Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday.
After authoring one of the better offensive campaigns during the Minor League regular season, Alex Kirilloff is carrying his team deep into the Florida State League playoffs.
The Twins' No. 2 prospect (No. 30 overall) didn't make an out and recorded a career-high five hits as he powered Class A Advanced Fort Myers over Palm Beach, 3-1, and into the Florida State League finals. He finished 5-for-5 and also scored once in the victory.
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Kirilloff's perfect night at the dish comes one day after the 20-year-old outfielder connected on a solo homer as part of a 2-for-4 performance in the series opener, also a 3-1 victory. What's more, the 2016 first-rounder's torrid start in the postseason follows a regular season in which he batted .348/.392/.578 with 71 extra-base hits (20 HR, 7 3B, 44 2B) and 101 RBIs in 130 games between two levels.
Jose Miranda's (No. 29) two-run home run in the third inning started the scoring for the Miracle and ultimately proved the difference. The 20-year-old infielder finished 2-for-5 at the plate and drove in three runs during the two-game series. Overall, Miranda hit .264/.319/.417 with 16 home runs, 27 doubles and 82 RBIs in 131 games this season between Fort Myers and Class A Cedar Rapids.
More top prospect performances from Wednesday:
• No. 9 overall prospect Bo Bichette (Blue Jays' No. 2) and Cavan Biggio (No. 9) both doubled and combined for four RBIs as Double-A New Hampshire blanked Trenton, 8-0, in the first game of the Eastern League Eastern Division Series. Bichette led the way by going 2-for-5 with two RBIs, and Biggio plated a pair as part of a 1-for-3 performance. Right-hander T.J. Zeuch (No. 15) paced the Fisher Cats on the mound by tossing six scoreless innings in which he mixed eight hits with one walk and five strikeouts. He also induced eight ground-ball outs and threw 54 of 89 pitches for strikes.
MILB Video - Title: Watch: Biggio rips double - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=2471870783
• No. 19 overall prospect Taylor Trammell (Reds' No. 3) posted his second consecutive two-hit, two-RBI performance as Class A Advanced Daytona beat Clearwater, 6-5, to even the best-of-three Florida State League semifinals at one game apiece. Trammell's second hit was a go-ahead two-run single in the second inning, and he also reached once via a walk to finish 2-for-3 with one run scored. Spending his entire age-20 season in the Florida State League, Trammell slashed .277/.375/.406 with 31 extra-base hits and 25 steals in 110 games.
• A 3-for-4, three-RBI game from No. 37 overall prospect Keibert Ruiz (Dodgers' No. 2) wasn't enough to keep Double-A Tulsa from falling to Arkansas, 5-4, in the Texas League semifinals. Ruiz tallied a pair of singles, including a run-scoring knock in the fifth inning, and then temporarily put Tulsa ahead with a two-run homer in the top of the ninth. It was the third straight three-hit game for the 20-year-old catcher, who slashed .268/.328/.401 with 12 homers in 101 games during the regular season.
MILB Video - Title: Ruiz hits go-ahead homer - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=2471028683
• No. 80 overall prospect Kyle Lewis (Mariners' No. 1) hit an opposite-field, two-run homer and later scored the game-winning run to help Double-A Arkansas defeat Tulsa, 5-4, in the opener of the Texas League semifinals. He scored two runs and also stole a base in the victory, finishing 2-for-4 at the plate. The 23-year-old outfielder was plagued by injuries yet again in 2018 but ultimately finished on a positive note, hitting .385 with two home runs over his final eight regular-season contests.
MILB Video - Title: Lewis hits two-run homer - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=2471005983
• No. 93 overall prospect Shane Baz (Rays' No. 6) turned in his best start since joining the Rays from Pittsburgh as the PTBNL in the Deadline deal for Chris Archer. The 19-year-old right-hander worked a career-high 5 2/3 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits and one walk while striking out seven as Rookie-level Princeton fell to Elizabethton, 2-1, in the Appalachian League title game.
• Rockies No. 11 prospect Tyler Nevin and Bret Boswell (No. 29) combined for three home runs and five RBIs in Class A Advanced Lancaster's 8-4 win against Rancho Cucamonga in the California League semis. Two of the homers were Boswell's, as he connected on a solo blast in the first -- going back-to-back with Nevin -- and added a two-run shot in the seventh to finish 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Nevin's homer, a two-run shot, highlighted a 2-for-4 performance.
• A big night at the plate by Royals No. 6 prospect Nick Pratto was the difference as Class A Lexington defeated Rome, 3-1, in the opening game of the South Atlantic League semifinals. He did a bit of everything in the victory, going 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBIs and two stolen bases. The 2017 first-rounder finished his first full season on a tear, hitting .415/.479/.744 with 15 extra-base hits and 19 RBIs over his final 21 games.
MILB Video - Title: Pratto goes yard - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=2471225183
Leading Lexington on the mound was Jackson Kowar (No. 4), the No. 33 overall pick in this year's Draft. The 21-year-old righty permitted one earned run on five hits over five innings in what was the longest outing of his career. He struck out five, did not issue a walk and threw 36 of 57 pitches for strikes en route to his first career win. After a shaky start to his pro debut, Kowar gave up just two earned runs over his final 17 frames (five starts) down the stretch.
• Tigers No. 8 prospectDaz Cameron collected a team-high three hits and reached base in each of his four plate appearances as Triple-A Toledo downed Durham, 10-3, in the International League semifinals. Cameron's three hits were all singles, as the 21-year-old outfielder finished 3-for-3 with a walk, two RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base. The Tigers promoted Cameron to the Minors' highest level after he hit .272/.356/.418 with 47 extra-base hits and 22 steals in 111 games between Class A Advanced Lakeland and Double-A Erie.
MILB Video - Title: Cameron's third hit - Url: http://www.milb.com/r/video?content_id=2470702883