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Baseball's annual preview of coming attractions, better known as the Arizona Fall League, is set to raise the curtain on its 24th season on Tuesday, highlighted by 11 players who are ranked on MLB Pipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
Postseason experience is a valued commodity, but so far this October, rookies are showing they can handle the big stage just fine.
Phil Bickford, the 18th overall pick in the 2015 Draft, is one of several pitchers at Giants instructional league. Sam Coonrod, who was drafted in 2014, and Ray Black, who can throw as fast 103 MPH join Bickford in Arizona.
The Twins had an impressive season, finishing just out of the playoff picture. Much of the team's success came from their stacked pipeline, yet plenty of talent still remains, and that talent is progressing nicely at instructional league.
Two of the Indians top three 2015 Draft picks are getting work at instructional league, making progress as Cleveland looks to replenish their farm system with young, high-ceiling arms.
The Mets will have a new shortstop for Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Monday night at Citi Field. The Dodgers should also turn to a new man at the most important non-battery position on the field. It is time to go to hard-edged, proven, former NL Most Valuable Player Award winner Jimmy Rollins and give young Corey Seager a chance to relax and catch his breath.
The Mets will make a final decision on Monday about shortstop prospect Matt Reynolds, who is not on the 40-man roster, to replace injured shortstop Ruben Tejada on their National League Division Series roster.
It may have seemed that his was just another name at the time, but the deal the Arizona Diamondbacks made with the Atlanta Braves in January 2013 included infielder Brandon Drury.
The Washington Nationals will soon begin a turnover at the Major League level, with shortstop Ian Desmond and right-handed pitcher Jordan Zimmermann set to hit free agency following the World Series.
Cuban outfield prospect Eddy Julio Martinez has signed with the Chicago Cubs for $3 million, according to industry sources. The Cubs did not confirm the deal. Martinez agreed to terms on a signing bonus worth $2.5 million over the weekend with the Giants and later changed his mind.
Jonathan Mayo discusses the chances of Greg Bird returning to the bigs next season, the Mets pitching prospects and more in this week's Pipeline Inbox.
The Greenville Drive may not have made the low Class A South Atlantic League playoffs, but they were absolutely loaded with infielders Yoan Moncada, Rafael Devers, Javier Guerra and Michael Chavis, outfielder Andrew Benintendi and right-hander Anderson Espinoza. Several of those players have spent the early offseason honing their skills in the Red Sox' instructional league program in Fort Myers, Fla., which began Sept. 18 and will conclude Tuesday.
Orlando Arcia was 13 when the Minnesota Twins signed his 17-year-old older brother Oswaldo. In 2010, the Brewers signed Orlando Arcia out of Venezuela. The right-handed hitting middle-infielder has performed extremely well in parts of four seasons in the Milwaukee system.
Courtney Hawkins, the White Sox No. 9 prospect per MLB.com, will not be taking part in the Arizona Fall League due to a plantar fasciitis issue in the outfielder's left foot.
The Angels, in a somewhat surprising move, took catcher Taylor Ward in the first round of the 2015 Draft. The decision is starting to pay off, as Ward had an impressive first season of pro ball, and now he's working on his game at instructional league.
Right-handed-hitting Christian Walker was a major force as a high school athlete at Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic High School in Norristown, Pa. He was an extremely hard-hitting third baseman and catcher. Walker spent considerable time at showcase and traveling team events, earning the attention of scouts with his loud and consistent bat.
After agreeing to terms on a signing bonus worth $2.5 million over the weekend, the Giants and Cuban outfielder Eddy Julio Martinez no longer have a deal, an industry source confirmed Tuesday.
In a year dominated by rookies, it's only fitting that first-year ballplayers figure to play key roles in both the American League and National League Wild Card Games presented by Budweiser on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
Hunter Harvey, the Orioles' top pitching prospect, was prescribed rest for his elbow injury, and he's expected to be shut down for four to six weeks before starting a throwing program.
There's no easy formula for assembling a winner. Just look at the World Series champions from this decade so far. From trades to free agency, Jim Callis breaks down how the 2015 postseason teams built their rosters.
Here's a look at how the New York Yankees used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its postseason team.
Here's a look at how the New York Mets used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its postseason team.
Here's a look at how the Houston Astros used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its postseason team.
Here's a look at how the Texas Rangers used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its postseason team.
Here's a look at how the Los Angeles Dodgers used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its postseason team.
Here's a look at how the Chicago used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its postseason team.
Here's a look at how the St. Louis Cardinals used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its postseason team.
Here's a look at how the Pittsburgh Pirates used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its postseason team.
Here's a look at how the Kansas City Royals used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its postseason team.
Here's a look at how the Toronto Blue Jays used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its postseason team.
With his team eliminated from postseason contention on the second-to-last day of the season, Twins manager Paul Molitor didn't have much of a chance to see his September callups or consistently play some of the younger guys on the team. He finally did on Sunday.
Draft order is based on the reverse order of 2015 regular-season standings, with 2014 records used to break ties. The Phillies will pick first in 2016.
Zach Walters hit for the cycle in his final game with Triple-A Columbus this season, but the rare feat came at a price.
The Orioles handed out their Minor League and player development awards before Saturday's afternoon game against the Yankees.
A lack of improvement in Steven Matz's sore back has the Mets increasingly concerned that he will not be ready to pitch in the National League Division Series against the Dodgers.
Versatile right-handed-hitting Richie Shaffer was an outstanding baseball player at Providence (Charlotte, N.C.) Senior High School. In fact, he was an all-state selection in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons.
When Ryan Weber made his Major League debut on Sept. 8, he was playfully viewed as essentially the only pitcher the Braves had not previously promoted from Triple-A Gwinnett this season. But despite the fact that it is never wise to put much stock in evaluations completed over the regular season's final month, Weber has at least given the Braves something to think about this offseason.
Michael Reed decided after his sophomore year of high school to give up football, the sport that took his father all the way to the National Football League, and devote all of his energy to baseball. As he prepared Thursday to make his first Major League start as the Brewers' right fielder at Petco Park, it was obvious that the decision paid off.
It is too early to be certain about the future, but if rookie Jerad Eickhoff pitches like this next season, the Phillies will feel even better about the trade that shipped Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman to Texas in July.
Jim Callis answers questions about who the top 10 prospects prospects will be when MLB Pipeline updates its list, the ceiling for Trayce Thompson and more in this week's Pipeline Inbox.
Pitcher Zach Lee and outfielder Alex Verdugo were named the Dodgers' Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year, respectively, on Thursday.
For the first time, many of Oakland's recent additions are playing on the same field in instructional league. The A's added players through trades and Draft picks.
Infielder Trey Mancini was named the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year and right-handed pitchers Oliver Drake and Mychal Givens were co-recipients of the Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award, the Orioles announced on Thursday.
Andrew Knapp sported one of the Eastern League's best mustaches this season. But he also played about as well as anybody, especially behind the plate. The Phillies honored Knapp and Ricardo Pinto on Thursday as Paul Owens Award winners for being the organization's Minor League Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.
After years of graduating top prospects to the Major Leagues, the Seattle Mariners' farm system has become thin on upper-level talent. The Mariners' lower levels, however, are stacked with high-ceiling prospects, many of whom are currently participating in the club's instructional league in Peoria, Ariz.
Steven Matz's upper back soreness has diminished enough for the Mets to pencil him in for an appearance this weekend against the Nationals at Citi Field. The Mets hope that Matz, their No. 1 prospect, can pitch approximately five innings out of the bullpen Saturday or Sunday in tandem with one of their other starting pitchers, who will be limited in their final turn through the rotation.