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Other top prospect performances from around the Minors on Saturday
• Yoan Moncada (White Sox No. 1, No. 2 overall) continued his hot start with Charlotte, hitting his first Triple-A home run in a 15-5 win over Norfolk. Moncada is hitting a red-hot .500 (8-for-16) after posting a .918 OPS with 15 homers in 106 games between Class A Advanced Salem and Double-A Portland in the Red Sox organization last year.
• Gleyber Torres (Yankees’ No. 1, No. 3 overall) went 2-for-4 with a double for Trenton in his first taste of Double-A action. The 20-year-old shortstop is coming off a spectacular Spring Training showing with the Yankees, batting .448 with six doubles, a triple and two homers in 29 Grapefruit League at-bats. Chance Adams, the Yankees’ No. 8 prospect, fired 5 2/3 no-hit frames in the same contest.
• Michael Kopech (White Sox No. 3, No. 15 overall) dazzled in his Double-A debut, which was also his debut in the White Sox organization after being acquired in the December trade of Chris Sale to Boston. The 20-year-old right-hander hit 102 mph with his fastball and struck out 10 batters over 4 1/3 innings in Birmingham’s 8-7 win over Jackson.
Kopech struck out the side in each inning from the second to the fourth. Overall, he surrendered two runs on three hits (including a home run) and walked two.
• Mickey Moniak (Phillies’ No. 2, No. 18 overall) went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs in Class A Lakewood’s 8-4 win over Kannapolis. The 2016 No. 1 overall Draft pick is batting .429 (6-for-14) over his first three Class A games.
• The Cubs’ pipeline of stellar prospects continued to shine on Saturday night, led by another prodigious power display from Ian Happ (Cubs’ No. 2, No. 26 overall) and Jeimer Candelario (Cubs’ No. 4, No. 93 overall). Each went deep for the second time in as many games for Triple-A Iowa against Oklahoma City.
Candelario hit a three-run shot to left in the first inning, and Happ added a two-run blast in the third. Candelario finished 2-for-5 with five RBIs, increasing his early Pacific Coast League-leading total to 10.
• Kyle Tucker (Astros’ No. 2, No. 33 overall) belted his first Carolina League home run, a solo shot in Class A Advanced Bueis Creek’s 9-4 win over Winston-Salem. In 117 games between Class A Quad Cities and Class A Advanced Lancaster last season, the 20-year-old outfielder hit .285/.360/.438 with nine home runs and 32 stolen bases in 44 attempts.
• Tyler O’Neill (Mariners’ No. 2, No. 34 overall) blasted his first Triple-A home run, a three-run shot in Tacoma’s 6-5 loss to Sacramento. At Double-A Jackson last season, the 21-year-old outfielder hit .293/.374/.508 with 24 homers in 130 games on his way to Southern League MVP honors. In 29 Spring Training at-bats with the Mariners, he hit .310 with four doubles and a homer.
• Franklin Barreto (A’s No. 1, No. 50 overall) homered for the second consecutive game in Triple-A Nashville’s 8-3 win over Round Rock. He’s 8-for-14 (.571) in three games to begin the year. The 21-year-old’s hot start to the Minor League season is a continuation of a scorching 27-at-bat Cactus League performance, in which he batted .481 with a triple and a homer.
• Rowdy Tellez (Blue Jays’ No. 5) homered in his first two Triple-A at-bats on Saturday, both solo shots to help lift Buffalo to an Opening Day win over Scranton Wilkes-Barre. Tellez hit .281 with two doubles and a homer in 32 Spring Training at-bats for Toronto. At Double-A New Hampshire last season, Tellez hit 23 homers while batting .297/.387/.530 in 124 games.
• Daniel Johnson (Nationals’ No. 29) had a huge game for Class A Hagerstown, hitting two homers and driving in five runs against Asheville. He hit just one homer in 245 at-bats across 62 games with the New York Penn League’s Auburn Doubledays last season.
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