Wisler has improved since their first meeting. His start against Las Vegas was just his third after getting promoted from Double-A San Antonio and his introduction to the Pacific Coast League was rough. In his first four starts with El Paso, Wisler went 0-3 and gave up 21 runs on 30 hits and seven walks 13 1/3 innings.
Wisler, the Padres' No. 3 prospect, has since adjusted. In his last 12 starts, Wisler is 6-1 with a 4.08 ERA and a 56-to-17 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 68 1/3 innings.
Syndergaard, meanwhile, has largely continued his up-and-down season. But the Mets' No. 1 prospect may have turned a corner in July, just before the end of the first half. In his last four starts, Syndergaard is 2-1 with a 3.47 ERA and has struck out 26 batters in 23 1/3 innings. After making two quality starts in his first 15 starts this season, Syndergaard has two in that stretch.
Also mixed in during Syndergaard's recent successes was an appearance at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning and earned the save as the U.S. defeated the World, 3-2 victory.
Syndergaard was joined at the Futures Game by his catcher, Kevin Plawecki, ranked No. 67 on the Top 100. Plawecki has struggled to find a groove since he was promoted to Las Vegas in late June and recently was sidelined for more than a week by vertigo. But Plawecki returned from the disabled list this week and gives Las Vegas a powerful bat in the middle of its lineup. In 76 games between Binghamton and Las Vegas this season, Plawecki is hitting .310/.367/.470 with eight home runs.
In addition to Syndergaard and Wisler, a few other pitchers ranked in the Top 100 are scheduled to start Friday, including Tyler Glasnow (No. 20), Andrew Heaney (No. 22), Lucas Sims (No. 71) and Luke Jackson (No. 77). Fans can watch Heaney, Sims and Jackson on MiLB.TV, beginning with Sims and Class A Advanced visiting Winston-Salem.
Heaney, the Marlins' No. 1 prospect, will lead Triple-A New Orleans against Iowa at 8 p.m. It will be the left-hander's second start against the Cubs in two weeks. The last time he faced them, Heaney took a perfect game into the seventh inning before two walks and two singles led to a 1-0 loss.
Top prospect probables
Chris Anderson (Dodgers' No. 5), Rancho Cucamonga vs. Bakersfield
Manny Banuelos (Yankees' No. 8), Trenton at Portland
Zachary Bird (Dodgers' No. 16), Great Lakes vs. Lansing
Ty Blach (Giants' No. 6), Richmond at Altoona
Corey Black (Cubs' No. 20), Tennessee vs. Pensacola
Tim Cooney (Cardinals' No. 11), Memphis at Omaha
Daniel Corcino (Reds' No. 12), Pensacola at Tennessee
Jarlin Garcia (Marlins' No. 12), Greensboro vs. Asheville
Amir Garrett (Reds' No. 19), Dayton vs. South Bend
Tyler Glasnow (Pirates' No. 1), Bradenton vs. Brevard County
Alec Grosser (Braves' No. 15), Danville vs. Pulaski
Andrew Heaney (Marlins' No. 1), New Orleans vs. Iowa
Luis Heredia (Pirates' No. 14), West Virginia vs. Lexington
Luke Jackson (Rangers' No. 3), Round Rock vs. Oklahoma City
Taylor Jungmann (Brewers' No. 11), Nashville at Colorado Springs
Austin Kubitza (Tigers' No. 6), West Michigan vs. Fort Wayne
Cody Martin (Braves' No. 9), Gwinnett at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
Mike Montgomery (Rays' No. 16), Durham at Charlotte
Enny Romero (Rays' No. 6), Durham at Charlotte
Antonio Senzatela (Rockies' No. 20), Asheville at Greensboro
Lucas Sims (Braves' No. 2), Lynchburg at Winston-Salem
Kyle Smith (Astros' No. 16), Corpus Christi at Midland
Noah Syndergaard (Mets' No. 1), Las Vegas vs. El Paso
Taylor Williams (Brewers' No. 14), Wisconsin vs. Peoria
Trevor Williams (Marlins' No. 6), Jupiter vs. Tampa
Matt Wisler (Padres' No. 3), El Paso at Las Vegas
Gabriel Ynoa (Mets' No. 12), Binghamton vs. Bowie