Moncada, Benintendi among top prospect performers Sunday

No. 1 prospects for Braves, Padres continue to show improvement

Moncada, Benintendi among top prospect performers Sunday

The Red Sox's dynamic duo were at it again on Sunday as Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi went a combined 7-for-9 at the plate with six extra-base hits and six runs scored to help Double-A Portland defeat Binghamton, 8-1.

Moncada, No. 2 on the Top 100, had another big game out of the leadoff spot for the Sea Dogs, finishing a home run short of the cycle and scoring four runs. The Red Sox's top-ranked prospect reached base four times in the contest, finishing 3-for-4 with a walk.

As for Benintendi, the No. 7 overall prospect and Red Sox's No. 2, went 4-for-5 at the plate, hitting a pair of two-run home runs as well as two doubles en route to driving in five of Portland's eight runs.

With three more hits on Sunday, Moncada now is batting .289/.368/.563 over 32 games since being promoted to Double-A. Benintendi, meanwhile, lifted his Double-A batting line to .295/.357/.515, and he's now tallied eight home runs as well as 18 doubles in 63 games for the Sea Dogs.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Sunday

No. 5 overall prospect Dansby Swanson (Braves' No. 1) went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run to help power Double-A Mississippi past Pensacola. The 2015 No. 1 overall Draft pick now has gone deep eight times in 73 games for the M-Braves, while the multi-hit performance improved his overall batting line to .262/.337/.414.

No. 21 overall prospect Anderson Espinoza (Padres' No. 1) turned in his best performance since joining the Padres' system as he tossed five innings of three-hit ball for Class A Fort Wayne. The 18-year-old right-hander walked a pair and fanned four while completing five or more innings for the 11th time in 20 starts this season.

No. 55 overall prospect Franklin Barreto's bat proved the difference in Double-A Midland's win versus Corpus Christi, as the A's No. 1 prospect hit a two-run homer and a double as part of a 3-for-5 game at the plate. It was the 20-year-old shortstop's sixth multi-hit performance in his last 11 contests.

No. 73 overall prospect Jake Thompson picked up a win for a fifth straight start as Triple-A Lehigh Valley defeated Rochester, 5-1. The Phillies' No. 5 prospect allowed one earned run on four hits, struck out a pair and generated 12 ground-ball outs, with 59 of his 101 pitches going for strikes in the outing. Thompson, 22, is 8-0 in last 11 starts since the beginning of June, during which he's posted a stellar 1.21 ERA across 74 1/3 innings.

• 2016 fourth-rounder and Tigers No. 6 prospect Kyle Funkhouser tallied four strikeouts and yielded two hits as he tossed a career-best four scoreless innings for Class A Short Season Connecticut. The 22-year-old righty owns a 3.60 ERA through his first 20 innings (seven starts) as a professional, during which he's accrued 15 strikeouts against two walks without allowing a home run.

Braves No. 6 prospect Mike Soroka lowered his ERA to 3.17 with six scoreless innings for Class A Rome in a win over Greenville. The 2015 first-rounder scattered five hits and struck out six en route to throwing 86 pitches (59 strikes) in the outing.

Mets No. 8 prospect Thomas Szapucki's run of dominance continued Sunday as he piled up 10 more strikeouts in seven innings for Class A Short Season Brooklyn, though an unearned run in the fifth inning made the 20-year-old southpaw a tough-luck loser in the contest. A fifth-round Draft pick in 2015, Szapucki has posted a miniscule 0.44 ERA and 0.85 WHIP over 41 1/3 innings this season (seven starts) between the Appalachian and New York-Penn Leagues. He's struck out 65 hitters against 13 walks in the span, while holding opposing hitters to a .152 average.

Marlins No. 11 prospect J.T. Riddle hit a solo home run as part of a 2-for-4 performance to extend his hitting streak to 20 games for Double-A Jacksonville. Though he's swung the bat well for the better part of the month, the 24-year-old has been especially hot of late, hitting an even .500 (19-for-38) over his last 10 games.

Yankees No. 13 prospect Chance Adams improved to 12-0 this season and 7-0 as a member of Double-A Trenton as he tossed 5 1/3 scoreless frames in the nightcap of a doubleheader sweep against Altoona. The 2015 fifth-rounder has been outstanding so far in his first full season, posting a 2.41 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 123-33 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 108 1/3 innings (21 starts) between the Class A Advanced and Double-A levels. Opposing hitters, meanwhile, are batting just .166 against the 21-year-old righty.

• In game one of Trenton's double dip, Yankees No. 15 prospect Billy McKinney, acquired along with Gleyber Torres in last week's Aroldis Chapman blockbuster, went 2-for-2 with a solo home run and two runs scored. Before heading to the Yankees, the 21-year-old outfielder batted .252/.355/.322 over 88 games for Double-A Tennessee.

Rockies No. 20 prospect Yency Almonte was at his best for Class A Advanced Modesto as he fired seven scoreless innings and matched his season high with 11 strikeouts. The 22-year-old righty scattered five hits and walked one, throwing 58 of his 97 pitches for strikes.

Dodgers No. 30 prospect Edwin Rios slugged his first Double-A home run to help power Tulsa past Arkansas, 4-3. The home run was the 23rd of the season for the 2015 sixth-round Draft pick, who went deep six times for Class A Great Lakes and then hit 16 bombs in 42 games for Class A Rancho Cucamonga before moving up to the Texas League on July 28.

Twins No. 30 prospect LaMonte Wade connected on a pair of home runs and tallied three RBIs, though it wasn't enough to keep Class A Advanced Fort Myers from losing to Clearwater. After hitting four home runs in 56 games for Class A Cedar Rapids, the 22-year-old outfielder has gone deep four times in his first 27 games for the Miracle.

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