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Pipeline Preview: Adames looks to stay hot in June

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

Hitter to watch: Willy Adames (Rays' No. 1), Durham at Indianapolis (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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

Hitter to watch: Willy Adames (Rays' No. 1), Durham at Indianapolis (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

After batting just .230/.309/.344 during the first two months of the season, Adames, MLB Pipeline's No. 16 overall prospect, has caught fire in June to post a .372/.459/.585 batting line with 11 extra-base hits in 25 games. That hot streak has helped the 21-year-old shortstop improve his overall season to .278/.361/.426 through 71 games for Triple-A Durham.

Video: Top Prospects: Willy Adames, SS, Rays

Pitcher to watch: Jaime Barria (Angels' No. 8), Mobile at Jacksonville (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Barria went the distance for the first time in his career in his last start, as he tossed a two-hit shutout with six strikeouts for Double-A Mobile in game one of a doubleheader against Tennessee. The 20-year-old righty retired his final 16 batters en route facing one over the minimum in the seven-inning game. He's posted a 0.92 ERA in 19 2/3 innings (three starts) since being promoted to Double-A.

Video: Top Prospects: Jaime Barria, RHP, Angels

Duel of the day: Brent Honeywell (Rays' No. 2) vs. Steven Brault (Pirates' No. 8), Durham at Indianapolis (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Honeywell, No. 23 on the Top 100, has been inconsistent since joining Durham, posting a 4.87 ERA with a .280 opponents' average in 68 1/3 innings spanning 13 starts. The 22-year-old righty has fared better of late, allowing three or fewer earned runs while going 3-1 in his last four starts. Despite his struggles, Honeywell owns an impressive 103-to-22 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 81 1/3 innings, during which he's averaging 11.4 strikeouts-per-nine.

Video: Top Prospects: Brent Honeywell, RHP, Rays

Brault started slowly for Indianapolis before turning the corner in May, when he turned in five starts with one or fewer earned runs en route to a 2-0 record with a 1.26 ERA. He's continued to roll in June, too, with a 4-0 record with a 1.73 ERA in four starts (five appearances). With a 2.24 ERA and a .222 opponents' average in 80 1/3 innings this season, the 25-year-old left-hander seems poised to return to the Majors at some point in 2017.

Video: Top Prospects: Steven Brault, LHP, Pirates

Thursday's Top 100 prospect probables
No. 11 Michael Kopech (White Sox No. 3), Birmingham vs. Biloxi (8:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
No. 37 Reynaldo Lopez (White Sox No. 5) vs. Ryan Merrit (Indians' No. 22), Charlotte vs. Columbus (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
No. 48 Triston McKenzie (Indians' No. 3), Lynchburg vs. Salem (6:30 p.m. ET)
No. 91 Max Fried (Braves' No. 8) vs. Felix Jorge (Twins' No. 8), Mississippi vs. Chattanooga (8 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

More top prospect probables
Anthony Banda (D-backs' No. 1), Reno at Salt Lake (Triple-A)
Sal Romano (Reds' No. 9), Louisville at Norfolk (Triple-A)
Sam Howard (Rockies' No. 14), Albuquerque at Fresno (Triple-A)
Marco Gonzales (Cardinals' No. 19), Memphis vs. Oklahoma City (Triple-A)
Mark Appel (Phillies' No. 19), Lehigh Valley vs. Pawtucket (Triple-A)
Beau Burrows (Tigers' No. 3), Erie at Akron (Double-A)
Jon Harris (Blue Jays' No. 9), New Hampshire at Portland (Double-A)
Jordan Johnson (Giants' No. 9), Richmond at Trenton (Double-A)
Alex Young (D-backs' No. 11) vs. Preston Morrison (Cubs' No. 29), Jackson at Tennessee (Double-A)
Jesus Liranzo (Orioles' No. 14), Bowie vs. Altoona (Double-A)
Pedro Payano (Rangers' No. 27), Frisco vs. Tulsa (Double-A)
Brett Martin (Rangers' No. 5) vs. Bernardo Flores (White Sox No. 19), Down East vs. Winston-Salem (Class A Advanced)
Lewis Thorpe (Twins' No. 16), Fort Myers vs. Clearwater (Class A Advanced)
Brian Gonzalez (Orioles' No. 19), Frederick vs. Wilmington (Class A Advanced)
Ian Clarkin (Yankees' No. 19), Tampa at Charlotte (Class A Advanced)
Trey Supak (Brewers' No. 29), Carolina at Buies Creek (Class A Advanced)
Ryan Helsley (Cardinals' No. 30), Palm Beach at St. Lucie (Class A Advanced)
Sixto Sanchez (Phillies' No. 7), Lakewood vs. Greensboro (Class A)
Joey Wentz (Braves' No. 13), Rome vs. Charleston (Class A)
Bryan Hudson (Cubs' No. 24), South Bend at Fort Wayne (Class A)
Garrett Williams (Giants' No. 25), Augusta vs. West Virginia (Class A)
Osman Gutierrez (Blue Jays' No. 26), Lansing vs. Bowling Green (Class A)
Kyle Muller (Braves' No. 16), Danville at Burlington (Rookie)
Braeden Ogle (Pirates' No. 18), Bristol at Princeton (Rookie)

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