With this year's non-waiver Trade Deadline fast approaching on Thursday at 4 p.m. ET, prospects across the Minor Leagues know they could suddenly find themselves on the move this week, dealt to a new team.
Tuesday's Minor League schedule is highlighted by a game between two teams who have already felt the effects of trades, as Double-A Frisco hosts Midland. The game, which can be seen on MiLB.TV, begins at 8:05 p.m. ET.
Right-hander Jake Thompson, the Rangers' No. 6 prospect, is slated to take the ball for Frisco. It will be the 20-year-old's first start as a member of the Rangers' organization after he was included in the deal that sent Joakim Soria to the Tigers last week.
Thompson, a native of Heath, Texas, began his season with Class A Advanced Lakeland. He went 6-4 with a 3.14 ERA and struck out 79 batters in 83 innings. Thompson earned a promotion to Double-A Erie earlier this month and made two starts for the SeaWolves before getting traded.
In Frisco, Thompson joins third baseman Joey Gallo, ranked No. 9 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list. Though Gallo went 0-for-5 in Monday's loss to Midland, the Rangers' top prospect enters Tuesday's game hitting .296/.416/.675 and leading the Minor Leagues with 36 home runs in 99 games this season.
While Frisco has gotten reinforcements this month, Midland lost shortstop Addison Russell when the A's dealt their top prospect to the Cubs as part of the deal for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. The RockHounds saw their ranks cut into again Monday when outfielder Billy Burns, the A's No. 17 prospect, was promoted to Oakland.
Midland remains a formidable group, however. Led by first baseman Max Muncy and catcher Bruce Maxwell, the A's Nos. 9 and 10 prospects, the RockHounds are in first place in the Texas League's South Division. Muncy is hitting .273/.393/.417 and ranks third in the circuit in OPS this season. Maxwell began the season with Class A Advanced Stockton and was promoted to Midland last week after hitting .273/.365/.381 with six home runs in 79 games.
The day's Minor League schedule also features a few pitchers ranked in the Top 100 who are scheduled to start Tuesday, including Dylan Bundy (No. 16), Henry Owens (No. 24), Daniel Norris (No. 29), Alex Meyer (No. 31) and Jose Berrios (No. 38). Fans can watch Bundy, Owens, Meyer and Berrios on MiLB.TV, beginning with Owens and Double-A Portland taking on Reading in a doubleheader that starts at 6 p.m. ET.
Top prospect probables
Chris Beck (White Sox No. 11), Charlotte vs. Durham
Jose Berrios (Twins' No. 5), New Britain at Trenton
Dylan Bundy (Orioles' No. 1), Frederick at Winston-Salem
Tyler Danish (White Sox No. 7), Winston-Salem vs. Frederick
Zach Davies (Orioles' No. 9), Bowie at Akron
Chase De Jong (Blue Jays' No. 18), Lansing vs. Dayton
Edwin Diaz (Mariners' No. 8), Clinton at Quad Cities
Zach Eflin (Padres' No. 11), Lake Elsinore vs. Rancho Cucamonga
Grayson Garvin (Rays' No. 18), Montgomery vs. Jacksonville
Pierce Johnson (Cubs' No. 11), Tennessee at Birmingham
Felix Jorge (Twins' No. 12), Elizabethton vs. Greeneville
Mike Kickham (Giants' No. 20), Fresno vs. Reno
Cory Mazzoni (Mets' No. 14), Las Vegas vs. El Paso
Adalberto Mejia (Giants' No. 4), Richmond vs. Harrisburg
Alex Meyer (Twins' No. 4), Rochester vs. Lehigh Valley
Justin Nicolino (Marlins' No. 5), Jacksonville at Montgomery
Sean Nolin (Blue Jays' No. 11), Buffalo vs. Indianapolis
Daniel Norris (Blue Jays' No. 1), New Hampshire at Binghamton
Henry Owens (Red Sox's No. 2), Portland vs. Reading
Nick Pivetta (Nationals' No. 19), Hagerstown vs. Greenville
Adam Plutko (Indians' No. 14), Carolina at Salem
Chris Reed (Dodgers' No. 8), Chattanooga at Huntsville
Victor Sanchez (Mariners' No. 14), Jackson at Mobile
Robert Stephenson (Reds' No. 1), Pensacola at Mississippi
Jake Thompson (Rangers' No. 6), Frisco vs. Midland
Lewis Thorpe (Twins' No. 9), Cedar Rapids vs. Burlington
Austin Voth (Nationals' No. 10), Harrisburg at Richmond