Pipeline Preview: Chirinos starts Game 2 for Durham

Pipeline Preview: Chirinos starts Game 2 for Durham

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

Hitter to watch: Jo Adell (Angels' No. 1), Orem vs. Idaho Falls (8:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Adell, 18, powered Rookie-level Orem to a win on Wednesday as he connected on his first Pioneer League home run before finishing 2-for-5. Adell's home run was a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the first, and he's now batting .358 through 17 games for the Owlz after his third straight multi-hit game. Overall, the 2017 first-rounder (No. 10 overall) has produced a .317 average with 24 extra-base hits over 48 games in his professional debut.

The crew on Adell's upside

Pitcher to watch: Yonny Chirinos (Rays' No. 19), Durham vs. Indianapolis (6:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Chirinos gets the call for Game 2 of the International League semifinals after Triple-A Durham defeated Indianapolis, 10-3, on Wednesday in the series' opener. The 23-year-old right-hander is coming off of a breakout regular season in which he went 12-5 in 22 starts (23 games) and ranked among the International League leaders with a 2.74 ERA (fourth), a 0.98 WHIP (second) and 120 strikeouts (ninth) in 141 innings.

Top Prospects: Chirinos, TB

Duel of the day: Mitch Keller (Pirates' No. 2) vs. David Hess (Orioles' No. 29), Altoona at Bowie (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Keller, 21, wrapped up his regular season with Double-A Altoona on a high note by tossing six scoreless innings of three-hit ball with a career-high 11 strikeouts. He allowed two or fewer earned runs in five of his six starts in the Eastern League, posting a 3.12 ERA with 45 strikeouts in 34 2/3 innings overall. The No. 21 overall prospect will take the mound against Bowie in game one in the best-of-five EL Western Division series after a rainout on Wednesday.

Top Prospects: Keller, PIT

Hess, meanwhile, also will be looking to carry his strong finish to the regular season into the postseason. The 24-year-old righty pitched to a 2.25 ERA with a 0.75 WHIP over six starts down the stretch, compiling 33 strikeouts and seven walks while holding hitters to a .163 clip in 40 innings. Overall, Hess has posted a 3.85 ERA with a 123 strikeouts in 154 1/3 innings (26 starts) in his second straight EL campaign.

More top prospect probables
Taylor Clarke (D-backs' No. 3), Reno vs. El Paso (Triple-A)
Domingo German (Yankees' No. 21), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at Lehigh Valley
Josh Staumont (Royals' No. 9), NW Arkansas vs. Tulsa (Double-A)
James Naile (A's No. 30), Midland at San Antonio (Double-A)
Aaron Civale (Indians' No. 11), Lynchburg at Frederick (Class A Advanced)
Jonathan Hernandez (Rangers' No. 21) vs. Michael Rucker (Cubs' No. 29), Down East vs. Myrtle Beach (Class A Advanced)
Scott Moss (Reds' No. 29), Dayton at West Michigan (Class A)
Luis Martinez (White Sox No. 30), Kannapolis at Greensboro (Class A)
Cole Ragans (Rangers' No. 6), Spokane at Vancouver (Class A Short Season)
Kyle Johnston (Nationals' No. 22), Auburn vs. Batavia (Class A Short Season)
Oscar Tovar (A's No. 26), Vermont at Lowell (Class A Short Season)

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.