Devers, Bauers among top prospect performers Thursday

Red Sox prospect goes deep twice; Rays' No. 3 fills stat sheet with perfect day at plate

Devers, Bauers among top prospect performers Thursday

Rafael Devers jogged around the bases a couple of times for Class A Advanced Salem, but his two homers were not enough as Salem fell to Myrtle Beach, 3-2.

The multi-homer game was the first of the season for the Red Sox's No. 3 prospect, although Devers now has a trio of two-homer games in his career.

Devers hit his 10th homer of the season out to right field in the fourth inning, then he tried to spark a late rally, leading off the ninth with his 11th blast, tying his career high set in 2015.

The No. 21 overall prospect has been swinging the bat well lately and has hits in 12 of his past 13 games, including his 2-for-4, two-RBI night Thursday. Devers has collected eight RBIs in his past five games and is hitting .326 through nine games in the month of August.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Thursday:

• Make that six RBIs in three games for Rockies top prospect Brendan Rodgers (No. 7 overall), as he drove in a trio of runs in a 2-for-4 performance with Class A Asheville.

Sean Newcomb (Braves' No. 3, No. 54 overall) has allowed one earned run or fewer in four of his past five outings after throwing six scoreless frames for Double-A Mississippi. The lefty gave up just two hits and struck out eight.

"I've been feeling really good lately," Newcomb told MiLB.com. "Even the two [starts] before the last two, I was feeling good. I've been able to work down in the zone and I'm throwing everything for strikes."

• Jesse Winker (Reds' No. 3, No. 60 overall) had a perfect day at the plate for Triple-A Louisville. Winker, who is hitting .303 in 83 games with the Bats, went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. The 22-year-old also has eight games with three or more hits this season.

Jake Bauers (Rays' No. 3, No. 84 overall) filled up the box score for Double-A Montgomery. Bauers reached base in all five of his plate appearances, drawing two walks and going 3-for-3 with two doubles and a homer. The first baseman also drove in a pair of runs and scored four times.

• Stephen Gonsalves (Twins' No. 4, No. 97 overall) spun his second complete game of the year and gave up just one unearned run for Double-A Chattanooga. The 22-year-old lefty gave up three hits, struck out eight and has now tossed 15 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run.

• Matt Thaiss' (Angels' No. 1) professional career has gotten off to a fast start, and that trend continued with a 3-for-4 night with Class A Burlington. The Angels' first-round selection has hits in 10 of his past 11 games and at least two hits in three straight.

• Richie Martin (Athletics' No. 7) provided the bulk of the offense in Class A Advanced Stockton's win over Modesto. The 21-year-old shortstop drove in five runs, going 2-for-5 with a grand slam. The five RBIs marked a career high for Martin, who entered play with 21 RBIs in 67 games and had only driven in three runs in a game once in his career.

• Dwight Smith Jr. (Blue Jays' No. 27) set a career high with four stolen bases and extended his hitting streak to nine games, going 2-for-3 with Double-A New Hampshire. The 23-year-old has swiped 10 bags through 103 games this season after stealing just four in 117 games in 2015.

Braves No. 13 prospect Austin Riley recorded his seventh three-hit game of the year with Class A Rome. The 19-year-old went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer and three RBIs.

• Oscar De La Cruz (Cubs' No. 7) fired 57 of his 76 pitches for strikes and left without allowing an earned run for the third time in six professional starts. De La Cruz struck out six over five hitless innings for Class A South Bend.

Dodgers No. 12 prospect Omar Estevez had quite a night for Class A Great Lakes. The second baseman hit his first career grand slam and drove in five runs -- a career high -- as part of a 3-for-5 night.

• Mets first-round pick Justin Dunn (New York's No. 4) hasn't allowed an earned run in six of seven appearances after throwing three scoreless frames for Class A Short Season Brooklyn. Dunn walked three but didn't allow a hit while striking out six, a career high.

• Carter Kieboom (Nationals' No. 6) hit his first professional homer as part of a 2-for-4 day with the Rookie-level GCL Nationals. Washington's first-round pick has hits in five of his past six games and is batting .253 through 25 games.

A.J. Cole (Nationals' No. 14) completed at least seven innings for the fourth consecutive start and racked up a season-high 10 strikeouts for Triple-A Syracuse. The 24-year-old gave up two earned runs on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings while throwing 72 of his 90 pitches for strikes.

Royals No. 16 prospect Foster Griffin turned in one of his best starts in recent memory for Class A Advanced Wilmington. The lefty scattered six hits across six scoreless frames, a much-needed quality start after posting an ERA of 8.02 in June and 7.90 in July.

• Luis Alexander Basabe (Red Sox No. 8) turned in his third four-hit game of the season, going 4-for-5 for Class A Greenville. Basabe has two or more hits in each of his past three games and is in the middle of a modest five-game hitting streak.

• Kyle Funkhouser (Tigers' No. 6) extended his scoreless streak to 12 innings with three scoreless frames for Class A Short Season Connecticut. The 22-year-old was in complete command, striking out five and giving up just two hits.

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.