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Pipeline preview: Bradley looks to build off strong outing

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

Hitter to watch: Harold Ramirez (Pirates' No. 6)

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

Hitter to watch: Harold Ramirez (Pirates' No. 6)

After he battled injuries during his first four professional seasons, Ramirez opened eyes this spring in the Pirates' Big League camp, going 11-for-19 while appearing in 11 games. The 21-year-old outfielder hasn't slowed down at the plate this season in his first taste of the Double-A level, as he's now hitting .300/.367/.420 through 38 games for Altoona after going 3-for-5 with his first home run of the season on Wednesday. On top of that, Ramirez has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games for the Curve, who will take on Akron and undefeated Shawn Morimando (8-0, 1.87 ERA) -- the Indians' No. 16 prospect -- at 10:30 a.m. ET on MiLB.TV.

Ramirez's two-run triple

Pitcher to watch: Archie Bradley (D-backs' No. 2)

The No. 67 overall prospect is coming off of his best start of the season for Triple-A Reno after he struck out nine hitters over a season-high eight scoreless innings in a win against Omaha on May 21. The 23-year-old right-hander has made five straight quality starts for the Aces, and he's logged at least seven innings in each of his past three turns. On the season, Bradley is 5-1 (seven starts) with a 1.99 ERA and a 47/18 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 40 2/3 innings. He'll look to continue rolling tonight when he takes the mound against New Orleans on MiLB.TV at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Bradley's ninth strikeout

Duel of the day: Jordan Guerrero (White Sox' No. 6) vs. Sal Romano (Reds' No. 15), Birmingham at Pensacola

The White Sox decided to challenge Guerrero with an assignment to Double-A this season after his breakout in 2015, when he went 13-4 with a 3.08 ERA and a 148/31 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 149 innings between both Class A levels. The 21-year-old lefty got off to a shaky start in the Southern League, but has shown improvement of late, allowing two or less runs in four of his last five turns for Birmingham to lower his season ERA to 4.93. Romano, 22, also has scuffled at times in his first Double-A exposure, but has maintained his natural bat-missing ability, evidenced by his 46 strikeouts in 43 2/3 frames for the Blue Wahoos. The two southpaws are set to duel when Pensacola hosts Birmingham at 7:30 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV.

Guerrero fans another

Thursday's Top 100 prospect probables

No. 2 Julio Urias (Dodgers' No. 1), Oklahoma City vs. Fresno (10:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
No. 12 Blake Snell (Rays' No. 1), Durham at Toledo (10:30 a.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
No. 15 Jose Berrios (Twins' No. 1) vs. Chad Kuhl (Pirates' No. 16), Rochester vs. Indianapolis (11:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
No. 50 Jake Thompson (Phillies' No. 2), Lehigh Valley at Pawtucket (11:05 a.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
No. 72 Duane Underwood Jr. (Cubs' No. 4), Tennessee at Chattanooga (7:15 p.m. ET)

More top prospect probables

Beau Burrows (Tigers' No. 2), West Michigan at Bowling Green (A)
Touki Toussaint (Braves' No. 6) vs. Marc Brakeman (Red Sox No. 24), Rome vs. Greenville (A)
Jake Esch (Marlins' No. 9) vs. Chris Ellis (Braves' No. 14), Jacksonville at Mississippi (AA)
Taylor Clarke (D-backs' No. 11) vs. Jordan Johnson (Giants' No. 15), Visalia vs. San Jose (A-Advanced)
Robert Gsellman (Mets' No. 12) vs. Chase Johnson (Giants' No. 14), Binghamton vs. Richmond (AA)
Chih-Wei Hu (Rays' No. 13), Montgomery vs. Jackson (AA)
Mitch Keller (Pirates' No. 14), West Virginia vs. Columbia (A)
Raul Alcantara (A's No. 16), Midland at Springfield (AA)
Shawn Morimando (Indians' No. 16), Akron at Altoona (AA)
Adrian Houser (Brewers' No. 17) vs. Zack Godley (D-backs' No. 26), Biloxi at Mobile (AA)
Austin Gomber (Cardinals' No. 17), Palm Beach at Fort Myers (A-Advanced)
Fernando Romero (Twins' No. 17), Cedar Rapids at Burlington (A)
Matt Koch (D-backs' No. 18), Mobile vs. Biloxi (AA)
Stephen Tarpley (Pirates' No. 19), Bradenton at Jupiter (A-Advanced)
Austen Williams (Nationals' No. 20) vs. Ty Buttrey (Red Sox No. 26), Harrisburg vs. Portland (AA)
Brandon Brennan (White Sox' No. 20), Winston-Salem vs. Frederick (A-Advanced)
Elniery Garcia (Phillies' No. 21), Clearwater at Brevard County (A-Advanced)
Seth Lugo (Mets' No. 23), Las Vegas vs. Nashville (AAA)
Freddy Peralta (Brewers' No. 26), Wisconsin at Clinton (A)
Sam Wolff (Rangers' No. 26), Frisco at Tulsa (AA)
Chris Flexen (Mets' No. 27), St. Lucie vs. Charlotte (A-Advanced)
Eric Skoglund (Royals' No. 28), Northwest Arkansas at San Antonio (AA)
Luis Martinez (White Sox' No. 29), Kannapolis vs. Asheville (A)
Yency Almonte (Rockies' No. 29), Modesto vs. High Desert (A-Advanced)
Brett Graves (A's No. 30), Stockton at Lancaster (A-Advanced)
Tanner Rainey (Reds' No. 30), Dayton vs. Lake County (A)

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