Trevor Stephan, the Yankees' No. 30 prospect, led the Class A Short Season Staten Island pitching staff with a dominant performance in a 5-0 win over Lowell on Saturday.For a second straight start, Stephan dealt four hitless innings as Staten Island came within three outs of a combined no-hitter. He
Trevor Stephan, the Yankees' No. 30 prospect, led the Class A Short Season Staten Island pitching staff with a dominant performance in a 5-0 win over Lowell on Saturday.
For a second straight start, Stephan dealt four hitless innings as Staten Island came within three outs of a combined no-hitter. He struck out six batters and did not issue a walk. It's an impressive feat for a pitcher who is still adjusting to professional ball after he was selected in the third round of this June's Draft.
MILB Video - Title: Stephan's sixth strikeout - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1749226283
"So far, the transition [to the Minors] has been pretty smooth. I've just had to make some minor adjustments here and there," Stephan told MiLB.com. "I'm glad I was able to experience playing in the Southeastern Conference [with the University of Arkansas], which I feel helped prepare me for this. Just being able to face some really good hitters, including a few first-rounders, was a great challenge and has made things easier."
Other top prospect performances from Sunday's action:
• No. 6 overall prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays' No. 1) homered for a third consecutive game for the Class A Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays. The third baseman also doubled, giving him multiple hits in four straight and in five of his past six games.
• No. 51 overall prospect Yadier Alvarez (Dodgers No. 3) held Double-A San Antonio to just two hits and two walks through six scoreless frames for Tulsa. He's now allowed one or fewer runs in four of his past five starts.
MILB Video - Title: Alvarez spins six scoreless - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1748905583
• No. 56 overall prospect Scott Kingery (Phillies' No. 3) extended his hitting streak to 17 games with an inside-the-park home run for Triple- A Lehigh Valley. He's now collected multiple hits in three straight.
MILB Video - Title: Kingery's inside-the-park homer - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1748006683
• No. 92 overall prospect Luiz Gohara (Braves' No. 8) was part of a combined one-hit shutout by the Triple-A Gwinnett pitching staff against Buffalo. Gohara allowed the Bisons' lone hit, a bunt single in the bottom of the first, and struck out five against two walks. He completed four innings, but was unable to return after a batted ball struck him in his pitching hand.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Gohara notches 5th strikeout - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1749722083
• Braves No. 15 prospect Touki Toussaint turned in a stellar performance with seven scoreless innings for Double-A Mississippi. Toussaint held the Blue Wahoos to just two hits and two walks while also striking out nine batters. It marked the longest scoreless outing of his professional career.
MILB Video - Title: Toussaint's ninth strikeout - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1749265183
• Brewers No. 12 prospect Brett Phillips was one of four players to go deep for Triple-A Colorado Springs in a win over Oklahoma City. Phillips homered twice and drove in four runs in the lopsided 11-1 victory. It was the third multi-homer game of the season for Phillips.
MILB Video - Title: Phillips' second homer - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1748585283
• Cardinals No. 19 prospect Eliezer Alvarez helped propel Double-A Springfield to a 12-5 victory over Corpus Christi. He batted 3-for-4 and drove in half the Cardinals runs with a career-high six RBIs.
MILB Video - Title: Alvarez rips a two-run double - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1749031483
• Nationals No. 10 prospect Daniel Johnson was a catalyst for the Class A Advanced Potomac offense, batting 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs from the leadoff spot against Winston-Salem. It was the first four-hit game of his young professional career.
• Royals No. 3 prospect Hunter Dozier homered twice, giving him three home runs in his past three games with Triple-A Omaha. The third baseman finished 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBIs in his second consecutive multi-hit game.
MILB Video - Title: Dozier's second homer - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1748759983
• Tigers No. 11 prospect Gregory Soto only surrendered an unearned run as he tossed six strong innings for Class A Advanced Lakeland. Soto gave up seven hits and walked one while fanning seven batters and hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in a start since June 16.
• Yankees No. 11 prospect Freicer Perez held Augusta scoreless for five frames and picked up his 10th win for Class A Charleston. Perez allowed just two baserunners to reach, both singles, in the impressive performance.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Perez strikes out 6th batter - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=1749742383
Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.