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Prospects Archive

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  • 05/27/2016 | Pipeline preview: Jones looks to stay hot at plate

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

  • 05/27/2016 | Top 10 fantasy baseball prospects for 2016

    Here are's updated rankings of the top 10 fantasy baseball prospects in the Minor Leagues. They're based solely on expected 2016 fantasy production in the Major Leagues, in contrast to our Top 100 Prospects list, which reflects long-term value in all phases of the game.

  • 05/27/2016 | Roberts: No better stage for Urias to debut

    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the club had no qualms about throwing Julio Urias into the fire in New York, of all places.

  • 05/27/2016 | Eibner is big part of winning debut for Royals

    Rookie Brett Eibner's nerves, which had been churning for two days, finally calmed down in the seventh inning on Friday night when he stroked a double for his first big-league hit. And that hit helped the Royals go on to a 7-5 win over the White Sox.

  • 05/27/2016 | Former top pick Appel to DL with shoulder strain

    Phillies prospect Mark Appel, the former No. 1 overall Draft pick who is currently rated the club's No. 4 prospect and the No. 65 prospect in the Major Leagues by, was placed on the disabled list Friday with a right shoulder strain.

  • 05/27/2016 | D-backs place Miller, De La Rosa on DL

    On Friday, one day after D-backs manager Chip Hale acknowledged Shelby Miller was dealing with a lingering finger issue, the D-backs placed the struggling right-hander on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Wednesday, with a sprained right index finger.

  • 05/27/2016 | Benintendi's fast track leads to Double-A

    Consistent success has propelled Benintendi on this rapid journey, from the University of Arkansas, through three Class A Red Sox affiliates and now to Portland. With the latest promotion comes perhaps the most daunting challenge yet for the 21-year-old, who is No. 21 on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list.

  • 05/27/2016 | Lancaster (29), Stockton (11) combine for 40 runs in slugfest

    The Astros and A's California League affiliates -- the Stockton Ports and Lancaster JetHawks -- combined for 43 runs over the first two games of their series and almost matched that total in Thursday's game alone as Lancaster topped Stockton, 29-11.

  • 05/27/2016 | Phillies' pair among top prospect performers Thursday

    A look at the best performances from top prospects on Thursday.

  • 05/26/2016 | Final impressions shaking up Draft in latest mock

    Right now, scouts are able to see first-round candidates in high-pressure situations. High schoolers who are still playing are in the playoffs and college players are currently in conference tournaments. Seeing how these players perform "under the lights" can have a huge impact.

  • 05/26/2016 | Inbox: Whose Draft stock has risen, fallen?

    Jim Callis answers questions about the 2016 MLB Draft, including which prospects are on the rise and which are on the decline. He also discusses Tim Anderson, Christin Stewart and more.

  • 05/26/2016 | 10 starters who debuted before turning 20

    Julio Urias, born on Aug. 12, 1996, will toe a Major League rubber at just 19 years, 289 days old. He will be the 59th starting pitcher since 1913 to make his big league debut before his 20th birthday. Here are some of the notable names Urias will be joining.

  • 05/26/2016 | Contreras among Cubs prospects opening eyes

    Andy Haines, in his first season with the Cubs' organization, joined the big league team in St. Louis, and he gave an update on some of the top Minor League prospects, including No. 2-ranked prospect Willson Contreras.

  • 05/26/2016 | What to expect from Dodgers phenom Urias

    After weeks of speculation as to when the Dodgers would promote baseball's top left-handed pitching prospect, Julio Urias is slated to start for L.A. against the Mets on Friday. Jim Callis tells us what we should expect from the 19-year-old phenom.

  • 05/26/2016 | No. 2 MLB prospect Urias debuts for LA on Friday

    Fans and media aren't the only ones amped up over the promotion of Dodgers teenage pitching sensation Julio Urias to the Major Leagues, which the club announced on Thursday.

  • 05/26/2016 | Homers ruled the day among top prospects Wednesday

    Wednesday's slate of Minor League action saw four Top 30 prospects connect on a pair of home runs on a day where the ball seemed to be flying out of the yard across all levels.

  • 05/25/2016 | Giolito responds to adversity, throws seven strong innings

    Giolito was on his game in Harrisburg's 2-1 walk-off win over Portland, whose lineup featured Red Sox No. 3 prospect Andrew Benintendi.

  • 05/25/2016 | Astros prospect Bregman 'ready to contribute'

    Alex Bregman doesn't make many mistakes on the baseball field, so when he was picked off base in a game a few days ago in Midland, Double-A Corpus Christi manager Rodney Linares noticed Bregman sitting with his head down in the dugout.

  • 05/25/2016 | Ryu goes four scoreless for OKC in rehab outing

    Hyun-Jin Ryu took another step toward rejoining the Dodgers, throwing four scoreless innings for Triple-A Oklahoma City his third rehab start on Wednesday.

  • 05/26/2016 | Pipeline preview: Bradley looks to build off strong outing

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

  • 05/25/2016 | Fractured thumb sidelines Yanks prospect Sanchez

    Gary Sanchez, rated as the Yankees' No. 3 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, has a non-displaced fracture of his right thumb and will be placed on the Minor League disabled list.

  • 05/25/2016 | Mazara's mighty HR is downright dreamy

    Nomar Mazara's solo shot to lead off the second inning Wednesday afternoon would have traveled a projected 491 feet, according to Statcast™, making it the longest home run in the Major Leagues this season.

  • 05/25/2016 | Reynolds records first career hit as late sub

    The baseball rested on a shelf in Matt Reynolds' locker, ticketed for a spot in his father's collection back home in Oklahoma. Reynolds collected his first career hit in the fifth inning of the Mets' 2-0 win over the Nationals on Wednesday, lining a single to right field.

  • 05/25/2016 | Angels call up Cowart, designate Luetge

    The Angels called up third baseman Kaleb Cowart, a former first-round Draft pick, and designated lefty reliever Lucas Luetge for assignment prior to Wednesday's series finale from Globe Life Park.

  • 05/25/2016 | Group of Phillies among top prospect performers

    Rhys Hoskins has hit his share of home runs this season, but none have been bigger than the walk-off grand slam he hit Tuesday to lead Double-A Reading past Erie, 11-9. Hoskins was among the top prospect performers on Tuesday.

  • 05/25/2016 | Skipping Taillon's start 'part of the plan'

    Stand down, Pirates fans. Top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon is skipping his next turn through the Triple-A Indianapolis rotation, but he's not hurt. Nor is he coming to join the Pirates -- not yet, anyway.

  • 05/25/2016 | Pipeline preview: Musgrove takes hill for Triple-A Fresno

    Astros prospect Joe Musgrove takes the mound for Triple-A Fresno and is making his third start for the Grizzlies since he was promoted from Double-A Corpus Christi.

  • 05/24/2016 | Ahead of debut, Merritt trying to keep calm

    Indians left-hander Ryan Merritt has a good idea how he will feel if and when his name gets called to enter a Major League game for the first time.

  • 05/24/2016 | Ortiz, Naylor among top prospect performers Monday

    Luis Ortiz, baseball's No. 69 overall prospect, made a seamless transition to Double-A as he enjoyed a stellar debut for Double-A Frisco. The Rangers' No. 4 prospect limited San Antonio to just one run in six innings, striking out six batters against one walk in a 11-1 win.

  • 05/23/2016 | Clevinger shakes off nerves, adjusting to bigs

    Indians manager Terry Francona said before Monday's 7-6 loss to the White Sox that he wasn't worried about right-handed starter Mike Clevinger.

  • 05/23/2016 | Braves strengthen Draft pool with trade

    Repeating a practice they completed a few times last year, the Braves added to their MLB Draft pool Monday night, when they agreed to assume the remainder of Brian Matusz's salary in exchange for acquiring a Competitive Balance Draft pick from the Orioles.

  • 05/23/2016 | Phillies Minor League review: May 16-22

    Phillies Minor League review: May 16-22

  • 05/23/2016 | Rangers place Choo, Stubbs on DL; Gallo up

    The Rangers placed outfielders Shin-Soo Choo and Drew Stubbs on the disabled list Monday and called up outfielder Jared Hoying and infielder Joey Gallo from Triple-A Round Rock. Choo went on the DL with a left hamstring strain, and Stubbs is sidelined by a sprained toe on his left foot.

  • 05/23/2016 | Blash hits 3 HRs in 8 ABs with Triple-A El Paso

    Jabari Blash hit two homers Sunday and Alex Dickerson extended his franchise-record hitting streak to 20 straight games for Triple-A El Paso.

  • 05/23/2016 | Blue Jays prospect Harris extends scoreless streak to 32

    Blue Jays Minor League right-hander Jonathan Harris continues to dominate the Midwest League. Harris, the club's No. 4 prospect per, extended his scoreless-innings streak to 32 on Monday by tossing seven shutout innings in Class Lansing's game against Great Lakes.

  • 05/23/2016 | Rays' Adames, Dodgers' Bellinger lead Prospect Team of the Week's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

  • 05/23/2016 | Crew's blueprint unfolding with Timber Rattlers

    In the Milwaukee Brewers' media guide, the rebuilding process is written out. Down on the farm, it's lived out.

  • 05/22/2016 | Reyes among top prospect performers in debut

    Alex Reyes did not disappoint in his highly anticipated season and Triple-A debut on Sunday, as the No. 11 overall prospect allowed just two hits (both singles) in four scoreless innings to pace Memphis in an 8-1 win over Fresno.

  • 05/22/2016 | Top prospect Reyes returns from suspension

    Right-hander Alex Reyes pitched for Triple-A Memphis on Sunday, his first start since his 50-game suspension for marijuana usage ended.

  • 05/22/2016 | OFs Dickerson, Renfroe, Gettys streaking

    Alex Dickerson extended his hitting streak to 19 straight games for Triple-A El Paso Saturday night, while center fielder Michael Gettys had a perfect night at the plate to lead Class A Fort Wayne to a Midwest League victory.

  • 05/22/2016 | Candelario among top prospect performers Saturday

    A look at the best performances from top prospects Saturday.

  • 05/22/2016 | Walker's three homers lead Rochester to win

    Adam Walker's home runs tend to come in bunches and usually go very, very far. That was the case Saturday as the Twins' No. 10 prospect blasted a career-high three home runs to power Triple-A Rochester past Durham, 12-2.

  • 05/21/2016 | Urias' impressive run grabs attention

    Another overwhelming start for top pitching prospect Julio Urias at Triple-A Friday night meant more questions about his Major League arrival for Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

  • 05/21/2016 | Change for the better: Fulmer mystifies Rays

    Tigers top prospect Michael Fulmer came into his fifth career start Saturday having never gone deeper than the fifth inning. He had not struck out more than six batters in a game. He had typically only relied on his fastball and his slider. All of that changed when the 23-year-old fanned 11 Rays over seven innings while featuring a changeup to lead the Tigers to a 5-4 win.

  • 05/21/2016 | Manaea says focus went astray in fateful 4th

    Sean Manaea retired the first nine Yankees batters he faced Saturday and appeared headed toward his second straight strong start. But the A's left-hander lost control of the fourth inning, and said following his team's 5-1 loss that a lack of focus ultimately cost him.

  • 05/21/2016 | Refsnyder revs offense in first start of '16

    The Yankees still aren't in a position to promise Rob Refsnyder a significant amount of playing time, but a big hit on Saturday afternoon offered a reminder of why the prospect continues to be so popular among the fan base.

  • 05/21/2016 | Tigers' HRs aid Fulmer's K's in win vs. Rays

    James McCann beat his old college teammate, Drew Smyly, for a go-ahead two-run home run in the seventh inning, sending his current Tigers teammate, Michael Fulmer, to a victory in Detroit's 5-4 win over Tampa Bay on Saturday at Comerica Park.

  • 05/21/2016 | Johnson undergoing treatment for anxiety

    Left-hander Brian Johnson, ranked sixth among Red Sox prospects by, was placed on the temporary inactive list by Triple-A Pawtucket so he can seek treatment for anxiety.

  • 05/21/2016 | Cuthbert to increase versatility back at Omaha

    Though Cheslor Cuthbert, rated the No. 12 Kansas City prospect by, won't be with the Royals for now, his 13-game stint in the Majors did enough to confirm his value for the club. Yost said Cuthbert will get work at second base in addition to third base in Omaha. The Royals want to give him experience at other positions so he can become more versatile in the big leagues.

  • 05/21/2016 | Mengden, Urias among top prospect performers Friday

    A look at the best performances from top prospects Friday.

  • 05/20/2016 | Reds prospects combine for seven-inning no-hitter

    After being shutout by Jacksonville in Game One of a doubleheader on Friday, Double-A Pensacola bounced back in the nightcap as three pitchers combined on a seven-inning no-hitter in 6-0 win over the Suns.

  • 05/20/2016 | Urias extends scoreless streak to 27 innings

    Julio Urias was brilliant once again on Friday night as he allowed three hits and struck out five in five scoreless frames to pace Triple-A Oklahoma City in a win over Salt Lake. The left-hander generated four ground-ball outs and also picked off a runner in the outing, throwing 41 of his 64 pitches for strikes.

  • 05/20/2016 | Phillies promote top prospect Crawford to Triple-A

    Top Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford has been promoted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

  • 05/20/2016 | Pinder, Taillon among top prospect performers Thursday

    A look at the best performances from top prospects Thursday.

  • 05/20/2016 | Florida lefty Puk goes No. 1 in latest mock Draft

    The 2016 Draft is exceedingly difficult to project for a couple of reasons. No one has stamped himself as a clear-cut top-of-the-Draft option, and the deepest demographic for first-round talent is also the one that scares teams the most.

  • 05/19/2016 | Astros prospect Davis hits three homers

    The Astros' No. 12 prospect blasted a trio of home runs in Corpus Christi's, 8-4, win over San Antonio. Davis finished 4-for-5 with five RBIs.

  • 05/19/2016 | Marlins option prospect Garcia to Double-A

    The Marlins on Thursday optioned reliever Jarlin Garcia, ranked by as the organization's No. 3 prospect, to Double-A Jacksonville. The left-hander was promoted to the big leagues on Sunday, but he heads back to the Minors without appearing in a Major League game.

  • 05/19/2016 | Clevinger gets nerves out of way in MLB debut

    Mike Clevinger spent some time lying on a leather couch in the middle of the visitors' clubhouse at Great American Ball Park on Thursday afternoon. The Indians' rookie pitcher scrolled through his phone and chatted with Mike Napoli. One day after his Major League debut, Clevinger was just happy to relax.

  • 05/19/2016 | Inbox: Will the top Draft pick receive less money than last year?

    Three weeks from today, the Philadelphia Phillies will make the first selection of the 2016 Draft. Who they will take still very much remains up in the air. In Jonathan Mayo's mock draft last week, he had them taking a college hitter, Kyle Lewis. Jim Callis has a new one coming Friday. As the clock is ticking on the start of another Draft, Mayo is keeping this week's Inbox all Draft-related.

  • 05/19/2016 | Groomed to be next Kershaw? NJ hurler has high hopes

    Top-ranked Draft prospect Jason Groome is a once-in-a-lifetime type talent in the small hamlet of Barnegat Township in southern New Jersey. He's returned to his hometown high school after spending his junior season at IMG Academy in Florida and is well aware that his next chapter could be a life-changer.

  • 05/19/2016 | Kemp makes first MLB start a memorable one

    Tony Kemp, who made his first Major League start in the Astros' 5-3 win over the White Sox on Wednesday, ripped the first pitch he saw in his first at-bat for a double and wound up going 2-for-3 with an outfield assist.

  • 05/19/2016 | Harris, Bregman among top prospect performers Wednesday

    A look at the best prospect performers from Wednesday.

  • 05/18/2016 | Bader among Double-A talent Cards really like

    Double-A outfielder Harrison Bader had his 17-game hitting streak snapped on Tuesday, but the organization's 10th-ranked prospect, per, has grabbed the attention of general manager John Mozeliak, among others, with his terrific season start.

  • 05/19/2016 | Pipeline preview: Adames looking to catch fire

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

  • 05/18/2016 | Price impressed by Peraza's brief big league stint

    Among the numerous young players whom the Reds acquired in offseason trades to grease the wheels of rebuilding, Jose Peraza was one of the more anticipated arrivals from the Dodgers.

  • 05/18/2016 | Merrifield notches hit in big league debut

    The Royals optioned infielder Christian Colon to Triple-A Omaha and selected the contract of versatile utility man Whit Merrifield between games of Wednesday's day-night doubleheader against the Red Sox.

  • 05/18/2016 | Astros top prospect Bregman remains red-hot

    Astros top prospect Alex Bregman continued his power display Wednesday with Double-A Corpus Christi, launching his fourth home run in his past nine games.

  • 05/18/2016 | Blair sent down by Braves; Gant recalled

    After enduring the worst start of his young career on Tuesday night, Braves right-hander Aaron Blair was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday.

  • 05/18/2016 | Cards' Reyes returning from suspension

    The Cardinals are getting their top prospect back. Right-hander Alex Reyes will finish serving his 50-game suspension on Sunday, and St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said Wednesday that Reyes will be added to the roster of Triple-A Memphis and start Sunday's game for Memphis.

  • 05/18/2016 | Royals prospect Zimmer exits Double-A start

    Right-hander Kyle Zimmer, the Royals' No. 2 prospect according to, left a start on Tuesday night at Double-A Northwest Arkansas after throwing 22 pitches in one inning.

  • 05/18/2016 | Guerrero makes debut, keeps bullpen fresh

    Sitting in the Petco Park bullpen for the first time in his career, Tayron Guerrero went over the opposing lineup in his head, pondering which Giants hitter might represent his first Major League matchup.

  • 05/18/2016 | Mighty Mallex posts first multi-homer game

    As Mallex Smith progressed through the Braves' Minor League levels last year, he looked like Billy Hamilton with shoulders. Though he might be a tick slower than the fleet-footed Reds outfielder, Smith has already provided strong indication he has the greater offensive potential and the ability to occasionally produce some unexpected power.

  • 05/18/2016 | Padres trio among top prospect performers Tuesday

    The El Paso Chihuahuas have won five in a row, scored 47 runs in the process and are cruising along as a trio of the Padres' top prospects continue to terrorize opposing pitching staffs.

  • 05/17/2016 | Kipper hurls no-hitter for Double-A Arkansas

    Jordan Kipper made some history Tuesday night, tossing a no-hitter in Double-A Arkansas' 6-0 win over Northwest Arkansas.

  • 05/17/2016 | Rockies have built solid catching depth

    An emphasis on improving catching depth is paying off for the Rockies this season -- and there is even more quality behind what's appearing in the Majors.

  • 05/17/2016 | Moran, Kemp to start today

    On Tuesday, a day after the Astros called up Tony Kemp, Colin Moran joined him when Carlos Gomez was placed on the 15-day disabled list. They weren't in the lineup on Tuesday, but A.J. Hinch said they will start today's game.

  • 05/17/2016 | White Sox cite Jeter as a model for Anderson

    The White Sox want Tim Anderson to be like Derek Jeter. Not necessarily matching Jeter's career production, although they won't argue if Anderson became a Hall of Fame shortstop who participates in five World Series championships. The White Sox are talking about similar styles of preparation.

  • 05/17/2016 | Yankees call up Refsnyder, two pitchers

    The Yankees restocked their roster with some familiar faces on Tuesday, summoning Rob Refsnyder for his first stint with the big league club this year while also recalling pitchers Luis Cessa and James Pazos from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

  • 05/17/2016 | Tigers prospect Jones back in Minors action

    The Tigers received a boost to their prospect rankings on Tuesday without a trade or a signing. With JaCoby Jones' return from a 50-game suspension, the club not only has a valuable position player back at work, but the chance to set a new position for him as he resumes his path toward the big leagues

  • 05/17/2016 | Mets promote prospect Reynolds for MLB debut

    The Mets added balance to their bench Tuesday, recalling infielder Matt Reynolds and optioning reliever Sean Gilmartin. The move gave New York five reserve position players after the team had carried an extra pitcher during last weekend's series on the road vs. Colorado.

  • 05/17/2016 | Twins option prospect Berrios, recall Rogers

    Jose Berrios is heading back to the Minors. The Twins optioned the 21-year-old right-hander to Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday and recalled left-hander Taylor Rogers from Rochester.

  • 05/17/2016 | Astros put Gomez on DL; Moran joins club

    The Astros placed struggling outfielder Carlos Gomez on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a bruised left rib cage, replacing him on the 25-man roster with third-base prospect Colin Moran, who joined the team in Chicago.

  • 05/17/2016 | Swanson, Newcomb among top prospect performers Monday

    The Braves top two prospects turned in strong performances Monday, propelling Double-A Mississippi to a 4-3 extra innings win over Pensacola. Dansby Swanson, the team's top prospect, hit a go-ahead solo homer in the top of tenth inning.

  • 05/17/2016 | Green, Mullee aim to build on uneven debuts

    On the December afternoon that the Yankees consummated a deal with the Tigers, acquiring starters Luis Cessa and Chad Green for lefty reliever Justin Wilson, general manager Brian Cashman rested on the desk of a Nashville hotel suite and predicted that the depth would be required in the near future.

  • 05/17/2016 | Top Draft prospects rack up 24 K's, $32K for charities

    This wasn't a typical high school game. Then again, this wasn't the typical high school pitching showcase on Monday night, with Barnegat High phenom Jason Groome facing fellow New Jersey prep standout Tyler Mondile.

  • 05/16/2016 | Phillies Minor League review: May 9-15

    Phillies Minor League review: May 9-15

  • 05/16/2016 | Motter records hit in first MLB at-bat

    Taylor Motter stepped to the plate at Rogers Centre at 7:09 p.m. Monday night ready to experience his first Major League at-bat. Two minutes later, the rookie was hitting 1.000.

  • 05/16/2016 | Bucs prospect Hanson gets long-awaited callup

    With left fielder Starling Marte on paternity leave, the Pirates called up infielder Alen Hanson, long one of their top prospects, for the first time.

  • 05/16/2016 | Tigers' Stewart, pair of Astros headline Prospect Team of the Week's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

  • 05/16/2016 | Kemp follows Altuve's 5-foot-6 footsteps to Astros

    Houston called up second baseman/outfielder Tony Kemp on Monday to replace outfielder Preston Tucker, who was optioned to Triple-A Fresno on Sunday. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow made the announcement.

  • 05/15/2016 | Refsnyder, Thompson among top prospect performers Sunday

    Rob Refsnyder was homerless through his first 32 games this season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees' No. 9 prospect put an emphatic end to that streak in Sunday afternoon's game at Indianapolis.

  • 05/15/2016 | Buxton shows improvement, but return up in air

    Byron Buxton has been swinging a hot bat since being sent to Triple-A Rochester on April 25, but Twins manager Paul Molitor said there's no timetable for when he'll be called back up.

  • 05/15/2016 | Hinch monitoring Triple-A for possible additions

    With so many players in the Astros' starting lineup struggling -- the bottom four in the order entered Sunday hitting .214 or below, including three sub-.200 averages -- Astros manager A.J. Hinch said the team is keeping tabs on what's happening at Triple-A Fresno.

  • 05/14/2016 | Prospect Flores to DL with right shoulder strain

    Marlins starting pitcher Kendry Flores left Saturday night's game against the Nationals with a right shoulder strain. He is day to day.

  • 05/15/2016 | Smith plays like veteran to help lead Braves

    On consecutive plays in the middle of the Braves' 5-0 win over the Royals on Saturday night, Atlanta fans got a sneak preview of coming attractions from their young center fielder.

  • 05/14/2016 | Bregman feels 'very comfortable' playing third

    Top Astros prospect Alex Bregman said Saturday he felt "very comfortable" after playing his first game at third base as a professional in the first game of a doubleheader Friday for Double-A Corpus Christi. Bregman was selected No. 2 overall in last year's Draft out of LSU as a shortstop and played short until getting the start at third on Friday.

  • 05/14/2016 | Anderson, Almora among top prospect performers Friday

    After a second Spring Training in Major League camp, it was up to Tim Anderson to show that he can take it to the next level, and so far the shortstop -- the No. 2 prospect in the White Sox organization -- is not disappointing by any stretch of the imagination.

  • 05/13/2016 | Minor Leaguer Wik suspended 50 games

    Marc Wik, a Minor League outfielder who's on the roster at Class A Lancaster, was suspended for 50 games without pay for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, the Commissioner's Office announced Friday.

  • 05/13/2016 | Bundy could be starting option for O's in 2017

    Dylan Bundy is pitching out of the Orioles' bullpen this season as a matter of necessity, but that doesn't mean the organization's No. 2 prospect is there for the long haul.

  • 05/13/2016 | Naquin recalled while Chisenhall on bereavement list

    The Indians expected to see rookie outfielder Tyler Naquin back in the big leagues at some point this season, but not under these circumstances.

  • 05/13/2016 | Pentecost, Eibner among top prospect performers Thursday

    Max Pentecost was anxious to get back into game action and understandably so. The Blue Jays' No. 7 prospect hadn't played in a real game since Aug. 7, 2014 as he had surgery to repair a partially torn right labrum and then arthroscopic surgery to clean up the right shoulder.

  • 05/13/2016 | Full first-round mock Draft has Mercer's Lewis No. 1

    We're roughly four weeks away from the start of the 2016 Draft, a fine time to try to get a sense of the first-round landscape with our first crack at projecting that opening round. Based on the information currently out there and having talked to scouting directors up and down the first round, here's a first guess at how things could unfold.

  • 05/12/2016 | Yanks recall prospect Sanchez, option Olson

    There are probably less intimidating pitchers that Gary Sanchez could be making his first Major League starts against, but the Yankees' top catching prospect says that he is ready for the challenge.

  • 05/12/2016 | Eibner's power show propels Triple-A Omaha in rout

    Through 29 games Brett Eibner had four home runs. On Thursday night, he nearly doubled that total. The Royals' No. 23 prospect treated the home crowd to a tremendous display of power as he went 3-for-4 with three homers and six RBIs in Triple-A Omaha's 12-5 win over Memphis.

  • 05/12/2016 | Pinto dominates in near no-no for Double-A Reading

    Ricardo Pinto continues to impress and has excelled at every level of his professional career thus far. The Phillies' No. 10 prospect flirted with a no-hitter through six innings Thursday night and left the game having completed seven scoreless innings.

  • 05/13/2016 | Top 10 fantasy baseball prospects for 2016

    Here are's updated rankings of the top 10 fantasy baseball prospects in the Minor Leagues. They're based solely on expected 2016 fantasy production in the Major Leagues, in contrast to our Top 100 Prospects list, which reflects long-term value in all phases of the game.

  • 05/13/2016 | Pipeline preview: Garrett set to start for Double-A Pensacola

    Cubs prospect Albert Amora looks to extend his hitting streak to 10 games for Triple-A Iowa and Oakland's Daniel Mengden squares off against the Cubs' Ryan Williams in the same game.

  • 05/12/2016 | Profar, Gallo await big league opportunity

    Shortstop Jurickson Profar is feeling 100 percent healthy and just happy to be playing every day. Third baseman Joey Gallo, the Rangers' No. 1 prospect, is almost over a strained left groin muscle and is hoping to be back playing next week.

  • 05/12/2016 | Brewers prospects land on Minor League DL

    A pair of outfielders ranked among the Brewers' Top 30 prospects hit the disabled list at Minor League affiliates this week, Clint Coulter with a right oblique strain and Michael Reed with a potential concussion.

  • 05/12/2016 | White Sox prospect Anderson extends hot streak with monster day

    Tim Anderson might be giving the White Sox second thoughts about their immediate future at shortstop. Anderson, ranked No. 2 on the White Sox's Top 30 Prospects list by MLB Pipeline, went 4-for-5 Thursday with a home run, a walk and a stolen base, accounting for four runs in Triple-A Charlotte's 12-3 win.

  • 05/12/2016 | Mariners converting No. 2 prospect Diaz to reliever

    While the Mariners are off to their best start since 2003 with an American League West-leading 21-13 record, general manager Jerry Dipoto is optimistic about more than just the Major League club.

  • 05/12/2016 | Inbox: 3 thoughts on Scherzer; how 2016 Draft class rates

    Max Scherzer tied a Major League record last night, recording just the fifth nine-inning, 20-strikeout game ever to join Roger Clemens (twice), Kerry Wood and Randy Johnson in a very exclusive club. Three things immediately came to mind.

  • 05/12/2016 | Astros prospect Musgrove makes jump to Fresno

    The Astros have promoted pitching prospect Joe Musgrove to Triple-A Fresno, where he will start for the Grizzlies on Friday against Tacoma. He appeared in six games at Double-A Corpus Christi, including four starts, and allowed 19 hits, three walks, one earned run and struck out 30 in 26 1/3 innings.

  • 05/12/2016 | Powerful prospect Moya called up by Tigers

    The Tigers, victims of Max Scherzer's 20-strikeout performance Wednesday night, are getting offensive reinforcements from the Minors. Slugging outfield prospect Steven Moya is joining the team from Triple-A Toledo.

  • 05/12/2016 | Jay, Gatewood among top prospect performers Wednesday

    Bouncing back from a rough outing is something every pitcher has to do, but Tyler Jay may not have been used to waiting around for his chance at redemption.

  • 05/11/2016 | Gatewood continues power surge for Class A Wisconsin

    Prior to the 2014 Draft, Jake Gatewood showed that he possesses plenty of power. However, early in his professional career, the 20-year old shortstop has had trouble turning that raw power into on-field production.

  • 05/11/2016 | MLB investigating Red Sox for possible international violations

    Major League Baseball is looking into possible violations of the international signing guidelines by the Red Sox.

  • 05/11/2016 | Injured Pirates prospects working way back

    A handful of injured Pirates pitching prospects are on the mend.

  • 05/11/2016 | Dean makes MLB debut with emotions flowing

    Right-hander Phil Hughes allowed five runs over four innings, allowing Pat Dean to make his big league debut in Minnesota's 9-2 loss to the Orioles at Target Field on Wednesday. The lefty, who was called up from Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, went 2 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

  • 05/11/2016 | Home-schooled Kirilloff could land in 1st round

    Alex Kirilloff's path to the Draft is not the typical one, but it's seeming more and more likely it's going to end where every amateur player dreams of landing: squarely in the first round.

  • 05/11/2016 | Devenski giving Astros' staff a boost

    Rookie right-hander Chris Devenski, who has bolstered the Astros' rotation in three starts, is leaving manager A.J. Hinch with a tough decision.

  • 05/11/2016 | Bader, Dean among top prospect performers Tuesday

    It's hard to be any more locked in than Cardinals' prospect Harrison Bader is right now. The 21-year old outfielder went 4-for-5 with a pair of homers and a triple in Springfield's 4-2 win over Tulsa on Tuesday night.

  • 05/10/2016 | Manaea latest A's starter to struggle

    Things went from bad to worse in a hurry for the A's on Tuesday night at Fenway Park. Their fourth consecutive loss was another doozy, brought on by a repeat poor performance by an Oakland starter.

  • 05/10/2016 | Swanson busts out of mini-slump for M-Braves

    Dansby Swanson found himself in a bit of a skid as he'd gone hitless in his last 13 at-bats, a span of four games, entering Tuesday. Consider the slump over.

  • 05/10/2016 | Dean discovers power stroke for Double-A Jacksonville

    Austin Dean found his power stroke Tuesday. The Marlins' No. 6 prospect went 3-for-4, with two homers, a triple and five RBIs as the Jacksonville Suns routed the Biloxi Shuckers, 9-0.

  • 05/10/2016 | Righty Hollon handed 50-game suspension

    Blue Jays prospect Clinton Hollon received a 50-game suspension Tuesday afternoon for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

  • 05/10/2016 | Kershaw a Tiger? How the 2006 Draft almost went

    Jim Callis revisits the 2006 and takes a look at what could have happened had things gone differently, including Clayton Kershaw on the Tigers, Evan Longoria with the Rockies, and Tim Lincecum in a different destination than the Giants.

  • 05/10/2016 | Mondesi suspended 50 games for PEDs

    Royals Minor Leaguer Raul Mondesi has received a 50-game suspension on Tuesday without pay for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

  • 05/10/2016 | Dodgers prospects among top Monday performers

    If Monday's batch of Minor League games was any indication, Dodgers fans have reasons to be excited about the future. Two reasons in particular were on display as a pair of Dodgers prospects -- left-handed pitcher Julio Urias and outfielder Alex Verdugo -- turned in strong performances.

  • 05/09/2016 | Parker replaces Williamson on Giants' roster

    In a move that Giants manager Bruce Bochy described as a "swapping out" of outfielders, the Giants recalled Jarrett Parker from Triple-A Sacramento and optioned Mac Williamson to the same club Monday.

  • 05/09/2016 | Phillies Minor League review: May 2-8

    Phillies Minor League review for the week of May 2-8.

  • 05/09/2016 | Comeback story? Joseph mashing in Minors

    There has been a little more interest than normal lately in the happenings at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Specifically, can anybody there help the Phillies' offense? One name to watch closely is Tommy Joseph.

  • 05/09/2016 | Pair of Yankees lead Prospect Team of the Week's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

  • 05/09/2016 | Inbox: How long before Swanson receives call?

    Could top prospects Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies be in Atlanta sooner than later? What is a realistic time frame for the Braves' return to contention? Beat reporter Mark Bowman has answers in the Inbox.

  • 05/08/2016 | Bradley to start opener against Rockies

    Archie Bradley will be called up from Triple-A Reno to start Monday in place of Rubby De La Rosa when the D-backs take on the Rockies at Coors Field.

  • 05/08/2016 | Infielders Noonan, Belen deliver wins with big hits

    Infielders Nick Noonan and Carlos Belen had game-winning hits in big innings Saturday night to cap late rallies that carried two Padres Minor League affiliates to come-from-behind wins.

  • 05/08/2016 | Reds option Schebler to Triple-A, recall Waldrop

    Outfielder Scott Schebler was optioned to Triple-A Louisville following Saturday night's 13-7 loss to Milwaukee. The Reds recalled outfielder Kyle Waldrop to take Schebler's place on the roster.

  • 05/07/2016 | Twins reinforce 'pen as Escobar lands on DL

    The team placed shortstop Eduardo Escobar on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with a left groin strain and recalled infielder Jorge Polanco. Lefty Tommy Milone was also optioned to Triple-A Rochester.

  • 05/07/2016 | Roberts: Urias top option for promotion to 'pen

    Teenage pitching sensation Julio Urias is "leading the discussion" as an option for promotion to the Dodgers' bullpen, manager Dave Roberts said on Saturday.

  • 05/07/2016 | Blair hindered by walks, defensive miscues

    In his third Major League start, Braves rookie Aaron Blair set his career high in both total pitches (92) and strikes (54), but it would not add up to a career-long start.

  • 05/06/2016 | Feliz recalled as Sipp takes paternity leave

    The Astros placed left-handed reliever Tony Sipp on the paternity list Friday, clearing a roster spot to recall hard-throwing right-hander Michael Feliz.

  • 05/06/2016 | Minor Leaguers Tobias, Lively, Kingery earn monthly honors

    The Phillies have some of the most highly regarded prospects at shortstop, catcher, outfield and on the mound.

  • 05/06/2016 | Dodgers trio headlines All-Teen Team

    Whether it's international acquisitions or high school draftees just getting started, there is a slew of precocious teenagers playing well beyond their years as they try to make it to the big leagues. With that in mind, here is an All-Teen Team, led by three Dodgers and a pair of Braves.

  • 05/06/2016 | Rodgers, Alcantara among top prospect performers Thursday

    Some scouts were down on Brendan Rodgers after his uneven, injury-laden pro debut last summer, when he hit .273/.340/.429 with three homers in 37 games after the Rockies selected him No. 3 overall in the 2015 draft. What a difference a year makes.

  • 05/05/2016 | Alcantara tosses six no-hit innings for Double-A Midland

    Raul Alcantara turned in the best start of his season Thursday night as he twirled six no-hit innings against the Corpus Christi Hooks.

  • 05/05/2016 | Espinoza turns in dominant start for Class A Greenville

    It's hard not to get excited about what the future holds for Anderson Espinoza, especially when he pitches as well as he did on Thursday.

  • 05/05/2016 | Draft prospect Jefferies powered by insatiable work ethic

    At 4:30 a.m., most people are sound asleep. That's because there's not a whole lot else to do at 4:30 in the morning, and because most people don't have the insane drive and work ethic that Cal right-hander Daulton Jefferies does.

  • 05/05/2016 | Inbox: Are Phils leaning towards Puk with top Draft pick?

    Jonathan Mayo answers questions about the Phillies and A.J. Puk, whether Delvin Perez has a chance going with the top pick, the Braves' prospects and more in this week's Inbox.

  • 05/05/2016 | Breaking down the Top 30 International Prospects list

    This year's Top 30 International Prospects list includes 14 players from the Dominican Republic, 10 from Venezuela, five from Cuba and one from Mexico. The positions break down like this: eight outfielders, 17 infielders, three pitchers and two catchers.

  • 05/05/2016 | Jay, Urias among top prospect performers Wednesday

    A new month has already brought better results for Tyler Jay, who, on Wednesday, fired a season-high 6 1/3 scoreless innings. The 22-year-old lefty scattered five hits, walked two and matched his season high with seven strikeouts while also inducing six ground-ball outs.

  • 05/05/2016 | Salem's stars: Moncada, Benintendi pace Sox

    Boston's dynamic prospect duo of Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi was at it again on Wednesday as Class A Advanced Salem rolled past Carolina, 9-2, to extend their winning streak to seven games.

  • 05/04/2016 | Lessons learned for Manaea in first 2 starts

    Sean Manaea received an advanced baseball education through his first two Major League starts. What he needs now is a victory.

  • 05/04/2016 | Fulmer settling in at Double-A, won't be rushed

    Right-hander Carson Fulmer, the top White Sox prospect, is not yet ready for the big leagues, but he's learning from his early struggles at Double-A.

  • 05/05/2016 | Mom behind Blair for every step of journey

    Aaron Blair's mother, Janice, has supported the Braves rookie from the start. She was there to provide motherly concern when Aaron turned his ankle on a stray baseball while shagging balls in the outfield before his first college game, and she was present for many of the stops her son made while establishing himself as a top prospect in the D-backs' system.

  • 05/04/2016 | Groin strain sidelines top prospect Gallo for 3-4 weeks

    Triple-A third baseman Joey Gallo, the Rangers' No. 1 prospect, had an MRI on Tuesday and is expected to miss three to four weeks with a Grade 1 strain of his left groin.

  • 05/04/2016 | Yanks ponder bats, but replace A-Rod with arm

    The Yankees considered numerous options to fill Alex Rodriguez's spot on the active roster Wednesday, according to manager Joe Girardi, but they ultimately summoned a pitcher to replace the active home run leader.

  • 05/04/2016 | Dodgers top prospect Urias tosses 6 no-hit innings

    Dodgers top prospect Julio Urias fired six no-hit innings Wednesday afternoon for Triple-A Oklahoma as the young left-hander continued to showcase some of the best stuff in the Minors Leagues.

  • 05/04/2016 | Arruebarrena suspended for rest of season

    The Dodgers have suspended Minor League infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena for the remainder of the 2016 season "for his repeated failure to comply with the terms of his contract," according to Gabe Kapler, the club's director of player development.

  • 05/04/2016 | Moncada, Benintendi among top prospect performers Tuesday

    After they were rained out to begin the week, Class A Advanced Salem continued their winning ways Tuesday with a doubleheader road sweep of Carolina as Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi paced Salem's offense.

  • 05/04/2016 | Mallex's first 3B becomes first HR after review

    Mallex Smith thought he had a pretty interesting story to tell after he was forced to exit his April 11 Major League debut because he busted his forehead open on his first stolen-base attempt. But that story has been trumped by the tale of his first career homer, which became a reality moments after he thought he'd recorded his first career triple

  • 05/03/2016 | Rockies' pitching prospects are on a tear

    Triple-A Albuquerque right-hander Jeff Hoffman and Double-A Hartford left-handers Kyle Freeland and Harrison Musgrave, and Hartford righties Antonio Senzatela and German Marquez -- all of whom went to Rockies Spring Training -- have a combined 1.55 ERA with 76 strikeouts against 27 walks, and 82 hits against in 116 1/3 innings.

  • 05/03/2016 | Fulmer to make second start in Greene's spot

    While Shane Greene began a throwing program Tuesday to test out his previously blistered right middle finger, the Tigers turned back to top prospect Michael Fulmer to fill his rotation spot once more. Fulmer will start Thursday night's series finale against the Indians at Progressive Field.

  • 05/03/2016 | Draft prospects with rising, falling stocks

    Jim Callis identifies some of the biggest risers and fallers among prospects eligible for the 2016 Draft.

  • 05/03/2016 | Gray racks up whiffs, but takes tough loss

    Rockies rookie right-hander Jon Gray was all skill and no luck Monday night.

  • 05/03/2016 | Berrios outpitches Keuchel for first MLB win

    It wasn't easy, and it came against the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, but Jose Berrios picked up his first Major League victory with the Twins' 6-2 win over the Astros at Minute Maid Park.

  • 05/03/2016 | Demeritte, Mendez among top prospect performers Monday

    Class A Advanced High Desert has been rolling of late, winning eight of their last 10 games to move into first place atop the California League South division. Lefty Yohander Mendez and second baseman Travis Demeritte have been key to High Desert's early success.

  • 05/03/2016 | Mengden continues stellar start with strong Triple-A debut

    Daniel Mengden's terrific start to the season continued Monday night when the right-hander fired six scoreless innings in his debut for Triple-A Nashville. The A's No. 14 prospect scattered five hits, walked two and struck out four in the outing to pace the Sounds in a win against Iowa.

  • 05/02/2016 | New chapter for Story: NL Rookie of the Month

    Rockies shortstop Trevor Story's historic April, with a Major League-record-tying 10 home runs among several feats and firsts, was commemorated Monday when he received the National League Rookie of the Month Award. He became the Rockies' first rookie monthly winner since Ian Stewart in July 2008.

  • 05/02/2016 | Bucs prospect Diaz set for elbow surgery

    Pirates prospect Elias Diaz will undergo surgery on his right elbow this week, the team announced on Monday. The club did not disclose any further details about the operation.

  • 05/02/2016 | Mazara snags AL Rookie of Month honors

    Nomar Mazara's hot start to the season has earned the Rangers outfielder American League Rookie of the Month honors for April.

  • 05/02/2016 | Swanson, Benintendi lead Prospect Team of the Week's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

  • 05/02/2016 | Williamson called up to help fill in for Pagan

    The Giants recalled outfielder Mac Williamson from Triple-A Sacramento and optioned left-hander Steven Okert to Sacramento on Monday.

  • 05/02/2016 | Q&A: Rickard relishing big league experience

    Who is Joey Rickard? The Orioles' Rule 5 Draft pick has taken Baltimore by storm, earning his spot with a terrific performance in Spring Training, and he is now garnering ovations and crowd chants at Camden Yards on a near nightly basis.

  • 05/02/2016 | Hoffman, Shipley among top prospect perfomers Sunday

    Top 100 pitchers Jeff Hoffman (No. 49) and Braden Shipley (No. 64) squared off Sunday in the final game of the four-game set between Triple-A Albuquerque and Reno, and both hurlers were electric.

  • 05/02/2016 | Second mock Draft has Gators' Puk at No. 1

    We predicted the first 10 selections when we unveiled the Top 50 Draft Prospects in December, and we're back at it again now that we've expanded and updated the list to a Top 100.

  • 05/01/2016 | Parker busts out with 3-HR contest for Sacramento

    On Sunday, Jarrett Parker went deep three times for the first time in his 648-game Minor League career to power Triple-A Sacramento past Salt Lake, 16-6. It was his seventh multihomer game as a professional.

  • 05/01/2016 | Reds' Reed rolls with gem for Triple-A Louisville

    Cody Reed, No. 63 on the Top 100, was dominant in his third start for Triple-A Louisville on Sunday, firing seven innings of one-hit ball to pace the Bats in a shutout against Durham, 3-0.

  • 05/01/2016 | Tigers considering Fulmer for Thursday's start

    The Tigers don't know who will start the finale of their road trip on Thursday in Cleveland, but the team is keeping rookie Michael Fulmer on schedule to make the start if needed.

  • 05/01/2016 | Dickerson pushes hit streak to 12 games

    Triple-A El Paso left fielder Alex Dickerson went 2-for-3 with a walk Saturday night to extend his hitting streak to 12 games in the Chihuahuas' 3-0 loss to Fresno.