Pipeline Preview: Burnes takes 1.08 ERA into start for Biloxi

June 23rd, 2017

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

Hitter to watch: Cedric Mullins (Orioles' No. 17), Bowie at Erie (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Mullins extended his hitting streak to eight games on Thursday by going 1-for-4 with a three-run homer, his seventh of the season for Double-A Bowie. A hamstring injury cost Mullins nearly six weeks early in the season, but the 22-year-old outfielder is still having an impressive campaign in the Eastern League with a .302/.343/.548 batting line and 15 extra-base hits, including seven home runs in 29 games.

Pitcher to watch: Corbin Burnes (Brewers' No. 20), Biloxi vs. Mississippi (6:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

After his scheduled start was rained out Thursday, Burnes enters the day with a 1.08 ERA through his first three starts for Double-A Biloxi, during which he's allowed just six hits while striking out 19 in 16 2/3 frames. The 22-year-old righty was promoted to the Southern League after he went 5-0 in 10 starts while pacing the Class A Advanced Carolina League in ERA (1.05) and WHIP (0.88).

Duel of the day: (Cardinals' No. 3) vs. Josh Staumont (Royals' No. 2), Memphis at Omaha (8:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Weaver, MLBPipeline.com's No. 58 overall prospect, lasted just 2 1/3 innings in his last start for Triple-A Memphis, as he allowed three earned runs on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts. The 23-year-old righty has been very good overall, however, posting a 6-1 record in nine starts, with a 2.33 ERA and a 51-to-9 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 46 1/3 frames.

Staumont, meanwhile, will attempt to bounce back after allowing a combined 23 earned runs in 13 1/3 innings across his last three starts. He yielded seven earned runs in his June 6 start before giving up eight earned runs in consecutive outings. The 23-year-old right-hander's season ERA has spiked to 6.21 from 3.88 in that span, though he continues to miss plenty of bats, with 88 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings (11.9 K/9).

Thursday's Top 100 prospect probables

No. 11 (White Sox No. 2), Birmingham at Montgomery (8:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

No. 38 (White Sox No. 5), Charlotte at Durham (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

No. 55 Sean Reid-Foley (Blue Jays' No. 2) vs. (Mets' No. 13), New Hampshire vs. Binghamton (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

No. 80 Stephen Gonsalves (Twins' No. 2) vs. (Reds' No. 18), Chattanooga vs. Pensacola (7:15 p.m. ET)

No. 92 (Braves' No. 8), Mississippi at Biloxi, Game 2 (TBD on MiLB.TV)

More top prospect probables

(Giants' No. 8), Sacramento at Fresno (Triple-A)

(Pirates' No. 8) vs. (Reds' No. 9), Indianapolis at Louisville (Triple-A)

Sam Howard (Rockies' No. 14), Albuquerque vs. El Paso (Triple-A)

Trevor Oaks (Dodgers' No. 16), Oklahoma City vs. Nashville (Triple-A)

(Indians' No. 22), Columbus vs. Toledo (Triple-A)

Tyler Alexander (Tigers' No. 4) vs. (Orioles' No. 14), Erie vs. Bowie (Double-A)

Jordan Johnson (Giants' No. 9), Richmond vs. Akron (Double-A)

Alex Young (D-backs' No. 11), Jackson vs. Jacksonville (Double-A)

(Rockies' No. 12), Hartford at Altoona (Double-A)

Josh Sborz (Dodgers' No. 15), Tulsa vs. NW Arkansas (Double-A)

(Padres' No. 15), San Antonio vs. Midland (Double-A)

Jake Jewell (Angels' No. 25), Mobile vs. Tennessee (Double-A)

Pedro Payano (Rangers' No. 27), Frisco at Corpus Christi (Double-A)

(White Sox No. 11), Winston-Salem vs. Buies Creek (Class A Advanced)

Lewis Thorpe (Twins' No. 16), Fort Myers at Florida (Class A Advanced)

Ian Clarkin (Yankees' No. 19), Tampa vs. Dunedin (Class A Advanced)

Justin Donatella (D-backs' No. 26), Visalia vs. San Jose (Class A Advanced)

(Class A Advanced)

Trey Supak (Brewers' No. 29), Carolina at Potomac (Class A Advanced)

Sixton Sanchez (Phillies' No. 7) vs. Matthias Dietz (Orioles' No. 12), Lakewood at Delmarva (Class A)

Juan Hillman (Indians' No. 11), Lake County at Dayton (Class A)

Bernardo Flores (White Sox No. 19), Kannapolis at Columbia (Class A)

Melvin Adon (Giants' No. 24), Augusta at Hickory (Class A)

A.J. Alexy (Dodgers' No. 28), Great Lakes vs. South Bend (Class A)