The milestones keep coming for Yoan Moncada.The No. 5 overall prospect connected on his first Double-A home run on Friday night as part of another multi-hit performance, but it wasn't enough to keep Portland from losing to Reading, 11-3. Moncada's homer, a solo shot in the fourth inning, was his
The milestones keep coming for Yoan Moncada.
The No. 5 overall prospect connected on his first Double-A home run on Friday night as part of another multi-hit performance, but it wasn't enough to keep Portland from losing to Reading, 11-3. Moncada's homer, a solo shot in the fourth inning, was his fifth of the season.
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Moncada, Boston's top-ranked prospect, was promoted to Double-A after an outstanding first half at Class A Advanced Salem, where he hit .307 over 61 games and paced the Carolina League in OPS (.923), on-base percentage (.427), doubles (25) and steals (36).
Since joining the Sea Dogs on June 21, the 21-year-old second baseman has gone 6-for-19 (.316) with four runs scored and four RBIs in his first four games.
The rest of the best performances from top prospects Friday
• No. 47 overall prospectJeff Hoffman was a tough-luck loser as Triple-A Albuquerque fell to Fresno, 2-1. The Rockies' No. 4 prospect allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings, striking out nine without issuing a walk. The right-hander has piled up 20 strikeouts in 13 innings in his last two starts for the Isotopes.
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• A pair of Tigers outfielders powered Class A Advanced Lakeland to a 10-6 win over Daytona. No. 3 prospect Christin Stewart belted his Florida State League-leading 17th home run and doubled as part of a 3-for-5 night, while Mike Gerber, the Tigers' No. 4 prospect, enjoyed his first career multi-homer game, finishing 2-for-5 with four RBIs.
• In Double-A Jackson's 8-2 win against Chattanooga, Mariners No. 4 prospect Tyler O'Neill went 2-for-5 with three RBIs. The 21-year-old outfielder connected on his 13th home run in the contest, while the two-hit effort lifted his season batting line to an impressive .321/.383/.554 through 70 games.
• Making his professional debut with his father in the stands, Blue Jays No. 5 prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. collected his first career hit and home run as Rookie-level Bluefield split a doubleheader against Bristol. The 17-year-old third baseman plated two runs in each game, finishing the day 2-for-7 at the plate.
• Blue Jays No. 7 prospect Max Pentecost drilled his second home run in Class A Lansing's win versus West Michigan. After missing all of 2015 while recovering from multiple right shoulder surgeries, the 2014 first-rounder (No. 11 overall) is hitting .284/.353/.366 this season while exclusively serving as Lansing's designated hitter.
• Giants No. 12 prospect Jalen Miller filled out the box score in Class A Augusta's 19-7 rout of Columbia, going 2-for-5 with a home run, a triple, two runs scored and a career-best four RBIs. The home run was just the second of the season for the 19-year-old shortstop, whom the Giants picked in the third round of the 2015 Draft.
• In the same game that Moncada hit his first Double-A homer, Phillies No. 19 prospect Rhys Hoskins slugged his Minor League-leading 20th home run for Double-A Reading. The 23-year-old first baseman has homered in three straight games, giving him 11 in 21 games this month.
• After failing to go deep in his first 44 pro games, Rays No. 19 prospect Adrian Rondon exploded to hit three home runs and tally nine RBIs in Rookie-level Princeton's blowout of Burlington. In his 2015 pro debut, the 17-year-old shortstop hit just .166/.256/.234 over 43 games in the Gulf Coast League.
• Dodgers No. 22 prospect Imani Abdullah fanned a career-high 10 hitters in five innings to lead Class A Great Lakes past Lake County, 4-3. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound right-hander allowed two earned runs on four hits while throwing 49 of his 69 pitches for strikes. Abdullah, 19, has pitched to a 2.84 ERA and a 28-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 31 2/3 innings (seven starts) to begin his first full season.
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