Pipeline Preview: McMahon on a roll for Hartford

May 26th, 2017

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

Hitter to watch: Ryan McMahon (Rockies' No. 6), Hartford at Binghamton (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

McMahon recorded multiple hits for a second straight game on Thursday, going 3-for-4 with his sixth home run and a double for Double-A Hartford. The 22-year-old third baseman is putting together a strong season in his second tour of the Eastern League, as he enters Friday's contest with a .325/.391/.546 batting line and a vastly improved 18-to-35 walk-to-strikeout ratio through 44 games.

Pitcher to watch: Corbin Burnes (Brewers' No. 20), Carolina vs. Myrtle Beach (7 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Burnes, 22, has yet to lose a game in his first full professional season, going 4-0 in nine starts for Class A Advanced Carolina. What's more, the 2016 fourth-rounder is leading all Carolina League hurlers in ERA (1.00) and WHIP (0.93), and he's limited opposing hitters to a .189 average while striking out 50 in 54 innings.

Duel of the day: Alex Young (D-backs' No. 11) vs. (Marlins' No. 28), Jackson at Jacksonville (5:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Young pitched great early in the season, posting a 1.82 ERA in his first five starts totaling 24 2/3 innings for Double-A Jackson. The 23-year-old lefty hasn't fared well lately, however, as he's pitched to a 6.35 ERA over his last 17 innings (three starts) while allowing an .800 opponents' OPS in that span. Overall, he's 3-2 with a 3.67 ERA in 41 2/3 innings (eight starts).

Gunkel, 25, is set to make his fourth start for Jacksonville since being claimed off waivers in late April from the Dodgers. The right-hander worked a total of 12 2/3 innings in his three previous turns, during which he posted a 2.84 ERA.

Friday's Top 100 prospect probables

No. 17 (Astros' No. 1), Fresno at Tacoma (10:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

No. 39 (White Sox No. 4), Charlotte vs. Buffalo (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

No. 82 Stephen Gonsalves (Twins' No. 2), Chattanooga vs. Montgomery (7:15 p.m. ET)

No. 98 Chance Adams (Yankees' No. 7), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at Toledo (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

More top prospect probables

(Royals' No. 5), Omaha at Nashville (Triple-A)

Chris Stratton (Giants' No. 21), Sacramento vs. Memphis (Triple-A)

(Indians' No. 23), Columbus vs. Norfolk (Triple-A)

Tyler Eppler (Pirates' No. 24), Indianapolis at Rochester (Triple-A)

Grayson Long (Angels' No. 6) vs. Jordan Guerrero (White Sox No. 30), Mobile vs. Birmingham (Double-A)

(Reds' No. 6), Pensacola at Mississippi (Double-A)

Heath Fillmyer (A's No. 12), Midland at NW Arkansas (Double-A)

(Padres' No. 15), San Antonio vs. Springfield (Double-A)

Artie Lewicki (Tigers' No. 21), Erie vs. Altoona (Double-A)

John Means (Orioles' No. 24), Bowie at Akron (Double-A)

Trey Ball (Red Sox's No. 29), Portland vs. Trenton (Double-A)

Scott Blewett (Royals' No. 4) vs. Joan Baez (Nationals' No. 22), Wilmington vs. Potomac (Class A Advanced)

Kyle Funkhouser (Tigers' No. 6) vs. Jordan Romano (Blue Jays' No. 23), Lakeland vs. Dunedin (Class A Advanced)

Shane Bieber (Indians' No. 16), Lynchburg vs. Salem (Class A Advanced)

Brian Gonzalez (Orioles' No. 19) vs. Framber Valdez (Astros No. 29), Frederick vs. Buies Creek (Class A Advanced)

Connor Jones (Cardinals' No. 22), Palm Beach at Florida (Class A Advanced)

Edgar Garcia (Phillies' No. 26), Clearwater at St. Lucie (Class A Advanced)

Alex Wells (Orioles' No. 15), Delmarva at Lakewood (Class A)

Garrett Davila (Royals' No. 17), Lexington vs. Columbia (Class A)

(Class A)

Aaron Civale (Indians' No. 21), Lake County at Bowling Green (Class A)

Bryan Hudson (Cubs' No. 24), South Bend vs. Fort Wayne (Class A)