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A year after reporting to Port St. Lucie as the talk of camp, a wunderkind whose upper-90s fastball and cartoonish weightlifting regimen dwarfed even Matt Harvey or Zack Wheeler's prospect hype, Noah Syndergaard admits to feeling overwhelmed. Now, finally, perhaps that pressure has eased.
This is a big season for Padres prospect Austin Hedges, who is in his third big league camp. While there are few questions about his defense -- receiving, game calling, cutting down basestealers, pitch framing -- his offensive game has lagged behind.
Starting pitcher Nick Howard's first Spring Training as a professional has him located in the most preferred of spots -- big league camp. Howard, a non-roster invitee, was the Reds' first-round pick in the 2014 Draft.
Devon Travis is back at his natural position after last year's brief experiment in center field, but this time, it's with a brand-new team and completely different surroundings.
While the Padres missed out on what many agree is a supremely talented player in Yoan Moncada, they might well have aligned themselves to sweep into and do well with this July 2 international class and future classes as well.
This is the introductory Major League camp for 22-year-old Rockies' shortstop prospect Trevor Story, who trained last year with Rockies star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
The Padres' annual minicamp for many of the organization's top prospects got underway Wednesday at the team's Spring Training facility. All told, 39 players -- 16 pitchers, five catchers, nine infielders and nine outfielders -- began drills as well as individualized instruction from the organization's Minor League coordinators, managers and coaches.
The death of Alex Meyer's grandfather will keep the Twins' top prospect from camp until Sunday.
Here are the Yankees' prospects Bernie Pleskoff thinks have a chance to make an impact in New York in 2015, listed by their rankings in the Yankees Top 20 Prospects list.
One of the things top prospect Carlos Correa wants to work on this spring is sliding into bases, which he hasn't done since he broke his right ankle sliding into third while playing for Class A Advanced Lancaster last summer. It was an injury that ended his season.
The spring before the Draft can be full of excitement and pressure for amateur players hoping to be selected by a Major League organization. Those in the discussion for the top of the first round face even more scrutiny as June approaches. MLB.com will be following Brendan Rodgers, ranked No. 1 on MLB.com's Top 50 Draft Prospects list, throughout the process.
Peter O'Brien's power stroke is drawing attention all over D-backs camp.
R.J. Alvarez has already impressed the A's with his hard-throwing ways early in Spring Training, and the 23-year-old is eager to succeed in a competition for two open bullpen spots.
With each day spent at his first big league Spring Training, Carlos Rodon seems to learn a little more about his repertoire. And the rest of the White Sox get a look at the immense talent possessed by the team's No. 1 prospect, per MLB.com.
Francisco Lindor pushed through the pain, sprinted hard and dove through the line of orange cones to an eruption of cheers from his Indians teammates on Tuesday morning. It was only a performance test, but the shortstop prospect wanted badly to be the last player standing.
The curious case of Trea Turner took another twist Tuesday when the Padres' 2014 first-round Draft pick arrived in Peoria, a surprise addition to big league camp. Turner is purportedly the player to be named and sent to the Nationals in the three-team trade that also involved the Rays in December.
Cuban infield prospect Yoan Moncada is on the verge of making history. Moncada's deal with the Red Sox that features a $31.5 million signing bonus -- a figure that smashes the $8.27 million bonus record for an international amateur under the current signing guidelines, which was given to right-hander Yoan Lopez by the D-backs in January -- is being finalized.
Twins prospect Alex Meyer's bread and butter has always been a fastball that can reach triple digits on the radar gun and his devastating curveball, but the 6-foot-9 right-hander has been experimenting with a changeup since last season.
The Angels will have to wait to get their first look at Cuban infielder Roberto Baldoquin, who isn't expected to join the rest of the position players for the first full workout on Wednesday due to visa issues that are keeping him in the Dominican Republic.
Braves prospect Manny Banuelos, who was acquired from the Yankees during the offseason, is competing for a spot in the big league rotation.
Micah Johnson didn't make a grand prediction of a 100-stolen base rookie season Tuesday, when the full White Sox roster was in camp for the first time and working at Camelback Ranch. The 24-year-old isn't a lock to make the team, let alone win the battle to start at second base.
The knuckle curve is a rare pitch at any level, but Archie Bradley is hoping it will carry him to the Majors in 2015
While scouts wait for things to thaw in the Northeast or Midwest, they can spend a lot of time seeing potential draftees in places like Florida. The noise Kyle Tucker has been making with his bat for Plant High School in Tampa has certainly made scouts sit up and take notice.
The Twins have six players stacked at the top of MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list. From Byron Buxton down to Kohl Stewart, all half-dozen Twins prospects on the list show up in the top 36.
The Cubs outpace both Minnesota and Boston when it comes to young talent. They graduated Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara from the Top 100 to the big leagues in 2014, the beginning of a tidal wave of position players about to crash on Wrigley Field.
Cuban infield prospect Yoan Moncada is off the board, but his agreement with the Red Sox could have a lasting impact on other Cuban prospects seeking Major League contracts.
Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez remains in a coma in a hospital in Caracas, Venezuela, but his family did receive a small dose of positive news Monday, according to media reports out of Venezuela.
Royals' prospect Bubba Starling seeks to improve his game by learning from his struggles in the Minors.
Patience is indeed becoming a virtue for the Marlins when it comes to one of their top prospects. Justin Nicolino, the 2014 Southern League Pitcher of the Year, is a promising 23-year-old left-hander with pinpoint control and a winning track record.
Cubs prospect C.J. Edwards is trying to keep up with his teammates. And that means keeping up with the big league pitchers.
The recent graduation to the big leagues of Kolten Wong, Carlos Martinez and Marco Gonzales has thinned the number of prospects on the cusp of making the parent club. However, Gonzales still has rookie eligibility and others loom as candidates to help the Cardinals if needed this coming season.
Kris Bryant had his one-on-one meeting with Joe Maddon on Monday, and, no, the Cubs' top prospect did not tell the manager that he belonged on the Opening Day roster. Bryant, 23, is confident, but knows he has to show Maddon and the Cubs he's ready.
The Red Sox got better, perhaps much better. Better in 2017? Or 2018? No, it's simpler than that. Yoan Moncada makes them better the moment he signs on the dotted line.
Baseball's version of "The Decision" finally has a resolution. After weeks of speculation and private workouts for a dozen teams, Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada agreed to terms with the Red Sox on Monday. A 6-foot, 210-pound switch-hitter with electric bat speed, Moncada regularly barrels balls from both sides of the plate.
Nationals catcher Pedro Severino was invited to big league Spring Training for the first time this year, and it looks like he feels right at home. The organization's 11th-best prospect, according to MLB.com, Severino is expected to start the season with Double-A Harrisburg.
Reds top prospect Robert Stephenson worked off the mound Sunday for the first time after being held back at the start of camp.
When it comes to starting vs. relieving, Carlos Rodon looks at the situation sort of like a haircut. Allow the sport's No. 14 prospect, per MLB.com, and the third pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft to explain for a better understanding of the concept.
As prospect Alex Reyes readied to throw on Sunday, the Cardinals staff realized that the catchers were all occupied on another field. That didn't slow anything down, however, as manager Mike Matheny grabbed a catcher's mask and squatted back at his old position to play receiver.
When time came for the all-important PFP (pitchers fielding practice), Jameson Taillon jumped in with his Group C brethren. Otherwise, he was an outsider on Sunday. While the others were throwing in the bullpen, Taillon was recovering from Tommy John surgery. The righty has been doing that since April 10, the day after his elbow ligament replacement operation. And on Day 319 of the recovery, he beamed over the progress he has made and how he felt.
Cuban top infield prospect Yoan Moncada has agreed to a record-setting bonus with the Red Sox, according to an industry source. The agreement is pending a physical. The club has not confirmed the deal, which is worth $31.5 million.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter does everything for a reason. So, it's highly unlikely it's a coincidence that veteran pitchers Darren O'Day and Tommy Hunter have been in pitching prospect Hunter Harvey's group during Spring Training's early workouts.
Sean Nolin, acquired from the Blue Jays in the Josh Donaldson deal, threw from flat ground for the first time Saturday since offseason surgery, joining several other A's hurlers on the mend.
There were plenty of young hurlers on display as Joe Girardi patrolled the back of the bullpen at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Saturday, but the Yankees manager made sure to check in on Luis Severino, who has been rated as the team's No. 1 prospect by MLB.com.
D-backs left-hander Will Locante could not help but notice the difference between throwing a bullpen session in Major League camp as opposed to over on the Minor League side.
A long year of waiting for Danny Hultzen came to an end on Saturday as the talented young hurler finally was back on the practice field with the rest of his Mariners teammates, sporting a fully recovered left shoulder.
Carlos Rodon understands the hype of being the No. 3 pick in the First-Year Player Draft, but the young left-hander is simply trying to manage his own expectations during his first White Sox camp.
The D-backs selected Oscar Hernandez from the Rays organization with the No. 1 overall pick in the Rule 5 Draft last December, and he must stay in the big leagues all season or be offered back to Tampa Bay. He was chosen because despite the fact that he played in the Class A Midwest League last year, the D-backs feel he is ready defensively for the Major Leagues.
Astros pitching prospect Vincent Velasquez will be sidelined from throwing for at least the next two to three weeks while he recovers from a strained right lat injury suffered while playing in the Arizona Fall League on Nov. 4.
Mike Foltynewicz has arrived in Braves camp with the realization that he will be given a shot to win a spot in Atlanta's rotation. But the highly touted right-hander realizes he must first harness his command before earning a lasting spot on a Major League roster.
Growing up in Cuba, Yoan Lopez was a fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The team became a big fan of Lopez this past winter after watching him pitch, and it gave Lopez a signing bonus of a little more than $8 million to join the organization.
All of the Reds pitchers and catchers passed the physicals that were taken on Thursday, but minor issues are occasionally presented. That's one reason why the club is going to limit No. 1 prospect Robert Stephenson from throwing off of a mound.
The Bucs' deal of outfielder Travis Snider to Baltimore was completed on Friday, when they acquired left-hander Steven Brault from the Orioles as the player to be named in the Jan. 27 trade.
Though Tyrell Jenkins will likely not reach Atlanta at any point this year, he is entering camp with a sense of excitement that did not exist when he was still recovering from right shoulder surgery last spring, when he had reason to wonder if he should have jumped at the opportunity to play quarterback at Baylor University.
Though he is projected to serve as the Braves' primary catcher this upcoming season, Christian Bethancourt realizes he is not in position to take anything for granted.
Anthony DeSclafani is only 24 years old with 13 big league games, including five starts, on his resume to this point. But Reds manager Bryan Price already has the right-hander labeled as an inside-track candidate for one of the open spots in the club's rotation.
If everything had happened as planned, if there had been no setbacks, no shoulder surgery, no rehab, this could have been Adam Morgan's third consecutive Spring Training with the Phillies.
What teenage international signings from 2013 excited you most with their first pro season in 2014? Can Delino DeShields Jr. make an impact on the Rangers this year? Jonathan Mayo responds to fans' questions about baseball's top future stars.
One of the youngsters to keep an eye on in Mariners camp is Patrick Kivlehan, an intriguing athlete and rising prospect in Seattle's system. The former Rutgers football player has needed to make up for lost time after not playing baseball until his senior year of college, but he opened eyes with his productive bat in the Minors the past three years.
Nationals pitchers and catchers reported to Space Coast Stadium on Thursday morning ready to work. There was right-hander Stephen Strasburg throwing on flat ground. Left-hander Gio Gonzalez was working out in the weight room. Doug Fister, the team's wins leader last season, also made an appearance.
The White Sox could easily be one of the most improved teams in baseball. The additions of Melky Cabrera, Adam LaRoche, Jeff Samardzija, and David Robertson help provide depth to the franchise and gives them time to further develop prospects. However, there are still some young players that may graduate to the big league club this season.
While there may be a slight peppering of rookie prospects mixed in during the coming year, chances are many of the top prospects will debut in subsequent years.
The Yankees have been considered to be a favorite landing spot for Yoan Moncada, and the organization secretly scored another look at the Cuban infield prospect on Wednesday, according to the New York Post.
Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez showed signs of improvement on Wednesday, but he remains unconscious and in critical condition in a Venezuelan hospital after sustaining a head injury in a boating accident in his home country last week.
After spending most of last season at Triple-A and being named the Minor League Player of the Year, Kris Bryant knows how close he is to the big leagues. The Cubs' top prospect also is well aware that his Major League debut could be delayed if the front office decides it wants to delay Bryant's service-time clock.
Top prospects Henry Owens, Brian Johnson and Deven Marrero are among the 17 non-roster players the Red Sox have invited to Major League Spring Training.
The 39th overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, Joey Gallo has hit 104 home runs in just 2 1/2 years. He is the top Rangers Minor League prospect and ranked ninth overall by MLB.Com.
The Padres and Cubs generated the most offseason headlines with a succession of moves that could propel them from losing seasons to the playoffs. The Braves' flurry of activity won't lead to immediate dividends, but adding more quality prospects than any organization did this offseason greatly improves their chances of sustaining a contender in the future.
Three trades -- ones that sent Wil Myers to the Padres, Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar to the A's and Jeremy Hellickson to the Diamondbacks -- were responsible for bringing in seven prospects, all of whom will almost certainly be on the new Rays' Top 30 prospects list, coming soon.
The Orioles revealed the 2015 coaching staffs for their eight Minor League affiliates on Tuesday.
Will Didi Gregorius have a big impact on the Yanks? Will prospects Luis Severino and Aaron Judge play a role on the big league club in 2015? Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers these questions and more in the latest Inbox.
Whether the Dodgers' offseason housecleaning works won't be known until October, but some questions may be answered when Spring Training begins with pitchers and catchers reporting to Camelback Ranch on Thursday.
There are approximately 75 Cuban players pursuing a contract with a Major League team, but none are as celebrated as infielders Yoan Moncada, Hector Olivera, Andy Ibanez and pitcher Yadier Alvarez.
Every year there are players who turn into late-season keys after being just another face in the clubhouse when Spring Training begins. They're the X-factors who deliver more than anyone saw coming.
The Padres finalized their Minor League coaching staffs Friday for their Class A affiliates in Lake Elsinore of the California League and Fort Wayne of the Midwest League.
Here are the Padres prospects I think have a chance to make an impact in San Diego in 2015, listed by their rankings in the Padres' Top 20 Prospects list.
MLB.com continues its preview series in anticipation for Spring Training by looking at some prospects to watch. The Orioles didn't make a lot of offseason moves and are banking heavily on their core players to perform as well as the development of some of their most promising prospects. Here are a few Minor League players to keep an eye on this season.
While we wait for spring-training camps to open and for Cuban sensation Yoan Moncada to choose which team gets to pay upwards of $80 million for his services, Jim Callis answers fans questions about the infielder and more.
This is the third in a series of stories leading to the start of Spring Training next week, and we've already covered the Brewers' bounce-back candidates and their newcomers. Today, we focus on some of the prospects with a chance to impact the team's 2015 fortunes.
The Blue Jays' everyday lineup is expected to be a strength and has plenty of marquee names, but pitching must contribute as well. That's where the rookies come in. In the latest part of MLB.com's preview for Spring Training, we take a look at the top prospects to watch this spring as at least a couple of them figure to be prominent pieces on the staff.
The Nationals already have star players on their Major League roster such as Max Scherzer, Jordan Zimmermann and Ian Desmond. However, they also have quality players in the Minor Leagues like top prospects Lucas Giolito and A.J. Cole, who will get a chance to display their abilities during Spring Training.
It's no secret the Twins have one of the best farm systems in baseball. The Twins had six players ranked among MLB.com's Top 100 prospect list, including Byron Buxton as the No. 1 overall prospect for a second straight year.
Here is Part 3 of our series, a look at the "Prospects to Watch" in Peoria. Though the Mariners have some quality youngsters waiting in the wings, they also figure to have a tough 25-man roster to crack this season.
Second baseman Jose Peraza and right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, who rank as the club's top two prospects according to MLB.com, will come to Spring Training with a chance to be on Atlanta's Opening Day roster.
MLB.com is preparing for camp by previewing some of the most important storylines that the players, executives and fans will be tracking at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. In this third installment, "Prospects to Watch," we look at some of the bright young talent who will be trying to impress during the Yankees' spring schedule and earn their first tastes of the big leagues.
As MLB.com's Spring Training primer continues, it's time to introduce some of the prospects who will be on display for the Red Sox in Spring Training. The farm system is deep in upper-level talent, and many of these promising youngsters will get a chance to show their stuff in the coming weeks.
Francisco Lindor may attract the most attention in the Indians' farm system, but there are many other prospects to keep an eye on during 2015.
While the Cardinals will use their seven-week Spring Training stay to piece together the Major League roster and prepare for the season ahead, there will also be a bigger picture to ponder. Those weeks in Florida provide a unique setting for the organization to see potential future contributors, some of whom may ascend to the big league level before the end of the season.
Chicago's farm system is in better shape than it has been in years, thanks to renewed investments in the First-Year Player Draft and international markets, as well as a change in philosophy to trade for youngsters rather than parting with them to obtain veterans. That improved system could pay off in 2015.
Spring Training always means the unveiling of some of an organization's top prospects, even if it's unlikely they will make the team. This spring, the Rangers will get a close look at third baseman Joey Gallo, catcher Jorge Alfaro and other top talents in the farm system.
Several Astros prospects made an impact in the Majors last year, and 2015 may feature similar debuts from right-hander Mark Appel, shortstop Carlos Correa and many others in the organization.
We're not advocating that MLB should follow the NFL's lead, merely pointing out that doing so would make college and professional baseball radically different. In that alternate reality, here's what the preseason All-America team would look like:
The White Sox currently feature numerous viable prospects capable of helping the Major League roster. Some could help in 2015, while other arrival dates target more into the future.
Last spring, the Cubs' prospects received most of the attention in camp. This year is no different with more young players adding excitement in Chicago for 2015.
The Royals have two or three young hurlers who could be knocking on the big league door fairly soon.
Many of the D-backs' top prospects will be making their first appearance in Major League camp this year.
Now's about the time for the Giants' surplus of talented young pitching to begin showing some polish along with potential.Part 3 of the Giants' Spring Training preview continues with a look at the top prospects expected to be in camp.
The inaugural International Prospect Series was announced by USA Baseball and Major League Baseball on Thursday and it will be held March 27-28 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. This International All-Star Prospects squad will be comprised mostly of free agent-eligible players who will be able to sign with Major League organizations when the new signing period begins on July 2, selected by Major League Baseball personnel.
Catchers Pedro Severino and Spencer Kieboom and infielder Cutter Dykstra will get their first taste of big league camp after being given non-roster invites to Spring Training.
The 2014-15 Australian Baseball League once again featured a tremendous mix of talent from Australia and abroad. Among the many international participants were a number of MLB-affiliated players. Here's a look at 10 performances that stood out Down Under.
For a team like the Reds to keep their window of contending open as long as possible, it requires some reliance on the player development system and having young players blend almost seamlessly with established veterans.
Youth will be served as after a busy offseason that saw the Rays try to improve their Major League club while beefing up their farm system, the depth of the organization hasn't looked better in recent years.
Jesse Biddle, Maikel Franco and Aaron Altherr are unlikely to head north with the Phillies, but they can turn heads with a big spring.
The Bucs lead the Majors with seven prospects in this year's Top 100, providing depth as Spring Training and the '15 season quickly approach.
The Angels are a franchise loaded with quality prospects -- many acquired this offseason. As the season progresses, they will be able to call upon several prospects nearing the graduation/transition portion of their development.
Starter Shelby Miller and outfielder Nick Markakis are among several newcomers who'll be making their Braves debut this spring.
The Marlins' offseason additions garnered the headlines, but there are also many prospects who are ready to contribute in the big leagues.
Here are the Marlins prospects I think have a chance to make an impact in Miami in 2015, listed by their rankings in the Marlins' Top 20 Prospects list.
How talented is Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada? Let's take a look at how the 19-year-old stacks up, tool for tool, against the 15 middle infielders on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.
Cuban infield prospect Yoan Moncada is wrapping up private workouts for teams and is expected to make a decision on which team to join by the end of the month, according to an industry source.
Top prospect Jon Gray and shortstop Trevor Story, one-time Rockies first-round picks in the MLB First-Year Player Draft, are among the prospects from the Rockies' organization to receive non-roster invitations to Major League Spring Training.
Barring the trade of a Competitive Balance pick, the final piece of the puzzle has been placed. The order is set for the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. Jonathan Mayo runs down the order, along with estimated pick values and bonus pools for each team.
How the Red Sox handle Mookie Betts is at the heart of one of the most intriguing positional battles shaping up for Spring Training.
In this edition of Pipeline Perspectives, Jonathan Mayo makes his picks for the five best sleepers not on the Top 100 Prospects list, led by Mets right-hander Gabriel Ynoa.
In this edition of Pipeline Perspectives, Jim Callis makes his picks for the five best sleepers not on the Top 100 Prospects list, led by Astros outfielder Brett Phillips.
Major League Baseball's annual International Showcase for teenage prospects returned this week. The two-day event for players who will be eligible to sign with Major League clubs beginning July 2 already features some of the top teens from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Aruba, and Colombia.
Tucker Barnhart is once again third on the Reds' depth chart behind primary catcher and All-Star Devin Mesoraco and backup Brayan Pena. But circumstances can change quickly.
The No. 5 spot in the Rays' rotation is up for grabs, and right-hander Burch Smith, who was acquired from the Padres during the offseason, is a candidate.
Royals rookie left-hander Brandon Finnegan will never forget 2014. Finnegan became the only player in history to pitch in the College World Series and Major League Baseball's World Series in the same year.
The Perth Heat captured their second consecutive Australian Baseball League championship, and their fourth title in five years, by taking two out of three from the Adelaide Bite over the weekend.
Indians pitching prospect Justus Sheffield has pleaded guilty to underage drinking and a reduced charge of aggravated criminal tresspass, according to multiple reports. The charges stemmed from an incident last month in Tullahoma, Tenn.
Will the White Sox miss having Dayan Viciedo on the team? Will the club make any more moves? Beat reporter Scott Merkin answers these questions and more in the latest Inbox.
Neither Jordan Lennerton nor Aaron Westlake looked like more than an afterthought a few weeks ago. They're now about to get a long look in Spring Training while the Tigers wait on Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez to get healthy.
The first five graduates of the D-backs' unique education program at the team's academy in the Dominican Republic earned their high school diplomas Friday.
The Cubs have invited 19 non-roster players to Major League Spring Training, highlighted by several top prospects including third baseman Kris Bryant and shortstop Addison Russell.
Highly-touted lefty Henry Owens headlines a list of players the Red Sox will bring to camp as non-roster invitees, it was announced Friday.
Jonathan Mayo discusses the battle for the No. 1 spot the Top 100 Prospects rankings between Byron Buxton and Kris Bryant, who No. 101 would be and more in this week's Pipeline Inbox.
Five years after giving Edward Salcedo a $1.6 million signing bonus, the Braves have traded the once highly regarded prospect for a 23-year-old reliever who has not advanced past the Class A Advanced Minor League level.
The Pirates on Thursday night acquired infielder/outfielder Edward Salcedo from Atlanta in exchange for right-hander Bryton Trepagnier, in a purely Minor League transaction.
Until the Tigers get a more definitive diagnosis next week on how long Victor Martinez will need to recover from surgery, they're keeping their options open. As team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski put it Thursday, "I don't know what I need to fill."
The defending American League champions won't return the exact same team this coming season, but most of their roster remains intact. There are some players and pitchers on the cusp that could help at some point.
Stephen Piscotty, the Cardinals' top-ranked prospect per MLB.com's preseason list, highlights the group of 18 non-roster players who have received invitations to participate in the club's big league camp this spring.
The spring before the Draft can be full of excitement and pressure for amateur players hoping to be selected by a Major League organization. Those in the discussion for top of the first round face even more scrutiny as June approaches. MLB.com will be following Brendan Rodgers, ranked No. 1 on MLB.com's Top 50 Draft Prospects list, throughout the process.
The Yankees have announced the invitations of 26 additional players to their 2015 Spring Training camp, including two of the game's brightest up and comers: right-hander Luis Severino and outfielder Aaron Judge, who were listed among MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects last week.
So maybe Cardinals prospect Marco Gonzales doesn't have the highest ceiling in the world. But he has every chance to settle in as a No. 3 or really good No. 4 starter, even if that comes after a year of helping the Cards contend, yet again, for the NL Central crown.
Right-hander Alex Reyes is the next power pitcher coming though the St. Louis pipeline. He should crack the Top 100 Prospects list at some point this year, but right now he's the best pitcher not on that list.
Given that they essentially entered this offseason with just three Major League-ready starting pitchers in their entire organization, the Braves are comfortable with the fact that they will be challenged to find Spring Training innings for all of the rotation hopefuls they will bring to camp later this month.
Although the Reds didn't want him to leave as a free agent after one season in Cincinnati, the departure of outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was inevitable. And while Choo signed a seven-year, $130 million contract with the Rangers, the Reds didn't come away empty-handed. Compensation came in the form of Stanford infielder Alex Blandino, an additional first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft who was taken 29th overall.
The Pirates stayed busy Wednesday by acquiring right-hander Arquimedes Caminero from the Marlins for cash, filling Pittsburgh's 40-man roster and adding another name to the spring bullpen competition.
In this series, Bernie Pleskoff takes a team-by-team look at which top prospects are poised to make a contribution at the big league level in 2015.
The Mets have had a quiet offseason, and they hope that their regular lineup will continue to improve. There are some prospects in the pipeline that could add roster support along the way. Their prospects on the cusp include position players and pitchers.
A huge challenge for Didi Gregorius, in the first year of the post-Derek Jeter era, will be to ignore the constant reminders of who he is replacing at shortstop. All the Yankees are asking is that Gregorius play up to his potential, and if he can, they believe that should be plenty.
In an exclusive interview with MLB.com, Cuban infield prospect Yoan Moncada said he's eager to begin his pro career but is keeping his signing options open after being unblocked Tuesday by United States government.
After not receiving an invitation to Major League Spring Training last season as the Mariners sought to ease him back from a broken jaw, D.J. Peterson isn't trying to fool anybody by playing things cool now.
Let the sweepstakes begin. Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada has been cleared to negotiate and sign with the Major League club of his choice. And there are plenty of choices.
Maikel Franco is usually among the first players to arrive each day at the stadium. The Phillies infielder, MLB.com's No. 5 third-base prospect, starts his morning with some early work in the field, followed by a few swings in the cage. Then there's batting practice, more glove work, and time in the gym. He also finds a few minutes to squeeze in a bite to eat.
The path was cleared Tuesday for top Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada to negotiate and sign with the Major League club of his choice. Moncada's availability as a free agent came after Major League Baseball met with the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) for clarification regarding new guidelines for a general license for an unblocked Cuban national, according to a memo sent to MLB clubs.
White Sox top Carlos Rodon needed to make a change with his repertoire in the Minor Leagues, and his changeup ended up being better than expected.
Joc Pederson doesn't have history on his side as he soon embarks on a Spring Training with the Dodgers' starting center-field job seemingly his to win. Or his to lose.
Brendan Rodgers, ranked No. 1 in MLB.com's early Top 50 Draft prospects published this past fall, didn't disappoint. With his team up 6-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Rodgers drove a fastball far past the left center-field fence for a solo home run that traveled well over 400 feet according to some who were on hand to witness it.
A number of Rangers have been working out at Hurst L.D. Bell High School this winter. Pitcher Anthony Ranaudo, acquired last week from the Red Sox, joined them on Tuesday, giving him a first-hand look at a Texas-sized "Activity Center." "I think my high school might have been the same size as this here," Ranaudo said, looking around L.D. Bell's indoor football practice facility.
Jim Callis lists (alphabetically) 20 more prospects who have caught his eye, some of whom made his personal Top 100 but couldn't crack the official list once he combined my choices with Jonathan Mayo's and we got feedback from industry sources.
When this week's Pipeline Perspective charged us with identifying the best position player left off the Top 100, it wasn't difficult to come up with a name. Jonathan Mayo and I both chose young third basemen Jonathan tabbed the Braves' Rio Ruiz , while I'm a big believer in the Rockies' Ryan McMahon.
What's so exciting about scanning the names on MLB.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects is that there are players on the list who figure to have huge impacts on their franchises, both in terms of winning and the very image of their teams.
Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at which Mariners prospects are on the cusp of playing in the big leagues in 2015.
Almost three years removed from ending his standout career at Stanford University and nearing a callup to St. Louis, outfielder Stephen Piscotty found his way back to his familiar college campus this offseason. His purpose wasn't to visit or reminisce or soak in the attention of being a budding Major Leaguer.
Braves third-base prospect Rio Ruiz, who was recently acquired in a deal from the Astros, is the best hitter not be be ranked on the Top 100 Prospects list, according to MLBPipeline.com's Jonathan Mayo.
Nine of the Giants' prospects ranked among MLB.com's top 20 were on the list of non-roster invitees to Spring Training the club released Monday.
Can Carlos Correa be as good as Troy Tulowitzki? Will Addison Russell push Starlin Castro off of shortstop? Jim Callis answers these questions and more in the latest Pipeline Inbox.
After several offseason deals, the Dodgers' 25-man roster remains loaded with quality players. Their farm systemstands ready to supplement the big league club, mostly on the mound. If needed, there are several candidates who are close to finished with their development.