Keller, Meadows among top prospect performers Tuesday

Pair of Pirates players shine in impressive outings

Keller, Meadows among top prospect performers Tuesday

Mitch Keller may have moved up a level, but the results stayed the same.

Keller made his debut with Class A Advanced Bradenton and led the club to a 8-1 win over Jupiter on Tuesday.

The Pirates' No. 5 prospect spun six scoreless frames, struck out seven and surrendered five hits. Keller threw 88 pitches, 58 strikes.

"It's a new level, so [I was] definitely anxious -- nerves, ready to get going," Keller told MiLB.com. "New team, new everything. Same game, though. That's what [manager Brian] Esposito told me from the [Class A West Virginia] Power when he told me the news. He said, 'It's the same game, do the same thing and you'll be fine.' I took that and went with it and it really worked out."

While it's always nice to make a strong impression in a debut, the scoreless start was simply the latest in a string of several from the right-hander.

Keller, MLB Pipeline's No. 80 overall prospect, hasn't given up an earned run in any of his past five starts, a span of 29 innings. During that stretch, he's given up 18 hits and struck out 35.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Tuesday:

• Austin Meadows (Pirates' No. 2, No. 9 overall) broke out of his slump with a career-high five RBIs. After going hitless in four consecutive games, Meadows stepped up offensively for Triple-A Indianapolis, going 2-for-3 with the five runs driven in. The 21-year-old had a sac fly in the first, a two-run single in the third and a two-run homer in the fifth.

• Ian Happ (Cubs' No. 1, No. 24 overall) hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the ninth inning to win the game for Double-A Tennessee. The 2015 first-round pick went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs and is hitting .253 with five homers and 24 RBIs in 58 games since he was moved up to Tennessee.

Franklin Barreto (Athletics' No. 1, No. 47 overall) drove in a trio of runs for Double-A Midland. Barreto doubled as part of a 2-for-5 game and now has hits in 16 of his past 17 games.

Jorge Alfaro (Phillies' No. 4, No. 63 overall) hit his 14th homer of the season and has four RBIs over his past two games after going 3-for-5 with two RBIs for Double-A Reading. The 23-year-old has eight games with three or more hits this season.

• Derek Fisher (Astros' No. 6) continues to rake for Triple-A Fresno. The 23-year-old went 3-for-4 and has hits in 11 of his past 12 games, bumping his average up from .152 to .282 during that span.

Athletics' No. 7 Yairo Munoz was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle (he has three in 95 games) for Double-A Midland. However, the 21-year-old was still able to go 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Munoz has hit three homers in August, matching the most he's had in any month this season. He also hit three in May.

• Dwight Smith Jr. (Blue Jays' No. 27) hit his 13th homer of the season for Double-A New Hampshire. The 23-year-old went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, including his fourth homer of the month. Blue Jays No. 29 prospect Roemon Fields also went deep for New Hampshire as part of a 2-for-4 night.

Michael Reed (Brewers' No. 27) had just one hit for Triple-A Colorado Springs, but he certainly made it count. The 23-year-old outfielder jump-started the offense with a grand slam in the first inning and later added a sacrifice fly, finishing 1-for-3 with five RBIs.

• Trevor Clifton (Cubs' No. 8) posted his second consecutive scoreless start for Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach. The 21-year-old threw six innings, gave up three hits and struck out seven. Clifton hasn't allowed an earned run in four of his past five starts and has a 2.72 ERA through 23 outings.

• Andrew Suarez (Giants' No. 8) bounced back from a couple of rough starts with a gem for Double-A Richmond. Suarez scattered six hits across seven scoreless innings, struck out three and walked none while throwing 51 of his 84 pitches for strikes.

• Chance Sisco (Orioles' No. 2) continued his hot streak with his second four-hit game of the season for Double-A Bowie. Sisco was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate, marking his third consecutive multi-hit game and fifth in his past six contests.

Chih-Wei Hu (Rays' No. 6) pitched eight scoreless innings for Double-A Montgomery. The 22-year-old gave up just five hits in his second eight-inning start of the season.

Reds No. 17 prospect Sal Romano cruised through eight scoreless innings for the second time over a three-start stretch for Double-A Pensacola. The 22-year-old threw 58 of his 94 pitches for strikes, struck out six and allowed just two hits.

• Corey Ray (Royals' No. 25) struck out eight (tying his season high) for the second time in as many starts for Class A Advanced Wilmington. The 23-year-old walked one and gave up one run on two hits in 6 2/3 innings. Ray has been tough to hit lately, as the right-hander has given up one earned run or fewer in four consecutive starts.

• Ryan O'Hearn (Royals' No. 28) led the way for the Double-A Arkansas offense in its win over Tulsa. O'Hearn drove in five runs -- three via homer -- as part of his 3-for-5 game.

• Jordan Stephens (White Sox No. 10) is stockpiling strikeouts lately. After fanning 10 in his last outing, Stephens came out and set a season high with 11 for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. The 23-year-old gave up just three hits and fired five scoreless frames.

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.