Prospect preview: Hader looks for another strong start

Prospect preview: Hader looks for another strong start

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

Hitter to watch: Cody Bellinger (Dodgers' No. 1), Oklahoma City at Nashville (7:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

The Minor League season may be less than a week old, but Bellinger is already making a case for an early-season callup. MLBPipeline.com's No. 11 overall prospect went 3-for-4 on Monday to improve his average to .476 (10-for-21) through five games for Oklahoma City. Four of those hits have gone for extra bases, including his first home run of the season, and he's already tallied five RBIs.

Bellinger's 2017 outlook

Pitcher to watch: Josh Hader (Brewers' No. 3), Colorado Springs at Memphis (8:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Hader issued five walks in his season debut for the Sky Sox, but was still plenty effective, allowing one hit and striking out six over five scoreless innings. Ranked No. 36 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, Hader, 23, went 1-7 with a 5.22 ERA in 14 Triple-A starts in 2016, albeit with 88 strikeouts in 69 innings.

Counsell on Hader's role

Duel of the day: Grant Holmes (A's No. 3) vs. Jack Flaherty (Cardinals' No. 8), Midland vs. Springfield (7:30 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Holmes, No. 82 on the Top 100, will be making his second start for Double-A Midland. In his season debut, the 21-year-old right-hander yielded two earned runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings, striking out four and walking one.

Top Prospects: Holmes, OAK

Flaherty, on the other hand, was stellar in his debut for Double-A Springfield. The 2014 first-rounder scattered three hits over 6 2/3 scoreless frames, with six strikeouts and one walk, to lead the Cardinals past Frisco on Opening Day.

Top Prospects: Flaherty, STL

Tuesday's Top 100 prospect probables
No. 42 Jeff Hoffman (Rockies' No. 2), Albuquerque at Reno (9:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
No. 44 Reynaldo Lopez (White Sox 4), Charlotte at Durham (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
No. 81 Forrest Whitley (Astros' No. 5), Quad Cities at Peoria (6 p.m. ET)

More top prospect probables
Alex Meyer (Angels' No. 8) vs. Chris Stratton (Giants' No. 23), Salt Lake vs. Sacramento (Triple-A)
A.J. Cole (Nationals' No. 9), Syracuse at Pawtucket (Triple-A)
Sal Romano (Reds' No. 9), Louisville vs. Toledo (Triple-A)
Trevor Oaks (Dodgers' No. 18), Oklahoma City at Nashville (Triple-A)
Andrew Moore (Mariners' No. 4), Arkansas vs. San Antonio (Double-A)
Ryan Castellani (Rockies' No. 7), Hartford at Harrisburg (Double-A)
Jordan Johnson (Giants' No. 9) vs. Yeudy Garcia (Pirates' No. 13), Richmond vs. Altoona (Double-A)
Julian Merryweather (Indians' No. 25), Akron vs. Trenton (Double-A)
Beau Burrows (Tigers' No. 3), Lakeland at Clearwater (Class A Advanced)
Travis Lakins (Red Sox's No. 8), Salem at Lynchburg (Class A Advanced)
Jaime Barria (Angels' No. 10), Inland Empire vs. Rancho Cucamonga (Class A Advanced)
Luiz Gohara (Braves' No. 10) vs. Ryan Borucki (Blue Jays' No. 16), Florida vs. Dunedin (Class A Advanced)
Cody Poteet (Marlins' No. 15), Jupiter vs. Daytona (Class A Advanced)
Ofelky Peralta (Orioles' No. 18), Frederick vs. Potomac (Class A Advanced)
Connor Jones (Cardinals' No. 22) vs. Genesis Cabrera (Rays' No. 29), Palm Beach at Charlotte (Class A Advanced)
Justin Donatella (D-backs' No. 26), Visalia at Lake Elsinore (Class A Advanced)
Lachlan Wells (Twins' No. 26), Fort Myers at Tampa (Class A Advanced)
Casey Meisner (Athletics' No. 29), Stockton vs. Modesto (Class A Advanced)
Class A Albert Abreu (Yankees' No. 11), Charleston vs. Augusta (Class A)
Tony Santillan (Reds' No. 15), Dayton vs. West Michigan (Class A)
Nolan Watson (Royals' No. 16) vs. Shaun Anderson (Red Sox's No. 18), Lexington at Greenville (Class A)
Jordon Holloway (Marlins' No. 17), Greensboro vs. Delmara (Class A)

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