Pipeline Preview: Morejon ready for next strong start

July 10th, 2017

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:
Hitter to watch: Cole Tucker (Pirates' No. 5), Bradenton vs. Tampa (6:30 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
Tucker put together his fourth straight multihit effort as he went 3-for-4 with an RBI on Sunday. The 21-year-old, who is hitting .292 through 62 games, has really found a rhythm lately. Over the past four games, Tucker is 10-for-18 (.555) with three doubles and two RBIs.

Pitcher to watch: Adrian Morejon (Padres' No. 3), Tri-City vs. Eugene (10:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
Morejon, the No. 88 overall prospect, is coming off the longest start of his career throwing 91 pitches over six innings. The 18-year-old, whom the Padres signed for $11 million in 2016, has made just four starts in his professional career, going 1-1 with a 3.79 ERA.

Duel of the Day: Jay Groome (Red Sox's No. 2) vs. Garrett Davila (Royals' No. 16), Greenville vs. Lexington (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
Groome, the No. 34 overall prospect, takes the ball with a scoreless streak of 10 innings intact. The lefty has been dominant over his past two starts, totaling 13 strikeouts and giving up just one hit over 10 innings. Groome was tagged for nine runs -- a start he left with an injury -- in his first start of the season, but has since held opponents to one earned run or less four straight starts.

Davila's Class A debut hasn't gone as planned as he's posted a 5.63 ERA through 17 games (14 starts). The lefty showed promise as he gave up one run in seven innings on June 25, but since then he's given up six runs in 7 1/3 innings over two starts.
Monday's Top 100 prospect probables
No. 46 overall (Rangers' No. 2), Frisco vs. Springfield (7:30 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
More top prospect probables
Corey Ray (Royals' No. 24), Northwest Arkansas vs. San Antonio (Double-A)
(Reds' No. 16), Pensacola vs. Chattanooga (Double-A)
Alex Young (D-backs' No. 11), Jackson vs. Mississippi (Double-A)
Casey Meisner (Athletics' No. 26), Midland vs. Tulsa (Double-A)
Brian Gonzalez (Orioles' No. 20), Frederick vs. Myrtle Beach (Class A Advanced)
Justin Dunn (Mets' No. 3), St. Lucie vs. Jupiter (Class A Advanced)
Jeff Brigham (Marlins' No. 15), Jupiter vs. St. Lucie (Class A Advanced)
Cody Ponce (Brewers' No. 15), Carolina vs. Winston-Salem (Class A Advanced)
Mike Shawaryn (Red Sox's No. 11), Salem vs. Lynchburg (Class A Advanced)
Lewis Thorpe (Twins' No. 16), Fort Myers vs. Palm Beach (Class A Advanced)
(Brewers' No. 11), Wisconsin vs. Burlington (Class A)
Cole Ragans (Rangers' No. 8), Spokane vs. Hillsboro (Class A Short Season)