Pipeline preview: Honeywell working on scoreless streak
By William Boor
Here's a look at top prospects to watch Thursday in Minor League action:
Hitter to watch: Chance Sisco (Orioles' No. 2), Bowie vs. Binghamton (7:05 p.m. ET)
Sisco has raked all year for Bowie and is showing no signs of cooling off as the season winds down. After going 2-for-4 on Wednesday, the catcher is batting .311 through 105 games. Sisco has hits in three of his past four games, but has just one extra base hit -- a homer on Aug. 18 -- during that span. Since he was drafted in the second round of the 2013 Draft, Sisco has hit above .300 in every season except one (he hit .297 in 2015) and seems likely to do so again in 2016.
Pitcher to watch: Brent Honeywell (Rays' No. 2), Montgomery vs. Birmingham (8:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
Honeywell, the No. 45 overall prospect, fired six scoreless frames in his last start and hasn't given up a run in his past seven innings. The 21-year-old has posted a 2.14 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP since he was promoted to Double-A on July 7. As a member of the Biscuits, Honeywell has pitched at least six innings in five of eight starts.
Stephenson is likely anxious to get back on the mound and erase the lasting image of his last start. The No. 63 overall prospect couldn't find the strike zone in his last outing, walking four and giving up six runs in two innings. Stephenson has pitched at least six innings in eight of his past 10 starts and has a 4.66 ERA in 22 Triple-A appearances this year.
Like Stephenson, Brault got roughed up in his last start, allowing seven runs (six earned) in 4 1/3 innings. However, the left-hander gave up just one run across seven frames in his prior start. The 24-year-old lefty appeared in two games with the Major League club this season and has posted a 3.63 ERA in 69 1/3 innings across 15 games at the Triple-A level.
Thursday's Top 100 probables:
No. 45 Brent Honeywell (Rays' No. 2), Montgomery vs. Birmingham (Double-A)
No. 63 Robert Stephenson (Reds' No. 4), Louisville vs. Indianapolis (Triple-A)
More top prospect probables:
Joe Gunkel (Orioles' No. 26), Norfolk vs. Rochester (Triple-A)
Jordan Montgomery (Yankees' No. 20), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre vs. Syracuse (Triple-A)
Jaime Schultz (Rays' No. 11), Durham vs. Charlotte (Triple-A)
Steven Brault (Pirates' No. 15), Indianapolis vs. Louisville (Triple-A) Jake Esch (Marlins' No. 10), New Orleans vs. Round Rock (Triple-A) Joan Gregorio (Giants' No. 7), Sacramento vs. Fresno (Triple-A)
Sam Howard (Rockies' No. 21), Hartford vs. Harrisburg (Double-A)
Artie Lewicki (Tigers' No. 23), Erie vs. Altoona (Double-A)
Brandon Waddell (Pirates' No. 22), Altoona vs. Erie (Double-A) Sal Romano (Reds' No. 17), Pensacola vs. Mobile (Double-A)
Max Povse (Braves' No. 20), Mississippi vs. Biloxi (Double-A) Jorge Lopez (Brewers' No. 14), Biloxi vs. Mississippi (Double-A)
Daniel Gossett (Athletics' No. 20), Midland vs. Corpus Christi (Double-A) Paul Blackburn (Mariners' No. 17), Jackson vs. Tennessee (Double-A) Stephen Tarpley (Pirates' No. 17), Bradenton vs. Jupiter (Class A Advanced)
Chris Flexen (Mets' No. 30), St. Lucie vs. Charlotte (Class A Advanced)
Corey Rays (Royals' No. 25), Wilmington vs. Lynchburg (Class A Advanced)
Elniery Garcia (Phillies' No. 20), Clearwater vs. Brevard County (Class A Advanced)
Jon Harris (Blue Jays' No. 6), Dunedin vs. Tampa (Class A Advanced)
Sandy Alcantara (Cardinals' No. 9), Palm Beach vs. Fort Myers (Class A Advanced)
Justin Donatella (D-backs' No. 28), Visalia vs. Modesto (Class A Advanced) Alberto Tirado (Phillies' No. 29), Lakewood vs. Greensboro (Class A)
Jonathan Hernandez (Rangers' No. 23), Hickory vs. Asheville (Class A) Touki Toussaint (Braves' No. 10), Rome vs. Kannapolis (Class A)
Angel Perdomo (Blue Jays' No. 15), Lansing vs. Dayton (Class A)
Brian Gonzalez (Orioles' No. 19), Delmarva vs. Hagerstown (Class A)
Dario Agrazal (Pirates' No. 27), West Virginia vs. Lexington (Class A)
Justin Steele (Cubs' No. 23), South Bend vs. West Michigan (Class A)
Jaime Barria (Angels' No. 7), Burlington vs. Kane County (Class A)
Juan Hillman (Indians' No. 12), Mahoning Valley vs. Brooklyn (Class A Short Season)
Sam Perez (Marlins' No. 21), Batavia vs. State College (Class A Short Season)
Josh Pennington (Red Sox No. 23), Lowell vs. Vermont (Class A Short Season)
JoJo Romero (Phillies' No. 25), Williamsport vs. West Virginia (Class A Short Season)
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.