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Prospects Archive

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  • 07/12/2014 | Prospect Frazier goes 5-for-5 with two homers

    Outfielder Clint Frazier, the Indians' No. 2 prospect, collected five hits and homered twice on Friday, helping lead Class A Lake County to a 14-3 victory against Great Lakes.

  • 07/11/2014 | Pirates prospect Glasnow continues strong season

    Right-hander Tyler Glasnow, the Pirates' No. 3 prospect, struck out 10 batters in 5 2/3 scoreless innings Friday in as Class A Advanced Bradenton's 2-1 win over Tampa.

  • 07/11/2014 | Triple-A prospect Castro named to PCL All-Star team

    Memphis Redbirds right-hander Angel Castro was named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star roster, replacing Jimmy Nelson of the Nashville Sounds.

  • 07/11/2014 | Roenicke: 'Impossible' to keep Nelson in Minors

    If the slumping Brewers had a hitting version of Jimmy Nelson, the pitching prospect who tore up the Triple-A Pacific Coast League during the first half of the season, he might have been promoted Thursday night, too.

  • 07/11/2014 | First-rounder Conforto hits Big Apple for first time

    Michael Conforto is visiting New York for the first time this week, and between seeing the sights, preparing for life as a professional ballplayer with Class A Brooklyn this summer and meeting some of the Major Leaguers he grew up watching, Conforto learned something pretty important about the Big Apple: The food is good.

  • 07/11/2014 | Reds recall Contreras, Partch; Barnhart optioned

    The Reds optioned catcher Tucker Barnhart to Triple-A Louisville and recalled right-handed pitchers Carlos Contreras and Curtis Partch from Louisville on Friday.

  • 07/11/2014 | Astros prospect Velasquez makes rehab start

    Right-hander Vincent Velasquez, the Astros' No. 8 prospect, started Friday for the first time since being sidelined by a groin injury two months ago. Velasquez threw two innings in the Gulf Coast League, as the Rookie-level Astros defeated the Yankees, 5-2.

  • 07/11/2014 | Polished Rodon inked, but '14 MLB debut in question

    Since Carlos Rodon was taken by the White Sox with the third pick overall in the first round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft on June 5, the prevailing question has been: "When is he going to sign?" Now that Rodon officially has been brought into the fold by the organization, the question becomes: "When will he get to the White Sox?"

  • 07/11/2014 | Futures Game to begin All-Star Week in Twin Cities

    The opening event to All-Star Week has grown in stature and excitement, with hundreds of top prospects going from the game to eventually having big league careers. There is little question that the 16th edition of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, taking place on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET as part of All-Star Sunday at Target Field, will provide the same boost for the future stars who will be on hand.

  • 07/11/2014 | Junior Home Run Derby to showcase top young talent

    For the second straight year, MLB will hold a Junior Home Run Derby on Sunday morning before the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. will televise the event, live from Target Field, starting at 9 a.m. ET.

  • 07/11/2014 | Pipeline preview: Gillaspie, Zimmer set to meet

    Casey Gillaspie and Bradley Zimmer were taken back to back in the first round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, Gillaspie No. 20 by the Rays and Zimmer No. 21 by the Indians. Both are the younger brothers of professional baseball players, and both excelled this spring for colleges that are a little off the beaten path for scouts. Gillaspie and Zimmer will wrap up their first series against each other when short-season Hudson Valley hosts Mahoning Valley on Friday at 7:05 p.m. ET.

  • 07/11/2014 | Royals Minor League report: July 10

    Royals No. 6 prospect Hunter Dozier hit a go-ahead three-run homer as Double-A Northwest Arkansas stormed back with four in the ninth. to beat Springfield, 5-4, on Thursday.

  • 07/11/2014 | Souza racks up four hits, two RBIs in win at Triple-A

    Outfielder Steven Souza, the Nationals' No. 14 prospect, collected four hits and scored two runs Thursday, as Triple-A Syracuse defeated Charlotte, 11-6.

  • 07/11/2014 | Royals' top pick Finnegan makes debut

    Brandon Finnegan, the Royals' first pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, made his professional debut on Thursday with Class A Advanced Wilmington. He threw two perfect innings against Potomac in Game 2 of a doubleheader, a game that was suspended in the sixth inning due to rain.

  • 07/10/2014 | Prospects Senzatela, Neiman combine on one-hitter

    Antonio Senzatela, the Rockies' No. 20 prospect, and Troy Neiman combined for a one-hitter Thursday as Class A Asheville defeated Kannapolis, 1-0.

  • 07/10/2014 | Hahn eyeballing increase on innings limit

    Right-hander Jesse Hahn, who starts Friday against the Dodgers, has pitched 73 innings this season between Double-A and the big leagues. He was initially targeted to throw about 110 innings this season, but that projection was made in the spring.

  • 07/10/2014 | Bundy pitches into fourth inning in rehab start

    Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy, who will likely be limited to 75 pitches in every outing this year, exited Thursday's start for Class A Frederick in the fourth inning.

  • 07/10/2014 | Kingham flirts with perfect game in Triple-A

    Right-hander Nick Kingham, the Pirates' No. 8 prospect, retired the first 17 batters he faced Thursday and threw six scoreless innings. Behind Kingham's strong start, Triple-A Indianapolis defeated Columbus, 1-0, in Game 1 of a doubleheader.

  • 07/10/2014 | Slump buster? Polanco gets even with countryman

    It is too early to have a very good idea of how well Gregory Polanco adjusts; the give-and-take between him and Major League pitchers is just getting underway. But we do know he gets even.

  • 07/10/2014 | Wilson placed on DL with sprained right ankle

    The Angels on Thursday placed starter C.J. Wilson on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle. Manager Mike Scioscia said Wilson, who remained in Southern California for treatment, "hopefully is missing a start or two at most."

  • 07/10/2014 | Bucs option Cumpton, recall Decker from Triple-A

    The Pirates on Thursday optioned right-hander Brandon Cumpton to Triple-A Indianapolis and recalled outfielder Jaff Decker from Indianapolis.

  • 07/10/2014 | Top prospect Nelson called up to start Saturday

    The Brewers recalled right-hander Jimmy Nelson from Triple-A Nashville following their 9-1 loss to the Phillies on Thursday. He will start Saturday vs. St. Louis.

  • 07/10/2014 | Pleskoff: Realmuto has glove to be big league catcher

    Marlins No. 8 prospect J.T. Realmuto has the defensive and offensive game to be a catcher in the MLB, Bernie Pleskoff says. Realmuto is fast with a big arm and can handle the responsibilities of catching in the big leagues.

  • 07/10/2014 | Pleskoff: Crockett reliable in bullpen for Tribe

    Indians' reliever Kyle Crockett has proven that he has what it takes to compete at the big league level. He went to University of Virginia, where he flourished, and quickly made his way through Cleveland's farm system. Now, he's helping the MLB club.

  • 07/10/2014 | Pipeline preview: Durham, Buffalo set to square off

    As preparations for next Wednesday's Triple-A All-Star Game at Durham Bulls Athletic Park continue, the Bulls' 10-day road trip rolls into Buffalo on Thursday for the start of a four-game series.

  • 07/10/2014 | Prospect Williams collects four hits at Single-A

    Outfielder Nick Williams, the Rangers' No. 4 prospect, collected four hits Wednesday and helped Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach rout Winston-Salem, 12-3.

  • 07/10/2014 | No. 2 prospect Pederson returns from Triple-A DL

    Though the game was suspended due to rain in the first inning, outfielder Joc Pederson, the Dodgers' No. 2 prospect, made his return from the disabled list Wednesday for Triple-A Albuquerque.

  • 07/10/2014 | Top pick Freeland debuts with two scoreless innings

    Left-hander Kyle Freeland, the Rockies' first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, made his professional debut Wednesday, with rookie-level Grand Junction. He threw two scoreless innings and the Rockies defeated Missoula, 12-2.

  • 07/10/2014 | Twice as nice: Mookie's speed on full display in rallies

    Mookie Betts reached base just five times in his first six games, so he hasn't gotten to showcase his speed, which he considers his best attribute. On Wednesday night at Fenway Park, Betts made a heads-up play and took advantage of that speed to start an eighth inning rally in a 5-4 walk-off win over the White Sox.

  • 07/09/2014 | Alcantara makes Major League debut vs. Reds

    Cubs manager Rick Renteria didn't waste any time getting Arismendy Alcantara in the lineup. The second baseman, called up from Triple-A Iowa while Darwin Barney is on paternity leave, was in the starting lineup Wednesday and batted second.

  • 07/09/2014 | Hendricks the latest arm to make debut

    When the pitchers at Triple-A Iowa saw that both Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel were traded, they started to project the openings in the Cubs rotation to see if they matched up. The big league team needed pitchers -- who would it be? On Wednesday, Dallas Beeler was recalled for his second big league start, and on Thursday, Kyle Hendricks will make his Major League debut.

  • 07/09/2014 | No. 3 pick Rodon signs with White Sox

    Carlos Rodon, the White Sox top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft and third pick overall, has signed with the club for a franchise-record $6,582,000 bonus, according to's Jim Callis.

  • 07/09/2014 | Vazquez's dream of reaching Majors comes true

    The cannon arm of Christian Vazquez is now on full display for the Red Sox, as the catcher made his Major League debut on Wednesday night at Fenway Park against the White Sox.

  • 07/09/2014 | McAllister returning to Tribe to spell Masterson

    Indians manager Terry Francona announced Wednesday that right-hander Zach McAllister will be called up from Triple-A Columbus to start Saturday's tilt with the White Sox, taking the spot vacated by Justin Masterson, who is on the disabled list with right knee inflammation.

  • 07/09/2014 | Mets' No. 2 prospect Montero returns from DL

    Right-hander Rafael Montero, the Mets' No. 2 prospect, returned from the disabled list Wednesday to make a rehab start with the rookie-level Mets in the Gulf Coast League. He threw four innings in a rain-shortened game.

  • 07/09/2014 | Pryor called up and sent back down on same day

    The Mariners optioned reliever Stephen Pryor back to Triple-A Tacoma and recalled left-hander Lucas Luetge after Seattle dropped an 8-1 decision to the Twins at Safeco Field.

  • 07/09/2014 | Struggling Pierzynski designated for assignment

    By designating veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski for assignment on Wednesday, the Red Sox acknowledged that their place in the American League East standings made the timing right to bring another highly-touted prospect to the Majors.

  • 07/09/2014 | Royals Minor League report: July 8

    Wilmington is scheduled to play a pair tonight after a rainout on Tuesday. 2013 supplemental pick Sean Manaea will start game one. Fellow lefty and 2014 first-rounder Brandon Finnegan will make his professional debut in the nightcap.

  • 07/09/2014 | Pipeline Perspectives: Taylor, German dark horses

    Jonathan Mayo chose his underdogs from the Futures Game rosters. He selected a position player from the U.S. team and a pitcher from the World roster: Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor and Marlins right-hander Domingo German.

  • 07/09/2014 | Pipeline preview: Carolina League powers to clash

    Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach and Winston-Salem are stacked with power hitters such as Rangers' No. 1 prospect Jorge Alfaro and White Sox No. 12 prospect Keon Barnum. The two teams meet for the second matchup of a four-game set on Wednesday, with a chance for an offensive explosion. The game can be seen on MiLB.TV at 7 p.m. ET.

  • 07/09/2014 | Pipeline Perspectives: Plawecki, Severino on the rise

    Fans will get their first glimpses of Kevin Plawecki and Luis Severino during the Futures Game on Sunday, and they'll see a lot more of them in the near future.

  • 07/09/2014 | Indians prospect Baker returns from ankle injury

    Right-hander Dylan Baker, the Indians' No. 14 prospect, returned from the disabled list Tuesday to make a rehab start with the rookie-level Indians in the Arizona League. He threw one inning and the Indians defeated the Cubs, 6-4.

  • 07/09/2014 | Double-A second-base prospect Peraza has big night

    Second baseman Jose Peraza, the Braves' No. 3 prospect, had four hits Tuesday and Double-A Mississippi defeated Montgomery, 7-4. Peraza, ranked No. 99 on's Top 100 Prospects list, went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a stolen base and an RBI. It was the fourth four-hit game of his career and second of the season.

  • 07/09/2014 | Toronto's No. 2 prospect returns from TJ surgery

    Right-hander Roberto Osuna, the Blue Jays' No. 2 prospect, pitched a perfect inning on Tuesday in the Gulf Coast League. It was his first game action since undergoing Tommy John surgery last July.

  • 07/08/2014 | Prospect Hernandez logs four hits for Lexington

    Outfielder Elier Hernandez, the Royals' No. 10 prospect, collected four hits in Class A Lexington's 16-8 win over Hickory on Tuesday.

  • 07/08/2014 | Top prospect Sano won't play in Minors this year

    Top prospect Miguel Sano has been cleared to start his throwing program, but will be held out of game action in the Minor Leagues this season, Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said.

  • 07/08/2014 | Brewers mull plans for Nelson at Triple-A

    Brewers fans have been keeping a close eye on Triple-A righty Jimmy Nelson, who has compiled a 10-2 record and 1.46 ERA in 111 innings in Nashville this season. On Tuesday, Ron Roenicke confirmed that the team's front office has, too.

  • 07/08/2014 | O's to limit Bundy to 75 pitches in starts this year

    The Orioles plan to limit top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy to 75 pitches in outings this season, but manager Buck Showalter said that doesn't eliminate the right-hander from potentially being part of the big league rotation this year.

  • 07/08/2014 | Taveras, Polanco on different paths early

    The Major League arrivals of Oscar Taveras and Gregory Polanco this season rivaled each other, with eyes locked in on every at-bat. Yet each has taken a different route since their much-anticipated first days in a big league lineup.

  • 07/08/2014 | Royals Minor League report: July 7

    Hunter Dozier, KC's sixth-ranked prospect, stole his first base at the Double-A level.

  • 07/08/2014 | Bryant, Betts highlight First-Half All-Prospect team has put together a First-Half All-Prospect team, featuring the prospects who performed the best during the first few months of the 2014 season. The list includes Cubs 2013 first-round Draft pick Kris Bryant and a trio of Red Sox, led by Mookie Betts.

  • 07/08/2014 | Pipeline preview: Buxton ready to return to form

    On Sunday, Byron Buxton, MLB's No. 1 prospect, made his much anticipated return from the disabled list. After missing nearly two months due to a wrist injury, he played three innings in center field and went hitless in two at bats with Class A Advanced Fort Myers. After an off day Monday, Buxton and Fort Myers will hope for better results Tuesday as the Miracle travel to Palm Beach to begin a three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. ET.

  • 07/08/2014 | Top prospect Stephenson throws six scoreless

    The Reds' No. 1 prospect Robert Stephenson threw six scoreless innings Monday, and Double-A Pensacola defeated Mobile, 4-0.

  • 07/08/2014 | Prospect McKinney makes debut at Daytona

    Outfielder Billy McKinney, the Cubs' No. 9 prospect, made his organizational debut Monday, hitting sixth and playing right field for Class A Advanced Daytona. He singled and helped the Cubs defeat Lakeland, 4-3, in the first game of a doubleheader.

  • 07/08/2014 | Beede 'couldn't be happier' to sign with Giants

    Right-hander Tyler Beede, the Giants' first pick, No.14 overall, in June's First-Year Player Draft, made his first visit to AT&T Park on Friday after signing a $2.613 million contract.

  • 07/08/2014 | Mariners' top pick Jackson blasts first career homer

    Outfielder Alex Jackson, the sixth overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, hit his first professional home run Monday in the Rookie-level Mariners' 8-6 defeat to the Reds in Arizona League action.

  • 07/08/2014 | Top prospect Nelson tosses seven scoreless frames

    Brewers' No. 1 prospect Jimmy Nelson threw seven scoreless innings Monday, but a late comeback thwarted his bid for a fourth straight victory and Triple-A Nashville lost to Memphis, 2-1.

  • 07/07/2014 | Blue Jays first-rounder makes pro debut

    Catcher Max Pentecost, the 11th-overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, made his professional debut on Monday, playing six innings in the Gulf Coast League. He went 0-for-3, but the Rookie-level Blue Jays defeated the Phillies, 4-0.

  • 07/07/2014 | Meyer to replace injured May at Futures Game

    Right-hander Trevor May is still sidelined with a strained right calf muscle, so he'll be replaced by fellow right-hander Alex Meyer in the Sirius/XM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday at Target Field.

  • 07/07/2014 | First-round pick Nola impresses in latest start

    Rain cut Cliff Lee's rehab start Sunday short and eventually forced Class A Advanced Clearwater's game at Brevard County to be suspended. When the teams resumed play Monday, right-hander Aaron Nola, the Phillies' first round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, took the mound for the Threshers and picked up right where Lee left off.

  • 07/07/2014 | Brewers acquire international spending dollars in trade

    The Brewers traded Class A right-hander Rodolfo Fernandez to the A's on Monday in a deal that moved Milwaukee closer to signing Dominican infielder Gilbert Lara to the richest international contract in club history.

  • 07/07/2014 | Beeler, Hendricks to round out Cubs' rotation

    The Cubs have yet to announce who will start Wednesday or Thursday in the final two games of the four-day, five-game series against the Reds, which already includes a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday. Rain was in the forecast, and that could alter the rotation.

  • 07/07/2014 | Reds announce signing of first-round pick Howard

    The Reds made it official on Monday that they agreed to terms with their first-round selection (19th overall) in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, right-handed pitcher Nick Howard out of the University of Virginia.

  • 07/07/2014 | Aiken talks ongoing; club mum on elbow topic

    Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow on Monday refused to address reports No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken remains unsigned because of an issue with his elbow ligament that was revealed in a physical and said he remains hopeful the club can sign him and fifth-round pick Jacob Nix prior to the July 18 deadline.

  • 07/07/2014 | Astros sign No. 20 international prospect Rafael

    The Astros have signed four international free agents, including center fielder Ronny Rafael, No. 20 on's list of Top 30 International Prospects for 2014.

  • 07/07/2014 | Rays ink No. 3 international prospect Rondon

    The Rays added one of the most coveted players on the international market, signing Dominican shortstop Adrian Rondon to a $2.95 million signing bonus on Monday.

  • 07/07/2014 | Royals Minor League report: July 6

    Hunter Dozier, ranked No. 6 among the Royals' top prospects, homered for the second time in a many days in a NW Arkansas Naturals win.

  • 07/07/2014 | Jones, Kaminsky are Pipeline Prospects of the Week

    Throughout the season, the staff will name Pipeline Prospects of the Week -- one hitter and one pitcher who excelled over the previous seven days. This week, the hitter is Pirates prospect JaCoby Jones and Cardinals prospect Rob Kaminsky

  • 07/07/2014 | Mariners prospect Marte flashing leather in Minors

    Ketel Marte is a name to remember. The switch-hitting middle infielder currently plays in the Mariners' organization, having signed as an international free agent from the Dominican Republic in 2010. This season, Marte became a Double-A Southern League All-Star.

  • 07/07/2014 | Brett a speedy second-base prospect with solid bat

    Tampa Bay Rays second-base prospect Ryan Brett is the type of high-energy, maximum-effort player who gets the very most from his 5-foot-9, 180-pound frame. He goes full speed all the time and doesn't get cheated at the plate. Brett is the type of player who consistently gets his uniform dirty.

  • 07/06/2014 | Bryant, Paniagua win June Minor League honors

    The Cubs named Triple-A Iowa third baseman Kris Bryant and Class A Kane County right-hander Juan Paniagua as the organization's Minor League player and pitcher of the month for June, respectively.

  • 07/06/2014 | Astros option Santana, recall reliever Martinez

    The Astros can only hope 21-year-old rookie outfielder Domingo Santana learned something from his first taste of the Major Leagues, which came to an end Sunday, when he was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Santana went 0-for-13 with 11 strikeouts in four games since being called up last week. The team, needing another arm in its beleaguered bullpen, called up right-hander David Martinez from Oklahoma City to be used in long relief.

  • 07/06/2014 | Top prospect Buxton makes return to Class A

    Top prospect Byron Buxton made his return to Class A Advanced Fort Myers on Sunday afternoon after missing nearly two months with an injured left wrist.

  • 07/06/2014 | Cubs to look within system to fill rotation

    The Cubs' starting rotation remains in flux following the trade of right-handers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics on Saturday. The club will call on some pitchers from within its Minor League system to make starts during the upcoming week.

  • 07/06/2014 | Holt makes defensive MLB debut with Indians

    After Michael Bourn hit the 15-day disabled list with another hamstring injury, Tyler Holt, a former 10th-round pick of in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, got his first callup to Cleveland on Sunday and recorded the final out in right field in a 4-1 win over the Royals.

  • 07/06/2014 | Royals Minor League report: July 5

    Christian Binford, ranked No. 11 among the Royals' top prospects, won his Double-A debut, carrying a no-hitter into the sixth, while No. 9 prospect Orlando Calixte hit the go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh.

  • 07/05/2014 | Marlins top prospect Heaney sent back to Triple-A

    Andrew Heaney has made four big league starts, but the 23-year-old is the first to admit he needs improvement. Rather than watch their top prospect struggle, the Marlins on Saturday afternoon optioned Heaney to Triple-A New Orleans.

  • 07/05/2014 | Colon, Mortensen win June Minor League honors

    Christian Colon, now with the parent Kansas City club, was named Triple-A Omaha's Player of the Month for June, and right-hander Clayton Mortensen was named Pitcher of the Month.

  • 07/05/2014 | Cubs sign sixth-round pick Cease

    The Cubs have signed Dylan Cease, a right-handed pitcher from Milton (Ga.) High School and their sixth-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, to a $1.5 million signing bonus.

  • 07/05/2014 | Cubs hope Straily gets locked in at Triple-A

    The Cubs are hopeful right-hander Dan Straily can get back on track after some time at Triple-A Iowa with pitching coach Bruce Walton.

  • 07/05/2014 | Talented shortstops give Cubs options

    The Cubs already have Starlin Castro at the big league level and Javier Baez at Triple-A Iowa. On Saturday, the club added another talented middle infielder in Addison Russell, ranked No. 11 on's Top 100 Prospects list, as part of a blockbuster deal.

  • 07/05/2014 | Butler encouraged by 35-pitch session to CarGo

    Outside of a minor blister, Rockies right-hander Eddie Butler (rotator cuff inflammation) felt good following his session against Carlos Gonzalez on Saturday. Butler threw 35 pitches, mixing them up and even getting the best of Gonzalez a few times.

  • 07/05/2014 | Epstein hopes this is Cubs' last year as sellers

    After trading key big leaguers the past three years under president Theo Epstein, the Cubs have stockpiled some of MLB's top prospects.

  • 07/05/2014 | Angels land Thatcher, Campana from D-backs

    The Angels bolstered their depth Saturday, acquiring left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher and outfielder Tony Campana from the D-backs in exchange for prospects outfielder Zach Borenstein and right-hander Joey Krehbiel.

  • 07/05/2014 | Pipeline Preview: Bucs' prospects take center stage

    Two pitchers in the Pirates' organization are showing that Jameson Taillon isn't the only arm to watch on the farm. Right-handers Tyler Glasnow and Nick Kingham, ranked Nos. 23 and 85 on's Top 100 Prospects list, have lived up to their status as elite prospects.

  • 07/05/2014 | Royals Minor League report: July 4

    Omaha lost the opener as Colorado Springs hit three solo home runs. John Lamb struck out seven while yielding five runs (four earned).

  • 07/05/2014 | A's display aggressiveness in swap for Shark, Hammel

    Though the Athletics are the winningest team in baseball over the past two years, the front office showed its willingness to go further in the playoffs by trading for Cubs starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel at the cost of top prospects Addison Russell and Billy McKinney.

  • 07/05/2014 | Cubs net A's top two prospects in deal for Shark

    For the third straight year, the Cubs have dealt two of their starting pitchers. This time, they packaged both in the same deal, sending Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics for a package of players headed by shortstop Addison Russell.

  • 07/05/2014 | Russell leads prospect haul for Cubs in trade with A's

    Rumors had been rampant about the Cubs dealing Jeff Samardzija at some point this summer. Now it appears to be official -- though neither club has announced nor confirmed the deal -- as the Cubs sent both their ace Samardzija and right-hander Jason Hammel to the A's for prospects Addison Russell and Billy McKinney, as well as young right-hander Dan Straily.

  • 07/05/2014 | Colon 'phenomenal' in first big league start

    Christian Colon got his first Major League starting assignment because second baseman Omar Infante came down with lower back stiffness, and the Royals prospect made it count. He went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple.

  • 07/04/2014 | A's add Samardzija in blockbuster deal with Cubs

    A's president and GM Billy Beane was willing to deal his top two prospects to the Cubs for starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel because he believes he has a team that can compete for a World Series title.

  • 07/04/2014 | Santana living out father's dream with Astros

    The fact Domingo Santana was traded to the Astros three years ago came with a certain amount of irony, considering his father, also named Domingo Santana, was signed by the Astros as a teenager by legendary scout Julio Linares.

  • 07/04/2014 | Minor Leaguer Morris has broken arm

    Triple-A Nashville first baseman Hunter Morris is expected to be sidelined six weeks by a fractured right arm, Brewers assistant GM Gord Ash said Friday.

  • 07/04/2014 | Prospect Gueller throws seven-inning shutout

    Right-hander Mitch Gueller, rated the Phillies' No. 17 prospect by, threw a seven-inning shutout Friday as short-season Williamsport beat Auburn, 2-0, in Game 1 of a doubleheader.

  • 07/04/2014 | Prospect Devers has big Gulf Coast League debut

    Less than a year after signing with the Red Sox, third baseman Rafael Devers made his American debut Friday in the Gulf Coast League. He collected four hits and helped the rookie-level Red Sox defeat the Twins, 13-3.

  • 07/04/2014 | Royals Minor League report: July 3

    Omaha won the finale at Iowa, plating two in the ninth. Francisco Pena's single scored Jimmy Paredes for the tying run. Whit Merrifield's double drove in Pena for the go-ahead tally.

  • 07/04/2014 | Pipeline preview: Gray, Hedges set to square off

    In years to come, Rockies' No. 1 prospect Jon Gray and Padres' No. 1 prospect Austin Hedges might become familiar rivals in the National League West. For now, however, they are playing in the Texas League and have never faced each other. That is likely to change Friday, as Gray is scheduled to start for Double-A Tulsa against Hedges and San Antonio in a Fourth of July showdown.

  • 07/04/2014 | Padres prospect Fried makes season debut

    Left-hander Max Fried, the Padres' No. 2 prospect, made his season debut Thursday, throwing one inning for the rookie-level Padres in the Arizona League. The game was suspended in the fourth inning due to strong winds. Fried, ranked No. 35 on's Top 100 Prospects list, missed the first three months of the season due to forearm soreness.

  • 07/04/2014 | Prospect Severino fires six scoreless for Tampa

    Right-hander Luis Severino, the Yankees' No. 9 prospect, according to, threw six scoreless innings on Thursday in Class A Advanced Tampa's 4-3 win over Lakeland.

  • 07/03/2014 | Winker launches walk-off homer for Blue Wahoos

    Outfielder Jesse Winker, the Reds' No. 3 prospect, hit a walk-off home run Thursday, leading Double-A Pensacola to a 3-2 victory against Jacksonville. It was his second walk-off hit in as many games.

  • 07/03/2014 | With Brown returning, Altherr heads back to Double-A

    The Phillies optioned outfielder Aaron Altherr to Double-A Reading following Thursday night's 5-4 victory over the Marlins.

  • 07/03/2014 | Twins add two more international prospects

    The Twins have been active early in the international signing period that began on Wednesday, adding outfielder Jean Carlos Arias and catcher Dalin Cuesto, according to the Dominican Prospect League. The club has not confirmed the deals.

  • 07/03/2014 | Wheeler has blast with homer in MLB debut

    Zelous Wheeler left the on-deck circle on Wednesday at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Bare and found himself in the Yankees' lineup on Thursday against the Twins, where he homered for his first Major League hit in a 7-4 win at Target Field.

  • 07/03/2014 | Royals sign 16-year-old prospect Aracena

    The Royals signed 16-year-old infielder Ricky Aracena for $850,000, according to an industry source. The club did not confirm the signing.

  • 07/03/2014 | Dodgers sign six international free agents

    The Dodgers confirmed six international signings effective Wednesday, headed by 16-year-old Venezuelan outfielder Romer Cuadrado for a reported $750,000.

  • 07/03/2014 | Astros prospect Fisher makes professional debut

    Just two days after he signed with the Astros and was introduced at Minute Maid Park, outfielder Derek Fisher made his professional debut in the Gulf Coast League. He collected two hits Thursday in the Rookie-level Astros' 8-2 loss to the Yankees.

  • 07/03/2014 | Royals Minor League report: July 2

    Royals No. 4 prospect Sean Manaea tossed a scoreless first inning for Wilmington before rain halted play for over two hours. The Blue Rocks won the rain-shortened affair, 4-0, in seven innings.

  • 07/03/2014 | Betts slows game down to speed through farm system

    The reason Betts has outraced the projections with his pace of development is actually because of something that is a direct contrast to the speed that he so often displays on the bases and on defense. Betts, you see, is able to slow the game down.

  • 07/03/2014 | Tribe signs Papi, club's 38th overall Draft pick

    Mike Papi fell just short of winning the College World Series with Virginia this season. The outfielder can now shift his goals toward striving to reach Major League Baseball's Fall Classic as a member of the Indians.

  • 07/03/2014 | Pipeline Perspectives: Triple-A Iowa has best lineup

    The Cubs have the best group of position prospects in any farm system, and their Triple-A Iowa affiliate has the most promising lineup of any team in the Minor Leagues.

  • 07/03/2014 | Pipeline Perspectives: Stockton has best lineup

    The question at hand is simple: Who has the best lineup in all of the Minor Leagues? Let's go with the team with the deepest lineup: Oakland's California League affiliate, the Stockton Ports.

  • 07/03/2014 | Red Sox prospect Vazquez added to World roster

    Christian Vazquez, a catcher who is ranked as the No. 10 prospect in Boston's farm system, will be going to the Futures Game as a replacement for Atlanta prospect Christian Bethancourt, who has been called up to the big leagues.

  • 07/03/2014 | Finding Nimmo: Mets prospect adjusting to next level

    After learning of his promotion, after just one hour of sleep, after two flights that took him from sunny Florida to upstate New York, and after an 0-for-2 debut with the Binghamton Mets, Brandon Nimmo learned that, yes, this really is a step closer to the big leagues.

  • 07/03/2014 | Pipeline Inbox: Will Schwarber stick with catching?

    What are the chances that Cubs prospect Kyle Schwarber remains a catcher throughout his career? Will Rob Refsnyder, a second-base prospect for the Yankees, reach the Majors this year?'s Jim Callis responds to fans' questions about baseball's top prospects in the Pipeline Inbox.

  • 07/03/2014 | Pipeline preview: Meyer, Webster set for rematch

    Right-handers Alex Meyer and Allen Webster, ranked Nos. 24 and 38 on's Top 100 Prospects list, will meet for the second time this season when Triple-A Pawtucket hosts Rochester on Thursday night. The game, which begins at 6:15 p.m. ET, can be seen on MiLB.TV.

  • 07/03/2014 | D-backs' top pick Toussaint makes pro debut

    Right-hander Touki Toussaint, the D-backs' first round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, made his professional debut Wednesday, throwing one inning for the rookie-level D-backs. But his career didn't begin with a victory, as the Indians won, 4-3, in Arizona League action.

  • 07/03/2014 | Brewers prospect Nelson sharp in win for Nashville

    Brewers' No. 1 prospect Jimmy Nelson threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings Wednesday and helped lead Triple-A Nashville to a 5-0 victory against Memphis.

  • 07/03/2014 | Top pick Holmes shines in pro debut

    Right-hander Grant Holmes, the Dodgers' first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, threw two scoreless innings in his professional debut Wednesday, helping the Rookie-level Dodgers defeat the Mariners, 5-2, in the Arizona League.

  • 07/03/2014 | Prospects Brinson, Mazara homer twice for Hickory

    Outfielders Lewis Brinson and Nomar Mazara, the Rangers' Nos. 6 and 7 prospects, both hit two home runs Wednesday to lead Class A Hickory to a 5-1 victory at West Virginia.

  • 07/03/2014 | Top prospect Franco goes 4-for-4 at Triple-A

    Phillies' No. 1 prospect Maikel Franco collected four hits Wednesday as Triple-A Lehigh Valley defeated Syracuse, 2-1, in 10 innings. Veteran outfielder Grady Sizemore also helped lead the offense, connecting on a home run, his first since the Phillies signed him last week.

  • 07/02/2014 | Top prospect Giolito works into seventh for first time

    For the first time in his professional career, Nationals' No. 1 prospect Lucas Giolito pitched seven innings Wednesday night. He allowed just one run and earned the victory as Class A Hagerstown defeated Lakewood, 8-1.

  • 07/02/2014 | Nats agree to terms with five international prospects

    According to's Jesse Sanchez, the Nationals signed 6-foot-3, 185-pound outfielder Yoel Andujar of San Cristobal, Dominican Republic and four additional international free agents for $300,000 on Wednesday.

  • 07/02/2014 | Monster Mookie: Betts notches first career homer

    Mookie Betts made his first career hit at Fenway Park a big one. The phenom ripped a two-run homer into the Green Monster seats in the bottom of the fifth inning against Cubs right-hander Carlos Villanueva in Wednesday night's 16-9 loss.

  • 07/02/2014 | Taveras gets start in effort to boost offense

    The Cardinals' recent absence of offense prompted manager Mike Matheny to start top prospect Oscar Taveras in center on Wednesday in a ballpark that Matheny had previously said wasn't ideally suited to for a non-center fielder.

  • 07/02/2014 | Mets sign 11 international prospects

    Venezuelan shortstop Yoel Romero was among those to join the Mets' ranks on Wednesday, the first day of the international signing period.

  • 07/02/2014 | Prospect Alcantara impressing at Triple-A

    The Cubs' so-called core four may need to make room for one more. Arismendy Alcantara is making quite an impression at Triple-A Iowa. The infielder was batting .307 in 82 games with 10 home runs, 22 doubles, 10 triples and 20 stolen bases. He's played both second base and center field..

  • 07/02/2014 | Yanks open international signing period with spree

    The New York Yankees made their presence felt with an international spending spree on Wednesday, the first day international free agents could sign with teams. According to industry sources, New York agreed to terms with several highly regarded international prospects, including shortstop Dermis Garcia, ranked No. 1 on's Top 30 International Prospects list for a $3 million signing bonus. The club has not confirmed the signings.

  • 07/02/2014 | Top 2014 pick Gonzalez has successful debut

    Left-hander Brian Gonzalez, the Orioles' top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, made his professional debut Wednesday in the Gulf Coast League. He threw one perfect inning against the Red Sox.

  • 07/02/2014 | Blue Jays sign first-rounders Hoffman, Pentecost

    The Blue Jays have signed the No. 9 overall Draft selection, right-hander Jeff Hoffman, and the No. 11 overall selection, catcher Max Pentecost. Toronto has signed 27 players from the 2014 Draft, including 10 picks from the top 10 rounds.

  • 07/02/2014 | White Sox ink four to open international period

    On Wednesday, the first day of the international signing period, the White Sox signed four free agents, including Dominican infielder Amado Nunez and catcher Jhoandro Alfaro. According to an industry source, Nunez's deal is worth $900,000 and Alfaro's is worth $750,000.

  • 07/02/2014 | Touted shortstop among international signings

    The Phillies signed three players Wednesday on the first day of the international signing period, including Venezuelan shortstop Arquimedes Gamboa, one of the top infielders on the international market.

  • 07/02/2014 | Twins lock up pitching prospect Ynoa

    The Twins signed 16-year-old highly-regarded pitching prospect Huascar Ynoa for $800,000, according to an industry source.

  • 07/02/2014 | Tigers sign teenage outfielder Martinez

    On Wednesday, the first day of the international signing period, the Tigers signed 16-year-old prospect Julio Martinez, one of the top outfielders on the international market, for $600,000, according to an industry source.

  • 07/02/2014 | Astros ink three top international prospects

    The Astros added a pair of highly touted Venezuelan teenagers to their system by signing shortstop Miguel Angel Sierra and right-handed pitcher Franklin Perez on Wednesday, the first day of the international signing period, according to an industry source.

  • 07/02/2014 | Padres sign Venezuelan catcher Rodriguez, others

    The Padres opened their new academy in the Dominican Republic in 2008, and they continue to fill it with prospects. On Wednesday, the club announced four international signings, including catcher Ricardo Rodriguez from Venezuela.

  • 07/02/2014 | Mets, infield prospect Hernandez agree to deal

    The Mets agreed to terms with teenage infield prospect Kenny Hernandez for $1 million on Wednesday, according to an industry source. The club has not confirmed the agreement, and Hernandez cannot officially sign until his 16th birthday on Aug. 13.

  • 07/02/2014 | Seattle, Venezuelan prospect Hernandez agree to deal

    The Mariners have agreed to terms with teenage outfielder Brayan Hernandez, ranked No. 8 on's Top 30 International Prospects list, for $1.85 million on Wednesday, according to an industry source.

  • 07/02/2014 | Red Sox land two elite international arms

    The Red Sox signed two of the top international free-agent right-handed pitchers on the market on Wednesday, inking Christopher Acosta to a signing bonus worth $1.5 million and Anderson Espinoza to a signing bonus worth $1.8 million, according to industry sources.

  • 07/02/2014 | Blue Jays lock up pitching prospect Meza

    The Blue Jays have a long history of investing ion the international market, and they continued that trend on Wednesday, the first day of the international signing period, by agreeing to terms with teenage right-handed pitcher Juan Meza from Venezuela for $1.6 million, according to an industry source. The club did not confirm the signing.

  • 07/02/2014 | Rockies add pair of international shortstops

    On Wednesday, the club signed a pair of shortstops, adding Pedro Gonzalez, ranked No. 12 on's Top 30 International Prospects list, for $1.3 million, and Yeremy Rosario, ranked No. 22, for $800,000, according to an industry source. Gonzalez's deal includes an additional $100,000 for school. The club did not confirm the signings.

  • 07/02/2014 | Pipeline Preview: Stephenson, Nicolino set for duel

    Two weeks ago, Reds' No. 1 prospect Robert Stephenson and Marlins' No. 2 prospect Justin Nicolino were teammates representing the South Division in the Southern League All-Star Game. Wednesday night they will face off in a game that highlights the Minor League slate.

  • 07/02/2014 | Royals Minor League report: July 1

    Wilmington rolled to an opening win vs. Potomac. Luis Santos earned his first win at this level. He held the Nationals to a run, three hits and a walk while striking out two over 5 2/3 innings.

  • 07/02/2014 | Mets top prospect Smith delivers 4-for-4 night

    First baseman Dominic Smith, the Mets' No. 3 prospect, collected four hits Tuesday and helped Class A Savannah rally to defeat Charleston, 9-8, in walk-off fashion.

  • 07/01/2014 | Taveras back with Cardinals, hoping to stay

    The hype wasn't quite the same as it was a month ago, when top prospect Oscar Taveras arrived in St. Louis with the outside expectation that he'd provide an immediate jolt to the offense. Eleven big league games and a two-week demotion later, Taveras returned to the Cardinals' lineup Tuesday eager to stick around this time.

  • 07/01/2014 | Ball fires five scoreless frames but gets no-decision

    Left-hander Trey Ball, the Red Sox's No. 7 prospect, threw five scoreless innings Tuesday, but Class A Greenville lost to Asheville, 5-2.

  • 07/01/2014 | First-rounder Nola impressive in Class A home debut

    It's been a wild month or so for Aaron Nola, from getting selected seventh overall by the Phillies on June 5 in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft to signing a few days later and making his professional debut less than two weeks after that. But it's been an especially eventful nine days.

  • 07/01/2014 | Astros call up Hernandez to bolster infield

    One night after knocking in four runs for Triple-A Oklahoma City, Enrique Hernandez ditched the RedHawks uniform for the Major League variety.

  • 07/01/2014 | Bryant, Berrios named Pipeline Prospects of Month

    Throughout the season, the staff will name Pipeline Prospects of the Month -- one hitter and one pitcher who excelled over the previous month. The Cubs' Kris Bryant and the Twins' Jose Berrios topped the Minors in June.

  • 07/01/2014 | No. 3 prospect Anderson has fractured right wrist

    Tim Anderson, the White Sox top pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft and the team's No. 3 prospect per, will miss the next four to six weeks with a fracture in his right wrist.

  • 07/01/2014 | After being called up, Santana makes first start

    As Domingo Santana stood in the dugout before the Astros started to stretch, his former Triple-A Oklahoma City teammates wouldn't let it slide. This wasn't about him crying last night, either.

  • 07/01/2014 | Tigers turning attention to international prospects

    The latest batch of Tigers Draft picks just entered the farm system, but it's time for Detroit to stock its organizational talent once again, this time overseas.

  • 07/01/2014 | Prospects Matthews, Perez on comeback trail

    Two former top pitching prospects are trying to get their careers revived in the lower levels of the Rangers' farm system after major injuries ruined their 2013 season. David Perez is off to a better start than Kevin Matthews.

  • 07/01/2014 | International signing period begins, stars abound

    July 2 marks the start of the 2014-15 international signing period, a day when some of the best teenage prospects in the world will sign with teams and take a huge step toward fulfilling their Major League dreams.

  • 07/01/2014 | Astros sign Fisher, Draft's No. 37 overall pick

    The Astros announced the signing of outfielder Derek Fisher, the No. 37 overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, on Tuesday.

  • 07/01/2014 | Royals Minor League report: June 30

    Reigning Texas League Player of the Week Lane Adams doubled twice, extending his hitting streak to seven games (.400, 12-for-30), for the Naturals.

  • 07/01/2014 | Astros plan to be 'aggressive' internationally

    Astros director of international Oz Ocampo will be in Venezuela on Wednesday for the start of the international signing period. He will then head to the Dominican Republic with hopes of signing some young talent, general manager Jeff Luhnow said.

  • 07/01/2014 | Astros sign first-round outfielder Fisher

    The Astros on Tuesday signed outfielder Derek Fisher, who was selected in the Competitive Balance Round A with the 37th overall pick in the 2014 MLB First Year Player Draft last month. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

  • 07/01/2014 | Fantasy Q&A: What to expect from Betts, Pedroia

    Fred Zinkie addresses your fantasy questions, such as what to expect from Mookie Betts and whether Dustin Pedroia will continue struggling.

  • 07/01/2014 | Hessman hits 259th International League homer

    Hessman became the most prolific slugger in the history of the Triple-A International League on Monday night when he drilled a home run in Toledo's victory over Indianapolis. Hessman, who hadn't homered since May 30, now has 259 homers in the International League, the highest total of all time.

  • 07/01/2014 | Pipeline preview: Owens set to take on Trenton

    Left-hander Henry Owens, the Red Sox's No. 1 prospect, is scheduled to start for Double-A Portland and will have to contend with a Trenton lineup that is anchored by catcher Gary Sanchez, the Yankees' No. 1 prospect. The game, which can be seen on MiLB.TV, begins at 7:05 p.m. ET.

  • 07/01/2014 | International signing day pivotal for team pipelines

    July 2. That's the day 16-year-old international players are first eligible to sign with Major League clubs, and it's become increasingly competitive at a time when spending pools are both capped and record-dependent.

  • 07/01/2014 | Astros recall trio of Triple-A prospects

    The Astros called up slugging outfield prospect Domingo Santana, along with infielder Enrique Hernandez and left-handed reliever Kevin Chapman.

  • 07/01/2014 | Reed hits first home run in Astros system

    First baseman A.J. Reed, who led the NCAA Division I ranks with 23 home runs this spring, hit his first professional home run Monday, helping short-season Tri-City defeat Vermont, 5-3.