Kopech, Brinson among top prospect performers Tuesday

Red Sox's No. 5 prospect fans 10 in six scoreless; Brewers' No. 2 goes 4-for-4 in org. debut

Kopech, Brinson among top prospect performers Tuesday

When Michael Kopech missed the first two months of the season with a broken right hand, there were questions about how the right-hander would perform upon his return.

Consider those questions answered.

The No. 81 overall prospect struck out 10, a career-high, in six scoreless innings for Class A Advanced Salem. Kopech threw 53 of his 78 pitches for strikes, walked one and surrendered one hit.

While that line is impressive, it's nothing new as the 20-year-old has been twirling gems ever since he returned to the mound. Kopech, the Red Sox's No. 5 prospect, has held opponents scoreless in four of his seven starts this season and has posted a 1.10 ERA in 32 2/3 innings.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Tuesday:

No. 21 overall prospect Lewis Brinson introduced himself to his new organization with a 4-for-4 day at the plate. The Brewers No. 2 prospect showed off his offensive prowess for Triple-A Colorado Springs a day after he was traded from the Rangers as part of the Jonathan Lucroy deal.

Cubs No. 2 prospect Eloy Jimenez (No. 31 overall) extended his hitting streak to nine games for Class A South Bend. The 19-year-old went 3-for-4, marking his 10th three-hit game of the season. Jimenez has two or more hits in seven of the nine games during his streak and is hitting .347 through 95 games this season.

No. 32 overall prospect Mickey Moniak (Phillies' No. 2) extended his hitting streak to six games and bumped his average up to .326 with a 2-for-5 day for the GCL Phillies. The 18-year-old drove in his 22nd run of the year and added a double and triple.

Indians No. 1 prospect Bradley Zimmer (No. 33 overall) hit his first Triple-A homer and went 3-for-4 for Triple-A Columbus. Zimmer has hits in six of eight games since his promotion, but this was also his first three-hit night at the higher level.

• Another day, another hit for Francisco Mejia. Such is life for Indians No. 4 prospect.The No. 100 overall prospect extended his hitting streak to 44 games, the eighth longest in Minor League history, with a single in the first inning. The catcher finished 2-for-3 with an RBI for Class A Advanced Lynchburg.

• It was déjà vu for Max Pentecost (Blue Jays' No. 14) as he went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and a pair of RBIs for Class A Lansing. This came a day after Pentecost went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBIs.

Blue Jays' No. 21 prospect Yennsy Diaz set a season-high with eight strikeouts in six scoreless frames for Rookie-level Bluefield. The 19-year-old walked one and gave up two hits in his first scoreless outing of the season.

• Kyle Muller (Braves' No. 12) extended his scoreless streak to 11 innings in a start for the GCL Braves. Muller, the Braves' 2nd-round selection, gave up two hits and struck out five in three innings. The lefty has a 1.02 ERA through 17 2/3 innings and hasn't given up an earned run in three consecutive starts.

• Luiz Gohara (Mariners' No. 5) twirled another gem for Class A Clinton. The lefty gave up one run on two hits in seven innings and has given up a total of two earned runs over 13 frames in his past two starts. Gohara has carved up lineups all season as he is 5-1 with a 1.94 ERA through nine starts across two levels.

• Andrew Moore (Mariners' No. 10) needed just 97 pitches to notch his first career shutout. The 22-year-old struck out four and gave up just five hits in Double-A Jackson's 1-0 win over Montgomery. Moore is now 7-1 with a 2.78 ERA since joining the Generals.

Nationals' No. 27 prospect Joan Baez hurled one of his best starts of the season for Class A Hagerstown as he gave up one run on five hits in six innings. Baez struck out eight and threw 59 of his 91 pitches for strikes.

Phillies' No. 8 prospect Roman Quinn's rehab assignment is going quite well. The outfielder went 3-for-4 with a double and a stolen base with the GCL Phillies and has a hit in each of the six games he's played with the squad. Over his past four games, Quinn is 9-for-16.

Ben Lively (Phillies' No. 24) led the way in Triple-A Lehigh Valley's 2-1 win over Scranton-Wilkes/Barre. The 24-year-old right-hander gave up one run (unearned) on three hits in eight innings. Lively walked one and fanned eight.

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.