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The 23-year-old threw a season-high 98 pitches (63 strikes) and walked just one, while also matching his season high with seven strikeouts en route to earning his fourth win.

Meanwhile Funkhouser, who was stuck with a no decision, continues to prove his promotion was well deserved.

After going 4-1 with a 3.16 ERA through seven starts for Class A West Michigan, the Tigers’ No. 6 prospect was promoted to Class A Advanced Lakeland, where he gave up two runs and struck out 10 over 7 2/3 innings in his first start.

Friday was Funkhouser’s second start for the Flying Tigers, and he was even better as he fanned nine over six scoreless. The right-hander, a fourth-round pick a year ago, gave up six hits and threw 60 of his 97 pitches for strikes.

Other top prospect performances from Friday’s action:

No. 6 overall prospect Austin Meadows (Pirates’ No. 1) has six hits in his past nine at-bats after going 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs for Triple-A Indianapolis. Meadows hit his third homer of the season in the Indians’ win, but he wasn’t the only prospect to go deep as Max Moroff (Pirates’ No. 22), who finished 3-for-5, moved into a tie atop the International League with his 13th homer of the year.

No. 12 overall prospect Brendan Rodgers (Rockies’ No. 1) hit a pair of homers for the third time in his career in Class A Advanced Lancaster’s win over Inland Empire. Rodgers, who is batting .369 through 29 games, finished 2-for-5 with the two home runs and three RBIs in his third straight multihit game.

No. 20 overall prospect Clint Frazier (Yankees’ No. 2) continues to blast the ball out of the yard as he homered in his third straight game for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Frazier, who has nine home runs this season, has gone deep six times this month and is 5-for-12 (.417) over the past three games.

“It’s just been the confidence level,” Frazier told MiLB.com. “I think once I kind of changed that a little bit with a few good games in a row, it helped to be able to turn the page and be a little quicker whenever you’re swinging better. Overall, it’s just about continuing to stick with my approach and keep doing what’s working and stick with the pregame routine.”

No. 35 overall prospect Francisco Mejia (Indians’ No. 2) has hits in all five games since returning from the disabled list after going 3-for-5 with an RBI for Double-A Akron. Mejia has multiple hits in two of those games and is batting .314 through 26 contests in his first stint at the Double-A level.

• Orioles No. 4 prospect Ryan Mountcastle became the second player in the history of the Class A Advanced Frederick Keys to hit three homers in a game, as he finished 4-for-4 with three RBIs. Mountcastle, who has 11 homers this season, went deep in the first, third and sixth innings. He also singled in the fifth.

• Phillies No. 4 prospect Nick Williams is on quite a tear for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 23-year-old extended his hitting streak to nine games with a 2-for-4 performance that included a homer and three RBIs. Williams is hitting .353 (12-for-34) during his streak and has gone deep five times.

• Pirates No. 4 prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes reached base in all five plate appearance for Class A Advanced Bradenton in a win over Jupiter. Hayes turned in his third three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-3 at the plate, while also drawing a pair of walks. Hayes also made an impact once he was on base, stealing two bags and scoring a trio of runs.

• Jake Junis (Royals’ No. 5) spun his first scoreless start of the season as he threw 100 pitches, including 70 strikes, over seven innings for Triple-A Omaha. Junis gave up just two hits and matched his career high with 12 strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 2.48 through six starts (36 1/3 innings).

Angels No. 6 prospect Grayson Long picked up his third win in seven starts for Double-A Mobile after giving up one run across six innings. Long tied his season high with eight strikeouts while giving up three hits and walking two.

• Dodgers No. 19 prospect DJ Peters put together the second two-homer game of his career, going 2-for-4 with two homers and three RBIs for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. Peters capped the Quakes’ three-run first inning with a solo homer and then hit a two-run blast in the third, giving him seven on the season.

• Corbin Burnes (Brewers’ No. 20) moved to 5-0 after posting anther strong start for Class A Advanced Carolina. Burnes, who has a 1.05 ERA through 10 starts (60 innings), gave up three hits over seven scoreless frames while also notching double-digit strikeouts for the first time in his career. After the game, Burnes was promoted to Double-A Biloxi.

Marlins No. 29 prospect Destin Hood continues to power the ball out of the park for Triple-A New Orleans. Hood finished 2-for-4 with a homer in the Baby Cakes’ win and has gone deep in four consecutive games. The 27-year-old has five homers over that span and has hit nine over his past 12 games, bringing his total to 13 through 46 contests.

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.

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