Rodgers, Blair among top prospect performers Tuesday

Rodgers, Blair among top prospect performers Tuesday

Rockies No. 1 prospect Brendan Rodgers continued what has been a solid start to his first full season by slugging a pair of two-run home runs on Tuesday in Class A Asheville's 11-9 loss to Lexington.

The multi-homer performance was the first of Rodgers' young career and extended his hitting streak to seven games. Through 12 games, the No. 10 overall prospect is hitting .298/.377/.574 with nine runs scored and nine RBIs.

Rodgers battled foot, hamstring and hip injuries last summer after the Rockies selected him third overall in the Draft, but he still managed to post a solid .273/.340/.420 batting line during his time in the Rookie-level Pioneer League. Fully healthy for 2016, the 19-year-old shortstop is already showing the power potential that made him such a highly touted amateur prospect and, ultimately, a Top 3 overall Draft pick.

With four home runs to his name this season, Rodgers has already surpassed his total from 2015, when he hit three long balls in 37 games for Rookie-level Grand Junction.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Tuesday

No. 26 overall prospect Gleyber Torres (Cubs' No. 1) connected on his first home run of the season as Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach fell to Winston-Salem, 6-5.

No. 29 overall prospect Aaron Judge (Yankees' No. 2) hit his second homer of the year, a three-run shot in the third inning, and drove in four runs as Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre blanked Buffalo, 7-0. The 23-year-old outfielder has collected hits in five straight games for the RailRiders, and he's hit safely in 10 of his first 11 games to begin the season.

No. 54 overall prospect Aaron Blair (Braves' No. 4 prospect) struck out 10 hitters (all swinging strikeouts) in seven no-hit innings as Triple-A Gwinnett rolled past Durham, 7-2. The 23-year-old righty has been outstanding in his first three turns for the Braves, going 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA and 22/5 K/BB ratio in 19 innings.

• After opening the season in a 4-for-37 rut, No. 82 overall prospect Cornelius Randolph (Phillies' No. 5) went 4-for-5 with his first home run of the season and three RBIs in Class A Lakewood's loss to Hagerstown.

Twins No. 6 prospect Stephen Gonsalves tossed seven innings of one-run ball in a no-decision as Class A Advanced Fort Myers' edged Jupiter, 2-1. The 6-foot-5 left-hander allowed two hits and one walk and struck out eight in the outing, throwing 65 of his 97 pitches for strikes. He's pitched to a 1.89 ERA in 19 innings this season, during which he's posted an 18/4 K/BB ratio and held opposing hitters to a .156 average.

Red Sox No. 7 prospect Sam Travis enjoyed his third straight game with multiple hits, going 4-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored as Triple-A Pawtucket defeated Rochester, 9-4. The 2014 second-rounder is swinging a hot bat to begin the season, with a .327 average, 10 runs scored and 10 RBIs through 13 games.

Dodgers No. 8 prospect Jharel Cotton struck out six hitters over five scoreless frames for Triple-A Oklahoma City in a rain-shortened shutout, his third as a professional. The 24-year-old righty allowed two hits and a walk in the outing, throwing 51 of his 72 pitches for strikes.

"What worked was my fastball command was better today," Cotton told MiLB.com. "I threw a lot of fastballs tonight, and my changeup worked off my fastball. I threw an awful lot of changeups last time and I think they got used to seeing it. I didn't throw it as much this time, and when I did, it was a lot more effective."

Red Sox' No. 10 prospect Michael Chavis went 2-for-4 and homered for the third straight game as Class A Greenville trounced Hickory, 16-4, and he's now hitting .388 on the season. Luis Alexander Basabe (Red Sox' No. 8) also had a big game, going 4-for-6 with his first home run of the season and two stolen bases, while catcher Austin Rea (No. 25) entered the home run column and drove in five runs as part of a 2-for-5 performance.

Phillies No. 15 prospect Tom Eshelman was dominant for a second straight start, allowing one run on two hits and striking out nine over seven innings in Class A Advanced Clearwater's win over Daytona. Acquired from Houston during the offseason in the Ken Giles trade, Eshelman, 21, owns a 0.95 ERA, 0.53 WHIP and 17/3 K/BB ratio through his first 19 frames in 2016.

Yankees Nos. 28 and 30 prospects Thairo Estrada and Trey Amburgey went a combined 6-for-10 with five extra-base hits in Class A Charleston's shutout of Columbia. Estrada went 3-for-5 with a pair of solo home runs, his first two long balls of the season, while Amburgey tallied two triples and a double in the contest. He's collected three hits in three in his last four games and owns a .349/.431/.651 batting line with nine extra-base hits and six steals through 11 games.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.