Jonathan Mayo is an MLB.com Draft and prospect expert. He has been a reporter for MLB.com since 1999.
|Catcher Max Pentecost, the No. 11 pick in the 2014 Draft, won the Johnny Bench Award, given to the top collegiate catcher. Pentecost, who was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays, hit 61 RBIs for Kennesaw State last year.
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|MLB.com polled a sampling of front-office types about which hitters and pitchers they were most looking forward to seeing in this year's Futures Game. Nationals right-hander Lucas Giolito was the overwhelming choice among pitchers.
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|A look back at some of the top plays and players in the 15-year history of the Futures Game.
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|Twins prospects Alex Meyer, Jose Berrios and Kennys Vargas took a tour of Mall of America on Friday before participating in Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.
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|The opening event to All-Star Week has grown in stature and excitement, with hundreds of top prospects going from the game to eventually having big league careers. There is little question that the 16th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, taking place on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET as part of All-Star Sunday at Target Field, will provide the same boost for the future stars who will be on hand.
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|Jonathan Mayo chose his underdogs from the Futures Game rosters. He selected a position player from the U.S. team and a pitcher from the World roster: Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor and Marlins right-hander Domingo German.
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|MLBPipeline.com has put together a First-Half All-Prospect team, featuring the prospects who performed the best during the first few months of the 2014 season. The list includes Cubs 2013 first-round Draft pick Kris Bryant and a trio of Red Sox, led by Mookie Betts.
More»Mayo discusses the 2014 first half All-Prospect Team|
|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, the hitter is Pirates prospect JaCoby Jones and Cardinals prospect Rob Kaminsky
More» Rob Kaminsky, LHP, Cardinals|
|Rumors had been rampant about the Cubs dealing Jeff Samardzija at some point this summer. Now it appears to be official -- though neither club has announced nor confirmed the deal -- as the Cubs sent both their ace Samardzija and right-hander Jason Hammel to the A's for prospects Addison Russell and Billy McKinney, as well as young right-hander Dan Straily.
More»Cubs acquire top prospects Russell and McKinney|
|The question at hand is simple: Who has the best lineup in all of the Minor Leagues? Let's go with the team with the deepest lineup: Oakland's California League affiliate, the Stockton Ports.
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|Throughout the season, the MLBPipeline.com staff will name Pipeline Prospects of the Month -- one hitter and one pitcher who excelled over the previous month. The Cubs' Kris Bryant and the Twins' Jose Berrios topped the Minors in June.
More» Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs|
|Francisco Lindor, the Indians' top prospect and who is ranked No. 9 on MLB.com's Top 100 list, suffered a small, non-displaced nasal fracture when he took a bad-hop ground ball off of his face on Wednesday afternoon.
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|Will the Blue Jays be able to sign Jeff Hoffman and Max Pentecost? Who will go at the top of the 2015 Draft? Jonathan Mayo responds to these questions and more in the Pipeline Inbox.
More» Blue Jays draft RHP Jeff Hoffman No. 9|
|Every Major League organization makes a strong effort to develop pitching from within. Typically, even an organization that is rich in pitching has its arms spread throughout the system. Sometimes, though, the talent gets stacked up in one place, leading to an exciting prospect-laden rotation for one Minor League team.
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|Shortstop Deven Marrero's efforts on offense and Zach Davies' string of zeros have netted them this week's honors.
More» Deven Marrero, SS, Red Sox|
|They are the lowest levels of professional baseball. But the group known collectively as the short-season leagues, which have started in the past week or are getting going today, are an extremely important part of the development process.
More»Mayo discusses fast starts by top prospects|
|For years, Milwaukee has always been a team that's taken the players it wants to take, when it wants to take them. Sometimes that's flown in the face of conventional wisdom. The Brewers were at it again when they took Kodi Medeiros with their first pick, making him the No. 12 selection of the Draft.
More»Which team had the best Draft in 2014?|
|There's a reason why Aaron Nola went 11-1 with a 1.47 ERA in the SEC, arguably the toughest conference in college baseball. He didn't strike out 134 and walk only 27 in 116 1/3 innings, holding hitters to a minuscule .172 batting average against, with smoke and mirrors.
More»Which draftee will make the Majors first?|
|The 2014 First-Year Player Draft is in the books, which means one thing -- time to check out 2015's top prospects. The summer showcase schedule for these players begins almost immediately, too.
More»MLB.com looks ahead to the 2015 Draft|
|Day 2 of the 2014 Draft was a veritable senior-palooza, particularly in rounds 6-10 after the remaining higher-end talent had come off the board. A total of 69 college seniors were taken on Friday, a bit of an uptick following the two that were taken on Thursday night.
More» Cubs draft RHP Jake Stinnett No. 45|