The 22-year-old right-hander retired the first 20 batters he faced and yielded just one hit and one walk over seven brilliant innings, striking out a season-high-tying 12.

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With the gem, Cease lowered his season ERA to 2.87 across 18 starts between Class A Advanced Winston-Salem (13) and Double-A Birmingham (five).
Cease wasn't the only top pitching prospect who reached a dozen strikeouts Wednesday; he was joined in that class by Rangers No. 4 prospect Hans Crouse and Yankees No. 13 prospect Deivi Garcia.
Crouse's 12 strikeouts in Class A Short Season Spokane's 7-1 victory over Tri-City are a career-high for the 19-year-old right-hander. He gave up a run on six hits and walked one over seven innings. In seven starts this season, he has a 2.45 ERA with 41 strikeouts and nine walks.
Garcia, another 19-year-old right-hander, was stellar in Class A Charleston's 4-1 win over Augusta, giving up just two hits over six scoreless innings, fanning 12 and not walking a batter. In seven starts for Charleston this season, he's posted a 3.12 ERA with 56 strikeouts and eight walks.

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Other top prospect performances from Wednesday:
With another dominant outing, Braves No. 10 prospect Touki Toussaint has given up a total of four runs over his past five starts for Triple-A Gwinnett (32 1/3 innings). On Wednesday vs. Lehigh Valley, the right-hander tossed eight scoreless frames while giving up two hits, walking four and striking out eight. That lowered his ERA to 2.77 over 19 starts between Double-A Mississippi (16) and Gwinnett (three).

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A pair of Padres pitching prospects shined Wednesday. Chris Paddack, San Diego's No. 9 prospect and No. 95 overall, threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings in Double-A San Antonio's 1-0 victory over Corpus Christi. The right-hander allowed two hits, struck out eight and did not walk a batter. In four Double-A starts since being promoted earlier this season, he has a 1.19 ERA. In 10 Class A Advanced starts for Lake Elsinore prior to that, he posted a 2.24 ERA.
Meanwhile, Padres No. 25 prospect Luis Patino tossed five no-hit frames with a walk and seven strikeouts during Class A Fort Wayne's 12-0 win over Dayton. The 18-year-old righty sports a 2.08 ERA in 12 starts for Fort Wayne this season.

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A pair of slugging Red Sox prospects had big games Wednesday, with Michael Chavis (Boston's No. 1 prospect and No. 63 overall) and Bobby Dalbec (No. 12) each belting homers. Chavis' shot was his third homer in six games -- he's hitting .233/.377/.558 in 12 games between Class A Short Season Lowell (five) and Portland (seven). Dalbec went 2-for-4 with his 24th homer on the season in Class A Advanced Salem's 8-4 loss to Wilmington.He's tied for fourth in the Minors in roundtrippers and has hit a Minor League-best nine in July.

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Since being promoted to Double-A Eerie, Tigers No. 8 prospect Isaac Paredes has been raking -- with a grand slam in Wednesday's 5-1 win over Richmond in Game 1 of a double-header, the 19-year-old shortstop is 8-for-20 (.400). Overall on the season, he's hitting .268/.349/.464 with 13 homers in 91 games (84 for Class A Advanced Lakeland).

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Two sons of Hall of Famers shined for Double-A New Hampshire on Wednesday, as Blue Jays prospects Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (No. 1, No. 1 overall) and Cavan Biggio (No. 19) led the Fisher Cats to a 5-2 victory. Guerrero, who has been the most exciting and impressive player in the Minors this season, went 2-for-4 to raise his average to .403, while Biggio went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, his 21st in 95 games this season, and is now slashing .257/.398/.531.
Twins No. 30 prospect Tyler Wells set a career-high by striking out 10 in Class A Fort Myers' 2-1 victory over Jupiter. The right-hander surrendered just one run over eight strong innings, yielding three hits while walking one. His ERA over 16 starts this season is 2.80.
Alexander Canario, the Giants' No. 11 prospect, went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers and a stolen base in the rookie-level Arizona League. The 18-year-old outfielder is 21-for-57 (.368) in July after struggling in June (5-for-35, no extra-base hits).
Mets No. 9 prospect Ronny Mauricio went 3-for-5 with a double and a home run in the Gulf Coast League Mets' 11-10 win over the GCL Nationals. He's hitting .333/.346/.540 through 31 games after opening his professional career with a 20-game hitting streak.