Pipeline Preview: Albies ready to extend hitting streak
By Mike Rosenbaum
Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:
Hitter to watch: Ozzie Albies (Braves' No. 1), Gwinnett vs. Durham (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
Albies recorded his second straight two-hit game on Thursday, going 2-for-3 with his third double of the season and two runs scored out of the leadoff spot for Triple-A Gwinnett. Ranked as MLBPipeline.com's No. 8 overall prospect, the 20-year-old Albies went 0-for-5 in his season debut but has since collected hits in seven straight contests.
Pitcher to watch: Tyler Beede (Giants' No. 1), Sacramento at Salt Lake (8:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
Beede, ranked 84th on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, tossed six innings of one-run ball to record the win last week in his Triple-A Sacramento debut. The 23-year-old right-hander scattered five hits, struck out three and generated seven ground-ball outs. The outing was a continuation of a strong Spring Training that saw Beede post a 2.03 ERA across six appearances (two starts).
Mendez, 22, saw his prospect stock explode in 2016, as he pitched at three Minor League levels en route to a big league callup in September. This year the No. 53 overall prospect is back at Double-A Frisco, where he surrendered two earned runs in five innings against Springfield to pick up the win in his season debut.
Gomber, on the other hand, scuffled in his season debut against Frisco, yielding five runs (four earned) on five hits before departing after just 2/3 innings. The 6-foot-5 lefty will take a second crack at the Rough Riders' offense on Friday night.
Friday's Top 100 prospect probables
No. 14 Michael Kopech (White Sox No. 3), Birmingham vs. Montgomery (8:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
No. 48 Riley Pint (Rockies' No. 3), Asheville vs. Greenville (7:05 p.m. ET)
No. 82 Ian Anderson (Braves' No. 6), Rome vs. Charleston (noon ET on MiLB.TV)
More top prospect probables
Brandon Woodruff (Brewers' No. 8), Colorado Springs at Memphis (Triple-A) Kyle Zimmer (Royals' No. 9), Omaha vs. Round Rock (Triple-A) Shawn Morimando (Indians' No. 17), Columbus vs. Louisville (Triple-A) Lucas Sims (Braves' No. 18) vs. Ryan Yarbrough (Rays' No. 24), Gwinnett at Durham (Triple-A) Clay Holmes (Pirates' No. 22), Indianapolis at Toledo (Triple-A) Ben Lively (Phillies' No. 25), Lehigh Valley at Pawtucket (Triple-A)
Harrison Musgrave (Rockies' No. 27), Albuquerque at Reno (Triple-A) Fernando Romero (Twins' No. 4), Chattanooga at Jacksonville (Double-A)
Trevor Clifton (Cubs' No. 7), Tennessee vs. Mississippi (Double-A)
Sam Coonrod (Giants' No. 13), Richmond at Reading (Double-A) Enyel De Los Santos (Padres' No. 17) vs. Miguel Almonte (Royals' No. 19), San Antonio vs. NW Arkansas
Francisco Rios (Blue Jays' No. 18), New Hampshire at Hartford (Double-A) Keury Mella (Reds' No. 19), Pensacola at Biloxi (Double-A)
Artie Lewicki (Tigers' No. 23), Erie at Binghamton (Double-A)
Trey Ball (Red Sox's No. 28), Portland at Trenton (Double-A)
David Hess (Orioles' No. 29), Bowie vs. Harrisburg (Double-A)
Justin Dunn (Mets' No. 3) vs. Ricardo Sanchez (Braves' No. 19), St. Lucie vs. Florida (Class A Advanced)
Oscar De La Cruz (Cubs' No. 5), Myrtle Beach vs. Lynchburg (Class A Advanced) Taylor Hearn (Pirates' No. 12) vs. Ian Clarkin (Yankees' No. 21), Bradenton at Tampa (Class A Advanced)
Vladimir Gutierrez (Reds' No. 12), Daytona vs. Fort Myers (Class A Advanced)
Cody Ponce (Brewers' No. 15) vs. Brian Gonzalez (Orioles' No. 21), Carolina vs. Frederick (Class A Advanced)
Angel Perdomo (Blue Jays' No. 20), Dunedin at Jupiter (Class A Advanced)
Luis Escobar (Pirates' No. 14), West Virginia at Lexington (Class A)
Shane Bieber (Indians' No. 16), Lake County at Lansing (Class A) Cody Reed (D-backs' No. 19), Kane County at Quad Cities (Class A)
Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.