Palka, Torres among top prospect performers Thursday

Twins' slugger continues to show prodigious power; top Cubs prospect goes deep, plates four

Palka, Torres among top prospect performers Thursday

Daniel Palka's home run barrage continued amid his promotion to Triple-A Rochester.

Palka, the Twins' No. 27 prospect, went deep in his first Triple-A before homering again in the seventh inning as part of a 3-for-5, two RBI debut.

The two-homer game continued a recent trend for Palka, who has 23 blasts in 80 games this year. The 24-year-old had a prolific June, mashing 13 homers in 26 games.

Palka has four multi-home run games this season, and although he's yet to surpass his career-high of 29 homers (set in 2015), he'll set a new mark before the year ends if he keeps hitting it out at such a rapid pace.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Thursday:

• Yoan Moncada (Red Sox No. 1, No. 5 overall) extended his hitting streak to seven games in Double-A Portland's 11-0 win over New Hampshire. Moncada finished 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs and had his fingerprints all over Portland's eight-run fifth. The 21-year-old singled and scored to lead off the frame then concluded the scoring in the inning with a three-run homer to center.

• A couple of top Rangers' prospects had good days at the plate. Joey Gallo hit his 15th homer of the season and collected three RBIs while going 4-for-5 for Triple-A Round Rock. Meanwhile, Lewis Brinson (Rangers' No. 2, No. 13 overall) hit a pair of triples for Double-A Frisco and now leads the Texas League with six.

"Just trying to make something happen," Brinson told MiLB.com. "The team's been going through a little bit of a rough patch here lately. Just trying to get on base and steal a bag or two and let our lineup do what it's been doing and do what it's capable of doing."

No. 24 overall prospect Gleyber Torres (Cubs' No. 1) hit his ninth homer of the season and increased his batting average to .268 -- a season-high -- for Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach. The young shortstop drove in four runs and finished 4-for-6.

• Amed Rosario (Mets' No. 2, No. 69 overall) continues to produce for Double-A Binghamton. It's been 16 games since the shortstop was promoted to the club and all he's done is hit .424 with eight extra-base hits and 12 RBIs. Rosario led his club to a win Thursday with a 3-for-4, two-RBI day against Hartford.

• Luke Weaver (Cardinals' No. 3) continues to be nearly untouchable for Double-A Springfield. The 22-year-old right-hander hasn't given up an earned run in 19 innings, including the six frames he put together in a loss to Corpus Christi. Weaver struck out seven, gave up two hits and now has a 0.83 ERA through seven starts with Springfield.

D-backs' No. 10 prospect Taylor Clarke is off to a good start in July after throwing eight innings of one-run ball for Double-A Mobile. The right-hander had good control all night, throwing 83 of his 117 pitches for strikes. Clarke gave up just two hits, walked none and struck out 10, a season-high. In two July starts, Clarke has allowed two earned runs in 15 innings.

Giants' No. 22 prospect Ty Blach threw eight innings on one-run ball for Triple-A Sacramento, which has been the norm for the lefty recently. Blach has totaled 24 frames over his last three starts and allowed just three earned runs, while striking out 24..

Mariners' No. 4 prospect Tyler O'Neill is off to a good start in Double-A Jackson's game against Tennessee. The suspended game will resume in the top of the fifth on Friday at 6:35 p.m. ET, but O'Neill has already homered and gone 2-for-2 with three RBIs. O'Neill has six RBIs over his past two games and four hits in his last seven at-bats.

Nationals' No. 16 prospect Rafael Bautista was consistently making his way around the bases in Double-A Harrisburg's win over Erie. Bautista went 4-for-5 with an RBI and three runs..

• Chris Paddack's (Padres' No. 11) scoreless streak came to an end after 18 innings, but the right-hander still made a good impression on his new teammates at Class A Fort Wayne. Making his first start as a member of the Padres' organization, Paddack gave up six hits and one run in four innings. He also struck out six.

Keury Mella spun his first scoreless start of the season for Class A Advanced Daytona. The Reds' No. 6 prospect spread four hits across six innings, walking four and striking out three. Mella threw 53 of his 87 pitches for strikes and didn't allow a single runner to reach third base.

Reds' No. 16 prospect Scott Schebler hit his third homer of the month as part of a 3-for-4 game with Triple-A Louisville. Schebler's 10th homer of the season, a two-run blast, highlighted a three-run third that gave Louisville a 5-1 lead.

Red Sox No. 5 prospect Michael Kopech made the most of his Class A Advanced Salem debut. The right-hander, who missed three weeks with a calf injury and was activated from the DL prior to the game, gave up one hit over four innings. Kopech walked three and struck out six.

• Hunter Dozier (Royals' No. 14) is seemingly impossible to get out lately. The third baseman went 3-for-5 for Triple-A Omaha and is hitting a scorching .600 during his current nine-game hitting streak.

• Jordan Montgomery (Yankees' No. 18) bumped his scoreless streak up to 18 1/3 innings with seven scoreless frames for Double-A Trenton. Montgomery, who has a 2.47 ERA through 16 starts, walked two and struck out four in the 2-1 win over Bowie.

2016 Draft

• No. 1 overall pick Mickey Moniak hit his first professional home run, a pinch-hit three run homer for the GCL Phillies. Moniak finished 2-for-3 with four RBIs.

• Pirates' 23rd-round selection Garrett Brown made the most of Rookie level Bristol's doubleheader by going 6-for-6 with a double.

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