Pipeline preview: Bellinger, Ortiz among prospects to watch

Pipeline preview: Bellinger, Ortiz among prospects to watch

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Cody Bellinger (Dodgers' No. 5)

A hip injury sidelined Bellinger for most of the season's first month, and he went just 4-for-37 with zero extra-base hits in his first 11 games after finally making his 2016 debut on April 30. Since then, however, the No. 96 overall prospect is hitting .375 (15-for-40) with four home runs, three doubles and 11 RBIs over his last 11 games for Double-A Tulsa. On Sunday, the 20-year-old first baseman/outfielder powered the Drillers to a 6-4 win over Northwest Arkansas with his go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the 11th inning. He'll look to stay hot today when Tulsa takes on the Naturals once again in a game that can be seen on MiLB.TV at 12:05 p.m. ET.

Pitcher to watch: Luis Ortiz (Rangers' No. 4)

Ortiz, No. 69 overall on the Top 100, was outstanding during his short time with Class A Advanced High Desert this season, posting a 2.60 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP and a 28-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 27 2/3 innings across seven outings (six starts). The Rangers liked what they saw from the 20-year-old enough to challenge him with a promotion to Double-A Frisco, for whom he'll make his debut at home against San Antonio on MiLB.TV at 12:05 p.m. ET.

Duel of the day:

Monday's top prospect pitching matchup once again features a pair of promising Class A arms, with Devin Williams (Brewers' No. 9) and Cody Reed (D-backs' No. 14) set to square off when Wisconsin hosts Kane County at 1:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV. The Brewers held back Williams in extended spring training to start the season after the 21-year-old righty experienced a minor shoulder injury in Minor League camp. He scuffled in his season debut for Wisconsin but fared much better in his latest turn, striking out five hitters in four innings of one-run ball. Reed, meanwhile, is coming off his worst start of the season (2.1 IP, 4 ER) but has been excellent otherwise, with a 2.13 ERA and a stellar 39-to-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 25 1/3 innings (five starts) for the Cougars.

Top Prospects: Reed, ARI

Monday's Top 100 prospect probables

No. 37 Francis Martes (Astros' No. 3), Corpus Christi at Midland (7:30 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
No. 63 Braden Shipley (D-backs' No. 1), Reno at New Orleans (7 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
No. 65 Amir Garrett (Reds' No. 4), Pensacola at Jacksonville (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

More top prospect probables

Nate Smith (Angels' No. 3), Salt Lake vs. Memphis (AAA)
Jon Harris (Blue Jays' No. 4), Lansing at Great Lakes (A)
Joe Gatto (Angels' No. 6) vs. Kyle Wilcox (Mariners' No. 28), Burlington at Clinton (A)
Kohl Stewart (Twins' No. 7) vs. Ian Clarkin (Yankees' No. 10), Fort Myers vs. Tampa (A-Advanced)
Logan Allen (Padres' No. 7) vs. Sandy Baez (Tigers' No. 20), Fort Wayne vs. West Michigan (A)
Chris Lee (Orioles' No. 7), Bowie at Hartford (AA)
Tyrell Jenkins (Braves' No. 8), Gwinnett at Norfolk (AAA)
Casey Meisner (A's No. 9), Stockton vs. Visalia (A-Advanced)
Matt Strahm (Royals' No. 10), Northwest Arkansas vs. Tulsa (AA)
Jairo Labourt (Tigers' No. 11), Lakeland vs. Charlotte (A-Advanced)
Gabriel Ynoa (Mets' No. 13), Las Vegas vs. Nashville (AAA)
Roniel Raudes (Red Sox's No. 14), Greenville at Asheville (A)
Adam Plutko (Indians' No. 15) vs. Clay Holmes (Pirates' No. 15), Akron at Altoona (AA)
Kyle Crick (Giants' No. 17), Richmond at Binghamton (AA)
Nick Pivetta (Phillies' No. 18), Reading vs. Erie (AA)
Ryne Stanek (Rays' No. 18), Montgomery at Birmingham (AA)
Yeudy Garcia (Pirates' No. 18), Bradenton vs. Dunedin (A-Advanced)
Sandy Alcantara (Cardinals' No. 19), Peoria vs. Beloit (A)
Cale Coshow (Yankees' No. 22), Trenton vs. New Hampshire (AA)
Trey Nielsen (Cardinals' No. 22), Springfield at Arkansas (AA)
Carson Sands (Cubs' No. 23) vs. Casey Shane (Indians' No. 29), South Bend at Lake County (A)
Michael Mader (Marlins' No. 25), Jupiter vs. Brevard County (A-Advanced)
Brad Markey (Cubs' No. 29), Tennessee vs. Biloxi (AA)
Mitch Brown (Indians' No. 30), Lynchburg at Myrtle Beach (A-Advanced)

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