Jonathan Mayo is an MLB.com Draft and prospect expert. He has been a reporter for MLB.com since 1999.
|After a 2014 season that saw him play in just 31 games because of injuries, Twins top prospect Byron Buxton is simply happy to be playing baseball. "It couldn't be a better feeling to be back out here, playing games and being healthy," he said about returning to the Arizona Fall League for a second straight season.
More»Twins prospects prepare in the AFL|
|The Rays may look back at the 2014 season as the one when Justin O'Conner started to really "get it." The young catcher, taken at the end of the first round of the 2010 Draft, had a banner season in the Minors, reaching Double-A for the first time. Now, the AFL will give him the opportunity to work with different pitchers and catch a higher level of competition.
More»Rays prospects on display in Arizona Fall League|
|With the evaluation of talent being in the eye of the beholder, finding consensus is often difficult. Even Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLBPipeline.com don't always see eye to eye, and in this edition of Pipeline Perspectives, they tackle big outfielders in the Arizona Fall League, with Mayo preferring Steven Moya of the Tigers.
More»Mayo, Callis on outfield prospects Judge and Moya|
|Nick Howard has had a whirlwind of a year. He spent his junior year as the closer for the University of Virginia, was drafted by Cincinnati in the first round, transitioned to a starter in the Minors and is now playing against top competition in the AFL.
More» Nick Howard, RHP, CIN|
|With the Arizona Fall League getting underway earlier this week, MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo answers a quartet of AFL-related questions in this week's Inbox.
More» Patrick Kivlehan, 3B, Mariners|
|Jonathan Mayo believes that the Salt River Rafters are the Fall League roster he most wants to watch. Part of that reason is the presence of baseball's top prospects, Byron Buxton.
More»Twins' Buxton ranked No. 1 prospect by MLB.com|
|The Rays have been much more active on the international signing front in recent years, and they were aggressive once again this past summer, surpassing their pool by 75 percent. Time will tell if it was money well spent, but the Rays liked what they saw in many of their international players who were in Florida for instructional league play, which wrapped on Friday.
More» Adrian Rondon, SS|
|Two young relievers are giving the Twins hope for a loaded bullpen in the future. J.T. Chargois, a second-round Draft pick in 2012, and Jake Reed, a fifth-round pick in 2014, have been showing off their power and command at Twins instructional league.
More» Jake Reed, College Pitcher|
|It is just one week before the start of another exciting Arizona Fall League season. The question at hand: Which hitting and pitching prospect are we most looking forward to seeing play in the AFL this year?
More» Tim Anderson, SS, White Sox|
|Here's a look at how the St. Louis Cardinals used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its postseason team.
More»MLB.com looks at the makeup of the 2014 Cardinals|
|Here's a look at how the Washington Nationals used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its postseason team.
More»MLB.com looks at the makeup of the 2014 Nationals|
|Here's a look at how the Detroit Tigers used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its postseason team.
More»MLB.com looks at the makeup of the 2014 Tigers|
|Last week, MLBPipeline.com handed out year-end awards for top hitting and pitching prospects. As much as Kris Bryant and Tyler Glasnow were deserving recipients, it was clear there were many other fantastic performances in 2014 that deserved some attention. With that in mind, MLBPipeline.com announced its 2014 All-Prospect Team on Friday.
More»Callis discusses the top prospects this season|
|Archie Bradley is ready to move past injury and struggles, and he is the pitching prospect with the most to prove, writes MLB.com Jonathan Mayo.
More»Mayo, Callis on prospect with most to prove in 2015|
|Jonathan Mayo answers fans questions about the Red Sox's Minor League rotation, the Arizona Fall League and more in this week's Pipeline Inbox.
More»Owens could boost Boston's rotation as early as 2015|
|One led all of the Minors in home runs and slugging percentage. The other topped all pitching prospects in batting average against while finishing third in ERA. It's for those reasons that Kris Bryant of the Cubs and Tyler Glasnow of the Pirates have been chosen as MLBPipeline.com's 2014 Hitting Prospect and Pitching Prospect of the Year.
More»Mayo on MLBPipeline.com's Prospects of the Year|
|Which prospect/rookie will have the largest impact in September and October? MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo argues that second baseman Kolten Wong is ready to play a vital role for St. Louis this fall.
More»Mayo, Callis on rookies impacting playoff races|
|Jonathan Mayo answers questions about Kris Bryant, the Arizona Fall League, the 2015 Draft and more in this week's Pipeline Inbox.
More»Cubs' Bryant on being named No. 4 prospect|
|Both Jim Callis and I agree that the Dodgers' Julio Urias is the best left-handed pitching prospect</b></a></span> in the game. Who comes next on that list is up for debate. While Jim is going with recent draftee Carlos Rodon of the White Sox, I'm sticking with Marlins southpaw Andrew Heaney.
More»Mayo, Callis look at left-handed pitching prospects|
|Cubs' slugger Kyle Schwarber dominated in August, hitting eight homers and 17 RBIs, which was enough to earn him the title of hitting Prospect of the Month. Red Sox's pitcher Brian Johnson allowed just two runs in four starts to earn him the pitching Prospect of the Month honors.
More» Kyle Schwarber, C, OF, Cubs|