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Prospects Archive

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  • 01/30/2015 | Arcia represents Crew on Top 100 Prospects list

    Shortstop Orlando Arcia was the only Milwaukee farmhand to make's overall Top 100 Prospects list, unveiled on Friday, coming in at No. 88 overall.

  • 01/30/2015 | Led by Syndergaard, Mets have five of Top 100 Prospects's annual Top 100 Prospects list, released Friday, features Noah Syndergaard in the Top 10 for the second straight year. The Mets had five representatives on the list in total; only three organizations in baseball put more prospects in the Top 100.

  • 01/30/2015 | Buxton reigns as No. 1 overall on Top Prospect list

    Despite an injury-plagued 2014 campaign, Byron Buxton remains's No. 1 overall prospect, and he is joined by five other Twins prospects on's Top 100 Prospects list released Friday night.

  • 01/30/2015 | Led by No. 3 Correa, 4 Astros prospects in top 100

    Led by 20-year-old shortstop Carlos Correa, who's No. 3 overall on's list of Top 100 Prospects, the Astros have four ranked among the top 100, tying them for the ninth most among 30 teams.

  • 01/30/2015 | Pair of Reds prospects ranks on Top 100 list

    The Reds' top two prospects -- right-handed starting pitcher Robert Stephenson and outfielder Jesse Winker -- found themselves Friday listed in upper portion of baseball's Top 100 Prospects.

  • 01/30/2015 | Heaney, Newcomb help fortify Angels' prospect ranks

    Each of the top seven prospects in the Angels' system, according to's rankings, have been added over the last seven months. Left-hander Andrew Heaney, acquired from the Dodgers on Dec. 11, checks in at No. 25 and fellow southpaw Sean Newcomb is ranked 67th.

  • 01/30/2015 | Yanks duo Severino, Judge among Top 100 Prospects

    Impressive right-hander Luis Severino and power-hitting outfielder Aaron Judge cracked's list of the Top 100 Prospects in baseball, headlining the Yankees' recent efforts to replenish their farm system and build for the future.

  • 01/30/2015 | Gray headlines Rox prospects in Top 100

    The second time on's Top 100 Prospects list could be the charm for Rockies right-handed pitchers Jon Gray and Eddie Butler, two of the four farmhands in the organization to make the cut.

  • 01/30/2015 | O's hurlers Bundy, Harvey fly into Top 100

    Two promising young Orioles pitchers were named to's Top 100 Prospects list on Friday night, with both Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey cracking the top half of the rankings released live on MLB Network.

  • 01/30/2015 | Norris leads Blue Jays' Top 100 Prospects quartet

    The Blue Jays have four players who cracked's list of the Top 100 Prospects in baseball, and three of them are expected to have major roles during the upcoming season.

  • 01/30/2015 | A cut above: Best tools of Top 100 Prospects list

    From Byron Buxton's speed to Kris Bryant's power to Lucas Giolito's fastball and curve, Jim Callis breaks down the best tools of's Top 100 Prospects list.

  • 01/30/2015 | AFL a proving ground for many of Top 100 prospects

    The Arizona Fall League has long been considered a proving ground for the next generation of baseball stars. But now, it's almost like a prerequisite for stardom. The list of top 100 prospects came out Friday, and more than 40 of the players involved have AFL experience.

  • 01/30/2015 | Piscotty moves up in Top 100 Prospects rankings

    Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty is ranked at No. 90 on the 2015 Top 100 Prospects list, which was unveiled Friday. Piscotty ranked 98th on last year's list. He spent the 2014 season with Triple-A Memphis, where he hit .288/.355/.406 in 136 games. He played in the Triple-A All-Star Game and ranked in the top 10 in the Pacific Coast League in hits (144) and doubles (32).

  • 01/30/2015 | Giolito headlines Nats prospects in new Top 100 list

    For the Nationals, 2015 is another year of great expectations at the Major League level, as the club will look to repeat as National League East champions while pushing further into the postseason. At the same time, general manager Mike Rizzo and his staff have continued to build a farm system that has churned out no shortage of impact talent in recent seasons.

  • 01/30/2015 | Top 100 Prospect rankings feature 5 Royals

    Kansas City had five players on's Top 100 Prospects list, which was revealed Friday night on MLB Network, with shortstop Raul Adalberto Mondesi leading the quintet at No. 40.

  • 01/30/2015 | Mariners' dynamic duo place high on prospects list

    Alex Jackson and D.J. Peterson, the Mariners' first-round Draft picks the last two years, are both rated among the top 50 prospects in baseball in the newly released rankings.

  • 01/30/2015 | Bradley, four other D-backs prospects make Top 100

    The D-backs have five players on's Top 100 Prospects list that was announced Friday night on MLB Network, highlighted by right-hander Archie Bradley at No. 15.

  • 01/30/2015 | Moya represents Tigers on Top 100 Prospects list

    Slugging outfielder Steven Moya, come off a breakout season at Double-A Erie that earned him Eastern League Most Valuable Player honors, cracked's list at 100, keeping the Tigers represented on the list for another year.

  • 01/30/2015 | O'Conner leads three Rays prospects on Top 100 list

    Like last year, three Rays prospects cracked the Top 100. Catcher Justin O'Conner is the game's 61st-ranked prospect, recently acquired shortstop Daniel Robertson checks in at No. 65 and shortstop Willy Adames rounds out the group at No. 77.

  • 01/30/2015 | Dodgers highly represented among Top 100 Prospects's Top 100 Prospects list was released Friday, revealing four from the Dodgers' organization: shortstop Corey Seager, left-hander Julio Urias, outfielder Joc Pederson and right-hander Grant Holmes, the club's first-round Draft pick in 2014.

  • 01/30/2015 | Kolek, Realmuto make's Top 100 Prospects list

    A projected future ace and the anticipated catcher of the future represent the Marlins on's Top 100 Prospects list that was announced Friday night on MLB Network. Tyler Kolek, who threw a 102-mph fastball in high school, cracked the list at No. 27, and J.T. Realmuto, who won a Double-A championship last year at Jacksonville, was picked 71st.

  • 01/30/2015 | Lindor, Frazier represent Tribe on Top 100 Prospects list

    The Indians are maintaining a patient approach with Fracisco Lindor, who is ranked as Major League Baseball's fourth-best prospect in the annual Top 100 list that was unveiled on Friday night.

  • 01/30/2015 | Rodon leads White Sox trio on list of Top 100 Prospects

    Carlos Rodon, the No. 3 pick overall in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, was listed at No. 14 among these elite young players. This sort of recognition adds to the building buzz around Rodon, a buzz that doesn't seem to bother the confident Rodon for a second.

  • 01/30/2015 | Braves boast four on Top 100 Prospects list

    After spending the past few months making a concerted effort to strengthen their future, the Braves can take pride in the fact that their recently maligned Minor League system now is now regarded as one of baseball's best.

  • 01/30/2015 | Pirates lead Majors with seven prospects in Top 100

    As revealed Friday night on MLB Network,'s Top 100 Prospects include seven Buccos -- the most among all 30 Major League farm systems.

  • 01/30/2015 | Gallo leads five Rangers prospects on Top 100 list

    Led by power-hitting third baseman Joey Gallo, the Rangers have five players listed in's Top 100 Prospects as revealed on MLB Network on Friday night.

  • 01/30/2015 | Olson, Barreto ranked among Top 100 Prospects's Top 100 Prospects list was released Friday, revealing two from the A's organization: first baseman Matt Olson and shortstop Franklin Barreto.

  • 01/30/2015 | Phillies have trio ranked among Top 100 Prospects

    A big reason the Phillies won the 2008 World Series was the steady stream of homegrown talent that funneled from the Minor Leagues to the 25-man roster from 2000 to '07. Perhaps helps is on the way. ranked three Phillies among baseball's Top 100 Prospects list, which was unveiled Friday night.

  • 01/30/2015 | Breaking down's Top 100 Prospects

    The Twins' Byron Buxton, coming off an injury-filled 2014 season, has topped the Top 100 Prospects list in back-to-back years. The Pirates (seven players), Twins and Cubs (six players each) had the most representatives on the list.

  • 01/30/2015 | Renfroe among Padres' quartet of young stars

    Four Padres were named on's Top 100 Prospects list that was announced Friday night on MLB Network, led by outfielder Hunter Renfroe at No. 48. Catcher Austin Hedges ranks 51st, shortstop Trea Turner is 62nd and right-handed pitcher Matt Wisler is 69th, respectively.

  • 01/30/2015 | Crick represents Giants on top prospects list

    Kyle Crick's time is coming. Crick, the lone Giants farmhand to crack's Top 100 prospects list announced Friday, appears poised to make his anticipated ascent to the club's starting rotation by next year, if not later this season.

  • 01/29/2015 | Prospect Anderson needs more time for elbow to heal

    Rockies lefty pitching prospect Tyler Anderson will not be ready to pitch at the start of Spring Training in order to allow a stress fracture in his left elbow to continue healing, the club announced Thursday.

  • 01/29/2015 | Prized Cuban prospect Moncada works out for Rays

    The Rays held a workout for Cuban free agent Yoan Moncada this week at Tropicana Field, but it's still unlikely they will sign the highly coveted 19-year-old prospect.

  • 01/30/2015 | Bryant, Russell lead six Cubs prospects on Top 100 list

    Cubs fans got a peek at some of the top prospects in the system last season, and there are more on the way, including a pair ranked in the top five among's Top 100 list, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell.

  • 01/30/2015 | Swihart leads five Red Sox prospects in Top 100

    The Red Sox may have had a disappointing 2014 season, but they still have a wealth of talent in the farm system. Catcher Blake Swihart led a group of five Boston players represented among's Top 100 Prospects list.

  • 01/29/2015 | Ervin turns rough patch into learning experience

    During the 2014 season with Class A Dayton, Reds outfield prospect Phil Ervin went through an extended funk at the plate for the first time in his brief professional career. How Ervin reacted to it proved to be one of the most significant learning experiences he's had.

  • 01/29/2015 | Hunter to mentor Twins' young outfielders

    Now that Torii Hunter is back with the Twins as the club's starting right fielder after being away for seven years, he has made it his mission to help mentor Aaron Hicks and Byron Buxton this year.

  • 01/29/2015 | 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 outfielders

    The top 10 outfielders list annually has some of the most athletic and exciting prospects in the Minor Leagues, and this year is no different. Here is's breakdown of the top-ranked outfield prospects for 2015.

  • 01/29/2015 | On the Cusp: Philadelphia Phillies

    Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at which Phillies prospects could see the big leagues in 2015, including infielder Maikel Franco and left-hander Jesse Biddle, ranked No. 3 and No. 7 by

  • 01/29/2015 | Which prospects will make the Top 100 cut?

    After an offseason filled with transactions and intrigue, Spring Training is fast approaching. That means it's time for the unveiling of the latest Top 100 Prospects list. The Top 50 will be unveiled during a one-hour special on MLB Network and beginning at 9 p.m. ET, and the entire list will be available on

  • 01/29/2015 | When they were prospects: Price

    David Price was the No. 1 pick in the 2007 Draft, and after closing out the 2008 American League Championship Series for Tampa Bay it was pretty obvious he would be the No. 1 prospect by's Jonathan Mayo heading into 2009, and he was.

  • 01/29/2015 | When they were prospects: Kershaw

    While no one could have predicated that Clayton Kershaw would become the first NL pitcher in almost 40 years to win the MVP Award, there was every reason to believe he was destined for stardom when's Jonathan Mayo ranked him as the No. 4 prospect in baseball heading into the 2008 season.

  • 01/29/2015 | When they were prospects: McCutchen had Colby Rasmus and Cameron Maybin ranked slightly ahead of Andrew McCutchen in our 2009 prospect rankings, but he earned a promotion after destroying Triple-A in 49 games in '09, and has had the most distinguished career of the group ever since.

  • 01/29/2015 | When they were prospects: Bumgarner

    It's easy to forget now, but after being ranked by's Jonathan Mayo as the No. 6 prospect in baseball, Madison Bumgarner suffered a surprising drop in velocity while pitching for Double-A Connecticut in the second half of the 2009 season, topping out in the high-80s in some starts.

  • 01/29/2015 | When they were prospects: Trout

    There is still time for Bryce Harper to win the Harper vs. Mike Trout debate, but so far we look pretty smart for having Trout at No. 1 in 2011 in rankings by's Jonathan Mayo.

  • 01/29/2015 | When they were prospects: Teheran

    It took a little longer than some had hoped, including a combined 5.19 ERA across brief callups in 2011 and 2012, but Julio Teheran has finally justified his spot as the No. 10 preseason ranking by's Jonathan Mayo on our 2011 prospect list, posting a 3.03 ERA in more than 400 innings over the last two seasons.

  • 01/29/2015 | When they were prospects: Longoria

    It was pretty clear why Evan Longoria was ranked's Jonathan Mayo as baseball's No. 2 prospect in 2008 when the Rays called him up just two weeks into the season. He promptly hit .272 with 27 home runs in 122 games en route to winning the AL Rookie of the Year Award.

  • 01/28/2015 | Inbox: Should Peterson play first base exclusively?

    Should D.J. Peterson move to first base or stay at third? Beat reporter Greg Johns tackle this and other questions in his latest Inbox.

  • 01/28/2015 | Rangers' new rotation gives prospects more time

    Alex Gonzalez, the Rangers' top draft pick in 2013 and their No. 5 prospect according to, is coming to his first Major League Spring Training next month. The Rangers' work in rebuilding their rotation this winter means they might be able to keep their hands off him at the end of camp.

  • 01/28/2015 | Winker aims to continue rise at big league camp

    Left-field prospect Jesse Winker will be in Reds Major League camp this spring as a non-roster invitee. It's sure to mean valuable experience being among players at the highest level and facing more competitive pitching.

  • 01/28/2015 | Prospect Watch: Top 10 shortstops's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday on, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

  • 01/28/2015 | On the Cusp: Detroit Tigers

    Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at which Tigers prospects could see the big leagues in 2015, including outfielder Steven Moya and right-hander Buck Farmer, ranked No. 4 and 5 by

  • 01/27/2015 | Starling to get taste of bigs at Spring Training

    Once a mega-prospect considered by many to be the future of the Royals, center fielder Bubba Starling hasn't quite lived up to the massive expectations heaped on his shoulders. So the Royals are taking a bit of an unconventional approach in his development: They're inviting him to Major League Spring Training.

  • 01/27/2015 | Dodgers Minor Leaguers get 50-game suspensions

    Dodgers Minor Leaguers Robert Carson and Theo Alexander were handed 50-game suspensions on Tuesday resulting from a second positive test for undisclosed drugs of abuse.

  • 01/27/2015 | Pirates bolster farm in dealing Snider to O's

    Travis Snider, a force the last two months of the season who stood to be pushed out of right field by Gregory Polanco's potential, was dealt on Tuesday by the Pirates to the Baltimore Orioles. Since December's Winter Meetings, the Pirates have been looking for a way to turn Snider, 26, into prospects. Stephen Tarpley, a 21-year-old left-hander, and a player to be named, possibly another lower-level Minor League pitcher, were acquired in the deal.

  • 01/28/2015 | Where will Moncada land among Major suitors?

    Cuban teenage prospect Yoan Moncada has worked out privately for the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Padres, Giants, Rangers and Brewers, according to sources. The Rays, Cubs, Phillies and Cardinals have also shown interest. The question remains: When will Moncada sign? Here's what knows.

  • 01/27/2015 | Angels to keep Baldoquin in Minor League camp

    The Angels have opted against inviting Roberto Baldoquin to Major League Spring Training, mostly because they'll have a lot of infielders competing for jobs, but also because they want to give Baldoquin a chance to develop on his own time without added pressure.

  • 01/27/2015 | Pipeline Perspectives: Turner to turn heads with steals

    Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis are making their selections of who they think will lead the Minor Leagues in stolen bases in 2015. This is the second straight year they've tried to get this race right, and after how 2014 went down, no one would blame Mayo for being cautious with this year's prognostication. But instead of the safe bet, he's going with the worst kept player to be named secret in Trea Turner.

  • 01/27/2015 | Cards prospects make strides with offseason work

    Experience gleaned from September callup experiences led both Xavier Scruggs and Sam Tuivailala to extend their 2014 seasons with an eye on improving their respective chances for a return to the Majors this year.

  • 01/27/2015 | Ramsey soaking it in at winter development program

    James Ramsey was in the visitors' clubhouse at Progressive Field, where he and a dozen other Cleveland prospects are taking part in the organization's annual winter development program this week. The event includes a long list of guest speakers and gives the players an opportunity to train at the ballpark, while getting to know the team's staff and the city of Cleveland.

  • 01/27/2015 | Pipeline Perspectives: Quinn the top Minor League burner

    The Florida Panhandle produced several notable speedsters for the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. The fastest of them all was Gulf Coast Community College outfielder Terrance Gore, who rode his quickness alone to a spot on the Royals' postseason roster last fall. The best player among the Panhandle speed demons, however, is the Phillies' Roman Quinn.

  • 01/27/2015 | Prospect Watch: Top 10 third basemen

    If chicks dig the long ball, then there's no doubt third base is the sexiest position among prospects. It's home to the three best power prospects in the game in Kris Bryant (Cubs) and Joey Gallo (Rangers) -- the last two Minor League home run champions -- and Miguel Sano (Twins).

  • 01/27/2015 | On the Cusp: Colorado Rockies

    Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at which Rockies prospects could see the big leagues in 2015, including the team's top prospects, Jon Gray and Eddie Butler.

  • 01/27/2015 | Lindor among internal non-roster invites to spring camp

    This might very well be the season in which highly-touted Indians prospect Francisco Lindor kicks down the door to the Major Leagues. For now, though, the shortstop will have to settle for an invitation to big league camp for the second year in a row. On Tuesday, Cleveland announced that Lindor is among the club's seven internal non-roster invites to Spring Training this year.

  • 01/26/2015 | Valverde, top prospects among Padres' spring invites

    The Padres have extended Major League Spring Training invitations to 18 players, several with big league experience and a handful of their top prospects.

  • 01/26/2015 | Former big leaguer Oeltjen stars for Sydney in ABL

    The final week of the Australian Baseball League regular season saw the Perth Heat sweep the Brisbane Bandits to secure a second-place finish and playoff berth. The Sydney Blue Sox secured their fifth consecutive playoff appearance by splitting a series with the Canberra Cavalry, while the first place Adelaide Bite capped their regular season by taking three of four from the Melbourne Aces.

  • 01/26/2015 | Texas native Finnegan receives award from Rangers

    Royals reliever Brandon Finnegan was honored by the Rangers as the Texas Professional Baseball Player of the Year at their awards dinner on Friday night.

  • 01/26/2015 | Prospect Franco rips through Dominican Winter League

    Phillies No. 3 prospect Maikel Franco capped his playoff run Sunday in Game 8 of the Liga de Beisbol Domincano championship series against Estrellas de Oriente with a dominant effort, hitting two home runs and driving in seven runs as Cibao defeated Oriente, 12-5.

  • 01/26/2015 | Top prospect Mondesi among Royals' NRIs

    The Royals have invited 23 non-roster players to Major League Spring Training, including 10 pitchers, three catchers, seven infielders and three outfielders.

  • 01/26/2015 | On the Cusp: San Francisco Giants

    Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at which Giants prospects could see the big leagues in 2015, including the team's Nos. 1 and 3 prospects, Kyle Crick and Andrew Susac.

  • 01/26/2015 | 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 second basemen

    Leading the array of new faces among top second-base prospects is Jose Peraza, who could soon be part of a formidable double-play combination with Andrelton Simmons in Atlanta. Micah Johnson of the White Sox and the Blue Jays' Devon Travis are the two players who remain from last year's list.

  • 01/26/2015 | Urshela, Merritt earn Indians' Minors awards

    Indians prospects prospects Giovanny Urshela and Ryan Merritt were honored on Monday as the club's top Minor Leaguers for 2014. Urshela received the Lou Boudreau Award (top position player) and Merritt took home the Bob Feller Award (top pitcher).

  • 01/25/2015 | Maddon watches Baez play in Puerto Rico

    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."

  • 01/24/2015 | Meyer ready to compete for Major League rotation

    Alex Meyer, the Twins' No. 4 prospect, according to, heads into Spring Training as one of many candidates aiming to prove themselves worthy of the fifth rotation spot.

  • 01/23/2015 | Rodon has sights set on Majors at SoxFest

    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.

  • 01/23/2015 | Twin goals: Buxton, Sano striving to debut in '15

    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.

  • 01/23/2015 | What are Aiken's options for the 2015 Draft?

    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.

  • 01/23/2015 | Pipeline Inbox: What happened to Yanks' Sanchez?

    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.

  • 01/23/2015 | 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 first basemen

    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.

  • 01/22/2015 | Righty Crain among 24 White Sox NRIs

    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.

  • 01/22/2015 | Trades lead to rare Reds rotation openings

    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.

  • 01/22/2015 | Novel idea: Nelson tries to solve tale of two seasons

    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.

  • 01/22/2015 | Young Baez impressing Cubs with work ethic

    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.

  • 01/21/2015 | Minor League righty Walter suspended 50 games

    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.

  • 01/21/2015 | Marlins set to carry 65 players into camp

    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.

  • 01/22/2015 | 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 catchers

    Though only one catcher (Blake Swihart of the Red Sox) fits in the top 40 spots on'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.

  • 01/21/2015 | Hot start for McCann key for Yankees in 2015

    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.

  • 01/21/2015 | Lester, Cubs prospects weigh in on pitch clocks

    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.

  • 01/20/2015 | Prospect Tucker talks about playing through torn ligament

    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.

  • 01/21/2015 | 2015 Prospect Watch: Top 10 left-handed pitchers

    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.

  • 01/20/2015 | Touted Cuban infielder Moncada works out for Yanks

    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.

  • 01/20/2015 | Pipeline Perspectives: Winker will be Minors batting champ

    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.

  • 01/20/2015 | Pipeline Perspectives: Correa will have Minors' top average

    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.

  • 01/19/2015 | Brewers get 3 players from Rangers for Yovani

    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.

  • 01/19/2015 | Does Fowler deal open the way for Bryant?

    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.

  • 01/20/2015 | Prospect Watch: Top 10 right-handed pitchers

    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.

  • 01/19/2015 | Winter league roundup: Phils' Franco still rolling

    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.

  • 01/19/2015 | In ABL, Moon helps Bite eclipse Aces

    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.

  • 01/18/2015 | Out to bolster rotation, Rangers land Brewers ace Gallardo

    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.

  • 01/18/2015 | Quartet of prospects fields fans' questions at seminar

    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.

  • 01/17/2015 | D-backs announce Minors deal with Cuban righty Lopez

    The D-backs officially agreed to terms Saturday on a Minor League contract with Cuban right-hander Yoan Lopez.

  • 01/17/2015 | Autograph session a family affair for Pompey

    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.

  • 01/16/2015 | 10 reasons for Cubs fans to believe in Rizzo's pledge

    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.

  • 01/16/2015 | On the Cusp: Boston Red Sox

    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.

  • 01/16/2015 | Angels see a lot to like in Cuban prospect Baldoquin

    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.

  • 01/16/2015 | Pipeline Inbox: Constructing an all-prospect starting 9's Jim Callis answers questions about the game's best young players, including what a starting nine of top prospects would look like.

  • 01/15/2015 | Rollins gone, heir apparent Crawford not feeling pressure

    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.

  • 01/15/2015 | Strong pipeline has moved Astros' pieces into place

    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.

  • 01/15/2015 | Rookie Career Development Program offers players guidance

    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.

  • 01/15/2015 | Astros righty Velazquez has Tommy John surgery

    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.

  • 01/14/2015 | Foltynewicz headlines Braves' impressive prospect haul

    The Braves traded Evan Gattis to the Astros for prospects Mike Foltynewicz, Rio Ruiz and Andrew Thurman on Wednesday. takes a closer look at the prospects Atlanta received in the deal.

  • 01/14/2015 | Offseason overhaul leaves Phillies with big arms in Minors

    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, half are starting pitchers acquired since June.

  • 01/14/2015 | Astros swing five-player deal for slugger Gattis

    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.

  • 01/15/2015 | Breaking down Rookie of the Year candidates

    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.

  • 01/14/2015 | Mariners acquire lefty prospect Kickham from Cubs

    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.

  • 01/14/2015 | Cubs trade Kickham to Seattle for Minors pitcher Huijer

    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.

  • 01/14/2015 | Braves send Gattis to Astros for 3 prospects

    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.

  • 01/14/2015 | Several prospects among Mets' 17 non-roster invitees

    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.

  • 01/14/2015 | Rays' prospects getting taste of big league life

    Tropicana Field's infield resembled ripening fruit on Wednesday morning, and that fruit was Major League prospects.

  • 01/13/2015 | Hall among Giants shining in Venezuela

    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.

  • 01/13/2015 | Herrera turning heads with strong showing in winter ball

    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.

  • 01/13/2015 | Indians prospect Sheffield posts bond after arrest

    Indians pitching prospect Justus Sheffield was arrested and released on bond after an incident early Monday morning in his hometown of Tullahoma, Tenn.

  • 01/13/2015 | Correa, Appel headline Astros' spring invites

    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.

  • 01/13/2015 | Inbox: Should prospect Swihart move to first base?

    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.

  • 01/13/2015 | Michalczewski a hot prospect at hot corner for White Sox

    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.

  • 01/13/2015 | Pipeline Perspectives: Glasnow will lead Minors in K's

    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's Jonathan Mayo.

  • 01/13/2015 | Pipeline Perspectives: Manaea has stuff to be K king

    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.

  • 01/13/2015 | Cuban pitcher Lopez agrees to record deal with D-backs

    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.

  • 01/12/2015 | Prospect Nix enrolls at IMG Academy, eyes '15 Draft

    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.

  • 01/12/2015 | More cerebral LA development camp features top prospects

    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.

  • 01/12/2015 | Dodgers finalize Minor League coaching staffs

    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.

  • 01/12/2015 | Betts, Castillo headline group at rookie program

    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.

  • 01/14/2015 | On the Cusp: Atlanta Braves

    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.

  • 01/12/2015 | O's evaluate young, rehabbing arms at minicamp

    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.

  • 01/12/2015 | Several prospects part of Reds' 19 NRIs

    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.

  • 01/12/2015 | Phils' Franco red hot as winter ball playoffs continue

    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.

  • 01/13/2015 | On the Cusp: Minnesota Twins

    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.

  • 01/12/2015 | Anderson's complete game highlights busy week in ABL

    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.

  • 01/10/2015 | Rays bid farewell to Zobrist in five-player deal with A's

    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.

  • 01/09/2015 | Giants' new Double-A skipper credits mentors

    The Giants' assignment of Jose Alguacil to manage their Double-A Richmond affiliate demonstrated their lofty opinion of him.

  • 01/09/2015 | Top prospects among Dodgers' spring invitees

    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.

  • 01/09/2015 | Inbox: Which Mets pitcher has the most potential?

    The calendar has officially flipped to 2015. We're always future-looking here at, 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.

  • 01/09/2015 | US govt. clears Cuban flamethrower Lopez to sign

    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.

  • 01/08/2015 | Braves acquire promising lefty Sanchez from Angels

    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's rankings.

  • 01/08/2015 | Angels acquire third-base prospect from Braves

    The Angels acquired third-base prospect Kyle Kubitza and right-hander Nate Hyatt from the Braves for pitching prospect Ricardo Sanchez on Thursday.

  • 01/08/2015 | Gallo, Gonzalez named Rangers' top Minor Leaguers

    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.

  • 01/08/2015 | Reds claim Minors righty Sampson off waivers

    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.

  • 01/08/2015 | Lively arm: Phillies prospect rising up ranks

    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.

  • 01/08/2015 | Prospect Hensley recovering after being 'attacked'

    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.

  • 01/08/2015 | Angels target trade for third-base prospect

    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 on Thursday.

  • 01/07/2015 | How will signing Kang impact Walker's future with Bucs?

    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?

  • 01/07/2015 | Fedde progressing in rehab from Tommy John surgery

    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.

  • 01/07/2015 | Rays' prospects taking part in Winter Development 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.

  • 01/07/2015 | Prospect Garrett thriving since choosing baseball

    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.

  • 01/07/2015 | On the Cusp: Cincinnati Reds

    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.

  • 01/07/2015 | Rangers prospect duo digging it Down Under

    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.

  • 01/06/2015 | Angels officially sign Cuban infielder Baldoquin

    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.

  • 01/09/2015 | On the Cusp: Baltimore Orioles

    Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at which O's prospects could see the big leagues in 2015, including Dylan Bundy and Christian Walker.

  • 01/08/2015 | On the Cusp: Oakland Athletics

    Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at which A's prospects could see the big leagues in 2015, including Sean Nolin and Kendall Graveman.

  • 01/06/2015 | Sox see top prospect Rodon making quick leap to Majors

    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 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.

  • 01/05/2015 | White Sox hitters swing into mini-camp action

    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.

  • 01/05/2015 | Pirates' Hanson flourishing in winter ball as playoffs arrive

    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.

  • 01/06/2015 | Pipeline Perspectives: Gallo will win Minors home run title

    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.

  • 01/06/2015 | Pipeline Perspectives: A's Olson will lead Minors in homers

    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.

  • 01/05/2015 | Scouting profile: Joely Rodriguez

    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.

  • 01/03/2015 | Johnson has high potential on and off the field

    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.

  • 01/03/2015 | Giolito discusses 2014, his future in Q&A caught up with prospect Lucas Giolito recently to talk about last year and his future with the Nationals.

  • 01/03/2015 | With meteoric rise, Spangenberg on Padres' radar

    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.

  • 01/02/2015 | Scouting profile: Eddie Rosario

    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.

  • 01/01/2015 | Braves acquire lefty Banuelos from Yankees

    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.

  • 01/01/2015 | Yankees bring in 2 bullpen arms for Banuelos

    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.