Bernie Pleskoff has been a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.
|Los Angeles Dodgers infielder/outfielder Alex Guerrero has had a bit of a roller-coaster ride with the Dodgers since defecting from Cuba as a free agent in 2013.
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|The Atlanta Braves obtained an excellent multisport athlete when Jace Peterson was included in one of the many offseason moves made by the club. In mid-December, the San Diego Padres sent Peterson to the Braves along with pitcher Max Fried, third baseman Dustin Peterson and center fielder Mallex Smith for outfielder Justin Upton and pitcher Aaron Northcraft. It was a blockbuster trade that could help shape both clubs for years to come.
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|Kendall Graveman needed less than two years in the Minors to make it to the big leagues, thanks mostly to the fact that he can throw up to six pitches for strikes. However, he was sent back down last week to refine his repertoire.
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|J.T. Realmuto may well be the new full-time catcher for the Marlins. While he made his debut with the club at the age of 23 on June 5, 2014, Realmuto's recent promotion to the big leagues on April 13 could change the look of Miami's catching corps.
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|Pitching injuries in the first week of the season provided an opportunity for Giants right-handed starter Chris Heston. Due to Matt Cain's arm injury and the bad back of Jake Peavy, Heston was called on to start against the D-backs in the first series of the year.
More»Pleskoff likes Heston's opportunistic rise|
|Right-handed-hitting catcher James McCann won't just be remembered for hitting a bird perched on the backstop with a foul ball during Spring Training this year. No, there's much more to McCann's 2015 Spring Training story.
More»McCann looks to be catcher of the future for Tigers|
|People have come to expect tremendous pitching depth from the St. Louis Cardinals. Left-hander Marco Gonzales is another in the long line of pitchers the club has developed.
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|Ideally, every trade would benefit all involved clubs. In the case of a transaction between the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays in November 2014, the deal seems to meet that standard. Toronto sent outfielder Anthony Gose to Detroit for second baseman Devon Travis. Both players are poised to impact their new club as part of their respective starting lineups.
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|After submitting a posting fee, the Pittsburgh Pirates won the bidding for right-handed-hitting infielder Jung Ho Kang in December. A month later, they signed him to a four-year contract with a club option for a fifth year. He was signed as a shortstop, adding middle-infield depth behind the incumbent, Jody Mercer. Kang is the first Korean position player to come to the Major Leagues through the posting system.
More»Kang's strong arm, power will propel him with Pirates|
|Rangers outfielder Ryan Rua came out of nowhere to become a part of the team's plans in 2014, and after a strong showing in Spring Training, he was named the Rangers' starting left fielder to open the '15 season.
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|Carlos Rodon got his share of publicity, but it was mild and toned down compared to Bryant. But make no mistake, Rodon has raised some eyebrows with his electric stuff and his mature poise and mound presence. He will be a force in the White Sox rotation for years to come.
More»Rodon a rising star on verge of callup with White Sox|
|At 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, right-handed-hitting Taylor Featherston is one of the candidates to replace Kendrick. While it's a huge order, Featherston has a nice mix of tools that could bode well for his new club.
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|Canha returns home with the Athletics. He attended Bellarmine College Prep where he was named the 2007 West Catholic Athletic League MVP. He hit .440 with 11 home runs as a senior. For his career he hit .415 with 23 doubles, three triples and 26 home runs. During his tenure, he was clearly the leader of his team.
More»Prospect Canha could provide a power bat for the A's|
|Every spring Steve Cobb, the director of the Arizona Fall League, travels to Florida and Arizona training camps to present championship rings to the winning team's players and coaches. The most recent celebration honored the members of the Rockies who played on the 2014 Salt River Rafters club, which beat the Peoria Javelinas in November.
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|The Cubs have been collecting talent in their prospect bank and soon many of their assets will reach maturity. It will be time to cash in the stash and collect the dividends.
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|The 24-year-old Eddie Butler has time to further develop an arsenal that already includes a mid- to high 90s fastball, an effective changeup, a slider and a little-used curveball. In order to advance with success, he must execute pitches.
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|Over the past few years the Astros have shaped their organization around young, projectable players obtained in the First-Year Player Draft or via trades.
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|The Los Angeles Dodgers will have a new look this coming season. Dee Gordon, Hanley Ramirez and Matt Kemp are among the high-profile players who have found new homes. With the transition comes opportunity, and outfielder Joc Pederson could be among the beneficiaries.
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|Royals right-hander Christian Binford throws strikes -- not just strike one, either. He is around the plate, gets great movement and sink on his pitches and he induces swings and misses as well as lots of ground balls. He doesn't have overpowering stuff, but the 22-year-old's command and control are superb.
More»Prospect Christian Binford climbing in Royals system|
|Spring Training will be an outstanding evaluation time for several Blue Jays prospects on the cusp of making the Major League roster. The club has several Major League ready pitchers and players that can really make an impact on their upcoming season.
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