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Outfielder Tommy Pham, summoned from Triple-A on Friday as part of the Cardinals' quest for offense, slid into the top spot of the order, where he doubled and scored the tying run in the sixth and then came home as the winning run in the Cardinals' 2-1 final-at-bat win over the Padres on Saturday.
The Cardinals' offense didn't exactly break out on Saturday, but it did enough to snap a season-long four-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Padres in front of a sellout crowd at Busch Stadium.
Oakland's farm system produced some pop on Friday night. At Double-A Midland, No. 4 prospect Renato Nunez ran his hitting streak to nine games while bashing a home run.
The Twins optioned top pitching prospect Alex Meyer to Triple-A Rochester after Friday's 3-2 loss to the Royals to make room for right-hander Ervin Santana, who returns on Saturday from his 80-game suspension for the use of a performance-enhancing drug.
Joey Gallo had plenty of big hits during his 25-game stint with the Texas Rangers, but the club sent him down earlier this week to work on his game with Triple-A Round Rock.
Desperate for offense, the Mets have discussed calling up last year's top Draft pick, outfielder Michael Conforto, who has been thriving at Double-A Binghamton since an early-season promotion. But the team has no plans to debut Conforto anytime soon, general manager Sandy Alderson said.
The Braves agreed to terms with two International free agents from the Dominican Republic on Friday, shortstop Derian Cruz and outfielder Cristian Pache.
The White Sox introduced the future Thursday, unveiling four Dominican prospects during the first day of the international signing period.
Pirates pitching prospect Jameson Taillon was nearing another milestone in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last week, preparing to pitch for one of Pittsburgh's Minor League affiliates for the first time since 2013. Now, it appears Taillon has lost another season. The Bucs' No. 2 prospect is expected to have surgery late next week to repair an inguinal hernia, the Pirates announced Friday, likely sidelining him for the rest of the season.
Miguel Sano went 2-for-4 with his first career RBI and his first career run, but it wasn't enough in a 3-2 loss in 10 innings. Twins manager Paul Molitor, however, was impressed with what he saw from the 22-year-old rookie.
The Angels used the remainder of their international free-agent slot money Friday, sending $149,700 and left-handed pitcher Manuel Rondon to the Cubs in exchange for catcher Rafael Lopez.
According to industry sources, the Cubs have agreed to terms with shortstop Yonathan Perlaza, ranked No. 13 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list, for $1.3 million, outfielder Yonathan Sierra Estiwal, ranked No. 16, for $2.5 million, shortstop Aramis Ademan, ranked No. 19, for $2 million, Panamanian catcher Miguel Amaya, ranked No. 25, for a deal worth $1.25 million and third baseman Christopher Martinez, ranked No. 28, for $1 million.
The White Sox and No. 8 overall pick Carson Fulmer, a righty from Vanderbilt, agreed Friday to a Minors deal with a $3.47 million bonus.
As the July 17 Draft signing deadline nears, get the complete breakdown of which top picks have agreed to terms, and for how much.
I've critiqued how teams have fared in the Draft for more than 25 years, so starting in 2003 I decided it was only fair to put my own modest amount of expertise on the record. Ever since, I've conducted an annual hypothetical 10-round Draft to see how well I could do.
Every week, the MLBPipeline.com crew will rank the top 10 fantasy baseball prospects in the Minor Leagues. This week, Corey Seager, Brian Johnson and Aaron Nola top the list.
A trio of top Dodgers prospects helped Triple-A Oklahoma City wallop Memphis, 8-4, on Thursday night. No. 1 prospect Corey Seager led the way with a two-run homer.
Dalton Pompey wasn't the hero in Double-A New Hampshire's 6-5 loss to Portland on Thursday night, but he gave it a good shot.
Before Thursday night's game, Miguel Sano was asked repeatedly what his goal was for his Major League debut. His answer never really varied by more than a few words. "Try to get a win tonight," Sano said.
Matt Boyd's first stint in the Major Leagues came to a sudden halt when he allowed all seven Red Sox batters he faced on Thursday night to reach base.
It takes years to decide whether a draft class panned out or not, but Tigers general manager David Dombrowski has to be feeling good about his 2015 haul.
Entering Thursday, Double-A Binghamton pitcher Gabriel Ynoa had only tossed one nine-inning complete game in 93 starts. But the Mets No. 11 prospect one-upped himself in a 5-0 win over Erie.
The Marlins on Thursday signed their first-round pick, first baseman Josh Naylor.
It was a busy day on Thursday for Padres international scouting director Chris Kemp as he presided over his first international signing day.
Top prospect Miguel Sano made his long-awaited debut with the Twins on Thursday, starting at designated hitter and hitting sixth against the Royals.
The Angels used their international slot money to acquire a couple of right-handed-pitching prospects Thursday, the first day of the 2015-16 international signing period.
The Rangers have a long history on the international market, and they are once again living up to their reputation as one of the most aggressive teams in Latin America.
The White Sox signed shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., ranked No. 27 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list, for $825,000, and outfielder Franklin Reyes, ranked No. 30., for $1.5 million.
There's a familiar name set to begin his journey through the professional ranks. The Blue Jays signed 16-year-old Dominican outfielder Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for $3.9 million. Guerrero is ranked No. 4 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list.
The Braves are on the verge of adding a pair of high-profile international prospects to their Minor League system.
Astros shortstop Carlos Correa on Thursday was named American League Rookie of the Month for June. Correa, who made his Major League debut on June 8, hit .287 with nine doubles, five home runs, 15 RBIs, four stolen bases and a .543 slugging percentage in his 21 games in the month.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are making a big splash on the first day international prospects can sign, stocking their Minor League system with several top international prospects, including right-handed pitcher Yadiel Alvarez for $16 million.
With the international signing period open, here is a look at MLBPipeline.com's Top 30 international prospects and which of them have agreed to terms with clubs.
Jonathan Mayo responds to fans' questions about baseball's top prospects
The Twins have made a splash on the international market, agreeing to a $4 million deal with Dominican Republic teenage shortstop Wander Javier, according to industry sources.
Colorado is historically one of the most active teams on the international market, and that trend continues this year. According to industry sources, the Rockies have agreed to $2 million signing bonus with Venezuelan outfield prospect Daniel Montano, ranked No. 12 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list.
The Giants are on the verge of adding another athletic infielder to their Minor League system, coming to terms with shortstop Lucius Fox of the Bahamas on a bonus of $6 million, according to industry sources.
The Nationals have agreed to a $1.5 million signing bonus with teenage outfielder Juan Soto of the Dominican Republic.
The Mets are adding two premier prospects, including one familiar baseball name, to their Minor League ranks. According to industry sources, the Mets agreed to a $1.2 million signing bonus with Venezuelan shortstop Andres Gimenez and a $1.5 million signing bonus with Dominican Republic shortstop Gregory Guerrero.
Through the first three starts of his career, Braves right-hander Matt Wisler has displayed his tremendous potential, experienced some inevitable growing pains and proven that it is not always wise to intentionally walk a batter to bring him to the plate.
The USA Collegiate National Team made history Wednesday, becoming the first team to hold the Cuban National Team hitless in international play.
Matt Wisler validated his status as a highly regarded pitching prospect and recorded his first career hit and RBI during a four-run fourth inning that propelled the Braves to Wednesday night's 4-1 win over the Nationals at Turner Field.
The Class A Advanced Potomac Nationals nearly recorded their first combined no-hitter since 1995 on Wednesday, with No. 1 prospect Lucas Giolito providing the heavy lifting in a 4-0 win.
Rookie Brewers right-hander Taylor Jungmann his boosted his numbers across the board since a promotion from Triple-A Colorado Springs, and he engaged in a fascinating discussion Wednesday about why that might be.
The Pacific Coast League All-Star teams were announced on Wednesday, and the Royals' Triple-A Omaha affiliate landed a pair of pitchers on the roster.
The Brewers signed two more Draft picks Wednesday including sixth-rounder Eric Hanhold, and should have each of their first 13 selections formally under contract by the end of next week.
Manny Banuelos might no longer have the overpowering stuff that drew rave reviews from Mariano Rivera and other Yankees veterans during Spring Training in 2011. But the Braves are still looking forward to making the once-heralded prospect the latest addition to their starting rotation.
The Phillies are pleased with the early returns of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, but they plan to add more power to the system Thursday.
In a surprising move, the Twins optioned first baseman/designated hitter Kennys Vargas to Double-A Chattanooga after Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Reds. The Twins will make a corresponding move before Thursday's game, and they are expected to call up top prospect Miguel Sano, according to a source familiar with the team's decision.
The Astros have signed teenage outfielder Gilberto Celestino of the Dominican Republic. The package is worth $2.5 million, according to industry sources.
Dominican Republic teenager Cristian Olivo has improved dramatically since the beginning of the year, and now he's one step closer to starting the path towards his big league dream. The Reds have agreed to a $1 million signing bonus for Olivo, ranked No. 23 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list, according to industry sources.
The Mariners have agreed to a $1.7 million signing bonus with Dominican teenage infielder Carlos Vargas, according to industry sources.
Kansas City made its presence felt on the international scene by locking up two top teenage prospects from the Dominican Republic.
The Red Sox cannot spend more than $300,000 on one player during the current international signing period or the next, yet they still managed to come to terms with two top prospects from Venezuela.
The Phillies are finalizing a signing bonus with teenage outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz of the Dominican Republic for an estimated $4.2 million, according to industry sources.
The Cardinals signed five players on Thursday, the first day of Major League Baseball's international signing period, highlighted by right-hander Alvaro Seijas out of Venezuela. Seijas, 16, ranked No. 11 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list.
The Astros have signed No. 46 overall pick Thomas Eshelman. MLB.com's Jim Callis reported the deal is for $1.1 million, though the club has not confirmed the value.
Byron Buxton, Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa entered 2015 ranked as MLBPipeline.com's top three prospects (in that order), then started the season in the Minors before their rejuvenated and contending parent clubs sent for them. Bryant got the call from the Cubs on April 17, Correa joined the Astros on June 8 and Buxton debuted with the Twins on June 14.