Pipeline Preview: Albies ready to extend hitting streak

Pipeline Preview: Albies ready to extend hitting streak

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.

Albies discusses camp

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).

Top Prospects: Beede, SF

Duel of the day: Yohander Mendez (Rangers' No. 2) vs. Austin Gomber (Cardinals' No. 14), Frisco at Springfield (8:10 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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.

Top Prospects: Mendez, TEX

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.

Top Prospects: Gomber, STL

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)

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