Pipeline preview: Cotton set for second Sounds start

Pipeline preview: Cotton set for second Sounds start

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

Mejia streak watch: Indians No. 4 prospect Francisco Mejia aims to extend his 47-game hit streak as Lynchburg visits Potomac at 7:05 p.m. ET.

Hitter to watch: Jairo Beras (Rangers' No. 13), High Desert at San Jose (10 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Beras has been on a power surge of late for Class A Advanced High Desert, having hit five home runs in his last 10 games entering Tuesday. The 21-year-old outfielder has swung a hot bat in 32 games since the All-Star break, posting a .266/.316/.532 batting line with nine home runs. For the season, Beras is hitting .249 with 17 home runs and 17 doubles through 83 games for the Mavericks.

Top Prospects: Beras, TEX

Pitcher to watch: Jharel Cotton (A's No. 16), Nashville at Round Rock (8:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Cotton is set to make his second start as a member of the A's after coming over from the Dodgers at the Trade Deadline along with Grant Holmes and Frankie Montas in the deal for Josh Reddick and Rich Hill. The 24-year-old right-hander picked up the win in his first turn for Triple-A Nashville on Aug. 4, when he allowed one earned run and fanned five in six innings. Cotton has yielded 18 home runs in 103 1/3 innings, resulting in a 4.70 ERA, but he's been otherwise solid, posting a 1.15 WHIP with 124 strikeouts and 33 walks in that span.

Top Prospects: Cotton, OAK

Duel of the day: Sean Newcomb (Braves' No. 3) vs. Josh Taylor (D-backs' No. 27), Mississippi vs. Mobile (8 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Newcomb, No. 56 on the Top 100, set a season high with 10 strikeouts and allowed one earned run on three hits over 6 2/3 innings in his last start for Double-A Mississippi, one of his better performances in 2016. The 23-year-old left-hander has piled up 17 strikeouts against three walks across his past two turns, giving him an overall strikeout-to-walk ratio of 118-60 through 112 innings (22 starts). He enters the day with a 5-7 record, 4.26 ERA and a .238 opponents' batting average.

Top Prospects: Newcomb, ATL

Taylor has yet to suffer a loss in six starts since being promoted to Double-A Mobile, during which he's posted a 1.72 ERA and 0.90 WHIP over 36 2/3 innings. Before moving up to the Southern League, the 23-year-old southpaw struggled to the tune of a 5.65 ERA over 78 innings in the Class A Advanced California League, though he did record 77 strikeouts in that span.

Top Prospects: Taylor, ARI

Tuesday's Top 100 prospect probables
No. 54 Amir Garrett (Reds' No. 2), Louisville at Charlotte (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
No. 89 Sean Reid-Foley (Blue Jays' No. 2), Dunedin at Daytona (7:05 p.m. ET)

More top prospect probables
Kyle Freeland (Rockies' No. 8), Albuquerque vs. Las Vegas (Triple-A)
Shawn Morimando (Indians' No. 13), Columbus at Toledo (Triple-A)
Brock Stewart (Dodgers' No. 15), Oklahoma City at Iowa (Triple-A)
Steven Brault (Pirates' No. 15), Indianapolis at Buffalo (Triple-A)
Chad Green (Yankees' No. 21), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre vs. Lehigh Valley (Triple-A)
Sam Coonrod (Giants' No. 5), Richmond vs. Trenton (Double-A)
Connor Sadzeck (Rangers' No. 12), Frisco at Springfield (Double-A)
Jorge Lopez (Brewers' No. 14), Biloxi vs. Pensacola (Double-A)
Dinelson Lamet (Padres' No. 18), San Antonio vs. Arkansas (Double-A)
Tom Eshelman (Phillies' No. 19), Reading at Binghamton (Double-A)
Sam Howard (Rockies' No. 21), Hartford at Akron (Double-A)
Brandon Waddell (Pirates' No. 22), Altoona vs. Harrisburg (Double-A)
Felix Jorge (Twins' No. 23), Chattanooga vs. Jacksonville (Double-A)
Artie Lewicki (Tigers' No. 24), Erie vs. Portland (Double-A)
Junior Fernandez (Cardinals' No. 8), Palm Beach at Bradenton (Class A Advanced)
Jordan Johnson (Giants' No. 9), San Jose vs. High Desert (Class A Advanced)
Marcos Diplan (Brewers' No. 12), Brevard County at Lakeland (Class A Advanced)
Jake Stinnett (Cubs' No. 16), Myrtle Beach vs. Salem (Class A Advanced)
Jeff Brigham (Marlins' No. 19), Jupiter vs. Charlotte (Class A Advanced)
Jeremy Rhoades (Angels' No. 24), Inland Empire vs. Lancaster (Class A Advanced)
Justin Donatella (D-backs' No. 28), Visalia vs. Bakersfield (Class A Advanced)
Jaime Barria (Angels' No. 7), Burlington at Quad Cities (Class A)
Franklyn Kilome (Phillies' No. 9) vs. Brian Gonzalez (Orioles' No. 20), Lakewood at Delmarva (Class A)
Angel Perdomo (Blue Jays' No. 15), Lansing vs. Fort Wayne (Class A)
Imani Abdullah (Dodgers' No. 17), Great Lakes at South Bend (Class A)
Ronnie Williams (Cardinals' No. 22), Peoria at Cedar Rapids (Class A)
Logan Shore (A's No. 14), Vermont at Brooklyn (Class A Short Season)
Hansel Rodriguez (Padres' No. 19), Tri-City vs. Spokane (Class A Short Season)
Shane Bieber (Indians' No. 27), Mahoning Valley vs. Batavia (Class A Short Season)
Brandon Miller (Mariners' No. 29), Everett at Vancouver (Class A Short Season)

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