Tucker, Martin lead Buies Creek to victory

Tucker, Martin lead Buies Creek to victory

Astros prospects Kyle Tucker and Jason Martin have been swinging hot bats lately, and the trend continued Saturday as the duo led Class A Advanced Buies Creek to an 8-2 win over Down East.

Tucker, ranked as the Astros' No. 2 prospect and 30th on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list, and Martin (Astros' No. 26) combined for five hits and five RBIs as the Astros won for the fifth time in six games.

The duo put Buies Creek on top early as they jump-started a six-run first. Martin led off the game with a single and after the next two batters reached via a hit by pitch and walk, Tucker cleared the bases with a three-run double.

Martin, who finished 3-for-6 with two RBIs, has six hits in his past 10 at-bats after posting back-to-back three hit games in the midst of a five-game streak.

Tucker finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs -- his fifth game with three or more RBIs this season -- and has also hit in five straight with multiple hits in three of those games.

Other top prospect performances from Saturday's action:

No. 10 overall prospect Eloy Jimenez (Cubs' No. 1) is quickly making up for lost time with Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach. Jimenez, who began the season on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs and is hitting .320 through his first seven games.

No. 29 overall prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays' No. 1) did it all for Class A Lansing as he finished a perfect 3-for-3 in a rain-shortened loss to South Bend. Guerrero Jr., who is batting .328 through 35 games, reached in all four plate appearances, scored twice and collected a season-high three RBIs.

Angels top prospect Jahmai Jones had three hits for the second time in three days for Class A Burlington. Jones, the Angels' second-round pick in 2015, helped get the Bees off to a fast start as he singled and scored in the first, tripled and scored in the second and singled and scored again in the fourth on his way to a 3-for-5 night.

• Luis Castillo (Reds' No. 6) put together another strong start for Double-A Pensacola, giving up one earned run in seven innings. Castillo, who has allowed just one run in two of his past three outings, gave up seven hits but struck out five and didn't walk a batter.

• Grayson Long (Angels' No. 6) put together another scoreless start, his second of the season, for Double-A Mobile. The 22-year-old gave up two hits over six innings and struck out five while throwing 53 of his 92 pitches for strikes.

• Red Sox's No. 8 prospect Michael Chavis extended his hitting streak to eight with his second multi-homer game of the season for Class A Advanced Salem. Chavis hit a pair of solo homers, bringing his season total to 10, and also added a double, finishing 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

• Peter Lambert (Rockies' No. 8) spun a gem for Class A Advanced Lancaster, giving up just one hit over seven scoreless innings. The 20-year-old right-hander retired the final eight batters he faced and was in control all night, throwing 63 of his 89 pitches for strikes, walking one and striking out six.

• Jacob Faria (Rays' No. 9) led Durham to a 6-0 win over Gwinnett with one of his best starts of the season. Faria flirted with a no-hitter through five innings before ultimately giving up a hit in the sixth. It was the lone hit the right-hander surrendered as he threw 6 1/3 scoreless frames, issuing two walks and striking out nine, including three of the final four batters he faced.

• Reds' No. 10 prospect Alfredo Rodriguez and No. 12 Chris Okey led Class A Advanced Daytona to a doubleheader sweep of Tampa. Okey did the damage in the first game, going 1-for-3 with six RBIs, four of which came via his first homer of the season -- a grand slam. Rodriguez, who went 0-for-4 in the first game, stole the show in the second game as he was a perfect 5-for-5 with four RBIs. Both the five hits and four RBIs were career highs for Rodriguez, who is in his first full season with the Reds.

• Estevan Florial (Yankees' No. 16) matched his career high with four hits for Class A Charleston. The 19-year-old outfielder was heavily involved in Charleston's big day. The RiverDogs scored 18 runs on 20 hits while Florial scored four runs and drove in three.

Marco Gonzales (Cardinals' No. 19) continues to look sharp in his return from Tommy John surgery. Gonzales, in his third start since the surgery, threw 6 1/3 scoreless innings for Triple-A Memphis, lowering his ERA to 0.68. The lefty walked one, gave up four hits and struck out four. Through three starts this season, Gonzales has given up just two runs on nine hits over 19 1/3 innings.

Mariners' No. 27 prospect Kyle Waldrop collected three hits and drove in four runs for the second time in as many games. In the first half of Double-A Arkansas' doubleheader, Waldrop went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs. The 25-year-old drove in runs via base hits in the first and fifth innings while driving in a pair with his sixth homer of the season in the third.

• Connor Joe (Pirates' No. 29) was perfect at the plate in the first four-hit game of his career. Joe hit a trio of doubles on his way to a 4-for-4 night in Double-A Altoona's 4-1 win over Erie.

William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.