Pipeline preview: Pederson looks to remain hot

Dodgers' No. 3 prospect leads Triple-A Albuquerque into finale vs. Oklahoma City

Pipeline preview: Pederson looks to remain hot

Joc Pederson has had a memorable week. He stole his 30th base of the season for Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday, becoming the first 30-homer, 30-steal player in the Pacific Coast League since 1934. Pederson was named to the All-PCL team by the league on Saturday. On Tuesday, he was named the circuit's Rookie of the Year.

Whether any honors await Pederson, the Dodgers' No. 3 prospect, on Wednesday, remains to be seen. He will, however, have another game to play as Albuquerque completes its four-game series at Oklahoma City on Wednesday. The game, which begins at 8:05 p.m. ET, can be seen on MiLB.TV.

Pederson, ranked No. 18 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, has been one of the best players in the Minor Leagues this season. He is hitting .305/.435/.591 with 33 home runs and 30 stolen bases in 117 games. Pederson leads the PCL in home runs, on-base percentage, OPS (1.026), runs (101) and walks (96).

The Dodgers are expected to call up Pederson when the Minor League season ends and rosters expand next week in what would be his Major League debut.

While Pederson has been one of the most impressive players in the league this season, Oklahoma City has a few stars of its own. Outfielder Domingo Santana, the Astros' No. 3 prospect and No. 53 on the Top 100, enters Wednesday hitting .298/.382/.474 with 15 home runs in 115 games.

Santana made his big league debut July 1 and was called up again in early August. In 11 games since returning to the RedHawks' lineup after his second stint with the Astros, Santana is hitting .361/.457/.528.

Oklahoma City also features second baseman Joe Sclafani, who carries a 40-game on-base streak into Wednesday. It is the longest such streak in the PCL since 2012.

Wednesday's Minor League slate will also be highlighted by a few pitchers ranked in the Top 100 who are scheduled to start, including Noah Syndergaard (No. 12), Andrew Heaney (No. 21), Eddie Butler (No. 29) and Alex Gonzalez (No. 96). Fans can watch them all on MiLB.TV, beginning when Butler and Double-A Tulsa hosts Northwest Arkansas at 8:05 p.m. ET.

Butler, the Rockies' No. 2 prospect, will be looking to snap a three-start losing streak when he takes the mound. He last won Aug. 5, when he threw five scoreless innings against Midland. Since that start, Butler has surrendered 12 runs on 17 hits and four walks in 18 innings. Northwest Arkansas, meanwhile, is looking to snap a three-game losing streak of its own after dropping the first game of the series at Tulsa, 6-5, on Tuesday. Third baseman Hunter Dozier, the Royals' No. 4 prospect, highlights the Naturals' roster.

Top prospect probables
Clayton Blackburn (Giants' No. 7), Richmond at Altoona
Butler (Rockies' No. 2), Tulsa vs. Northwest Arkansas
Alex Colome (Rays' No. 5), Durham at Gwinnett
Tim Cooney (Cardinals' No. 10), Memphis vs. Fresno
Zach Davies (Orioles' No. 8), Bowie at Erie
Luiz Gohara (Mariners' No. 11), Everett at Boise
Gonzalez (Rangers' No. 5), Frisco at Corpus Christi
Foster Griffin (Royals' No. 9), Burlington at Princeton
Heaney (Marlins' No. 1), New Orleans at Salt Lake
David Holmberg (Reds' No. 10), Louisville at Indianapolis
Nick Howard (Reds' No. 5), Dayton vs. Lansing
Austin Kubitza (Tigers' No. 6), West Michigan at Fort Wayne
Cody Martin (Braves' No. 9), Gwinnett vs. Durham
Keury Mella (Giants' No. 5), Salem-Keizer at Spokane
Robbie Ray (Tigers' No. 2), Toledo vs. Columbus
Blake Snell (Rays' No. 13), Charlotte at St. Lucie
Syndergaard (Mets' No. 1), Las Vegas vs. Round Rock
Jen-Ho Tseng (Cubs' No. 15), Kane County at Cedar Rapids
Tyler Wilson (Orioles' No. 16), Norfolk vs. Charlotte
Tom Windle (Dodgers' No. 7), Rancho Cucamonga vs. Inland Empire

Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.