Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.
Chance Adams put his early struggles behind him on Wednesday in his first truly dominant outing of the season.
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The Yankees' No. 5 prospect (No. 71 overall) set a season high with 10 strikeouts and allowed just one hit over seven scoreless innings to lead Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre past Lehigh Valley, 3-1. He issued a pair of walks and threw 64 of his 102 pitches for strikes, ultimately facing two over the minimum in the outing.
One of the most successful pitchers in the Minor Leagues dating back to 2015, Adams seemed overdue for such a performance after opening his season with a 5.67 ERA across his first seven starts. The 23-year-old right-hander lowered that mark to 4.69 with Wednesday's start, his longest this season, and he's now compiled 42 strikeouts and 16 walks in 40 1/3 innings overall.
A fifth-round pick in 2015, Adams is 32-9 with a 2.60 ERA in 353 1/3 career innings (74 games/59 starts) during which he's totaled 366 strikeouts and 122 walks while limiting hitters to a paltry .188 average.
MILB Video - Title: Adams's 10th K - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=2052456883
The rest of the best performances from top prospects Wednesday
• No. 2 overall prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays' No. 1) had another epic day at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a solo homer and two doubles in Double-A New Hampshire's 7-1 win over Hartford. The 19-year-old third baseman, who scored three runs in the contest, is slashing .415/.459/.696 and leads the Eastern League in hits (56), doubles (15), RBIs (40) and total bases (94), and he is third in OPS (1.155). Right-hander Jordan Romano (No. 27) was equally impressive on the mound, as he fired six hitless innings with five strikeouts as he improved to 7-0, while lowering his ERA to 1.94.
MILB Video - Title: Vlad Jr. goes yard - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=2051851983
• No. 15 overall prospect Juan Soto (Nationals' No. 2) bashed his second Double-A home run, a go-ahead, two-run shot that helped power Harrisburg past Bowie, 5-2. The 19-year-old outfielder is showing no signs of slowing down at his third level of the season, hitting .296/.387/.556 with eight RBIs in seven Eastern League contests. Altogether, he's slashed .358/.461/.757 with 14 home runs and 50 RBIs in 38 games.
• Astros No. 19 prospect Cristian Javier has struck out 47 batters in 29 innings this season after posting a season-best 10 strikeouts in Class A Quad Cities' win against Cedar Rapids. Working five strong innings, Javier, 21, permitted two earned runs on three hits and two walks. He's racked up 17 strikeouts and allowed just four hits in nine innings across his past two turns.
• Blue Jays No. 19 prospect Kevin Smith hit a two-run homer and later added a three-run double to finish 2-for-5 with five RBIs in Class A Lansing's win against Dayton. The 21-year-old shortstop-third baseman continues to put up gaudy numbers in the Midwest League, which he currently leads in OPS (1.101), slugging (.669), hits (55), doubles (20), total bases (97) and RBIs (38).
• Cardinals No. 5 prospect Ryan Helsley worked a season-high 7 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run as Double-A Springfield defeated Tulsa, 2-1. The hard-throwing righty allowed two hits, walked a pair and struck out seven in the outing. Randy Arozarena (No. 8) led the Cardinals offensively, hitting his second homer in as many games and extending his hitting streak to eight games with a 3-for-4 performance. The 23-year-old is hitting .396/.420/.688 with four homers in 12 games since his demotion from Triple-A.
• Brewers No. 6 prospect Corey Ray stayed hot with his fourth home run in as many games for Double-A Biloxi. The 23-year-old outfielder has nine hits, seven runs and six RBIs in those four contents, during which he's raised his average from .236 to .267. With his six home runs in 39 games, Ray is one homer short of the total he posted last season over 112 games with Class A Advanced Carolina.
MILB Video - Title: Ray's solo blast - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=2052552183
• Orioles No. 17 prospect Yefry Ramirez was nearly untouchable in his longest start of the season for Triple-A Norfolk. He yielded just one hit, a leadoff single, before retiring 20 of the final 21 hitters en route to complete seven scoreless innings. The 24-year-old righty posted seven strikeouts against one walk, throwing 54 of his 81 pitches for strikes. He's fanned at least seven batters in four straight starts.
MILB Video - Title: Ramirez strikes out seven - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=2052329383
• Rangers No. 14 prospect Jonathan Hernandez leads the Carolina League with 52 strikeouts after fanning a career-high 11 batters in six innings in a no-decision for Class A Advanced Down East. He allowed two earned runs on five hits and threw 64 of his 89 pitches for strikes. The 21-year-old right-hander has held hitters to .187 average over 40 1/3 innings this season, and he ranks among the league leaders with a 0.99 WHIP (first) and 2.23 ERA (third).
• Rockies No. 29 prospect Vince Fernandez has now gone deep five times in his past eight games for Class A Advanced Lancaster after connecting on a pair of solo shots on Wednesday. The 2016 10th-rounder has collected multiple hits in seven of his last 10 contests.
• White Sox No. 20 prospect Jordan Stephens turned in a quality start in his Triple-A debut, allowing two earned runs on six hits in six innings in Charlotte's 3-2 loss to Toledo. The 25-year-old right-hander hit one batter but did not issue a walk, striking out five and throwing 60 of 83 pitches for strikes in the outing. He was promoted to the Minors' highest level after posting a 2.95 ERA with 40 strikeouts and 12 walks in 39 2/3 innings (seven starts) with Double-A Birmingham.