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Phillips connected on a pair of home runs on Wednesday, hitting a grand slam and later a solo homer, en route to six RBIs for Triple-A Colorado Springs. Phillips, 22, has been on fire of late, collecting multiple hits in four straight games and going 9-for-16 with eight RBIs in that span. Overall, he’s batting .318/.375/.568 with three homers and 12 RBIs through 11 contests.

Top Prospects: Phillips, MIL

Pitcher to watch: Max Fried (Braves’ No. 8), Mississippi vs. Mobile (8 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Fried rebounded nicely from a shaky season debut in his second Mississippi start, allowing just two hits while tossing six innings of one-run ball. Ranked as MLB Pipeline’s No. 100 overall prospect, the 23-year-old left-hander is in his first season at the Double-A level after spending all of 2016 with Class A Rome. He’s pitched to a 3.52 ERA through two starts, compiling six strikeouts and five walks in 7 2/3 innings.

Top Prospects: Fried, ATL

Duel of the day: Franklin Perez (Astros’ No. 6) vs. Cody Ponce (Brewers’ No. 15), Buies Creek at Carolina (7 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Perez has been nearly unhittable to begin the season. The 19-year-old righty has given up just one hit in 9 1/3 scoreless frames through his first two outings for Class A Advanced Buies Creek, with three walks and seven strikeouts. In his most recent performance, Perez entered in the sixth inning and proceeded to toss four hitless innings en route to his second career save.

Top Prospects: Perez, HOU

Ponce, 22, also has fared well in the early going, going 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his first two starts for Carolina. The big right-hander worked seven innings in both outings, and he enters the day with a perfect 10-to-0 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 14 frames.

Top Prospects: Ponce, MIL

Thursday’s Top 100 prospect probables
No. 14 Michael Kopech (White Sox No. 3), Birmingham at Tennessee (5:30 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
No. 52 Yohander Mendez (Rangers’ No. 2), Frisco vs. Corpus Christi (8:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
No. 58 Luis Ortiz (Brewers’ No. 4), Biloxi at Chattanooga (7:15 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
No. 69 German Marquez (Rockies’ No. 4), Albuquerque vs. Reno (8:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)
No. 92 Cal Quantrill (Padres’ No. 4), Lake Elsinore at Inland Empire (10 p.m. ET)

More top prospect probables
Joan Gregorio (Giants’ No. 8), Sacramento vs. Salt Lake (Triple-A)
Kyle Zimmer (Royals’ No. 9), Omaha at Round Rock (Triple-A)
Dinelson Lamet (Padres’ No. 12) vs. Dillon Overton (Mariners’ No. 18), El Paso vs. Tacoma (Triple-A)
Shawn Morimando (Indians’ No. 17), Columbus at Lehigh Valley (Triple-A)
Lucas Sims (Braves’ No. 18), Gwinnett vs. Rochester (Triple-A)
Clay Holmes (Pirates’ No. 22) vs. Ryan Yarbrough (Rays’ No. 24), Indianapolis vs. Durham (Triple-A)
Frank Duncan (D-backs’ No. 24), Reno at Albuquerque (Triple-A)
Trevor Clifton (Cubs’ No. 7), Tennessee vs. Birmingham (Double-A)
Brad Keller (D-backs’ No. 7), Jackson vs. Montgomery (Double-A)
Felix Jorge (Twins’ No. 9), Chattanooga vs. Biloxi (Double-A)
Andrew Suarez (Giants’ No. 10) vs. David Hess (Orioles’ No. 28), Richmond at Bowie (Double-A)
Austin Gomber (Cardinals’ No. 14), Springfield at Arkansas (Double-A)
Enyel De Los Santos (Padres’ No. 17), San Antonio at Midland (Double-A)
Miguel Almonte (Royals’ No. 17), NW Arkansas vs. Tulsa (Double-A)
Francisco Rios (Blue Jays’ No. 18), New Hampshire at Trenton (Double-A)
Jalen Beeks (Red Sox’s No. 27), Portland at Binghamton (Double-A)
Justin Dunn (Mets’ No. 3) vs. T.J. Zeuch (Blue Jays’ No. 7), St. Lucie at Dunedin (Class A Advanced)
Franklyn Kilome (Phillies’ No. 5) vs. Taylor Hearn (Pirates’ No. 12), Clearwater at Bradenton (Class A Advanced)
Touki Toussaint (Braves’ No. 11), Florida at Fort Myers (Class A Advanced)
A.J. Puckett (Royals’ No. 11), Wilmington vs. Winston-Salem (Class A Advanced)
Vladimir Gutierrez (Reds’ No. 12), Daytona vs. Charlotte (Class A Advanced)
Ian Clarkin (Yankees’ No. 20) vs. Zac Gallen (Cardinals’ No. 24), Tampa at Palm Beach (Class A Advanced)
Joey Wentz (Braves’ No. 13), Rome at Greenville (Class A)
Shane Bieber (Indians’ No. 16), Lake County at West Michigan (Class A)
Alex Wells (Orioles’ No. 16), Delmarva at Hagerstown (Class A)
Logan Allen (Padres’ No. 19), Fort Wayne at Great Lakes (Class A)
Ronnie Williams (Cardinals’ No. 25), Peoria at Wisconsin (Class A)
Osman Gutierrez (Blue Jays’ No. 26), Lansing vs. Bowling Green (Class A)

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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