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Thursday's top prospect performers

@wboor
May 16, 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:

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays: Kevin Smith, SS/3B (No. 6) -- 3-for-5, 2B, RBI (Double-A New Hampshire)
Smith has recorded back-to-back multihit games and is 5-for-9 over that span after getting off to a slow start this season. The 22-year-old had been mired in a brutal 0-for-34 stretch (11 games) and as a result is hitting .175 through 33 games this season. Last year, in his full-season debut, Smith hit .302 over 129 games.
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Orioles: Keegan Akin, LHP (No. 6) -- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K (Triple-A Norfolk)
Akin picked up the win for the second time in as many starts and has seemingly turned a corner, giving up one run over 12 2/3 innings over those two starts. The 24-year-old had a 4.94 ERA through his first six starts this season, but his last two starts have been his best. Akin threw 57 of his 85 pitches for strikes and the nine strikeouts brought his season total to 45 (40 innings).
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Rays: Brendan McKay, LHP/DH (No. 3, MLB No. 29) -- 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K (Double-A Montgomery)
McKay’s stellar season continued as the two-way prospect lowered his ERA to 1.51 with another strong start on the mound. The 2017 first-round pick hasn’t allowed a run over his last 13 innings and he’s already amassed 53 strikeouts through 35 2/3 innings this season. Offensively, McKay hasn’t had quite the same success this season and is hitting .167 through 21 games.
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Red Sox: Jarren Duran, OF (No. 10) 3-for-5 (Class A Advanced Salem)
Duran, the 220th pick (seventh round) of the 2018 Draft, has been red hot all year and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down. The 22-year-old is hitting .413 through 35 games this season and is currently working on an eight-game hitting streak, a streak that includes four three-hit games. For as impressive as he’s been this season, Duran also hit well last year, posting a .357 average over 67 games in his professional debut.
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Yankees: Luis Gil, RHP (No. 13) -- 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K (Class A Charleston)
Gil, whom the Yankees acquired via a trade from the Twins in March 2018, has struggled with command this season, but didn’t have any issues on Thursday as he threw 64 of his 92 pitches for strikes and didn’t issue a walk for the first time all year. The 20-year-old hasn’t allowed an earned run in five of his seven starts this season and has a 0.82 ERA. While Gil has struggled with walks, he’s had no issues with generating strikeouts and has 48 through 33 innings.
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AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL

Indians: Daniel Johnson, OF (No. 22) 2-for-4, 3B, HR, RBI (Double-A Akron)
Johnson homered for the second time in as many days and extended his hitting streak to nine games with the two-hit performance. Johnson, who is hitting .262 on the year, followed up a strong spring with a .275 mark in April and after cooling down a bit in May, has started to pick it back up. Johnson, whom the Indians acquired in November, has already hit nine homers this season, two more than he had in 96 games last season.
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Royals: Brady Singer, RHP (No. 1, MLB No. 50) -- 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K (Class A Advanced Wilmington)
The 18th overall pick from last year’s Draft set a career high with 10 strikeouts and fired 64 of his 95 pitches for strikes. Singer, who didn’t pitch after the Draft last season, is making his professional debut and has a 2.47 ERA with 43 strikeouts through 43 2/3 innings (eight starts). Singer notched just two strikeouts in his last start, but managed at least one in each of his six innings this time around.
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Tigers: Bryan Garcia, RHP (No. 19) 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K (Double-A Erie)
After four solid appearances with Class A Advanced Lakeland, Garcia was bumped up to Double-A and his debut was perfect. Garcia, who threw 18 of his 27 pitches for strikes, struck out the first three batters he faced, induced a popup and then whiffed two more to conclude his outing. Garcia pitched across four levels, reaching as high as Triple-A in 2017, but he missed the 2018 campaign as he recovered from Tommy John surgery.
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Twins: Travis Blankenhorn, 2B/3B/OF (No. 28) 2-for-5, 2 HR, 2 RBI (Double-A Pensacola)
Blankenhorn boosted his average to an even .300 with the third two-homer game of his career and his first of the season. The 22-year-old put Pensacola on the board first with a solo blast in the first inning and then broke a tie with his homer in the fifth. However, Mobile eventually came away with the win. After hitting 11 homers over 124 games last season, Blankenhorn has gone deep six times in 2019.
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White Sox: Nick Madrigal, 2B (No. 5, MLB No. 44) -- 2-for-5, HR, RBI (Class A Advanced Winston-Salem)
Madrigal, playing in his 76th career game, hit his first professional homer in the first inning of Winston-Salem’s win over Myrtle Beach. The 5-foot-7, 165-pound Madrigal was picked fourth overall in last year’s Draft and was highly regarded as the best pure hitter in his Draft class. Madrigal hit .303 over 43 games in his professional debut and is hitting .256 through 33 games this season.
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AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST

A’s: Luis Barrera, OF (No. 13) 1-for-3, 3B (Double-A Midland)
Barrera’s third triple of the season extended his hitting streak to five games for Midland. The 23-year-old, who signed with the A’s back in 2012, put together the best year of his career in 2018 and after raking with Class A Advanced Stockton, he was promoted to Midland where he hit .328 over the final six games. This year, Barrera is hitting .275 through 20 games.
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Angels: Jordyn Adams, OF (No. 6) 2-for-5, 2 RBI (Class A Burlington)
Adams, the Angels' first-round pick from a season ago, has struggled in his first full campaign and is hitting .190 through 33 games. However, some struggles shouldn’t be a total surprise as Adams, while toolsy, was a multisport star in high school and may develop faster now that he’s focused solely on baseball. Over the past two games Adams is 4-for-9, perhaps a sign that he’s starting to heat up.
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Astros: Yordan Alvarez, OF (No. 3, MLB No. 26) -- 3-for-5, 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI (Triple-A Round Rock); Jeremy Pena, SS (No. 25) -- 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, HR, 4 R, 3 RBI (Class A Quad Cities)
Alvarez hit a three-run homer in the first and followed it up with a solo blast in the fifth, giving him his second multi-homer game of the season. Alvarez is 6-for-10 over the past two games and has been on an absolute tear all season. The 21-year-old is hitting .410 and leads the Minors in several offensive categories, including homers (17), RBIs (53), slugging percentage (.903) and on-base percentage (.497). Pena, the Astros’ third-round pick from last year’s Draft, fell a single shy of the cycle, but did extend his hitting streak to five games and has three hits in back-to-back performances. The 21-year-old went 0-for-2 with a walk over his first three plate appearances and then doubled, tripled and homered in fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
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Mariners: Ljay Newsom, RHP (No. 30) 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K (Class A Advanced Modesto)
A 26th-round pick from the 2015 Draft, Newsome put together his second scoreless outing of the year and lowered his ERA to 2.26 through nine starts. Johnson struggled with Modesto in 2018 and posted a 4.87 ERA over 26 starts, but has clearly fared much better in the current campaign.
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Rangers: Eli White, INF (No. 16) 2-for-4, HR, RBI (Triple-A Nashville)
White, whom the Rangers acquired from the A’s back in December, is starting to heat up. The 24-year-old has hits in nine of his past 10 games and has also homered twice in the past three games, bringing his season total to three. White hit .306 last year at the Double-A level and while his average has dipped to .277 this year, he’s handling the bump up relatively well. He has, however, struck out 42 times in 130 at-bats.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves: Bryse Wilson, RHP (No. 7, MLB No. 80) -- 7.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K (Triple-A Gwinnett), Alex Jackson, C (No. 26) –- 3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI (Triple-A Gwinnett)
After giving up eight runs over 10 innings in his past two starts, Wilson fired 65 of 95 pitches for strikes and turned in his best start of the season. The 21-year-old, a fourth-rounder from 2016, gave up a leadoff single but then retired eight in a row and really started cruising. After giving up a run in the fourth, Wilson, who made his Major League debut last year and has appeared in two MLB games this season, went on another run and retired nine in a row. Jackson hit his seventh homer of the year and his sixth of the month in the third inning and then added an RBI single in the sixth. The three-hit game matched a season high for Wilson, who is hitting .274 this year.
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Marlins: Braxton Garrett, LHP (No. 7) -- 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K (Class A Advanced Jupiter), Jorge Guzman, RHP (No. 9) -- 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K (Double-A Jacksonville)
Garrett was a first-round Draft pick back in 2017 but pitched just 15 1/3 innings before he had Tommy John surgery, which also caused him to miss the entire 2018 campaign. Garrett is back on the mound this year and has been solid, pitching to a 3.10 ERA through six starts (29 innings). The scoreless start was his first of the season and the seven strikeouts, a number he's reached four times this year, matched his season high. Guzman, whom the Marlins acquired from the Yankees in 2017, also set a season high for strikeouts and matched his career high. The 23-year-old struck out two in each of the first three innings and then struck out the side in the fourth in his second scoreless start of the season.
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Mets: Mark Vientos, 3B (No. 3) 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI (Class A Columbia)
Vientos, 19, hit his third homer of the season, a two-run blast in the ninth inning of Columbia’s win over Augusta. The second-round pick from last year’s Draft hit .287 in Rookie ball last year and is hitting .240 so far this season.
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Nationals: Kyle Johnston, RHP (No. 25) -- 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K (Class A Advanced Potomac)
Johnston, a sixth-round pick from the 2017 Draft, has kept opponents off the board in two of his past three starts and has struck out 17 in his last 13 innings. Johnston had a pair of rough starts earlier in the year, but has otherwise been solid for the Nationals. Pitching across two levels in 2018, Johnston posted a 4.12 ERA over 102 2/3 innings.
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Phillies: Mickey Moniak, OF (No. 9) 2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI (Double-A Reading)
Moniak, the No. 1 overall pick in 2016, struggled to hit in his first full season (.236), but bounced back and hit .270 in 2018. While that season provided a sense of optimism, Moniak got off to a slow start again in 2019. After hitting .195 in May, the 21-year-old has heated up a bit and has hits in six of his past seven games, but is still slashing .227/.255/.432.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL

Brewers: Braden Webb, RHP (No. 12) 4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 4 BB, 5 K (Class A Advanced Carolina)
Webb began the year with Double-A Biloxi, but got off to a rough start and gave up 15 earned runs in 15 innings before being sent down to Carolina. With the Mudcats, Webb has made a pair of starts and the results have been much better. The 24-year-old has given up two runs over 9 2/3 innings and has also amassed eight strikeouts over that span.
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Cardinals: Dylan Carlson, OF (No. 6) 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, HR, 4 RBI (Double-A Springfield)
Carlson did the hard parts, but came up a single shy of the cycle. However, he did mange to match his career high for RBIs and extend his hitting streak to five games. Carlson has had multiple hits in three straight games (7-for-13) and is hitting .293 this season. The 20-year-old was a first-round pick back in 2016 and is playing at the Double-A level for the first time.
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Cubs: Oscar De La Cruz, RHP (No. 22) 6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 K, 1-for-2, HR (Double-A Tennessee)
De La Cruz did a little bit of everything as he led the Smokies to a win over Jackson. Making his second start with Tennessee this season, De La Cruz threw 58 of his 96 pitches for strikes and pitched into the seventh inning for the first time this season. At the plate, he drove in Tennessee’s first run of the game with a solo homer, the first of his career.
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Pirates: Will Craig, 1B (No. 14) 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI (Triple-A Indianapolis)
After going 0-for-8 over the past two games, Craig got back in the hit column and swatted his 10th homer of the season, bringing him halfway to his 2018 total. Taken in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2016 Draft, Craig hit .271 in 2017 but only managed to his six homers. Last year his average dipped to .248, but his power numbers exploded and his slugging percentage jumped from .371 to .448. This yeah he’s slugging .496 and hitting .248.
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Reds: Mariel Bautista, OF (No. 19) 2-for-4, 2B, RBI (Class A Dayton)
Bautista signed with the Reds back in 2014 out of the Dominican Republic and spent his first two summers in the Dominican Summer League. He made his US debut in 2017 and hit .320 and then followed that up with a .330 average last year. The 21-year-old is hitting .246 this season, but has shown a good feel for hitting throughout his young career. He’s also swiped 16 bases in each of the past two seasons and already has eight in 2019.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST

D-backs: Matt Peacock, RHP (No. 30) 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K (Double-A Jackson)
Pitching at the Double-A level for the first time, Peacock has pitched to a 2.41 ERA through 33 2/3 innings. The right-hander, a 23rd-round pick out of South Alabama (2017), threw 42 of his 62 pitches for strikes and matched his season high with five strikeouts. Peacock retired the first nine batters he faced before walking the first batter he faced in the fourth. Peacock quickly retired the next three batters and then worked around a base hit in the fifth, finishing his second scoreless start of the season.
D-backs prospects stats »

Dodgers: Keibert Ruiz, C (No. 1, No. 32 in MLB) 4-for-4, HR, 2 RBI (Double-A Tulsa)
Ruiz hit his second homer of the year and put together a four-hit game for the first time since 2017. Ruiz hit .268 with Tulsa last year and is hitting .278 this time around. The 20-year-old signed with the Dodgers in 2014 and has developed into one of the best catching prospects in all of baseball.
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Giants: Jake Wong, RHP (No. 7) -- 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K (Class A Augusta)
Scoreless starts are becoming the norm for Wong as he hasn’t surrendered a run in three of his past four outings. The 22-year-old, San Francisco's third-round pick from last year’s Draft, has a 1.99 ERA so far in his full-season debut. Wong was also impressive after the Draft last year when he pitched to a 2.30 ERA over 11 starts.
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Padres: Tucapita Marcano, 2B (No. 18) 3-for-4, 2 2B (Class A Fort Wayne)
Marcano lifted his average up to .312, the highest it’s been all season, with his second multihit performance in as many days. The 19-year-old, who signed with the Padres in 2016, has hits in four straight games and is off to a rapid start, slashing .312/.374/.404. Of course, hitting is nothing new for Marcano as he raked at a .366 clip last year. Marcano has also shown an impressive strike-zone awareness and has drawn 12 walks, while striking out 19 times.
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Rockies: Vince Fernandez, OF (No. 24) -- 3-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI (Double-A Hartford)
After hitting his eighth homer of the season on Wednesday, Fernandez followed up with a two-homer game on Thursday. Whats more, Fernandez’s last two-homer game came exactly a year ago, on May 16, 2018. The 10th-round pick from the 2016 Draft got off to a fast start with a two-run homer in the first and then added a solo homer in the sixth. Fernandez is hitting .287 in his first taste of life at the Double-A level.
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William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.