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Carlos Peguero's homer in the sixth snapped a 2-2 tie as Triple-A Omaha took three of four from Round Rock.
Left-hander Daniel Norris, the Blue Jays' No. 4 prospect, and right-hander Kramer Champlin combined to throw a one-hit shutout Friday as Class A Advanced Dunedin defeated Brevard County, 4-0, in the first game of a doubleheader.
George Springer found himself in the clean-up spot in manager Bo Porter's lineup Friday in the series opener against the A's in only his third Major League game. Porter admitted it's something he didn't want to do, but he was hoping it could help get the offense rolling.
Friday's Minor League schedule includes starts by top Twins pitching prospects Alex Meyer and Kohl Stewart, among several Top 100 Prospects on the mound.
Royals No. 4 prospect Jorge Bonifacio drove in a pair of runs as Double-A Northwest Arkansas scored a season-high 10 runs to snap a 10-game losing streak, and No. 3 prospect Raul Mondesi tripled home two runs to lead Class A Advanced Wilmington to a 4-2 win.
As with Jeff Samardzija in 2006, Notre Dame again has the top collegiate two-sport talent in the Draft. Pat Connaughton, a three-year starter as a guard/forward for the basketball team, has an even brighter future as a right-handed pitcher.
Kennesaw State's Max Pentecost is the top prospect in the 2014 Draft who's a sure bet to stay behind the plate. He figures to go in the second half of the first round, and he could challenge Chad Jenkins (No. 20 overall to the Blue Jays in 2009) as the highest pick in school history.
San Diego's Central Cathedral High School left-hander Brady Aiken ran into some tough luck Wednesday, but he did nothing to hurt his Draft standing after striking out 11 of the 23 batters he faced.
To say D-backs prospect Archie Bradley is ready for a big league shot is not exactly breaking new ground. He is, after all, MLB.com's top-rated pitching prospect, coming in at No. 5 in the Top 100 rankings. Though he's just 21, one gets the feeling that it's a question of when, not if, Bradley gets the call this season.
Taking Detroit third baseman Nick Castellanos under his wing, Miguel Cabrera -- who is set to receive a pair of GIBBY Awards -- has shown the young Tiger the ropes at his former position.
While D-backs Minor Leaguer right-hander Archie Bradley, MLB.com's top pitching prospect, certainly has what it takes to pitch in the Majors sooner rather than later, no prospect is more deserving of a promotion to the bigs than than Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco. And the Pirates would be best served by making that happen pronto.
Patrick Kivlehan, the Mariners' No. 19 prospect, hit two home runs Thursday to help Class A Advanced High Desert to an 8-4 victory at Lancaster.
After being held back in extended spring training to start the season due to right shoulder soreness, Braden Shipley made his season debut Thursday night for Class A South Bend.
Third baseman Joey Gallo, the Rangers' No. 5 prospect and reigning Minor League home run champion, hit his sixth home run Thursday night, tying him for the Minor League lead.
If Thursday was left-hander Cole Hamels' final test before joining the Phillies, it would seem he passed with little difficulty.
The strain placed on the Cardinals' bullpen after Joe Kelly's early exit on Wednesday prompted the club to add relievers Eric Fornataro and Jorge Rondon prior to Thursday's series opener against the Nationals.
In one respect, George Springer's whirlwind first day in the Major Leagues was no different than any other call-up's. But given the attention the slugging outfielder gained while raking in the Minors, how he's settling in to life in the Major Leagues after a hectic 36 hours is a top priority for the Astros.
The Rockies are seeing results from reliever Chad Bettis, a talented right-hander who could end up playing a big part in the late innings for the club.
Thursday's Minor League schedule is highlighted by the anticipated season debuts in the Mdwest League of two players selected in the first round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
With Jacob Turner out, will the Marlins call up top prospect Andrew Heaney? Is slugger Giancarlo Stanton willing to sign a long-term deal with the club? Beat reporter Joe Frisaro answers your queries.
Thirteen of baseball's 50 best prospects are currently on the shelf. While none of the injuries should be career-altering, the teams with the injured phenoms are anxious to see them return.
Does George Springer have a viable shot at Rookie of the Year? Where will Vincent Velasquez end the season? Jonathan Mayo responds to these questions and more in the Pipeline Inbox.
At some point in the future, we will likely see an outfield of Starling Marte in left field, Andrew McCutchen in center and Gregory Polanco in right for the Pirates. When that happens, the speed and talent of the trio may be among the best in baseball.
Third baseman Jake Lamb hit a solo home run with two outs in the 10th inning to give Double-A Mobile a 1-0 walk-off win against Birmingham on Wednesday. The D-backs' No. 7 prospect finished the game 2-for-5.
Right-hander Ben Lively, the Reds' No. 13 prospect, continued his dominant start to the season Wednesday. He struck out a career-high 10 batters in six shutout innings, helping lead Class A Advanced Bakersfield to an 8-3 victory at Stockton.
No. 3 prospect Raul Mondesi was 3-for-4 with a run scored on Wednesday night for the Wilmington Blue Rocks and starter John Lamb had a rocky outing in the Omaha Storm Chasers' loss to Round Rock.
In his first start back with Triple-A Columbus since making a spot start for the Indians last week, right-hander Trevor Bauer threw six scoreless innings on Wednesday.
After being in the Reds' Minor League system for parts of three seasons, Robert Stephenson is ranked No. 1 on the team's Top 20 Prospect list. Stephenson's size and his mound demeanor are two important components that should help trigger his future success.
The message George Springer received from both general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager Bo Porter upon his long-awaited arrival at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday afternoon was to simply relax and not try to do too much.
After tallying his first career hit against Miami last year, Zach Walters hit his first MLB homer Tuesday also vs. the Marlins.
Steven Souza Jr., who replaced Jayson Werth as a defensive substitution in right field in the sixth inning on Tuesday, singled up the middle off Dan Jennings two innings later for his first Major League hit.
In a South Atlantic League pitchers' duel that lived up to expectations Wednesday, the Orioles' No. 4 prospect Hunter Harvey slightly edged the Nationals' No. 1 prospect Lucas Giolito.
In a South Atlantic League pitchers' duel that lived up to expectations Wednesday, the Orioles' No. 4 prospect Hunter Harvey slightly edged the Nationals' No. 1 prospect Lucas Giolito.
George Springer is a five-tool talent who will bring immediate excitement to fans at Minute Maid Park and around the big leagues. He also represents the next wave of prospects the Astros hope will return them to contention.
Now that George Springer has joined the Astros, could Jon Singleton be far behind? The first baseman entered play Wednesday hitting .333 with four homers and 16 RBIs in 12 games with Triple-A Oklahoma City this year.
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon wasted no time getting infielder Nick Franklin in the lineup, penciling the 23-year-old in at designated hitter on Wednesday against the Rangers' Yu Darvish shortly after he was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.
The Storm Chasers posted their first shutout of 2014. Francisco Pena's homer in the second gave Omaha a 2-0 lead. Christian Colon added two hits, an RBI and a run.
The top pitching prospects for five teams are scheduled to start in the Minor Leagues on Wednesday, including D-backs right-hander Archie Bradley, ranked No. 5 on MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
Led by left-hander Chris Reed, the Dodgers No. 6 prospect, Double-A Chattanooga came within one inning of a combined no-hitter Wednesday against Jacksonville. Despite losing the no-hit bid in the ninth, the Lookouts were able to hold on for a 5-4 victory.
Andy Dirks' back injury this spring opened the door for Tyler Collins, who is ranked as the Tigers' 17th-best prospect, to share playing time in left field on the big league club.
Cubs third baseman Mike Olt was excited to hear that Astros prospect George Springer, his former college teammate at the University of Connecticut, would be joining him in the Majors Leagues.
Center fielder Joc Pederson, the Dodgers' No. 2 prospect and No. 34 overall, continued his blistering start to the season Tuesday.
Outfielder George Springer, one of the Astros' most anticipated prospects in years, was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday to infuse life into an offense that has struggled through the first two weeks of the regular season.
Omar Infante led the Royals' mild charge, drilling a first-inning home run and later tallying an RBI fielder's choice to back up Yordano Ventura's solid seven innings as Kansas City took game one of the series, 4-2, against the Astros on Tuesday night in Minute Maid Park.
D-backs general manager Kevin Towers said again on Tuesday that the decision not to promote top prospect Archie Bradley this week had nothing to do with delaying the right-hander's arbitration or free-agent clocks.
Marlins No. 1 prospect Andrew Heaney allowed just one hit in six shutout innings Tuesday night, helping Double-A Jacksonville to a 4-0 victory at Chattanooga.
Top Mariners prospect Taijuan Walker was scratched from Tuesday's rehab start with Triple-A Tacoma due to some stiffness in the right-handed pitcher's right shoulder.
Brewers Rule 5 Draft pick Wei-Chung Wang officially made the unprecedented jump from the rookie leagues to the big leagues on Monday night, and the Brewers scouts who helped select him were watching.
Tuesday's slate of Minor League games is highlighted by the start of a four-game series between Nashville and Memphis. The Brewers' and Cardinals' Triple-A affiliates will square off this week in Nashville, starting with Tuesday night's game, which can be seen on MiLB.TV.
The Blue Rocks received a strong start from Sean Manaea, who ranked fifth among Royals prospects by MLB.com, in a Wilmington win Monday.
Because California doesn't have a state playoff system, the Boras Classic functions as a de facto state tournament. Several well-regarded prospects are vying for that chance this week.
Right-hander Kyle Marsh learned from being sidelined last March, when he broke his right patella playing basketball in gym class. The injury ended his season and required surgery to insert three screws in his knee. He missed all of the summer and fall while he recovered.
Now exclusively a pitcher, Robert Winemiller may be the best prospect at a Division III school in the country. Both his inexperience and arm strength have been evident this season; scouts are divided about his prospect standing.
In a wild, back-and-forth game in one of the best hitter's parks in baseball, third baseman Rio Ruiz stood out even in a losing effort Monday. He had a career-high four hits and hit his first home run of the season, but Class A Advanced Lancaster still lost to High Desert, 11-10.
Right-handers Matt Wisler and Eddie Butler may grow accustomed to pitching against each other in the National League West for years to come. But on Monday, Padres prospect Wisler outshined the Rockies' Butler in a 2-1 Texas League victory.
First baseman Matt Skole, the Nationals' No. 7 prospect, began the season mired in a deep slump at Double-A Harrisburg, but he broke out in a big way Monday night in a 4-3 victory over Altoona.
Home runs from two of the Rangers' top prospects help power Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach to a 9-6 victory against Salem on Monday. No. 1 prospect Jorge Alfaro hit his first home run of the season in the second inning and reigning Minor League home run champion Joey Gallo followed with a blast of his own in the third.
Former first-round Draft pick Clint Coulter was named player of the week in the Class A Midwest League on Monday after a two-game stretch in which he hit three home runs and drove in eight.
You are the Chicago White Sox and have the third overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. It's an exciting and important part of the reshaping process brought about by a 99-loss 2013 campaign that produced this high first-round selection.
Each week, the Pipeline staff will choose Prospects of the Week, one hitter and one pitcher, along with others who deserve "Honorable Mention" status.
There are times a scout only gets to see a player for a brief period of play. I got to see Cleveland Indians pitcher Austin Adams only once during this past Spring Training. But it was enough for me to sit up and take notice. I think Adams is a pitcher to remember, one with a bright future for the Tribe.
Jorge Bonifacio, the Royals' fourth-best prospect, recorded two hits and three RBIs for Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Sunday.
The Angels recalled left-hander Jose Alvarez from Triple-A Salt Lake, selected the contract of right-hander Yoslan Herrera from the same club, and optioned right-handers Dane De La Rosa and Matt Shoemaker to the Bees before Sunday's game against the Mets.
The Nationals placed third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list because of a fractured right thumb and recalled infielder Zach Walters from Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday.
Royals No. 12 prospect Christian Binford struck out 10 batters over seven innings in the Wilmington Blue Rocks' victory on Saturday.
Right-hander Blake Beavan will fill the hole in the Mariners' rotation Tuesday while Taijuan Walker, the club's top prospect, continues to raise his pitch count at Triple-A Tacoma.
While Victor Martinez got a night off on Saturday, Nick Castellanos returned to his normal post at third base, with Miguel Cabrera back at first.
The Nationals were busy before Saturday's game against the Braves, placing Denard Span on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion, while recalling outfielder Steven Souza Jr. and selecting the contract of right-hander Blake Treinen from Triple-A Syracuse. Right-hander Aaron Barrett was optioned to Syracuse.
The Cubs have the fourth pick overall in the June 5 First-Year Player Draft, and the scouts and cross-checkers met last Monday in Chicago to go over their strategy, general manager Jed Hoyer said Saturday.
Matt Fields recorded a single in the Triple-A Storm Chasers' 5-4 victory, and the first baseman has hit safely in all nine games this season.
Before the season, manager Lloyd McClendon said he expected Taijuan Walker to begin the year in the starting rotation. But in late February, Walker was sidelined with inflammation in his throwing shoulder that kept him out of Spring Training.
Rookie Stefen Romero started in right field while batting seventh on Friday, which has become the norm when Seattle goes against left-handed starters.
Entering Friday night's series opener against the A's, Seattle relievers led the American League and were third in MLB with a 1.75 ERA in 25 2/3 innings. The Mariners' bullpen, including rookie Dominic Leone, was also riding an eight-inning scoreless streak.
Chris Stewart, still on the DL recovering from right-knee surgery on March 19, has moved to Triple-A. But Tony Sanchez continues to have an impact in his place.
With an impressive offensive skill set featuring the ability to hit for both power and average, 27-year-old Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu brings plenty of promise to the White Sox.
Royals No. 6 prospect Miguel Almonte struck out eight over 5 2/3 innings, but he allowed five runs on seven hits, and the Wilmington Blue Rocks dropped their fifth straight game, a 6-5 loss to Myrtle Beach.
Clemson right-hander Daniel Gossett missed his last start against North Carolina State because of shoulder soreness, but he will be back to face Virginia this weekend.
Luis Ortiz of Sanger High School in Northern California has been recovering from a forearm strain, and he is slated to pitch before scouts on Tuesday.
Some of the advanced bats that have emerged among this year's Draft class belong to Wichita State's Casey Gillaspie, Oregon State's Michael Conforto and San Francisco's Bradley Zimmer.
The imminent return of Freddy Galvis and Mike Adams means the Phillies have roster decisions to make. They actually have three, with Triple-A right-hander Jonathan Pettibone getting the call to start Saturday against the Marlins.
Tyler Thornburg was the last pitcher to make the Opening Day roster, but has already logged a pair of wins, one coming after an impressive two-inning performance against the Phillies on Wednesday night.
Top prospect Byron Buxton, who sprained his left wrist in a Minor League Spring Training game on March 16, is likely out until late April and is expected to start the season in extended spring camp before heading to Double-A New Britain.
The 2014 season is well underway, and the Pipeline Inbox is back. The months of guessing where players were going to go in 2014 are in the past, and so the stats of a new season are now filling up the pages on Prospect Watch. With games being played, questions about prospects and their progress are coming in.
Top prospect Taijuan Walker sent a clear message to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night: He wants back into the big league rotation.
The No. 1 prospect in the Oakland A's system, and ranked No. 12 overall on MLB.com's Top 100 prospects list, Addison Russell has been diagnosed with a Grade 3 right hamstring strain -- a tear of the upper hamstring that's expected to keep the shortstop out for at least a month, the club told MiLB.com on Wednesday.
The Double-A Arkansas Travelers are back home now, and that's a good thing. The road was quite arduous to start the season. "It was a crazy trip, that's for sure," said Angels prospect Mark Sappington.
Brett Eibner had a career day and the Storm Chasers set several stadium records in a rout of Memphis.
Rookie left-hander James Paxton was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday as the Mariners recalled reliever Lucas Luetge to take his place on the roster. An MRI confirmed Paxton strained the lat muscle behind his left shoulder during Tuesday's 5-3 victory.
Trevor Bauer was strong in his first start of the season, but it wasn't enough as the Tribe bats struggled in a 2-1 Game 2 loss to the Padres as the two teams split Wednesday's doubleheader.
Bubba Starling hit his first home run at the High-A level, a three-run blast in the fifth, for the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
Billy Hamilton showcased his eye-opening speed to back a sensational outing from Mike Leake as the Reds cruised to a 4-0 win over the Cardinals in Wednesday's finale at Busch Stadium.
Any lingering questions about Kolten Wong's readiness to be an everyday player in the Majors continue to fade, as the second baseman has made himself an immediate contributor.
The Yankees announced a roster move on Wednesday, recalling right-hander Shane Greene from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. New York had optioned catcher Austin Romine down to Triple-A following Tuesday's game, and Greene will be set to make his big league debut.
Desmond Jennings homered and hit an RBI double as the Rays dropped the three-game series to the Royals in a 7-3 loss on Wednesday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.
Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Wil Myers and Jose Fernandez are the last four Rookie of the Year Award winners in Major League Baseball. They're all very young and supremely talented. They're also part of a growing club: Rookie of the Year Award winners who didn't even make their teams out of Spring Training in their award-winning first season. This recent history, of course, leads us to a question: Who's next?
The Indians made a few roster moves Wednesday in advance of their doubleheader against San Diego.
Cubs prospect Dan Vogelbach, a huge left-handed hitter, can hit a ball out of any park. The 6-foot, 250-pound Vogelbach has tremendous power to all fields.
Before the start of the season, you could have confidently predicted that the pitching staff of the Kansas City Royals would be one of the best in the American League. Now, it can be safely suggested that the Royals' pitching may be even better than expected. The variable would be Yordano Ventura, a 22-year-old with dynamic stuff and pitching maturity well beyond his years.
Yordano Ventura pitched almost perfectly on Tuesday night, but the Rays broke up a scoreless game in the ninth inning against closer Greg Holland to take a 1-0 victory at Kauffman Stadium.
Rockies shortstop prospect Trevor Story, a supplemental first-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, hit for the cycle, plus added a single for Class A Advanced Modesto on Monday night.
The development of Javier Baez continued this past weekend, and Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said the team's top prospect got an important lesson, thanks to his teammates.
Mike Olt went to the University of Connecticut, and he was the school's all-time home run leader when he left in 2010. There was no way he was going to miss the Huskies in Monday's NCAA men's championship basketball game.
Daniel Nava, the primary leadoff man thus far, was the odd man out in Tuesday's lineup against the Rangers. Jonny Gomes batted first against a lefty, and the left-handed-hitting Jackie Bradley Jr. got the start in right, instead of the switch-hitting Nava.
Indians manager Terry Francona confirmed that Trevor Bauer will join Cleveland's roster as its 26th player to start Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Padres. Bauer was already on hand in the Tribe's clubhouse at Progressive Field, prepping for his first big league start of the year.
Royals 2013 comp-round pick Sean Manaea is scheduled to make his professional debut for the Class A Advanced Wilmington Blue Rocks on Tuesday night.
No college player had a better weekend than Kentucky's A.J. Reed. On Friday night, he threw seven shutout innings to beat Florida and hit a solo home run to provide all the support he needed. After shifting to DH on Saturday and Sunday, he went deep in both games and finished the series 8-for-12 with six RBI.
In a deep year for prep arms, righty Grant Holmes is doing his best to separate himself from the rest of the pack. Holmes hit 100 mph with his fastball during a preseason scrimmage and has delivered premium velocity in his first three starts of the season.
Texas Christian left-hander Brandon Finnegan couldn't buy a win as a sophomore. He surrendered two runs or less in eight of his 15 starts last year yet finished with an 0-8 record. This season, Finnegan consistently has dominated college hitters and has the victories to show for it.
On his way to hitting a combined .314 last year, Oakland prospect Billy Burns stole 74 bases, while being caught stealing only seven times. Adding insult to injury for opposing pitchers, he walked 71 times. Burns had an on-base percentage of .423. Simply put, Burns makes things happen.
Donnie Joseph and Michael Mariot were called up by the Royals on Monday when left-handers Tim Collins and Francisley Bueno went onto the 15-day disabled list.
Pitcher Casey Kelly played catch Monday at the Padres' Spring Training facility in Arizona and will now move ahead to a simulated game this week.
Jackie Bradley Jr. hasn't locked down a permanent spot at Fenway Park just yet, but he made it very easy to envision that scenario with a solid two-way performance while leading the Red Sox to a 5-1 victory.
The Royals' four full-season Minor League teams went 2-2 on Sunday. Zane Evans continued his hot hitting for Class A Advanced Wilmington, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI. A fourth-round pick out of Georgia Tech in 2013, Evans batted .556 (10-for-18) with six doubles and five RBIs in the season-opening series.
With Bobby Parnell undergoing Tommy John surgery, Sandy Alderson monitors the closers on the market, but he is not ready to pounce on one just yet -- or, perhaps, ever.
Top Cubs prospect Javier Baez ended his hitless streak at Triple-A in style on Sunday with a pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning. Baez went hitless in his first nine at-bats at Iowa.
Was hot prospect Yordano Ventura warming up for a possible relief role on Saturday? Not quite. Ventura was merely told to do a light side session in preparation for his scheduled starting assignment on Tuesday night against the Rays.
Jameson Taillon has elected to undergo Tommy John surgery after repeated examinations of his right elbow confirmed injury to the ulnar collateral ligament.
The Rangers have optioned pitcher Nick Martinez to Double-A Frisco with Yu Darvish activated off the disabled list on Sunday, and remain unsure if Joe Saunders will be able to make his next start.
Reds rookie catcher Tucker Barnhart notched his first big league hit with a third-inning single over second baseman Daniel Murphy that went into right field during Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Mets. Barnhart didn't wait long for hit No. 2, when he blooped a single over Murphy into short right field in the fifth.
The D-backs' Minor League teams began their regular seasons recently, and Arizona has some starting pitching options there if needed, including top prospect Archie Bradley.
Padres pitcher Casey Kelly, one year and three days removed from Tommy John surgery, was scheduled to throw to live hitters on Saturday in extended spring training in Arizona. But Kelly's session was put on hold when he said his elbow was a little sore.
Rangers amateur scout Jay Heafner was at Tropicana Field on Saturday night to watch the Major League debut of pitcher Nick Martinez.
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said all went well with Taijuan Walker's first Minor League rehab start Friday for Class A High Desert, and the club's top pitching prospect will make at least one more start this coming week.
Gordon Beckham continues to rehab the strained left oblique that landed him on the disabled list to start the season, and Marcus Semien is trying to take advantage of regular playing time.
Infielder Pedro Ciriaco was designated for assignment Saturday when the Royals brought up right-hander Aaron Brooks to beef up the pitching staff. That means the Royals have 10 days in which to trade, release or put Ciriaco on waivers.
Aaron Brooks was supposed to be making his first start in Triple-A on Saturday, pitching for Omaha against Nashville. Instead, the Royals called him up to take a spot in the bullpen.
Kris Bryant seems to be having no problems at Double-A Tennessee. Bryant, the second player taken overall in last year's First-Year Player Draft, snapped a scoreless tie with a solo home run in the seventh inning Friday to lift Tennessee to a 1-0 win over Pensacola.
Top prospect Byron Buxton remains sidelined with a sprained left wrist sustained in a Minor League Spring Training game on March 16, but he could start baseball activities by mid-to-late next week.
The Blue Jays will have a total of $9,458,500 to spend on 11 picks in the First-Year Player Draft this June, the fourth highest in the Major Leagues.
Padres outfielder Alex Dickerson badly sprained his ankle last month and a cyst was discovered on the left calcaneus (heel) bone that, if left untreated, might have eventually put Dickerson's career at risk if he suffered an injury to that particular area.
Rangers pitcher Nick Martinez said he is expecting about 50 family and friends at Tropicana Field on Saturday when he makes his Major League debut against David Price and the Rays.
Though Rafael Montero's strong debut Thursday night with Triple-A Las Vegas renewed calls for his promotion, Mets manager Terry Collins reiterated his boss' recent assertion that a big league debut won't happen anytime soon.
Shortstop Francisco Lindor, the Indians' No. 1 prospect, got off to a solid start to the season in Double-A Akron's Opening Day 7-1 victory at Binghamton, N.Y. He went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and a run on Thursday.
The Mariners recalled rookie righty Dominic Leone from Triple-A Tacoma to replace Hector Noesi, who was designated for assignment on Friday.
Jorge Soler had to leave his Minor League season opener Thursday because of a sore right hamstring, and he was placed on Double-A Tennessee's disabled list Friday.
Evansville left-hander Kyle Freeland made waves last summer when he led the Cape Cod League with a 48-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 40 innings, and he has picked up right where he left off this season.
Two of Oklahoma's premier high school programs will meet this weekend when Owasso and Jenks play a home-and-home series.
Entering the season, East Carolina right-hander Jeff Hoffman was on a short list of prospects the Astros were expected to consider with the first pick of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. The club won't have to go far to scout him this weekend, as he starts Friday night against Rice prospect Zech Lemond in Houston.
When the Royals were rained out on Thursday at Detroit, the question was raised: Why not just move probable starting pitcher Yordano Ventura over to the home opener on Friday against the White Sox instead of veteran Jeremy Guthrie? Simple answer in manager Ned Yost's thinking.
Kevin Gausman pitched 4 2/3 innings in a start for Triple-A Norfolk on Friday night. The Orioles' No. 2 prospect, Gausman was scratched Thursday night with with the possibility that he could be the O's extra player if there was a doubleheader in Detroit on Saturday.
Left-hander Henry Owens, the Red Sox's No. 2 prospect, began the 2014 season even better than the way he finished his breakout '13 campaign.
Three of the four Royals' Minor League games were stopped by rain on Opening Night, but in Winston-Salem, top prospects Miguel Almonte and Hunter Dozier shined as Wilmington beat the Dash, 3-1, on Thursday.
The season is less than a week old and Orioles manager Buck Showalter is debating whether to use MLB's 26th man rule. Mother Nature makes the debate a necessary one.
The Tigers continued compiling left-handed relief options Thursday by claiming Mike Belfiore off waivers from the Orioles and optioning him to Triple-A Toledo.
Mother Nature impeded plans for Yordano Ventura's 2014 unveiling. But soon enough fans will get a real look at the 22-year-old on whom the Royals are hanging a significant portion of their AL Central hopes.
Of the prospects on MLB.com's Top 100 list, 11 were on Opening Day big league rosters, with 74 more on rosters of full-season Minor League teams that get started this week.
The Padres claimed left-handed pitcher Bobby LaFromboise off waivers from the Mariners on Wednesday and optioned him to Triple-A El Paso.
In a marathon game, pinch-hitter Tony Sanchez's 16th-inning single lifted the Pirates to a 4-3 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday.
Top pitching prospect Jameson Taillon got a second opinion on the cause of the pain in his right elbow on Monday, and the results were at least complex enough to prompt Pirates brass to regroup.
The Astros released their Minor League rosters on Wednesday, and their talent level is evident throughout all levels.
The financial values for picks in the first 10 rounds of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft and for each team's four international Draft slots will be increased by 1.7 percent over last year's assigned figures.
Jonathan Schoop has been taking most of his infield work at second base, and manager Buck Showalter said prior to Wednesday's game that in a perfect world that's where the Orioles' No. 5 prospect will get the bulk of his playing time.
Highly rated Marlins prospect Colin Moran, the sixth overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, expects two weeks of rest, plus another week of rehab because of a medial collateral ligament sprain on his left knee.
Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart, ranked No. 12 in the organization by MLBPipeline.com, will make his first big league start Thursday in the series finale against the Cardinals.
Everyone wants to know when George Springer will make his Major League debut. That will be based largely on the performance by Springer and the Astros' current right-field platoon, but there are certainly other factors the club will have to weigh.
It is no secret that Indians manager Terry Francona loves carrying as many relievers as possible. In true Francona style, he will have nine arms in his bullpen for the second game of Wednesday's split doubleheader.
Two Minnesota icons will be part of the festivities at the 2014 Futures Game. Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that former Twins manager Tom Kelly and Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven will square off against each other in the Futures Game.
Rookie left-hander James Paxton threw seven shutout innings and the Mariners offense continued to roll as Seattle completed an impressive three-game sweep of the Angels with an 8-2 win Wednesday night.
As pitching prospect J.R. Graham continues his comeback from a shoulder injury sustained early last season, there are no plans to move him into a Minor League relief role.
On Opening Day, Tyler Collins became the fifth player since 1979 to make his Major League debut as a pinch-runner and score a game-winning run on a walk-off hit.
Shortstop prospect Eugenio Suarez will be a part of a talented group of position players at Double-A Erie, not at Triple-A Toledo as previously planned. The move was one of several shifts revealed in recent days as Tigers Minor League rosters were finalized.
The San Diego Padres have a ton of speed in the minors, but outfielder Mallex Smith is in a class of his own when it comes to stealing bases.
Travis Jankowski's ability to produce while being assigned somewhat aggressively is a good sign of things to come.
Someday, these kinds of games will be the norm for the Astros, so maybe a night like Tuesday is a good practice run for the sunny days ahead. It felt a lot like old times at Minute Maid Park as the Astros opened the 2014 season by doing virtually everything right in beating the Yankees, 6-2, in front of a big, noisy crowd of 42,117.
There are a number of notable examples of untested options in prominent spots that could go a long way toward determining the direction those teams take this season. Those are the guys we seek to identify here on the All-Breakout Team for 2014.
Yordano Ventura will start the Royals' third game of the season on Thursday afternoon at Detroit. A smiling 22-year-old, Ventura might be excited, but he's certainly not frazzled by the assignment.
Cubs prospects Yasiel Balaguert, Jorge Soler, Rubi Silva and Frank Del Valle all hail from Cuba, and they agreed playing baseball is the easiest part of their transition to life in the United States.
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