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Pipeline Preview: Soroka making second Triple-A start

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

Hitter to watch: Luis Urias (No. 36 overall, Padres' No. 3), El Paso vs. Salt Lake (8:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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

Hitter to watch: Luis Urias (No. 36 overall, Padres' No. 3), El Paso vs. Salt Lake (8:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Urias hit his first homer and put together his best offensive game of the season on Wednesday. The 20-year-old went 3-for-5 with a double and is slashing .381/.536/.571 through his first six games of the season.

Video: Top Prospects: Luis Urias, 2B, Padres

Pitcher to watch: Mike Soroka (No. 31 overall, Braves' No. 3), Gwinnett vs. Rochester (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Soroka's Triple-A debut went about as well as anyone could have hoped, and the 20-year-old will be seeking a repeat performance. Soroka, who posted a 2.75 ERA across 26 starts with Double-A Mississippi in 2017, struck out five and gave up three hits in five scoreless innings to start the season.

Video: Top Prospects: Mike Soroka, RHP, Braves

Duel of the Day: Stephen Gonsalves (No. 79 overall, Twins' No. 3) vs Keury Mella (Reds' No. 21), Chattanooga vs. Pensacola (7:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Gonsalves was unhittable in his 2018 debut. The lefty fired 43 of his 71 pitches for strikes and walked three, but he didn't give up a hit over 5 1/3 scoreless innings.

Video: Top Prospects: Stephen Gonsalves, LHP, Twins

Mella did make his Major League debut in 2017, but he still has some work to be done before he's a full-time Major Leaguer. The 24-year-old has an impressive fastball-slider combination, but control has eluded him at times. In his first start of the season, Mella gave up one run on four hits in five innings.

Video: STL@CIN: Mella collects his first career strikeout

Thursday's Top 100 prospect probables
No. 86 overall Adonis Medina (Phillies' No. 4), Clearwater vs. Jupiter (7 p.m. ET)

More top prospect probables
Chris Flexen (Mets' No. 9), Las Vegas vs. Albuquerque (Triple-A)
Austin Gomber (Cardinals' No. 14), Memphis vs. Omaha (Triple-A)
Yohander Mendez (Rangers' No. 7), Round Rock vs. Oklahoma City (Triple-A)
Sandy Alcantara (Marlins' No. 3), New Orleans vs. Colorado Springs (Triple-A)
Taylor Widener (D-backs' No. 4), Jackson vs. Tennessee (Double-A)
Luis Pena (Angels' No. 26), Mobile vs. Jacksonville (Double-A)
Nick Neidert (Marlins' No. 10), Jacksonville vs. Mobile (Double-A)
Touki Toussaint (Braves' No. 11), Mississippi vs. Biloxi (Double-A)
Zack Brown (Brewers' No. 25), Biloxi vs. Mississippi (Double-A)
Chase De Jong (Mariners' No. 21), Arkansas vs. San Antonio (Double-A)
Caleb Ferguson (Dodgers' No. 16) Tulsa vs. Frisco (Double-A)
Jordan Stephens (White Sox No. 20), Birmingham vs. Montgomery (Double-A)
Framber Valdez (Astros' No. 16), Corpus Christi vs. Northwest Arkansas (Double-A)
Ryan Helsley (Cardinals' No. 8), Springfield vs. Midland (Double-A)
Freicer Perez (Yankees' No. 8), Tampa vs. St. Lucie (Class A Advanced)
Tucker Davidson (Braves' No. 23), Florida vs. Fort Myers (Class A Advanced)
Jorge Alcala (Astros' No. 7), Buies Creek vs. Salem (Class A Advanced)
Scott Moss (Reds' No. 23), Daytona vs. Charlotte (Class A Advanced)
Jose Suarez (Angels' No. 12), Inland Empire vs. Rancho Cucamonga (Class A Advanced)
Jordan Sheffield (Dodgers' No. 18), Rancho Cucamonga vs. Inland Empire (Class A Advanced)
Cameron Bishop (Orioles' No. 16), Delmarva vs. Lakewood (Class A)
Travis MacGregor (Pirates' No. 15), West Virginia vs. Hickory (Class A)
Oliver Jaskie (Mariners' No. 25), Clinton vs. Wisconsin (Class A)

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.