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Pipeline Preview: Stevenson continues to heat up for Syracuse

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

Hitter to watch: Andrew Stevenson (Nationals' No. 5), Syracuse vs Lehigh Valley (1:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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

Hitter to watch: Andrew Stevenson (Nationals' No. 5), Syracuse vs Lehigh Valley (1:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Stevenson's introduction to Triple-A baseball has been rough, but the 23-year-old is heating up offensively. After hitting .350 in 20 games with Double-A Harrisburg, Stevenson was promoted to Syracuse, where he is batting .234 through 41 games. While that .234 average isn't where Stevenson would like it to be, he was just under .200 a couple days ago, but has boosted his average with seven hits in his past eight at-bats, including a 4-for-4 effort on Saturday.

Video: Top Prospects: Andrew Stevenson, OF, Nationals

Pitcher to watch: Nick Neidert (Mariners' No. 3), Modesto vs. Inland Empire (5:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

After starting the season 5-0, Neidert has dropped three straight decisions in June, allowing nine runs over 16 2/3 innings. However, on a positive note, Neidert hasn't walked a batter in four of his past five outings and has continued to pile up the strikeouts, including a season-high 11 on June 8.

Video: Top Prospects: Nick Neidert, RHP, Mariners

Duel of the Day: Reynaldo Lopez (White Sox No. 5) vs. Tyler Eppler (Pirates' No. 24), Charlotte vs. Indianapolis (2:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Lopez, the No. 38 overall prospect, has bounced back after his worst start of the season on May 26. The 23-year-old has given up four earned runs over his past two starts, a total of 13 innings, and is 5-3 with a 3.82 ERA this season. Lopez has also had strong command over his past two outings, recording seven strikeouts as opposed to just two walks.

Video: Top Prospects: Reynaldo Lopez, RHP, White Sox

Eppler got off to a fast start this season, posting nothing but zeros over his first two outings. While his scoreless streak has ended, the righty has continued to throw the ball well, posting a 5-2 record with a 3.22 ERA through 12 games (11 starts).

Sunday's Top 100 prospect probables
No. 68 overall Justus Sheffield (Yankees' No. 6), Trenton vs. Erie (Game 2 of doubleheader on MiLB.TV)

More top prospect probables
Patrick Weigel (Braves' No. 15), Gwinnett vs. Columbus (Triple-A)
Marco Gonzales (Cardinals' No. 19), Memphis vs. Round Rock (Triple-A)
Trevor Oaks (Dodgers' No. 16), Oklahoma City vs. Colorado Springs (Triple-A)
Rob Whalen (Mariners' No. 11), Tacoma vs. Salt Lake (Triple-A)
Hunter Wood (Rays' No. 26), Durham vs. Toledo (Triple-A)
Beau Burrows (Tigers' No. 3), Erie vs. Trenton (Double-A)
Chris Flexen (Mets' No. 24), Binghamton vs. Reading (Double-A)
Preston Morrison (Cubs' No. 29), Tennessee vs. Chattanooga (Double-A)
Luiz Gohara (Braves' No. 10), Mississippi vs. Montgomery (Double-A)
John Means (Orioles' No. 24), Bowie vs. New Hampshire (Double-A)
Travis Lakins (Red Sox No. 7), Portland vs. Akron (Double-A)
Luis Castillo (Reds' No. 5), Pensacola vs. Jacksonville (Double-A)
Corey Ray (Royals' No. 24), Northwest Arkansas vs. Arkansas (Double-A)
Ryan Castellani (Rockies' No. 4), Hartford vs. Altoona (Double-A)
Jorge Lopez (Brewers' No. 13), Biloxi vs. Mobile (Double-A)
Jaime Barria (Angels' No. 9), Mobile vs. Biloxi (Double-A)
Pedro Payano (Rangers' No. 27), Fresco vs. Midland (Double-A)
Heath Fillmyer (Athletics' No. 12), Midland vs. Frisco (Double-A)
Ofelky Peralta (Orioles' No. 16), Frederick vs. Lynchburg (Class A Advanced)
Marcos Diplan (Brewers' No. 11), Carolina vs. Potomac (Class A Advanced)
Luis Martinez (White Sox No. 22), Winston-Salem vs. Buies Creek (Class A Advanced)
Freicer Perez (Yankees' No. 26), Charleston vs. Columbia (Class A)
Jhonathan Diaz (Red Sox's No. 26), Greenville vs. Rome (Class A)
Joey Wentz (Braves' No. 13), Rome vs. Greenville (Class A)
Mack Lemieux (D-backs' No. 20), Kane County vs. Wisconsin (Class A)
A.J. Alexy (Dodgers' No. 28), Great Lakes vs. Bowling Green (Class A)
Bryan Hudson (Cubs' No. 24), South Bend vs. Lake County (Class A)

William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.