Pipeline preview: Mejia looks to extend streak again
By William Boor
Here's a look at top prospects to watch in Wednesday in Minor League action:
Hitter to watch: Francisco Mejia (Indians' No. 8), Lynchburg vs. Wilmington (6:30 p.m. ET)
It's hard not to expect a hit when Mejia comes to the plate these days. The Indians' prospect will look to extend his hitting streak to 40 games in Wednesday night's contest. The catcher extended his streak to 39 with a single in the second inning of Tuesday's game. He has collected a hit in every game he's played since May 25 and has multiple hits in 17 of the 39 games.
Pitcher to watch: Phil Bickford (Giants' No. 2), San Jose vs. Bakersfield (3:30 p.m. ET)
The No. 99 overall prospect is adjusting well to life at a new level. Bickford, 21, was promoted to San Jose on June 17 and has posted a 2.77 ERA in five starts since then. Command was an issue in his last start, but overall Bickford has issued 23 walks in 86 innings, while striking out 101.
Voth gave up a season-high six earned runs in his last start so it will be interesting to see how the right-hander responds. Aside from that rough outing, Voth has been consistent and effective for the Chiefs. Voth has thrown at least six innings in 12 of his 19 starts and held opponents to two earned runs or fewer on 11 separate occasions.
Lively, like Voth, is also trying to get back on track. However, Lively's struggles have been a bit more pronounced. After going 3-1 with a 3.20 ERA in June, the 24-year-old is just 1-3 with a 5.48 ERA in July. Overall, Lively is 4-4 with a 3.68 ERA in 11 starts since he was promoted to Triple-A on May 27.
Wednesday's Top 100 probables:
No. 15 Jose Berrios (Twins' No. 1), Rochester vs. Pawtucket (Triple-A)
No. 36 Francis Martes (Astros' No. 3), Corpus Christi vs. San Antonio (Double-A)
No. 99 Phil Bickford (Giants' No. 2), San Jose vs. Bakersfield (Class A Advanced)
More top prospect probables:
Austin Voth (Nationals' No. 9), Syracuse vs. Lehigh Valley (Triple-A)
Ben Lively (Phillies' No. 29), Lehigh Valley vs. Syracuse (Triple-A)
Brady Lail (Yankees' No. 19), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre vs. Buffalo (Triple-A) Raul Alcantara (Athletics' No. 15), Nashville vs. Colorado Springs (Triple-A) Shawn Morimando (Indians' No. 15), Columbus vs. Norfolk (Triple-A) Steven Brault (Pirates' No. 17), Indianapolis vs. Gwinnett (Triple-A)
Jaime Schultz (Rays' No. 18), Durham vs. Toledo (Triple-A) Brock Stewart (Dodgers' No. 26), Oklahoma City vs. Memphis (Triple-A) Clayton Blackburn (Giants' No. 10), Sacramento vs. Reno (Triple-A) Anthony Banda (D-backs' No. 14), Reno vs. Sacramento (Triple-A)
Sam Howard (Rockies' No. 23), Hartford vs. Bowie (Double-A)
John Means (Orioles' No. 28), Bowie vs. Hartford (Double-A) Kyle Crick (Giants' No. 16), Richmond vs. Akron (Double-A)
Ricardo Pinto (Phillies' No. 10), Reading vs. Binghamton (Double-A)
Jen-Ho Tseng (Cubs' No. 21), Tennessee vs. Chattanooga (Double-A) Connor Sadzeck (Rangers' No. 25), Frisco vs. Midland (Double-A) Rookie Davis (Reds' No. 11), Pensacola vs. Montgomery (Double-A) Chih-Wei Hu (Rays' No. 12), Montgomery vs. Pensacola (Double-A)
Chase De Jong (Dodgers' No. 17), Tulsa vs. Springfield (Double-A)
Josh Staumont (Royals' No. 17), Northwest Arkansas vs. Arkansas (Double-A)
Jordan Stephens (White Sox No. 12), Winston-Salem vs. Frederick (Class A Advanced)
Zack Littell (Mariners' No. 12), Bakersfield vs. San Jose (Class A Advanced)
Yeudy Garcia (Pirates' No. 18), Bradenton vs. St. Lucie (Class A Advanced) Jeff Brigham (Marlins' No. 24), Jupiter vs. Charlotte (Class A Advanced)
Tyler Alexander (Tigers' No. 12), Lakeland vs. Dunedin (Class A Advanced)
Domingo Acevedo (Yankees' No. 9), Tampa vs. Brevard County (Class A Advanced)
Jake Stinnett (Cubs' No. 19), Myrtle Beach vs. Carolina (Class A Advanced)
Brett Graves (Athletics' No. 28), Stockton vs. High Desert (Class A Advanced)
Casey Shane (Indians' No. 28), Lake County vs. South Bend (Class A)
Imani Abdullah (Dodgers' No. 22), Great Lakes vs. Dayton (Class A)
Jake Woodford (Cardinals' No. 11), Peoria vs. Quad Cities (Class A)
Yennsy Diaz (Blue Jays' No. 19), Bluefield vs. Kingsport (Rookie)
Sam Pastrone (Angels' No. 23), Orem vs. Billings (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.