Pipeline preview: Hader looks to turn things around
By William Boor
Here's a look at top prospects to watch Saturday in Minor League action:
Hitter to watch: Bobby Bradley (Indians' No. 3), Lynchburg vs. Carolina (6:30 p.m. ET)
With two homers and seven RBIs over his past five games, it's safe to say Bradley is locked in. In addition to slugging his 18th homer of the season in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Friday, the 20-year-old also showed off patience at the plate, drawing a pair of walks. Bradley scored three runs and impacted the game in several ways, a trend he'd obviously like to continue into the weekend.
Triple-A competition has gotten the better of Hader lately as the lefty has surrendered 18 earned runs over his past 15 2/3 innings (four starts). The No. 52 overall prospect hasn't pitched into the sixth inning since mid-June, and his current stretch is the most adversity he's faced all year. This will be a good test for Hader, who is more than capable of making adjustments and putting this rough patch behind him.
Danish got roughed up a bit in his first few Triple-A starts, but the 21-year-old gave up just one run in five innings in his last outing. That appearance was Danish's best since he was optioned to Triple-A on June 14. The right-hander struggled in two of three relief outings with the White Sox this year, but if he can build on that last start, he may find himself back up in the Majors before the season is over.
Kuhl spent the past three weeks with the Pirates, and after a decent showing in the Majors, will be making his first start back at the Triple-A level. The 23-year-old gave up one hit and threw six scoreless innings against the Nationals in his last outing. With some Major League experience under his belt, it will be worth watching to see how Kuhl incorporates the lessons he learned going forward.
Saturday's Top 100 probables:
No. 30 Robert Stephenson (Reds' No. 2), Louisville vs. Lehigh Valley (Triple-A)
No. 52 Josh Hader (Brewers' No. 4), Colorado Springs vs. Round Rock (Triple-A)
No. 58 Braden Shipley (D-backs' No. 1), Reno vs. Las Vegas (Triple-A)
More top prospect probables:
Tyler Danish (White Sox No. 10), Charlotte vs. Indianapolis (Triple-A)
Chad Kuhl (Pirates' No. 16), Indianapolis vs. Charlotte (Triple-A) Mike Clevinger (Indians' No. 7), Columbus vs. Pawtucket (Triple-A) Jharel Cotton (Dodgers' No. 9), Oklahoma City vs. New Orleans (Triple-A) Zach Lee (Mariners' No. 19), Tacoma vs. Salt Lake (Triple-A)
Harrison Musgrave (Rockies' No. 25), Albuquerque vs. Salt Lake (Triple-A) Gabriel Ynoa (Mets' No. 13), Las Vegas vs. Reno (Triple-A)
Mitch Brown (Indians' No. 29), Akron vs. Altoona (Double-A)
Jalen Beeks (Red Sox No. 28), Portland vs. Binghamton (Double-A)
Tyler Beede (Giants' No. 3), Richmond vs. Harrisburg (Double-A) Jake Esch (Marlins' No. 9), Jacksonville vs. Mobile (Double-A)
David Hess (Orioles' No. 13), Bowie vs. Erie (Double-A) Nick Pivetta (Phillies' No. 18), Reading vs. Hartford (Double-A)
Felix Jorge (Twins' No 23), Chattanooga vs. Jackson (Double-A)
Ryan Yarbrough (Mariners' No. 11), Jackson vs. Chattanooga (Double-A)
Lucas Sims (Braves' No. 10), Mississippi vs. Tennessee (Double-A)
Brad Markey (Cubs' No. 29), Tennessee vs. Mississippi (Double-A)
Eric Skoglund (Royals' No. 27), Northwest Arkansas vs. Springfield (Double-A)
Jordan Montgomery (Yankees' No. 18), Trenton vs. New Hampshire (Double-A) Sal Romano (Reds' No. 14), Pensacola vs. Biloxi (Double-A)
Daniel Gossett (Athletics' No. 23), Midland vs. San Antonio (Double-A)
Dinelson Lamet (Padres' No. 11), San Antonio vs. Midland (Double-A)
Matt Hall (Tigers' No. 29), Lakeland vs. St. Lucie (Class A Advanced)
Zach Thompson (White Sox No. 21), Winston-Salem vs. Potomac (Class A Advanced)
Austen Williams (Nationals' No. 21), Potomac vs. Winston-Salem (Class A Advanced)
Michael Kopech (Red Sox No. 4), Salem vs. Frederick (Class A Advanced)
Fernando Romero (Twins' No. 15), Fort Myers vs. Clearwater (Class A Advanced) Keury Mella (Reds' No. 5), Daytona vs. Bradenton (Class A Advanced)
Justin Anderson (Angels' No. 21), Inland Empire vs. San Jose (Class A Advanced) Akeem Bostick (Astros' No. 28), Lancaster vs. High Desert (Class A Advanced)
Patrick Weigel (Braves' No. 29), Rome vs. West Virginia (Class A) Trey Supak (Brewers' No. 30), Wisconsin vs. Lak County (Class A)
Jacob Nix (Padres' No. 9), Fort Wayne vs. Beloit (Class A)
Ronnie Williams (Cardinals' No. 19), State College vs. Auburn (Class A Short Season)
Luis Escober (Pirates' No. 21), West Virginia vs. Connecticut (Class A Short Season)
Adonis Medina (Phillies' No. 16), Williamsport vs. Batavia (Class A Short Season)
Ian Kahaloa (Reds' No. 26), Billings vs. Grand Junction (Rookie)
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.