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Thursday's top prospect performers

@wboor and @GoldenSombrero
April 26, 2019

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

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


Blue Jays: Nate Pearson, RHP (No. 3, MLB No. 72) -- 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K (Class A Advanced Dunedin)
The 6-foot-6 flamethrower didn’t allow a hit for the first four innings and fanned the final three batters he faced (each swinging) en route to a career-high 10 strikeouts in Dunedin’s 18-0 rout of Jupiter. The double-digit strikeout performance gives Pearson 30 strikeouts and two walks in 19 innings on the season. He’s 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA, 0.58 WHIP and .136 BAA through five starts.
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Orioles: Blaine Knight, RHP (No. 10) -- 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 8 K (Class A Delmarva)
Knight, 22, turned in his third straight scoreless start of five innings as he recorded his second win in four turns for the Shorebirds. The 2018 third-rounder has been dominant to begin his first full season, pitching to a 0.87 ERA, 0.58 WHIP and 26/4 K/BB over his first 20 2/3 frames.
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Rays: Wander Franco, SS (No. 1, MLB No. 12) -- 3-for-4, 2 HR (3), 3 RBI, 3 R (Class A Bowling Green)
Wander Franco is 2018 Wander Franco hot right now after the 18-year-old switch-hitter authored his second-career two-homer game while extending his hitting streak to 11 games. A day removed from hitting his first home run of the season, Franco went deep in the fifth and seventh innings on Thursday, hitting two solo shots from the left side of the plate to help power Bowling Green past Lansing, 6-5. He’s hitting .333 (1.041 OPS) with 15 runs scored and 10 RBIs through 18 games.
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Red Sox: Triston Casas, 1B/3B (No. 2) -- 2-for-4, HR (2), 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R (Class A Greenville)
The 2018 first-round pick’s opposite-field two-run shot in the seventh inning was his second homer of the season and proved the difference as Greenville edged Lexington, 10-9. He also doubled in the contest, his sixth. The 19-year-old is showing no ill effects this season from the torn right thumb ligament that prematurely ended his pro debut.
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Yankees: Josh Breaux, C (No. 15) -- 1-for-4, 2 RBI (Class A Charleston)
Breaux’s two-run single in the third inning capped a three-run frame in Charleston’s win over Columbia. The 2018 second-rounder is off to a solid start in his first full season, hitting .254 with two homers and 10 RBIs through 15 games.
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Indians: Tyler Freeman, SS (No. 3) -- 3-for-3, 3B, 2 R, 3 BB; Bo Naylor, C (No. 4) -- 3-for-5, 2 RBI, R (Class A Lake County)
The duo combined for six of Lake County’s 13 hits, though it wasn’t enough to keep the Captains from falling to West Michigan, 10-9, in 10 innings. Freeman, 19, recorded his third three-hit performance in his last 10 games and reached base in all six of his plate appearances thanks to three walks. He’s off to a torrid start, hitting .317/.463/.508 with nine extra-base hits and seven steals through 17 games. Naylor’s three-hit effort was his first this season and second in 49 pro games since the Indians selected him in the first round of last year’s Draft.
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Royals: Michael Gigliotti, OF (No. 13) -- 1-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 R, SB (Class A Lexington)
The 23-year-old center fielder notched two runs and RBIs from the top of Lexington’s lineup. He’s a perfect 10-for-10 on the basepaths on the season -- a very good sign considering his 2018 campaign ended after just six games due to a torn ACL in his right knee.
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Tigers: Willi Castro, SS (No. 7) -- 4-for-6, 2 R, RBI (Triple-A Toledo)
Castro, a 22-year-old switch-hitter, upped his average to .348 with his first four-hit game of the season. He’s collected multiple hits in five of 17 games, totaling 23 hits (3 XBH) in those contests.
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Twins: Trevor Larnach, OF (No. 5) -- 2-for-3, RBI (Class A Advanced Fort Myers)
Larnach hit .303 over 42 games after the Twins selected him with the 20th overall pick of the 2018 Draft. In his first full season, Larnach is hitting .270 with 12 RBIs through 19 games and has put together five multihit performances.
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White Sox: Konnor Pilkington, LHP (No. 20) -- 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K (Class A Kannapolis)
Pilkington struck out seven batters for a second straight start while completing six innings for the second time in his past three turns. With a 2.01 ERA, 28/7 K/BB and .130 BAA through 22 1/3 innings, the 2018 third-rounder and Mississippi State product is making it look easy in the South Atlantic League.
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A’s: Jonah Heim, C (No. 29) 3-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB (Double-A Midland)
Heim extended his hitting streak to seven games with a perfect day at the plate, his second three-hit game of the season. The 23-year-old has driven in four runs over the past three games and is hitting .333 through 11 games. Heim hit .258 across two levels last year, but hit just .182 over 39 games with Midland.
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Angels: Brennon Lund, OF (No. 28) -- 1-for-4, HR, RBI (Triple-A Salt Lake)
Lund, who hit a career-high eight homers over 100 games last season, hit his second long ball of the season for the Bees. The 24-year-old is off to a slow start this season, his first at the Triple-A level, and is hitting .162 through 17 games.
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Astros: Corbin Martin, RHP (No. 5, MLB No. 76) -- 5 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K (Triple-A Round Rock); J.B. Bukauskas, RHP (No. 6, MLB No. 92) -- 4 IP, 1 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 9 K (Double-A Corpus Christi)
Martin mixed six hits with one walk, throwing 48 of his 74 pitches for strikes as he recorded his first win of the season for the Express. He owns a 1.80 ERA through three starts, during which he’s racked up 18 strikeouts and allowed just nine hits over 15 innings. One level down, Bukauskas recorded nine of his 12 outs via the strikeout, including seven swinging strikeouts. It was a much-needed bounceback outing after the 22-year-old righty had allowed 17 earned runs and 12 walks over his previous eight innings.
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Mariners: Donnie Walton, SS (No. 30) 2-for-3, HR (3), 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R (Double-A Arkansas)
Both of Walton’s hits went for extra bases, as he connected on a three-run homer to right-center field in the third inning before opening the sixth with a double. The homer was the 24-year-old’s third of the season, putting him one big fly short of matching the total he posted last season in 119 games. Overall, he’s hit .284/.388/.463 in 19 games.
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Rangers: Sam Huff, C (No. 21) 2-for-2, HR (9), 2 BB, SB (Class A Hickory)
Huff’s solo blast in the second inning accounted for all of the Crawdads’ offense in their 3-1 loss to Lakewood. The 21-year-old catcher has gone deep in three straight games and five of his past six and leads the South Atlantic League with nine home runs.
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Braves: Austin Riley, 3B (No. 5, MLB No. 35) -- 2-for-3, HR (3), 2 RBI, 2 R, BB (Triple-A Gwinnett)
Riley boasts 60-grade power and hit 19 homers last season, but hadn't gone deep for Gwinnett since he hit a pair of homers on April 6. That changed in the third inning when Riley hit a two-run blast out to left. The 23-year-old has hits in four of his past five games and is hitting .231 this season.
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Marlins: Connor Scott, OF (No. 5) -- 1-for-5, HR (1), 2 RBI (Class A Clinton)
Scott, the 2018 first-round Draft pick, got off to a rough start in his first full season, going just 2-for-30 over his first eight games. However, Scott has hits in five of his seven games since, including his lone multihit effort this season. After hitting .218 through 50 games last season, Scott is hitting .148 through 15 games this year.
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Mets: Quinn Brodey, OF (No. 29) 4-for-4, 3B, 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R, SB (Class A Advanced St. Lucie)
After going 0-for-9 over the past two games, Brodey bounced back with the first four-hit game of his career to continue his red-hot start to the season. The 2017 third-round pick is hitting .355 and had hits in 15 of the 20 games he's played. The three RBIs also marked a season-high for Brodey and brought his season total to 16.
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Phillies: Alec Bohm, 3B (No. 1, MLB No. 56) 3-for-4, 2 2B, 1 R, 1 BB (Class A Lakewood)
Bohm continues to swing a hot bat and is hitting .366 after his fourth three-hit game of the season, a total he only reached once last season in his professional debut. Bohm, 22, has 10 extra-base hits -- two homers and eight doubles -- and has drawn 12 walks, while striking out 14 times.
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Nationals: Telmito Agustin, OF (No. 10) 1-for-5, HR (1), RBI (Class A Advanced Potomac)
Agustin hit six homers over 81 games last season and is on the board in 2019 after hitting his first homer in his 20th game of the season. The 22-year-old, who signed with the Nationals back in 2013, is hitting .224 and hit .273 a season ago.
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Brewers: Mario Feliciano, C (No. 14) -- 3-for-3, HR (4), 2 RBI, 2 R, BB (Class A Advanced Carolina)
Feliciano has homered twice in the past three games and is 7-for-11 with five RBIs over that span. The 20-year-old, the 75th overall pick from the 2016 Draft, was hampered by injuries and played in just 46 games a season ago, but is healthy and off to a strong start in 2019. Feliciano is hitting .315/.366/.521 with four homers and 13 RBIs through 21 games.
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Cubs: Cole Roederer, OF (No. 5) -- 2-for-4, 3B, 2 R, SB (Class A South Bend)
Roederer's two-hit game was his first since April 12, and he scored two runs for the first time this season in 16 games. The 19-year-old outfielder batted .275/.354/.465 with 13 extra-base hits and 13 steals last summer in the Rookie-level Arizona League after signing with the Cubs for $1.2 million as the No. 77 overall Draft pick.
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Cardinals: Tommy Edman, SS/2B (No. 11) -- 3-for-5, HR (2), 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R (Triple-A Memphis); Johan Oviedo, RHP (No. 19) -- 6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 4 K (Class A Advanced Palm Beach)
Edman capped his three-hit night for the Redbirds with a game-tying single in the top of the ninth inning. The 23-year-old switch-hitter's strong spring in big league camp has carried over into the regular season, as Thursday's performance gives him a .333/.370/.533 line through 17 games. Oviedo, 21, completed a season-high 6 2/3 innings of one-run, three-hit ball en route to his fourth consecutive win. The 6-foot-6 right-hander has been firing on all cylinders so far, pitching to a 1.63 ERA with 28 strikeouts over 27 2/3 frames (five starts).
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Pirates: Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B (No. 2, MLB No. 43) -- 1-for-4, BB, SB (Triple-A Indianapolis)
Hayes, 22, reached base twice and recorded his third steal in as many attempts in the Indians' loss against Gwinnett. He's cooled off lately, going 5-for-24 (.208) at the plate over his last six games.
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Reds: Jonathan India, 3B (No. 4, MLB No. 50) -- 1-for-4, HR (4), 3 RBI (Class A Advanced Daytona)
India's three-run blast in the first inning both put the Torgtugas on the board and served as the difference in their 3-2 victory over Bradenton. The home run, his second in as many days, extended the 2018 No. 5 overall pick's hitting streak to eight games, during which he's improved his season average from .174 to .266.
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D-backs: Blaze Alexander, SS (No. 9) -- 2-for-4, 3B, R, RBI, SB (Class A Kane County)
Making his 2019 debut, Alexander hit an RBI single to right field in his first at-bat of the season and later added a triple to finish 2-for-4. After an eye-opening pro debut in which he hit .329/.417/.538 with 29 extra-base hits across two rookie levels, the 2018 11th-round pick was held back in extended spring training to open the season as he recovered from an undisclosed injury.
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Dodgers: Cristian Santana, 3B (No. 26) -- Game 1: 4-for-4, HR (2), 4 R, 3 RBI; Game 2: 1-for-2, BB (Double-A Tulsa)
Santana stuffed the box scored in the opener and finished the day with five hits as Tulsa and Midland split a doubleheader. The 22-year-old third baseman has opened his first Double-A campaign on a tear, hitting .361 with 26 hits in 18 games.
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Giants: Camilo Doval, RHP (No. 24) -- 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (Class A Advanced San Jose)
The 21-year-old right-hander recorded his third straight scoreless appearance out of San Jose's bullpen, striking out three and allowing one hit in two innings. He's given up just one earned run in his past six outings after a rough start to his season.
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Padres: Tucupita Marcano, 2B (No. 21) -- 3-for-4, HR (1), 2B, 3 RBI, 3 R, BB, SB (2) (Class A Fort Wayne)
The 19-year-old infielder turned in his second straight three-RBI performance, as he put the TinCaps on the board with his first home run of the season in the first inning, added a run-scoring single in the fourth and pushed across a run via a bases-loaded walk in the eighth. His three hits and three runs scored both were season highs.
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Rockies: Brendan Rodgers, INF (No. 1, MLB No. 9) -- 3-for-5, 3B, 2B, 3 R; Sam Hilliard, OF (No. 9) -- 3-for-4, HR (7), 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R, SB (Triple-A Albuquerque)
Rodgers and Hilliard, the 'Topes five and six hitters, each tallied a team-high three hits and combined to score five runs in a loss to Salt Lake. Rodgers multihit performance was his third in his past five games, during which he's improved his average from .245 to .288. Hilliard has now gone deep five times in his last six games, giving the 6-foot-5 outfielder seven homers in 20 games for the season.
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William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

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