Cozens, Honeywell among top prospect performers Friday

Phillies' slugger impresses in doubleheader; Rays' No. 2 fires six scoreless

Cozens, Honeywell among top prospect performers Friday

For much of the season, it's been either Dylan Cozens or Rhys Hoskins pacing the Minor Leagues in home runs. On Friday, it was Cozens who took the outright lead as he belted his 36th and 37th home runs to help power Double-A Reading to a 9-1 rout against Erie in Game 1 of a doubleheader.

Cozens began the game 0-for-3 at the plate before he launched a solo shot in the top of the eighth inning. The Phillies' No. 7 prospect wasn't done yet, however, as he connected on a two-run homer in the following frame.

Cozens also starred for Reading in the nightcap, as he went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs to increase his Minor League-leading RBI total to 114. Though he failed to leave the yard in the contest, the 22-year-old outfielder delivered a key bases-clearing double, his 36th two-bagger, with two outs in the second inning. Cozens also swiped second base in the first inning, making him the first 20-homer, 20-steal player in the Minors this year.

Overall, Cozens has posted a .294/.372/.633 slash line through 117 games for the Fightin Phils, with 100 runs scored and 20 steals to go along with his impressive power numbers.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Friday

No. 10 overall prospect Austin Meadows hit a three-run home run to help power Indianapolis past Louisville, 8-7. The deep fly was the Pirates' No. 2 prospect's third with the Indians and seventh of the season. Overall, Meadows, 21, is hitting .290/.349/.569 with 44 extra-base hits and 13 steals through 72 games across three levels.

No. 46 overall prospect Brent Honeywell (Rays' No. 2) tossed six scoreless innings in what turned out to be a no-decision for Double-A Montgomery. The 21-year-old righty allowed four hits and struck out five, throwing 61 of his 91 pitches for strikes in the outing. He's posted a 2.14 ERA in eight starts since moving up to the Southern League.

No. 51 overall prospect Nick Senzel's (Reds' No. 1) torrid pro debut continued when he connected on his seventh home run as part of a 2-for-4 effort for Class A Dayton. The 2016 No. 2 overall Draft pick has hit .309 through 45 games for the Dragons, with 26 RBIs, 13 stolen bases and a 24-36 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

No. 60 overall prospect Jesse Winker (Reds' No. 3) connected on his first home run for Triple-A Louisville since April 29. It was his fifth homer of the season, as he'd gone deep twice for Louisville prior to landing on the disabled list in June, and then added two more during a rehab assignment. Though he hasn't offered much in the way of power this season, the 23-year-old outfielder still owns a solid .298 average and a .385 on-base percentage through 89 games this season.

• After sitting out Game 1 of Double-A Reading's doubleheader, No. 66 overall prospect Jorge Alfaro's bat proved the difference in the nightcap as the Phillies' No. 4 prospect went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and four RBIs in a 10-6 win over Erie. The multi-hit performance improved Alfaro's season average to .284, and he's now homered 12 times in 85 games for the Fightin Phils.

• Make it three straight scoreless outings for No. 83 overall prospect Mitch Keller. The Pirates' No. 5 prospect allowed just two hits and matched his season high by tossing seven scoreless innings for Class A West Virginia. Keller fanned five hitters and retired another 10 on ground balls as he required just 81 pitches (51 strikes) to complete the performance. All together, the 20-year-old right-hander has posted a 2.56 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP and a 124-16 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 119 1/3 innings (22 starts).

Braves No. 6 prospect Mike Soroka set a career high as he recorded eight strikeouts in seven innings for Class A Rome in a win over Asheville. The 2015 first-rounder allowed one earned run on four hits, with 65 of his 93 pitches going for strikes in the outing. With the performance, Soroka owns a 2.98 ERA through 130 innings in his full-season debut.

Twins No. 5 prospect Kohl Stewart pitched Double-A Chattanooga to a 2-1 win against Montgomery as he completed eight innings for a second time in three starts. The 21-year-old right-hander allowed one earned run on five hits and a walk while striking out five. It was his seventh win in 14 Double-A starts.

• A night after his first multi-homer game, Red Sox No. 21 prospect Bobby Dalbec went deep once again and collected four hits for the first time in his career for Class A Short Season Lowell. The 2016 fourth-rounder also scored twice and tallied four RBIs for the second time this season. Dalbec has enjoyed a productive start to his career, with a .373/.420/.680 batting line, five home runs and 21 RBIs through 20 games.

Phillies No. 29 prospect Alberto Tirado fanned nine of the 21 hitters he faced in Class A Lakewood's win over Delmarva. He scattered three hits and walked a pair in five innings. The 21-year-old right-hander has now struck out exactly nine hitters in three of his past four starts for the BlueClaws, with 35 strikeouts in 20 innings in that span.

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.