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Prospects Archive

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  • 04/20/2014 | Royals Minor League report: April 19

    Omaha lost the series opener to the Sounds, with the five hits a season low for a nine-inning game. Johnny Giavotella led the Storm Chasers with two hits, raising his average to .355 (11-for-31). Paulo Orlando added a two-out RBI in the seventh. P.J. Walters recorded a quality start, striking out four while allowing three runs, seven hits and a walk over 7.0 innings.

  • 04/19/2014 | Phils look to Camp to buoy bullpen

    The Phillies promoted ShawnCamp to the big leagues Friday night, optioning right-hander Jonathan Pettibone to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to make room for him on the 25-man roster.

  • 04/19/2014 | Riefenhauser recalled, makes debut

    The Rays on Saturday recalled left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser from Triple-A Durham and optioned right-hander Brad Boxberger to Durham.

  • 04/19/2014 | Francona turns to rookie Lee in key situation

    The Indians believe that rookie reliever C.C. Lee will soon become a key piece in their bullpen. While balancing making decisions aimed at winning games, Cleveland manager Terry Francona is also keeping Lee's development in mind.

  • 04/19/2014 | Prospect DeShields sidelined by cheek fracture

    Astros outfield prospect Delino DeShields Jr. is expected to be out several weeks after suffering a broken cheekbone when he was hit in the face by a pitch in Double-A Corpus Christi's game Friday.

  • 04/19/2014 | Pipeline Preview: Cubs, White Sox Double-A clubs clash

    Saturday's Minor League schedule is highlighted by the first meeting of the season between the White Sox and Cubs' Double-A affiliates, featuring White Sox No. 4 prospect Micah Johnson and Cubs No. 2 prospect Kris Bryant.

  • 04/19/2014 | Seager, Anderson shine for Rancho Cucamonga

    Shortstop Corey Seager and right-hander Chris Anderson were both selected by the Dodgers a year apart with the 18th overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft. On Friday, the pair teamed up for a big night with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.

  • 04/19/2014 | Prospect DeShields hit in face by pitch at Double-A

    Delino DeShields Jr., the Astros' seventh-ranked prospect, was taken to a hospital Friday night after he was struck on the right side of the face by a pitch in the seventh inning of Double-A Corpus Christi's game in Frisco, Texas.

  • 04/19/2014 | Minors homer leader Kivlehan stays hot in Lancaster

    Patrick Kivlehan may never want to leave Lancaster, Calif. For the second consecutive night, he hit two home runs and Class A Advanced High Desert defeated Lancaster, 9-0. Kivlehan, the Mariners' No. 19 prospect, went 2-for-5 and drove in three runs. He now leads the Minor Leagues with seven home runs.

  • 04/19/2014 | Royals Minor League report: April 18

    Carlos Peguero's homer in the sixth snapped a 2-2 tie as Triple-A Omaha took three of four from Round Rock.

  • 04/19/2014 | Prospect Norris extends scoreless-innings streak

    Left-hander Daniel Norris, the Blue Jays' No. 4 prospect, and right-hander Kramer Champlin combined to throw a one-hit shutout Friday as Class A Advanced Dunedin defeated Brevard County, 4-0, in the first game of a doubleheader.

  • 04/19/2014 | Prospect Biddle shaves ERA with best start of season

    After not making it out of the fourth inning in his last start, left-hander Jesse Biddle delivered his best start of the season Friday, leading Double-A Reading to a 6-2 victory against Harrisburg.

  • 04/19/2014 | Astros bat Springer fourth to jumpstart lineup

    George Springer found himself in the clean-up spot in manager Bo Porter's lineup Friday in the series opener against the A's in only his third Major League game. Porter admitted it's something he didn't want to do, but he was hoping it could help get the offense rolling.

  • 04/18/2014 | Pipeline Preview: Twins duo, Mahtook highlight slate

    Friday's Minor League schedule includes starts by top Twins pitching prospects Alex Meyer and Kohl Stewart, among several Top 100 Prospects on the mound.

  • 04/18/2014 | Royals Minor League report: April 17

    Royals No. 4 prospect Jorge Bonifacio drove in a pair of runs as Double-A Northwest Arkansas scored a season-high 10 runs to snap a 10-game losing streak, and No. 3 prospect Raul Mondesi tripled home two runs to lead Class A Advanced Wilmington to a 4-2 win.

  • 04/18/2014 | Connaughton a two-sport talent at Notre Dame

    As with Jeff Samardzija in 2006, Notre Dame again has the top collegiate two-sport talent in the Draft. Pat Connaughton, a three-year starter as a guard/forward for the basketball team, has an even brighter future as a right-handed pitcher.

  • 04/18/2014 | Pentecost best true catcher in 2014 Draft class

    Kennesaw State's Max Pentecost is the top prospect in the 2014 Draft who's a sure bet to stay behind the plate. He figures to go in the second half of the first round, and he could challenge Chad Jenkins (No. 20 overall to the Blue Jays in 2009) as the highest pick in school history.

  • 04/18/2014 | Prep southpaw Aiken continues to impress

    San Diego's Central Cathedral High School left-hander Brady Aiken ran into some tough luck Wednesday, but he did nothing to hurt his Draft standing after striking out 11 of the 23 batters he faced.

  • 04/18/2014 | Pipeline Perspectives: Bradley should be next up

    To say D-backs prospect Archie Bradley is ready for a big league shot is not exactly breaking new ground. He is, after all,'s top-rated pitching prospect, coming in at No. 5 in the Top 100 rankings. Though he's just 21, one gets the feeling that it's a question of when, not if, Bradley gets the call this season.

  • 04/18/2014 | Miggy to receive GIBBY awards after 31st birthday

    Taking Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos under his wing, Miguel Cabrera -- who is set to receive a pair of GIBBY Awards -- has shown the young Tiger the ropes at his former position.

  • 04/18/2014 | Pipeline Perspectives: Polanco should get the next call

    While D-backs Minor Leaguer right-hander Archie Bradley,'s top pitching prospect, certainly has what it takes to pitch in the Majors sooner rather than later, no prospect is more deserving of a promotion to the bigs than than Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco. And the Pirates would be best served by making that happen pronto.

  • 04/18/2014 | Mariners prospect Kivlehan launches two home runs

    Patrick Kivlehan, the Mariners' No. 18 prospect, hit two home runs Thursday to help Class A Advanced High Desert to an 8-4 victory at Lancaster.

  • 04/17/2014 | Shipley tosses five scoreless frames, gets first win

    After being held back in extended spring training to start the season due to right shoulder soreness, Braden Shipley made his season debut Thursday night for Class A South Bend.

  • 04/17/2014 | Rangers prospect Gallo launches sixth homer

    Third baseman Joey Gallo, the Rangers' No. 5 prospect and reigning Minor League home run champion, hit his sixth home run Thursday night, tying him for the Minor League lead.

  • 04/17/2014 | Hamels yields just one run in latest rehab start

    If Thursday was left-hander Cole Hamels' final test before joining the Phillies, it would seem he passed with little difficulty.

  • 04/17/2014 | Rookies Fornataro, Rondon added to bullpen

    The strain placed on the Cardinals' bullpen after Joe Kelly's early exit on Wednesday prompted the club to add relievers Eric Fornataro and Jorge Rondon prior to Thursday's series opener against the Nationals.

  • 04/17/2014 | Springer settling in to life in the Major Leagues

    In one respect, George Springer's whirlwind first day in the Major Leagues was no different than any other call-up's. But given the attention the slugging outfielder gained while raking in the Minors, how he's settling in to life in the Major Leagues after a hectic 36 hours is a top priority for the Astros.

  • 04/17/2014 | Rockies happy with strides made by Bettis

    The Rockies are seeing results from reliever Chad Bettis, a talented right-hander who could end up playing a big part in the late innings for the club.

  • 04/17/2014 | Pipeline Preview: Frazier, Shipley to make '14 debuts

    Thursday's Minor League schedule is highlighted by the anticipated season debuts in the Mdwest League of two players selected in the first round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

  • 04/17/2014 | Inbox: Will club call up top prospect Heaney?

    With Jacob Turner out, will the Marlins call up top prospect Andrew Heaney? Is slugger Giancarlo Stanton willing to sign a long-term deal with the club? Beat reporter Joe Frisaro answers your queries.

  • 04/17/2014 | Injuries sidelining a number of top prospects

    Thirteen of baseball's 50 best prospects are currently on the shelf. While none of the injuries should be career-altering, the teams with the injured phenoms are anxious to see them return.

  • 04/17/2014 | Pipeline Inbox: Gauging Springer's ROY chances

    Does George Springer have a viable shot at Rookie of the Year? Where will Vincent Velasquez end the season? Jonathan Mayo responds to these questions and more in the Pipeline Inbox.

  • 04/18/2014 | With a little more seasoning, Polanco can make jump

    At some point in the future, we will likely see an outfield of Starling Marte in left field, Andrew McCutchen in center and Gregory Polanco in right for the Pirates. When that happens, the speed and talent of the trio may be among the best in baseball.

  • 04/17/2014 | Prospect Lamb's walk-off homer a promising sign

    Third baseman Jake Lamb hit a solo home run with two outs in the 10th inning to give Double-A Mobile a 1-0 walk-off win against Birmingham on Wednesday. The D-backs' No. 7 prospect finished the game 2-for-5.

  • 04/17/2014 | Reds' prospect Lively strikes out 10 in win

    Right-hander Ben Lively, the Reds' No. 13 prospect, continued his dominant start to the season Wednesday. He struck out a career-high 10 batters in six shutout innings, helping lead Class A Advanced Bakersfield to an 8-3 victory at Stockton.

  • 04/16/2014 | Royals Minor League report: April 16

    No. 3 prospect Raul Mondesi was 3-for-4 with a run scored on Wednesday night for the Wilmington Blue Rocks and starter John Lamb had a rocky outing in the Omaha Storm Chasers' loss to Round Rock.

  • 04/16/2014 | Prospect Bauer wins in return to Triple-A

    In his first start back with Triple-A Columbus since making a spot start for the Indians last week, right-hander Trevor Bauer threw six scoreless innings on Wednesday.

  • 04/17/2014 | Stephenson has tools to be star pitcher for Reds

    After being in the Reds' Minor League system for parts of three seasons, Robert Stephenson is ranked No. 1 on the team's Top 20 Prospect list. Stephenson's size and his mound demeanor are two important components that should help trigger his future success.

  • 04/16/2014 | Springer tries to stay calm amid lofty expectations

    The message George Springer received from both general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager Bo Porter upon his long-awaited arrival at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday afternoon was to simply relax and not try to do too much.

  • 04/16/2014 | Walters records another career first vs. Marlins

    After tallying his first career hit against Miami last year, Zach Walters hit his first MLB homer Tuesday also vs. the Marlins.

  • 04/16/2014 | Souza cherishes long-awaited first MLB hit

    Steven Souza Jr., who replaced Jayson Werth as a defensive substitution in right field in the sixth inning on Tuesday, singled up the middle off Dan Jennings two innings later for his first Major League hit.

  • 04/16/2014 | Prospects Harvey, Giolito impress in pitchers' duel

    In a South Atlantic League pitchers' duel that lived up to expectations Wednesday, the Orioles' No. 4 prospect Hunter Harvey slightly edged the Nationals' No. 1 prospect Lucas Giolito.

  • 04/17/2014 | Prospects Harvey, Giolito impress in pitchers' duel

    In a South Atlantic League pitchers' duel that lived up to expectations Wednesday, the Orioles' No. 4 prospect Hunter Harvey slightly edged the Nationals' No. 1 prospect Lucas Giolito.

  • 04/16/2014 | Springer's debut represents new era for Astros

    George Springer is a five-tool talent who will bring immediate excitement to fans at Minute Maid Park and around the big leagues. He also represents the next wave of prospects the Astros hope will return them to contention.

  • 04/16/2014 | Luhnow: Hot-hitting Singleton staying in Triple-A

    Now that George Springer has joined the Astros, could Jon Singleton be far behind? The first baseman entered play Wednesday hitting .333 with four homers and 16 RBIs in 12 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City this year.

  • 04/16/2014 | Franklin faces Darvish on first day back in bigs

    Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon wasted no time getting infielder Nick Franklin in the lineup, penciling the 23-year-old in at designated hitter on Wednesday against the Rangers' Yu Darvish shortly after he was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.

  • 04/16/2014 | Royals Minor League report: April 15

    The Storm Chasers posted their first shutout of 2014. Francisco Pena's homer in the second gave Omaha a 2-0 lead. Christian Colon added two hits, an RBI and a run.

  • 04/16/2014 | Pipeline Preview: Top pitching prospects fill slate

    The top pitching prospects for five teams are scheduled to start in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday, including D-backs right-hander Archie Bradley, ranked No. 5 on's Top 100 Prospects list.

  • 04/16/2014 | Dodgers' No. 6 prospect tosses six no-hit frames

    Led by left-hander Chris Reed, the Dodgers No. 6 prospect, Double-A Chattanooga came within one inning of a combined no-hitter Wednesday against Jacksonville. Despite losing the no-hit bid in the ninth, the Lookouts were able to hold on for a 5-4 victory.

  • 04/16/2014 | Collins getting chance to shine with Tigers

    Andy Dirks' back injury this spring opened the door for Tyler Collins, who is ranked as the Tigers' 17th-best prospect, to share playing time in left field on the big league club.

  • 04/16/2014 | Olt congratulates former teammate Springer

    Cubs third baseman Mike Olt was excited to hear that Astros prospect George Springer, his former college teammate at the University of Connecticut, would be joining him in the Majors Leagues.

  • 04/15/2014 | Prospect Pederson stays hot for Albuquerque

    Center fielder Joc Pederson, the Dodgers' No. 2 prospect and No. 34 overall, continued his blistering start to the season Tuesday.

  • 04/15/2014 | Astros call up highly touted prospect Springer

    Outfielder George Springer, one of the Astros' most anticipated prospects in years, was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday to infuse life into an offense that has struggled through the first two weeks of the regular season.

  • 04/15/2014 | Rookie Ventura earns first career win

    Omar Infante led the Royals' mild charge, drilling a first-inning home run and later tallying an RBI fielder's choice to back up Yordano Ventura's solid seven innings as Kansas City took game one of the series, 4-2, against the Astros on Tuesday night in Minute Maid Park.

  • 04/15/2014 | Towers defends keeping Bradley in Triple-A

    D-backs general manager Kevin Towers said again on Tuesday that the decision not to promote top prospect Archie Bradley this week had nothing to do with delaying the right-hander's arbitration or free-agent clocks.

  • 04/15/2014 | Top prospect Heaney tosses gem for Jacksonville

    Marlins No. 1 prospect Andrew Heaney allowed just one hit in six shutout innings Tuesday night, helping Double-A Jacksonville to a 4-0 victory at Chattanooga.

  • 04/15/2014 | Top prospect Walker scratched in rehab

    Top Mariners prospect Taijuan Walker was scratched from Tuesday's rehab start with Triple-A Tacoma due to some stiffness in the right-handed pitcher's right shoulder.

  • 04/15/2014 | Rookie's rise gives Brewers scouts butterflies

    Brewers Rule 5 Draft pick Wei-Chung Wang officially made the unprecedented jump from the rookie leagues to the big leagues on Monday night, and the Brewers scouts who helped select him were watching.

  • 04/15/2014 | Tuesday's Pipeline Preview: Where to watch prospects

    Tuesday's slate of Minor League games is highlighted by the start of a four-game series between Nashville and Memphis. The Brewers' and Cardinals' Triple-A affiliates will square off this week in Nashville, starting with Tuesday night's game, which can be seen on MiLB.TV.

  • 04/15/2014 | Royals Minor League report: April 14

    The Blue Rocks received a strong start from Sean Manaea, who ranked fifth among Royals prospects by, in a Wilmington win Monday.

  • 04/15/2014 | Boras Classic tourney a Draft prospect showcase

    Because California doesn't have a state playoff system, the Boras Classic functions as a de facto state tournament. Several well-regarded prospects are vying for that chance this week.

  • 04/15/2014 | Righty Marsh takes lesson from last year's injury

    Right-hander Kyle Marsh learned from being sidelined last March, when he broke his right patella playing basketball in gym class. The injury ended his season and required surgery to insert three screws in his knee. He missed all of the summer and fall while he recovered.

  • 04/15/2014 | Draft prospect ascension a whirlwind for Winemiller

    Now exclusively a pitcher, Robert Winemiller may be the best prospect at a Division III school in the country. Both his inexperience and arm strength have been evident this season; scouts are divided about his prospect standing.

  • 04/15/2014 | Astros prospect Ruiz shines with four hits

    In a wild, back-and-forth game in one of the best hitter's parks in baseball, third baseman Rio Ruiz stood out even in a losing effort Monday. He had a career-high four hits and hit his first home run of the season, but Class A Advanced Lancaster still lost to High Desert, 11-10.

  • 04/15/2014 | Wisler outduels Rockies prospect at Double-A

    Right-handers Matt Wisler and Eddie Butler may grow accustomed to pitching against each other in the National League West for years to come. But on Monday, Padres prospect Wisler outshined the Rockies' Butler in a 2-1 Texas League victory.

  • 04/15/2014 | No. 7 prospect Skole delivers clutch hits

    First baseman Matt Skole, the Nationals' No. 7 prospect, began the season mired in a deep slump at Double-A Harrisburg, but he broke out in a big way Monday night in a 4-3 victory over Altoona.

  • 04/14/2014 | Rangers prospects Alfaro, Gallo homer in win

    Home runs from two of the Rangers' top prospects help power Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach to a 9-6 victory against Salem on Monday. No. 1 prospect Jorge Alfaro hit his first home run of the season in the second inning and reigning Minor League home run champion Joey Gallo followed with a blast of his own in the third.

  • 04/14/2014 | Coulter recognized for offense in Class A

    Former first-round Draft pick Clint Coulter was named player of the week in the Class A Midwest League on Monday after a two-game stretch in which he hit three home runs and drove in eight.

  • 04/14/2014 | White Sox taking time to prepare for Draft

    You are the Chicago White Sox and have the third overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. It's an exciting and important part of the reshaping process brought about by a 99-loss 2013 campaign that produced this high first-round selection.

  • 04/14/2014 | Pipeline Prospects of Week: April 7-13

    Each week, the Pipeline staff will choose Prospects of the Week, one hitter and one pitcher, along with others who deserve "Honorable Mention" status.

  • 04/14/2014 | Tribe prospect Adams has power arm suited for 'pen

    There are times a scout only gets to see a player for a brief period of play. I got to see Cleveland Indians pitcher Austin Adams only once during this past Spring Training. But it was enough for me to sit up and take notice. I think Adams is a pitcher to remember, one with a bright future for the Tribe.

  • 04/14/2014 | Royals Minor League report: April 13

    Jorge Bonifacio, the Royals' fourth-best prospect, recorded two hits and three RBIs for Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Sunday.

  • 04/13/2014 | Alvarez, Herrera added to roster; De La Rosa optioned

    The Angels recalled left-hander Jose Alvarez from Triple-A Salt Lake, selected the contract of right-hander Yoslan Herrera from the same club, and optioned right-handers Dane De La Rosa and Matt Shoemaker to the Bees before Sunday's game against the Mets.

  • 04/13/2014 | Walters called up as Zimmerman hits disabled list

    The Nationals placed third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list because of a fractured right thumb and recalled infielder Zach Walters from Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday.

  • 04/12/2014 | Royals Minor League report: April 12

    Royals No. 12 prospect Christian Binford struck out 10 batters over seven innings in the Wilmington Blue Rocks' victory on Saturday.

  • 04/12/2014 | Beavan to get call for rotation spot over Walker

    Right-hander Blake Beavan will fill the hole in the Mariners' rotation Tuesday while Taijuan Walker, the club's top prospect, continues to raise his pitch count at Triple-A Tacoma.

  • 04/12/2014 | Castellanos back as Tigers rest Martinez

    While Victor Martinez got a night off on Saturday, Nick Castellanos returned to his normal post at third base, with Miguel Cabrera back at first.

  • 04/12/2014 | Span to 7-day DL; Souza, Treinen come up

    The Nationals were busy before Saturday's game against the Braves, placing Denard Span on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion, while recalling outfielder Steven Souza Jr. and selecting the contract of right-hander Blake Treinen from Triple-A Syracuse. Right-hander Aaron Barrett was optioned to Syracuse.

  • 04/12/2014 | Cubs begin process of honing in on Draft strategy

    The Cubs have the fourth pick overall in the June 5 First-Year Player Draft, and the scouts and cross-checkers met last Monday in Chicago to go over their strategy, general manager Jed Hoyer said Saturday.

  • 04/12/2014 | Royals Minor League Report: April 11

    Matt Fields recorded a single in the Triple-A Storm Chasers' 5-4 victory, and the first baseman has hit safely in all nine games this season.

  • 04/11/2014 | Seattle weighs effect of brief spring on Walker

    Before the season, manager Lloyd McClendon said he expected Taijuan Walker to begin the year in the starting rotation. But in late February, Walker was sidelined with inflammation in his throwing shoulder that kept him out of Spring Training.

  • 04/11/2014 | Mariners seek to develop Romero vs. lefties

    Rookie Stefen Romero started in right field while batting seventh on Friday, which has become the norm when Seattle goes against left-handed starters.

  • 04/11/2014 | Rookie Leone contributing to solid bullpen

    Entering Friday night's series opener against the A's, Seattle relievers led the American League and were third in MLB with a 1.75 ERA in 25 2/3 innings. The Mariners' bullpen, including rookie Dominic Leone, was also riding an eight-inning scoreless streak.

  • 04/11/2014 | Stewart to continue rehabbing knee in Triple-A

    Chris Stewart, still on the DL recovering from right-knee surgery on March 19, has moved to Triple-A. But Tony Sanchez continues to have an impact in his place.

  • 04/11/2014 | Abreu gives White Sox piece to build around

    With an impressive offensive skill set featuring the ability to hit for both power and average, 27-year-old Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu brings plenty of promise to the White Sox.

  • 04/10/2014 | Royals Minor League report: April 10

    Royals No. 6 prospect Miguel Almonte struck out eight over 5 2/3 innings, but he allowed five runs on seven hits, and the Wilmington Blue Rocks dropped their fifth straight game, a 6-5 loss to Myrtle Beach.

  • 04/11/2014 | Clemson's Gossett returning to face rugged Virginia

    Clemson right-hander Daniel Gossett missed his last start against North Carolina State because of shoulder soreness, but he will be back to face Virginia this weekend.

  • 04/11/2014 | California prep pitcher Ortiz to throw for scouts

    Luis Ortiz of Sanger High School in Northern California has been recovering from a forearm strain, and he is slated to pitch before scouts on Tuesday.

  • 04/11/2014 | Gillaspie moving up among dearth of college bats

    Some of the advanced bats that have emerged among this year's Draft class belong to Wichita State's Casey Gillaspie, Oregon State's Michael Conforto and San Francisco's Bradley Zimmer.

  • 04/10/2014 | Galvis, Adams on verge of returning from DL

    The imminent return of Freddy Galvis and Mike Adams means the Phillies have roster decisions to make. They actually have three, with Triple-A right-hander Jonathan Pettibone getting the call to start Saturday against the Marlins.

  • 04/10/2014 | Thornburg impressing out of Brewers 'pen

    Tyler Thornburg was the last pitcher to make the Opening Day roster, but has already logged a pair of wins, one coming after an impressive two-inning performance against the Phillies on Wednesday night.

  • 04/10/2014 | Once healthy, Buxton likely to begin in extended spring

    Top prospect Byron Buxton, who sprained his left wrist in a Minor League Spring Training game on March 16, is likely out until late April and is expected to start the season in extended spring camp before heading to Double-A New Britain.

  • 04/10/2014 | Pipeline Inbox: Young arms headed to Mets' 'pen?

    The 2014 season is well underway, and the Pipeline Inbox is back. The months of guessing where players were going to go in 2014 are in the past, and so the stats of a new season are now filling up the pages on Prospect Watch. With games being played, questions about prospects and their progress are coming in.

  • 04/10/2014 | Prospect Walker raring to return to Mariners

    Top prospect Taijuan Walker sent a clear message to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night: He wants back into the big league rotation.

  • 04/10/2014 | Hamstring to cost A's phenom Russell a month

    The No. 1 prospect in the Oakland A's system, and ranked No. 12 overall on's Top 100 prospects list, Addison Russell has been diagnosed with a Grade 3 right hamstring strain -- a tear of the upper hamstring that's expected to keep the shortstop out for at least a month, the club told on Wednesday.

  • 04/09/2014 | Double-A club endures rocky road trip

    The Double-A Arkansas Travelers are back home now, and that's a good thing. The road was quite arduous to start the season. "It was a crazy trip, that's for sure," said Angels prospect Mark Sappington.

  • 04/09/2014 | Royals Minor League report: April 9

    Brett Eibner had a career day and the Storm Chasers set several stadium records in a rout of Memphis.

  • 04/09/2014 | Paxton placed on DL; Mariners call up Luetge

    Rookie left-hander James Paxton was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday as the Mariners recalled reliever Lucas Luetge to take his place on the roster. An MRI confirmed Paxton strained the lat muscle behind his left shoulder during Tuesday's 5-3 victory.

  • 04/09/2014 | Bauer brings it, but Tribe falls to Padres

    Trevor Bauer was strong in his first start of the season, but it wasn't enough as the Tribe bats struggled in a 2-1 Game 2 loss to the Padres as the two teams split Wednesday's doubleheader.

  • 04/09/2014 | Royals Minor League report: April 8

    Bubba Starling hit his first home run at the High-A level, a three-run blast in the fifth, for the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

  • 04/09/2014 | Hamilton dashes, Leake dazzles vs. Cardinals

    Billy Hamilton showcased his eye-opening speed to back a sensational outing from Mike Leake as the Reds cruised to a 4-0 win over the Cardinals in Wednesday's finale at Busch Stadium.

  • 04/09/2014 | Wong proving more than capable of everyday role

    Any lingering questions about Kolten Wong's readiness to be an everyday player in the Majors continue to fade, as the second baseman has made himself an immediate contributor.

  • 04/09/2014 | Greene gets big league call from Triple-A

    The Yankees announced a roster move on Wednesday, recalling right-hander Shane Greene from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. New York had optioned catcher Austin Romine down to Triple-A following Tuesday's game, and Greene will be set to make his big league debut.

  • 04/09/2014 | Jennings leads offense, but Rays drop rubber match

    Desmond Jennings homered and hit an RBI double as the Rays dropped the three-game series to the Royals in a 7-3 loss on Wednesday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.

  • 04/09/2014 | Top prospects could be on fast track to Majors

    Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Wil Myers and Jose Fernandez are the last four Rookie of the Year Award winners in Major League Baseball. They're all very young and supremely talented. They're also part of a growing club: Rookie of the Year Award winners who didn't even make their teams out of Spring Training in their award-winning first season. This recent history, of course, leads us to a question: Who's next?

  • 04/09/2014 | Lee joins Bauer for twin bill; Pestano sent down

    The Indians made a few roster moves Wednesday in advance of their doubleheader against San Diego.

  • 04/09/2014 | Bright future awaits powerful Vogelbach

    Cubs prospect Dan Vogelbach, a huge left-handed hitter, can hit a ball out of any park. The 6-foot, 250-pound Vogelbach has tremendous power to all fields.

  • 04/09/2014 | KC's Ventura elevating already-impressive staff

    Before the start of the season, you could have confidently predicted that the pitching staff of the Kansas City Royals would be one of the best in the American League. Now, it can be safely suggested that the Royals' pitching may be even better than expected. The variable would be Yordano Ventura, a 22-year-old with dynamic stuff and pitching maturity well beyond his years.

  • 04/09/2014 | Royals unable to reward Ventura's strong debut

    Yordano Ventura pitched almost perfectly on Tuesday night, but the Rays broke up a scoreless game in the ninth inning against closer Greg Holland to take a 1-0 victory at Kauffman Stadium.

  • 04/08/2014 | Story hits for cycle at Class A Modesto

    Rockies shortstop prospect Trevor Story, a supplemental first-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, hit for the cycle, plus added a single for Class A Advanced Modesto on Monday night.

  • 04/08/2014 | Ejection leads to learning experience for Baez

    The development of Javier Baez continued this past weekend, and Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said the team's top prospect got an important lesson, thanks to his teammates.

  • 04/08/2014 | UConn alum Olt enjoying Huskies' success

    Mike Olt went to the University of Connecticut, and he was the school's all-time home run leader when he left in 2010. There was no way he was going to miss the Huskies in Monday's NCAA men's championship basketball game.

  • 04/08/2014 | Bradley starts in right as Nava sits

    Daniel Nava, the primary leadoff man thus far, was the odd man out in Tuesday's lineup against the Rangers. Jonny Gomes batted first against a lefty, and the left-handed-hitting Jackie Bradley Jr. got the start in right, instead of the switch-hitting Nava.

  • 04/08/2014 | Tribe tabs improving Bauer to start twin-bill nightcap

    Indians manager Terry Francona confirmed that Trevor Bauer will join Cleveland's roster as its 26th player to start Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Padres. Bauer was already on hand in the Tribe's clubhouse at Progressive Field, prepping for his first big league start of the year.

  • 04/08/2014 | Royals Minor League report: April 7

    Royals 2013 comp-round pick Sean Manaea is scheduled to make his professional debut for the Class A Advanced Wilmington Blue Rocks on Tuesday night.

  • 04/08/2014 | Reed stars both ways for Kentucky

    No college player had a better weekend than Kentucky's A.J. Reed. On Friday night, he threw seven shutout innings to beat Florida and hit a solo home run to provide all the support he needed. After shifting to DH on Saturday and Sunday, he went deep in both games and finished the series 8-for-12 with six RBI.

  • 04/08/2014 | Prep arm Holmes powers his way up Draft boards

    In a deep year for prep arms, righty Grant Holmes is doing his best to separate himself from the rest of the pack. Holmes hit 100 mph with his fastball during a preseason scrimmage and has delivered premium velocity in his first three starts of the season.

  • 04/08/2014 | Draft prospect Finnegan winning again for TCU

    Texas Christian left-hander Brandon Finnegan couldn't buy a win as a sophomore. He surrendered two runs or less in eight of his 15 starts last year yet finished with an 0-8 record. This season, Finnegan consistently has dominated college hitters and has the victories to show for it.

  • 04/08/2014 | Blazing speed the calling card for A's prospect Burns

    On his way to hitting a combined .314 last year, Oakland prospect Billy Burns stole 74 bases, while being caught stealing only seven times. Adding insult to injury for opposing pitchers, he walked 71 times. Burns had an on-base percentage of .423. Simply put, Burns makes things happen.

  • 04/07/2014 | Two more rookies added to bullpen

    Donnie Joseph and Michael Mariot were called up by the Royals on Monday when left-handers Tim Collins and Francisley Bueno went onto the 15-day disabled list.

  • 04/07/2014 | Kelly plays catch; simulated game up next

    Pitcher Casey Kelly played catch Monday at the Padres' Spring Training facility in Arizona and will now move ahead to a simulated game this week.

  • 04/07/2014 | Bradley Jr. mints Red Sox first home win

    Jackie Bradley Jr. hasn't locked down a permanent spot at Fenway Park just yet, but he made it very easy to envision that scenario with a solid two-way performance while leading the Red Sox to a 5-1 victory.

  • 04/07/2014 | Royals Minor League report: April 6

    The Royals' four full-season Minor League teams went 2-2 on Sunday. Zane Evans continued his hot hitting for Class A Advanced Wilmington, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI. A fourth-round pick out of Georgia Tech in 2013, Evans batted .556 (10-for-18) with six doubles and five RBIs in the season-opening series.

  • 04/07/2014 | Mets' options to replace Parnell plentiful, uncertain

    With Bobby Parnell undergoing Tommy John surgery, Sandy Alderson monitors the closers on the market, but he is not ready to pounce on one just yet -- or, perhaps, ever.

  • 04/06/2014 | Baez homers for Triple-A Iowa to end slide

    Top Cubs prospect Javier Baez ended his hitless streak at Triple-A in style on Sunday with a pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning. Baez went hitless in his first nine at-bats at Iowa.

  • 04/06/2014 | Ventura lightens mood with bullpen session

    Was hot prospect Yordano Ventura warming up for a possible relief role on Saturday? Not quite. Ventura was merely told to do a light side session in preparation for his scheduled starting assignment on Tuesday night against the Rays.

  • 04/06/2014 | Bucs prospect Taillon opts for Tommy John surgery

    Jameson Taillon has elected to undergo Tommy John surgery after repeated examinations of his right elbow confirmed injury to the ulnar collateral ligament.

  • 04/06/2014 | With Yu activated, Martinez sent to Minors

    The Rangers have optioned pitcher Nick Martinez to Double-A Frisco with Yu Darvish activated off the disabled list on Sunday, and remain unsure if Joe Saunders will be able to make his next start.

  • 04/06/2014 | After first hit in Majors, Barnhart goes for seconds

    Reds rookie catcher Tucker Barnhart notched his first big league hit with a third-inning single over second baseman Daniel Murphy that went into right field during Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Mets. Barnhart didn't wait long for hit No. 2, when he blooped a single over Murphy into short right field in the fifth.

  • 04/05/2014 | Top prospect Bradley among young arms in waiting

    The D-backs' Minor League teams began their regular seasons recently, and Arizona has some starting pitching options there if needed, including top prospect Archie Bradley.

  • 04/05/2014 | Kelly's first live BP session put on hold

    Padres pitcher Casey Kelly, one year and three days removed from Tommy John surgery, was scheduled to throw to live hitters on Saturday in extended spring training in Arizona. But Kelly's session was put on hold when he said his elbow was a little sore.

  • 04/05/2014 | Scout on hand to watch Martinez's debut

    Rangers amateur scout Jay Heafner was at Tropicana Field on Saturday night to watch the Major League debut of pitcher Nick Martinez.

  • 04/05/2014 | Top prospect Walker sharp in rehab start

    Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said all went well with Taijuan Walker's first Minor League rehab start Friday for Class A High Desert, and the club's top pitching prospect will make at least one more start this coming week.

  • 04/05/2014 | Beckham's absence a chance for Semien

    Gordon Beckham continues to rehab the strained left oblique that landed him on the disabled list to start the season, and Marcus Semien is trying to take advantage of regular playing time.

  • 04/05/2014 | Ciriaco designated for assignment

    Infielder Pedro Ciriaco was designated for assignment Saturday when the Royals brought up right-hander Aaron Brooks to beef up the pitching staff. That means the Royals have 10 days in which to trade, release or put Ciriaco on waivers.

  • 04/05/2014 | Brooks scratched from Triple-A debut, called up

    Aaron Brooks was supposed to be making his first start in Triple-A on Saturday, pitching for Omaha against Nashville. Instead, the Royals called him up to take a spot in the bullpen.

  • 04/05/2014 | Prospect Bryant off to hot start in Double-A

    Kris Bryant seems to be having no problems at Double-A Tennessee. Bryant, the second player taken overall in last year's First-Year Player Draft, snapped a scoreless tie with a solo home run in the seventh inning Friday to lift Tennessee to a 1-0 win over Pensacola.

  • 04/05/2014 | Twins being cautious with top prospect Buxton

    Top prospect Byron Buxton remains sidelined with a sprained left wrist sustained in a Minor League Spring Training game on March 16, but he could start baseball activities by mid-to-late next week.

  • 04/04/2014 | Blue Jays assigned budget to sign Draftees

    The Blue Jays will have a total of $9,458,500 to spend on 11 picks in the First-Year Player Draft this June, the fourth highest in the Major Leagues.

  • 04/04/2014 | Dickerson undergoes surgery for cyst on heel

    Padres outfielder Alex Dickerson badly sprained his ankle last month and a cyst was discovered on the left calcaneus (heel) bone that, if left untreated, might have eventually put Dickerson's career at risk if he suffered an injury to that particular area.

  • 04/04/2014 | Martinez set for Majors debut against Rays

    Rangers pitcher Nick Martinez said he is expecting about 50 family and friends at Tropicana Field on Saturday when he makes his Major League debut against David Price and the Rays.

  • 04/04/2014 | Mets in no rush to call up Montero

    Though Rafael Montero's strong debut Thursday night with Triple-A Las Vegas renewed calls for his promotion, Mets manager Terry Collins reiterated his boss' recent assertion that a big league debut won't happen anytime soon.

  • 04/04/2014 | Lindor kicks off 2014 season at Double-A Akron

    Shortstop Francisco Lindor, the Indians' No. 1 prospect, got off to a solid start to the season in Double-A Akron's Opening Day 7-1 victory at Binghamton, N.Y. He went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and a run on Thursday.

  • 04/04/2014 | Mariners designate Noesi, call up righty Leone

    The Mariners recalled rookie righty Dominic Leone from Triple-A Tacoma to replace Hector Noesi, who was designated for assignment on Friday.

  • 04/04/2014 | No. 5 Cubs prospect Soler placed on DL

    Jorge Soler had to leave his Minor League season opener Thursday because of a sore right hamstring, and he was placed on Double-A Tennessee's disabled list Friday.

  • 04/04/2014 | Freeland continues to carve up opposing hitters

    Evansville left-hander Kyle Freeland made waves last summer when he led the Cape Cod League with a 48-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 40 innings, and he has picked up right where he left off this season.

  • 04/04/2014 | Oklahoma high school powers to play this weekend

    Two of Oklahoma's premier high school programs will meet this weekend when Owasso and Jenks play a home-and-home series.

  • 04/04/2014 | Top Draft prospects to square off in Houston

    Entering the season, East Carolina right-hander Jeff Hoffman was on a short list of prospects the Astros were expected to consider with the first pick of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. The club won't have to go far to scout him this weekend, as he starts Friday night against Rice prospect Zech Lemond in Houston.

  • 04/04/2014 | Guthrie over Ventura boils down to experience

    When the Royals were rained out on Thursday at Detroit, the question was raised: Why not just move probable starting pitcher Yordano Ventura over to the home opener on Friday against the White Sox instead of veteran Jeremy Guthrie? Simple answer in manager Ned Yost's thinking.

  • 04/04/2014 | Gausman makes first start for Norfolk

    Kevin Gausman pitched 4 2/3 innings in a start for Triple-A Norfolk on Friday night. The Orioles' No. 2 prospect, Gausman was scratched Thursday night with with the possibility that he could be the O's extra player if there was a doubleheader in Detroit on Saturday.

  • 04/04/2014 | Owens starts season off with rain-shortened no-no

    Left-hander Henry Owens, the Red Sox's No. 2 prospect, began the 2014 season even better than the way he finished his breakout '13 campaign.

  • 04/04/2014 | Royals Minor League Report: April 3

    Three of the four Royals' Minor League games were stopped by rain on Opening Night, but in Winston-Salem, top prospects Miguel Almonte and Hunter Dozier shined as Wilmington beat the Dash, 3-1, on Thursday.

  • 04/03/2014 | Gausman on call if rain forces twin bill in Detroit

    The season is less than a week old and Orioles manager Buck Showalter is debating whether to use MLB's 26th man rule. Mother Nature makes the debate a necessary one.

  • 04/03/2014 | Tigers add Belfiore to lefty-heavy Minors 'pen

    The Tigers continued compiling left-handed relief options Thursday by claiming Mike Belfiore off waivers from the Orioles and optioning him to Triple-A Toledo.

  • 04/03/2014 | Rain can't postpone excitement for Ventura

    Mother Nature impeded plans for Yordano Ventura's 2014 unveiling. But soon enough fans will get a real look at the 22-year-old on whom the Royals are hanging a significant portion of their AL Central hopes.

  • 04/03/2014 | Prospects on display as Minors season gets underway

    Of the prospects on's Top 100 list, 11 were on Opening Day big league rosters, with 74 more on rosters of full-season Minor League teams that get started this week.

  • 04/02/2014 | Padres claim lefty LaFromboise from Mariners

    The Padres claimed left-handed pitcher Bobby LaFromboise off waivers from the Mariners on Wednesday and optioned him to Triple-A El Paso.

  • 04/03/2014 | Bucs prevail in 16th on Sanchez's walk-off single

    In a marathon game, pinch-hitter Tony Sanchez's 16th-inning single lifted the Pirates to a 4-3 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday.

  • 04/02/2014 | Pirates finalizing treatment plan for Taillon

    Top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon got a second opinion on the cause of the pain in his right elbow on Monday, and the results were at least complex enough to prompt Pirates brass to regroup.

  • 04/03/2014 | Astros unveil Minor League rosters

    The Astros released their Minor League rosters on Wednesday, and their talent level is evident throughout all levels.

  • 04/02/2014 | Draft, international values to increase by 1.7 percent

    The financial values for picks in the first 10 rounds of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft and for each team's four international Draft slots will be increased by 1.7 percent over last year's assigned figures.

  • 04/02/2014 | Schoop will see bulk of playing time at second base

    Jonathan Schoop has been taking most of his infield work at second base, and manager Buck Showalter said prior to Wednesday's game that in a perfect world that's where the Orioles' No. 5 prospect will get the bulk of his playing time.

  • 04/02/2014 | Marlins prospect Moran to miss three weeks

    Highly rated Marlins prospect Colin Moran, the sixth overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, expects two weeks of rest, plus another week of rehab because of a medial collateral ligament sprain on his left knee.

  • 04/02/2014 | Barnhart to make first big league start Thursday

    Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart, ranked No. 12 in the organization by, will make his first big league start Thursday in the series finale against the Cardinals.

  • 04/03/2014 | Callup for Springer contingent on many factors

    Everyone wants to know when George Springer will make his Major League debut. That will be based largely on the performance by Springer and the Astros' current right-field platoon, but there are certainly other factors the club will have to weigh.

  • 04/02/2014 | Lee promoted for second game of doubleheader

    It is no secret that Indians manager Terry Francona loves carrying as many relievers as possible. In true Francona style, he will have nine arms in his bullpen for the second game of Wednesday's split doubleheader.

  • 04/02/2014 | Kelly, Blyleven to manage Futures Game

    Two Minnesota icons will be part of the festivities at the 2014 Futures Game. Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that former Twins manager Tom Kelly and Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven will square off against each other in the Futures Game.

  • 04/03/2014 | Paxton's dominating start keys sweep of Halos

    Rookie left-hander James Paxton threw seven shutout innings and the Mariners offense continued to roll as Seattle completed an impressive three-game sweep of the Angels with an 8-2 win Wednesday night.

  • 04/02/2014 | Braves want prospect Graham to remain starter

    As pitching prospect J.R. Graham continues his comeback from a shoulder injury sustained early last season, there are no plans to move him into a Minor League relief role.

  • 04/02/2014 | Collins hits ground running in debut for Tigers

    On Opening Day, Tyler Collins became the fifth player since 1979 to make his Major League debut as a pinch-runner and score a game-winning run on a walk-off hit.

  • 04/02/2014 | Prospect Suarez among Minors roster shifts

    Shortstop prospect Eugenio Suarez will be a part of a talented group of position players at Double-A Erie, not at Triple-A Toledo as previously planned. The move was one of several shifts revealed in recent days as Tigers Minor League rosters were finalized.

  • 04/02/2014 | Pipeline Perspectives: Smith to be top thief in Minors

    The San Diego Padres have a ton of speed in the minors, but outfielder Mallex Smith is in a class of his own when it comes to stealing bases.

  • 04/02/2014 | Pipeline Perspectives: Jankowski will lead in steals

    Travis Jankowski's ability to produce while being assigned somewhat aggressively is a good sign of things to come.

  • 04/02/2014 | High-energy Astros offer glimpse of future

    Someday, these kinds of games will be the norm for the Astros, so maybe a night like Tuesday is a good practice run for the sunny days ahead. It felt a lot like old times at Minute Maid Park as the Astros opened the 2014 season by doing virtually everything right in beating the Yankees, 6-2, in front of a big, noisy crowd of 42,117.

  • 04/01/2014 | All-Breakout Team ready to make an impact

    There are a number of notable examples of untested options in prominent spots that could go a long way toward determining the direction those teams take this season. Those are the guys we seek to identify here on the All-Breakout Team for 2014.

  • 04/01/2014 | As big assignment approaches, Ventura cool

    Yordano Ventura will start the Royals' third game of the season on Thursday afternoon at Detroit. A smiling 22-year-old, Ventura might be excited, but he's certainly not frazzled by the assignment.

  • 04/01/2014 | Close-knit Cuban prospects work to acclimate

    Cubs prospects Yasiel Balaguert, Jorge Soler, Rubi Silva and Frank Del Valle all hail from Cuba, and they agreed playing baseball is the easiest part of their transition to life in the United States.