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Third baseman D.J. Peterson, the Mariners' No. 3 prospect, collected four hits and drove in five runs in two games Tuesday, helping Double-A Jackson split a doubleheader at Huntsville.
Rays' designated hitter Vince Belnome got his first Major League hit with a double off Max Scherzer in Tuesday night's 8-6 loss in 11 innings to the Tigers. Belnome later had his first home run taken away after a crew chief review, but he logged his first RBI with a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
On Tuesday, the Royals named Class A Advanced Wilmington right-hander Glenn Sparkman and Rookie Ball Idaho Falls first baseman Ryan O'Hearn their pitcher and player of the month for July.
Rafael Betancourt, 39, who was with the Rockies 2009-13 with most of that time as the closer, signed a Minor League deal this summer. He made 14 appearances at Rookie Ball Grand Junction (1-0, 2.03 ERA), before making scoreless appearances for Colorado Springs Sunday and Monday against Fresno.
Triple-A Memphis seems headed toward a division title and playoff berth, but the Cardinals still plan to bring up a large group of Redbirds when Major League rosters expand in September.
The Rangers are shutting down right-handed reliever Corey Knebel for the remainder of the season because of a sprained right elbow. Knebel will be down for six weeks and be re-examined at the beginning of October. If all goes well, he will begin throwing in November.
Top Cubs prospect Kris Bryant returned to the Triple-A Iowa lineup Tuesday, going 1-for-3 with a double, walk and strikeout against Salt Lake. Bryant has been sidelined with a bruise on his left foot, which forced him out of Saturday's game.
Eighth-ranked Royals prospect Christian Binford (2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO) made his Triple-A debut in Omaha's victory.
It's time for some new names in the discussion of baseball's top corner-outfield prospect, and they don't get much newer than Alex Jackson. Jim Callis says Jackson will provide more offense than any of his challengers.
The White Sox promoted Carlos Rodon from Class A Advanced Winston Salem to Charlotte on Saturday, and the left-hander will make his Triple-A debut on Tuesday when the Knights host Gwinnett. The game can be seen on MiLB.TV at 7:05 p.m. ET.
Pirates prospect Josh Bell is legitimate and it's only a matter of time until he's hitting in the middle of a big league lineup manning a corner outfield spot.
Right-hander Nick Tropeano, the Astros' No. 13 prospect, combined with two relievers to throw a two-hit shutout Monday, leading Triple-A Oklahoma City to a 7-0 victory at Sacramento. Tropeano struck out eight batters and walked none. He allowed both hits -- singles in the second and seventh innings -- and threw 109 pitches. Between the two hits, Tropeano retired 16 straight batters, six by strike out.
Right-hander Tyler Wagner, the Brewers' No. 14 prospect, threw seven scoreless innings Monday, as Class A Advanced Brevard County defeated Tampa, 8-0. Wagner struck out eight batters, his second highest total of the season. He worked effectively around five hits and two walks, authoring his 14th quality start in 23 games this season.
Ryan Perez, who is about to begin his junior year at tiny Judson University in Chicago's northwest suburbs, turned a last-minute invitation to pitch in the Cape Cod League into a turn as MVP of the All-Star Game. He struck out the side in his one inning of relief. Perez threw left-handed for the first strikeout, right-handed for the second one and then left again for the third. Imagine that playing out on a big league diamond some time.
Right-hander Aaron Blair, the D-backs' No. 4 prospect, struck out seven batters in six scoreless innings Monday as Double-A Mobile defeated Mississippi, 4-2.
Luke Weaver, the Cardinals' top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, won't throw another pitch this season, as the Cardinals have shut down the right-hander due to workload concerns.
Outfielder Byron Buxton, ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect by MLB.com, is expected to be held out of Minor League action for the rest of the season after suffering a concussion in an outfield collision Wednesday, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Monday.
The Royals have promoted their eighth-ranked prospect, pitcher Christian Binford, to Triple-A Omaha to test him as a reliever as the club checks out its September callup possibilities.
Forty-one top amateur prospects gathered Saturday evening at Wrigley Field for the Under Armour All-America Game. In a departure from the event's history, pitchers stole the show as the American team won 2-1 while striking out 15 and limiting the National squad to four hits.
Even though Padres pitching prospect Joe Ross was born more than six years after his brother, Tyson, their father always had Tyson include his younger brother in athletic activities. This often put Joe at a significant disadvantage, but he never tired of challenging his older brother.
The Red Sox, after waiting patiently for Jackie Bradley Jr. to start hitting, optioned the rookie center fielder back to Triple-A Pawtucket. Mookie Betts, ranked Boston's No. 1 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, was recalled from Pawtucket.
Jorge Bonifacio, ranked No. 7 among Royals prospects, recorded four hits and a run in Double-A Northwest Arkansas' 6-3 loss in 13 innings to San Antonio on Sunday.
Oakland outfielder Jaycob Brugman won Pipeline Prospect of the Week for the second week in a row, this time hitting eight RBIs in six games. Marlins lefty Andrew Heaney won the pitching honors after allowing just one earned run over two starts.
In Javier Baez's first 12 games in the big leagues, he struck out 20 times, had 13 hits, including four home runs, and zero walks. That changed on Sunday when the hard-swinging Cubs rookie drew two walks against the Mets and he also belted a mammoth two-run homer in Monday's 4-1 win.
Right-handed pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer, the Royals' first-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, made his season debut on Sunday by facing three batters for Class A Idaho Falls.
Cubs fans can exhale. Kris Bryant's MRI on Sunday revealed only a bruise on his left foot.
The Phillies hope Jesmuel Valentin is one of two quality players to join the organization following the Roberto Hernandez trade with the Dodgers. The Phillies acquired him Saturday as the first player to be named in the deal.
Phillies pitching prospect Jesse Biddle strained his right quadriceps in Saturday's start with Double-A Reading.
With two Reds rotation members forced to pitch on the same day Sunday due to Saturday's game vs. the Rockies being postponed by a water main break, manager Bryan Price will need to find a sixth starter to pitch Thursday vs. the Braves.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura didn't rule out the prospect of Carlos Rodon, Chicago's top pick and third selection overall in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, making his way to the Majors by season's end.
Matt Szczur's father was in Des Moines this weekend to help his son pack some of his belongings. Szczur has spent the season at Triple-A Iowa, and with the year winding down, the plan was for his father to make a stop at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday, then load up the car and drive to New Jersey. But plans changed.
Top Royals prospect Raul Mondesi doubled, tripled, drove in a run and scored twice in Class A Wilmington's 6-5 win in 10 innings Saturday.
A talented group of pitchers reasserted themselves Saturday in the first Under Armour Game played under Wrigley Field's lights.The American team edged the National squad, 2-1, with a two-run rally in the eighth inning. Eight American pitchers combined to strike out 15
Top Cubs prospect Kris Bryant had to leave Triple-A Iowa's game on Saturday night after aggravating a foot injury and will have an MRI on Sunday.
The Phillies announced Saturday evening they acquired Class A second baseman Jesmuel Valentin from the Dodgers as the first of two players to be named in the Roberto Hernandez trade.
The Cardinals will have an opportunity to fortify their club when rosters expand in two weeks, and manager Mike Matheny suggested on Saturday that the club's class of September callups will probably be larger than the others from his managerial tenure.
Carlos Rodon, the White Sox top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, will be promoted to Triple-A Charlotte following four games with Class A Winston-Salem, two starts for the Dash and six games overall, including the Arizona Rookie League White Sox.
After starting four straight games this past week, Nationals prospect Michael Taylor was out of the starting lineup on Saturday. Taylor still saw action as pinch-hitter in the bottom of the eighth, when he led off the frame with a walk and came around to score the Nationals' first run in an eventual 4-3 walk-off victory over the Pirates.
Outfield prospect Matt Szczur will be called up by the Cubs on Sunday, with Saturday night starter Dan Straily returning to Triple-A Iowa.
Class A Advanced Clearwater shortstop J.P. Crawford has not played since Monday because of a sprained left ankle.
Northwest Arkansas built a 6-0 lead and withstood a late San Antonio rally in a series-opening win. Mitch Maier hit a two-run homer in the fifth, extending the lead to 5-0. Hunter Dozier delivered two hits, two RBIs and a run.
Right-handers Eddie Butler and Alex Gonzalez, ranked 29 and 96, respectively, on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, met for the first time in their careers Sunday in Frisco. Saturday, the Drillers will look for revenge when the Butler and Gonzalez meet for a rematch in Tulsa.
Led by right-hander Nate Karns, the Rays' No. 15 prospect, Triple-A Durham took a combined no-hitter into the ninth inning Friday against Charlotte. Though Knights catcher Josh Phegley broke up the no-hit bid with a single off reliever Steve Geltz, the Bulls went on to win, 1-0, in 11 innings.
Right-hander Marcos Molina, the Mets' No. 16 prospect,, struck out a career-high 12 batters in seven scoreless innings Friday, helping short-season Brooklyn defeat Vermont, 7-0.
Wrigley Field observers often find themselves dreaming about the future. That definitely will be the case on Saturday, when forty-one top amateur prospects will show their stuff in the seventh annual Under Armour All-America Baseball Game.
Top prospect Byron Buxton, who sustained a concussion in an outfield collision on Wednesday, is scheduled to fly to Fort Myers, Fla., on Sunday, so the Twins can carefully monitor his progress.
D-backs third baseman Jake Lamb was out of the starting lineup Friday as manager Kirk Gibson wants to give the rookie a chance to process his first seven games in the big leagues.
In moves that could have significant impact on the franchise in the coming years, the Red Sox officially announced the signings of two highly touted international pitching prospects Friday -- right-handers Anderson Espinoza and Christopher Acosta.
Padres prospect Max Fried suffered a setback Friday with news that the left-hander will need Tommy John surgery.
The Padres announced their Minor League Players of the Month for July on Friday, with four players earning honors from the organization's development staff.
Mariners No. 1 prospect Taijuan Walker set a career high with 13 strikeouts Sunday in a victory against Triple-A Fresno. Wednesday, Walker, the top-ranked pitcher on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list takes the mound for Triple-A Tacoma in the final game of its four-game series at New Orleans on Friday.
What should the process be over the next year or two to get Dodgers prospect Julio Urias Major-League ready? What's in store for Mets second-base prospect Dilson Herrera? MLB.com's Jim Callis responds to fans' questions about baseball's top prospects in the Pipeline Inbox.
Thursday night was Kris Bryant jersey T-shirt night at Triple-A Iowa's Principal Park. And the Cubs' No. 1 prospect celebrated his day in style, hitting a walk-off home run in the 12th inning to beat Las Vegas, 6-5.
Right-hander Vincent Velasquez, the Astros' No. 8 prospect, struck out a career-high 11 batters in six scoreless innings Thursday, helping Class A Advanced Lancaster defeat High Desert, 12-0.
Outfielder Tyler O'Neill, the Mariners' No. 18 prospect, collected four hits and drove in four runs Thursday to lead Class A Clinton to a 10-0 victory at Wisconsin.
James Ramsey began the season with Double-A Springfield and was hitting .300/.389/.527 with 13 home runs in 67 games when he was traded. The Indians immediately moved him up to Triple-A and he has eased into the transition nicely. In 13 games with Columbus, he is hitting .314/.386/.549 with two home runs.
The Twins have three starting pitchers under contract for next season who were added as free agents -- right-handers Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes and Mike Pelfrey -- and several highly regarded prospects such as Alex Meyer, Trevor May and Jose Berrios.
Fourth-ranked Royals prospect Hunter Dozier Hunter hit a two-run homer for NW Arkansas.
Whit Merrifield was 5-for-5 with two doubles, two RBI and three runs. He has hit safely in eight straight games.
The U.S. national team attracts many of college baseball's top prospects every summer.Ten of the first 27 players selected in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft played for Team USA's 2013 college squad. This year's edition was similarly loaded.
Sometime during Dylan and Bobby Bundy's childhood, it became clear that the two Orioles pitching prospects had a chance to put together some sort of future in baseball. With their father Denver, who pitched in high school, there to teach them, their chances were even better.
Francisco Lindor and Maikel Franco were teammates on the World Team in the 2013 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, but this week have found themselves facing each other as Triple-A Columbus hosts Lehigh Valley in a four-game set. They will meet one more time Thursday in the series final, which begins at 7:05 p.m. ET.
On the day after his 18th birthday, left-hander Julio Urias struck out a career-high nine batters in five innings Wednesday for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. The Quakes eventually defeated San Jose, 2-1, in 11 innings.
Right-hander Aaron Blair, the D-backs' No. 4 prospect, threw six scoreless innings for Double-A Mobile against Pensacola on Wednesday.
Buck Farmer stepped onto a Major League mound for the first time Wednesday night and thought how far he had come. It wasn't just about being in low Class A ball a few weeks ago, but where he had been long before that. "My childhood dream became real tonight," he said.
Shortstop JaCoby Jones, the Pirates' No. 12 prospect, hit two home runs in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday, leading Class A West Virginia to a win over Augusta, 5-3. The Power also won the nightcap by the same score.
Jesse Biddle's next start will be Saturday with Double-A Reading. Biddle, who was selected by the Phillies in the first round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, opened the season with Reading before struggling and ultimately being placed on the inactive list.
Center fielder Byron Buxton, baseball's top prospect, was hospitalized Wednesday night with a concussion after colliding with Double-A New Britain teammate Mike Kvasnicka in right-center field.
Left-hander Sean Manaea, the Royals' No. 3 prospect, according to MLB.com, threw a shutout on Wednesday in leading Class A Advanced Wilmington to a 4-0 victory over Frederick in Game 1 of a doubleheader in the Carolina League.
Rookie outfielder Rymer Liriano's first big league home run was a 427-foot laser into the restaurant that sits at the third deck -- that's right, the third deck -- of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building down the left-field line Wednesday at Petco Park.
Facing big league hitters is a lot easier than the abstract algebra class Kyle Hendricks took in his final semester at Dartmouth. The Cubs pitcher, who did complete his economics degree at the Ivy League school, has applied his study techniques to baseball.
Javier Baez now has one week in the big leagues, and it's been a learning experience.
Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said the front office is currently debating September callups and who will play in the Arizona Fall League. Triple-A Iowa outfielder Jorge Soler is one player being considered for both.
Christian Colon practiced early on Wednesday with the knowledge that he'd be giving third baseman Mike Moustakas a respite that night against the A's. Colon made the start count, contributing to Kansas City's 3-0 victory with his bat and glove.
Looking ahead, Pirates right-hander Stolmy Pimentel's value should remain high as he's still learning the finer nuances of pitching. His youth, his strong frame and his power arm bode well for versatility from a pitcher who has the ability to pitch in relief or eventually join the rotation.
After getting past the initial adrenaline rush of being called up to the big leagues, D-backs prospect Jake Lamb has been able to get back into his more typical routine at the plate.
Fourth-ranked Royals prospect Hunter Dozier had two hits and two runs in Northwest Arkansas's victory.
Lucas Giolito has a better fastball and a better breaking ball than Seattle's Taijuan Walker, and he has more advanced control and command than Walker did at the same stage. In the long run, Giolito will be a better big leaguer than Walker, and better than any other pitching prospect currently in the Minors.
Mariners prospect Taijuan Walker has already shown an ability to dominate hitters at every level. His most recent start, on Sunday, could be a sign that he's ready to finish the season strong: seven innings pitched, two hits, one earned run, one walk and 13 strikeouts.
Highly-touted backstop prospects Christian Bethancourt and Blake Swihart will meet when Gwinnett hosts Pawtucket in Triple-A action on Wednesday.
Outfielder Scott Schebler, the Dodgers' No. 9 prospect, homered in each of his first three plate appearances Tuesday, and Double-A Chattanooga defeated Jacksonville, 4-0.
Playing in his first game in nearly two weeks, center fielder Bradley Zimmer, the Indians' first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, collected three hits Tuesday, helping Class A short-season Mahoning Valley defeat host State College, 5-0.
The Pirates' No. 1 prospect, Tyler Glasnow, threw six scoreless innings Tuesday before he was charged with a run that snapped his shutout streak at 18 innings. Despite giving up the lone run, Glasnow led Class A Advanced Bradenton to a 6-1 victory at Jupiter.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has been a master of the polysyllabic adjective in his media session. His summary of the past nine games needed no dictionary. "It was a crappy trip," he said after Tuesday night's 4-2 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park completed a 2-7 trek. "That's how I would assess it."
The Nationals used four home runs, three of which came off of Mets spot starter Rafael Montero, to trounce New York, 7-1, in the opener of a three-game set between the National League East rivals.
Nationals prospect Michael Taylor made a remarkable Major League debut Tuesday night, going 2-for-4 with a home run in Washington's 7-1 victory over the Mets.
Nationals outfielder Steven Souza Jr. had an MRI on his left shoulder, and the results revealed no structural damage, but he does have inflammation in his AC joint.
Left-hander Amir Garrett, who is the Reds' 18th-ranked prospect, informed the organization recently that he would be ending his college basketball career and focusing solely on baseball.
The Cubs' No. 1 prospect, Kris Bryant, hit his 39th home run of the season on Tuesday to take sole possession of the Minor League lead. It wasn't enough for a victory, however, as Triple-A Las Vegas defeated Iowa, 6-5.
Anthony Ranaudo, who turned in a sparkling Major League debut against the Yankees on Aug. 1, will get another chance to start for the Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon against the Reds.
The Area Code Games are similar to the East Coast Professional Showcase in that it gives scouts the chance to watch much of the top high school talent in the Draft class of 2015 play in games over several days. Just like with the East Coast Showcase, MLB.com polled several scouts in attendance to put together a top 10 performers from the Area Code Games.
Cheslor Cuthbert doubled home the three runs in the ninth for Omaha. He's batting .385 (10-for-26) with six RBI in six games with the Storm Chasers.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfield prospect Scott Schebler, No. 9 on the Dodgers' Top 20 Prospects List, has plenty of power, though he needs to cut down on his strikeouts.
Dylan Bundy and Sean Manaea have both battled injury early in their young careers. Now, both are healthy and will be on the mound on Tuesday as Bundy and Class A Advanced Frederick visit Manaea and Wilmington for the start of a three-game series.
As a low-risk former sixth-round Draft pick, Michael Taylor is poised to offer high reward to the Nationals. He projects as a fine Major League outfielder capable of breaking open a game with his bat or contributing with game-changing speed and above-average athletic ability.
Center fielder Byron Buxton, the Twins' top prospect and Major League Baseball's No. 1 prospect, was promoted Monday to Double-A New Britain, which begins a seven-game homestand Tuesday.
The Tigers were being touted as World Series contenders for a rotation deep enough that Rick Porcello was their fifth starter. Less than two weeks later, they're looking to Robbie Ray and Buck Farmer for starts in crucial games in the thick of a playoff race.
Nationals No. 1 prospect Lucas Giolito threw five scoreless innings and second baseman Wilmer Difo collected a career-high five hits Monday to lead Class A Hagerstown to an 13-7 victory at Delmarva.
Wasting no time in slotting one of their top prospects into the lineup, the Padres greeted Rymer Liriano on Monday by batting him seventh and sending him to right field as a brief three-game homestand with the Rockies started.
With Twins prospect Trevor May no longer a member of the Triple-A Red Wings, left-hander Logan Darnell replaced him on the mound. And Darnell picked up right where May left off. He threw six hitless innings Monday to complete the no-hitter, as Rochester defeated Durham, 3-0.
Chris Taylor is off to a great start in the Majors, toting a healthy .400 batting average through 14 games with the Mariners. The rookie shortstop has a hit in each of his first 12 starts, but he isn't reading too much into those lofty numbers in 45 at-bats.
Getting Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras at-bats hasn't been an issue since the Trade Deadline. With the move that sent Allen Craig to the Red Sox, the organization indicated the direction it was headed with its promising young outfielder and his playing time moving forward.
Royals first-base prospect Juan Graterol, who hit .526 with three doubles and a home run last week at Double-A Northwest Arkansas last week, was named the Player of the Week in the Texas League.
The Twins traded outfielder Josh Willingham to the Royals for Minor League right-hander Jason Adam on Monday. The trade was completed just a little more than an hour before the team played the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Willingham is a pending free agent.
The Royals added some pop to their postseason push on Monday, acquiring outfielder Josh Willingham from the Twins for Minor League pitcher Jason Adam.
The Dodgers optioned reliever Pedro Baez to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room on the roster for recently acquired starter Kevin Correia, who made his Los Angeles debut on Monday night against the Braves at Turner Field.
Jason Rogers homered three times and drove in nine runs during the Sounds' doubleheader sweep of Round Rock. Two of the homers and six of the RBIs came in Game 1, and he hit a three-run homer in Game 2. Including those games, Rogers has hit safely in 12 of his last 18.
The Mets announced after Monday's 5-3 win over the Phillies that Jacob deGrom will go on the 15-disabled list with right rotator cuff tendinitis. Right-hander Rafael Montero was recalled to take his place in the rotation.
Johnny Giavotella's heroics led Omaha to a road win. He entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the ninth, delivering a game-tying single, and followed with a go-ahead homer in the 12th.
The Phillies already have had more than a few discussions about September callups. The most notable name is Triple-A Lehigh Valley third baseman Maikel Franco, who has been hitting the ball well after struggling early this season.
Throughout the season, the MLBPipeline.com staff will name Pipeline Prospects of the Week -- one hitter and one pitcher who excelled over the previous seven days. This week, Oakland outfielder Jaycob Brugman and Mets pitcher Rafael Montero took the honors.
It's been little more than a month since catcher Christian Vazquez put on a Red Sox uniform for the first time, but from his demeanor in the clubhouse and his presence on the field, you'd never know it.
Sunday's Perfect Game All-American Classic was all about pitching, and no pitcher stood out more than left-hander Kolby Allard. Ten different hurlers on the West team combined for a two-hit shutout of the East in a 7-0 victory at the annual high school prospect showcase, including Allard, who worked a 1-2-3 second inning.
The Northwest League of Class A short-season ball saw some history on Sunday when the Spokane Indians threw a combined no-hitter against the Everett AquaSox … in 11 innings at Everett (Wash.) Memorial Stadium.
With Steven Souza Jr. on the 15-day disabled list because of a left shoulder contusion, the Nationals recalled outfielder Michael Taylor on Sunday.
The Padres promoted their No. 6 prospect, outfielder Rymer Liriano, in time for their game Monday in San Diego against the Rockies, and designated Jeff Francoeur for assignment.
The Red Sox added a fresh arm to their bullpen for Sunday's series finale against the Angels, recalling No. 11 prospect Edwin Escobar from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioning Heath Hembree to the PawSox.
Brewers rookie starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson doubled on Sunday against the Dodgers to extend his hitting streak to three games, which might not sound all that notable until you consider how he started.
Cubs manager Rick Rentera said his message to Javier Baez was simple. "[I told him] that he should be himself," Renteria said Sunday of the Cubs' No. 2 prospect, promoted on Tuesday. "He's a more vocal guy in the infield, and we want him to continue to do the same thing."
On Sunday, the Indians placed David Murphy (right abdominal strain) and Nick Swisher (right knee soreness) on the 15-day DL and called up Zach Walters and Tyler Holt from Triple-A Columbus.
Wilmington won a second straight at Frederick, breaking a 1-1 tie by scoring two in the seventh. Top-ranked Royals prospect Raul Mondesi was a triple shy of the cycle. He hit his second homer in as many nights in the first inning.
Brayan Pena's unavailability due to a tight left hamstring was just one reason the Reds optioned infielder-outfielder Donald Lutz to Triple-A Louisville before Saturday's game and recalled catcher Tucker Barnhart for the fourth time this season.
Right-hander Francellis Montas, the White Sox No. 3 prospect who had been sidelined since June knee surgery, threw two hitless innings Friday in a rehab start in the Arizona League.
Zane Evans hit a three-run homer in the first, helping Wilmington cruise to a series-opening win at Frederick. Top-ranked Royals prospect Raul Adalberto Mondesi added three RBIs, including a two-run shot in the ninth.
While Addison Russell is gone, shortstop Daniel Robertson and first baseman Matt Olson, the A's next two picks that year, remain in the Oakland system. This weekend, Robertson and Olson are leading Stockton against Modesto and outfielder David Dahl.
Reds No. 15 prospect Jon Moscot threw seven scoreless innings Friday and Double-A Pensacola defeated Jackson, 5-1. Moscot struck out four batters, walked none and held the Generals to three hits -- all singles. The right-hander threw 85 pitches and didn't allow a runner to advance past first base.
Allen Webster knew that to have a chance at a win Friday night, he'd need to match Angels ace Jered Weaver pitch for pitch. The Red Sox's No. 5 prospect did that and more in a 4-2 victory at Angel Stadium.
Phillies' No. 1 prospect J.P. Crawford hit two home runs Friday to lead Class A Advanced Clearwater to an 8-7 victory against Daytona. It was his first career multihomer game.
Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, the Red Sox's No. 10 prospect, struck out a season-high nine batters in six scoreless innings Friday, but Double-A Portland lost, 5-1, at Richmond.
The Yankees recalled right-hander Bryan Mitchell from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday and designated pitcher Matt Daley for assignment. Mitchell was 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA in five starts at Triple-A.
Just because the arrival of Javier Baez happened earlier than most anticipated, don't assume third baseman Kris Bryant will make his Major League debut this season. Bryant continues to dominate Triple-A pitching at Iowa, but Theo Epstein says Bryant won't be coming to Chicago this season unless some highly unlikely things happen in the next couple of months.
Javier Baez took his first game as a Cubs player at Wrigley Field in stride, from his first batting practice at the Friendly Confines through the last of his four strikeouts.
The Marlins traded right-hander Jacob Turner to the Cubs in exchange for two Minor League relievers on Friday.
Highly regarded prospect Trevor May will make his Major League debut for the Twins on Saturday against the A's. The right-hander will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to make his first big league start, and a corresponding roster move will be made after Friday's game.
If Carlos Rodon, the No. 3 overall Draft pick in 2014, continues to impress in the Minor Leagues, the left-hander might pitch out of the bullpen with the White Sox when rosters expand.
Teams that were sellers at the Trade Deadline are giving young players an opportunity to show what they can do, and fans of playoff hopefuls are thinking about next year a bit, too. The 2014 draftees are making their pro debuts, leading to questions about performances from those newbies.
Rangers top prospect Joey Gallo and Rockies top prospect Jon Gray will meet for the first time in their careers on Friday when Double-A Frisco plays host to Tulsa.
Outfielder Gary Brown, the Giants' No. 20 prospect, collected four hits and scored four runs Thursday to lead Triple-A Fresno to an 11-4 victory at Tacoma.
Omaha won a wild opener, scoring eight in the ninth to build a 16-5 lead, with Colorado Springs scoring four in the home half.
Oscar Taveras has a lot to live up to, and he has needed two primary things as he delves deeper in his first season in the Majors.
Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs' No. 8 prospect, homered and scored three runs Thursday, helping Class A Advanced Daytona rout Clearwater, 18-2.
Right-hander Daniel Corcino, the Reds' No. 11 prospect, threw eight scoreless innings to help Double-A Pensacola earn a 3-2 win over Jackson on Thursday.
Pirates' No. 1 prospect Tyler Glasnow threw six scoreless innings on Thursday to lead Class A Advanced Bradenton to a 5-0 victory against Jupiter in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The Hammerheads came back to win Game 2, however, defeating the Marauders 9-6.
The Twins have several options at Rochester for Saturday's start, including top prospects Alex Meyer and Trevor May. Meyer is scheduled to start for the Red Wings on Saturday, while May is slated to start Sunday.
When the D-backs traded third baseman Martin Prado to the Yankees on July 31, prospect Jake Lamb knew his chance in the Major Leagues may be coming soon. He could not have guessed it would be only a week before he was suiting up at a locker in Chase Field.
As if Nick Plummer hadn't already put himself on the map with his performance at last week's East Coast Pro Showcase, he made the statement of all statements at this week's Area Code Games.
Sure, the Area Code Games feature the top high school talent from all across the country. But catching prospect Chris Betts didn't have to travel very far. He plays his high school ball across the street. Literally.
Tyler Williams entered this week's Area Code Games with one goal in mind. Mission accomplished. The Peoria, Ariz., native captured Offensive Player of the Day honors on Tuesday with his 3-for-4, three-RBI effort. He added another couple hits on Thursday, turning heads with his speed, generated by a long, athletic stride.
Through four days at the Area Code Games, perhaps no one has stood out more than Canadian outfielder Demi Orimoloye.
Pitching at Coors Field didn't bother Kyle Hendricks. Hendricks posted his longest outing in his fifth Major League start, leading the Cubs to a 6-2 win on Thursday over the Rockies. It was his fourth straight quality start as he gave up two runs over eight innings.
There's a good chance that Carlos Rodon could pitch in the Majors during the same season in which he was drafted, but that potential path does not fall under the category of current concerns for Robin Ventura.
After just one scoreless rehab inning for Triple-A Charlotte Tuesday, Zach Putnam is ready to come off the disabled list on Friday. Putnam has been on the DL since July 24 with inflammation in his right shoulder but was with the team on Thursday in Seattle.
Exactly a week after being traded to the Red Sox, Kelly Johnson was added to the active roster.
When No. 5 prospect Allen Webster takes the mound again on Friday night, he'll be matching pitches with one of the best pitchers in the American League in Jered Weaver.
College World Series hero John Norwood may have slipped through the cracks in the First-Year Player Draft in June, but the former Vanderbilt outfielder didn't go unnoticed in the Cape Cod League. The Marlins heavily scouted Norwood in the wooden-bat summer league, and they presented him with a $275,000 signing bonus.
On Thursday, the Indians traded reliever Vinnie Pestano to the Angels in a Minor League deal for Class A right-hander Michael Clevinger. Pestano, who has been with Triple-A Columbus for the past few weeks, will join Los Angeles' Triple-A Salt Lake affiliate.
In the Reds' Ohio Cup series win over the Indians, Kris Negron was named Most Outstanding Player after going 7-for-13 (.538) with two doubles, a home run, five RBIs and four runs scored. He had a career-high three hits and three runs scored in Wednesday's victory.
Javier Baez has been to Wrigley Field before, most recently last September when he was honored as the Cubs' Minor League Player of the Year. But on Friday, he'll be in the lineup and playing in his first big league game there as the Cubs open an Interleague series against the Rays.
Brandon Downes hit his first professional homer for Idaho Falls, a solo shot in the sixth. He was Kansas City's seventh-round pick in June.
Nationals outfielder and No. 5 prospect Steven Souza made a nice catch on Wednesday night, and he nearly missed a home run in his second at-bat of his second stint with the team this season.
Right-hander Noah Syndergaard, the Mets' top-ranked prospect, and outfielder Joc Pederson, the Dodgers' No. 3 prospect, will meet on Thursday in Triple-A when Las Vegas hosts Albuquerque.
Here's a look at five hitters and five pitchers from the 2014 Draft who have gotten off to outstanding starts in the Minor Leagues.
Outfielder Todd Cunningham, the Braves' No. 18 prospect, collected four hits Wednesday to match his career high, but it wasn't enough to lead Triple-A Gwinnett to victory.
Left-hander Jesse Biddle, the Phillies' No. 4 prospect, threw five hitless innings Wednesday to help Class A Advanced Clearwater defeat Daytona, 4-0.
Right-hander Luis Ortiz, the Rangers' first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, threw three hitless innings Wednesday in his debut with Class A Hickory.
On Wednesday, the Rockies recalled right-hander Brooks Brown from Triple-A Colorado Springs to bring in a fresh arm for the beleaguered bullpen.
Jon Gray, the Rockies No. 1 ranked prospect, has had an up-and-down season at the Double-A level this season, logging a three strikeouts to every one walk after registering a 6.38 ratio in his first year in the Minors.
The AFL released the schedule for its 2014 campaign on Wednesday, and the upcoming season will feature games from early October through mid-November. Five Maricopa County facilities will host Arizona Fall League games, which will be played between Monday and Saturday.
Right-hander Frederis Parra combined with three relievers -- Silas Bohannan, Andrew Reidt and Kevin Alexander -- for a no-hitter on Wednesday, and the Rookie-level Cardinals defeated the Nationals, 6-1, in the Gulf Coast League.
Yankees' No. 12 prospect Greg Bird was in familiar company on Tuesday when left-hander Jacob Lindgren, the club's top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, was also promoted from Class A Advanced Tampa. On Wednesday, both played big roles in Double-A Trenton's 7-3 victory over Altoona.
The Phillies made Aaron Nola the No. 7 selection of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft because of his projected ability to climb quickly through their system. On Wednesday night, the 21-year-old right-hander took the next step in his quest to join the big league rotation.
Maikel Franco is swinging a hot bat in Triple-A, but Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said he doesn't expect the third baseman to join the big league club before rosters expand in September.
Chris Taylor's "now you're a big leaguer" moment may have come in Tuesday's 4-2 victory over the Braves, when he made a great diving stop and threw out speedy leadoff hitter Emilio Bonifacio for the final out in Felix Hernandez's eight-inning gem at Safeco Field.
The Storm Chasers lost a matinee finale, finishing 2-2 vs. Iowa.
In the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, only two picks separated college infielders Colin Moran and Hunter Dozier. Moran went sixth overall to the Marlins and Dozier eighth overall to the Royals. Now, a year and a trade later, both Moran and Dozier are already in Double-A and will meet in the second game of a three-game set when Corpus Christi faces Northwest Arkansas on Wednesday.
Robin Wallace tried to leave baseball, on more than one occasion. Yet she couldn't help but come back to it. Hired by the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau as an amateur scout in New England, Wallace became the only woman employed as a full-time scout. It appears that she's found a home, one that she isn't going to desert any time soon.
Right-hander Rafael Montero, the Mets' No. 6 prospect, threw eight scoreless innings Tuesday to lead Triple-A Las Vegas to a 3-0 victory at Sacramento. Montero struck out a season-high 11 batters and held the River Cats to one hit and two walks while throwing 105 pitches, 73 for strikes.
Left-hander Kyle Freeland, the Rockies' first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, threw five scoreless innings Tuesday in his debut with Class A Asheville. His strong start helped lead the Tourists to an 8 -1 victory at Lakewood.
Right-hander Michael Feliz, the Astros' No. 7 prospect, threw eight scoreless innings Tuesday and Class A Quad Cities defeated Burlington, 4-0, in the second game of a doubleheader.
Outfielder Austin Meadows, the Pirates' No. 4 prospect, hit his first home run of the season Tuesday, but it wasn't enough to lead Class A West Virginia to victory against Hagerstown and Nationals top prospect Lucas Giolito. The Suns defeated the Power, 10-6.
Javier Baez now has 51 games in the big leagues to show what he can do. The Cubs promoted Baez on Tuesday, and he made his first Major League start at second against the Rockies. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said they decided it was time to promote Baez because he'd fulfilled several items on the checklist.
The Cubs are hoping to see all the good things Javier Baez can do, but also are quick to caution that there may be some growing pains.
Right-hander Erick Fedde was arguably the happiest person at Nationals Park early Tuesday afternoon. Signing his first professional contract with the Nationals is the main reason he is cheerful. Fedde was a busy young man on this day. Besides signing the contract, the right-hander went through his share of interviews, photo shoots and he even tried on his uniform.
Javier Baez's arrival is just the latest in what is sure to be a wave of Cubs prospects making the way to the North Side over the not-too-distant future.
In three games against the White Sox this past weekend, Kennys Vargas went 5-for-14 (.357) with four RBIs, including a 2-for-5, two-RBI performance in Sunday's finale. On Tuesday, he continued to impress by belting the decisive three-run homer in the sixth, his first Major League home run.
Brian Johnson, Boston's No. 12 prospect, held Bowie to three hits in eight scoreless innings on Tuesday.
The Cubs named Triple-A Iowa outfielder Jorge Soler and Class A Kane County right-handed pitcher Jen-Ho Tseng the organization's Minor League player and pitcher of the month for July, respectively.
The Yankees swapped out one left-handed reliever for another on Tuesday, when Matt Thornton was awarded on a waiver claim to the Nationals. New York signed Rich Hill to a big league deal and assigned the veteran southpaw to the 25-man roster to fill Thornton's slot in the bullpen.
The Storm Chasers slipper back to second place as they had a three-game winning streak snapped.
The question is which phenom, the Cardinals' Oscar Taveras or the Cubs' Javier Baez, will be the more productive big leaguer for the remainder of the season? Taveras is the better bet for a variety of reasons.
Lucas Giolito, ranked No. 10 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, has won all three of his starts since appearing in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on July 13. Giolito will look to continue his streak as he takes the mound for Class A Hagerstown on Tuesday against West Virginia. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. ET.
Javier Baez, who will make his Major League debut for the Cubs on Tuesday, is more suited to help his team with production for the remainder of this season that his counterpart, Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras.
Peter O'Brien, acquired from the Yankees by the D-backs last week for Martin Prado, hit his first home run in the Arizona organization, a 10th-inning shot that propelled Double-A Mobile to victory on Monday night.
Jake Thompson projects as a middle-of-the-rotation starter. While he is making tremendous progress in his career, he is still only 20 years old. Working on consistently commanding his repertoire and refining his changeup, Thompson has more development ahead before he can be considered a finished pitcher ready to face Major League hitters.
The Red Sox's Nos. 2 and 3 prospects, pitcher Henry Owens and catcher Blake Swihart, made their Triple-A debuts in a 5-0 win for Pawtucket over Columbus on Monday night.
Carlos Frias, who has been in the Dodgers' Minor League system for seven years, was called up to The Show on Monday to replace right-hander Chris Perez, who went on the 15-day disabled list with bone spurs in his right ankle.
The Nationals' decision to call up Steven Souza Jr. on Monday occurred after Nate McLouth was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of right shoulder inflammation. But that doesn't mean Souza didn't deserve the promotion.
The Nationals promoted No. 3 prospect Michael Taylor to Triple-A Syracuse on Monday. The outfielder hit .313 with a .935 OPS, 22 home runs, 61 RBIs and 34 stolen bases in 98 games for Double-A Harrisburg this season. In his debut for the Chiefs, Taylor went 2-for-2 with a go-ahead RBI double, two walks, a run and a stolen base as Syracuse defeated Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 7-6.
There are just 50 games left in the 2014 regular season for the D-backs, and with the front office's focus having shifted to 2015, the final stretch is especially important for these five players.
The Rangers have promoted two of their top prospects to Double-A Frisco. Catcher Jorge Alfaro is moving up from Class A Myrtle Beach, and outfielder Nomar Mazara is jumping from lower Class A Hickory.
The wait is over. The Cubs' No. 2 prospect, infielder Javier Baez, has been called up and will join the club on Tuesday in Colorado.
Seattle Mariners outfield prospect Gabriel "Gabby" Guerrero has a future. He looks to be playing with electricity powering his body. He's exciting, extremely talented, highly-energetic and from my observation, a physical clone of his All Star uncle Vladimir Guerrero.
The 2014 East Coast Pro Showcase is now in the books as the summer amateur showcase circuit continues to wind on. Here are the top performers from the event, including Daz Cameron, son of former big-leaguer Mike.
This week's Pipeline Prospects of the Week are Red Sox No. 14 prospect Matt Barnes and Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant. Bryant went yard three times in seven games while Barnes threw seven hitless innings.
Carlos Peguero homered twice as Triple-A Ohama moved into first place with a win over Iowa.
The Nationals called up outfielder Steven Souza Jr. and placed outfielder Nate McLouth on the 15-day disabled list because of inflammation in his right shoulder.
The Astros announced after Sunday's 6-1 win over the Blue Jays that rookie outfielder George Springer will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Quad Cities on Monday.
Starlin Castro is hoping Javier Baez can find success when he is eventually promoted to the big leagues. And Castro would like that day to be soon.
White Sox prospect Jared Mitchell was promoted back to Triple-A Charlotte from Double-A Birmingham after hitting .299 with 10 homers and 20 RBIs over 157 at-bats with the Barons.
Double-A Reading catcher Tommy Joseph, the Phillies' No. 20 prospect, will undergo season-ending surgery on his left wrist Tuesday. Dr. Don Sheridan will perform the procedure.
Intrigued by rookie Matt Duffy's potential, Giants manager Bruce Bochy abandoned his plans to play the right-handed batter only against left-handed pitchers and started him at second base Sunday against Mets righty Bartolo Colon.
By now, Jason Castro is used to catching pitchers making their first appearance in the big leagues. So, he had one simple goal for Astros rookie Mike Foltynewicz during the righty's debut on Saturday night against the Blue Jays: keep it simple.
Mike Foltynewicz made his first big league appearance in Saturday night's 8-2 win over the Blue Jays, recording two outs in the eighth with a 4-2 lead before walking a third batter.
The Phillies promoted Aaron Nola, their first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, to Double-A Reading on Saturday after the right-hander compiled a 3.16 ERA in seven appearances, six of them starts, for Class A Advanced Clearwater.
The Mariners have always been high on the defensive skills of young shortstop Chris Taylor, and he has been effective at the plate as well in his first stint with the club.
The Indians recalled left-handed pitcher T.J. House from Triple-A Columbus on Saturday. Cleveland made room for House by optioning right-hander Austin Adams to Columbus.
Left-hander Sean Newcomb, the Angels' first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, threw a scoreless inning in his professional debut Friday, helping the Rookie-level Angels defeat the D-backs, 3-1, in the Arizona League.
Francisco Lindor is widely considered to be the best defensive shortstop in the Minor Leagues. On Saturday, Lindor and Columbus will begin a four-game series at Pawtucket, where they will find another defensive-minded shortstop in Deven Marrero, the Red Sox No. 13 prospect
For the second time this season, Mets No. 1 prospect Noah Syndergaard outdueled Padres No. 3 prospect Matt Wisler in a matchup of two of the best pitchers in the Pacific Coast League. But both starters were out of the game by the time Triple-A El Paso scored two runs in the 10th inning to defeat Las Vegas, 4-3.
Northwest Arkansas knotted a road series at a game apiece. Christian Binford (6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) settled in after two runs scored in the first. Orlando Calixte singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth. He also hit a solo homer in the fifth. Cheslor Cuthbert added an RBI. Binford is ranked eighth among Royals prospects by MLB.com, Calixte 12th and Cuthbert 15th.
Taylor Williams, the Brewers' No. 14 prospect, struck out a career-high 11 batters in seven scoreless innings on Friday, and Class A Wisconsin defeated Peoria, 5-1.
Mookie Betts, who only recently converted to playing the outfield after playing mainly second base in the Minors and is ranked the Red Sox's top prospect, made a sensational leaping catch in the eighth inning to help thwart a potential Yankees rally.
Over the course of two days, Ryan McMahon got two chances in one game to be a hero for Class A Asheville and he took advantage of both of them.
Tennessee Smokies outfielder Jorge Soler of the Cubs and Tulsa Drillers left-hander Tyler Anderson of the Rockies were named the MLB Pipeline Prospects of the Month for their performances in July.
Anthony Ranaudo allowed just two runs over six innings and got the win in his big league debut as the Red Sox posted a 4-3 win over the Yankees on Friday night at Fenway Park.
Chris Valaika grew up about 20 minutes from Dodger Stadium, but has never played at the ballpark. On Friday, he got to walk on the field for the first time, and felt just like a kid again.
Pirates' No. 1 prospect Tyler Glasnow threw six scoreless innings Friday, helping lead Class A Advanced Bradenton to a 3-2 victory against Brevard County.
The Giants purchased the contracts of infielder Matt Duffy and outfielder Jarrett Parker from Double-A Richmond on Friday while clearing roster room by designating second baseman Dan Uggla and outfielder Tyler Colvin for assignment.
White Sox Minor League infielder Tyler Saladino had season-ending Tommy John Surgery after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right arm.
Being ordained as a potential front-runner to be the No. 1 pick in the Draft may not mean a whole lot once the calendar turns to June, but there's no question a lot of eyes have been on the son of Mike Cameron, Daz, this summer to see how he performs and responds to the attention.
Double-A All-Star Kennys Vargas made his Major League debut on Friday against the White Sox, hitting sixth and playing first base for the Twins.
The Cubs filled the vacancies created by the trade of James Russell and Emilio Bonifacio, adding Chris Valaika and Blake Parker from Triple-A Iowa.
The only thing that's holding Astros rookie outfielder George Springer back in his rehab from a quad injury that has caused him to miss 12 games is being able to run. Of course, running is a huge part of Springer's game, so the Astros are being cautious.
Farmhand Mark Williams drew a 50-game suspension on Friday. He is the second member of the advanced Class A Brevard County club suspended this week under the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program after testing positive for amphetamines.
The question then is this: When is it going to end? When will the Cubs compete again? Jed Hoyer, the general manager who serves alongside Epstein, may have let an internal timetable slip on Thursday.
Mauricio Ramos took one for the team as he recorded the go-ahead RBI upon being hit by a pitch in the eighth. Elier Hernandez hit three hits, an RBI and a run. Starter Luke Farrell fanned 10 over five innings.
The Astros on Friday called up another one of their top prospects as hard-throwing right-hander Mike Foltynewicz will pitch in the bullpen for the rest of season, though his future remains as a starter down the road.
There's a tendency to look only at the up-and-comers who are involved in trades, but it's equally important -- maybe more so this year -- to look at the teams that sold at the Deadline. Where Major Leaguers once stood, opportunities for young players may now be there for the taking.
Noah Syndergaard and Matt Wisler first met May 16 in El Paso in a matchup of pitchers ranked on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list. Syndergaard and Triple-A Las Vegas came out on top in the duel, winning 10-2. Wisler and El Paso have a chance for revenge in a rematch when they face Syndergaard in Las Vegas on Friday.
Left-hander Kyle Freeland and second baseman Forrest Wall, the Rockies' first two picks in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, both achieved significant firsts in their professional careers Thursday with Rookie-level Grand Junction.
Right-hander Tyler Beede, the Giants' first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, threw a scoreless inning in his professional debut Thursday, helping the Rookie-level Giants defeat the Angels, 1-0, in the Arizona League.