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The Indians' No. 1 prospect, Francisco Lindor, singled and scored a run on Tuesday in his first game since being promoted to Triple-A Columbus. He helped Columbus defeat Louisville, 8-5.
Marlins No. 1 prospect Andrew Heaney took a perfect game into the seventh inning Tuesday for Triple-A New Orleans, only to see his bid for history quickly unravel. He ultimately took the loss as Iowa defeated New Orleans, 1-0.
Right-hander Tyler Glasnow, the Pirates' No. 2 prospect, threw six scoreless innings and struck out 11 batters Tuesday, as Class A Advanced Bradenton defeated Dunedin, 1-0.
The Indians made starter Danny Salazar's addition to the 25-man roster official on Tuesday, and reliever C.C. Lee was optioned to Triple-A Columbus as a result.
Top prospect Dylan Bundy, on the comeback trail from Tommy John surgery, turned in his best outing of the season in a Class A start, throwing six innings in under 75 pitches.
Taijuan Walker, one of the premier pitching prospects in baseball, will be recalled by the Mariners on Wednesday and start the afternoon's 12:40 PT series finale against the Mets at Safeco Field.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura held rookie outfielder Jose Abreu out of Tuesday's lineup due to back stiffness that he noticed while Abreu was playing on Monday against Kansas City.
Double-A Pensacola left fielder Jesse Winker is expected to miss two to four weeks after injuring a tendon in his right wrist.
Good trades benefit both teams. A trade should not be judged on a "winner" or "loser" basis. If a trade benefits the clubs involved, it's a good deal. That's my impression of the transaction that sent veteran third baseman Chase Headley from the Padres to the Yankees for prospect Rafael De Paula and infielder Yangervis Solarte. Everybody wins: the clubs and the players.
The Blue Jays called up their top prospect, right-hander Aaron Sanchez, amid a flurry of roster moves Tuesday. He has the potential to become a front-line starter, but for now, he will work out of the bullpen as Toronto attempts to remain in the American League East race.
Marlins' No. 1 prospect Andrew Heaney and Cubs' No. 2 prospect Kris Bryant both began the season in the Southern League, but they didn't stay there long enough to cross paths. With Heaney back in the Minor Leagues after a brief stint with the Marlins, the marquee matchup will finally occur. Heaney is slated to start Tuesday against Bryant and Iowa.
Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud fell victim to one of the most impressive catches of the summer on Monday, when Seattle's Dustin Ackley skied over the left-field wall in the sixth inning to rob him of a homer. That play came a day after d'Arnaud's brother, Chase, made a spectacular -- and somewhat similar -- catch for Cleveland's Triple-A Indianapolis affiliate.
Right-hander Aaron Blair, the D-backs' No. 3 prospect, threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings Monday in his debut with Double-A Mobile, as the BayBears defeated Pensacola, 6-3.
Left-hander Kevin Ziomek, the Tigers' No. 12 prospect, threw seven scoreless innings and struck out a career-high 11 batters Monday, as Class A West Michigan defeated Burlington, 2-0.
Shortstop Tim Beckham, the top selection in the 2008 Draft, returned from a knee injury to play for the first time this season, as the designated hitter for the Rookie-level Rays on Monday night.
Rookie reliever Austin Adams was optioned to Triple-A Columbus after two disappointing appearances with the Indians this month.
The White Sox's ongoing hope for Jared Mitchell, their supremely athletic top pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, is that he would take off once things finally came together for him offensively. Mitchell is hitting .300 with seven homers and 14 RBIs for Double-A Birmingham.
Gilbert Lara, the 16-year-old shortstop from the Dominican Republic who signed a record-breaking contract earlier this month, visited Miller Park for the first time on Monday and took a round of batting practice.
For the first time in at least 20 years, the Red Sox signed their first 21 picks from the First-Year Player Draft.
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, baseball's top prospect Byron Buxton took the award for hitters, while Pirates No. 19 prospect Adrian Sampson won for pitchers.
Major League Baseball's version of the Draft lottery doesn't attract nearly as much attention as its NBA and NHL counterparts, mostly because baseball's top picks aren't determined randomly like they are in the other sports. But for 12 big league clubs, the Competitive Balance Lottery will provide them with a valuable extra selection in 2015.
Kirk Champion watched Carlos Rodon throw his first side session, featuring fastballs and changeups, with Class A Winston-Salem last week. And Champion liked what he saw from the White Sox top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft and the No. 3 selection overall.
No. 8 Royals prospect Jason Adam made his Triple-A debut in relief, allowing two runs over 1 2/3 innings in Omaha's 9-5 loss to New Orleans on Saturday.
The Braves wasted no time welcoming left-hander Chasen Shreve to the big leagues on Saturday night. The rookie made his Major League debut against Phillies slugger Ryan Howard in the seventh and struck him out.
Now that Shane Victorino is back for the Red Sox, Mookie Betts can get back to Triple-A to round out his development. As it was, it was a bit of a quick ascent to the Majors for Betts, who rocketed through the farm system after being drafted out of high school in 2014.
Rockies right-handed prospect Eddie Butler, who suffered a right rotator cuff strain during his Major League debut on June 6, was recalled from his injury rehab assignment on Saturday, then optioned to Double-A Tulsa, where he began the season.
Rockies right-handed prospect Jon Gray has given up just one run, and it was unearned, in 11 2/3 innings over his last two starts at Double-A Tulsa.
The Braves on Saturday optioned struggling lefty Luis Avilan to Triple-A and promoted fellow southpaw Chasen Shreve from Double-A.
Corey Knebel, though still very much a rookie, was more the teacher than the protégé when his second big league stint began on Saturday.
The Yankees reached agreements with each of their top 15 choices from the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, including their top selection, left-hander Jacob Lindgren, and signed 26 of their 39 Draft choices overall. The team did not reach an agreement with right-hander Mariano Rivera Jr., a 29th-round Draft pick and the son of the former Yankees closer.
Cuban outfield prospect Rusney Castillo is training in Florida, he's ready to sign and will likely join a Major League team soon after his showcase on July 26 at the University of Miami.
Javier Baez and Kris Bryant, the Cubs' top two prospects, each homered for the second straight night Friday as Triple-A Iowa defeated Round Rock, 4-1.
Phillies senior vice president and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. wasn't sweating it out as the clock hit 5 p.m. ET on Friday, marking the deadline for signing 2014 June First-Year Draft picks.
Micah Gibbs recorded four hits and two RBIs as NW Arkansas snapped a four-game losing streak on Friday.
Major League Baseball's Friday deadline for clubs to sign players selected in this year's First-Year Player Draft passed rather quietly in Atlanta. Each of the club's top 11 selections signed by June 26.
The Padres announced on Friday night that closer Huston Street has been traded to the Angels in a six-player deal highlighted by Street and Angels top prospect infielder Taylor Lindsey.
The Angels dealt second baseman Taylor Lindsey, right-hander R.J. Alvarez, shortstop Jose Rondon and Elliot Morris to the Padres for closer Huston Street and prospect Trevor Gott.
The Orioles signed all but seven of their 38 selections in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, announcing on Friday that they had locked up one final player, 33rd-round right-hander Brandon Koch, in advance of the 5 p.m. ET deadline.
Did the Astros really lose 17-year-old left-hander Brady Aiken, the No. 1 overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft, over $1.5 million?
Right-hander Adrian Sampson, the Pirates' No. 19 prospect, took a no-hitter into the ninth inning Friday. Though a one-out double ended his bid, he finished off the shutout and Double-A Altoona defeated Bowie, 3-0.
The A's inked 25 of their 40 selections from the 2014 First-Year Player Draft in advance of Friday's 2 p.m. PT deadline, including each of their first 13 selections.
The Mets' 2014 first-round Draft pick Michael Conforto is scheduled to make his professional debut Saturday with Class A Brooklyn. Conforto, who officially signed on July 11, hit .345 with seven home runs in 59 games in his final season with Oregon State.
The Padres signed 30 of their 40 selections from the 2014 First-Year Player Draft before the deadline for draftees to sign with their respective teams passed on Friday at 2 p.m. PT, including each of their first 18 selections and 25 of their top 27 picks.
Javier Baez made his second straight start at second base Friday for Triple-A Iowa, but Cubs manager Rick Renteria isn't ready to pencil him into the big league lineup just yet. The Cubs already have a logjam in the infield.
Carlos Rodon, the White Sox top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft and the third pick overall, traveled to Arizona on Friday to begin his professional career with the Rookie League White Sox.
The White Sox have a rested bullpen coming out of four days worth of inactivity because of the All-Star break. So Carlos Sanchez, who was called up for the first-half's final game, will stay on the roster as a utility infielder.
The deadline to sign selections from the 2014 First-Year Player Draft was 5 p.m. ET on Friday. The Reds -- who already signed 27 of their 41 picks, including first-rounders Nick Howard and Alex Blandino -- made no last-minute additions and had all of their first 18 selections in the fold.
The signing deadline for players taken in this summer's First-Year Player Draft came and went with little fanfare for the Cardinals late Friday afternoon, but only because the organization had wrapped up the bulk of its work last month.
Tall right-hander Drew VerHagen will make his Major League debut for the Tigers on Saturday in the front end of a doubleheader against Cleveland.
Major League Baseball's signing deadline for players selected in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft passed Friday, and the Rays did well, signing 37 of their 41 players selected, including their top 25 picks.
Class A Advanced Fort Myers outfielder Byron Buxton -- ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Minors by MLB.com -- went 2-for-5 with a solo home run on Thursday night, and has now hit safely in four straight games.
Minnesota finished the Draft signing period by signing 29 of its 40 draftees, one more than it managed last season.
The Blue Jays could be priming top prospect Aaron Sanchez for a big league promotion after the right-hander was moved from the starting rotation to the bullpen at Triple-A Buffalo.
The Indians did all they could to reach pacts with as many of their selections as possible from last month's First-Year Player Draft prior to Friday's signing deadline. That included spending more money than was permitted for the team's bonus pool.
Negotiations went close to Friday's 5 p.m. ET deadline, but the Marlins were finally able to complete a deal with University of Texas left-hander Dillon Peters. Miami selected Peters in the 10th round of the First-Year Player Draft in June. Entering Friday, the Indianapolis, Ind., native was the team's only unsigned pick in the first 10 rounds.
Right-hander pitcher Jason Adam, just after being named Texas League Pitcher of the Week, has been promoted to the Pacific Coast League by the Royals. Adam didn't allow a run in his last 14 innings for Double-A Northwest Arkansas before his promotion to Triple-A Omaha.
The Pirates signed 32 picks from the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, the franchise's most since also signing 32 in 2008. The deadline to sign picks was 5 p.m. ET on Friday.
When Friday's 5 p.m. ET First-Year Player Draft signing deadline came and went, the Tigers had agreed to terms with 31 of their 40 selections.
The Nationals and their top Draft pick, right-hander Erick Fedde, agreed to terms worth $2,511,100, according to MLB.com's Jim Callis.
Cathedral Catholic High (San Diego) pitcher Brady Aiken did not come to terms with the Astros after a post-Draft physical raised concerns on the team's part about the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.
Whit Merrifield added two hits on Thursday for the Storm Chasers, extending his hitting streak to 14 games (.393, 33-for-84). Glenn Sparkman of Wilmington maintained his league leading 1.43 ERA in a win over Potomac
The Angels agreed to terms Friday with first-round Draft pick Sean Newcomb, just hours before the deadline to do so.
James Paxton, the Mariners' No. 3 prospect, landed on the disabled list due to a strained lat muscle in early April. The left-hander returned to the mound Thursday to make a rehab start for Short- Season Everett.
If MLB had some sort of predraft medical combine, and teams would have known about Brady Aiken's elbow anomaly in advance, where would he have ended up going in the Draft? Jim Callis responds to this question and more about baseball's top prospects.
A few years from now, Yankees' No. 1 prospect Gary Sanchez and Mets' No. 4 prospect Brandon Nimmo could be playing leading roles in New York. For now, however, both are in the Eastern League, Sanchez catching for Double-A Trenton and Nimmo patrolling the outfield for Binghamton. The pair will meet on Friday on the second game of a four-game set.
Right-hander Kohl Stewart, the Twins' No. 4 prospect, threw five scoreless innings Thursday as Class A Cedar Rapids defeated Lake County. Stewart, ranked No. 32 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, didn't allow a runner to advance past second base in the win.
Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell, the Cubs' top three prospects, all homered Thursday. Bryant moved into first by himself with his 32nd in the Minors this season. He had been tied with Futures Game MVP Joey Gallo, the Rangers' No. 2 prospect.
Right-hander Edwin Diaz, the Mariners' No. 4 prospect, threw six scoreless innings Thursday as Class A Clinton shut out Great Lakes, 5-0. He struck out eight batters and faced just two hitters above the minimum.
The Nationals have until Friday at 5 p.m. ET to sign right-hander Erick Fedde, the 18th-overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.
Triple-A Toledo hurler Drew VerHagen will get the assignment for the Tigers' first game of Saturday's doubleheader against Cleveland at Comerica Park.
A.J. Reed, one of the outstanding two-way players in college baseball, was named the winner of the Golden Spikes Award on Thursday. Reed, who was selected by the Astros in the second round of the First-Year Player Draft, led all NCAA Division I players in home runs (23) this past season.
Teams have until 5 p.m. ET today to sign their draftees. There are, however, a handful of players selected in the first 10 rounds who have still not agreed to terms with their teams, including two first-rounders. At the top of that list is No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken, who hasn't reached an agreement with the Astros.
Royals No. 3 prospect Jorge Bonifacio recorded two hits and a run but Northwest Arkansas fell, 8-4, when Tulsa plated six in the ninth on Tuesday.
The number of Futures Game alumni who have gone on to play in a Major League All-Star Game is well over 100. Reds prospect Jesse Winker will be the first of this year's representatives -- among those not named Kris Bryant -- to play his way into the Midsummer Classic.
So who will be the first player from this year's Futures Game to reach the All-Star Game? After Kris Bryant, who currently shares the Minor League home run lead with 31 in 92 games, the clear choice is Indians shortstop prospect, Francisco Lindor.
Kohl Stewart and Clint Frazier were the first two high school players selected in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, as the Twins selected Stewart fourth overall and the Indians grabbed Frazier with the next pick. They are scheduled to face each other for the first time in their professional careers on Thursday when Frazier and Class A Lake County visit Stewart and Cedar Rapids. First pitch is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. ET.
Left-hander Max Fried, the Padres' No. 2 prospect, made his first start of the year with a full-season club Wednesday. He threw 3 2/3 innings in Class A Fort Wayne's 9-2 victory at Quad Cities.
Rockies' No. 1 prospect Jon Gray threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings Wednesday in Double-A Tulsa's 2-0 victory. Gray, ranked No. 13 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, allowed one hit and two walks, striking out seven.
Outfielder Steven Moya, the Tigers' No. 20 prospect, hit a grand slam and was named MVP of the Eastern League All-Star Game on Wednesday. His blast helped the Western Division defeat the Eastern Division, 5-2.
Twins farmhand Byron Buxton, baseball's top prospect, collected three hits Wednesday, helping Class A Advanced Fort Myers defeat Daytona, 5-1. Outfielder Adam Brett Walker II, the Twins' No. 12 prospect, leads the Florida State League with 20 homers.
The Royals made a move to strengthen their bullpen on Wednesday, acquiring right-hander Jason Frasor from the Texas Rangers.
Though Major League Baseball's midsummer classic was Tuesday night, the week's All-Star fun isn't over yet. The Triple-A All-Star Game and the Eastern League All-Star Clash will both be held Wednesday and there will be plenty of prospects playing in both games.
Two days before the July 18 signing deadline for the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, it remains unclear whether No. 1 overall pick Brady Aiken will come to terms with the Astros.
The Giants have signed second-round Draft pick Aramis Garcia, MLB.com's Jim Callis has confirmed. The former Florida International catcher will receive a $1.1 million signing bonus.
Outfielder Albert Almora, the Cubs' No. 4 prospect, tripled in the 13th inning Monday to drive in the winning runs and complete the cycle, as Class A Advanced Daytona defeat Jupiter, 13-8.
The Storm Chasers enjoyed day one of the PCL All-Star Break. Catcher Francisco Pena, outfielder Paulo Orlando and reliever Spencer Patton will participate in the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday night at Durham. The game will be broadcast on MLB Network at 6 p.m. Central.
Catcher Max Pentecost, the No. 11 pick in the 2014 Draft, won the Johnny Bench Award, given to the top collegiate catcher. Pentecost, who was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays, hit 61 RBIs for Kennesaw State last year.
Cubs No. 6 prospect Jorge Soler and Rockies No. 20 prospect Antonio Senzatela won this week's Pipeline Prospects of the week.
In the midst of all the conjecture, speculation and, yes, even the promise of the Chicago Cubs' future, here comes the one part of that future closest to Major league fruition. It is Kris Bryant. Sunday afternoon he started at third base and hit cleanup for the U.S. Team in the Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game at Target Field.
Jorge Alfaro, at the age of 21, is such a highly-touted catching prospect with the Texas Rangers that he started at catcher for the World Team in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday.
All told, 20 blue-chip pitching prospects appeared in Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Target Field, and nearly all 20 pitched effectively. They also relied once or twice on their defense, which should have been unsurprising; in an exhibition of the top prospects in baseball, pitching and glovework ruled the day in the U.S. Team's 3-2 win over the World Team.
Hunter Renfroe and Tayron Guerrero, both prospects in the Padres organization, couldn't believe their eyes on Sunday as they gawked at the multiple decks of Target Field before representing San Diego in the Sirius XM Futures Game.
As these past few months have elapsed, Braves fans have become more enamored with Jose Peraza, who has spent the past year being heralded as Atlanta's second baseman and leadoff hitter of the future.
At the Futures Game, Noah Syndergaard enjoyed a businesslike ninth, working around a two-out single to preserve a one-run lead. He was joined by his new batterymate at Las Vegas, catcher Kevin Plawecki, who caught five innings for the US Team and plated the game's first run on an RBI groundout.
Kennys Vargas, who is known for his prodigious power from both sides of the plate, could reach the Majors soon, but has been working hard to get better defensively at first base and has even volunteered to work in the outfield to improve his versatility.
Widely considered the most polished prospect among the Giants' horde of young pitchers as the season began, Edwin Escobar has endured a rough transition, though his selection for Sunday's 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game reflected the respect he continues to command.
Like top Nationals prospect Lucas Giolito, Michael Taylor savored the chance to play against the game's best on Sunday in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.
He broke somebody's windshield and struck out a couple of times. But all told, it was a pretty good day for Joey Gallo. The Rangers' power-hitting prospect was the star of the show in the U.S. team's 3-2 victory over the World roster in the Sirius/XM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday afternoon at Target Field, both in batting practice and in the game itself.
Offense wasn't always easy to come by in the Sirius/XM All-Star Futures Game, which the U.S. Team won, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at Target Field. But when it did come, it was eye-catching. There were three must-see offensive highlights from the game -- Javier Baez's two-run homer, Joey Gallo's, two-run blast and Jesse Winker's double in the third inning.
White Sox No. 2 prospect Micah Johnson didn't have a big impact in his U.S. Team's 3-2 win in the Futures Game on Sunday, but the simple fact that the second baseman earned a roster spot by hitting .312 this season was impressive, considering he's coming off offseason elbow surgery.
Corey Seager went 0-for-1 and was hit by a pitch in Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game for the U.S. squad in its 3-2 victory over the World team. Julio Urias also appeared, throwing 14 pitches in a perfect fifth inning.
Domingo Santana was born in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. Michael Feliz was born in Azua, a couple hours away. Despite the distance, they have become close. They found themselves back together again at Target Field on Sunday, representing the World Team in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. The U.S. Team won, 3-2.
J.P. Crawford had a hit, a steal and a run for the US team in Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Target Field. Also representing the Phillies organization was top prospect Maikel Franco, who has gotten hot at Triple-A Lehigh Valley after a slow start.
Players have gotten bigger and stronger. Pitchers are throwing faster and faster. But even the best pitchers can't keep power-hitting sluggers from taking their pitches out of the park. That was the case in the 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday.
As the Pirates tout their Major League dream outfield -- one in which anchor Andrew McCutchen is flanked by up-and-coming talents Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco -- Josh Bell continues his climb through the system with the potential to be the organization's next outfield star.
Javier Baez believes his time is coming fast, and on Sunday did what he could to show he's ready. He drove a Lucas Giolito curveball over the right-field fence for an opposite-field, two-run homer in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Target Field.
Rockies switch-hitting infield prospect Rosell Herrera got a solid single in the top of the seventh inning in Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Target Field, and he got another single in the ninth inning.
D.J. Peterson started at first base for the U.S. Team in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday at Target Field. He was 1-for-2 with a double, while Gabby Guerrero, the starting DH for the World Team, was 0-for-2 with a strikeout.
The D-backs are hoping that right-handed pitcher Braden Shipley will be the next big pitcher to emerge from the depths of their Minor League system. The 15th overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player draft, Shipley was the lone Arizona player to represent the organization in Sunday's SiriusXM Futures Game at Target Field.
A pair of Angels prospects made their All-Star Futures Game debut on Sunday at Target Field. Los Angeles' No. 5 prospect, Jose Rondon, a late add to the World Team in place of injured Astros prospect Carlos Correa, entered the game in the fifth inning and went hitless in two at-bats. Victor Alcantara threw eight pitches in Sunday's affair.
Sean Coyle, who was named as a roster replacement to the Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game after Mookie Betts was promoted to the Red Sox, went 0-for-2 while batting second and starting at second base for the U.S. Team in a 3-2 win Sunday. And Portland ace lefty Henry Owens was the starting pitcher, firing a scoreless first inning before giving way to the bullpen.
Long before he knew the trajectory of his own baseball career, James Ramsey sat in the Turner Field stands mesmerized by the budding young talent he watched as a wide-eyed 10-year-old.
Daniel Norris pitched a scoreless inning for the U.S. Team, Dalton Pompey went 2-for-4 for the World Team and A.J. Jimenez caught four innings in his second Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game appearance.
In the bottom of the eighth inning of Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, Jorge Lopez briefly took the mound at Target Field and retired the only hitter he faced with some help from second baseman Jose Rondon's slick defense on a ground ball toward second base.
Dariel Alvarez went 0-for-2 for the World squad Sunday afternoon during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, with one of the at-bats a fielder's-choice grounder against the Orioles' other prospect in the game -- righty Hunter Harvey, a hard thrower from Class A Delmarva.
Power-hitting prospect Peter O'Brien and fellow Yankees prospect Luis Severino participated in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday. Severino pitched a scoreless fourth inning for the World Team, while O'Brien struck out in both of his plate appearances for the U.S.
Individual pitching performances dominated the Futures Game, and Rangers third-base prospect Joey Gallo connected on a two-run homer in the sixth inning to lead the U.S. to a 3-2 win over the World Team at Target Field.
Rays prospects Enny Romero (World Team left-hander) and Justin O'Conner (U.S. catcher) matched up in the Futures Game on Sunday, with O'Conner's single the only hit in Romero's scoreless inning. All told, the day was a win for the Tampa Bay organization.
Texas Rangers prospect Joey Gallo stood out among an impressive group of power hitters during batting practice before the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Third baseman Renato Nunez, who signed out of Venezuela in 2010, was the A's representative at Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Minnesota's Target Field. He started and batted eighth for the World Team, going 1-for-2 with a single.
The excitement felt by Marlins pitching prospect Domingo German was definitely not lost in translation. Asked about his being part of the Sirius-XM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, German smiled and appeared thrilled.
Rangers prospect Joey Gallo, who is tied for first among all Minor Leaguers with 31 homers, led all Futures Game participants with 15 home runs during batting practice Sunday.
As Reds prospects Robert Stephenson and Jesse Winker were preparing themselves for the Sirius-XM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, both were keenly aware of what being part of the exhibition implied. If things continue to progress well, they could be in the Major Leagues -- perhaps sooner rather than later.
Manager Lloyd McClendon has set the Mariners' pitching rotation coming out of the All-Star break, but those plans conspicuously don't include top prospect Taijuan Walker just yet. Hisashi Iwakuma will start Friday's series opener in Anaheim, with Felix Hernandez pitching Saturday to give him an extra day after Tuesday's All-Star Game.
Let the mask Francisco Lindor wore during the 2014 Sirius/XM All-Star Futures Game be a lesson that even the surest-handed shortstops are susceptible to the bad hops of a baseball.
White Sox prospect Carlos Sanchez was called up from Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday and put into the starting lineup at shortstop for the final game of the first half.
Omaha went into the PCL All-Star break with a win at Colorado Springs. Joe Saunders made his first start since joining the Royals' organization, holding the Sky Sox to one run on three hits and a walk over three innings.
Royals prospect Christian Binford proved he belonged with a perfect third inning for the U.S. Team in a 3-2 win over the World Team in Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.
Jake Thompson became friends with fellow Tigers prospect Steven Moya while they were rehabbing together at Class A Advanced Lakeland a couple of years ago. Thompson had no interest in facing Moya in Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, and it had nothing to do with friendship.
Prep stars Luken Baker and Josh Naylor each homered six times Sunday at Target Field to earn spots in the Junior Home Run Derby Finals on Monday night during the big league Derby.
MLB.com polled a sampling of front-office types about which hitters and pitchers they were most looking forward to seeing in this year's Futures Game. Nationals right-hander Lucas Giolito was the overwhelming choice among pitchers.
A look back at some of the top plays and players in the 15-year history of the Futures Game.
Christian Colon, the Royals' No. 14 prospect, was 2-for-2 with a walk in his first game for Triple-A Omaha since being optioned from Kansas City.
The Braves announced shortly before Sunday's game that they suspended infielder Dan Uggla for one game. Though manager Fredi Gonzalez opted not to discuss the matter, multiple sources have said Uggla arrived late for Saturday afternoon's game against the Cubs. Atlanta called up Philip Gosselin from Triple-A Gwinnett to take Uggla's place for a day.
Shortstop Trea Turner, the Padres' first-round Draft pick, has been promoted from short-season Eugene to Class A Fort Wayne.
Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco has endured a recent lull to his rookie season, getting him extra time with batting coach Jeff Branson. "We're trying to get him back to a solid foundation," said manager Clint Hurdle. "Stand up tall at the plate, not a big swing."
Rookie Yordano Ventura will be stationed in the Royals' bullpen on Sunday to back up veteran left-hander Bruce Chen, who is making his first start since April 24 and only his third appearance since then. Chen missed two months with a back problem.
With a 4-for-6 performance for Class A Asheville on Friday, Rockies outfield prospect David Dahl upped his batting average to .441 over his past 14 games.
At some point in the second half, the Marlins could regain the services of Andrew Heaney. Exactly when will entirely be up to how quickly the 23-year-old lefty fine-tunes his overall game. Before being optioned to Triple-A New Orleans following a rough outing in St. Louis on July 6, Heaney's weaknesses were exposed.
The chatter surrounding Cubs callup Arismendy Alcantara continued Saturday after the 22-year-old shifted from second base to center field and scored two runs while going 2-for-5 in the Cubs' 11-6 loss to the Braves.
Top Cubs prospects Kris Bryant and Javier Baez are headed to Minnesota to play in Sunday's Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game at Target Field.
Twins prospects Alex Meyer, Jose Berrios and Kennys Vargas took a tour of Mall of America on Friday before participating in Sunday's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.
Jason Adam posted seven shutout innings to lead the NW Arkansas Naturals past Springfield. The Overland Park native and Royals No. 8 prospect struck out seven while scattering five hits and two walks.
In a year or two, Marlins' No. 2 prospect Colin Moran and Cubs' No. 9 prospect Billy McKinney, two first-rounders from the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, may be among the prospects playing for the U.S. team in the Futures Game. This year, however, they will spend All-Star weekend facing each other in the Florida State League.
Right-hander Austin Voth, the Nationals' No. 16 prospect, took a no-hitter into the sixth inning Friday and settled for throwing seven scoreless innings in Class A Advanced Potomac's 4-0 victory at Frederick.
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.
Right-hander Tyler Glasnow, the Pirates' No. 3 prospect, struck out 10 batters in 5 2/3 scoreless innings Friday in Class A Advanced Bradenton's 2-1 win over Tampa.
Memphis Redbirds right-hander Angel Castro was named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star roster, replacing Jimmy Nelson of the Nashville Sounds.
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.
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.
The Reds optioned catcher Tucker Barnhart to Triple-A Louisville and recalled right-handed pitchers Carlos Contreras and Curtis Partch from Louisville on Friday.
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.
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?"
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.
For the second straight year, MLB will hold a Junior Home Run Derby on Sunday morning before the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. MLB.com will televise the event, live from Target Field, starting at 9 a.m. ET.
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.
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.
Outfielder Steven Souza, the Nationals' No. 14 prospect, collected four hits and scored two runs Thursday, as Triple-A Syracuse defeated Charlotte, 11-6.
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.
Antonio Senzatela, the Rockies' No. 20 prospect, and Troy Neiman combined for a one-hitter Thursday as Class A Asheville defeated Kannapolis, 1-0.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
The Pirates on Thursday optioned right-hander Brandon Cumpton to Triple-A Indianapolis and recalled outfielder Jaff Decker from Indianapolis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Outfielder Nick Williams, the Rangers' No. 4 prospect, collected four hits Wednesday and helped Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach rout Winston-Salem, 12-3.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 MLB.com's Jim Callis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 MLBPipeline.com'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.
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.
Outfielder Elier Hernandez, the Royals' No. 10 prospect, collected four hits in Class A Lexington's 16-8 win over Hickory on Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hunter Dozier, KC's sixth-ranked prospect, stole his first base at the Double-A level.
MLBPipeline.com 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.
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.
The Reds' No. 1 prospect Robert Stephenson threw six scoreless innings Monday, and Double-A Pensacola defeated Mobile, 4-0.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Astros have signed four international free agents, including center fielder Ronny Rafael, No. 20 on MLB.com's list of Top 30 International Prospects for 2014.
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.
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.
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, the hitter is Pirates prospect JaCoby Jones and Cardinals prospect Rob Kaminsky
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list, as part of a blockbuster deal.
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.
After trading key big leaguers the past three years under president Theo Epstein, the Cubs have stockpiled some of MLB's top prospects.
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.
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 MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, have lived up to their status as elite prospects.
Omaha lost the opener as Colorado Springs hit three solo home runs. John Lamb struck out seven while yielding five runs (four earned).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Right-hander Mitch Gueller, rated the Phillies' No. 17 prospect by MLB.com, threw a seven-inning shutout Friday as short-season Williamsport beat Auburn, 2-0, in Game 1 of a doubleheader.
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.
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.
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.
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 MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, missed the first three months of the season due to forearm soreness.
Right-hander Luis Severino, the Yankees' No. 9 prospect, according to MLB.com, threw six scoreless innings on Thursday in Class A Advanced Tampa's 4-3 win over Lakeland.
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.
The Phillies optioned outfielder Aaron Altherr to Double-A Reading following Thursday night's 5-4 victory over the Marlins.
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.
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.
The Royals signed 16-year-old infielder Ricky Aracena for $850,000, according to an industry source. The club did not confirm the signing.
The Dodgers confirmed six international signings effective Wednesday, headed by 16-year-old Venezuelan outfielder Romer Cuadrado for a reported $750,000.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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? MLB.com's Jim Callis responds to fans' questions about baseball's top prospects in the Pipeline Inbox.
Right-handers Alex Meyer and Allen Webster, ranked Nos. 24 and 38 on MLBPipeline.com'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to MLB.com'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.
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.
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.
Venezuelan shortstop Yoel Romero was among those to join the Mets' ranks on Wednesday, the first day of the international signing period.
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..
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 MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list for a $3 million signing bonus. The club has not confirmed the signings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Twins signed 16-year-old highly-regarded pitching prospect Huascar Ynoa for $800,000, according to an industry source.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Mariners have agreed to terms with teenage outfielder Brayan Hernandez, ranked No. 8 on MLB.com's Top 30 International Prospects list, for $1.85 million on Wednesday, according to an industry source.
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.
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.
On Wednesday, the club signed a pair of shortstops, adding Pedro Gonzalez, ranked No. 12 on MLB.com'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One night after knocking in four runs for Triple-A Oklahoma City, Enrique Hernandez ditched the RedHawks uniform for the Major League variety.
Throughout the season, the MLBPipeline.com 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.
Tim Anderson, the White Sox top pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft and the team's No. 3 prospect per MLB.com, will miss the next four to six weeks with a fracture in his right wrist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Astros announced the signing of outfielder Derek Fisher, the No. 37 overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, on Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
Fred Zinkie addresses your fantasy questions, such as what to expect from Mookie Betts and whether Dustin Pedroia will continue struggling.
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.
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.
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.
The Astros called up slugging outfield prospect Domingo Santana, along with infielder Enrique Hernandez and left-handed reliever Kevin Chapman.
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.