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Cubs manager Joe Maddon was in Puerto Rico this weekend to watch Javier Baez play in the championship series with Santurce. What was he looking for? Maddon told the young infielder he wanted to "see him smile."
Alex Meyer, the Twins' No. 4 prospect, according to MLB.com, heads into Spring Training as one of many candidates aiming to prove themselves worthy of the fifth rotation spot.
Left-hander Carlos Rodon, the White Sox top prospect, is driven to prove he belongs on Chicago's Opening Day roster for 2015, less than a year after the club selected him No. 3 overall in the Draft.
Top Twins prospects Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano are healthy now and general manager Terry Ryan said he could envision a scenario in which both players make their debuts this season.
Brady Aiken, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 Draft, has yet to announce where he'll pitch this spring after not signing with the Astros. Unless he attends a four-year college -- an unlikely scenario -- he'll be eligible again in '15. But when and where he'll pitch before that remains to be seen.
Jonathan Mayo discusses questions surrounding the release of MLB Pipeline's top 10 position rankings lists. He breaks down the catchers, right-handed pitchers and left-handed pitchers that have made said lists.
As has become an annual occurrence, the list of top first basemen lacks a bit in the elite prospect department. But there is good news: There are two players on this list on this year's Top 100: Josh Bell of the Pirates and Matt Olson of the A's. That doubles the total from the 2014 preseason list.
The White Sox signed 15 players to Minor League contracts with invitations to Major League Spring Training on Thursday, while also handing out non-roster invites to nine Minor Leaguers.
A big strength of the club over the past four seasons, it's been a while since there were spots up for grabs in the Reds' rotation. And there isn't just one, but two, places for the taking among a handful of candidates.
After a dominant first half of 2014 at Triple-A, followed by a middling stint in the Major Leagues, Brewers right-hander Jimmy Nelson believes his history suggests a breakthrough to come. Following this week's trade of Yovani Gallardo -- at least in part to clear a rotation spot for Nelson -- the Brewers are counting on it.
Javier Baez is back in Santurce's lineup, and back at work on his swing. The Cubs infielder took a brief break from his Winter Leagues at-bats in Puerto Rico to come to Chicago for the team's fanfest last weekend. Baez has lost 15 pounds since the 2014 season ended, which impressed the Cubs, and he is also working hard to improve after batting .169 in 52 games last season.
Andrew Walter, a right-hander who split last season between Class A Quad Cities and Class A Advanced Lancaster, received a 50-game suspension without pay on Wednesday following a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The Marlins have invited 25 non-roster players to Major League Spring Training, including 15 players signed to Minor League deals. As of Wednesday afternoon, Miami will carry 65 players into Spring Training at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.
Though only one catcher (Blake Swihart of the Red Sox) fits in the top 40 spots on MLBPipeline.com's upcoming 2015 Top 100 Prospects list, talent behind the plate actually runs deep. The Minors are teeming with backstops who have the tools to contribute offensively and defensively in the big leagues in the near future.
Brian McCann was his own toughest critic at times last year, evaluating his first half-season in pinstripes as "horrible," but the Yankees finally saw the player that they expected in September. As 2015 nears, it's their hope that McCann will pick up right where he left off.
Minor Leaguers at the Double-A and Triple-A levels this season will have to deal with pitch clocks, as Major League Baseball tries to address the pace of the game. As far as Cubs pitcher Jon Lester is concerned, there's no need to speed things up.
The Pirates knew Cole Tucker was good. That is why they made the Phoenix shortstop their top pick in last summer's First-Year Player Draft. Now the Bucs know Tucker is also gutsy, a real gamer. He played his last 37 games with the Gulf Coast Pirates with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb -- which he had surgically repaired on Oct. 1.
Though none of the left-handers who ranked on this list before last season began have graduated to the big leagues, there are still several new faces on this year's Top 10. Julio Urias, Henry Owens and Andrew Heaney are the holdovers, albeit with their order reversed from last year.
Yoan Moncada, the 19-year-old Cuban sensation, has had a private workout for the Yankees. New York is among a growing list of clubs coveting the services of the switch-hitter who has been primarily a middle infielder, but may eventually wind up in the outfield.
The only thing that could keep Jesse Winker from really competing for a batting title is if he hits so well the Reds decide in the second half that he's needed in Cincinnati. But a much more likely scenario is the outfield prospect raking all year in the Minors, across Double- and Triple-A, and then perhaps getting a September callup.
Astros prospect Carlos Correa looks like he can't miss. He has all of the makings of a superstar shortstop, and the worst-case scenario appears to be an All-Star third baseman. The next step on his pathway to greatness will be a batting title in what should be his final full season in the Minor Leagues.
The Brewers sent Yovani Gallardo and cash considerations to the Texas Rangers on Monday in exchange for a trio of prospects -- infielder Luis Sardinas, right-handed pitcher Corey Knebel and 18-year-old right-hander Marcos Diplan.
With Luis Valbuena headed to Houston, that leaves a void at third base for the Cubs, but general manager Jed Hoyer said it's too early to write top prospect Kris Bryant's name in the lineup for Opening Day.
There are always a ton of right-handed pitchers on the Top 100 Prospects list. The 2015 version is no different. All 10 on the list are in the Top 100, and then some. Some of the names are familiar. Five right-handers -- The Mets' Noah Syndergaard, Archie Bradley of the D-backs, the Rockies' Jon Gray, the Orioles' Dylan Bundy, Robert Stephenson of the Reds -- were on this list a year ago.
The finals in all four major Latin American winter leagues are almost all set and even as teams battle for a spot in next month's Caribbean Series, several top prospects continue to play key roles for their winter clubs.
Astros prospect Chan Moon helped the Adelaide Bite take three of four from the Melbourne Aces to secure a first-place finish in the regular season, giving Adelaide a first-round playoff bye and the right to host the ABL Championship series.
The Rangers added the impact starting pitcher they were looking for when they acquired right-hander Yovani Gallardo from the Brewers on Monday. Gallardo, who played high school baseball at Trimble Tech in Fort Worth, joins Yu Darvish and Derek Holland as three pitchers who could each give the Rangers 200 innings.
Fans heard how passionate Kyle Schwarber is about catching, that C.J. Edwards' idol is Pedro Martinez, and that Pierce Johnson grew his hair long to get noticed during a Sunday "Down on the Farm" seminar at the Cubs Convention.
The D-backs officially agreed to terms Saturday on a Minor League contract with Cuban right-hander Yoan Lopez.
As Ken and Valerie Pompey watched their eldest son, Blue Jays center fielder Dalton, sign autographs for hundreds of fans at the Eaton Centre on Saturday as a part of Toronto's fifth annual Winter Tour, the family reminisced about a time not too long ago when they were the ones in line trying to do the same.
Anthony Rizzo, who knows the strength of the Cardinals and Pirates as well as anyone, recently said the Cubs are "going to win the NL Central" in 2015. Here are 10 reasons from columnist Phil Rogers on why the time to dream has arrived on the North Side.
Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at which Red Sox prospects could see the big leagues in 2015, including the team's top two prospects, Henry Owens and Blake Swihart.
The Angels gradually fell in love with Roberto Baldoquin, not because he was the biggest talent available on the international market but because they felt he was the right player to take a chance on.
MLB.com's Jim Callis answers questions about the game's best young players, including what a starting nine of top prospects would look like.
J.P. Crawford has been the Phillies' shortstop of the future ever since he joined the organization as a first-round pick in the 2013 Draft. The future seems a lot closer now that Jimmy Rollins is out of the picture.
After years of the Astros touting their Minor League system for being one of the best in baseball, there was ample fruit on the vine this offseason. Multiple trades for prospects and two consecutive seasons of having the No. 1 pick allowed the Astros to switch gears. They're making trades for the now instead of for the future.
A group of the game's up-and-coming stars gathered outside of Washington D.C. for the annual Rookie Career Development Program. For more than two decades, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have joined forces to create this event, designed to help future big leaguers avoid the kinds of pitfalls that have kept many players from being able to focus on that on-field work.
Right-handed pitcher Derick Velazquez, the Astros' seventh-round pick out of Fresno State last year, underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday and will miss the entire 2015 season.
The Braves traded Evan Gattis to the Astros for prospects Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz and Andrew Thurman on Wednesday. MLB.com takes a closer look at the prospects Atlanta received in the deal.
The Phillies have preached pitching and defense as their keys to success in the future, and the organization has added a number of talented pitching prospects over the past seven months to further its rebuilding effort. Of the Phillies' top eight prospects, according to MLB.com, half are starting pitchers acquired since June.
The Astros acquired slugger Evan Gattis and Minor League pitcher James Hoyt from the Braves in a trade on Wednesday in exchange for pitching prospects Mike Foltynewicz and Andrew Thurman, and third-base prospect Rio Ruiz.
Jonathan Mayo takes an early look at potential 2015 Rookie of the Year candidates in each league, beginning with two recent Cuban signees -- Rusney Castillo of the Red Sox and Yasmany Tomas of the D-backs.
The Mariners have acquired left-hander Mike Kickham from the Cubs for Minor League pitcher Lars Huijer, the club announced Wednesday. To make room on the 40-man roster for Kickham, left-hander Anthony Fernandez was designated for assignment. Seattle's 40-man roster remains full.
Left-handed pitcher Mike Kickham, who the Cubs claimed off waivers from the Giants, is now headed to the Mariners. Kickham, who was designated for assignment on Jan. 9 to make room on the 40-man roster for Chris Denorfia, was traded Wednesday to Seattle for Class A pitcher Lars Huijer.
After a couple months of speculation, the Braves completed the final significant phase of their roster reconstruction by trading Evan Gattis to the Astros for three prospects -- right-handed pitchers Michael Foltynewicz and Andrew Thurman and third baseman Rio Ruiz.
Former first-round Draft picks Brandon Nimmo and Gavin Cecchini are among 17 non-roster players the Mets have invited to big league Spring Training, the team announced Wednesday.
Tropicana Field's infield resembled ripening fruit on Wednesday morning, and that fruit was Major League prospects.
Cody Hall is proving why the Giants added him to the 40-man roster this offseason. Hall has excelled in the Venezuelan Winter League, accumulating 12 saves while recording a 0.00 ERA in his first 17 outings for Caribes de Anzoategui.
The Phillies took a flier on Odubel Herrera in the Rule 5 Draft in December because they liked what he could bring to the outfield with his athleticism and offense. The Phillies could use some depth in the outfield in 2015 and beyond, and it's becoming clear why the organization felt it was worth taking a chance on the 23-year-old.
Indians pitching prospect Justus Sheffield was arrested and released on bond after an incident early Monday morning in his hometown of Tullahoma, Tenn.
The Astros announced Tuesday they've invited 17 non-roster players to Spring Training, including former No. 1 overall picks Carlos Correa and Mark Appel -- both of whom will be at Major League camp for the second consecutive year.
Since Christian Vazquez has shown he can handle the catching duties, should prospect Blake Swihart transition to first base? Beat reporter Ian Browne answers this question and more in the Inbox.
Trey Michalczewkski acknowledges hitting a wall in June of his first professional season in 2014, but the third baseman started to make the adjustment and showed the potential the White Sox noticed when they drafted him.
After finished eighth in the Minor Leagues in strikeouts in 2014 with 157, despite not making his first start until April 25 and being brought along slowly because he was returning from a back issue, Pirates righty prospect is expected to lead the Minors in Ks in 2015 according to MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo.
Royals left-hander Sean Manaea led the Class A Advanced Carolina League with 146 strikeouts and placed eighth in the Minors with 10.8 whiffs per nine innings in 2014, his first season as a pro, and Jim Callis thinks he's the pick for the Minor League strikeout crown this season.
Cuban right-handed pitching prospect Yoan Lopez has agreed to a record-setting $8.27 million bonus with the D-backs. The club has not confirmed the deal, but "it's all pending a physical right now," D-backs general manager Dave Stewart said.
Jacob Nix, the former high school pitcher who went unsigned after being drafted by the Astros last year, has enrolled in IMG Academy's post-graduate program for the spring 2015 semester and will play for the academy's post-graduate team.
The Dodgers opened their annual Winter Development Camp on Monday with a list of 27 invitees that included top pitching prospect Julio Urias but not top infield prospect Corey Seager.
After radically reshaping the front office, the Dodgers announced their Minor League staff for 2015 with only a handful of changes, including the addition of a third coach at all levels.
This year's Red Sox 2015 Rookie Program includes two players who are all but certain to be on the Opening Day roster, and several others who could be close to earning their ticket to the Major Leagues.
The Braves have been aggressive in changing the makeup of their organization. Some of their newly acquired prospects have additional development or injury rehabilitation to complete. But the big league club could welcome several prospects at some point this coming season.
A little more than a month before the start of Spring Training, there were Orioles pitchers throwing bullpen sessions and players working out on the back fields at Ed Smith Stadium.
The Reds on Monday announced the 19 non-roster players who will be part of Spring Training, with pitchers and catchers set to report to Goodyear, Ariz., on Feb. 18.
The playoffs in winter leagues throughout Latin America are in full swing and the championship matchups in some countries will soon be determined. Even as teams battle for trophies, many prospects continue to play key roles for their winter teams.
Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at which Reds prospects could see the big leagues in 2015, including the team's top two prospects, Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano.
While rain washed away one third of the games on the Week 11 ABL schedule, there was still plenty of action down under. The defending champion Perth Heat moved into sole possession of second place after taking three of four from the Adelaide Bite and the Sydney Blue Sox and Canberra Cavalry each swept abbreviated series over the Melbourne Aces and Brisbane Bandits, respectively.
Most figured Ben Zobrist would be elsewhere in 2015. On Saturday, that speculation came to fruition when the Rays traded one of the most popular players in team history to the A's. The surprise came in the fact that Yunel Escobar joined him. In return for their shortstop and utility man, the Rays received catcher John Jaso and a pair of prospects, shortstop Daniel Robertson and outfielder Boog Powell.
The Giants' assignment of Jose Alguacil to manage their Double-A Richmond affiliate demonstrated their lofty opinion of him.
The Dodgers announced 17 non-roster players who will be invited to Spring Training on Friday, including top prospects Corey Seager, Julio Urias and Chris Anderson, all of whom will be taking part in their first Major League camp.
The calendar has officially flipped to 2015. We're always future-looking here at MLBPipeline.com, so we're more than happy to look ahead to the 2015 season and beyond. With that in mind, this week's Pipeline Inbox includes discussions on a number of players who could be coming to a big league ballpark near you soon.
Cuban right-handed pitching prospect Yoan Lopez has been cleared by United States government and is expected to sign with a Major League team before the start of Spring Training, according to industry an source.
Extending their mission to improve the organization's pitching depth, the Braves have acquired Ricardo Sanchez, an intriguing 17-year-old prospect who had been with the Angels. The Braves sent third baseman Kyle Kubitza and right-handed pitcher Nate Hyatt to the Angels in exchange for Sanchez, who had stood as one of the Angels' top 10 prospects per MLB.com's rankings.
The Angels acquired third-base prospect Kyle Kubitza and right-hander Nate Hyatt from the Braves for pitching prospect Ricardo Sanchez on Thursday.
Third baseman Joey Gallo has been named the Tom Grieve Minor League Player of the Year in the Rangers organization and will be honored on Jan. 23 at the team's annual awards banquet. Alex Gonzalez is the club's Minor League the Pitcher of the Year.
The Reds claimed right-handed pitcher Keyvius Sampson off waivers from the Padres on Thursday. Sampson's addition gives Cincinnati a full 40-man roster.
Ben Lively is the newest piece of the Phillies' rebuilding effort. The starting pitching prospect was rising through the Reds' farm system before he was acquired in a trade on the final day of 2014. The abrupt change in scenery is nothing new for Lively, though, so don't expect it to slow his development.
Ty Hensley, the Yankees' first-round selection in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, was recently hospitalized after being "brutally attacked and assaulted" over the holidays in a suburb of Oklahoma City, his agent confirmed on Thursday.
The Angels will need someone to take over at the hot corner once David Freese hits the free-agent market after the 2015 season, don't necessarily have that player in their organization and have made acquiring someone via trade one of their primary goals this winter, a source told MLB.com on Thursday.
With their $5 million negotiating fee already in the ante, the Pirates are about halfway to the deadline for striking a deal with Korean infielder Jung-ho Kang. The negotiations with agent Alan Nero proceed, with no comment expected from general manager Neal Huntington until a deal is struck or the Jan. 20 deadline passes. The real mystery will begin when the Bucs sign the 27-year-old power hitter. Where will he play? Who will he displace?
Right-hander Erick Fedde, the Nationals' first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, is happy to report that his elbow is recovering nicely from Tommy John surgery. In fact, the Nevada native was in Viera, Fla., recently to start a throwing program.
The Rays will hold the organization's sixth annual Winter Development Program for select Minor League players from Monday through next Wednesday at Tropicana Field.
For a few years, Amir Garrett tried to be a college basketball player and a professional baseball player -- at the same time. Garrett found he wasn't being fair to himself in either sport because he wasn't fully committed to one or the other. That changed in 2014, when Garrett decided to focus on baseball full time. At the time, he didn't know what would happen. Looking back, the Reds' left-handed pitching prospect is happy with his choice.
Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at which Reds prospects could see the big leagues in 2015, including the team's top two prospects, Robert Stephenson and Jesse Winker.
Cody Buckel and Kellin Deglan have been making the most of their time in the Australian Baseball League this season, both as tourists and young baseball players trying to regain their high-prospect status.
The Angels announced the signing of 20-year-old Cuban infielder Roberto Baldoquin on Tuesday, shortly after receiving final approval from the Commissioner's Office.
Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at which O's prospects could see the big leagues in 2015, including Dylan Bundy and Christian Walker.
Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at which A's prospects could see the big leagues in 2015, including Sean Nolin and Kendall Graveman.
The legend of Carlos Rodon hit full stride before the 22-year-old threw a single big league pitch for the White Sox. In fact, the top prospect in the organization according to MLB.com has only 24 2/3 innings combined at the Minor League level after being selected No. 3 overall in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
Many hitters taking part in the White Sox mini-camp at Camelback Ranch represent the franchise's future. But for some of the 15-or-so players in attendance in Arizona, including starting center fielder Adam Eaton, second-base candidate Micah Johnson and catcher Rob Brantly, the future is now.
As the calendar flipped to January last week, the playoffs got underway in winter leagues throughout Latin America. While the stakes have been raised, many prospects continue to play key roles for their winter teams.
Joey Gallo has displayed his jaw-dropping power in his Minor League career, leading the league in 2013 and coming in second last season. Jim Callis says he'll be back for more this year.
Matt Olson has proven he has an ability to adjust to the play at the levels he's been through, and at 21, his power is impressive. Jonathan Mayo says that's enough to lead the Minor Leagues in homers.
Joely Rodriguez showed a very good feel for pitching with a loose, quick arm and very good mound presence in the Arizona Fall League. Rodriguez was traded from the Pirates to the Phillies on December 10.
Micah Johnson's Major League career hasn't even officially begun, but the 24-year-old already has a strong idea as to what he wants to do when the playing portion is complete.
MLB.com caught up with prospect Lucas Giolito recently to talk about last year and his future with the Nationals.
For a while, the 2014 season was shaping up to be one massive headache for Padres rookie infielder-outfielder Cory Spangenberg. When he returned from a concussion, though, he took off, experiencing a meteoric rise from the Texas League all the way to making an impression at the big league level.
Minnesota Twins prospect Eddie Rosario can play very respectable defense at second base, left field or center field. But it is his bat that could carry him to the big leagues sooner than later. The 23-year-old left-handed hitter has a very loud and consistent line-drive bat.
The Braves traded right-handed reliever David Carpenter and left-handed reliever Chasen Shreve to the Yankees in exchange for lefty Manny Banuelos on Thursday.
The Yankees kicked off the new year with a transaction, acquiring right-hander David Carpenter and left-hander Chasen Shreve from the Braves in exchange for left-hander Manny Banuelos, who was once regarded as one of the team's brightest prospects.