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Pipeline Preview: Alfaro seeking another multi-hit game

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

Hitter to watch: Jorge Alfaro (Phillies' No. 3), Lehigh Valley at Columbus (6:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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

Hitter to watch: Jorge Alfaro (Phillies' No. 3), Lehigh Valley at Columbus (6:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Alfaro, ranked 67th on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, enters the day with a .377/.397/.607 batting line for Triple-A Lehigh Valley after going 3-for-4 with his third home run on Tuesday. The three-hit performance was already Alfaro's fourth of the season, and he's hit safely in 13 of 15 contests for the IronPigs.

Video: Top Prospects: Jorge Alfaro, C, Phillies

Pitcher to watch: Merandy Gonzalez (Mets' No. 14), Columbia vs. Asheville (11:05 a.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Gonzalez has yet to allow a run this season in 20 2/3 innings for Class A Columbia. In his most recent turn, the 21-year-old righty allowed three singles and struck out a season-high seven batters over seven innings en route to his third win in as many starts for the Fireflies. He's held opposing hitters to a .143 average in that span, striking out 18 and walking just one.

Video: Top Prospects: Merandy Gonzalez, RHP, Mets

Duel of the day: Brian Johnson (Red Sox's No. 11) vs. Tyler Eppler (Pirates' No. 27), Pawtucket vs. Indianapolis (6:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Johnson is set to make his first start for Triple-A Pawtucket since picking up his first big league win in a spot start for the Red Sox on April 18. The 26-year-old lefty has pitched well in a pair of no-decisions for Pawtucket, posting a 1.69 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 10 2/3 frames.

Video: Top Prospects: Brian Johnson, LHP, Red Sox

Eppler, 24, also has thrown the ball well to begin the season, going 2-0 with a 1.06 ERA in three starts for Indianapolis. The righty also sports a 0.65 WHIP, a product of him yielding just 10 hits and one walk in 17 innings.

Wednesday's Top 100 prospect probables
No. 9 Lucas Giolito (White Sox No. 2), Charlotte at Toledo (6:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
No. 53 Triston McKenzie (Indians' No. 3), Lynchburg at Salem (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
No. 55 Erick Fedde (Nationals' No. 2), Harrisburg vs. Reading (6:30 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
No. 72 Mike Soroka (Braves' No. 4), Mississippi at Montgomery (8:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
No. 81 Ian Anderson (Braves' No. 6), Rome at Hickory (10:30 a.m. ET)
No. 88 Walker Buehler (Dodgers' No. 5), Rancho Cucamonga vs. San Jose (1:35 p.m. ET)
No. 92 Cal Quantrill (Padres' No. 4), Lake Elsinore at Visalia (9 p.m. ET)

More top prospect probables
Chris Lee (Orioles' No. 7), Norfolk vs. Buffalo (Triple-A)
Austin Voth (Nationals' No. 8) vs. Ryan Yarbrough (Rays' No. 24), Syracuse at Durham (Triple-A)
Sal Romano (Reds' No. 11), Louisville at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A)
Nick Pivetta (Phillies' No. 12) vs. Shawn Morimando (Indians' No. 17), Lehigh Valley at Columbus (Triple-A)
Brad Keller (D-backs' No. 7), Jackson at Biloxi (Double-A)
Dakota Hudson (Cardinals' No. 9), Springfield at NW Arkansas (Double-A)
Jordan Johnson (Giants' No. 9) vs. Tanner Scott (Orioles' No. 11), Richmond vs. Bowie (Double-A)
Parker Bridwell (Angels' No. 12), Mobile vs. Pensacola (Double-A)
Heath Fillmyer (A's No. 14), Midland at Corpus Christi (Double-A)
Yency Almonte (Rockies' No. 16), Harford at Portland (Double-A)
Francisco Rios (Blue Jays' No. 18), New Hampshire vs. Trenton (Double-A)
Artie Lewicki (Tigers' No. 23), Erie vs. Altoona (Double-A)
Justin Dunn (Mets' No. 3), St. Lucie vs. Lakeland (Class A Advanced)
T.J. Zeuch (Blue Jays' No. 7), Dunedin at Charlotte (Class A Advanced)
Junior Fernandez (Cardinals' No. 10) vs. Touki Toussaint (Braves' No. 11), Palm Beach at Florida (Class A Advanced)
A.J. Puckett (Royals' No. 10), Wilmington at Myrtle Beach (Class A Advanced)
Taylor Hearn (Pirates' No. 12), Bradenton at Fort Myers (Class A Advanced)
Domingo Acevedo (Yankees' No. 13), Tampa vs. Clearwater (Class A Advanced)
Cody Ponce (Brewers' No. 15) vs. Pedro Payano (Rangers' No. 28), Carolina vs. Down East (Class A Advanced)
Brian Gonzalez (Orioles' No. 20), Frederick at Potomac (Class A Advanced)
Juan Hillman (Indians' No. 12) vs. A.J. Alexy (Dodgers' No. 29), Lake County at Great Lakes (Class A)
Jose Paulino (Cubs' No. 14), South Bend at Lansing (Class A)
Nolan Watson (Royals' No. 15), Lexington vs. Augusta (Class A)
Logan Allen (Padres' No. 18), Fort Wayne at West Michigan (Class A)
Cody Reed (D-backs' No. 19), Kane County at Wisconsin (Class A)
Ronnie Williams (Cardinals' No. 25), Peoria at Quad Cities (Class A)
Joe Gatto (Angels' No. 26), Burlington at Cedar Rapids (Class A)
Nick Wells (Mariners' No. 28), Clinton at Beloit (Class A)

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