Pipeline Preview: Frazier seeks homer in fourth straight

Pipeline Preview: Frazier seeks homer in fourth straight

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

Hitter to watch: Clint Frazier (Yankees' No. 2), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre vs. Toledo (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Frazier is getting used to jogging around the bases. The No. 20 overall prospect has homered in three consecutive games, bringing his total to nine through 42 contests in his first full season at the Triple-A level. Frazier hit three homers in 21 games in April but has caught fire in May, belting six home runs and collecting 18 of his 29 RBIs. While the homers stand out, Frazier has improved several offensive numbers this month, including boosting his batting average from .224 to .261 with eight multi-hit efforts over the past 21 games.

Top Prospects: Frazier, NYY

Pitcher to watch: Daniel Gossett (Athletics' No. 5), Nashville vs. Colorado Springs (7:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Gossett has put together a solid start to the season, but he really ramped it up a notch in his last outing. The 24-year-old is coming off his best start of the season as he fired eight scoreless frames in a win for Nashville. Also significant is the fact that he fired 62 of his 91 pitches for strikes and put up a zero in the walks column for the first time this season.

Top Prospects: Gossett, OAK

Duel of the Day: Trevor Clifton (Cubs' No. 7) vs. Luis Ortiz (Brewers' No. 4), Tennessee vs. Biloxi (7 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Clifton, the Carolina League's 2016 Pitcher of the Year, is off to another strong start, posting a 2.42 ERA through 44 2/3 innings (eight starts). The right-hander went a season-high 6 2/3 innings in his last outing and has held opponents to two runs or fewer in seven of his eight starts, including each of the past six.

Top Prospects: Clifton, CHC

Ortiz got roughed up a bit in his last start, giving up four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings, and will be looking to bounce back the way he did after his last rough outing. The 21-year-old got hit around in his first start then responded with six consecutive outings of two runs or fewer, including a pair of starts in which he threw five no-hit innings. Ortiz's command wavered a bit in his last start as he walked four, tied for his season-high, but if he can get that ironed out, he may be primed for another strong performance.

Top Prospects: Ortiz, MIL

Saturday's Top 100 prospect probables
No. 49 overall Yohander Mendez (Rangers' No. 2), Frisco vs. Arkansas (7:10 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
No. 50 overall Triston McKenzie (Indians' No. 3), Lynchburg vs. Salem (6:00 p.m. ET)
No. 94 overall Max Freid (Braves' No. 8), Mississippi vs. Pensacola (7:00 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
No. 100 overall Jack Flaherty (Cardinals' No. 5), Springfield vs. San Antonio (8:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

More top prospect probables
Jacob Faria (Rays' No. 9), Durham vs. Pawtucket (Triple-A)
Ben Lively (Phillies' No. 24), Lehigh Valley vs. Louisville (Triple-A)
Ryan Merritt (Indians' No. 23), Columbus vs. Norfolk (Triple-A)
John Gant (Cardinals' No. 21), Memphis vs. Iowa (Triple-A)
Jordan Johnson (Giants' No. 9), Richmond vs. Harrisburg (Double-A)
Taylor Clarke (D-backs' No. 5), Jackson vs. Jacksonville (Double-A)
David Hess (Orioles' No. 27), Bowie vs. Akron (Double-A)
Yency Almonte (Rockies' No. 13), Hartford vs. Binghamton (Double-A)
Osmer Morales (Angels' No. 21), Mobile vs. Birmingham (Double-A)
Spencer Adams (White Sox No. 11), Birmingham vs. Mobile (Double-A)
Framber Valdez (Astros' No. 29), Buies Creek vs. Frederick (Class A Advanced)
Ofelky Peralta (Orioles' No. 16), Frederick vs. Buies Creed (Class A Advanced)
T.J. Zeuch (Blue Jays' No. 7), Dunedin vs. Lakeland (Class A Advanced)
Pedro Payano (Rangers' No. 27), Down East vs. Winston-Salem (Class A Advanced)
Jake Woodford (Cardinals' No. 17), Palm Beach vs. Florida (Class A Advanced)
Pablo Lopez (Mariners' No. 24), Modesto vs. San Jose (Class A Advanced)
Dennis Santana (Dodgers' No. 25), Rancho Cucamonga vs. Stockton (Class A Advanced)
Brady Aiken (Indians' No. 5), Lake County vs. Bowling Green (Class A)
Nick Wells (Mariners' No. 26), Clinton vs. Quad Cities (Class A)
Curtis Taylor (D-backs' No. 12), Kane County vs. Cedar Rapids (Class A)
Gregory Soto (Tigers' No. 29), West Michigan vs. Dayton (Class A)
Jordan Holloway (Marlins' No. 15), Greensboro vs. Kannapolis (Class A)
Bryse Wilson (Braves' No. 24), Rome vs. Augusta (Class A)
Jordan Hicks (Cardinals' No. 18), Peoria vs. Burlington (Class A)

William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.