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Few young prospects in baseball have the raw power of Adam Brett Walker II, the huge 6-foot-4, 225-pound right-handed hitting outfielder in the Twins organization. I have just watched Walker II compete in the 2015 Arizona Fall League. Having just turned 24 in October, Walker II hit some very long home runs as the ball blasted off his bat in the unseasonably cool Arizona autumn.
MLBPipeline's Jonathan Mayo answers fans' questions in a Thanksgiving holiday edition of the Inbox.
Right-handed-hitting centerfielder Adam Engel was a three-time All Conference baseball player at Loveland (Ohio) High School. He hit .537 his senior year with 25 stolen bases. A very good athlete, he also played high school football and basketball.
Developing into a Major League-caliber hitter can be a long, arduous process, so some of the smaller adjustments can fly under the radar. But when a player takes as big a step forward as Chad Hinshaw did this season, people certainly notice.
As pitches are thrown, bases are run and balls are hit, Cris Jones stuffs a fresh wad of chew in his gums and observes from a suite atop Salt River Fields.
The complete order of the 2016 Draft, which will be held on June 9-11.
Upside. Potential. Call it what you will, that's left-handed hitting outfielder Raimel Tapia. He has outstanding upside. He is a very good athlete with pop in his bat that exceeds his thin 6-foot-2, 160-pound frame.
Right-hander Yency Almonte, a 21-year-old who pitched Class A ball for the White Sox last year, was acquired by the Rockies on Tuesday in a trade for right-hander Tommy Kahnle.
While there weren't as many elite prospects in the Arizona Fall League as the previous two seasons, there still was plenty of intriguing talent.
The Cardinals on Monday named outfielder Stephen Piscotty their Minor League Player of the Year while selecting both right-hander Alex Reyes and lefty Austin Gomber as their Minor League Pitchers of the Year.
Right-handed pitcher Lucas Sims has been a huge Atlanta Braves fan all his life. His parents took him to Turner Field when he was only four years old, and he has been a life long supporter. Today, he wears the organizational uniforms of his favorite team.
Not many young men have the great Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski as their high school hitting coach. Mike Yastrzemski did.
Will Ryan Howard be back with the Phillies in 2016? Could the club's surplus of young talent hinder its ability to reach long-term deals in the future? Beat reporter Todd Zolecki has answers in the Inbox.
The golf course isn't exactly the place one would expect a dream of playing for an MLB team to come to fruition. However, for pitcher Kyle Regnault of the New York Mets, that is exactly what happened.
A pep talk from Ryan Dempster helped Cubs prospect Corey Black deal with the switch from starting pitcher to reliever. Black could find out in a few weeks whether other teams feel he's ready for the big leagues.
Now in his second tour of the VWL, Orlando Arcia has picked up where he left off during the regular season, batting .417 with 10 hits and six runs through his first six games for Caribes de Anzoategui. Here's a look at some of the other top prospects currently making waves in the offseason winter leagues.
As the Arizona Fall League's six-week season concluded with Saturday's championship game, MLBPipeline.com names its All-AFL Team, highlighted by Yankees catching prospect Gary Sanchez and rebounding Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar.
Every year, without fail, less-heralded prospects excel -- and sometimes outperform -- their more famous counterparts in the Arizona Fall League. Here are 10 prospects who left Arizona standing a bit taller than they did when they arrived.
Raul Mondesi, the Royals' No. 1 prospect and the only player to make his MLB debut in the World Series, is not just on the fast track, but the 20-year-old shortstop also continues to carve out his own unique path.
The Dodgers have come to terms with two top Cuban prospects. According to industry sources, outfielder Yusniel Diaz, 19, ranked No. 3 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list, and second baseman Omar Estevez, 17, have agreed to a bonuses worth $15.5 and $6 million, respectively.
Christian Arroyo and Mac Williamson became more than just a lethal three-four punch in a lineup during their time in the AFL.
No pitcher boosted his stock during this Arizona Fall League season more than Brewers left-hander Josh Hader, who leads Jim Callis' list of prospects who impressed in Saturday's AFL championship game.
The Scottsdale Scorpions earned the 2015 Arizona Fall League championship, beating the Surprise Saguaros, 6-4, on Saturday thanks in large part to the performance of several Minnesota Twins prospects.
The full spectrum of defensive play was on display in Scottsdale on Saturday in the Arizona Fall League championship game, which the Scottsdale Scorpions won, 6-4, over the Surprise Saguaros.
The best prospects in baseball have finally taken their last bows of the season. The Scottsdale Scorpions capped off the latest Arizona Fall League campaign with a championship, and they earned a 6-4 victory over Surprise in Saturday's title game by virtue of a total team effort.
Yadiel Rivera of the Brewers had quite the Saturday. In addition to leading off and starting at shortstop for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League championship game, which the Scottsdale Scorpions won, 6-4, Rivera was named the winner of the Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award prior to the title game.
Although his team, the Glendale Desert Dogs, wasn't on the field at Scottsdale Stadium on Saturday for the Arizona Fall League championship game, White Sox outfield prospect Adam Engel was there to accept two awards, including the Joe Black Most Valuable Player Award.
Focusing exclusively on pitchers, the Giants purchased the contracts of five right-handers and three left-handers from Minor League affiliates to fill their 40-man roster Friday.
The deadline has passed, the roster decisions have been made. Let the Rule 5 Draft prep commence. Here's a quick look at 10 intriguing prospects who are eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings on Dec. 10.
Top Brewers prospect Orlando Arcia was among three players added to the club's 40-man roster on Friday, the deadline to protect eligible players from next month's Rule 5 Draft.
The Cubs selected the contracts of pitcher Pierce Johnson, catcher Willson Contreras, infielder Jeimer Candelario and first baseman Dan Vogelbach from Double-A Tennessee on Friday and added them to the 40-man roster, which now has 37 players.
Veteran reliever John Axford was designated for assignment by the Rockies on Friday amid a flurry of roster moves to set their 40-man roster prior to the Rule 5 Draft deadline.
They are decisions every Major League organization has to make this time of year. There are only so many open spots on a 40-man roster, and every November, teams have to decide which Minor League prospects deserve one of those coveted slots.
Lefty Jarlin Garcia, rated by MLB.com as the Marlins' No. 2 prospect, was among four pitchers added to the club's 40-man roster before Friday's 8 p.m. ET deadline.
The Royals added former first-round MLB Draft picks right-hander Kyle Zimmer and outfielder Bubba Starling to their 40-man roster, thus protecting them from exposure to the Rule 5 Draft next month.
The Yankees added three players to their 40-man roster on Friday, thus protecting right-handers Johnny Barbato and Rookie Davis and outfielder Ben Gamel from next month's Rule 5 Draft.
The Dodgers on Friday added right-handed pitchers Jharel Cotton and Ross Stripling to the 40-man roster, protecting them from next month's Rule 5 Draft. They are the Dodgers' No. 15 and No. 22 prospects, respectively, according to MLB.com.
The White Sox added right-handers Brandon Brennan and J.B. Wendelken to their 40-man roster, as Friday was the deadline to protect players from December's Rule 5 Draft.
Including heralded prospect Tyler Naquin, the Indians added five young players to their 40-man roster on Friday. The moves protected them from exposure to next month's Rule 5 Draft.
With Friday's deadline to add players to the 40-man roster to protect them from December's Rule 5 Draft, the Twins added outfielder Adam Brett Walker and pitchers Taylor Rogers, J.T. Chargois, Pat Dean, Mason Melotakis, Randy Rosario and Yorman Landa to their Major League roster.
The Phillies protected three players from the Rule 5 Draft before Friday's 8 p.m. ET deadline. They added outfielder Roman Quinn and right-handers Jimmy Cordero and Edubray Ramos to the 40-man roster. If they had not been placed on the roster, they could have been selected in next month's Rule 5 Draft in Nashville, Tenn.
San Diego announced the signing of right-handed reliever Cesar Vargas to a Major League deal for 2016, giving the club another potential option late in games. The club also claimed 26-year-old catcher Josmil Pinto from the Twins and added top prospects Manuel Margot and Jose Rondon to the 40-man roster.
The Arizona Fall League season concludes with today's title game between Surprise and Salt River at 3 p.m. ET on MLB Network and MLB.com.
The Tigers protected their recently replenished young pitching ranks from potential poaching in the Rule 5 Draft, adding top prospect Michael Fulmer, lefty Jairo Labourt and reliever Montreal Robertson to their 40-man roster.
The Rays completed a busy day on Friday by announcing they have added six players to their 40-man roster, thereby meeting Major League Baseball's deadline for teams to set their 40-man rosters.
A Reds pitching prospect was among three additions made Thursday to the club's 40-man roster to protect the players from being exposed to next month's Rule 5 Draft. Robert Stephenson, the organization's No. 2 prospect, along with fellow right-handed pitchers Sal Romano (No. 17) and Stephen Johnson joined the big league roster for the first time.
Sean Manaea tied a bow on his impressive Arizona Fall League campaign with one last dominant outing. After a nine-strikeout performance in his last start, the Mesa Solar Sox left-hander fanned seven batters Thursday in a 5-1 loss to Glendale.
The final day of the Arizona Fall League's regular season had a Cardinal stamp affixed to it. Three St. Louis prospects -- Charlie Tilson, Patrick Wisdom and Michael Ohlman -- combined for two home runs and five RBIs in a 7-4 victory for Surprise over Peoria on Thursday afternoon.
The Braves added center fielder Mallex Smith and right-handed pitcher John Gant to their 40-man roster on Thursday afternoon. By doing so, they ensured that neither of these players will be eligible for the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 10.
Finishing the season strong and entering the offseason with momentum is always a goal, and it's exactly what Rockies prospect Kyle Freeland was able to accomplish.
Tyler Naquin's steady and successful ascent in the Indians' Minor League system has put him on the cusp of reaching the big leagues. The next step in Naquin's journey to Cleveland is expected to arrive on Friday, when teams face the deadline for protecting exposed players from the annual Rule 5 Draft.
The Cardinals on Thursday made three roster moves in advance of Friday's deadline to protect players from being plucked in the Rule 5 Draft. The Cards purchased the contracts of shortstop Aledmys Diaz and left-hander Dean Kiekhefer from Triple-A Memphis and added outfielder Charlie Tilson from Double-A Springfield.
While the Tigers continue their search for Major League pitching to add to their roster, they have some decisions to make on their pitching prospects ahead of next month's Rule 5 Draft.
With the deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft looming on Friday at 10:59 p.m. CT, the Twins have some tough decisions to make on who to add to their 40-man roster, with seven spots currently open.
It didn't take long for the Braves to be reminded of the risk that was taken when they selected Kolby Allard with the 14th overall pick in this year's Draft. The talented 18-year-old pitcher is recovering from his second back surgery in less than a year.
The Royals recently added outfielder Jose Martinez to the 40-man roster, knowing he would have to be protected from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. And now the Royals have to make several additional moves to protect prospects.
It's simply amazing how many very good prospects have populated the Chicago Cubs Top Prospects lists the past couple seasons. Of course, several of them have become household names at the big league level.
Who has the best bat in the 2016 Draft, and who has the most upside? Jim Callis answers those questions and more in his Pipeline Inbox.
It was just another night at the ballpark for a pair of Red Sox prospects that continue to dominate their way through the Arizona Fall League.
Outfielder Bubba Starling, the fifth overall pick of the 2011 Draft and considered a disappointment until recently, keeps inching closer to the big leagues. Starling, the Royals' No. 5 prospect, recently completed a solid season in the Arizona Fall League, posting a .759 OPS with four homers and 10 RBIs to go along with his defense that general manager Dayton Moore has described as "Major League ready" right now.
Jurickson Profar, formerly the top-ranked prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline, has missed most of the last two years due to a shoulder injury, but he's used his time in the Arizona Fall League to get back into the flow
Pierce Johnson didn't start the Arizona Fall League with the prettiest numbers, but the Cubs prospect twirled a pair of gems in his final two outings.
The 2015 season represented to Hal Steinbrenner what he envisioned for years: that the Yankees could compete with a roster not built largely around big-ticket free-agent signings.
A Brewers sell-off that began under former general manager Doug Melvin continued Wednesday under new GM David Stearns, who traded All-Star closer Francisco Rodriguez to the Tigers for 20-year-old infield prospect Javier Betancourt and a player to be named.
It's a bit ironic that both the Mets Dominic Smith and the Blue Jays first base prospect Rowdy Tellez are playing for the same Salt River Rafters team in the Arizona Fall League.
In the future, the Phillies imagine a hulking corner outfielder in the middle of their lineup, hitting home runs like Ryan Howard in his prime. But Jhailyn Ortiz is a long way away from the Majors.
The deadline to protect players from being plucked in the Rule 5 Draft arrives on Friday, leaving the Cardinals with some imminent decisions that will affect their roster flexibility and risk of losing Minor League players next month.
The Arizona Fall League wraps up play on Thursday, and lefty reliever David Rollins continues his strong finish for the Peoria Javelinas as he looks to enhance his chances of returning to the Mariners' bullpen in 2016.
Carlos Asuaje hasn't been a member of the Padres for even a week, yet the infielder has become a fast fan of his new organization.
Derek Fisher came through with a few timely hits and let the pitching staff take care of the rest Tuesday as Glendale defeated Surprise, 4-1, at Camelback Ranch.
Giants shortstop prospect Christian Arroyo has the hobbies of an average 20-year-old, but his life certainly doesn't match up with that of his peers.
Even in the Arizona Fall League, the prospects watch the scoreboard. Chris Bostick, the No. 23 prospect in Washington's organization according to MLB Pipeline, had a big game in Salt River's 4-2 victory over Mesa on Tuesday, but he was more concerned with the playoff race.
Carlos Asuaje has yet to formally meet any of his new teammates, but he used his bat to introduce himself on Tuesday.
Adam Engel's .397 average entering Tuesday ranked No. 1 against Arizona Fall League pitching well above the level of competition he's seen at Class A Advanced in the Carolina League, and that gives the 23-year-old White Sox prospect great confidence that he's moving in the right direction toward the Majors.
There were high expectations for Rafael Bautista headed into the 2015 season.
Carlos Correa and Kris Bryant were announced as the winners of 2015 Rookie of the Year Awards on Tuesday night, but there's no better time to look ahead to a year from now.
Glendale Desert Dogs outfielder Adam Engel of the Chicago White Sox has been named Arizona Fall League Player of the Week after another strong set of games at the plate. He went 6-for-16 (.375) and hit his first home run of the Fall League season.
Mesa Solar Sox left-handed pitcher Sean Manaea of the Oakland Athletics was named Arizona Fall League Pitcher of the Week following his standout performance in his start against the Scottsdale Scorpions on Friday.
Legendary Cuban baseball player Lazaro Vargas and his son, top infield prospect Miguel Vargas, have left the island, according to industry sources, and are currently in an undisclosed location.
The Kansas City Royals on Monday announced a two-year extension with the Omaha Storm Chasers, their Triple-A affiliate. The agreement extends the partnership through the 2018 season, continuing the longest active affiliation at the Triple-A level and third-longest in the Minor Leagues.
Patrick Wisdom went 2-for-5 with a double and four RBIs Monday as Surprise defeated Scottsdale, 7-3, to clinch first place in the Arizona Fall League West division as well as a spot in Saturday's Championship game.
After spending portions of the past two decades serving as a pitching coach for four Major League clubs, Chuck Hernandez now finds himself overseeing the impressive crop of pitching prospects the Braves have assembled.
Five months after injuring his right ulnar nerve, White Sox prospect Chris Beck is almost two weeks into recovery from a procedure. Instead of missing 12 to 16 months if Tommy John surgery were necessary, the 25-year-old hopes to be back to work by mid-December.
After beginning at South Central Junior-Senior High School in Union Mills, Indiana, the big, strong 6-foot-5, 235-pound Sean Manaea moved to Andrean High School In Merrillville, Indiana.
The University of Cincinnati baseball team is raising awareness and funds for cancer research in memory of the father of Cubs Draft pick Ian Happ. Keith Happ passed away from cancer on Oct. 27 at age 58.
The Arizona Fall League is where top MLB prospects get to confirm their pedigrees, or learn new tricks. And those below the radar can come here to get discovered. All three elements were in play Saturday night, in the Surprise Saguaros' 6-5 victory in 10 innings over Salt River on an emotional Military Appreciation Night at Salt River Fields.
Chad Hinshaw -- the Angels' 13th-ranked prospect, according to MLB.com -- turned in another solid performance Saturday, batting 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs as his Solar Sox bested the Scottsdale Scorpions 5-1 in Mesa, Ariz.
Johan Camargo had not had a hit since November 6th. He entered that day on a five-game hitting streak Arizona Fall League, before he suddenly found himself mired in a 0-for-17 slump. He broke out of his funk Saturday, serving as a catalyst to help lead Peoria to a 4-3 victory over Glendale.
Few pitchers in the Minor Leagues can succeed primarily with their fastball like Sean Manaea can. His heater was in fine form Friday night and he rode it to one of the top pitching performances in the Arizona Fall League this season.
A year ago, Padres general manager A.J. Preller made big offseason waves by going all in for 2015 with a series of moves to bring in big league talent. He's at it again, this time in reverse.
A little more than seven months ago, the Padres pulled a stunner, trading for All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel less than 24 hours before Opening Day. On Friday, the Padres pulled off another surprising move, as they dealt Kimbrel to the Red Sox for four Minor League prospects.
While they will continue to monitor the free-agent market and evaluate their trade options, the Pirates have a few decisions to make regarding their own roster over the next week.
Alex Blandino, the No. 7 prospect in Cincinnati's organization, rapped three hits and notched three RBIs in Peoria's 6-3 victory over Glendale on Friday. Blandino had a two-run triple and an RBI single in the victory, and he raised his average in the Fall League to .204.
Fans who tuned in to MLB.com's live coverage of Arizona Fall League action Wednesday saw Mariners left-hander James Paxton hurl four innings and a trio of Padres prospects combine for eight hits as the Peoria Javelinas edged the Salt River Rafters, 6-5.
Kyle Freeland allowed just one run and five baserunners in 5 2/3 innings, and he has gone 3-0 with a 0.92 ERA since his rough introduction to the Fall League.
Braves general manager John Coppolella knows that his club scored the fewest runs in the Majors this past season and the second-fewest in 2014. Still, over the course of the past year, he focused on using the big bats he had -- Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Evan Gattis -- to create what now stands as baseball's top crop of prospect pitchers.
After the D-backs acquired catching prospect Oscar Hernandez in the 2014 Rule 5 Draft, the 22-year-old Venezuelan knew he wouldn't know many teammates when he reported for Spring Training the following February in Scottsdale.
With Torii Hunter retiring and outfielder Aaron Hicks being traded to the Yankees for catcher John Ryan Murphy, the Twins appear to be getting more serious about moving Miguel Sano to the outfield in the short term next season.
Matt Klentak finished his first General Managers Meetings this week in Boca Raton, Fla., setting up his first Winter Meetings next month in Nashville.
Sam Travis has soared through the Red Sox development program. In parts of two seasons, he has reached Double-A and has compiled a .310 career batting average in 848 plate appearances. The right-handed hitting Travis is No. 11 on the Red Sox Top 30 Prospects list.
There were 20 players headed toward free agency who were given a qualifying offer to stay with their old club, a record number. As Friday's 5 p.m. ET deadline approached, a player accepted the offer for the first time in history, and another seemed close to signing a two-year deal with his team.
Derek Fisher's sweet left-hander swing made him a supplemental first-round pick in 2014 and helped bash 22 homers in his first full pro season. But it hadn't translated into much in the way of Arizona Fall League production until Thursday night.
When the Angels signed Roberto Baldoquin out of Cuba last December, the hope was that he would be ready to take over as their everyday shortstop by the start of the 2017 season. Now, after the Halos traded for Andrelton Simmons, the path is uncertain.
Pierce Johnson might have scuffled during his first five starts in the Arizona Fall League, but things clicked for the right-hander on Thursday as he scattered five hits over five scoreless innings as Mesa fell to Peoria, 1-0.
The Angels acquired Andrelton Simmons, arguably the game's best defensive shortstop, from the Braves on Thursday. In exchange, the Braves will receive veteran shortstop Erick Aybar along with the Angels' top two prospects, pitchers Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis.
The Braves traded shortstop Andrelton Simmons to the Angels early Thursday evening, receiving veteran shortstop Erick Aybar, the Angels' top two prospects -- left-hander Sean Newcomb and right-hander Chris Ellis, Minor League catcher Jose Briceno and $2.5 million.
Josh Hader was brilliant in his first Fall League start Thursday, allowing two hits and one walk over four scoreless innings as Surprise defeated Scottsdale, 3-1, at Scottsdale Stadium.
Pirates center field prospect Austin Meadows was removed from his Arizona Fall League team's roster on Thursday morning for "personal reasons," according to a Pirates official.
All the projections said Ray Black wouldn't pitch with the same velocity after his shoulder surgery and those projections were right. However, they didn't account for the possibility Black would come back throwing harder than ever.
The Arizona Fall League is in the homestretch, but there's still plenty of interest in who's playing there. As a result, the first three questions in this week's Inbox cover AFL participants. After that, we cover an interesting lefty prospect vs. lefty veteran comparison as well as a sneak peek at who might be coming from the Far East.
The Padres future was on full display in Arizona Fall League action on Wednesday night and a trio of prospects did not disappoint.
Scottsdale (16-7) increased its lead in the Arizona Fall League East division Wednesday, beating Glendale 7-5 at Camelback Ranch. The Scorpions' offense featured strong performances by a pair of Red Sox prospects.
Austin Dean appears to be handling everything just fine in the Arizona Fall League, as his efforts helped the Mesa Solar Sox snap a three-game losing streak with a 7-5 win over the Surprise Saguaros.
Orioles No. 2 prospect Dylan Bundy will not make another start in the Arizona Fall League, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Wednesday at the General Managers Meetings in Boca Raton, Fla.
In the first round of the 2012 Draft, the Cincinnati Reds selected Nick Travieso out of Archbishop McCarthy High School in Southwest Ranches, Fla.
When the Arizona Diamondbacks traded Mark Trumbo to Seattle, they got three top prospects in return from the Mariners. One of those prospects was Jack Reinheimer, now with the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League.
An estimated 100 players have left Cuba in search of a Major League contract in the last 12 months. How many of those players will sign with a big league club is up for debate. What's certain is that the once powerful Serie Nacional, the island's top league, has been depleted by the defections from its top players over the last few years.
It took Austin Slater some time to find his rhythm, but once the Giants' prospect figured everything out, he's been a tough out in the Arizona Fall League.
I first wrote about Clint Frazier in September 2013. In my "First Look" piece on Frazier I mentioned the strength of his hands, forearms and wrists. If anything, he may have gotten even stronger now, two years later.
Fans who tuned in to MLB.com's live coverage of Arizona Fall League action Tuesday saw former top prospect Jurickson Profar hit an opposite-field, three-run home run as the Surprise Saguaros slugged their way to a 10-3 win over the Mesa Solar Sox.
The D-backs acquired catcher-outfielder Chris Herrmann from the Twins on Tuesday in exchange for first baseman/outfielder Daniel Palka.
The Twins have made upgrading at catcher one of their top priorities this offseason, and they cleared space for that to happen on Tuesday by trading backup catcher Chris Herrmann to the D-backs for Minor League outfielder/first baseman Daniel Palka.
With his career hanging in the balance, Mets prospect Mickey Jannis made a decision to reinvent himself as a pitcher -- a decision that gave him a new opportunity and possibly saved his career.
Nationals right-hander John Simms continued his strong Fall League campaign Tuesday with five innings of one-run ball as Salt River beat Peoria, 2-1.
Jurickson Profar missed the entire 2014 season and played in just 12 games in '15, while Ian Clarkin missed the entire '15 season. However, both players are back on the field and were instrumental in Surprise's 10-3 win over Mesa on Tuesday.
Lewis Brinson hasn't skipped a beat since arriving in the Caribbean, batting .313 with at least one hit in each of the three games he's played for Indios de Mayaguez. His lone extra-base hit in that span was a home run, which came in his first game with the club.
Adam Engel has strung together five straight multi-hit games, has a six-game hitting streak and leads the Arizona Fall League with a .420 batting average.
Surprise Saguaros left-handed pitcher Josh Hader of the Milwaukee Brewers has been named Arizona Fall League Pitcher of the Week for his solid performance in two relief outings.
Last Saturday, baseball fans everywhere got to see the best the Arizona Fall League had to offer in the annual Fall Stars Game. Tuesday's Mesa-Surprise game affords the opportunity to see many of those Fall Stars again, as well as many other teams' top prospects in action.
Peoria, Ariz.-Peoria Javelinas outfielder Phillip Ervin of the Cincinnati Reds has been named Arizona Fall League Hitter of the Week.
After missing the entire 2015 season, Sam Wolff is rounding into form in the Arizona Fall League. The Rangers' right-hander was sharp Monday in his fifth Fall League start, allowing one hit over five scoreless innings as Surprise and Peoria battled to a 4-4 tie in 11 innings.
Just as Sam Travis continues to heat up, so do the Scottsdale Scorpions. Travis sent his teammates into a frenzy with a three-run walk-off homer as Scottsdale topped Salt River, 10-8, in 11 innings.
Cardinals righty and top prospect Alex Reyes, who was projected to crack the Major League roster at some point in 2016, will have that arrival delayed after being hit with a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
During the upcoming weeks, MLB.com will take a look at a series of questions that could change the White Sox future, both immediate and long term. The first installment looks at Tim Anderson as the team's potential shortstop.
Orioles No. 2 prospect Dylan Bundy was scratched from Monday's Arizona Fall League start with right forearm tightness and is considered day to day for now.
Lewis Brinson is a lanky 6-foot-3, 170-pound center fielder in the Texas Rangers organization. In 2012, he was a first-round selection in the Draft coming out of Coral Springs (Florida) High School. Brinson is the fourth-ranked prospect in the Rangers' system by MLBPipeline.com.
After a long day of workouts and an Arizona Fall League game, most prospects look for a way to relax and unwind. Chad Pinder, however, hits the books.
Will Gary Sanchez be with the Yankees next season? Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers that question and more in the latest Inbox.
As Sean Manaea watched the World Series, he was occasionally struck by the thought, "The Royals couldn't be doing this without me."
Gary Sanchez' power bat and strong arm earned the catcher a $3 million bonus when the Yankees signed him out of the Dominican Republic in 2009. Both of those impressive tools stood out during the Arizona Fall League's annual Fall Stars Game on Saturday night.
As if the New York Yankees didn't already have enough traditions, the Bronx Bombers now have another: Fall Stars Bowman Star of the Game in the AFL's Fall Stars Game.
It wasn't much of an opening, but enough for Marlins prospect Austin Dean to run through it ... and keep running.
Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, Pirates outfielder prospect Austin Meadows and Reds prospect Alex Blandino all hit two-run homers as the West Division slugged its way to an 8-3 win over the East in the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game at Salt River Fields on Saturday.
Adam Brett Walker II went 2-for-3 with a double and four RBIs on Friday night as Scottsdale defeated Salt River, 5-4, to move into first place in the Arizona Fall League East division.
Kyle Farmer knows he should be exhausted, but he keeps finding another gear. Farmer, a catcher and third baseman in the Dodgers' organization, is thriving during his first run in the Arizona Fall League, and he made an impression with a home run and four RBIs in Glendale's 7-6 victory over Mesa Friday.
A 30th-round Draft pick in 2013 out of Elk Grove (Calif.) High, Rowdy Tellez made strides at the plate in 2014 between the Rookie-level Appalachian League and the Class A Midwest League, setting the stage for what would be a breakthrough campaign this past season.
Some of the top arms in this year's Arizona Fall League were on display Friday afternoon at Salt River Fields, but none were more impressive than right-hander Luke Weaver. The Cardinals' No. 8 prospect allowed two hits over four scoreless innings, striking out a pair, as Surprise defeated Peoria, 6-1. Of the 62 pitches Weaver threw in the outing, 38 went for strikes.
Cubs prospect Willson Contreras will miss the rest of the Arizona Fall League season after suffering a mild left hamstring strain running to first base on Thursday.
The Royals have activated outfielder Jose Martinez from Triple-A Omaha and added him to the 40-man roster.
The highlight of the Arizona Fall League is the Fall Stars Game, which features many of the best prospects in the developmental circuit. Past participants include Andrew McCutchen, Buster Posey, Eric Hosmer, Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor and Corey Seager.
The Brewers cut short outfielder Michael Reed's Arizona Fall League stint because of right hamstring and knee soreness, ending what was a breakthrough season for the 22-year-old.
With Torii Hunter officially out of the mix after his retirement, the Twins have to decide whether to add a veteran outfielder to replace Hunter this offseason or to stick with their young core of Eddie Rosario, Aaron Hicks and Byron Buxton.
Rob Zastryzny's first season in Double-A might not have gone as he had hoped, but the left-hander is making noticeable strides in the Arizona Fall League.
After a frustrating season in the Minor Leagues, D.J. Peterson is looking to get back on track in his second tour of the Arizona Fall League
For the first time this Arizona Fall League season, Dustin Fowler got to play in consecutive games. And for the second straight day, he delivered for the Surprise Saguaros.
Tigers prospect JaCoby Jones' rise up the organizational ladder is halted. The shortstop received a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Thursday after a second positive test for a drug of abuse.
After playing in just 93 games his first two seasons as a pro, former top pick Austin Meadows is making up for lost time in 2015.
Much as he did in his first three years as a pro, Bubba Starling struggled in his initial visit to the Arizona Fall League. And just as he exhibited significant progress in the Minors in 2015, the Royals outfielder has done the same in his return to Arizona.
On any given day this fall, fans can head to an Arizona Fall League game and see some of the best talent Minor League Baseball has to offer. On Saturday, the AFL gives everyone the chance to do some one-stop shopping, courtesy of the 10th annual Fall Stars Game.
Patrick Wisdom played the part of the hero for Surprise on Wednesday afternoon, delivering a walk-off single to complete a dramatic six-run comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 9-8 win against Glendale at Salt River Fields.
Tigers prospect Austin Kubitza has pitched well throughout his stint in the Arizona Fall League, but Wednesday's start was his best yet. The right-hander threw four no-hit innings as he led the Scottsdale Scorpions to a 8-2 win over the Peoria Javelinas at the Peoria Sports Complex.
Raimel Tapia didn't hit for the cycle, but when that's the lone negative, it was a pretty good day at the plate. The No. 8 prospect in the Rockies' system went 4-for-4 as the Salt River Rafters beat the Mesa Solar Sox, 12-6, at Sloan Park on Wednesday afternoon.
Infielders Jeimer Candelario of the Cubs and the Brewers' Yadiel Rivera earned inclusion in Saturday's Fall Stars Game in fans' Final 2 Vote for the Arizona Fall League's showcase midseason event.
When Sean Manaea ultimately reaches the Major Leagues, people will point to his acquisition by the Oakland Athletics this past season as the turning point in the lefty's promising career.
The Yankees cut ties Wednesday with right-handers Chris Martin and Andrew Bailey, each of whom pitched sparingly out of the bullpen for the club this past season.
Lewis Brinson, the Rangers' No. 4 prospect, had a solid run in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .300 over 11 games. Brinson is continuing to develop as he makes his way up Texas' farm system.
Cardinals top prospect Alex Reyes, 21, breezed through his first three outings in the Arizona Fall League, but he ran into trouble in his fourth.
The Blue Jays' prospect contingent was in full force Tuesday at Salt River Fields as Roemon Fields and Emilio Guerrero combined for four hits and five RBIs in Salt River's 6-2 win over Glendale.
Phillip Ervin, the No. 11 prospect in Cincinnati's farm system according to MLB Pipeline, delivered a grand slam and six RBIs in Peoria's 14-5 win over Mesa on Tuesday.
Brewers shortstop prospect Orlando Arcia on Tuesday was named Breakout Prospect of the Year by MiLB.com, the latest honor bestowed upon the 21-year-old Venezuelan.
Bubba Starling and the Surprise squad jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as it snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-0 win over the Scottsdale Scorpions on Tuesday.
The Joe Nathan era with the Tigers officially ended Tuesday, when the team declined the injured closer's $10 million option for next season and added pitching prospect Luis Cessa to the 40-man roster in his place.
While the Tigers begin their offseason quest to restock their Major League talent, they'll have a chance to watch prospect reliever Adam Ravenelle and outfielder Mike Gerber in the Arizona Fall League's Fall Stars Game on Saturday night.
Caleb Adams hasn't seen much playing time in the Arizona Fall League, starting just two games per week as a member of the Mesa Solar Sox taxi squad.
The best catcher in the Cubs organization didn't start catching until he was bored one day. Willson Contreras was taking part in instructional league activities in the Dominican Republic and saw some catcher's gear on the floor. He put it on, and went down to the bullpen "just for fun."
Reds prospect Nick Travieso, a right-handed pitcher for Peoria, has been named Arizona Fall League Pitcher of the Week. Travieso allowed just two runs and struck out nine over nine innings and two starts.
San Francisco Giants infield prospect Christian Arroyo of the Scottsdale Scorpions was named Arizona Fall League Player of the Week after the third week of games.
The Rockies have two stars in outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and third baseman Nolan Arenado, who is beginning his big earning years this winter as he enters arbitration eligibility. The club has solid players all around the diamond -- and a big hole at starting pitching.
When Rowdy Tellez was still in his mother's womb he did an awful lot of kicking, moving around and squirming. Consequently, before he was born, his grandmother began calling him "Rowdy." Twenty years later, Ryan Tellez is still known as Rowdy.
Alex Reyes might have drawn the crowd on Monday afternoon at Salt River Fields, but it was Taylor Rogers who stole the show.
After a rough 2014 campaign, Reds prospect Phillip Ervin bounced back in 2015, and has continued to do so in the Arizona Fall League.
Power has always been a big part of Rowdy Tellez's skillset, and the Toronto prospect is making that apparent in the Arizona Fall League.
Dylan Bundy's return to the mound went about as well as anyone could have hoped. The right-hander, making his first start since May 21, threw one perfect inning for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League on Monday afternoon.
Drew Ward has been challenged by the Washington Nationals at every stage of his young career. So, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the team's No. 11 prospect was one of eight players chosen by the organization to participate in this year's Arizona Fall League.
It would be difficult to overstate how important statistical analysis has become in how decisions in baseball are now made. Every so often, however, something happens that seemingly defies what the numbers say.
Rangel Ravelo ranks among the league leaders in most offensive categories including average (.510), on-base percentage (.636), slugging (.902), walks (21) and RBIs (21) through 19 games for Cardenales de Lara. On top of that, he's also tied for the league lead in home runs (five) and total bases (46).