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Rockies rookie right-handed pitcher Jon Gray's start Thursday night at AT&T Park serves as a chance to hurt the Giants' postseason hopes, but he has too much on his mind to care about that.
"Comping players is really dangerous," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said right off the top. But here's one he was willing to discuss anyway: Orlando Arcia and Elvis Andrus.
Gary Sanchez aside, it hasn't been easy going for the other Baby Bombers since their August debuts, but in the Yankees' series opener against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, Tyler Austin came through.
With instructional leagues underway in Florida and Arizona, MLB Pipeline takes a team-by-team look at the top storylines and prospects at each club's camp.
The Nationals acquired catcher Taylor Gushue and cash from the Pirates on Monday in exchange for infielder Chris Bostick, who was designated for assignment when the team reinstated Joe Ross from the 60-day DL last week.
Jonathan Mayo reports on the Twins' instructional league, from 2016 draftees Akil Baddoo and Ben Rortvedt, to international signee Wander Javier.
The Nationals and Pirates have agreed on a deal that will send infielder Chris Bostick to Pittsburgh in exchange for catcher Taylor Gushue and cash considerations.
Infielder Alex Bregman and right-handed pitcher Brady Rodgers were named the Astros' Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, on Monday. The players were set to be recognized in a pregame ceremony prior to Monday's game against Seattle.
The Braves instructional league camp officially began last Monday, but there was a group of young players who were deservedly given a few extra days to report to Orlando. That core of young pitchers join international signee Kevin Maitan and more.
If you wanted to know what two-thirds of the Phillies outfield might look like come 2019, you needed to head to the Gulf Coast League this summer. If you missed out, the dynamic duo of Mickey Moniak and Jhailyn Ortiz are continuing to get work together during instructional league play.
The Rockies may have had their best year ever for rookies in 2016. Tyler Anderson, David Dahl, Carlos Estevez, Jon Gray, Trevor Story and Tony Wolters all graduated to Coors Field this season. Jeff Hoffman, German Marquez and Raimel Tapia also made their big league debuts, while Tom Murphy showed impressive power for the second straight September.
Salvador Perez has started the last three All-Star Games behind the plate for the American League, and the Royals have more catching talent on the way, including No. 6 prospect Chase Vallot.
With the calendar flipping to September, each team has the opportunity to expand its roster. Here's a look at the top prospects teams have called up since rosters expanded.
Nationals right-hander Reynaldo Lopez was outstanding during Saturday's 6-1 victory over the Pirates. He replaced Joe Ross in the third inning and pitched 5 1/3 innings without allowing a run and struck out six batters. Nationals manager Dusty Baker was so impressed that he said he hasn't ruled out putting Lopez, the third-best prospect in the Nationals' farm system according to MLB.com, on the postseason roster.
Edwin Rios, named the Dodgers Branch Rickey Minor League position player of the year, won that award over a group of better-known farmhands like Cody Bellinger, Alex Verdugo and Willie Calhoun.
Ty Blach is nothing like Johnny Cueto. Yet Blach will try his best to emulate the leading winner of the Giants' rotation when he replaces Cueto as Sunday's starter against the San Diego Padres.
Tyler Glasnow did his time in the bullpen. Now he's moving back into the Pirates' rotation. The Pirates' top prospect will start Sunday's series finale against the Nationals at PNC Park, replacing left-hander Steven Brault, in his first big league start since July 23. Pittsburgh hopes that Glasnow's brief stint as a reliever will serve him well as he returns to a starting role. Brault moved out of the rotation and into the Bucs' bullpen on Saturday.
If he hadn't already, Michael Fulmer solidified his American League Rookie of the Year Award candidacy on Friday night with seven innings of one-run baseball in the Tigers' 8-3 win over the Royals.
The Marlins on Friday honored two of their top prospects, as right-hander Luis Castillo and third baseman Brian Anderson were selected as the organization's Pitcher of the Year and Player of the Year, respectively.
Jonathan Mayo looks at players who could raise their stocks next year, the Rome Braves' impressive pitching staff and more in this week's Pipeline Inbox.
Presented with a fresh crop of September callups on Wednesday afternoon, Padres manager Andy Green announced his intention to "put 'em in the fire."
The moment is permanently etched in Rockies right-hander Jon Gray's memory. Winless in 11 big league starts, having allowed 11 earned runs in 8 2/3 innings in his first two starts this season, Gray began start No. 3 by giving up back-to-back singles to Jon Jay and Wil Myers in San Diego to open the bottom of the first inning May 2, and Matt Kemp doubled them home.
The Rangers on Thursday agreed to a $1.1 million deal with Cuban infielder Yanio Perez, a source told MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez. The club has not confirmed the report.
How will the four position players just promoted from Triple-A El Paso perform in the Major Leagues?
The prospect landscape is ever-changing, with players graduating to the big leagues, improving, regressing and sometimes getting hurt. Reflecting this reality, MLBPipeline's Top 100 Prospects list continually evolves throughout the year. How could the Top 10 shape up a year from now? Let's break out our crystal ball and gaze into the future…
The D-backs would likely say they could always use more talent behind the plate, but taking a look at their instructional league roster, they do seem to have a bit of an embarrassment of riches at the lower levels of the Minors.
Jonathan Mayo reports on the Reds' instructional league, which features a pair of big international signings, 2016 draftees and more.
It is just one game, but a game like this might allow the Phillies to dream a little about the future. They not only beat the White Sox on Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park, 8-3, they beat Sox ace Chris Sale. They hammered him for seven hits and six runs in just four innings, making it his second shortest start of the season.
Padres manager Andy Green plans on throwing each of the four new position players into the fray on Thursday against the Giants, with outfielders Manuel Margot, Hunter Renroe, infielder Carlos Asuaje and catcher Austin Hedges expected to be in the starting lineup.
With his baseball season complete, it was wedding season for Adam Plutko. The Indians pitcher was in California, standing up in the wedding of one of his friends, expecting the only celebration to be about the couple's big day.
The future is quickly becoming the present for the San Diego Padres, as the organization promoted four highly touted young hitters from Triple-A El Paso on Wednesday.
There may not be a better way to endear yourself to a city in your Major League debut. With the Orioles hitless through 4 2/3 innings Tuesday night, Trey Mancini stepped to the plate for his second-career at-bat and crushed a homer to left-center field for his first big league hit in the Orioles' 5-2 loss to the Red Sox.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre won plenty of games this season, but it was the 98th victory that officially gave them its first Triple-A National Championship.
Coming off a season in which he led the Minors with 173 strikeouts, Brandon Woodruff was named the Brewers' Minor League Pitcher of the Year, honored along with Isan Diaz, the 20-year-old middle infielder named Minor League Player of the Year.
Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz's stellar rookie season hit a bit of a speed bump in his return from the disabled list prior to Monday's series opener against the Rockies.
A little more than six months from now, the Braves will open the 2017 season back at Citi Field. It would hardly be a surprise if Noah Syndergaard is the Mets' starter that day. It would hardly be a surprise if Dansby Swanson is the Braves' shortstop. And it would hardly be a surprise if Swanson doesn't look at all intimidated when he comes to the plate.
It wasn't exactly the "Shot Heard 'Round the World," but when an ex-football player who is trying to become a Major Leaguer at the age of 29 hits one out, it's news.
While this year's rookies can't compare to their immediate predecessors, the Class of 2016 is still a formidable group.
As expected, the Dodgers added a player to their active roster before Monday's game against the Giants. However, instead of the previously announced Alex Wood, it was Micah Johnson recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Rockies right-handed prospect Jeff Hoffman, who has struggled with his execution through his first five Major League starts, will finish the season in the bullpen.
Bunched together, the brightest faces of the Mets' farm system crowded into a photo frame on Monday -- all of them at different stages of their development, but with a singular goal.
With shoulder-length hair shooting out from underneath his cap, Mike Clevinger was a wild horse when he joined the Indians a couple seasons ago. The Tribe had a promising prospect on its hands, but one who also would be a long-term project and whose success would be reliant on his complete buy-in.
The Tigers and SeaWolves announced the extension of their player development contract, which runs through the 2018 season, at a news conference Monday morning in Erie, Pa.
For a former Heisman Trophy winner and retired NFL quarterback who is a decade older than his teammates, Tim Tebow seemed to blend in well after he stepped onto the backfields in Port St. Lucie to begin his professional baseball career.
Say the words "instructional league," and the name Tim Tebow probably follows close behind. While the former NFL quarterback begins his baseball career with the Mets in Florida amid much hoopla, 50 White Sox prospects went to work across the country Monday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.
Thrust into a Major League rotation at the heart of the Cardinals' playoff push, rookie Alex Reyes responded Sunday by matching the magnitude of the moment with the biggest performance of his career. His seven shutout innings served as the backbone for a 3-0 win that pulled the Cardinals to within one game of the Giants in the Wild Card race.
With the Minor League season officially adjourned, seven Red Sox Minor Leaguers received honors on Sunday at Fenway Park for their year-long effort in 2016, including Rafael Devers, the organization's No. 3 prospect and the 17th best prospect overall, according to MLB.com.
After shedding some tears of joy upon hearing on Friday night that his son had been promoted to the Major League level, Rudy Ruiz gathered some family members and boarded a flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta. The hectic cross-country trip provided him more opportunities to think about what it would be like to see his son on a big league field for the first time.
The Class A Great Lakes Loons claimed their first Midwest League title on Sunday, defeating Clinton, 9-8, in Game 4 of the best-of-five series.
He made the jump from Double-A Jackson to the Majors during the season, throws heat in the upper 90s and has been a big contributor to the Mariners' bullpen already as a rookie. But, no, we're not talking about closer Edwin Diaz this time.
When Oakland pulled the trigger on a Brandon Moss trade and reeled in Joey Wendle from Cleveland nearly two years ago, the whispers ran rampant: Wendle's offense was considered well ahead of his defense. The young infielder got word and went to work to quiet them.
Corey Kluber smiled when he saw the pair of nameplates that were placed above one locker inside Cleveland's crowded clubhouse. The Indians' ace remembers what it was like to share a stall with another player after being called up to the big leagues in September.
Knowing that their franchise would cease to exist with the completion of the 2016 season, the Class A Advanced High Desert Mavericks made sure to go out in style. They captured the California League title on Saturday night, defeating Visalia, 7-4, to complete a three-game sweep of the Rawhide in the best-of-five series.
The Dodgers clubhouse in September now shows the signs of a club preparing to play in October. After Saturday night's 6-2 win over Arizona, the clubhouse TVs were showing the Giants' latest late-inning collapse with Dodgers whooping and hollering for the Cardinals' comeback.
The Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas won their first Pacific Coast League championship on Saturday, defeating Oklahoma City, 4-3, in 11 innings in Game 4 of the best-of-five series.
The Orioles announced catcher Chance Sisco as their Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year and reliever Donnie Hart as their Jim Palmer Minor League Pitcher of the Year. The players were honored on the field at Camden Yards before Saturday night's game with the Rays.
Michael Reed had already begun his offseason when the Brewers called Friday to tell him that he was needed at Wrigley Field.
The play looked like a routine dive back into first base, something that Mason Williams had done countless times during his professional career. His initial reaction was to shrug it off and assume that two days of rest would be enough to get him back in the lineup.
A conversation with Braves president of baseball operations John Hart lingered in Rio Ruiz's mind throughout the offseason and into this year. And after dropping close to 30 pounds since then, the 22-year-old earned his reward on Saturday, when the Braves selected his contract from Triple-A Gwinnett.
Thanks to a career-best performance by Brett Martin, the Class A Advanced High Desert Mavericks are one win away from becoming California League champions.
The Midland RockHounds claimed their third straight Texas League title on Friday night when they defeated Northwest Arkansas, 4-1, at Security Bank Ballpark in Game 4 of the best-of-five series.
L.J. Kalawaia drove in all of Rookie-level Orem's runs on Friday night to help the Owlz win their fourth Pioneer League championship in 12 years.
Based on record, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was the best Triple-A team in 2016. Now, after shutting out Gwinnett in Game 4 of the International League Finals, they have the hardware to back it up.
For the second time in five years, the Double-A Akron RubberDucks are Eastern League champions. Behind a strong start from Nick Pasquale and a three-hit effort by leadoff man Greg Allen, the RubberDucks edged Trenton, 2-1, to complete a three-game series sweep of the Thunder in the Eastern League finals.
With a South Atlantic League title on the line, Max Fried was at his best. The Braves' No. 11 prospect recorded a career-high 13 strikeouts over seven innings on Friday to help lead Class A Rome Braves past Lakewood, 6-1, in Game 4 of the South Atlantic League finals at FirstEnergy Park.
A large part of the Rockies' resurgence this season can be credited to the emergence of their young pitchers. Last August, Colorado called up 2013's No. 3 overall pick, right-hander Jon Gray, who made nine starts at the end of the season. This August, they turned to the ninth pick of the 2014 draft, right-hander Jeff Hoffman.
Top Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Wednesday to remove a "loose body." The team said Crawford will rest for the next four weeks but will otherwise have a normal offseason.
Royals manager Ned Yost isn't ready to wave the white flag on the 2016 season. But Yost said he will mix in more of his young players down the stretch, starting with 2013 first-round Draft pick Hunter Dozier.
Zack Collins' first year in professional baseball continues through a short stint at the upcoming White Sox Instructional League in Arizona and then by being part of Glendale's taxi squad in the Arizona Fall League.
Jason Groome, who was a high school senior just a few months ago and is now ranked the Red Sox's No. 4 prospect, was a bit awestruck by his surroundings on Friday.
Kolby Allard spun another gem as Rome beat Lakewood 2-0 to take a 2-1 series lead in the Class A South Atlantic League Finals on Thursday.
The Double-A Jackson Generals were going to go as far Tyler O'Neill led them, and the 2016 Southern League MVP led his team to a championship. Jackson captured its second Southern League title with an 11-3 win over Mississippi, completing the three-game sweep of the series on Thursday night.
Outfielder Raimel Tapia captured Rockies fans' imaginations long before he arrived in the Majors on Sept. 2 and caught their eye.
For a few minutes in the Citizens Bank Park bullpen on Wednesday night, Trevor Williams prepared for his third relief appearance for the Pirates. Now, he's getting ready for his first Major League start.
Jim Callis breaks down the projections for the Dodgers' Yadier Alvarez, discusses which Brewers OF prospects are most likely to succeed and more in this week's Pipeline Inbox.
After the completion of the 2016 Minor League regular season comes a flurry of prospect awards. There are many players who didn't receive any accolades. That doesn't mean they don't deserve plaudits for a successful 2016 campaign. The five hitters and five pitchers listed below all raised their stocks considerably this year, with many making huge leaps onto and/or up the Top 100 prospects list.
Chris Ellis spun six no-hit innings, but an elevated pitch count prompted Triple-A Gwinnett to turn to the bullpen. Despite the effort from the 23-year-old, Gwinnett lost 2-1 to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday night as the International League Finals evened up at a game each.
The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are champions once again. The Cubs' Class A Advanced Affiliate captured the Carolina League championship with a 5-3 win over Lynchburg (Indians) on Wednesday night, becoming the league's first back-to-back champion since Winston-Salem did so in 1985 and '86.
Matt Koch likely visualized one of his first Major League milestones as a first career win. The D-backs right-hander achieved a career first in Tuesday's 11-4 win over the Rockies, but it wasn't that one. Koch, who has been a starter all season in the Minors prior to his September callup, pitched four scoreless innings of relief to earn his first save in just his second career appearance.
Rookie right-hander Jose Berrios said on Wednesday that he was thankful to get another chance to start on Friday against the Mets after meeting with manager Paul Molitor, pitching coach Neil Allen and bullpen coach Eddie Guardado on Tuesday.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. took his first big step toward fulfilling his Major League dream and possibly playing alongside his big brother Yulieski with a large showcase Wednesday morning at Rod Carew Stadium in Panama City, Panama.
The Padres' Triple-A El Paso affiliate scored three times in the bottom of the eighth on Tuesday night to complete a rally from a 5-0 deficit to defeat the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 7-5, in the opener of the best-of-five Pacific Coast League Championship Series.
The Padres four All-PCL players - Austin Hedges, Manuel Margot, Carlos Asuaje and Hunter Renfroe -- combined to go 10-for-17 with a double, two triples, three homers, six RBIs and eight runs scored Wednesday night to lead Triple-A to a 10-4 win over Oklahoma City and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five PCL Championship Series.
In a winner-take-all game, with the Northwest League Championship on the line, the Eugene Emeralds turned to their ace and Manuel Rondon delivered, helping the team win its first outright title in 41 years.
Cubs No. 8 prospect Trevor Clifton was among the top prospect performers in the Minors on Tuesday.
For a long time Phillies fans had heard only stories about Roman Quinn's speed. The man can run, but Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park might have been the first time many had seen how Quinn's speed can affect a game. He played a significant role in a 5-3 loss to the Pirates.
For much of the baseball world, roster expansion is reserved for early September. This year, however, the Padres have largely chosen to wait, giving their top prospects a chance to compete in the Pacific Coast League playoffs. The Championship Series began Tuesday with El Paso playing host to Oklahoma City. That means the Padres will likely be making a few callups within the next week or so.
The wince that Aaron Judge displayed after a mighty cut on Tuesday may have accompanied one of his final swings of his first year in the big leagues, as Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that the rookie is considered likely to miss the rest of the regular season. The club announced after Wednesday's 2-0 loss to the Dodgers that Judge is being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 2 right oblique strain.
The Blue Jays had a special visitor on Tuesday afternoon as T.J. Zeuch, the team's first-round selection in the 2016 Draft, made his first visit to Rogers Centre.
One of the Yankees' living legends recently sat down with one of the club's brightest young stars. Reggie Jackson has known some of this electric group of Baby Bombers -- Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin -- since they were teenagers. So they heed his advice as not only coming from a Hall of Famer, but from a friendly face as well.
Being ranked No. 1 on MLBPipeline's Top 100 Prospects list and earning Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year proves what Yoan Moncada is capable of, but his early struggles in the Major Leagues are a part of the transitioning process.
The grammatical intricacies of the English language can be especially challenging to absorb, particularly when going through the growing pains of Minor League baseball at the same time.
Less than a half hour after Andrew Benintendi completed a simulated game against teammate Henry Owens, the Red Sox activated the rookie left fielder from the 15-day disabled list prior to Tuesday night's 6-3 loss to the Orioles.
Mariners No. 2 prospect Tyler O'Neill and No. 10 prospect Andrew Moore were among the top prospect performers in the Minors Monday.
First baseman Daniel Vogelbach won't have to wait long to get his shot with the Mariners, as manager Scott Servais said the big rookie will be in the lineup Tuesday when Seattle faces Angels right-hander Alex Meyer.
On the August evening that Aaron Judge's cell phone buzzed with the news that he was being called up to the Major Leagues, the Yankees prospect had just sat down for a postgame meal in a Rochester, N.Y., restaurant, staring at a cooling hamburger that would be left unfinished.
One, Jose De Leon, is a right-hander from Puerto Rico. The other, Julio Urias, is a left-hander from Mexico.
Finally, Royals rookie Hunter Dozier got to make his Major League debut. As the fan base became more anxious every day as Dozier, the Royals' first-round pick in the 2013 Draft, sat after being called up Sept. 2, Dozier himself admitted he was beginning to have that same emotion.
The State College Spikes swept their way to a Class A Short Season New York-Penn League title on Monday, defeating Hudson Valley, 2-1, at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in Game 2 of the best-of-three series.
Dansby Swanson certainly didn't think he was in danger as he casually stood behind the mound while a pitching change was made during the fourth inning of Monday's night's 12-7 win over the Marlins. But when the Braves' shortstop exited a short time later with a right groin contusion, he was painfully reminded it is never wise to make assumptions.
For the first time ever, Class A Advanced Bradenton are Florida State League champions. The Marauders fired on all cylinders to defeat Tampa, 4-1, on Monday in Game 4 of the Florida State League finals at McKechnie Field.
The sum total of Zack Burdi's White Sox experience has covered 26 Minor League games and 38 innings after he was selected 26th overall in the 2016 Draft.
Hours before the Red Sox squared off against the Orioles on Monday, Andrew Benintendi completed one component of a final set of tasks that will green-light his return.
The Braves have the pleasure to watch three of their Minor League affiliates battle for league titles this week. By the time next week arrives, they could be creating a spot on their active roster for Mallex Smith, Rio Ruiz and possibly a couple other prospects.
With Triple-A Nashville's season coming to a halt Sunday evening, the A's added two more prospects to their Major League roster ahead of Monday's 16-3 win in Kansas City, bringing aboard corner infielders Renato Nunez and Matt Olson.
All players struggle at some point in their careers. It's how they get out of those tough times that can truly make a player. That's especially true for young prospects trying to make their way to the big leagues. Talk to most big leaguers and they'll point to a time that they slumped while coming up as a period of important growth and learning. This 2016 season has been no different.
The Astros have agreed to a $5.15 million deal with Cuban left-hander Cionel Perez, a source told MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez on Monday. The club has not confirmed the deal.
Pirates No. 5 prospect Mitch Keller was among the top prospect performers in the Minors on Sunday.
Carson Kelly found out he would make his first career Major League start Sunday on Saturday night, but Luke Weaver didn't find out Kelly would be his batterymate until his catcher told him the next morning.
The Reading Fightin Phils got knocked out of the Double-A Eastern League playoffs on Saturday. While that might be a disappointing end to a Minor League season, it did mean the big league club could call up some reinforcements, most notably catcher Jorge Alfaro.
Lefty Ryan Merritt had already tasted the big leagues twice before his promotion from Triple-A Columbus on Sunday. That made things a little easier for the Indians rookie, as he prepares to potentially help Cleveland in its postseason chase for the rest of this month.
Roman Quinn and Jorge Alfaro took a car service from Reading, Pa., to Washington on Sunday morning.
Led by left-hander Max Fried and third baseman Austin Riley, Class A Rome defeated Charleston, 4-1, on Saturday night to advance to the South Atlantic League finals.
Max Kepler has been a thorn in Cleveland's side all season long. On Saturday night, the Twins outfielder tormented the Tribe once again, using a highlight-reel diving catch to halt a rally and help set the stage for a 2-1 walk-off win in 12 innings for Minnesota at Target Field.
It took James Beresford 1,070 games and 10 seasons in the Minor Leagues to finally get his long-awaited call to the Majors. It only took him one start with the Twins to get his first big league hit. As soon as he touched first base following his seventh-inning single to center in the Twins' 2-1, 12-inning victory over Cleveland on Saturday, Beresford looked up into the stands to find his parents, who had flown 25 hours from Australia to be with their son for that moment.
Triple-A Sacramento manager Jose Alguacil spoke enthusiastically about Giants outfield prospect Austin Slater and noted Joan Gregorio and Chris Stratton progressed noticeably this season.
Stephen Gonsalves, the Twins' fourth-round pick in the 2013 Draft, was named the left-handed pitcher on MLB Pipeline's Team of the Year.
Just a week ago, Yoan Moncada was pounding out two hits in his first Major League start and looked primed to play regularly down the stretch. His second Saturday in the Major Leagues was not nearly as fun.
Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi will get roughly six at-bats in a sim game at Fenway Park on Tuesday against Henry Owens and some other teammates, which could be his final step before being activated.
Jorge Alfaro and Rhys Hoskins powered Double-A Reading to a 13-6 win over Trenton on Friday night to stave off elimination from the Eastern League semifinals.
Through the first few weeks of his Major League career, Dansby Swanson has shown why he's considered to be an intelligent and fundamentally sound shortstop. But at the same time, the Braves' top prospect has also provided the occasional reminder that he's one year removed from college and subject to those growing pains that may ultimately allow him to realize his tremendous potential.
Class A Advanced Lancaster is moving on to the Division Finals after defeating Rancho Cucamonga, 21-6, on Friday night in Game 3 of the California League Mini-Series.
Brewers prospects Isan Diaz and Brandon Woodruff enjoyed breakthroughs during the first full season of the Brewers' organizational rebuild, the Minor League portion of which ended Wednesday with the final regular-season game for rookie-level Helena and the playoff ouster of Class A Wisconsin.
Right-hander Patrick Weigel, who has pitched with Class A Rome and and Double-A Mississippi this year, and Double-A outfielder Dustin Peterson received the organization's overall Pitcher and Player of the Year Awards. But with Mississippi playing in the Minor League playoffs, neither player attended the ceremony.
When the White Sox conclude what's been a disappointing season, the development of rookie shortstop Tim Anderson will be one of the biggest bright spots as they look forward.
Since the Minor League regular season began in April, we've picked a MLBPipeline.com Prospect Team of the Week. Now that the playoffs have begun, it's time to anoint our Prospect Team of the Year.
Is Orlando Arcia's emergence from his career-opening slump attributable to mechanical adjustments, or was it merely a matter of time? Probably both, manager Craig Counsell said Thursday before Arcia put together another productive night. His second-inning home run was the first of Arcia's three hits.
Rafael Devers and Trey Ball led Class A Advanced Salem to a 5-1 win over Myrtle Beach, evening the Carolina League semifinals at 1-1.
Safeco Field will host the Mariners' Class A Short-Season affiliate, the Everett AquaSox, on Friday with the Mariners out of town and the Northwest League Division Series in need of a venue.
Rookie right-hander David Paulino didn't give the Astros the pick-me-up they desperately needed for a starting pitcher, lasting just three innings in Thursday's 10-7 loss to the Indians at Progressive Field in his Major League debut.
Tim Tebow has a pair of intriguing tools in his raw left-handed power and his speed, and no one doubts his competitive makeup or his work ethic. While it's a long shot that he'll play in the big leagues after signing with the Mets on Thursday, it's a low-cost investment that comes with no downside.
Jonathan Mayo answers questions about the Astros' Derek Fisher starting in the outfield next season, the value of performances at Rookie ball, and the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger.
Atlanta Braves beat reporter Mark Bowman answers fan questions.
It may not have gone exactly the way Tyler Glasnow envisioned in the big leagues, but this much is certain: The Pirates right-hander was the most dominant pitcher in the Minor Leagues in 2016, making him MLB Pipeline.com's choice for Pitcher of the Year.
When the Houston Astros selected Alex Bregman with the second-overall pick in the 2015 Draft, the club knew it was getting a potential generational talent capable of racing through the Minors and helping the big league team in short order. That's precisely what Bregman has proved to be in his first full pro season, and it's the reason why he was our choice as this year's MLBPipeline.com Hitter of the Year.
Ozzie Albies' season ended on Wednesday night, courtesy of a right elbow injury suffered when he fouled off a pitch during Double-A Mississippi's opening game against Pensacola in the Southern League playoffs.
Renato Nunez made the most of his four trips to the plate and led Triple-A Nashville to a 10-7 win over Oklahoma City in Game 1 of the Pacific Coast League semifinals on Wednesday.
Bryce Denton helped lead the Rookie-level Johnson City Cardinals to their fourth Appalachian League championship in the past seven years with a career-high five RBIs on Wednesday night.
Andrew Moore was nearly perfect in Game 1 of the Southern League semifinals as Jackson topped Montgomery 3-0 in 10 innings on Wednesday.
Scott Kazmir (neck) didn't last an inning in his first rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma City, leaving with a trainer after allowing a three-run homer.
After spending years preparing the mound within the Giants organization as part of Augusta's grounds crew, right-hander Jake Smith can now say he's a big league pitcher.
Braves general manager John Coppolella has long had an aspiration to win a World Series and have the top farm system within the same season. His desire to realize this goal has led him to work in conjunction with his scouting and player development staff to create a pipeline that provides regular waves of big league talent over an extended period.
The Yankees have picked up an energy boost from their crop of Baby Bombers, but manager Joe Girardi is discovering that there are limits to how far he will push Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge, and both were out of the lineup for Wednesday's series finale against the Blue Jays. Judge entered as a defensive replacement in the seventh and went 0-for-1 in a 2-0 win.
Rookie Mike Clevinger will slot into the Tribe rotation's fifth spot for Saturday's start against the Twins. Clevinger is not stretched out to handle a typical starter's workload, though, so Josh Tomlin will remain available behind him in the bullpen.
The GCL Cardinals bent but didn't break in the deciding third game of the Gulf Coast League championship on Wednesday, rallying to beat the GCL Phillies, 4-2, to take home the title.
Gary Sanchez's swing is more effective than his pen stroke, as six of his young Yankees teammates and countless MLB Network viewers learned Wednesday.
Welcome to showcase season across Latin America, the time of the year when players such as Wander Samuel Franco show off all of their skills in front of a large group scouts in single setting in the hopes of landing a big league deal.
The 2016 Minor League regular season has come to a close. For most prospects, that means competitive play has ended. For a small number, the season isn't quite over just yet. Jonathan Mayo selects the top 10 prospects hoping to win a Minor League ring.
Yankees No. 2 prospect Gleyber Torres was among the top prospect performers in the Minors on Tuesday.
A's prospect Jharel Cotton has hopped around islands -- and organizations -- and his peculiar journey has finally brought him to Oakland, where he's set to make his big league debut Wednesday in a start against the Angels.
The Rockies added further depth with a second wave of September promotions, including three players who would be making their Major League debuts.
If over the course of the next few decades Dansby Swanson opts to embellish the memory of his first career home run, he will need to do so in terms of speed, instead of distance.
When Mets shortstop Gavin Cecchini found out he'd be getting his first Major League promotion when the season ended for Triple-A Las Vegas, he had to keep it a secret. "[51s manager] Wally [Backman] called me into his office, and it was the last day, and he just told me, 'Hey, you're going up to the big leagues, but you can't say anything to anyone, not even your parents,'" Cecchini said.
With all due respect to outfielder Jason Coats, utility player Leury Garcia and right-hander Blake Smith, who fully earned their Tuesday promotion to the White Sox Major League roster, the day's seemingly bigger news came from the omission of Carson Fulmer and Zach Burdi among the callups.
The Reds made three more September call-ups on Tuesday when right-handed reliever Josh Smith, outfielder Steve Selsky and infielder Tony Renda were recalled from Triple-A Louisville.
Houston prospect David Paulino, the last healthy pitcher on the Astros' 40-man roster who wasn't with the big league club, has No. 2 starter upside, Jim Callis says.
The Rangers added three more players to their September roster, recalling outfielder Jared Hoying and infielder Joey Gallo from Triple-A Round Rock and activating right-handed reliever Tanner Scheppers off the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday.
David Paulino, a 6-foot-7 right-handed pitcher who went a combined 5-4 with a 2.00 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 90 innings this year at the Rookie, Double-A and Triple-A levels, was called up by the Astros on Tuesday and will start Thursday's series finale against the Indians.
Houston's Alex Bregman became the first Astros farmhand to be named USA Today's Minor League Player of the Year on Tuesday.
The Marlins activated first baseman Justin Bour from the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday, part of a series of roster moves the club made before its game against the Phillies at Marlins Park.
The Bucs promoted top prospect Tyler Glasnow, right-handers Drew Hutchison and Trevor Williams and infielder Pedro Florimon from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday. To make room for Williams and Florimon on the 40-man roster, Pittsburgh designated right-hander Curtis Partch and left-hander Kelvin Marte for assignment.
Bryan Mitchell's excellent spring had earned him a place on the Yankees' Opening Day roster before a fractured left big toe cost him most of the season, but the right-hander is about to receive his chance to contribute to their postseason push.
With Triple-A Las Vegas' season concluding, top prospects Gavin Cecchini and Brandon Nimmo highlight the list of Mets callups on Tuesday.
Josh Staumont put a bow on his regular season Monday by doing what he does best -- miss bats. The Royals' No. 11 prospect matched his career high with 12 strikeouts and fired six scoreless innings to pace Double-A Northwest Arkansas in a 7-0 shutout of Arkansas and clinch the Texas League North Division second-half title.
One year and one day after completing his first season at the High-A level, Carson Kelly completed a calendar climb of three levels on Monday at PNC Park.
Double-A Reading's regular season came to an end on Monday afternoon as the club scored five times in the top of the 10th inning to defeat Trenton, 11-6. Yet the day belonged to Fightin Phils bash brothers Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins, who added to their historic individual and collective campaigns by hitting back-to-back home runs in their final at-bats for the repeating Eastern League Eastern division champions.
After 23 years dreaming of making the big leagues, Ty Blach's final four days waiting in the wings at Wrigley Field must have seemed like an eternity. It was worth the wait, however, as the Giants' pitcher made his big league debut in his home town of Denver on Monday and in the stadium where he hatched and nurtured those dreams.
The Cardinals will reinforce their active roster by adding three more players -- right-handers Mike Mayers and Sam Tuivailala and outfielder Jose Martinez -- ahead of Tuesday's game against the Pirates at PNC Park. The trio of promotions will wrap up the Cardinals' September callup plans.
For all of his struggles with command and inconsistency at Triple-A Louisville, credit Reds pitching prospect Robert Stephenson for being able to elevate his performance at the highest level. Of course, there was still room for improvement after Stephenson gave up two home runs during the Reds' 5-0 loss to the Mets on Monday at Great American Ball Park.
Anthony Ranaudo believes his place in Major League Baseball is as a starting pitcher, even if the statistics have not supported the affable right-hander as part of the White Sox rotation. But even with Miguel Gonzalez returning from the disabled list to start Tuesday, Ranaudo still might get some rotation chances throughout the remaining 25 games after Monday.
The Tigers are treading water with injuries to key players. They got center fielder Cameron Maybin back for the series-opening 5-3 win Monday against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, but were without second baseman Ian Kinsler, who injured his right ring finger Sunday in Kansas City.
Ryan Cordell hasn't had a single at-bat since the Brewers and Rangers added him to the list of potential players to be named in the Jonathan Lucroy trade. But the more Milwaukee officials examined their options, the clearer it became that Cordell was the pick.
MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.
Brewers No. 25 prospect Brandon Woodruff and Athletics No. 1 prospect Franklin Barreto were among the top prospect performers in the Minors Sunday.
Nationals No. 15 prospect Rafael Bautista will look to stay hot at the plate when Double-A Harrisburg takes on Hartford on Monday at 1:30 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV.
The parade of impressive Dodgers rookie starters continued Sunday with the Major League debut of Jose De Leon, who delivered as an organization's top pitching prospect should. He was the winner in a 7-4 decision over the Padres, the four runs he allowed in six innings overshadowed by nine strikeouts and no walks.
It took homers from Yasiel Puig and Yasmani Grandal to give Jose De Leon a win in his Major League debut, as the Dodgers prevailed, 7-4, over the Padres on Sunday to take the series.
The A's will summon a pair of their top pitching prospects this week, with plans to start right-handers Raul Alcantara and Jharel Cotton in their upcoming series against the Angels.
Pitcher Nate Smith, a 25-year-old left-hander who has been the best starter at Triple-A Salt Lake of late, and who was expected to soon make his Major League debut, was taken out of his start on Saturday night after two innings against Las Vegas because of elbow soreness.
Phillies No. 7 prospect Dylan Cozens and Athletics No. 4 prospect Matt Chapman were among the top prospect performers in the Minors Saturday.
Jose De Leon makes his Dodgers debut Sunday, fulfilling not only his dream of being a big leaguer, but being one this year in particular.
Mariners No. 18 prospect Paul Blackburn is set to start for Double-A Jackson against Chattanooga at 3:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV.
When Matt Chapman hits home runs, they usually come in bunches. That certainly was the case on Saturday night, when the A's No. 4 prospect, who had already homered in back-to-back games earlier in the week, went deep in his first three at-bats for Triple-A Nashville.
On Saturday, the Angels called up pitcher Alex Meyer, the 6-foot-9, 26-year-old right-hander, who was the 23rd pick of the 2011 Draft, from Triple-A Salt Lake and penciled him in as their starter for next Wednesday's game against the Athletics in Oakland.
The Yankees are mulling how to proceed with their rotation in the wake of an injury to right-hander Chad Green, who was diagnosed with a sprained right ulnar collateral ligament and a strained flexor tendon after being forced to leave in the second inning of Friday's 8-0 loss to the Orioles.
Yoan Moncada, baseball's No. 1 overall prospect, continued to add to his list of career firsts Saturday in an 11-2 win over the A's, recording his first career hit and RBI in his first start.
Shelf space may soon be at a premium for Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, who will be bringing home both the American League Player of the Month Award and the Rookie of the Month Award after a record-setting August.
Dodgers prospects Cody Bellinger, Alex Verdugo and Willie Calhoun will participate in the Arizona Fall League in October and November.
The Dodgers finally answered the question of when they were going to promote right-handed pitching prospect Jose De Leon by announcing that he'll make his long-awaited debut with a Sunday start against the Padres.
With a solo homer and his first career triple -- good for two RBIs -- Alex Bregman matched a career high with three RBIs in the Astros' 10-8 loss to the Rangers on Friday night at Globe Life Park.
Phillies No. 24 prospect Ben Lively was among the top prospect performers in the Minors on Friday.
The Red Sox will send seven prospects to the annual Arizona Fall League, headlined by MLB Pipeline's No. 1 overall prospect Yoan Moncada, who was called up to join Boston on Friday.
Every time Alex Reyes takes the mound for St. Louis, he looks a little less like a prospect and a little more like a Major League pitcher.
The A's will send a star-studded group of prospects, highlighted by infielders Franklin Barreto and Matt Chapman, to the Arizona Fall League this year.
After months of anticipation, Yoan Moncada finally arrived. And, as he tends to do, the rookie found a way to impress while leaving room for the imagination to wonder what his future holds.
Nationals manager Dusty Baker had a marked-up lineup card on his desk after his team defeated the Mets, 4-1, at Citi Field on Friday night. The card was for right-hander A.J. Cole, who pitched the best game of his big league career.
The Dodgers announced their first wave of September callups Friday, recalling Yasiel Puig, right-hander Josh Fields, and catcher Austin Barnes from Triple-A Oklahoma City. They also activated relievers Louis Coleman (right shoulder fatigue) and Josh Ravin (right triceps tightness) from the 15-day DL.
The Dodgers' rotation will feature yet another new face Sunday, with top prospect Jose De Leon scheduled to make his MLB debut against the Padres.
Rockies shortstop Trevor Story lived with prospect Ryan McMahon over the offseason and knows him well. Story also knows the struggles McMahon is going through and knows how playing in the Arizona Fall League can help.
Rockies outfielder Raimel Tapia, the team's No. 4 prospect and the No. 78 overall prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, headlines a group of six players added to the active roster.
Brady Rodgers joins Jandel Gustave, James Hoyt and Tyler White in the Astros' first wave of September callups.
The Yankees are preparing to send Chad Green for an MRI examination on Saturday morning, and it will likely be a sleepless night for the rookie right-hander, who said that the possibility of Tommy John surgery is on his mind.
Yohander Mendez was one of four players added to the roster on Friday as part of the first wave of September callups. Others will join the team by Tuesday in Seattle.
When a player gets called up to the Majors, it's typically the job of the Minor League manager to tell them. For Robert Stephenson, who was called up Friday as part of Thursday's roster expansion, that wasn't the case. He accidentally found out from Major League pitching coach Mack Jenkins.
With rosters having expanded Thursday, the Reds have brought in some needed pitching reinforcements, recalling Keyvius Sampson, Cody Reed and Robert Stephenson, as well as selecting the contract of reliever Wandy Peralta.
Brock Stewart has already been rewarded for a swift rise through the Dodgers' system this season with 17 Major League innings, but he received another prize Friday when the team named him the Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
The College World Series and the Arizona Fall League are the two baseball events I enjoy covering most. The AFL released its initial rosters on Wednesday, and as usual, the league will be loaded with prospects. Twenty-one of MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects will be there, which naturally led me to create an AFL preseason all-prospect team:
Phillies No. 29 prospect Alberto Tirado was among the top prospect performers in the Minors on Thursday.
The Pirates received Minor League pitchers Jake Brentz and Pedro Vasquez from the Mariners on Thursday, completing the Aug. 6 trade that sent reliever Arquimedes Caminero to Seattle.
The A's will christen September play on Friday, marking the final month of a season that's mutated into a focus on the future.
Zack Collins, the White Sox top pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, highlights the organization's eight players taking part in the Arizona Fall League. Collins will be on the taxi squad, meaning he will be active on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Though the high school players in the 2017 Draft look more promising than their college counterparts, there still were a number of talented players in the Cape this summer.
The first wave of September callups walked into the Marlins' clubhouse on Thursday, offering some needed depth at a time the roster is on the mend.
The Rangers are calling up left-hander Yohander Mendez, their No. 2 ranked prospect by MLBPipeline.com who began the season at Class A Advanced High Desert before pitching at both Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock.
The Angels will add September callups to the roster in waves, starting Friday and continuing when the Triple-A season ends on Monday. Two players to keep an eye on moving forward are pitching prospects Alex Meyer and Nate Smith.
With roster sizes expanding from 25 to 40 on Thursday, the D-backs will certainly bring some players up from the Minors to join the club. But don't expect a lot of moves right away or for the entire 40-man roster to be promoted.
After Dilson Herrera and Jesse Winker had relatively successful Triple-A campaigns this year, it's not impossible that both could be added to the expanded Major League roster between Thursday and the end of Louisville's season.
Sitting well under .500 and coming off a rough August, the Brewers are far out of any postseason discussions, but they will still look to find value in September as the team's rebuilding process continues.
The preliminary rosters for this year's Fall League, released Wednesday, are loaded with future stars, including 21 players currently ranked on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 prospects list, and even more who could contend for such a ranking in 2017 in the wake of a strong fall campaign. But of all the talent selected to participate, here are 10 prospects to watch this fall.
Hunter Renfroe hit a two-run homer and Carlos Pimentel and three relievers combined on an eight-hit shutout Wednesday night as Triple-A El Paso defeated Las Vegas 5-0 to clinch a second straight Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern division title.
When JaCoby Jones is done tearing up Major League pitching in When JaCoby Jones is done tearing up Major League pitching in Detroit this season, he has a return engagement scheduled with the Arizona Fall League. The Tigers' newest rookie contributor is one of seven Detroit prospects named to the Salt River Rafters' roster.
The first round of Tigers callups for expanded September rosters will be a small one. Buck Farmer will rejoin the team to bolster Detroit's pitching depth, while John Hicks will make his Tigers debut to serve as an extra catcher.
The Red Sox already added a spark to their lineup by promoting one of the top prospects in baseball in August. Andrew Benintendi took over in left field and hit .324/.365/.485 in 21 games before spraining his left knee a week ago. With big league rosters expanding to 40 for September, Boston is hoping to get similar impact by calling up the game's best prospect. Infielder Yoan Moncada, ranked No. 1 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, will join the Red Sox Friday in Oakland.