Pipeline Preview: Bukauskas makes 2nd pro start

Pipeline Preview: Bukauskas makes 2nd pro start

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

Hitter to watch: Mark Zagunis (Cubs' No. 8), Iowa vs. Sacramento (1:08 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Zagunis hit his 13th homer of the season as part of a 2-for-4 performance on Wednesday, marking the latest big game in a recent hot streak for the 24-year-old. After batting .301 in July, Zagunis has continued to hit in August and is batting .346 through the first eight games of the month, including multi-hit efforts in each of his past three contests.

Top Prospects: Zagunis, CHC

Pitcher to watch: J.B. Bukauskas (Astros' No. 5), Tri-City vs. Lowell (6:35 p.m. ET)

Bukauskas, the No. 84 overall prospect, will be making the second start of his professional career. The 20-year-old began in the GCL and looked sharp in his lone outing. Bukauskas threw four scoreless innings in his debut, gave up three hits and notched three strikeouts.

Top Prospects: Bukauskas, HOU

Duel of the Day: Adbert Alzolay (Cubs' No. 3) vs. Corbin Burnes (Brewers' No. 7), Tennessee vs. Biloxi (7:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Alzolay, 22, began the season with Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach where he went 7-1 with a 2.98 ERA through 15 starts before he was promoted to Tennessee. The right-hander is still seeking his first win with the Smokies, but he has pitched at least five innings and given up three earned runs or fewer in all five of his outings at the Double-A level.

Burnes also began the season at the Class A Advanced level, but he was promoted a bit earlier than Alzolay. Burnes, 22, has made 11 starts with Biloxi and has posted a 2.12 ERA. The right-hander is coming off an impressive outing in which he fanned seven across five scoreless innings.

Thursday's Top 100 prospect probables
No. 46 overall Franklin Perez (Astros' No. 3), Corpus Christi vs. Tulsa (8:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
No. 60 overall Lucas Giolito (White Sox No. 7), Charlotte vs. Lehigh Valley (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

More top prospect probables
Jen-Ho Tseng (Cubs' No. 13), Iowa vs. Sacramento (Triple-A)
Ben Lively (Phillies' No. 28), Lehigh Valley vs. Charlotte (Triple-A)
Julian Merryweather (Indians' No. 13), Columbus vs. Pawtucket (Triple-A)
Domingo German (Yankees' No. 22), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre vs. Durham (Triple-A)
Nick Kingham (Pirates' No. 9), Indianapolis vs. Syracuse (Triple-A)
Eric Skoglund (Royals' No. 5), Omaha vs. Memphis (Triple-A)
Dakota Hudson (Cardinals' No. 8), Memphis vs. Omaha (Triple-A)
Max Povse (Mariners' No. 10), Tacoma vs. Nashville (Triple-A)
Jesus Liranzo (Orioles' No. 22), Bowie vs. Harrisburg (Double-A)
Franklyn Kilome (Phillies' No. 9), Reading vs. Altoona (Double-A)
Brandon Waddell (Pirates' No. 24), Altoona vs. Reading (Double-A)
Jon Harris (Blue Jays' No. 20), New Hampshire vs. Akron (Double-A)
Domingo Acevedo (Yankees' No. 8), Trenton vs. Hartford (Double-A)
Keury Mella (Reds' No. 22), Pensacola vs. Mobile (Double-A)
Kohl Stewart (Twins' No. 9), Chattanooga vs. Birmingham (Double-A)
Grant Holmes (Athletics' No. 10), Midland vs. Northwest Arkansas (Double-A)
Zac Gallen (Cardinals' No. 13), Springfield vs. San Antonio (Double-A)
Jacob Nix (Padres' No. 15), San Antonio vs. Springfield (Double-A)
Mitchell White (Dodgers' No. 6), Tulsa vs. Corpus Christi (Double-A)
Chase De Jong (Mariners' No. 24), Arkansas vs. Frisco (Double-A)
Joan Baez (Nationals' No. 29), Potomac vs. Myrtle Beach (Class A Advanced)
Cody Poteet (Marlins' No. 12), Jupiter vs. Florida (Class A Advanced)
Brock Burke (Rays' No. 16), Charlotte vs. Bradenton (Class A Advanced)
McKenzie Mills (Phillies' No. 24), Clearwater vs. Lakeland (Class A Advanced)
Scott Blewett (Royals' No. 7), Wilmington vs. Down East (Class A Advanced)
Jonathan Hernandez (Rangers' No. 20), Down East vs. Wilmington (Class A Advanced)
Ofelky Peralta (Orioles' No. 27), Frederick vs. Winston-Salem (Class A Advanced)
Cionel Perez (Astros' No. 10), Buies Creek vs. Salem (Class A Advanced)
Joe Gatto (Angels' No. 26), Inland Empire vs. Lake Elsinore (Class A Advanced)
Reggie Lawson (Padres' No. 27), Fort Wayne vs. Bowling Green (Class A)
Alex Wells (Orioles' No. 16), Delmarva vs. Lakewood (Class A)
Bryan Mata (Red Sox's No. 16), Greenville vs. Rome (Class A)
Luis Escobar (Pirates' No. 17), West Virginia vs. Hagerstown (Class A)
Tyler Watson (Twins' No. 18), Cedar Rapids vs. Quad Cities (Class A)
Ryan Lillie (Marlins' No. 17), Batavia vs. Vermont (Class A Short Season)
Jackson Tetreault (Nationals' No. 17), Auburn vs. Connecticut (Class A Short Season)
Johan Oviedo (Cardinals' No. 22), State College vs. Hudson Valley (Class A Short Season)
Jose Albertos (Cubs' No. 2), Eugene vs. Boise (Class A Short Season)
Brusdar Graterol (Twins' No. 12), Elizabethton vs. Greeneville (Rookie)
Alvaro Seijas (Cardinals' No. 20), Johnson City vs. Bristol (Rookie)

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