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Friday's top prospect performers

@wboor
June 1, 2019

Here's a look at Friday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list: AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST Blue Jays: Kevin Smith, SS/3B (No. 6) -- 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI (Double-A New Hampshire) Smith, hitting .183 this season, has struggled at the plate offensively, but the 22-year-old is beginning

Here's a look at Friday's top Minor League performers from each team's Top 30 Prospects list:

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays: Kevin Smith, SS/3B (No. 6) -- 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI (Double-A New Hampshire)
Smith, hitting .183 this season, has struggled at the plate offensively, but the 22-year-old is beginning to show some positive signs. Not only did he collect three hits for the third time this season, but Smith also homered for the second time in three games. The 2017 fourth rounder impressed last year during his first full season and hit .302 with 25 homers over two levels and was promoted to Double-A for the 2019 campaign.
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Orioles: DL Hall, LHP (No. 3) -- 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K (Class A Advanced Frederick)
Hall, the 21st overall pick from the 2017 Draft, has yielded one run or fewer in three of his past four starts. The 20-year-old has pitched to a 4.11 ERA through 35 innings in his first season with Frederick and has 59 strikeouts compared to 22 walks. Hall was one of the top high school lefties in the 2017 Draft, and the Orioles kept him on pitch counts in his 2018 full-season debut. The organization is likely to manage his workload again this season, which is the five innings matches his season high.
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Rays: Wander Franco, SS (No. 1, No. 5 in MLB) -- 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI (Class A Bowling Green)
Franco extended his hitting streak to eight games with a two-run homer in the first inning, then later added a double for his seventh multihit performance during the streak. Franco's stock skyrocketed last year when he hit .351/.418/.587 over 61 games in his professional debut and is following that up with another impressive campaign, hitting .324 through 46 games.
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Red Sox: Tanner Houck, RHP (No. 5) -- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K (Double-A Portland); Bobby Dalbec, 3B (No. 2) -- 3-for-7, 2 HR, 2 RBI (Double-A Portland)
Houck has struggled in May. The 22-year-old had given up 17 runs over five starts (24 1/3 innings) in the month entering play, but everything changed on Friday night. Houck put together his best starts since throwing back-to-back scoreless gems in late April. Houck, a first-round pick from the 2017 Draft, actually looked like he was in store for another rough outing. Binghamton loaded the bases with no outs in the first, but Houck was able to get a strikeout and then induce a ground-ball double play to get out of the jam. He went on to throw 60 of his 99 pitches for strikes and pick up his fifth win of the season. Dalbec, who is hitting .247 this season, hit .257 with 32 homers in 2018.
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Yankees: Albert Abreu, RHP (No. 3) -- 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K (Double-A Trenton); Chance Adams, RHP (No. 20) -- 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre)
Abreu retired 12 of the final 13 batters he faced, but it was clear way earlier in the game that the 23-year-old had everything working. Abreu threw 55 of his 84 pitches for strikes in what his first scoreless start of the year. Abreu, whom the Yankees acquired in a 2016 trade with the Astros, has plus stuff, but struggles with consistency and command. In fact, in his start prior to Friday, he walked six and gave up six runs over five innings. After a couple of stints with the Yankees, Adams made his first Triple-A start since May 7 and picked up his third win of the season. The 24-year-old threw 73 pitches, 47 strikes, and lowered his ERA to an even 4.00 (36 innings).
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AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL

Indians: Bo Naylor, C (No. 4) -- 3-for-4, HR, 4 RBI (Class A Lake County)
Naylor matched his career high for hits and hit his second homer of the season in Lake County's win over West Michigan. The 19-year-old, a 2018 first-round pick, is hitting .223 through his first 38 games after hitting .274 in his professional debut. While Naylor has struggled at the plate this season, he was considered one of the better high school hitters in last year's Draft, so it's expected he'll turn it around.
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Royals: Brewer Hicklen, OF (No. 16) -- 3-for-4, 2 RBI (Class A Advanced Wilmington)
Hicklen delievered RBI singles in the fifth and seventh innings of WIlmington's 5-3 win over Fayetteville. Hicklen, 23, spent 22 games with Wilmington a season ago, but he hit just .211. Back with the Blue Rocks, Hicklen got off to a slow start this season, but has begun to pick things up. After hitting .204 in April, Hicklen hit .279 in May. Fourteen of his 16 RBIs came in May as well. The Royals drafted Hicklen in the seventh round of the 2017 Draft.
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Tigers: Casey Mize, RHP (No. 1, MLB No. 6) -- 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K (Double-A Erie)
Eventually someone will score a run off Mize again, however it may not be for a while. Mize, 22, put together another solid outing for Erie and hasn't yielded a run in three straight starts, a span of 20 innings. The No. 1 overall pick from last year's Draft has pitched to a 1.21 ERA through his first seven Double-A starts and has actually held opponents without an earned run in nine of his 12 starts across two levels this season.
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Twins: Trevor Larnach, OF (No. 5) -- 2-for-4 (Class A Advanced Fort Myers)
Larnach extended his hitting streak to five games with his third straight multihit effort. The 22-year-old, a first round pick out of Oregon State last season, is hitting .310 through 49 games after hitting .303 in his professional debut. Larnach showed an advanced approach at the plate prior to the Draft and that's certainly carried over to the beginning of his professional career.
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White Sox: Gavin Sheets, 1B (No. 18) -- 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI (Double-A Birmingham)
Sheets has homered in back-to-back games and his five homers this year (48 games) have him within one of his career high, which he set last year over 119 games. The 23-year-old, a 2017 second-round pick, is getting his first taste of the Double-A level this year and it took him a little bit of time to adjust. After hitting .207 in April, Sheets hit .265 in May, bringing his average up to .239 on the year.
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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST

A’s: Jonah Heim, C (No. 29) -- 3-for-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI (Double-A Midland)
Heim drove in a season-high three runs as part of his fifth three-hit game of the year. Heim, 23, has hits in seven of his past nine games and is hitting .295 this season, his first with Midland. The Orioles drafted Heim in the fourth round of the 2013 Draft and traded him to the Rays in 2016. He was then traded again, this time to Oakland, in 2017.
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Angels: Jordyn Adams, OF (No. 6) -- 3-for-4 (Class A Burlington)
Adams, who hit .296 in May, has been red-hot at the plate and that continued on Friday night. The 19-year-old is in the middle of a seven-game hitting streak and also has hits in nine of his past 10 games. He also has multihit performances in five of his past six games and has brought his average up from .196 to .246 during his current hitting streak. The Angels grabbed Adams with the 17th overall pick in last year's Draft and while he's still raw, he has the chance to develop into an impact player on both sides of the ball.
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Astros: Jeremy Pena, SS (No. 10) -- 4-for-6, RBI (Class A Quad Cities)
Not only did Pena set a career high for hits, but he also extended his hitting streak to 13 games. The 21-year-old, whom the Astros picked in the third round of the 2018 Draft, hit .378 in May after hitting .238 in April. Pena is a defensive-minded shortstop and the top defensive shortstop in the Astros' system, but his bat has also been impressive this season.
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Mariners: Braden Bishop, OF (No. 11) -- 2-for-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI (Triple-A Tacoma)
Bishop hit his seventh homer of the season and matched his season high for RBIs. Through his career Bishop has been more of a contact hitter than a power hitter, but he's shown a bit more pop this season and is already one homer shy of his career best, a mark he set last season. Bishop made his Major League debut in Japan to open the season and was also called up in late April. He's appeared in eight games with the Mariners and is 2-for-20.
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Rangers: Jonathan Hernandez, RHP (No. 8) -- 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K (Double-A Frisco)
Hernandez, who threw 63 of his 89 pitches for strikes, retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced as he cruised through his best start of the season. The 10 strikeouts marked a season high for Hernandez, who fanned 134 over 121 1/3 innings a season ago. Hernandez, whom the Rangers signed in 2013, has electric stuff and clearly has no problem generating strikeouts, but has struggled with command this season and throughout his career. The zero walks were a first for Hernandez this season and certainly gave a glimpse into how dominant he can be when he's locating his pitches.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves: Trey Harris, OF (No. 28) -- 4-for-5, 2 RBI (Class A Rome)
Harris, a 32nd-round pick from last year's Draft, set a career high for hits and bumped his average up to a ridiculous .377 through 53 games. Harris, a bit undersized at 5-foot-10, was overlooked by several teams in the Draft, but early indications are the Braves may have gotten a steal. Harris is hitting .339 through the first 106 games of his career
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Marlins: Will Stewart, LHP (No. 21) -- 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K (Class A Advanced Jupiter)
Stewart appears to be getting back on track after a rough four-start stretch in which he gave up 25 earned runs over 14 innings and saw his ERA balloon to 7.49. Since then, Stewart has posted back-to-back quality starts and given up just three runs over 13 innings. The Phillies grabbed Stewart in the 20th round of the 2015 Draft, and after he put together a breakout campaign (8-1, 2.06 ERA) in 2018, he was shipped to the Marlins as part of the J.T. Realmuto trade in the offseason.
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Mets: Carlos Cortes, 2B (No. 19) -- 1-for-3, 3B (Class A Advanced St. Lucie)
Cortes picked up his third triple of the year as he extended his hitting streak to five games. The 21-year-old, a third-round pick from last year's Draft, is hitting .271 in his first full season, but he has seen that number climb recently as he hit .303 in May.
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Phillies: Rafael Marchan, C (No. 14) -- 3-for-5, 2 2B, RBI (Class A Lakewood)
Marchan is 6-for-11 over the past two games after putting up his second straight three-hit performance. The 20-year-old saw his stock rise as he hit .301 last season and he's following that up with a strong 2019 campaign. Marchan is hitting .318 this year, showing why the Phillies signed him out of Venezuela in 2013.
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Nationals: Ben Braymer, LHP (No. 24) -- 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 8 K (Double-A Harrisburg)
Braymer, pitching at the Double-A level for the first time, has a 2.63 ERA through 10 starts. The 25-year-old was stuck with his third straight loss, despite giving up two earned runs in all three outings. Braymer pitched both as a starter and out of the bullpen last year, but he has been used exclusively as a starter this year and has 53 strikeouts and 14 walks over 61 2/3 innings.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL

Brewers: Trent Grisham, OF (No. 30) -- 3-for-5, 2 2B, HR, 5 RBI (Double-A Biloxi)
Grisham matched his career-high for RBIs, a mark he set in 2015, thanks to a trio of extra-base hits, including a three-run homer. The former first-round pick (2015) hasn't hit all that well as a professional, but has hits in six of his past seven games and hit .265 in May. Grisham has also already hit seven homers this season, which matches his 2018 total and is one shy of his career best (eight in 2017).
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Cubs: Thomas Hatch, RHP (No. 17) -- 5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K (Double-A Tennessee)
Hatch has a 5.03 ERA this season, but after giving up just one earned run over 11 1/3 innings, it's perhaps a sign that he's about to turn a corner. The 2016 third rounder is pitching at the Double-A level for the second time after going 8-6 with a 3.82 ERA over 26 starts in 2018. The 2016 third rounder is pitching at the Double-A level for the second time after going 8-6 with a 3.82 ERA over 26 starts in 2018.
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Cardinals: Edmundo Sosa, SS/2B/3B (No. 10) -- 1-for-2, HR, RBI (Triple-A Memphis)
Sosa, who hit a career-high 12 homers last year, hit his second homer of 2019 in Memphis' loss to Oklahoma City. The Cardinals signed Sosa back in 2012, and while he hasn't hit for a ton of power, he's shown an ability to hit the ball to all fields and has hit .278 over 473 career games. Sosa was also called up late last season, but he was just 0-for-2 in three MLB games.
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Pirates: Luis Escobar, RHP (No. 9) -- 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 6 K (Triple-A Indianapolis)
Escobar began the year with 11 straight scoreless appearances, 10 coming with Class A Advanced Bradenton, and while he hasn't been quite that dominant with the Indians, he's still been very good. Pitching out of the rotation, Escobar has yielded three runs over 12 innings in his last three starts and has a 2.51 Triple-A ERA. The 23-year-old, whom the Pirates signed in 2013, threw 55 of his 89 pitches for strikes and has 33 strikeouts over 27 1/3 innings this season.
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Reds: Keury Mella, RHP (No. 17) -- 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K (Triple-A Louisville)
Mella bounced back from a pair of rough outings (nine runs over 10 1/3 innings) to spin an absolute gem for the Bats. The 25-year-old matched his season high for strikeouts and matched his season low for walks. Mella cruised through the bulk of his outing, but he found himself in a bit of a jam in the sixth inning as he gave up a double and issued a walk to the first two batters of the frame. However, Mella sandwiched a ground out between a pair of strikeouts and escaped the frame.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST

D-backs: Pavin Smith, 1B (No. 16) -- 2-for-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI (Double-A Jackson)
Smith has two hits in each of his past two games , but it's been a frustrating season offensively for the 23-year-old. After hitting .255 with Class A Advanced Visalia last season, Smith is hitting just .228 in his introduction to Double-A.
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Dodgers: Leonel Valera, SS/3B (No. 21) -- 3-for-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI (Class A Great Lakes)
Valera, a 19-year-old whom the Dodgers signed in 2015, matched his career high for RBIs in his first three-hit game of the season. Valera has a projectable frame and an interesting set of tools, but is still just a 19-year-old and a work in progress. He hit .282 over 45 games last season and is hitting .205 through 47 games this year.
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Giants: Abiatal Avelino, SS/2B (No. 17) -- 2-for-3 (Triple-A Sacramento)
Avelino, whom the Giants acquired from the Yankees late in the 2018 season, is in his first season with the Giants organization. The 24-year-old spent a bit of time in San Francisco late last season, so they know what type of player he is, but if they want to see him a bit more, he's putting together a solid season in Sacramento. Avelino is hitting .283 through 49 games, but has really comes on lately and hit .316 in the month of May.
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Padres: Luis Campusano, C (No. 15) -- 2-for-4, 2B (Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore)
Campusano is hitting .313 this season after his latest multihit performance. The 20-year-old, a 2017 second-round Draft pick, has potential on both sides of the ball, but still needs some refinement. He played in just 70 games last year because a concussion cut his season short so the 2019 campaign will be an important one for him to get a lot of reps both at the plate and behind it.
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Rockies: Sam Hilliard, OF (No. 9) -- 3-for-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI (Triple-A Albuquerque)
Hilliard extended his hitting streak to eight games and is 5-for-8 over the past two games after his impressive three-hit performance on Friday night. Hilliard already has 18 homers this season and is rapidly approaching his career high of 21, a mark he hit back in 2017. Hilliard, a 15th-round pick in 2015, has exceeded expectations and after reaching Double-A last year, he performed well in the Arizona Fall League, prompting the Rockies to add him to the 40-man roster over the offseason.
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William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.