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Prospects Archive

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  • 08/19/2014 | Wagner throws seven scoreless innings

    Right-hander Tyler Wagner, the Brewers' No. 14 prospect, threw seven scoreless innings Monday, as Class A Advanced Brevard County defeated Tampa, 8-0. Wagner struck out eight batters, his second highest total of the season. He worked effectively around five hits and two walks, authoring his 14th quality start in 23 games this season.

  • 08/19/2014 | Is ambidextrous Perez baseball's future?

    Ryan Perez, who is about to begin his junior year at tiny Judson University in Chicago's northwest suburbs, turned a last-minute invitation to pitch in the Cape Cod League into a turn as MVP of the All-Star Game. He struck out the side in his one inning of relief. He threw left-handed for the first strikeout, right-handed for the second one and then left again for the third. Imagine that playing out on a big league diamond some time.

  • 08/18/2014 | D-backs prospect Blair keeps firing blanks

    Right-hander Aaron Blair, the D-backs' No. 4 prospect, struck out seven batters in six scoreless innings Monday as Double-A Mobile defeated Mississippi, 4-2.

  • 08/18/2014 | Cards call it a season for top-pick Weaver

    Luke Weaver, the Cardinals' top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, won't throw another pitch this season, as the Cardinals have shut down the right-hander due to workload concerns.

  • 08/18/2014 | Twins opt to end Buxton's Minor League season

    Outfielder Byron Buxton, ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect by MLB.com, is expected to be held out of Minor League action for the rest of the season after suffering a concussion in an outfield collision Wednesday, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Monday.

  • 08/18/2014 | Pitching prospect Binford promoted to Triple-A

    The Royals have promoted their eighth-ranked prospect, pitcher Christian Binford, to Triple-A Omaha to test him as a reliever as the club checks out its September callup possibilities.

  • 08/18/2014 | Russell among stars at Under Armour Game

    Forty-one top amateur prospects gathered Saturday evening at Wrigley Field for the Under Armour All-America Game. In a departure from the event's history, pitchers stole the show as the American team won 2-1 while striking out 15 and limiting the National squad to four hits.

  • 08/18/2014 | Ross brothers hope to share rotation in near future

    Even though Padres pitching prospect Joe Ross was born more than six years after his brother, Tyson, their father always had Tyson include his younger brother in athletic activities. This often put Joe at a significant disadvantage, but he never tired of challenging his older brother.

  • 08/18/2014 | Bradley sent to Pawtucket; Betts comes back

    The Red Sox, after waiting patiently for Jackie Bradley Jr. to start hitting, optioned the rookie center fielder back to Triple-A Pawtucket. Mookie Betts, ranked Boston's No. 1 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, was recalled from Pawtucket.

  • 08/18/2014 | Royals Minor League report: Aug. 17

    Jorge Bonifacio, ranked No. 7 among Royals prospects, recorded four hits and a run in Double-A Northwest Arkansas' 6-3 loss in 13 innings to San Antonio on Sunday.

  • 08/18/2014 | Brugman, Heaney are Pipeline Prospects of the Week

    Oakland outfielder Jaycob Brugman won Pipeline Prospect of the Week for the second week in a row, this time hitting eight RBIs in six games. Marlins lefty Andrew Heaney won the pitching honors after allowing just one earned run over two starts.

  • 08/18/2014 | Baez having a blast while learning on the job

    In Javier Baez's first 12 games in the big leagues, he struck out 20 times, had 13 hits, including four home runs, and zero walks. That changed on Sunday when the hard-swinging Cubs rookie drew two walks against the Mets and he also belted a mammoth two-run homer in Monday's 4-1 win.

  • 08/17/2014 | Royals prospect Zimmer makes season debut

    Right-handed pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer, the Royals' first-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, made his season debut on Sunday by facing three batters for Class A Idaho Falls.

  • 08/17/2014 | MRI on prospect Bryant reveals foot bruise

    Cubs fans can exhale. Kris Bryant's MRI on Sunday revealed only a bruise on his left foot.

  • 08/17/2014 | Phillies happy to get Valentin from Dodgers

    The Phillies hope Jesmuel Valentin is one of two quality players to join the organization following the Roberto Hernandez trade with the Dodgers. The Phillies acquired him Saturday as the first player to be named in the deal.

  • 08/17/2014 | Biddle strains quad in return to Reading

    Phillies pitching prospect Jesse Biddle strained his right quadriceps in Saturday's start with Double-A Reading.

  • 08/17/2014 | Postponement forces Reds to find Thursday starter

    With two Reds rotation members forced to pitch on the same day Sunday due to Saturday's game vs. the Rockies being postponed by a water main break, manager Bryan Price will need to find a sixth starter to pitch Thursday vs. the Braves.

  • 08/17/2014 | Ventura not ruling out Rodon callup

    White Sox manager Robin Ventura didn't rule out the prospect of Carlos Rodon, Chicago's top pick and third selection overall in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, making his way to the Majors by season's end.

  • 08/17/2014 | Szczur makes his Major League debut

    Matt Szczur's father was in Des Moines this weekend to help his son pack some of his belongings. Szczur has spent the season at Triple-A Iowa, and with the year winding down, the plan was for his father to make a stop at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday, then load up the car and drive to New Jersey. But plans changed.

  • 08/17/2014 | Royals Minor League Report: Aug. 16

    Top Royals prospect Raul Mondesi doubled, tripled, drove in a run and scored twice in Class A Wilmington's 6-5 win in 10 innings Saturday.

  • 08/17/2014 | Pitchers shine at Wrigley Field Under Armour Game

    A talented group of pitchers reasserted themselves Saturday in the first Under Armour Game played under Wrigley Field's lights.The American team edged the National squad, 2-1, with a two-run rally in the eighth inning. Eight American pitchers combined to strike out 15

  • 08/17/2014 | Top prospect Bryant to have MRI on foot

    Top Cubs prospect Kris Bryant had to leave Triple-A Iowa's game on Saturday night after aggravating a foot injury and will have an MRI on Sunday.

  • 08/16/2014 | Phils acquire 2B prospect as part of Hernandez deal

    The Phillies announced Saturday evening they acquired Class A second baseman Jesmuel Valentin from the Dodgers as the first of two players to be named in the Roberto Hernandez trade.

  • 08/16/2014 | Cards anticipate more callups this September

    The Cardinals will have an opportunity to fortify their club when rosters expand in two weeks, and manager Mike Matheny suggested on Saturday that the club's class of September callups will probably be larger than the others from his managerial tenure.

  • 08/16/2014 | Rodon to debut at Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday

    Carlos Rodon, the White Sox top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, will be promoted to Triple-A Charlotte following four games with Class A Winston-Salem, two starts for the Dash and six games overall, including the Arizona Rookie League White Sox.

  • 08/16/2014 | Taylor key in Nats' rally after getting break from lineup

    After starting four straight games this past week, Nationals prospect Michael Taylor was out of the starting lineup on Saturday. Taylor still saw action as pinch-hitter in the bottom of the eighth, when he led off the frame with a walk and came around to score the Nationals' first run in an eventual 4-3 walk-off victory over the Pirates.

  • 08/16/2014 | Hot prospect Szczur to be called up on Sunday

    Outfield prospect Matt Szczur will be called up by the Cubs on Sunday, with Saturday night starter Dan Straily returning to Triple-A Iowa.

  • 08/16/2014 | Top prospect Crawford still sidelined with ankle sprain

    Class A Advanced Clearwater shortstop J.P. Crawford has not played since Monday because of a sprained left ankle.

  • 08/16/2014 | Royals Minor League Report: Aug. 15

    Northwest Arkansas built a 6-0 lead and withstood a late San Antonio rally in a series-opening win. Mitch Maier hit a two-run homer in the fifth, extending the lead to 5-0. Hunter Dozier delivered two hits, two RBIs and a run.

  • 08/16/2014 | Pipeline Preview: Butler, Gonzalez set for rematch

    Right-handers Eddie Butler and Alex Gonzalez, ranked 29 and 96, respectively, on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, met for the first time in their careers Sunday in Frisco. Saturday, the Drillers will look for revenge when the Butler and Gonzalez meet for a rematch in Tulsa.

  • 08/16/2014 | Karns heads near no-no in Durham's walk-off win

    Led by right-hander Nate Karns, the Rays' No. 15 prospect, Triple-A Durham took a combined no-hitter into the ninth inning Friday against Charlotte. Though Knights catcher Josh Phegley broke up the no-hit bid with a single off reliever Steve Geltz, the Bulls went on to win, 1-0, in 11 innings.

  • 08/16/2014 | Molina racks up 12 more K's for Brooklyn

    Right-hander Marcos Molina, the Mets' No. 16 prospect,, struck out a career-high 12 batters in seven scoreless innings Friday, helping short-season Brooklyn defeat Vermont, 7-0.

  • 08/15/2014 | Top amateur prospects set to show their skills

    Wrigley Field observers often find themselves dreaming about the future. That definitely will be the case on Saturday, when forty-one top amateur prospects will show their stuff in the seventh annual Under Armour All-America Baseball Game.

  • 08/15/2014 | Twins want to monitor Buxton in Fort Myers

    Top prospect Byron Buxton, who sustained a concussion in an outfield collision on Wednesday, is scheduled to fly to Fort Myers, Fla., on Sunday, so the Twins can carefully monitor his progress.

  • 08/15/2014 | Lamb gets rest, chance to process first week in bigs

    D-backs third baseman Jake Lamb was out of the starting lineup Friday as manager Kirk Gibson wants to give the rookie a chance to process his first seven games in the big leagues.

  • 08/15/2014 | Sox sign pair of top international pitching prospects

    In moves that could have significant impact on the franchise in the coming years, the Red Sox officially announced the signings of two highly touted international pitching prospects Friday -- right-handers Anderson Espinoza and Christopher Acosta.

  • 08/15/2014 | Padres prospect Fried set for Tommy John surgery

    Padres prospect Max Fried suffered a setback Friday with news that the left-hander will need Tommy John surgery.

  • 08/15/2014 | Padres name July's top Minors performers

    The Padres announced their Minor League Players of the Month for July on Friday, with four players earning honors from the organization's development staff.

  • 08/15/2014 | Pipeline preview: Walker aims to stay hot for Tacoma

    Mariners No. 1 prospect Taijuan Walker set a career high with 13 strikeouts Sunday in a victory against Triple-A Fresno. Wednesday, Walker, the top-ranked pitcher on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list takes the mound for Triple-A Tacoma in the final game of its four-game series at New Orleans on Friday.

  • 08/15/2014 | Pipeline Inbox: What's in store for Urias' development?

    What should the process be over the next year or two to get Dodgers prospect Julio Urias Major-League ready? What's in store for Mets second-base prospect Dilson Herrera? MLB.com's Jim Callis responds to fans' questions about baseball's top prospects in the Pipeline Inbox.

  • 08/15/2014 | Bryant's 40th homer is walk-off shot

    Thursday night was Kris Bryant jersey T-shirt night at Triple-A Iowa's Principal Park. And the Cubs' No. 1 prospect celebrated his day in style, hitting a walk-off home run in the 12th inning to beat Las Vegas, 6-5.

  • 08/15/2014 | Velasquez fans career-high 11 in Lancaster's win

    Right-hander Vincent Velasquez, the Astros' No. 8 prospect, struck out a career-high 11 batters in six scoreless innings Thursday, helping Class A Advanced Lancaster defeat High Desert, 12-0.

  • 08/15/2014 | O'Neill picking up where he left off

    Outfielder Tyler O'Neill, the Mariners' No. 18 prospect, collected four hits and drove in four runs Thursday to lead Class A Clinton to a 10-0 victory at Wisconsin.

  • 08/15/2014 | Ramsey easing into Triple-A nicely

    James Ramsey began the season with Double-A Springfield and was hitting .300/.389/.527 with 13 home runs in 67 games when he was traded. The Indians immediately moved him up to Triple-A and he has eased into the transition nicely. In 13 games with Columbus, he is hitting .314/.386/.549 with two home runs.

  • 08/14/2014 | Combo of vets, prospects set to fill out Twins' rotation

    The Twins have three starting pitchers under contract for next season who were added as free agents -- right-handers Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes and Mike Pelfrey -- and several highly regarded prospects such as Alex Meyer, Trevor May and Jose Berrios.

  • 08/14/2014 | Royals Minor League Report: Aug. 13

    Fourth-ranked Royals prospect Hunter Dozier Hunter hit a two-run homer for NW Arkansas.

  • 08/15/2014 | Royals Minor League Report: Aug. 14

    Whit Merrifield was 5-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and three runs. He has hit safely in eight straight games.

  • 08/14/2014 | Funkhouser leads list of top prospects on Team USA

    The U.S. national team attracts many of college baseball's top prospects every summer.Ten of the first 27 players selected in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft played for Team USA's 2013 college squad. This year's edition was similarly loaded.

  • 08/14/2014 | Bundy brothers' bond runs deep

    Sometime during Dylan and Bobby Bundy's childhood, it became clear that the two Orioles pitching prospects had a chance to put together some sort of future in baseball. With their father Denver, who pitched in high school, there to teach them, their chances were even better.

  • 08/14/2014 | Pipeline preview: Lindor, Franco set to face off

    Francisco Lindor and Maikel Franco were teammates on the World Team in the 2013 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, but this week have found themselves facing each other as Triple-A Columbus hosts Lehigh Valley in a four-game set. They will meet one more time Thursday in the series final, which begins at 7:05 p.m. ET.

  • 08/14/2014 | Urias strikes out nine in win for Rancho Cucamonga

    On the day after his 18th birthday, left-hander Julio Urias struck out a career-high nine batters in five innings Wednesday for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. The Quakes eventually defeated San Jose, 2-1, in 11 innings.

  • 08/14/2014 | Blair tosses six scoreless frames in suspended game

    Right-hander Aaron Blair, the D-backs' No. 4 prospect, threw six scoreless innings for Double-A Mobile against Pensacola on Wednesday.

  • 08/14/2014 | Farmer realizes dream in big league debut

    Buck Farmer stepped onto a Major League mound for the first time Wednesday night and thought how far he had come. It wasn't just about being in low Class A ball a few weeks ago, but where he had been long before that. "My childhood dream became real tonight," he said.

  • 08/14/2014 | Bucs prospect Jones launches two homers

    Shortstop JaCoby Jones, the Pirates' No. 12 prospect, hit two home runs in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday, leading Class A West Virginia to a win over Augusta, 5-3. The Power also won the nightcap by the same score.

  • 08/13/2014 | No. 4 prospect Biddle returning to Double-A

    Jesse Biddle's next start will be Saturday with Double-A Reading. Biddle, who was selected by the Phillies in the first round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, opened the season with Reading before struggling and ultimately being placed on the inactive list.

  • 08/13/2014 | Top prospect Buxton sustains concussion in collision

    Center fielder Byron Buxton, baseball's top prospect, was hospitalized Wednesday night with a concussion after colliding with Double-A New Britain teammate Mike Kvasnicka in right-center field.

  • 08/13/2014 | Manaea fires his first shutout for Wilmington

    Left-hander Sean Manaea, the Royals' No. 3 prospect, according to MLB.com, threw a shutout on Wednesday in leading Class A Advanced Wilmington to a 4-0 victory over Frederick in Game 1 of a doubleheader in the Carolina League.

  • 08/13/2014 | Liriano's first MLB homer a monster blast

    Rookie outfielder Rymer Liriano's first big league home run was a 427-foot laser into the restaurant that sits at the third deck -- that's right, the third deck -- of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building down the left-field line Wednesday at Petco Park.

  • 08/13/2014 | Study habits paying off for Ivy Leaguer Hendricks

    Facing big league hitters is a lot easier than the abstract algebra class Kyle Hendricks took in his final semester at Dartmouth. The Cubs pitcher, who did complete his economics degree at the Ivy League school, has applied his study techniques to baseball.

  • 08/13/2014 | After first week, Baez learning his way

    Javier Baez now has one week in the big leagues, and it's been a learning experience.

  • 08/13/2014 | Cubs considering Soler for September callup

    Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said the front office is currently debating September callups and who will play in the Arizona Fall League. Triple-A Iowa outfielder Jorge Soler is one player being considered for both.

  • 08/14/2014 | Colon gets to contribute in win over Athletics

    Christian Colon practiced early on Wednesday with the knowledge that he'd be giving third baseman Mike Moustakas a respite that night against the A's. Colon made the start count, contributing to Kansas City's 3-0 victory with his bat and glove.

  • 08/13/2014 | Pimentel has potential if he can harness it

    Looking ahead, Pirates right-hander Stolmy Pimentel's value should remain high as he's still learning the finer nuances of pitching. His youth, his strong frame and his power arm bode well for versatility from a pitcher who has the ability to pitch in relief or eventually join the rotation.

  • 08/13/2014 | Game slowing down for D-backs rookie Lamb

    After getting past the initial adrenaline rush of being called up to the big leagues, D-backs prospect Jake Lamb has been able to get back into his more typical routine at the plate.

  • 08/13/2014 | Royals Minor League Report: Aug. 12

    Fourth-ranked Royals prospect Hunter Dozier had two hits and two runs in Northwest Arkansas's victory.

  • 08/13/2014 | Pipeline Perspectives: Giolito has best raw talent

    Lucas Giolito has a better fastball and a better breaking ball than Seattle's Taijuan Walker, and he has more advanced control and command than Walker did at the same stage. In the long run, Giolito will be a better big leaguer than Walker, and better than any other pitching prospect currently in the Minors.

  • 08/13/2014 | Pipeline Perspectives: Walker has proven ability

    Mariners prospect Taijuan Walker has already shown an ability to dominate hitters at every level. His most recent start, on Sunday, could be a sign that he's ready to finish the season strong: seven innings pitched, two hits, one earned run, one walk and 13 strikeouts.

  • 08/13/2014 | Pipeline preview: Swihart, Bethancourt to battle

    Highly-touted backstop prospects Christian Bethancourt and Blake Swihart will meet when Gwinnett hosts Pawtucket in Triple-A action on Wednesday.

  • 08/12/2014 | Prospect Schebler clubs three homers at Double-A

    Outfielder Scott Schebler, the Dodgers' No. 9 prospect, homered in each of his first three plate appearances Tuesday, and Double-A Chattanooga defeated Jacksonville, 4-0.

  • 08/12/2014 | Top pick Zimmer collects three hits in return

    Playing in his first game in nearly two weeks, center fielder Bradley Zimmer, the Indians' first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, collected three hits Tuesday, helping Class A short-season Mahoning Valley defeat host State College, 5-0.

  • 08/12/2014 | Glasnow's shutout streak ends at 18 innings

    The Pirates' No. 1 prospect, Tyler Glasnow, threw six scoreless innings Tuesday before he was charged with a run that snapped his shutout streak at 18 innings. Despite giving up the lone run, Glasnow led Class A Advanced Bradenton to a 6-1 victory at Jupiter.

  • 08/12/2014 | Tigers end rough road trip with thud in Pittsburgh

    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has been a master of the polysyllabic adjective in his media session. His summary of the past nine games needed no dictionary. "It was a crappy trip," he said after Tuesday night's 4-2 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park completed a 2-7 trek. "That's how I would assess it."

  • 08/12/2014 | Montero unable to contain Nats in spot start

    The Nationals used four home runs, three of which came off of Mets spot starter Rafael Montero, to trounce New York, 7-1, in the opener of a three-game set between the National League East rivals.

  • 08/12/2014 | Nats prospect homers in Taylor-made debut

    Nationals prospect Michael Taylor made a remarkable Major League debut Tuesday night, going 2-for-4 with a home run in Washington's 7-1 victory over the Mets.

  • 08/12/2014 | Souza's shoulder MRI reveals no major injury

    Nationals outfielder Steven Souza Jr. had an MRI on his left shoulder, and the results revealed no structural damage, but he does have inflammation in his AC joint.

  • 08/12/2014 | Garrett gives up hoops, focused solely on baseball

    Left-hander Amir Garrett, who is the Reds' 18th-ranked prospect, informed the organization recently that he would be ending his college basketball career and focusing solely on baseball.

  • 08/13/2014 | Bryant takes Minor League homer lead

    The Cubs' No. 1 prospect, Kris Bryant, hit his 39th home run of the season on Tuesday to take sole possession of the Minor League lead. It wasn't enough for a victory, however, as Triple-A Las Vegas defeated Iowa, 6-5.

  • 08/12/2014 | Ranaudo back for another start; Workman to rest

    Anthony Ranaudo, who turned in a sparkling Major League debut against the Yankees on Aug. 1, will get another chance to start for the Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon against the Reds.

  • 08/12/2014 | Hooper, Allard lead top performers at Area Code Games

    The Area Code Games are similar to the East Coast Professional Showcase in that it gives scouts the chance to watch much of the top high school talent in the Draft class of 2015 play in games over several days. Just like with the East Coast Showcase, MLB.com polled several scouts in attendance to put together a top 10 performers from the Area Code Games.

  • 08/12/2014 | Royals Minor League Report: Aug. 11

    Cheslor Cuthbert doubled home the three runs in the ninth for Omaha. He's batting .385 (10-for-26) with six RBI in six games with the Storm Chasers.

  • 08/12/2014 | Schebler brings thump, speed, bright future

    Los Angeles Dodgers outfield prospect Scott Schebler, No. 9 on the Dodgers' Top 20 Prospects List, has plenty of power, though he needs to cut down on his strikeouts.

  • 08/12/2014 | Pipeline preview: Bundy, Manaea ready to square off

    Dylan Bundy and Sean Manaea have both battled injury early in their young careers. Now, both are healthy and will be on the mound on Tuesday as Bundy and Class A Advanced Frederick visit Manaea and Wilmington for the start of a three-game series.

  • 08/12/2014 | Recently promoted Taylor brings power, speed to Nats

    As a low-risk former sixth-round Draft pick, Michael Taylor is poised to offer high reward to the Nationals. He projects as a fine Major League outfielder capable of breaking open a game with his bat or contributing with game-changing speed and above-average athletic ability.

  • 08/12/2014 | Top Twins prospect Buxton promoted to Double-A

    Center fielder Byron Buxton, the Twins' top prospect and Major League Baseball's No. 1 prospect, was promoted Monday to Double-A New Britain, which begins a seven-game homestand Tuesday.

  • 08/12/2014 | Farmer set to make spot start Wednesday

    The Tigers were being touted as World Series contenders for a rotation deep enough that Rick Porcello was their fifth starter. Less than two weeks later, they're looking to Robbie Ray and Buck Farmer for starts in crucial games in the thick of a playoff race.

  • 08/11/2014 | Prospects Giolito, Difo lead way in Class A win

    Nationals No. 1 prospect Lucas Giolito threw five scoreless innings and second baseman Wilmer Difo collected a career-high five hits Monday to lead Class A Hagerstown to an 13-7 victory at Delmarva.

  • 08/11/2014 | Liriano gets RBI in Major League debut

    Wasting no time in slotting one of their top prospects into the lineup, the Padres greeted Rymer Liriano on Monday by batting him seventh and sending him to right field as a brief three-game homestand with the Rockies started.

  • 08/11/2014 | Darnell finishes no-hitter prospect May started

    With Twins prospect Trevor May no longer a member of the Triple-A Red Wings, left-hander Logan Darnell replaced him on the mound. And Darnell picked up right where May left off. He threw six hitless innings Monday to complete the no-hitter, as Rochester defeated Durham, 3-0.

  • 08/11/2014 | Rookie shortstop off to Taylor-made start

    Chris Taylor is off to a great start in the Majors, toting a healthy .400 batting average through 14 games with the Mariners. The rookie shortstop has a hit in each of his first 12 starts, but he isn't reading too much into those lofty numbers in 45 at-bats.

  • 08/11/2014 | Taveras adjusting to expanded role for Cards

    Getting Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras at-bats hasn't been an issue since the Trade Deadline. With the move that sent Allen Craig to the Red Sox, the organization indicated the direction it was headed with its promising young outfielder and his playing time moving forward.

  • 08/11/2014 | Graterol wins Texas League Player of the Week

    Royals first-base prospect Juan Graterol, who hit .526 with three doubles and a home run last week at Double-A Northwest Arkansas last week, was named the Player of the Week in the Texas League.

  • 08/11/2014 | Twins acquire prospect Adam, deal Willingham to KC

    The Twins traded outfielder Josh Willingham to the Royals for Minor League right-hander Jason Adam on Monday. The trade was completed just a little more than an hour before the team played the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Willingham is a pending free agent.

  • 08/11/2014 | KC adds pop, acquires Willingham from Twins

    The Royals added some pop to their postseason push on Monday, acquiring outfielder Josh Willingham from the Twins for Minor League pitcher Jason Adam.

  • 08/11/2014 | Dodgers option Baez to make room for Correia

    The Dodgers optioned reliever Pedro Baez to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room on the roster for recently acquired starter Kevin Correia, who made his Los Angeles debut on Monday night against the Braves at Turner Field.

  • 08/11/2014 | Rogers tees off in Triple-A doubleheader

    Jason Rogers homered three times and drove in nine runs during the Sounds' doubleheader sweep of Round Rock. Two of the homers and six of the RBIs came in Game 1, and he hit a three-run homer in Game 2. Including those games, Rogers has hit safely in 12 of his last 18.

  • 08/11/2014 | deGrom to DL with tendinitis; Montero recalled

    The Mets announced after Monday's 5-3 win over the Phillies that Jacob deGrom will go on the 15-disabled list with right rotator cuff tendinitis. Right-hander Rafael Montero was recalled to take his place in the rotation.

  • 08/11/2014 | Royals Minor League Report: Aug. 10

    Johnny Giavotella's heroics led Omaha to a road win. He entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the ninth, delivering a game-tying single, and followed with a go-ahead homer in the 12th.

  • 08/11/2014 | Amaro: Franco a possible September callup

    The Phillies already have had more than a few discussions about September callups. The most notable name is Triple-A Lehigh Valley third baseman Maikel Franco, who has been hitting the ball well after struggling early this season.

  • 08/11/2014 | Montero, Brugman are Pipeline Prospects of the Week

    Throughout the season, the MLBPipeline.com staff will name Pipeline Prospects of the Week -- one hitter and one pitcher who excelled over the previous seven days. This week, Oakland outfielder Jaycob Brugman and Mets pitcher Rafael Montero took the honors.

  • 08/11/2014 | Vazquez catching on quickly for Red Sox

    It's been little more than a month since catcher Christian Vazquez put on a Red Sox uniform for the first time, but from his demeanor in the clubhouse and his presence on the field, you'd never know it.

  • 08/11/2014 | Pitching dominates in Perfect Game Classic

    Sunday's Perfect Game All-American Classic was all about pitching, and no pitcher stood out more than left-hander Kolby Allard. Ten different hurlers on the West team combined for a two-hit shutout of the East in a 7-0 victory at the annual high school prospect showcase, including Allard, who worked a 1-2-3 second inning.

  • 08/11/2014 | Rangers affiliate tosses 11-inning no-hitter

    The Northwest League of Class A short-season ball saw some history on Sunday when the Spokane Indians threw a combined no-hitter against the Everett AquaSox … in 11 innings at Everett (Wash.) Memorial Stadium.

  • 08/10/2014 | Nats prospect Taylor excited for big league callup

    With Steven Souza Jr. on the 15-day disabled list because of a left shoulder contusion, the Nationals recalled outfielder Michael Taylor on Sunday.

  • 08/10/2014 | Friars call up No. 6-ranked prospect Liriano

    The Padres promoted their No. 6 prospect, outfielder Rymer Liriano, in time for their game Monday in San Diego against the Rockies, and designated Jeff Francoeur for assignment.

  • 08/10/2014 | Escobar promoted, Hembree optioned to PawSox

    The Red Sox added a fresh arm to their bullpen for Sunday's series finale against the Angels, recalling No. 11 prospect Edwin Escobar from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioning Heath Hembree to the PawSox.

  • 08/10/2014 | Hitless in Minors, Nelson doubles off Kershaw

    Brewers rookie starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson doubled on Sunday against the Dodgers to extend his hitting streak to three games, which might not sound all that notable until you consider how he started.

  • 08/10/2014 | Renteria encouraging Baez to 'be himself'

    Cubs manager Rick Rentera said his message to Javier Baez was simple. "[I told him] that he should be himself," Renteria said Sunday of the Cubs' No. 2 prospect, promoted on Tuesday. "He's a more vocal guy in the infield, and we want him to continue to do the same thing."

  • 08/10/2014 | Indians place Murphy, Swisher on 15-day DL

    On Sunday, the Indians placed David Murphy (right abdominal strain) and Nick Swisher (right knee soreness) on the 15-day DL and called up Zach Walters and Tyler Holt from Triple-A Columbus.

  • 08/10/2014 | Royals Minor League Report: Aug. 9

    Wilmington won a second straight at Frederick, breaking a 1-1 tie by scoring two in the seventh. Top-ranked Royals prospect Raul Mondesi was a triple shy of the cycle. He hit his second homer in as many nights in the first inning.

  • 08/09/2014 | With Pena iffy, Reds call up Barnhart, option Lutz

    Brayan Pena's unavailability due to a tight left hamstring was just one reason the Reds optioned infielder-outfielder Donald Lutz to Triple-A Louisville before Saturday's game and recalled catcher Tucker Barnhart for the fourth time this season.

  • 08/09/2014 | Montas shines in return from knee surgery

    Right-hander Francellis Montas, the White Sox No. 3 prospect who had been sidelined since June knee surgery, threw two hitless innings Friday in a rehab start in the Arizona League.

  • 08/09/2014 | Royals Minor League Report: Aug. 8

    Zane Evans hit a three-run homer in the first, helping Wilmington cruise to a series-opening win at Frederick. Top-ranked Royals prospect Raul Adalberto Mondesi added three RBIs, including a two-run shot in the ninth.

  • 08/09/2014 | Pipeline Preview: A's Robertson, Olson look to stay hot

    While Addison Russell is gone, shortstop Daniel Robertson and first baseman Matt Olson, the A's next two picks that year, remain in the Oakland system. This weekend, Robertson and Olson are leading Stockton against Modesto and outfielder David Dahl.

  • 08/09/2014 | Moscot adds seven scoreless to impressive year

    Reds No. 15 prospect Jon Moscot threw seven scoreless innings Friday and Double-A Pensacola defeated Jackson, 5-1. Moscot struck out four batters, walked none and held the Generals to three hits -- all singles. The right-hander threw 85 pitches and didn't allow a runner to advance past first base.

  • 08/09/2014 | Webster walks back into win column vs. Halos

    Allen Webster knew that to have a chance at a win Friday night, he'd need to match Angels ace Jered Weaver pitch for pitch. The Red Sox's No. 5 prospect did that and more in a 4-2 victory at Angel Stadium.

  • 08/08/2014 | Top Phillies prospect Crawford swats pair of homers

    Phillies' No. 1 prospect J.P. Crawford hit two home runs Friday to lead Class A Advanced Clearwater to an 8-7 victory against Daytona. It was his first career multihomer game.

  • 08/08/2014 | Rodriguez fans season-high nine batters

    Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, the Red Sox's No. 10 prospect, struck out a season-high nine batters in six scoreless innings Friday, but Double-A Portland lost, 5-1, at Richmond.

  • 08/08/2014 | Yankees promote Mitchell, designate Daley

    The Yankees recalled right-hander Bryan Mitchell from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday and designated pitcher Matt Daley for assignment. Mitchell was 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA in five starts at Triple-A.

  • 08/08/2014 | Epstein: Bryant will stay in Minors this season

    Just because the arrival of Javier Baez happened earlier than most anticipated, don't assume third baseman Kris Bryant will make his Major League debut this season. Bryant continues to dominate Triple-A pitching at Iowa, but Theo Epstein says Bryant won't be coming to Chicago this season unless some highly unlikely things happen in the next couple of months.

  • 08/08/2014 | Poised Baez keeps Wrigley debut in perspective

    Javier Baez took his first game as a Cubs player at Wrigley Field in stride, from his first batting practice at the Friendly Confines through the last of his four strikeouts.

  • 08/08/2014 | Cubs land former first-rounder Turner from Miami

    The Marlins traded right-hander Jacob Turner to the Cubs in exchange for two Minor League relievers on Friday.

  • 08/08/2014 | No. 8 prospect May coming up to debut for Twins

    Highly regarded prospect Trevor May will make his Major League debut for the Twins on Saturday against the A's. The right-hander will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to make his first big league start, and a corresponding roster move will be made after Friday's game.

  • 08/08/2014 | White Sox could give Rodon a look in September

    If Carlos Rodon, the No. 3 overall Draft pick in 2014, continues to impress in the Minor Leagues, the left-hander might pitch out of the bullpen with the White Sox when rosters expand.

  • 08/08/2014 | Pipeline Inbox: Who will rise next season?

    Teams that were sellers at the Trade Deadline are giving young players an opportunity to show what they can do, and fans of playoff hopefuls are thinking about next year a bit, too. The 2014 draftees are making their pro debuts, leading to questions about performances from those newbies.

  • 08/08/2014 | Pipeline preview: Gallo, Gray set to square off

    Rangers top prospect Joey Gallo and Rockies top prospect Jon Gray will meet for the first time in their careers on Friday when Double-A Frisco plays host to Tulsa.

  • 08/08/2014 | Giants prospect Brown leads way in win for Fresno

    Outfielder Gary Brown, the Giants' No. 20 prospect, collected four hits and scored four runs Thursday to lead Triple-A Fresno to an 11-4 victory at Tacoma.

  • 08/08/2014 | Royals Minor League Report: Aug. 7

    Omaha won a wild opener, scoring eight in the ninth to build a 16-5 lead, with Colorado Springs scoring four in the home half.

  • 08/08/2014 | Taveras extends hitting streak to seven games

    Oscar Taveras has a lot to live up to, and he has needed two primary things as he delves deeper in his first season in the Majors.

  • 08/08/2014 | Flying up the Minors, Schwarber on tear

    Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs' No. 8 prospect, homered and scored three runs Thursday, helping Class A Advanced Daytona rout Clearwater, 18-2.

  • 08/07/2014 | Reds' prospect Corcino fires eight scoreless

    Right-hander Daniel Corcino, the Reds' No. 11 prospect, threw eight scoreless innings to help Double-A Pensacola earn a 3-2 win over Jackson on Thursday.

  • 08/07/2014 | Top prospect Glasnow throws six scoreless innings

    Pirates' No. 1 prospect Tyler Glasnow threw six scoreless innings on Thursday to lead Class A Advanced Bradenton to a 5-0 victory against Jupiter in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The Hammerheads came back to win Game 2, however, defeating the Marauders 9-6.

  • 08/07/2014 | Twins still seeking spot starter for Saturday's game

    The Twins have several options at Rochester for Saturday's start, including top prospects Alex Meyer and Trevor May. Meyer is scheduled to start for the Red Wings on Saturday, while May is slated to start Sunday.

  • 08/07/2014 | Top prospect Lamb called up for big league debut

    When the D-backs traded third baseman Martin Prado to the Yankees on July 31, prospect Jake Lamb knew his chance in the Major Leagues may be coming soon. He could not have guessed it would be only a week before he was suiting up at a locker in Chase Field.

  • 08/07/2014 | Plummer making name for himself at Area Code Games

    As if Nick Plummer hadn't already put himself on the map with his performance at last week's East Coast Pro Showcase, he made the statement of all statements at this week's Area Code Games.

  • 08/07/2014 | Area Code Games in Betts' backyard

    Sure, the Area Code Games feature the top high school talent from all across the country. But catching prospect Chris Betts didn't have to travel very far. He plays his high school ball across the street. Literally.

  • 08/07/2014 | Williams standing out at Area Code Games

    Tyler Williams entered this week's Area Code Games with one goal in mind. Mission accomplished. The Peoria, Ariz., native captured Offensive Player of the Day honors on Tuesday with his 3-for-4, three-RBI effort. He added another couple hits on Thursday, turning heads with his speed, generated by a long, athletic stride.

  • 08/07/2014 | Canadian prospect Orimoloye impressing

    Through four days at the Area Code Games, perhaps no one has stood out more than Canadian outfielder Demi Orimoloye.

  • 08/07/2014 | Hendricks builds on run with eight strong vs. Rox

    Pitching at Coors Field didn't bother Kyle Hendricks. Hendricks posted his longest outing in his fifth Major League start, leading the Cubs to a 6-2 win on Thursday over the Rockies. It was his fourth straight quality start as he gave up two runs over eight innings.

  • 08/07/2014 | Ventura not thinking about Rodon promotion

    There's a good chance that Carlos Rodon could pitch in the Majors during the same season in which he was drafted, but that potential path does not fall under the category of current concerns for Robin Ventura.

  • 08/07/2014 | Putnam ready to help struggling bullpen

    After just one scoreless rehab inning for Triple-A Charlotte Tuesday, Zach Putnam is ready to come off the disabled list on Friday. Putnam has been on the DL since July 24 with inflammation in his right shoulder but was with the team on Thursday in Seattle.

  • 08/07/2014 | Newcomer Johnson activated; Betts back to Pawtucket

    Exactly a week after being traded to the Red Sox, Kelly Johnson was added to the active roster.

  • 08/07/2014 | Following wild start, Webster looks to bounce back

    When No. 5 prospect Allen Webster takes the mound again on Friday night, he'll be matching pitches with one of the best pitchers in the American League in Jered Weaver.

  • 08/07/2014 | Marlins sign undrafted Vanderbilt hero Norwood

    College World Series hero John Norwood may have slipped through the cracks in the First-Year Player Draft in June, but the former Vanderbilt outfielder didn't go unnoticed in the Cape Cod League. The Marlins heavily scouted Norwood in the wooden-bat summer league, and they presented him with a $275,000 signing bonus.

  • 08/07/2014 | Pestano dealt for Angels' prospect Clevinger

    On Thursday, the Indians traded reliever Vinnie Pestano to the Angels in a Minor League deal for Class A right-hander Michael Clevinger. Pestano, who has been with Triple-A Columbus for the past few weeks, will join Los Angeles' Triple-A Salt Lake affiliate.

  • 08/07/2014 | Negron seizing Majors opportunity with Reds

    In the Reds' Ohio Cup series win over the Indians, Kris Negron was named Most Outstanding Player after going 7-for-13 (.538) with two doubles, a home run, five RBIs and four runs scored. He had a career-high three hits and three runs scored in Wednesday's victory.

  • 08/07/2014 | Renteria: Baez will handle Wrigley excitement

    Javier Baez has been to Wrigley Field before, most recently last September when he was honored as the Cubs' Minor League Player of the Year. But on Friday, he'll be in the lineup and playing in his first big league game there as the Cubs open an Interleague series against the Rays.

  • 08/07/2014 | Royals Minor League Report: Aug. 6

    Brandon Downes hit his first professional homer for Idaho Falls, a solo shot in the sixth. He was Kansas City's seventh-round pick in June.

  • 08/07/2014 | Souza shows flashes in brief action for Nats

    Nationals outfielder and No. 5 prospect Steven Souza made a nice catch on Wednesday night, and he nearly missed a home run in his second at-bat of his second stint with the team this season.

  • 08/07/2014 | Pipeline preview: Syndergaard, Pederson to meet

    Right-hander Noah Syndergaard, the Mets' top-ranked prospect, and outfielder Joc Pederson, the Dodgers' No. 3 prospect, will meet on Thursday in Triple-A when Las Vegas hosts Albuquerque.

  • 08/07/2014 | Ten 2014 Draft picks who have been quick to click

    Here's a look at five hitters and five pitchers from the 2014 Draft who have gotten off to outstanding starts in the Minor Leagues.

  • 08/06/2014 | Prospect Cunningham racks up four hits, three RBIs

    Outfielder Todd Cunningham, the Braves' No. 18 prospect, collected four hits Wednesday to match his career high, but it wasn't enough to lead Triple-A Gwinnett to victory.

  • 08/06/2014 | Biddle throws five no-hit innings for Clearwater

    Left-hander Jesse Biddle, the Phillies' No. 4 prospect, threw five hitless innings Wednesday to help Class A Advanced Clearwater defeat Daytona, 4-0.

  • 08/06/2014 | Rangers' top pick Ortiz sharp in Class A debut

    Right-hander Luis Ortiz, the Rangers' first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, threw three hitless innings Wednesday in his debut with Class A Hickory.

  • 08/06/2014 | Brown recalled for relief; Pridie DFA'd

    On Wednesday, the Rockies recalled right-hander Brooks Brown from Triple-A Colorado Springs to bring in a fresh arm for the beleaguered bullpen.

  • 08/06/2014 | Rox have no timetable for Gray's callup

    Jon Gray, the Rockies No. 1 ranked prospect, has had an up-and-down season at the Double-A level this season, logging a three strikeouts to every one walk after registering a 6.38 ratio in his first year in the Minors.

  • 08/06/2014 | AFL announces schedule for 2014 campaign

    The AFL released the schedule for its 2014 campaign on Wednesday, and the upcoming season will feature games from early October through mid-November. Five Maricopa County facilities will host Arizona Fall League games, which will be played between Monday and Saturday.

  • 08/06/2014 | Four GCL hurlers combine on no-hitter

    Right-hander Frederis Parra combined with three relievers -- Silas Bohannan, Andrew Reidt and Kevin Alexander -- for a no-hitter on Wednesday, and the Rookie-level Cardinals defeated the Nationals, 6-1, in the Gulf Coast League.

  • 08/06/2014 | Bird, Lindgren pace Double-A Trenton in win

    Yankees' No. 12 prospect Greg Bird was in familiar company on Tuesday when left-hander Jacob Lindgren, the club's top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, was also promoted from Class A Advanced Tampa. On Wednesday, both played big roles in Double-A Trenton's 7-3 victory over Altoona.

  • 08/06/2014 | Nola goes five solid in Double-A debut

    The Phillies made Aaron Nola the No. 7 selection of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft because of his projected ability to climb quickly through their system. On Wednesday night, the 21-year-old right-hander took the next step in his quest to join the big league rotation.

  • 08/06/2014 | Franco unlikely to be called up before September

    Maikel Franco is swinging a hot bat in Triple-A, but Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said he doesn't expect the third baseman to join the big league club before rosters expand in September.

  • 08/06/2014 | Taylor's terrific play announces defensive presence

    Chris Taylor's "now you're a big leaguer" moment may have come in Tuesday's 4-2 victory over the Braves, when he made a great diving stop and threw out speedy leadoff hitter Emilio Bonifacio for the final out in Felix Hernandez's eight-inning gem at Safeco Field.

  • 08/06/2014 | Royals Minor League Report: Aug. 5

    The Storm Chasers lost a matinee finale, finishing 2-2 vs. Iowa.

  • 08/06/2014 | Pipeline preview: Moran, Dozier set to square off

    In the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, only two picks separated college infielders Colin Moran and Hunter Dozier. Moran went sixth overall to the Marlins and Dozier eighth overall to the Royals. Now, a year and a trade later, both Moran and Dozier are already in Double-A and will meet in the second game of a three-game set when Corpus Christi faces Northwest Arkansas on Wednesday.

  • 08/06/2014 | Love of the game runs deep for female scout Wallace

    Robin Wallace tried to leave baseball, on more than one occasion. Yet she couldn't help but come back to it. Hired by the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau as an amateur scout in New England, Wallace became the only woman employed as a full-time scout. It appears that she's found a home, one that she isn't going to desert any time soon.

  • 08/06/2014 | Montero hurls eight innings of one-hit ball for Vegas

    Right-hander Rafael Montero, the Mets' No. 6 prospect, threw eight scoreless innings Tuesday to lead Triple-A Las Vegas to a 3-0 victory at Sacramento. Montero struck out a season-high 11 batters and held the River Cats to one hit and two walks while throwing 105 pitches, 73 for strikes.

  • 08/06/2014 | Rockies Draft pick Freeland strong in Class A debut

    Left-hander Kyle Freeland, the Rockies' first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, threw five scoreless innings Tuesday in his debut with Class A Asheville. His strong start helped lead the Tourists to an 8 -1 victory at Lakewood.

  • 08/06/2014 | Astros' prospect Feliz throws eight scoreless

    Right-hander Michael Feliz, the Astros' No. 7 prospect, threw eight scoreless innings Tuesday and Class A Quad Cities defeated Burlington, 4-0, in the second game of a doubleheader.

  • 08/06/2014 | Meadows hits first homer off fellow touted prospect

    Outfielder Austin Meadows, the Pirates' No. 4 prospect, hit his first home run of the season Tuesday, but it wasn't enough to lead Class A West Virginia to victory against Hagerstown and Nationals top prospect Lucas Giolito. The Suns defeated the Power, 10-6.

  • 08/05/2014 | Epstein: Baez earned callup

    Javier Baez now has 51 games in the big leagues to show what he can do. The Cubs promoted Baez on Tuesday, and he made his first Major League start at second against the Rockies. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said they decided it was time to promote Baez because he'd fulfilled several items on the checklist.

  • 08/05/2014 | Vets young and old have Baez's back

    The Cubs are hoping to see all the good things Javier Baez can do, but also are quick to caution that there may be some growing pains.

  • 08/05/2014 | First-round Draft pick Fedde visits Nationals Park

    Right-hander Erick Fedde was arguably the happiest person at Nationals Park early Tuesday afternoon. Signing his first professional contract with the Nationals is the main reason he is cheerful. Fedde was a busy young man on this day. Besides signing the contract, the right-hander went through his share of interviews, photo shoots and he even tried on his uniform.

  • 08/05/2014 | Cubbies are coming of age, and the youth are coming

    Javier Baez's arrival is just the latest in what is sure to be a wave of Cubs prospects making the way to the North Side over the not-too-distant future.

  • 08/05/2014 | Vargas showing his power potential at plate

    In three games against the White Sox this past weekend, Kennys Vargas went 5-for-14 (.357) with four RBIs, including a 2-for-5, two-RBI performance in Sunday's finale. On Tuesday, he continued to impress by belting the decisive three-run homer in the sixth, his first Major League home run.

  • 08/06/2014 | Pitching prospect Johnson twirls a gem

    Brian Johnson, Boston's No. 12 prospect, held Bowie to three hits in eight scoreless innings on Tuesday.

  • 08/05/2014 | Cubs honor Soler, Tseng for July dominance

    The Cubs named Triple-A Iowa outfielder Jorge Soler and Class A Kane County right-handed pitcher Jen-Ho Tseng the organization's Minor League player and pitcher of the month for July, respectively.

  • 08/05/2014 | After losing Thornton, Yanks add Hill to 'pen

    The Yankees swapped out one left-handed reliever for another on Tuesday, when Matt Thornton was awarded on a waiver claim to the Nationals. New York signed Rich Hill to a big league deal and assigned the veteran southpaw to the 25-man roster to fill Thornton's slot in the bullpen.

  • 08/05/2014 | Royals Minor League Report: Aug. 4

    The Storm Chasers slipper back to second place as they had a three-game winning streak snapped.

  • 08/05/2014 | Pipeline Perspectives: Taveras has leg up on Baez

    The question is which phenom, the Cardinals' Oscar Taveras or the Cubs' Javier Baez, will be the more productive big leaguer for the remainder of the season? Taveras is the better bet for a variety of reasons.

  • 08/05/2014 | Pipeline preview: Giolito aims to extend winning streak

    Lucas Giolito, ranked No. 10 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, has won all three of his starts since appearing in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on July 13. Giolito will look to continue his streak as he takes the mound for Class A Hagerstown on Tuesday against West Virginia. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. ET.

  • 08/05/2014 | Pipeline Perspectives: Baez ready to contribute now

    Javier Baez, who will make his Major League debut for the Cubs on Tuesday, is more suited to help his team with production for the remainder of this season that his counterpart, Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras.

  • 08/05/2014 | D-backs' new pickup connects for Double-A team

    Peter O'Brien, acquired from the Yankees by the D-backs last week for Martin Prado, hit his first home run in the Arizona organization, a 10th-inning shot that propelled Double-A Mobile to victory on Monday night.

  • 08/01/2014 | Thompson the future of the Rangers rotation

    Jake Thompson projects as a middle-of-the-rotation starter. While he is making tremendous progress in his career, he is still only 20 years old. Working on consistently commanding his repertoire and refining his changeup, Thompson has more development ahead before he can be considered a finished pitcher ready to face Major League hitters.

  • 08/04/2014 | Nos. 2, 3 prospects make successful jump to Triple-A

    The Red Sox's Nos. 2 and 3 prospects, pitcher Henry Owens and catcher Blake Swihart, made their Triple-A debuts in a 5-0 win for Pawtucket over Columbus on Monday night.

  • 08/04/2014 | Excited Frias debuts with Dodgers

    Carlos Frias, who has been in the Dodgers' Minor League system for seven years, was called up to The Show on Monday to replace right-hander Chris Perez, who went on the 15-day disabled list with bone spurs in his right ankle.

  • 08/04/2014 | Nationals recall Souza from Triple-A Syracuse

    The Nationals' decision to call up Steven Souza Jr. on Monday occurred after Nate McLouth was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of right shoulder inflammation. But that doesn't mean Souza didn't deserve the promotion.

  • 08/04/2014 | Nats No. 3 prospect Taylor stars in Triple-A debut

    The Nationals promoted No. 3 prospect Michael Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse on Monday. The outfielder hit .313 with a .935 OPS, 22 home runs, 61 RBIs and 34 stolen bases in 98 games for Double-A Harrisburg this season. In his debut for the Chiefs, Taylor went 2-for-2 with a go-ahead RBI double, two walks, a run and a stolen base as Syracuse defeated Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 7-6.

  • 08/04/2014 | Five D-backs have plenty to prove down stretch

    There are just 50 games left in the 2014 regular season for the D-backs, and with the front office's focus having shifted to 2015, the final stretch is especially important for these five players.

  • 08/04/2014 | Prospects Alfaro, Mazara earn promotions

    The Rangers have promoted two of their top prospects to Double-A Frisco. Catcher Jorge Alfaro is moving up from Class A Myrtle Beach, and outfielder Nomar Mazara is jumping from lower Class A Hickory.

  • 08/04/2014 | Cubs call up top prospect Baez

    The wait is over. The Cubs' No. 2 prospect, infielder Javier Baez, has been called up and will join the club on Tuesday in Colorado.

  • 08/04/2014 | Guerrero set to provide power for Mariners

    Seattle Mariners outfield prospect Gabriel "Gabby" Guerrero has a future. He looks to be playing with electricity powering his body. He's exciting, extremely talented, highly-energetic and from my observation, a physical clone of his All Star uncle Vladimir Guerrero.

  • 08/04/2014 | Cameron among top stars at East Coast Showcase

    The 2014 East Coast Pro Showcase is now in the books as the summer amateur showcase circuit continues to wind on. Here are the top performers from the event, including Daz Cameron, son of former big-leaguer Mike.

  • 08/04/2014 | Barnes, Bryant are Pipeline Prospects of the Week

    This week's Pipeline Prospects of the Week are Red Sox No. 14 prospect Matt Barnes and Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant. Bryant went yard three times in seven games while Barnes threw seven hitless innings.

  • 08/03/2014 | Royals Minor League Report: Aug. 3

    Carlos Peguero homered twice as Triple-A Ohama moved into first place with a win over Iowa.

  • 08/03/2014 | McLouth goes on DL, prospect Souza called up

    The Nationals called up outfielder Steven Souza Jr. and placed outfielder Nate McLouth on the 15-day disabled list because of inflammation in his right shoulder.

  • 08/03/2014 | Springer will begin rehab stint at Quad Cities

    The Astros announced after Sunday's 6-1 win over the Blue Jays that rookie outfielder George Springer will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Quad Cities on Monday.

  • 08/03/2014 | Castro eager to see Baez in Majors

    Starlin Castro is hoping Javier Baez can find success when he is eventually promoted to the big leagues. And Castro would like that day to be soon.

  • 08/03/2014 | Prospect Mitchell returns to Triple-A Charlotte

    White Sox prospect Jared Mitchell was promoted back to Triple-A Charlotte from Double-A Birmingham after hitting .299 with 10 homers and 20 RBIs over 157 at-bats with the Barons.

  • 08/03/2014 | Prospect Joseph to have wrist surgery

    Double-A Reading catcher Tommy Joseph, the Phillies' No. 20 prospect, will undergo season-ending surgery on his left wrist Tuesday. Dr. Don Sheridan will perform the procedure.

  • 08/03/2014 | Duffy gets start at second base vs. righty pitcher

    Intrigued by rookie Matt Duffy's potential, Giants manager Bruce Bochy abandoned his plans to play the right-handed batter only against left-handed pitchers and started him at second base Sunday against Mets righty Bartolo Colon.

  • 08/03/2014 | Castro keeps it simple in Foltynewicz's debut

    By now, Jason Castro is used to catching pitchers making their first appearance in the big leagues. So, he had one simple goal for Astros rookie Mike Foltynewicz during the righty's debut on Saturday night against the Blue Jays: keep it simple.

  • 08/03/2014 | Foltynewicz shows heat in Houston debut

    Mike Foltynewicz made his first big league appearance in Saturday night's 8-2 win over the Blue Jays, recording two outs in the eighth with a 4-2 lead before walking a third batter.

  • 08/02/2014 | On fast track, top pick Nola elevated to Double-A

    The Phillies promoted Aaron Nola, their first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, to Double-A Reading on Saturday after the right-hander compiled a 3.16 ERA in seven appearances, six of them starts, for Class A Advanced Clearwater.

  • 08/02/2014 | Taylor makes strong first impression on offense

    The Mariners have always been high on the defensive skills of young shortstop Chris Taylor, and he has been effective at the plate as well in his first stint with the club.

  • 08/02/2014 | Tribe recalls lefty House, options Adams

    The Indians recalled left-handed pitcher T.J. House from Triple-A Columbus on Saturday. Cleveland made room for House by optioning right-hander Austin Adams to Columbus.

  • 08/02/2014 | Halos' top pick throws scoreless inning in pro debut

    Left-hander Sean Newcomb, the Angels' first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, threw a scoreless inning in his professional debut Friday, helping the Rookie-level Angels defeat the D-backs, 3-1, in the Arizona League.

  • 08/02/2014 | Pipeline Preview: SS prospects Lindor, Marrero clash

    Francisco Lindor is widely considered to be the best defensive shortstop in the Minor Leagues. On Saturday, Lindor and Columbus will begin a four-game series at Pawtucket, where they will find another defensive-minded shortstop in Deven Marrero, the Red Sox No. 13 prospect

  • 08/02/2014 | Top Mets, Padres prospects duel again at Triple-A

    For the second time this season, Mets No. 1 prospect Noah Syndergaard outdueled Padres No. 3 prospect Matt Wisler in a matchup of two of the best pitchers in the Pacific Coast League. But both starters were out of the game by the time Triple-A El Paso scored two runs in the 10th inning to defeat Las Vegas, 4-3.

  • 08/02/2014 | Royals Minor League report: Aug. 1

    Northwest Arkansas knotted a road series at a game apiece. Christian Binford (6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) settled in after two runs scored in the first. Orlando Calixte singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth. He also hit a solo homer in the fifth. Cheslor Cuthbert added an RBI. Binford is ranked eighth among Royals prospects by MLB.com, Calixte 12th and Cuthbert 15th.

  • 08/02/2014 | Prospect Williams fans 11 for Wisconsin

    Taylor Williams, the Brewers' No. 14 prospect, struck out a career-high 11 batters in seven scoreless innings on Friday, and Class A Wisconsin defeated Peoria, 5-1.

  • 08/02/2014 | Giddy up: Betts shows range to rob Ellsbury

    Mookie Betts, who only recently converted to playing the outfield after playing mainly second base in the Minors and is ranked the Red Sox's top prospect, made a sensational leaping catch in the eighth inning to help thwart a potential Yankees rally.

  • 08/02/2014 | Prospect McMahon comes through for Asheville

    Over the course of two days, Ryan McMahon got two chances in one game to be a hero for Class A Asheville and he took advantage of both of them.

  • 08/01/2014 | Soler, Anderson Pipeline's July standouts

    Tennessee Smokies outfielder Jorge Soler of the Cubs and Tulsa Drillers left-hander Tyler Anderson of the Rockies were named the MLB Pipeline Prospects of the Month for their performances in July.

  • 08/01/2014 | Infusion of new talent helps Sox knock off Yanks

    Anthony Ranaudo allowed just two runs over six innings and got the win in his big league debut as the Red Sox posted a 4-3 win over the Yankees on Friday night at Fenway Park.

  • 08/01/2014 | Valaika gets callup just in time to play in hometown

    Chris Valaika grew up about 20 minutes from Dodger Stadium, but has never played at the ballpark. On Friday, he got to walk on the field for the first time, and felt just like a kid again.

  • 08/01/2014 | Top pitching prospect Glasnow throws six scoreless

    Pirates' No. 1 prospect Tyler Glasnow threw six scoreless innings Friday, helping lead Class A Advanced Bradenton to a 3-2 victory against Brevard County.

  • 08/01/2014 | Giants designate Uggla, Colvin, call up Double-A duo

    The Giants purchased the contracts of infielder Matt Duffy and outfielder Jarrett Parker from Double-A Richmond on Friday while clearing roster room by designating second baseman Dan Uggla and outfielder Tyler Colvin for assignment.

  • 08/01/2014 | Saladino's season over following Tommy John surgery

    White Sox Minor League infielder Tyler Saladino had season-ending Tommy John Surgery after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm.

  • 08/01/2014 | Cameron ready to Daz-zle this summer

    Being ordained as a potential front-runner to be the No. 1 pick in the Draft may not mean a whole lot once the calendar turns to June, but there's no question a lot of eyes have been on the son of Mike Cameron, Daz, this summer to see how he performs and responds to the attention.

  • 08/01/2014 | Vargas makes big league debut for Twins

    Double-A All-Star Kennys Vargas made his Major League debut on Friday against the White Sox, hitting sixth and playing first base for the Twins.

  • 08/01/2014 | Cubs fill roster spots with pair of prospects

    The Cubs filled the vacancies created by the trade of James Russell and Emilio Bonifacio, adding Chris Valaika and Blake Parker from Triple-A Iowa.

  • 08/01/2014 | Springer needs to run full speed before rehab

    The only thing that's holding Astros rookie outfielder George Springer back in his rehab from a quad injury that has caused him to miss 12 games is being able to run. Of course, running is a huge part of Springer's game, so the Astros are being cautious.

  • 08/01/2014 | Class A pitcher Williams suspended

    Farmhand Mark Williams drew a 50-game suspension on Friday. He is the second member of the advanced Class A Brevard County club suspended this week under the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program after testing positive for amphetamines.

  • 08/01/2014 | To compete, Cubs know they need pitching

    The question then is this: When is it going to end? When will the Cubs compete again? Jed Hoyer, the general manager who serves alongside Epstein, may have let an internal timetable slip on Thursday.

  • 08/01/2014 | Royals Minor League Report: July 31

    Mauricio Ramos took one for the team as he recorded the go-ahead RBI upon being hit by a pitch in the eighth. Elier Hernandez hit three hits, an RBI and a run. Starter Luke Farrell fanned 10 over five innings.

  • 08/01/2014 | Astros call up hard-throwing righty Foltynewicz

    The Astros on Friday called up another one of their top prospects as hard-throwing right-hander Mike Foltynewicz will pitch in the bullpen for the rest of season, though his future remains as a starter down the road.

  • 08/01/2014 | Trades present chances for top prospects

    There's a tendency to look only at the up-and-comers who are involved in trades, but it's equally important -- maybe more so this year -- to look at the teams that sold at the Deadline. Where Major Leaguers once stood, opportunities for young players may now be there for the taking.

  • 08/01/2014 | Pipeline preview: Syndergaard, Wisler set for rematch

    Noah Syndergaard and Matt Wisler first met May 16 in El Paso in a matchup of pitchers ranked on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list. Syndergaard and Triple-A Las Vegas came out on top in the duel, winning 10-2. Wisler and El Paso have a chance for revenge in a rematch when they face Syndergaard in Las Vegas on Friday.

  • 08/01/2014 | Freeland gets first win while Wall goes yard

    Left-hander Kyle Freeland and second baseman Forrest Wall, the Rockies' first two picks in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, both achieved significant firsts in their professional careers Thursday with Rookie-level Grand Junction.

  • 08/01/2014 | Beede tosses scoreless frame in professional debut

    Right-hander Tyler Beede, the Giants' first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, threw a scoreless inning in his professional debut Thursday, helping the Rookie-level Giants defeat the Angels, 1-0, in the Arizona League.