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Braves' Allard seeks first win with Mississippi

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

Hitter to watch: Rhys Hoskins (Phillies' No. 13), Lehigh Valley at Toledo (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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

Hitter to watch: Rhys Hoskins (Phillies' No. 13), Lehigh Valley at Toledo (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Hoskins homered in his second straight game on Thursday, going 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 24-year-old first baseman extended his hitting streak to eight games in the process, during which he's improved his average from .297 to .348, and he's now gone deep six times in 20 games.

Video: Top Prospects: Rhys Hoskins, 1B, Phillies

Pitcher to watch: Kolby Allard (Braves No. 3), Mississippi vs. Tennessee (8 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Despite making the jump directly from the Class A level, Allard, No. 48 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, has been excellent in his four starts for Double-A Mississippi, posting a 1.29 ERA with a 1.10 WHIP in 21 innings. He's completed at least five innings in each turn, too, including five scoreless in his most recent outing, though the 19-year-old lefty still seeks his first Double-A win.

Video: Top Prospects: Kolby Allard, LHP, Braves

Duel of the day: Luis Castillo (Reds' No. 7) vs. Jorge Lopez (Brewers' No. 13), Pensacola vs. Biloxi (7:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Castillo has yet to allow more than two earned runs in a start for Double-A Pensacola, working at least six innings in three of those outings. Acquired from Miami during the offseason in the Dan Straily trade, Castillo, 24, is 1-0 with a 2.22 ERA and a 21-to-3 strikeout-walk ratio in 24 1/3 innings for Double-A Pensacola.

Video: Top Prospects: Luis Castillo, RHP, Reds

Lopez, meanwhile, is fresh off of his best start of the season after he allowed just one earned run on one hit in six innings on April 23. The 24-year-old righty struggled last season after breaking out in 2015, but he's righted the ship this year in his return to Biloxi, where he's posted a 2.25 ERA with 20 strikeouts and just three walks in 20 innings (four starts).

Video: Top Prospects: Jorge Lopez, RHP, Brewers

Friday's Top 100 prospect probables
No. 40 Jeff Hoffman (Rockies' No. 2), Albuquerque at Las Vegas (10:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
No. 41 Reynaldo Lopez (White Sox No. 4), Charlotte at Columbus (7:15 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
No. 78 Forrest Whitley (Astros' No. X), Quad Cities at Clinton (7:30 p.m. ET)

More top prospect probables
Eric Skoglund (Royals' No. 3) vs. Trevor Oaks (Dodgers' No. 17), Omaha vs. Oklahoma City (Triple-A)
Adalberto Mejia (Twins' No. 8), Rochester vs. Louisville (Triple-A)
A.J. Cole (Nationals' No. 9), Syracuse at Norfolk (Triple-A)
Steven Brault (Pirates' No. 9), Indianapolis at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A)
Jacob Faria (Rays' No. 9), Durham vs. Buffalo (Triple-A)
Paul Blackburn (A's No. 25), Nashville vs. New Orleans (Triple-A)
Ben Lively (Phillies' No. 25), Lehigh Valley at Toledo (Triple-A)
Manny Banuelos (Angels' No. 30), Salt Lake vs. El Paso (Triple-A)
Andrew Moore (Mariners' No. 4), Arkansas at Springfield (Double-A)
Taylor Clarke (D-backs' No. 5), Jackson vs. Chattanooga (Double-A)
Connor Sadzeck (Rangers' No. 10), Frisco at Corpus Christi (Double-A)
Sam Coonrod (Giants' No. 13) vs. Yency Almonte (Rockies' No. 16), Richmond at Hartford (Double-A)
Osmer Morales (Angels' No. 22), Mobile at Jacksonville (Double-A)
Franklin Perez (Astros' No. 8) vs. Foster Griffin (Royals' No. 21), Buies Creek vs. Wilmington (Class A Advanced)
Mitchell White (Dodgers' No. 10), Rancho Cucamonga at Lancaster (Class A Advanced)
Thomas Hatch (Cubs' No. 11), Myrtle Beach at Lynchburg (Class A Advanced)
Cody Poteet (Marlins' No. 14), Jupiter vs. Palm Beach (Class A Advanced)
Ofelky Peralta (Orioles' No. 17), Frederick vs. Carolina (Class A Advanced)
Joan Baez (Nationals' No. 24), Potomac at Salem (Class A Advanced)
Justin Donatella (D-backs' No. 26) vs. Pablo Lopez (Mariners' No. 27), Visalia at Modesto (Class A Advanced)
Casey Meisner (A's No. 29), Stockton at San Jose (Class A Advanced)
Justin Maese Blue Jays' No. 10), Lansing at Bowling Green (Class A)
Matthias Dietz (Orioles' No. 13), Delmarva vs. Charleston (Class A)
Jordan Holloway (Marlins' No. 16), Greensboro at Asheville (Class A)
Shaun Anderson (Red Sox's No. 17) vs. Melvin Adon (Giants' No. 26), Greenville at Augusta (Class A)
Aaron Civale (Indians' No. 21), Lake County vs. West Michigan (Class A)
Bryan Hudson (Cubs' No. 24), South Bend at Fort Wayne (Class A)

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.