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Jackson Holliday, SS, Orioles: The 2022 No. 1 overall pick missed an opportunity to hit for the cycle when High-A Aberdeen’s game was called after five innings due to inclement weather, but he still managed to post the best game of his brief pro career. Holliday hit a two-run homer, tripled and doubled as part of a six-RBI day in the team’s loss to Winston-Salem. Holliday has now reached base in all 30 games this season and is boasting a 1.138 OPS between both levels of Class A.

Slade Cecconi, RHP, D-backs: After a pair of solid, if not spectacular, seasons to start his pro career, Cecconi has struggled mightily this season in his first test of Triple-A. On Tuesday the 2020 supplemental first-rounder from Miami posted his best start of the season, striking out seven and walking three over five one-hit innings. Cecconi stands out for a pair of above-average or better offerings in his mid-90s fastball and hard-breaking, mid-80s slider to go with above-average control, but his lack of an average third offering could force a move to the bullpen, where his stuff could play up.

Deyvison De Los Santos, 3B, D-backs: De Los Santos excelled in his first full season of pro ball in 2022, crushing 22 homers and driving in 106 runs between both levels of Class A and Double-A. Back at Double-A Amarillo to start the 2023 season, De Los Santos has struggled to find his footing, but on Tuesday he crushed his fourth homer of the season, a two-run shot, in the team’s loss to Frisco.

Elly De La Cruz, SS, Reds: De La Cruz continued his red-hot month of May with a 2-for-3 effort on Tuesday, driving in two and scoring once in a win over Jacksonville. The 21-year-old is one of the most exciting players in the minor leagues, boasting three plus-plus tools, and it might not be long before he makes his big league debut.

Nick Gonzales, SS/2B, Pirates: Gonzales on Tuesday extended his hit streak to eight games, crushing his third home run of the season and doubling as part of a three-RBI day.

Colt Keith, 3B, Tigers: Keith turned in the best game of his pro career in Double-A Erie’s 18-8 win over Harrisburg on Tuesday. The 21-year-old hit for the cycle as part of a 6-for-6, two-homer, seven-RBI day. After a slow start to the month Keith has collected at least one hit in three consecutive games.

Jasson Dominguez and Austin Wells, Yankees: The Yankees Nos. 3 and 5 prospects, respectively, combined for six hits in 12 at-bats and drove in six in Double-A Somerset’s win over Reading. Wells…

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