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After spending the past few weeks showing why they rank as two of baseball's top prospects, Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies will now take the next step toward potentially spending this season's second half together in Atlanta's lineup.
Sean Manaea arrived on the scene Friday -- with hair that hasn't been cut in nearly a year barely contained by an A's cap -- along with an even greater volume of poise that served the big lefty well in his big league debut.
Throwing a 97-mph fastball for his first pitch, Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer would have been understandably filled with adrenaline in his Major League debut. Hitting 97 on the radar gun isn't unusual for the 23-year-old, though. In fact, Fulmer was quite composed, a trait seen from his catcher Bobby Wilson and manager Brad Ausmus well before Friday's 9-2 win over the Twins.
Left-hander Tommy Milone is headed to the bullpen, as he's being replaced in the rotation by prospect Alex Meyer, who will make his first career start Tuesday against the Astros.
As the Braves near the end of the Bud Norris experiment, it looks like Mike Foltynewicz will get another opportunity to prove that he can live up to the tremendous hype that surrounded him at this time last year, when he stood as Atlanta's top pitching prospect.
With Jameson Taillon's impressive start to the 2016 season, you would never suspect that he hadn't pitched competitively since '13. The Pirates' No. 4 prospect (No. 51 overall) improved to 2-0 on Thursday, firing seven innings of one-run ball for Triple-A Indianapolis in a win against Norfolk.
By virtue of finishing with a 63-99 record in 2015, the Philadelphia Phillies have the No. 1 pick in this year's Draft. In a perfect world, there would be a slam-dunk decision in terms of who to take in that top spot. Not so much.
It might be just a spot start this time, but Tigers fans will get a glimpse of their top prospect Michael Fulmer on the mound on Friday. The right-hander, ranked No. 50 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, will be making his Major League debut filling in for Shane Greene, who is out temporarily with a broken blister.
Who might be next to get the call and make a fantasy impact? Check MLB.com's Top 10 list of prospects, ranked based on potential impact this season.
The Draft is just six weeks away and we're kicking up MLBPipeline.com's coverage a few notches today by updating and expanding our Top Prospects list to 100.
Though Jason Groome and Riley Pint headline MLBPipeline.com's new Top 100 Draft Prospects list, the odds that they will actually go first and second in the Draft are as long as the odds of piling up runs vs. Jake Arrieta.
With Miguel Montero going on the disabled list because of lower back stiffness, the Cubs could have promoted Willson Contreras, but manager Joe Maddon said he hoped to see the highly touted prospect later in the season.
Jose Berrios showed flashes of why he's considered one of the top pitching prospects for the Twins in recent years, but his Major League debut ultimately didn't go as planned.
Bobby Bradley is on a roll right now, and his hot hitting continued on Wednesday.The No. 90 overall prospect helped Class A Advanced Lynchburg to a 12-6 win over Winston-Salem by going 3-for-5 with a home run, a pair of doubles and three RBIs.
he Indians spoiled Twins top prospect Jose Berrios' highly anticipated Major League debut, knocking him out of the game after four-plus innings en route to a 6-5 win to avoid a three-game sweep on Wednesday night at Target Field.
Shortstop Trevor Story set a National League rookie record for home runs in April when he hit his ninth during the fourth inning off Pirates left-hander Jonathon Niese during the Rockies' eventual 9-8, 12-inning loss Wednesday night at Coors Field.
Top Tigers prospect Michael Fulmer is about to get his chance in the big leagues. Manager Brad Ausmus confirmed after Wednesday night's 9-4 win over the A's the club will call up the hard-throwing right-hander from Triple-A Toledo to start against the Twins on Friday night at Target Field in place of righty Shane Greene, who is being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a blister on his right middle finger.
Before the Braves fell, 9-4, to the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Wednesday, Atlanta optioned right-hander Ryan Weber to Triple-A Gwinnett to make room for right-hander John Gant.
The Oakland Athletics reportedly will promote No. 65 overall prospect Sean Manaea to make his Major League debut on Friday at home against the Houston Astros. The club has not confirmed.
A's manager Bob Melvin confirmed Wednesday that No. 2 prospect Sean Manaea will join the A's in Oakland on Friday and make his Major League debut that night against the Astros.
After he struggled in his last start for Triple-A Indianapolis, Pirates No. 1 prospect Tyler Glasnow returned to form Tuesday to fire six scoreless innings in a win against Durham.
Ronald Herrera and Jonathan Holder combined to throw a nine-inning no-hitter on Tuesday night as Double-A Trenton shutout New Hampshire, 4-0. It was the second nine-inning no-hitter in team history.
It was a matter of when, not if, Jose Berrios would receive his first callup to the big leagues in 2016. It turned out that when was April 26. The Twins brought up their top prospect, and the No. 16 prospect overall, on Tuesday to join the big league rotation. All signs pointed to the right-hander replacing Tommy Milone, who has scuffled in this opening month of the season.
The Twins promoted top pitching prospect Jose Berrios on Tuesday, and he is scheduled to make his Major League debut in a start against the Indians on Wednesday.
Baseball's No. 7 overall prospect Joey Gallo slugged his sixth and seventh home runs of the season on Monday, including a go-ahead blast in the top of the 12th inning to help push Triple-A Round Rock past Memphis, 6-5.
Tigers top prospect Michael Fulmer is among the options to fill in for Shane Greene if Greene can't make his next scheduled start Friday night at Minnesota due to a blister, manager Brad Ausmus said Monday.
On Sunday, Andrew Triggs got called into the office of Triple-A Nashville Sounds manager Steve Scarsone and was told he'd broken a walkie-talkie. Triggs was confused, until Scarsone said his next sentence.
Right-hander James Kaprielian, the Yankees' No. 4 prospect per MLB Pipeline, has been placed on the Minor League disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow.
MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.
Short-term, the Giants' 5-4 loss Sunday to Miami was nothing short of exasperating for them. Long-term, they could derive encouragement from the afternoon's events. A glance at the box score revealed the sources of hope: their youthful relief pitchers.
After learning that he would realize his dream to pitch in the big leagues, Braves prospect Aaron Blair flew from Charlotte to Atlanta on Saturday morning and arrived at Turner Field a short time later, only to be told that he would need to experience his final hours of anticipation away from the stadium.
After he allowed one run over five innings in his impressive big league debut Saturday against the Yankees, the Rays optioned Blake Snell, their No. 1 prospect, back to Triple-A Durham on Sunday.
Eighteen-year-old Yankees prospect Sandy Acevedo, signed as an international free agent from the Dominican Republic last year, died in a car accident on Saturday night, the team announced before Sunday's series finale against the Rays at Yankee Stadium.
A bit of a perfect storm is brewing in the Mets' rotation. Matt Harvey picked up his first win of the year on Friday, Jacob deGrom is back with the club, and rookie Steven Matz is looking like a formidable starter.
After spending the past couple of weeks legitimizing his status as one of baseball's top pitching prospects, Aaron Blair now has an opportunity to prove he is ready for the Major Leagues as a member of Atlanta's starting rotation.
When it has been suggested that prospect Mallex Smith needs more time in Triple-A, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has fought for his talented young center fielder to continue the oft-humbling on-the-job training in the big leagues.
While the first few weeks of the season for the Orioles' rotation has left much to be desired, right-hander Tyler Wilson stated his case with Saturday's spot start.
Blake Snell's Major League debut didn't start out so hot, but it sure ended strong.
Brendan Rodgers added another chapter to his torrid start in his first full season on Friday, going 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and a career-high five RBIs to pace Class A Asheville in an 11-3 win over Rome.
The Class A Advanced California League is known for its hitter-friendly ballparks and high-scoring games. That wasn't an issue for Andrew Moore on Friday, though, as the Mariners No. 10 prospect spun seven hitless innings for Bakersfield in a 10-0 shutout against Lake Elsinore.
After showing signs all week that he was beginning to heat up, Josh Bell officially broke out of his early-season funk with a tremendous performance on Friday night as he hit for the cycle and drove in five runs for Triple-A Indianapolis in a win against Louisville.
Nomar Mazara has no promises from the organization about his spot on the roster. He could return to Triple-A when Shin-Soo Choo gets healthy -- he's believed to be at least a month away from returning -- but seems to dig his roots a little deeper every day he's in a Rangers uniform. For Mazara and his team's fans, this looks like the start of a beautiful relationship.
No pitcher has been more dominant than Mitch Keller to start the 2016 season. On Friday, the Pirates' No. 14 prospect increased his season-opening scoreless innings streak with five more scoreless frames in Class A West Virginia's win over Lexington.
Blake Snell won't be making his fourth start of the season for Triple-A Durham on Friday as scheduled. Instead, MLBPipeline.com's No. 12 overall prospect will make his Major League debut Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
The Rays opted before Friday's game against the Yankees to call up left-hander Blake Snell -- ranked as their top prospect and the No. 12 prospect in the game by MLBPipeline.com -- for Saturday's start in the Bronx. The decision came about as a result of an in-game decision Rays manager Kevin Cash made during Thursday's game against the Red Sox.
Trevor Story is far from the only unheralded rookie off to a surprisingly fast start. Let's take a look at six more and their chances of sustaining success.
Jose Berrios was lights out in his third start of the season as he allowed two hits over seven scoreless innings to pace Triple-A Rochester in a shutout of Pawtucket, 5-0.
Dansby Swanson connected on his first home run of the season for Class A Advanced Carolina on Thursday, though he didn't have time to savor his trip around the bases.
Tyler Wagner tossed five shutout innings Thursday afternoon in relief of Shelby Miller as the D-backs completed a four-game sweep of the Giants, 6-2.
As we get into the latter stages of this opening month of the season, we here at MLBPipeline.com start to catch Draft fever. It'll be here before you know it, coming June 9-11. Scouts, of course, have been at it for some time now, trying to figure out the Class of 2016 in order to line up their boards. We should have a new Draft Top 100 Prospects list for you at some point next week. In advance of that, it felt right to kick this week's Inbox off with a couple of Draft-related questions before tackling a couple of Minor League prospect queries.
Orlando Arcia couldn't have picked a better time to hit his first home run of the season. The Brewers' No. 1 prospect delivered a walk-off, three-run home run for Triple-A Colorado Springs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Nashville in the first game of a doubleheader, 5-4.
After getting off to a slow start in his U.S. debut, Yusniel Diaz is starting to look more like the player the Dodgers shelled out $15.5 million for last November.
Should the D-backs need a starting pitcher at some point, right-hander Yoan Lopez's good start to the season for Double-A Mobile has him moving up the list in terms of options.
Andy Ibanez continued his torrid start to his first stateside campaign Wednesday when he delivered a walk-off, RBI double in the bottom of the 17th inning to push Class A Hickory past Greenville, 5-4.
A Pawtucket, all of whom have Major League experience. Henry Owens, Roenis Elias and Brian Johnson are the men competing to start on Sunday in Houston and beyond as Kelly recovers from an impingement in his right shoulder.
Mike Foltynewicz or Aaron Blair are now positioned to fill the rotation spot that was vacated on Wednesday, when the Braves optioned Williams Perez to Triple-A Gwinnett and recalled reliever Casey Kelly from Gwinnett.
From a professional standpoint as well as a personal one, Steven Okert's Major League debut was a rousing success.
Rockies No. 1 prospect Brendan Rodgers continued what has been a solid start to his first full season by slugging a pair of two-run home runs on Tuesday in Class A Asheville's 11-9 loss against Lexington.
The only Reds pitcher to complete seven innings this season will be back in Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday. Top pitching prospect Robert Stephenson gave his club the superb outing it craved in a 4-3 win over the Rockies, but the big picture plan does not change.
Aaron Blair entered the season already knocking on the door of the Major Leagues, but after his gem for Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday, when he fired seven no-hit innings in a win over Durham, he's on the verge of knocking it down.
Another day and another roster move for the D-backs, who optioned Archie Bradley to Triple-A Reno on Tuesday and recalled right-hander Silvino Bracho to bolster the bullpen.
After getting off to a torrid start with Double-A Reading, Phillies catching prospect Jorge Alfaro is headed to the seven-day disabled list with a strained right oblique, the team announced Tuesday.
Forget about Batman and Robin. It's time to talk about some real dynamic duos. Not long ago, Jim Callis took a look at the best Minor League teams, with the most stacked rosters, in baseball. Let's drill down a little deeper to find the best 1-2 prospect punches that can be found around the Minors.
Prospect Jorge Polanco officially joined the Twins before Tuesday's 6-5 loss to the Brewers, as third baseman Trevor Plouffe was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Monday, with a strained right intercostal muscle.
When he walked into manager Chip Hale's office following the D-backs' 9-7, 11-inning win over the Giants on Monday night, Arizona general manager Dave Stewart breathed a sigh of relief.
Angels prospect Kyle McGowin took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before settling for a one-hit shutout in Game 2 of Double-A Arkansas' doubleheader against Frisco on Monday. He walked one and struck out nine in the game.
Monday night was one of many firsts for Ian Happ. Batting third for Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach, the Cubs' No. 3 prospect powered the Pelicans to a 6-4 win over Winston-Salem, hitting a pair of home runs and driving in four runs while finishing 4-for-5 at the plate.
It's no secret Twins rookie Byron Buxton is one of the fastest players in the Majors, but now there's data to prove it.
The D-backs' game of roster roulette continued on Monday, with right-hander Tyler Wagner, the club's No. 10 prospect, getting called up from Triple-A Reno and outfielder Socrates Brito getting optioned to Reno.
Orlando Arcia is the Brewers' top prospect and the sixth-best prospect in baseball, according to MLBPipeline.com. But he's also a typical kid brother, so when Oswaldo Arcia hit a walk-off single in the 12th inning for the Twins on Sunday, Orlando could not help but pick up his cellphone to compose a tongue-in-cheek text.
MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers. Welcome to MLBPipeline's inaugural Prospect Team of the Week for 2016. We're bending our rules slightly for this first edition and considering the entire season to date rather than the last seven days.
The future of the Indians outfield is roughly 40 miles south of Progressive Field and two levels away. For now, the grass at the Double-A Akron RubberDucks' Canal Park is where Bradley Zimmer and Clint Frazier roam, but it's likely to be a temporary stop on the duo's path up to the big leagues.
Why is Blake Snell at Triple-A instead of in the Rays' rotation? Bill Chastain answers this question and more in the latest Inbox.
Monday's card of Minor League games is loaded with must-watch pitching matchups, many of which can be seen on MiLB.TV. Phillies No. 4 prospect Mark Appel (No. 68 overall) and Nationals No. 9 prospect Austin Voth will square off as they make their second starts for Triple-A Lehigh Valley and Syracuse.
It's been quite the whirlwind week for Mallex Smith, one that ended Sunday afternoon with his first Major League RBI, driving in the game-winning run in the Braves' 6-5 10-innings win over the Marlins.
The D-backs recalled right-handers Archie Bradley and Evan Marshall from Triple-A Reno on Sunday and optioned righties Jake Barrett and Matt Buschmann to the same affiliate.
Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, who entered Sunday leading the Majors in home runs and strikeouts, does not look like an overmatched rookie in need of bench time.
Marco Hernandez made an impact in his Major League debut for the Red Sox, going 1-for-2 with a walk, a single, a stolen base and a run scored during Sunday's 5-3 loss against the Blue Jays at Fenway Park.
The Marlins recalled right-hander Kyle Barraclough from Triple-A New Orleans on Sunday and designated right-hander Dustin McGowan for assignment.
As Corey Seager dug in against Javier Lopez in Saturday's 4-3 loss, there wasn't much from the game, this season or the opponent to expect much power from the Dodgers' young star. And yet, the 21-year-old found a way to get ahold of a pitch and send it out to past the center field wall to bring his club within one run.
Tony Noriega, a high school sophomore battling cancer, will have a wish granted and attend this year's All-Star Game in San Diego. Major League Baseball, the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies (Astros), the Make-A-Wish foundation and Business Street Online have teamed up to make Noriega's wish a reality.
Following Saturday night's 5-0 loss to the Pirates, the Brewers officially called up right-hander Zach Davies to start Sunday against the Pirates. The Brewers sent outfielder Keon Broxton to Triple-A Colorado Springs in a corresponding roster move.
Staying patient organizationally can be difficult, especially when you're trying to win at the big league level. But the Marlins are striving to not be so impulsive when something goes wrong, and currently, plenty of attention is being given to an inconsistent bullpen.
For someone regarded as more of a pure hitter than a slugger, Alex Bregman has put on quite the power display to begin the season. The Astros' No. 1 prospect hit his first Minor League grand slam and fourth homer of the season Friday for Double-A Corpus Christi.
Twins No. 4 prospect Tyler Jay (No. 58 overall) is one of four Top 100 prospects scheduled to take the hill Friday in the Minor Leagues. Jay, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2015 Draft, was impressive in his first professional start last week, throwing five innings of one-run ball and striking out seven for Class A Advance Fort Myers, and he'll look to build on that performance today against Daytona.
Some prospects have already made big contributions at the Major League level, even beyond those who broke camp on 25-man rosters. Who might be next to get the call and make a fantasy impact? That's what this weekly feature is all about.
A year removed from leading the Minor Leagues with 34 home runs, A.J. Reed took a step towards reclaiming the title on Thursday with his first home run of the season.
The Minor League season may only be a week old, but Dillon Tate is already making a strong case for a promotion. The Rangers' No. 4 prospect struck out a career-high 10 batters for Class A Hickory Thursday.
New Jersey high school left-hander Jason Groome, MLB Pipeline's No. 1 Draft prospect, has been ruled ineligible by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association for violating its transfer rule.
Jim Callis answers questions from fans about top prospects and possible high Draft picks in the latest Pipeline inbox.
Thursday's schedule of pitching matchups has the potential to produce another duel, with Braves No. 2 prospect Sean Newcomb (No. 19 overall) and Rays No. 6 prospect Taylor Guerrieri set to face off as Double-A Montgomery takes on Mississippi.
When Joey Gallo hits home runs, they tend to come in bunches. The Rangers' No. 1 prospect slugged a pair of home runs for the second time this season as Triple-A Round Rock fell to Omaha, 6-4.
After missing the last two seasons with injuries, Jameson Taillon was back on the mound on Wednesday for Triple-A Indianapolis in his first regular-season start since 2013 -- and he was good.
Keon Broxton is riding a long slump stretching from Spring Training into the regular season, but the Brewers are sticking by the young center fielder in the hope that he comes around.
Cardinals left-hander Marco Gonzales will undergo Tommy John surgery, general manager John Mozeliak said Wednesday.
Now that Daniel Castro has returned to the Major League level, the Braves have the option to defensively upgrade their shortstop position. But Erick Aybar will be given some more time to prove he can still capably handle the position on a daily basis.
Red Sox No. 4 prospect Anderson Espinoza (No. 37 overall) was every bit as advertised in his season debut for Class A Greenville last Friday when allowed two hits in five scoreless innings, striking out four. The 18-year-old right-hander, who features mid- to upper-90s fastball, a pair of advanced secondary pitches and an outstanding feeling for his craft, will make his second turn of the season Wednesday at home against West Virginia.
A trio of No. 1 prospects took the mound on Tuesday in Lucas Giolito, Blake Snell and Michael Fulmer, and together they combined to allow just five hits in 14 1/3 scoreless innings.
Tyler Goeddel's family traveled with him at the beginning of the season. But when he finally got his first Major League hit, one that contributed to the Phillies' win on Tuesday night, they weren't there.
Indians outfielder Michael Brantley began his Minor League rehab assignment Tuesday night, going 1-for-2 with a run scored and manning left field for Triple-A Columbus in the Clippers' 5-1 win over Louisville in Columbus, Ohio.
Blake Snell continued his surge toward the Major Leagues Tuesday by throwing 4 2/3 scoreless innings for Triple-A Durham.
Instead of simply receiving the congratulatory messages that often follow a Major League debut, Mallex Smith received a flurry of lighthearted messages from friends, who had some fun with the fact that the Braves outfielder's first big league experience abruptly ended with a headfirst slide that left him with five stitches sitting above the bridge of his nose.
From June 9-11, the White Sox will have a chance to make another significant step toward a bright future at the MLB Draft. They'll have the 10th pick overall, two picks in the top 26 and three in the top 49, with a bonus pool of $9,416,600.
Lucas Giolito, the Nationals' top prospect and the No. 5 prospect overall will make his season debut on Tuesday as Double-A Harrisburg takes on Binghamton.
Rangers catcher Brett Nicholas didn't have the eye-catching Major League debut Monday that Nomar Mazara had on Sunday. After all, he had just one double and a single compared to Mazara's two singles and home run.
Alex Bregman played the hero Monday night for Double-A Corpus Christi, hitting a pair of home runs, including a walk-off shot in the 12th inning to give the Hooks a 5-4 win over Springfield.
With starters Brett Anderson, Brandon McCarthy and Hyun-Jin Ryu beginning the year on the disabled list, the Dodgers surely liked what they saw from Julio Urias on Monday is his season debut for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer entered the home run column Monday as the Akron RubberDucks slugged their way to a 9-1 win over Altoona.
Angels' rookie Greg Mahle had never thought much of reaching the Major Leagues, which is why his promotion was such a surprise.
In the latest D-backs Inbox, fans ask why Peter O'Brien was sent to the Minors, whether the organization is trying to improve pitch framing and the status of the pitching staff.
As Mallex Smith spent years dreaming of the opportunity to play in the Majors, he probably envisioned a number of different ways to enjoy his debut, none of which likely included him making an early exit with blood streaming down his face.
Sometimes things happen that remind us why we love this sport the way we do. Maybe that's ultimately what Rockies shortstop Trevor Story and Astros first baseman Tyler White represent.
The first career Southern League start for Double-A Birmingham's Carson Fulmer began perfectly Friday. It was literally perfect, as the top White Sox prospect per MLBPipeline.com retired seven in a row over the first 2 1/3 innings. Then, things went a little off line.
The Braves on Monday promoted outfield prospect Mallex Smith while continuing to tinker with their bullpen by promoting a pair of relievers -- left-hander Hunter Cervenka and right-hander Joel De La Cruz. The club also designated right-handed reliever Jose Ramirez for assignment.
Tyler Naquin will never forget the feeling of seeing his name in the Indians' lineup for the first time. That moment arrived on Wednesday. There he was, penciled into the order as Cleveland's starting center fielder. That sheet of paper hanging on the clubhouse wall represented a lifelong dream realized.
Headlining today's slate of pitching probables is Triple-A Oklahoma City's Julio Urias, MLBPipeline.com's No. 3 overall prospect, who will throw against Memphis on the road at 7:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV. The precocious southpaw made two appearances with the Dodgers this spring before he was reassigned to Minor League camp.
Double-A San Antonio shut out Tulsa, 3-0, at Wolff Stadium in the Texas city behind Luis Diaz, and both the Padres full-season Class A affiliates went on the offensive Sunday in afternoon wins.
Braves reliever Daniel Winkler agonizingly walked off the mound and fell to the ground with a fractured right elbow after he threw a pitch during the seventh inning of Sunday afternoon's 12-7 loss to the Cardinals at Turner Field.
Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara is the youngest player in the Major Leagues, but that didn't stop him from getting off to the right start after his arrival from Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday.
Shin-Soo Who? The Rangers didn't miss Shin-Soo Choo terribly Sunday, when he went on the disabled list with a strained right calf muscle that is expected to sideline him 4-6 weeks. That's because his replacement in right field, Nomar Mazara, went 3-for-4 with a home run in his big league debut, accounting for Texas' only run in a 3-1 loss to the Angels.
As Ender Inciarte spends the next couple of weeks recovering from a left hamstring strain, Mallex Smith will have an opportunity to prove he is ready to contribute at the Major League level.
While the Cardinals wait to learn more about the short-term plans for Marco Gonzales early this week, manager Mike Matheny acknowledged on Sunday that surgery could be awaiting the left-handed pitching prospect.
The Rangers have called up outfielder Nomar Mazara and catcher Brett Nicholas from Triple-A Round Rock and placed Robinson Chirinos and outfielder Shin-Soo Choo on the disabled list.
Twins outfielder Max Kepler had been trying to get to bed early with Triple-A Rochester's home opener set for Sunday, but the phone call told him there was a change of plans -- he was getting promoted to the big leagues after utility man Danny Santana was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Ender Inciarte's hamstring discomfort lingered Saturday, and if the disabled list is necessary for the Braves center fielder, the club will consider giving prospect Mallex Smith his first call to the Majors.
The next day, Dave Roberts was even more comfortable with his controversial decision to remove Ross Stripling from a no-hitter Friday night, thanks in part to Hayes Stripling.
In what continues to be one of the feel-good stories of the first week of the baseball season, Astros rookie first baseman Tyler White went 3-for-4 with a double and a three-run homer in Friday's 6-4 loss to the Brewers at Miller Park, smashing more records along the way.
After kicking off his 2016 campaign with a pair of home runs and three RBIs on Minor League Opening Day, Travis Demeritte did his best Trevor Story impression on Friday by slugging two more homers as Class A Advanced High Desert defeated Inland Empire.
Ross Stripling, removed from his Major League debut with a no-hitter after 7 1/3 innings and exactly 100 pitches, "thought it was the right choice" to pull him since he was tired.
In his very first game of 2016, Venezuelan pitching prospect Anderson Espinosa is already giving Red Sox fans reasons to be excited about his future.
Rockies rookie Trevor Story is making it look easy. But it isn't. Never was, not for Story. "He's a grinder," said Rockies scouting director Bill Schmidt. "He's one of those guys who goes to work every day and looks for a way to get better." The approach is paying off.
Chris Devenski and the rest of his Fresno Grizzlies teammates were on their way to Las Vegas for the first game of the season Wednesday when manager Tony DeFrancesco called him to the front of the bus and gave him a new itinerary. He was being rerouted to New York to join the Astros.
Calling the move precautionary, the Brewers on Friday placed pitching prospect Cody Ponce on the Class A Advanced Brevard County disabled list with right forearm fatigue.
Without a doubt, low Class A Greenville had the most talented Minor League club at the end of 2015. Scouts who saw the Red Sox' South Atlantic League affiliate in the second half laughed about how loaded the Drive's roster was. The Sox still assembled the most impressive Minor League roster again, this time at high Class A Salem. No club has three players ranked higher on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects than Moncada (No. 6), Devers (No. 16) and Benintendi (No. 24).
Now that the 2016 big league season is in full swing and the Minor League season began on Thursday, we can all actually watch prospects in action. That alone has clearly gotten fans thinking about the future and what might transpire in the Pipeline world this year. Here's a smattering of what you were thinking about, from the Minor Leagues to the amateur scene.
Friday figures to be another pitching-dominant day across the Minor Leagues as another wave of promising young arms take the mound and begin their seasons. After his impressing spring in big league camp, Reds No. 3 prospect Cody Reed (No. 65 overall) will make his highly anticipated debut for Triple-A Louisville on the road against Toledo (6:35 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV).
Tigers No. 10 prospect Steven Moya ripped two homers in Triple-A Toledo's season opener, Red Sox prospects Andrew Benintendi and Yoan Moncada had a strong showing for Salem and more in Thursday's top prospects roundup.
The Class A Advanced Salem Red Sox boast arguably the best and most exciting offense in the Minor Leagues, one that features Top 100 prospects in Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi, who picked up where they left off in their first game with Salem.
Dylan Bundy, ranked by MLB.com as the Orioles' second-best prospect, pitched a scoreless eighth Thursday in his first Major League outing since 2012.
Steven Moya showcased his prodigious power Thursday in Triple-A Toledo's season opener, hitting a pair of early home runs and driving in five runs as the Mud Hens
The sensational start to the year by Astros shortstop Carlos Correa has garnered him much of the media attention, and deservedly so. Three games into the regular season, however, it's been rookie Tyler White who has been on base more than any Houston player.
On the shelf inside Reds pitching prospect Robert Stephenson's locker were a pair of keepsakes. One was the baseball from his first Major League pitch on Thursday vs. the Phillies, and the other was the ball from his first strikeout.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Mariners' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Top prospect Alex Jackson will start the year at extended spring camp.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Giants' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Top prospect Christian Arroyo will start the year at Double-A with the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
There were no issues or complications in Tyler Kolek's Tommy John surgery, and the Marlins anticipate having their top prospect back on the mound in 12 to 18 months.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Padres' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Top prospect Manuel Margot will start at Triple-A with the El Paso Chihuahuas.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Brewers' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Top prospect Orlando Arcia will start at Triple-A with the Colorado Sky Sox.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Cardinals' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. With top prospect Alex Reyes suspended, No. 2 prospect Jack Flaherty will start at Palm Beach.
The Padres have been searching for long-term stability at shortstop for the better part of a decade. Since Khalil Greene's career began to decline in 2008, the club has used 23 players at short, and only three -- Jason Bartlett, Everth Cabrera and Alexi Amarista -- have played a full season's worth of games there.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Dodgers' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Los Angeles' No. 1 prospect Corey Seager will start the year with the big league club.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Astros' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Top prospect Alex Bregman will start the year at Double-A Corpus Christi.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Rangers' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Top prospect Joey Gallo will start the year at Triple-A in Round Rock.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Rockies' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Colorado's No. 1 prospect Josh Naylor will start the year at Class A Asheville.
Of the prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 list to start the season, four were on Opening Day rosters, including Byron Buxton, who graduated after his first game. Four in the top 100 are in extended spring camp awaiting assignment, one is serving a suspension and five are on the disabled list.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Blue Jays' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Toronto's No. 1 prospect Anthony Alford will start the year at Class A Advanced Dunedin.
Rockies rookie shortstop Trevor Story has achieved many firsts by hitting four home runs in his first three Major League games. But he's more than a homer machine.
Tyler Kolek, the Marlins' No. 1 prospect had Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 Draft experienced elbow discomfort at the end of what had been an encouraging Spring Training.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Marlins' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Miami's No. 2 prospect Josh Naylor will start the year at Class A Greensboro.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Athletics' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Top prospect Franklin Barreto will start the year at Double-A in Midland.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Nationals' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Top prospect Lucas Giolito will start the year at Double-A in Harrisburg.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Rays' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Top prospect Blake Snell will start the year at Triple-A in Charlotte.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the White Sox Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Top prospect Carson Fulmer will start the year at Double-A in Birmingham.
The trio of Pirates who opened the year on the Major League disabled list -- Jared Hughes, Jung Ho Kang and Elias Diaz -- continued to make progress during the first week of the season.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Indians' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Top prospect Bradley Zimmer is starting at Double-A with Akron.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Red Sox's Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Top prospect Yoan Moncada starts the year with Salem.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Angels' Top 30 Prospects are projected to start the season.
Rockies shortstop Trevor Story had seemingly a harder time describing how it feels to do something that's never been done before than actually doing it.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Yankees' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the O's Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Top prospect Hunter Harvey will start the year at Class A Advanced.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the D-backs' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Top prospect Braden Shipley will start at Triple-A with Reno.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Royals' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Top prospect Raul Mondesi with start at Double-A with Northwest Arkansas.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Reds' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Top prospect Jesse Winker will start the year at Triple-A with Louisville.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Pirates' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Top prospect Tyler Glasnow will start the year in Triple-A with the Indianapolis Indians.
Right-hander Kyle Zimmer, the Royals' No. 2 overall prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, has been slowed by some shoulder issues and is remaining in Arizona at extended spring camp for the time being.
Starting pitcher Marco Gonzales will miss the beginning of the Minor League season due to a left elbow injury, the severity of which the Cardinals expect to learn later this week.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Mets' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Top prospect J.P. Crawford will start the year in Reading at Double-A.
The MLB record book is fast becoming a Story Book. Rockies rookie shortstop Trevor Story launched a home run to left-center off D-backs pitcher Shelby Miller on Tuesday night -- his third homer in his first two Major League games.
Jason Groome, the No. 1 prospect in the 2016 Draft class, made his first start of his senior season in high school on Tuesday afternoon in southern New Jersey. With what seemed like most of the scouting world on hand, the left-hander didn't disappoint.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Mets' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Top prospect Steven Matz opened the year with the big league club in New York, while the team's top hitting prospect, Dominic Smith, is at Double-A Binghamton.
Astros first baseman Tyler White had a big league debut he won't soon forget. White, a former 33rd-round Draft pick who was a long shot to make the club in the spring, had a pinch-hit single in his first plate appearance in the seventh inning of Houston's 5-3 season-opening win over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. He was then hit by a pitch in the eighth.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Cubs' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Top prospect Gleyber Torres will start the year at Class A Advanced with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Tigers' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Top prospect Michael Fulmer will start the year in Triple-A with the Toledo Mud Hens.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Braves' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Top prospect Dansby Swanson will start the year with Class A Advanced Carolina.
As many of the Braves' other heralded prospects prepare to begin their respective Minor League seasons this week, Kolby Allard will remain at the club's Spring Training complex, slowly distancing himself from back surgery and striving to prove why some considered him the best pitcher available in last year's Draft class.
With the 2016 season getting started, here's a look at where the Twins' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season. Top prospect Jose Berrios will start the year in Triple-A with the Rochester Red Wings.
According to figures released by MLB to teams Monday, Cincinnati has baseball's largest bonus pool for the first 10 rounds of this year's Draft at $13,923,700. Jim Callis reports the assigned values of each pick in the top 10 rounds of the 2016 Draft.
In his Major League debut, Rockies shortstop Trevor Story notched his first hit in style -- a three-run, opposite-field home run off D-backs ace Zack Greinke in the third inning of Monday night's 10-5 Rockies win at Chase Field.
Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich heads into his second season believing his club has increased its young pitching depth and athletic ability at the Major League level over the past year.
For a guy who was just going to participate in pregame ceremonies, Rockies rookie right-hander Jon Gray -- on the disabled list with an abdominal injury -- was excited Monday. Gray, though, was glowing in how he felt that morning in a 55-pitch live batting practice session at the Rockies' training center in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The Blue Jays released their Minor League assignments on Monday afternoon, and there were a few surprises in a group that includes top prospects Conner Greene and Anthony Alford.
Catcher Mike Zunino and left-hander James Paxton, two prominent players in the Mariners' long-term plans, highlight the 25-man Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers roster that was released Monday.
As he has remained rather shy and humble over the past few weeks, John Gant has provided clear indication that he is much more comfortable on a mound than he is in front of inquiring reporters. But as the right-handed reliever stood in front of his locker at Turner Field on Monday afternoon and prepared for his first day as a Major Leaguer, he could not completely hide the excitement of knowing that he was about to fulfill his lifelong dream to become an Atlanta Brave.
All Orioles manager Buck Showalter had to do before the Birds opened the 2016 season with a dramatic walk-off 3-2 win over the Twins at Camden Yards on Monday was pick up a pen and write Rule 5 Draft pick Joey Rickard, making his Major League debut in left field, into his starting lineup.
Led by the game's top two prospects -- Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and Twins center fielder Byron Buxton -- dozens of players on teams' Top 30 Prospects lists are beginning the 2016 season in the big leagues.
It doesn't matter if it will be for what amounts as a cameo appearance. Reds top pitching prospect Robert Stephenson was thrilled to be on the Opening Day roster while knowing his Major League debut is coming on Thursday.
Ken and Roanna Naquin cracked their first Opening Day roster this year. So did Heather and Brian White, and Julie and Jeff Shaw. These proud parents will be living vicariously through their sons -- Tyler Naquin, Tyler White and Travis Shaw -- who will don uniforms for the Indians, Astros and Red Sox for the first time.
The Padres finalized their 25-man roster Sunday morning, deciding on No. 6 prospect Colin Rea for their final rotation spot and choosing Adam Rosales and Ryan Buchter for the final bench and bullpen roles, respectively.
John Danks spoke for more than himself when assessing the past month and a half of Spring Training work following a 10-2 White Sox victory over the Padres on Saturday afternoon at Petco Park. The win left the South Siders with a final exhibition mark of 17-13-1.
The Padres and White Sox wrapped up their exhibition slate Saturday afternoon at Petco Park with a 10-2 Chicago victory. Avisail Garcia sparked the come-from-behind win with his fifth homer of the spring and the team's 51st -- the most in the Majors.
White Sox prospect Trey Michalczewski got word a few days ago of his inclusion on this weekend's exhibition trip to San Diego.
Seby Zavala was not part of the White Sox roster that made the trip to San Diego this weekend. The 22-year-old is busy working during Minor League camp at Camelback Ranch. But part of San Diego always stays with the 12th-round selection in the 2015 MLB Draft. That part is the late Tony Gwynn, who was the catching prospect's head coach at San Diego State.
The Padres will break camp with five outfielders on the big league roster, as prospects Jabari Blash and Travis Jankowski were told Saturday morning that they'd made the club. Both will assume bench roles at the start of the season.
Cesar Hernandez hit a walk-off single to lead the Phillies to a 6-5 victory over the Futures team, comprised of some of the organization's best prospects, at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday. And the good news continued for the Phils, because if they're looking for an outfielder at some point this season, Nick Williams did what he could to make sure the front office will remember him.
The Angels spoiled the Dodgers' final home game of the exhibition season Friday with a 5-1 win in the second of a three-game Freeway Series.
The next-to-last game of Spring Training was still too early for Rockies manager Walt Weiss to set his Opening Day roster.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts indicated Friday that second baseman Howie Kendrick is likely to open the season on the disabled list, where he could be joined by catcher Yasmani Grandal.
Dave Roberts got to deliver his first piece of positive roster news as Dodgers manager Friday, when the club named Ross Stripling as the No. 5 starter.
The first sign that Steven Matz was primed for a strong spring finale occurred in the first inning of Friday's 8-1 win over the Cubs, against the first batter that he faced. Against Kris Bryant, Matz jumped ahead to a two-strike count, then skimmed the outside corner with an 89-mph slider. Bryant just stared at it.