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Minor League Ball Gameday: Friday, June 8th, 2018

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Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Minor League Ball Gameday discussion for Friday, June 8th, 2018. Let’s get down to business.

****Yesterday’s Gameday discussion thread is here.

****Today’s minor league schedule and list of probable starters is here.

****Projected starters of interest today include New York Yankees prospect Albert Abreu for High-A Tampa; fellow Yankees prospect Justus Sheffield for Triple-A Scranton; Cleveland Indians prospect Aaron Civale for Double-A Akron; Chicago White Sox prospect Michael Kopech for Triple-A Charlotte; Houston Astros prospect Forrest Whitley making his season debut for Double-A Corpus Christi; and San Diego Padres prospect Reggie Lawson toeing the mound for High-A Lake Elsinore.

****Today’s schedule of MLB contests and the list of probable starters is here. Scheduled rookies are Andrew Suarez of the San Francisco Giants; a duel of rookie lefties in Miami Marlins southpaw Caleb Smith against San Diego Padres portsider Eric Lauer; Wilmer Font making a “bullpen start” for the Tampa Bay Rays; and Walker Buehler going to the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers.