Pipeline preview: Correa, Winker set for showdown
Standouts from 2012 First-Year Player Draft to battle in Class A Advanced contest
Tuesday's Minor League schedule is highlighted by a matchup of two of the best high-school position players in the 2012 Draft class. Astros' No. 1 prospect Carlos Correa and Reds' No. 4 prospect Jesse Winker were selected 48 picks apart in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, and they are now both ranked on MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list (Correa No. 7, Winker No. 98).
Correa and Winker will meet Tuesday for the first time this season as Class A Advanced Bakersfield visits Lancaster for the beginning of a three-game series. First pitch is at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Correa and Winker were both All-Stars in the Midwest League last year. Correa led the league with an .872 OPS, and Winker was named the Reds' Minor League Hitter of the Year. They have built on that success this year, even while moving up a level. Both rank in the top 10 in the California League in hitting, despite being two of the youngest players in the circuit.
Correa recently missed six games due to shoulder stiffness, but he's come back strong and carries a nine-game hitting streak into the series. In 30 games this season, Correa is hitting .323/.379/.460.
Winker was just activated from the disabled list last Wednesday after missing two weeks due to a concussion. He is hitting .327/.409/.510 in 25 games this season.
While the game in Lancaster has all the makings of a slugfest, pitching is the story elsewhere Tuesday. Several pitchers ranked in the Top 100 are slated to start, including Aaron Sanchez (No. 21), Eddie Butler (No. 37), Zach Lee (No. 59), Jose Berrios (No. 83) and Pierce Johnson (No. 93). Fans can watch Butler, Lee and Johnson on MiLB.TV, beginning with Lee and Triple-A Albuquerque visiting El Paso at 1:05 p.m.
Top prospect probables
Martin Agosta (Giants' No. 13), San Jose at Stockton
Jose Alvarez (Angels' No. 16), Salt Lake vs. Sacramento
Berrios (Twins' No. 5), Fort Myers at Brevard County
Tim Berry (Orioles' No. 8), Bowie at Richmond
Zachary Bird (Dodgers' No. 13), Great Lakes vs. West Michigan
Clayton Blackburn (Giants' No. 8), Richmond vs. Bowie
Parker Bridwell (Orioles' No. 17), Frederick vs. Potomac
Butler (Rockies' No. 2), Tulsa vs. Springfield
Andrew Chafin (D-backs' No. 12), Mobile at Jacksonville
Michael Clevenger (Angels' No. 12), Inland Empire vs. Lake Elsinore
Dylan Covey (A's No. 13), Beloit vs. Kane County
Zach Efflin (Padres' No. 11), Lake Elsinore at Inland Empire
Jason Hursh (Braves' No. 3), Mississippi vs. Montgomery
Jake Johansen (Nationals' No. 12), Hagerstown vs. Kannapolis
Johnson (Cubs' No. 7), Tennessee at Jackson
Lee (Dodgers' No. 4), Albuquerque at El Paso
Michael Lorenzen (Reds' No. 5), Pensacola at Birmingham
Jose Martinez (D-backs' No. 5), South Bend at Dayton
Trevor May (Twins' No. 12), Rochester vs. Columbus
Mike Montgomery (Rays' No. 18), Durham vs. Charlotte
Sean Nolin (Blue Jays' No. 10), Buffalo vs. Gwinnett
Zach Petrick (Cardinals' No. 17), Memphis vs. Round Rock
Tyler Pike (Mariners' No. 9), High Desert at Visalia
Alexander Reyes (Cardinals' No. 6), Peoria at Cedar Rapids
Joely Rodriguez (Pirates' No. 20), Altoona at Binghamton
Sal Romano (Reds' No. 15), Dayton vs. South Bend
Sanchez (Blue Jays' No. 1), New Hampshire vs. Reading
Angel Sanchez (Marlins' No. 16), Jacksonville vs. Mobile
Luis Severino (Yankees' No. 10), Charleston vs. Savannah
Scott Snodgress (White Sox No. 20), Birmingham vs. Pensacola
Logan Verrett (Mets' No. 20), Las Vegas vs. Tacoma
Tom Windle (Dodgers' No. 7), Rancho Cucamonga vs. Modesto