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Plenty of under-the-radar prospects were able to raise their stock a bit in the Arizona Fall League. Here are six such players that could make an impact in fantasy leagues in 2015 or beyond.
Giovanny Urshela, freshly added to the 40-man roster, is an interesting name in the 2015 mix for an Indians team that struggled defensively last season. And on Friday, the team got good news in the form of official word that Urshela should be physically prepared to be a part of that mix by the start of the 2015 campaign.
Jonathan Mayo discusses the Braves leaving Cody Martin and J.R. Graham off the 40-man roster, the recent prospect trades and more in this week's Pipeline Inbox.
Scout Bernie Pleskoff brakes down some of the top offensive performances from prospects in the 2014 Arizona Fall League.
MLB.com's Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at the impressive skills outfielder Rusney Castillo can bring to the Red Sox in the 2015 season.
Scout Bernie Pleskoff shares his thoughts on the pitching prospects that stood out from the pack in the 2014 Arizona Fall League.
The Rays conducted a lot of late-night business Thursday, making a four-player trade in addition to designating three players for assignment. The moves helped define the club's 40-man roster in advance of the Rule 5 Draft, which will take place at the end of the coming Winter Meetings.
The Rangers added four prospects to their 40-man roster while trading outfielder Daniel Robertson to the Angels for a player to be named later.
The Royals spiced up their 40-man roster moves on Thursday by making a trade, acquiring outfielder Reymond Fuentes from San Diego for Minor League pitcher Kyle Bartsch. They also promoted outfielder Jorge Bonifacio and shortstop Orlando Calixte, which brings the roster to 38, leaving two spots for potential acquisitions.
The Cardinals acquired infielder Ty Kelly from the Mariners Thursday in exchange for right-handed pitcher Sam Gaviglio. Kelly was added to the Cardinals' 40-man roster, which is now at 37.
Mariners infielder Ty Kelly, who spent all of last season with Triple-A Tacoma, was traded to the Cardinals on Thursday for right-handed pitcher Sam Gaviglio.
The Phillies added pitchers Jesse Biddle, Adam Morgan and Nefi Ogando to the 40-man roster on Thursday to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft.
The Mariners added three of their top Minor League prospects -- reliever Mayckol Guaipe, catcher John Hicks and infielder Ketel Marte -- to their 40-man roster on Thursday to protect them from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.
The Cubs added pitcher C.J. Edwards to the 40-man roster Thursday, protecting the right-hander from being picked in the Rule 5 Draft.
A busy day of roster shuffling for the Pirates on Thursday ended with veteran first baseman Ike Davis being designated for assignment, one of the moves needed to clear enough roster space for five Minor Leaguers added to protect them from next month's Rule 5 Draft.
The Nationals added four players -- right-hander A.J. Cole, infielder Wilmer Difo, outfielder Brian Goodwin and left-hander Matt Grace -- to their 40-man roster on Thursday. Meanwhile, infielder Pedro Florimon was claimed off waivers by the Pirates and right-handed pitcher Ryan Mattheus was placed on outright assignment and elected free agency.
The Blue Jays added right-hander Ryan Tepera to the 40-man roster on Thursday afternoon to protect the 27-year-old from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft in December.
The Orioles protected pitchers Tyler Wilson and Mike Wright from the Rule 5 Draft, adding both right-handers to the 40-man roster before Thursday's midnight deadline.
Justin Nicolino, the Marlins' organizational Pitcher of the Year in 2014, was among five players added to Miami's 40-man roster on Thursday. Catcher Austin Barnes, left-hander Adam Conley, right-hander Domingo German and right-hander Matt Ramsey also join the 40-man roster, which is now full.
The Dodgers selected the contracts of right-hander Zach Lee, lefty Chris Reed and outfielder Scott Schebler on Thursday, adding the three prospects to the 40-man roster and thus protecting them from being selected in the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 11.
The Mets added top prospect Noah Syndergaard to the 40-man roster on Thursday, along with fellow right-handers Cory Mazzoni, Hansel Robles, Gabriel Ynoa and Akeel Morris and left-hander Jack Leathersich, protecting them from next month's Rule 5 Draft.
The Reds added a pair of Minor Leaguers to the 40-man roster Thursday, including top 20 prospect Amir Garrett, a move necessary to protect the left-hander from next month's Rule 5 Draft.
The Rockies added left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson to their 40-man roster and designated right-handed pitcher Juan Nicasio for assignment on Thursday. Teams had until 9:59 p.m. MT on Thursday to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month's Rule 5 Draft.
The Angels added catcher Jett Bandy and right-hander Dan Reynolds to the 40-man roster on Thursday, protecting both from exposure in the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. Third baseman Kaleb Cowart, the former No. 1 pick who has seen his stock plummet after back-to-back rough seasons in Double-A, has been left unprotected and can be plucked from the organization in the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 11.
The Yankees sold the rights of infielder Zelous Wheeler to the Japanese Pacific League's Rakuten Golden Eagles on Thursday, one of several moves they made before the deadline to protect prospects from the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 11.
The White Sox made a host of roster moves Thursday afternoon in preparation for the upcoming Rule 5 Draft, maxing their 40-man roster. Right-hander Frankie Montas, infielders Rangel Ravelo and Tyler Saladino and catcher Kevan Smith all had their contracts purchased, while Chicago also claimed left-hander Onelki Garcia off waivers from the Dodgers.
In preparation for the Rule 5 Draft next month, the Red Sox protected four prospects by adding them to the 40-man roster on Thursday.
The A's have added infielder Renato Nunez to their 40-man roster, giving the California League All-Star protection in next month's Rule 5 Draft.
The Yankees added another top teenage prospect to their system on Thursday, signing outfielder Bryan Emery to a $500,000 deal, according to an industry source.
Given the increasing emphasis on the need for young, controllable talent, sometimes the more impactful roster additions an organization makes in the offseason are the ones that come internally. The Indians made five such additions Thursday as a precursor to next month's Rule 5 Draft.
This fall, Aaron Northcraft -- ranked by MLB.com as the Braves' No. 16 prospect -- was back pitching for the Braves on their Peoria Javelinas entry in the Arizona Fall League. He looked much more confident on the mound, much more relaxed -- and the results were much better than last year.
Before making it to the big leagues, the obvious ultimate goal for any prospect, there is another milestone each hopes to reach: being added to his organization's 40-man roster. For many, that decision was made Thursday.
Taylor Jungmann was one of four players, with relievers David Goforth and Michael Strong and shortstop Yadiel Rivera, who were added to Milwaukee's roster ahead of the deadline to protect eligible players from next month's Rule 5 Draft.
The Twins added four players to their 40-man roster Thursday, including top prospects Miguel Sano, Alex Meyer and Eddie Rosario, to protect them from being selected in the Rule 5 Draft in December. Sano, Meyer and Rosario were all considered locks, but the addition of lefty Jason Wheeler is a considered a minor surprise.
The Tigers filled their 40-man roster Thursday, purchasing the contracts of relief prospect Angel Nesbitt and infielder Dixon Machado to protect them from next month's Rule 5 Draft.
The Orioles will have to make some important decisions on Thursday, as all Major League teams have until 11:59 p.m. ET to set their 40-man rosters and protect any eligible prospects from being taken in December's Rule 5 Draft.
Last December, Cubs pitcher Marcos Mateo was selected by the D-backs in the Rule 5 Draft, one of nine players picked in the Major League section. Mateo was reclaimed in March, but Chicago must protect its top prospects -- such as C.J. Edwards -- in order to keep them with the organization.
The 23rd edition of the Arizona Fall League wrapped up with Salt River's win in the championship game over Peoria on Saturday. Once again, the AFL was jam packed with elite-level prospects. That made putting together a top prospects list fairly easy. There were so many good players, it was decided to expand the list to a Top 25, up from the typical 20.
The Braves bid adieu to the longest-tenured member of their organization to create 40-man roster space for top prospect Jose Peraza and six other Minor Leaguers who will have an opportunity to experience their first Major League Spring Training.
There are five empty spots on the Royals' 40-man roster, but that doesn't mean they'll fill them all tonight, the deadline for teams to set their rosters and protect players from the Rule 5 Draft in December.
Tyler Saladino sees the possibility of a big league opportunity ahead of him, but the White Sox prospect is putting all of his attention into his recovery from Tommy John surgery.
Former first-round Draft pick Taylor Jungmann, fellow Top 20 Brewers prospect David Goforth and shortstop Yadiel Rivera are among the farmhands who must be added to Milwaukee's 40-man roster Thursday or be exposed to claims by other clubs during next month's Winter Meetings.
The Pirates have been one of the busier teams this young offseason as the 38 men on their 40-man roster already include seven new faces, an 18 percent tremor. But the big quake will come by Thursday night, when the roster will need to be reconstructed to protect eligible players from next month's Rule 5 Draft.
Orioles right-hander Zach Davies went to high school in Gilbert, Ariz., which is a freeway ride away from where his Arizona Fall League Glendale Desert Dogs club plays their home games. In seven starts, Davies was 3-0 with a 1.75 ERA over a team-high 25 2/3 innings.
Right fielder Hunter Renfroe, the Padres' No. 4 prospect, finished the Arizona Fall League with the league's highest slugging percentage (.569) and most extra-base hits (16) while tying for the home run title (six).
Before the clock strikes midnight on Thursday night, Major League teams must decide which Rule 5 Draft-eligible players will be added to their respective 40-man rosters. The Indians currently have five open spots on their roster and a handful of interesting prospects currently exposed to the Rule 5 process.
The Orioles announced Wednesday that they have signed nine players to Minor League deals, including the re-signing of infielder Michael Almanzar and left-hander Chris Jones.
The Astros have until 10:59 p.m. CT Thursday to decide who will they protect from the Rule 5 Draft, and they plan to use as much time as necessary to submit their 40-man roster.
A.J. Cole, who was added to the Nationals' 40-man roster Thursday, had arguably his best season in professional baseball in 2014, going a combined 13-3 with a 3.16 ERA for Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse. He pitched 134 innings and struck out 111 batters. No wonder Cole is considered Washington's No. 2 prospect, according to MLB.com.
The Tigers have some decisions to make regarding their top prospects on Thursday that could have an impact well beyond 2015.
With the Rule 5 Draft coming up in early December and with four open spots on the 40-man roster, the Twins have decisions to make on which players to protect from being selected by another club.
Second-base prospect Tony Renda brings energy and a total sense of commitment to his game. A speedster who hits for average, Renda is a potential top-of-the-order table setter.
The Phillies on Tuesday announced that they have finalized their player development staff for next season.
The end of the Arizona Fall League season last week meant the end of the offseason leagues in the United States. But in several Latin American countries, the baseball season is just beginning.
Steven Okert, a reliever in San Francisco's organization, has experienced rapid success at each level of the Minor Leagues, but he may have outdone himself this fall. The 23-year-old went to the Arizona Fall League and was simply dominant.
Kaleb Cowart, 22, has struggled with the bat since reaching Double-A Arkansas in 2013. A strong arm makes him a candidate for a conversion to pitching, but the club is "not ready to give up on him being a third baseman yet."
Among the Mariners' prospects in the just-completed Arizona Fall League, hot-hitting first baseman Patrick Kivlehan and 2013 first-round Draft pick D.J. Peterson got most of the publicity. But catcher John Hicks opened some eyes as well with his play the past six weeks.
Giovanny Urshela's breakout year in the Indians' farm system put him one phone call away from the big leagues this past season. Cleveland is hoping his current knee injury will not disrupt his offseason too much as the organization plans for 2015.
Could Matt Barnes compete for a spot in next year's rotation? How will the Red Sox address their outfield logjam? Is the lineup protection from Yoenis Cespedes key to David Ortiz's continued success? Beat reporter Ian Browne empties a full Inbox.
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant and shortstop Francisco Lindor of the Indians are projected to make big-time Major League contributions in 2015 that could land them Rookie of the Year Award hardware.
The Braves announced Monday afternoon that they had traded right fielder Jason Heyward and righty reliever Jordan Walden to the Cardinals in exchange for righty starter Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins, a Minor League hurler who possesses definite upside.
Cuban defector Rusney Castillo of the Red Sox and Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard are projected to make big-time Major League contributions in 2015 that could land them Rookie of the Year Award hardware.
The Braves reacquired one of their former top pitching prospects -- right-handed reliever Arodys Vizcaino -- and an opportunity to provide themselves a greater opportunity to be more aggressive on the international free-agent market when they struck a deal to send second baseman Tommy La Stella to the Cubs on Sunday.
Daniel Carbonell is content to play his chosen sport without seeking much in the way of attention. Carbonell, 23, is pursuing his baseball dreams alongside dozens of like-minded peers, but he's blazed a unique path to his perch in the Arizona Fall League.
The Arizona Fall League is known as baseball's finishing school because it has graduated a ton of talent to the Major Leagues since it began play in 1992. Here are the development highlights from the AFL's 23rd season for all 30 big league organizations.
Just like they did on the final day of the World Series, Royals players featured prominently at the end of the Arizona Fall League. All seven Kansas City prospects on the Peoria Javelinas roster got into today's 14-7 championship win by the Salt River Rafters.
Arizona Fall League championships matter for everyone involved. They mean something to the players who have devoted the fall to refining their skills and doing everything possible to improve.
Colorado prospects Ryan Casteel and Taylor Featherston were right in the middle of Salt River's 14-7 victory over Peoria in the Arizona Fall League's title game on Saturday, capping a momentous season that saw them both reach their highest level -- the Double-A Texas League -- and thrive there.
Justin O'Conner concluded his time in the Arizona Fall League with a performance that showcased his all-around skills. But even two home runs and sterling defensive play from the Rays catcher weren't enough to prevent the Peoria Javelinas from losing the championship game, 14-7, to the Salt River Rafters.
Eddie Rosario's bounce back came quickly and at a perfect time. Rosario, who lost the batting title on the final day of the Arizona Fall League's regular season, found a fitting consolation prize with a 4-for-5 performance in Saturday's title game. The Twins' No. 10 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com, homered in the first inning and delivered three more hits in a 14-7 win over Peoria.
Mariners prospect Patrick Kivlehan was honored with the Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award, which is annually distributed to the Arizona Fall League player who best exemplifies teamwork and leadership.
The Arizona Fall League named Yankees first baseman Greg Bird the winner of its Joe Black MVP Award, honoring him before Saturday's championship game between the Peoria Javelinas and Salt River Rafters.
Cuban teenage prospect Yoan Moncada has been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.
You'll always remember where you first saw them. The Arizona Fall League has served as an incubation field for some of the best young players in the Major Leagues, and the next generation of prospects will have a chance to introduce themselves to a national audience in today's title game.
The Rays dealt right-hander Jeremy Hellickson to the D-backs on Friday night for a pair of promising prospects: infielder Andrew Velazquez and outfielder Justin Williams.
In the first trade for new general manager Dave Stewart, the D-backs bolstered their starting rotation on Friday night, acquiring right-hander Jeremy Hellickson from the Rays in exchange for prospects Justin Williams and Andrew Velazquez.
Cardinals pitching prospect Tyrell Jenkins is closing his 2014 season on the rise and looking to use his Arizona Fall League success as a springboard to the breakout season that injuries have thwarted in years past.
All signs point to Red Sox center fielder Rusney Castillo being healed enough from a right thumb contusion that he will be able to begin playing winter ball in Puerto Rico later this month.
The Arizona Fall League, which saw its regular season come to a close Thursday, was a mixed bag for the Twins. Including top MLB prospect Byron Buxton, Minnesota sent seven prospects to the AFL to play for the Salt River Rafters, who advanced to Saturday's title game against the Peoria Javelinas.
When the Braves dismissed Frank Wren as their general manager in September, there was reason to wonder if they would end up trading his son, who spent the past two years as an outfielder in the organization's farm system. On Friday, the Braves traded Kyle Wren to the Brewers in exchange for right-handed pitcher Zach Quintana.
Mark Appel's promising performance with the Salt River Rafters, which he capped by allowing three hits, a solo homer and a walk while striking out four batters in five innings on Wednesday, was a great sign for the Astros.
The Brewers added to arguably the deepest area of their organization by acquiring another outfielder Friday, sending right-handed pitcher Zach Quintana to the Braves for Kyle Wren in a swap of Minor Leaguers not on the teams' 40-man rosters.
Where do Cuban amateurs Yoan Moncada and Yasmany Tomas rank among the best prospects from the 2014 Draft? Jim Callis answers this question and more in the latest Pipeline Inbox.
The Arizona Fall League regular season is complete, with just Saturday's championship game yet to be played. With all but the Salt River Rafters and the Peoria Javelinas packing up and heading home, it seemed a good time to start taking a look at the best the 2014 AFL had to offer.
Nothing of consequence was on the line in the third game on Thursday, which ended in a 4-4 deadlock between the Glendale Desert Dogs and Mesa Solar Sox after 11 innings. But that contest did feature five innings of work from two of the most promising left-handers in the AFL, Mesa's Sean Nolin (Blue Jays) and Glendale's Wei-Chung Wang (Brewers).
For one final time this fall, Aaron Judge, Greg Bird and Dante Bichette, Jr. turned Scottsdale Stadium into a mini-Yankee Stadium on Thursday.
Peoria, which fell as far as seven games under .500 at one point in the Arizona Fall League season, stormed back to take a 5-2 victory over Surprise on Thursday that clinched a berth in Saturday's championship game.
Although Jon Berti wasn't able to win the game, he did leave his mark on it as he went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
After throwing five innings for Glendale in Thursday's Arizona Fall League finale, Milwaukee's Wei-Chung Wang left the field and headed to the clubhouse accompanied by members of the training staff. The 22-year old insisted nothing was wrong.
Devon Travis' path to the Major Leagues was blocked in Detroit, but Wednesday night's trade to the Blue Jays has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for the promising infield prospect. Travis appears to be Toronto's second baseman of the future -- and possibly even the present -- after he was dealt to the Blue Jays in exchange for center fielder Anthony Gose.
Hunter Renfroe was named the Player of the Week in the Arizona Fall League, while big weeks for Este pushed the batting averages of Yasmani Grandal and Cameron Maybin above .300 in the Dominican Republic.
The White Sox knew Micker Adolfo's transition to professional baseball would take time when they signed the young Dominican outfielder in 2013, but the 18-year-old showed tremendous progress during his first season this year.
White Sox prospect Francellis Montas hit 98 mph three times in his final Arizona Fall League start on Wednesday, but he turned in his worst outing of the season while being outdueled by Astros top pitching prospect Mark Appel, who had little trouble outside of facing Dodgers outfield prospect Scott Schebler.
Blake Miller was among the Giants prospects watching on TV as San Francisco won the 2014 World Series. Though he was roughly 1,200 miles away from Kauffman Stadium, he happened to be watching from the living room of one of the players celebrating in Kansas City.
Mariners prospect Patrick Kivlehan led the Saguaros to an 8-0 victory over Scottsdale on Wednesday, and Surprise can win its division with a victory over Peoria on Thursday in the regular-season finale of Arizona Fall League action.
Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos pulled off his first deal of the General Managers Meetings by acquiring second-base prospect Devon Travis from the Tigers in exchange for center fielder Anthony Gose on Wednesday night.
The Blue Jays and Tigers swapped young players on Wednesday night, with Toronto sending center fielder Anthony Gose to Detroit for second-base prospect Devon Travis.
Orioles farmhand Jason Esposito drove in the go-ahead run with a two-RBI triple in the ninth inning of Glendale's 5-4 victory Wednesday night at Salt River Fields. The Arizona Fall League matchup was the 16th and final game using the 20-second pitch clock.
Angels prospect Cal Towey led off the bottom of the 11th inning with a home run, sending the Mesa Solar Sox to a 6-5 victory over the Peoria Javelinas on Wednesday. The result also sends Peoria into a pivotal game with Surprise in the Arizona Fall League on Thursday.
While at the General Managers Meetings, Reds GM Walt Jocketty took in some Arizona Fall League action, most curious about the outfielder who could be the long-term solution in left field, Jesse Winker.
Cuban phenom Yoan Moncada worked out in Guatemala on Wednesday in front of an estimated 60-70 scouts and all reports point to the teenaged infielder being as good as advertised.
Every fall, Minor Leaguers raise their stock with their performances in the Arizona Fall League. The caveats that are typically thrown out when discussing such matters: it's a small sample size and the AFL is always very hitter-friendly. But it's also true that every year, expectations around some prospects are heightened based on what they did during six weeks in the desert.
Robbie Ray, who could be in the mix for a spot in the Tigers' rotation in 2015, impressed during his four-start stint in the AFL.
Justin Bohn could still be running. Salt River's shortstop hit an uncommon home run on Tuesday, when he took advantage of an outfielder's mistake and just kept going.
Sean Coyle, Boston's No. 13 prospect, finished the 5-1 win with a double, a homer, three runs and two RBIs. He has collected six hits in his last three games to snap out of a slump that has plagued him most of the fall.
Dodgers prospect Darnell Sweeney has swung a hot bat throughout the Arizona Fall League and on Tuesday he proved that his bat has a little bit of pop in it as well.
Twins Minor League catcher Erwin "Alex" Real has been handed a 50-game suspension without pay for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Like mirror-image bookends, Tyler and Taylor Rogers take up opposite ends of the couch, regaling each other with their unique and shared perspectives on baseball and life. Tyler and Taylor are serving as roommates but not teammates in the Arizona Fall League, and they're doing their best to make up for lost time.
The second weekend of the 2014-15 Australian Baseball League season saw the Canberra Cavalry and Melbourne Aces kick of their respective seasons with the Cavalry dropping three of four to the Sydney Blue Sox and the Aces salvaging just one win against the Brisbane Bandits.
Hunter Renfroe posted a .333 average (7 for 21), with three home runs, 11 RBIs, two doubles, six runs scored a walk and 18 total bases in five games in Week No. 5.
Anthony DeSclafani has put his nose to the grindstone and is doing the work he hopes will allow him to return to where he wants to be in 2015. In fact, the 24-year-old had a big Week 5 in the six-week Arizona Fall League season for the Salt River Rafters, and he was selected as the Pitcher of the Week.
Kes Carter collected three hits and drove in five runs to help lead Peoria to a 10-4 victory against Surprise
There were 12 players headed toward free agency who were given qualifying offers to stay with their old clubs. On Monday, as the deadline passed, all 12 declined the offers. That means there is the possibility of a dozen additional Draft picks come June.
The Salt River Rafters clinched a berth in the Arizona Fall League's title game with an 8-4 victory over the Scottsdale Scorpions on Monday. Second-place Mesa lost to help Salt River clinch the division, and Surprise and Peoria are battling to determine who will be the champion of the West division.
Zach Davies, the Orioles No. 8 prospect according to MLBpipeline.com, threw four shutout innings in Glendale's 5-2 win over Mesa on Monday.
There's no lonelier place on the baseball field than the pitcher's mound, but Astros prospect Vincent Velasquez never takes the field alone. He carries with him an entire family that's loved him and supported him and helped him through hard times.
Peter O'Brien, ranked No. 7 among D-backs prospects, according to MLB.com, is working diligently in the Arizona Fall League to become a mainstay behind the plate.
Padres prospect Trea Turner is hoping that all that work can be seen in the Arizona Fall League. That was the case on Saturday night, as Turner went 5-for-5, scored four runs and drove in another as Surprise romped to an 11-4 win over Mesa.
White Sox prospect Tim Anderson continued to make his broken wrist from earlier this summer a distant memory on Saturday, turning in another three-hit game in Glendale's 5-1 victory over Scottsdale in Arizona Fall League action.
Royals prospect Hunter Dozier is picking a good time to break out of his Arizona Fall League slump. One day after a two-hit performance in Peoria's victory Friday night, Dozier came through again on Saturday, delivering a bases-loaded, go-ahead RBI single in a 7-4 comeback win over Salt River.
Pirates farmhand Elias Diaz scored the game's lone run in the eighth inning and guided the Scottsdale Scorpions' staff to a shutout Friday night in Arizona Fall League action. Fellow Pittsburgh prospect Joely Rodriguez made the start, tossing four innings and lowering his fall ERA to 0.95.
Oakland's No. 1 prospect, Daniel Robertson, has continued his breakout season in the Arizona Fall League. On Saturday, he and the Mesa Solar Sox square off with the Surprise Saguaros, who also feature a star shortstop -- Padres prospect Trea Turner. Watch the game live at 8:08 p.m. ET/6:08 MT on MLB.com and MLB Network.
For the second year in a row, the Reds are working to convert a highly touted college reliever into a big league starter. This fall, the project is first-rounder Nick Howard, who had his best outing of AFL play Friday.
Jacob Wilson came on in the bottom of the ninth with a chance to win the game for the Peoria Javelinas, and he did not disappoint.
Nick Howard's strong start and a four-run eighth inning led the way as the Surprise Saguaros defeated the Mesa Solar Sox, 5-2, and maintained their half-game lead in the Arizona Fall League's West Division.
It usually takes players years in the game to earn that label, but Joe Sclafani has already carved out a niche in the Minor Leagues as a guy who can do a little of everything. Need a left fielder? He's got you covered. Need him to play second base? He's there. Need someone to bunt and move a runner? No problem.
Outfielder Yasmany Tomas is the best-known of a group of Cuban stars who could end up at a Spring Training facility or big league stadium in the near future.
MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo answers questions about the game's top prospects, including whether Twins prospect Byron Buxton is unlucky or injury prone.
Astros prospect Mark Appel tossed five shutout frames of one-hit ball for Salt River, but Mesa's offense rallied in the ninth and 10th innings for a 4-2 victory Thursday night in the Arizona Fall League. A's top prospect Daniel Robertson drove in the go-ahead run on a sac fly.
After being held scoreless for three innings by Glasnow, the Javelinas took the lead in the fourth. Jacob Wilson drew a walk to lead off the inning and Francisco Lindor followed with a double to right, driving him in from first.
Michael De Leon is the youngest player in the history of the Arizona Fall League, but his age has hardly been a factor as he continues to prove he belongs.
It's been more than eight months since Mark Appel underwent an appendectomy, a procedure that set the 2013 No. 1 overall Draft pick on course for a frustrating season. The righty has used the AFL to make up for innings lost and to work on his mechanics with Astros hitting coach Brent Strom.
Padres prospect and 2013 first-round Draft pick Hunter Renfroe packs a great deal of strength and raw power into his deceiving 6-foot-1, 200-pound frame, and he plays with agility and fluidity that highlight his outstanding athletic coordination.
Don't be surprised if Phillies prospect Roman Quinn, in a completely healthy year, is a breakout guy next year who sprints his way to Philadelphia.
Blue Jays center-field prospect Dalton Pompey is the most talented speedster and the best all-around player in the Arizona Fall League.
Astros farmhand Mitch Lambson entered in the first inning and retired six of the seven batters he face for the Salt River Rafters, who took control with a five-run fifth inning Wednesday night against the Scottsdale Scorpions.
The Cubs' best hope for a front-line starter from their farm system is right-hander C.J. Edwards, who is making up for lost time in the Arizona Fall League while seeking a third go-to pitch to accompany a low-90s fastball and curve.
There's a good chance a prospect from Jeff Luhnow's first Draft (2012) as general manager of the Astros will reach the Major Leagues next season, and outfielder Andrew Aplin -- a fifth-round pick out of Arizona State -- could beat them all to Houston.
Mark Appel, the Astros' top pitching prospect, is 1-0 with a 3.43 ERA in the Arizona Fall League and is slated to start tonight at 8:35 ET/6:35 MT, with live coverage on MLB.com and MLB Network.
Reds' No. 2 prospect Jesse Winker helped power Surprise to a 5-3 victory over Peoria. He finished the game 2-for-4 with a double. The left fielder was playing for the first time since leaving last Friday's game in the third inning due to a cramp in his right calf.
After scoring a total of three runs in its past two games, the Mesa Solar Sox offense broke out in a big way Wednesday.
The 2014-15 Australian Baseball League season kicked off this past weekend with four Rays prospects and three Dodgers prospects making immediate impacts on their teams.
Right-handed pitcher Vincent Velasquez, the Astros' No. 8-ranked prospect, won't make his final scheduled start in the Arizona Fall League next week after straining his right lat in a game Tuesday.
Over the past few games, Cubs prospect Dan Vogelbach hit a rough patch and went 10 at-bats with collecting a hit. However, in Mesa's 3-1 victory over Salt River on Tuesday night, Vogelbach broke out of his funk and notched his fifth multi-hit game of the Arizona Fall League.
Glendale got out to an early lead and didn't look back, with Brewers No. 14 prospect Tyler Wagner stepping up in relief and throwing two perfect innings.
Hitting .294 in the Arizona Fall League, Jacob Wilson had another good day at the plate as he led the Peoria Javelinas to their third straight win -- a 5-2 victory over the Scottsdale Scorpions.
Rio Ruiz's introduction to the Arizona Fall League was a 97-mph fastball on the inner half of the plate thrown by Pirates prospect Tyler Glasnow. His first thought was that he might be in over his head, but he soon found out he belonged among the game's top rising prospects.
We often hear rave reviews about Cubs position prospects like Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Albert Almora and Jorge Soler. With good reason. They are exciting and dynamic players and could soon join recently promoted Javier Baez on the Major League roster. Right-hander C.J. Edwards is the Cubs' top pitching prospect and is No. 5 on the their Top 20 Prospects list.
The 2015 White Sox closer probably doesn't currently reside on the team's 40-man roster. Then again, he quite possibly is part of the White Sox organization. No. 3 prospect Francellis Montas started in the Minors in '14 and has continued in that role in the AFL, but he could boost the White Sox bullpen next season.
The Angels have made a big splash on the international market, agreeing to an $8 million signing bonus with Cuban middle infielder Roberto Baldoquin, the player told MLB.com.
It's difficult not to like the swing of Angels prospect Cal Towey. The club's No. 17 prospect has played a number of positions in the Minor Leagues, and he has been successful at the plate in his first two seasons.
Yankees first-base prospect Greg Bird, who is honing his craft with Scottsdale, was among those to shine on Monday in the Arizona Fall League.
Jaime Schultz was selected the AFL's Pitcher of the Week for Week No. 4, after he struck out seven in five innings in a win over the Surprise Saguaros on Oct. 31. He allowed just one run in the victory.
Angels prospect Nate Smith turned in his best start of the Arizona Fall League, but was stuck with a no-decision as the Mesa Solar Sox lost, 1-0, to the Salt River Rafters on Monday.
Aaron Judge was named the AFL Player of the Week for Week No. 4. He had a two-homer game on Thursday and he led the league in runs scored (six) and on-base percentage (.857) and tied for the lead in homers (two) and walks (seven) over the last week.
Jose Abreu followed up his Sporting News AL Rookie honor from two weeks ago with the Players Choice Award for Outstanding AL Rookie on Monday night. Abreu finished ahead of Angels hurler Matt Shoemaker and Twins infielder/outfielder Danny Santana.
With two weeks remaining in the Arizona Fall League season, Salt River and Mesa hold the top two spots in the East Division. The two teams are down to their final two games against each other, the first of which will be held at Salt River Fields on Tuesday night. Fans can watch the game, which begins at 8:35 p.m. ET, on MLB.com and MLBFallBall.com.
Led by first baseman Patrick Leonard, Peoria's offense clicked on all cylinders Monday against Scottsdale starter Adam Morgan. The Javelinas combined for seven hits and five runs in three innings
Padres prospect Hunter Renfroe led the way as the Surprise Saguaros passed the Glendale Desert Dogs for first place in the Arizona Fall League's West Division on Monday.
For someone who has breezed through pro ball, Giants right-hander Clayton Blackburn has a lengthy to-do list in the Arizona Fall League. He's trying to add two new pitches while replacing innings lost to a rib-cage injury during the season.
The extremely early pitching results from prized Cuban acquisition Raisel Iglesias have been quite positive for the Reds.
Evan Marzilli can recall those early days of youth baseball when he stood atop the pitcher's mound and let the ball loose. It didn't always go where he wanted. "Pitching didn't work out too well,'' he said. Thankfully for Marzilli, other positions did -- the ones in the outfield.
Shortstop prospect Tim Anderson, who is honing his craft in the Arizona Fall League, has shown a plethora of skills, including superb speed.
The Arizona Fall League's most dangerous hitter this season continued to pound pitchers in the prospect circuit's Fall Stars Game at Salt River Fields on Saturday evening. Yankees first baseman Greg Bird opened the scoring with the longest home run in the game's nine-year history, triggering a four-run second inning that held up for a 6-2 Eastern Division victory.
Yankees prospect Greg Bird tops the AFL in home runs and RBIs, which made him a pretty good choice to start at first base and bat cleanup for the East squad in the Fall Stars Game. The move seemed even smarter when Bird hit a monster home run to lead off the second inning en route to claiming the game's MVP Award.
A calf cramp sustained on Friday by Reds outfield prospect Jesse Winker kept him from playing in Saturday's Fall Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League.
Sam Tuivailala ended 2013, his first full season as a pitcher, with a 5.35 ERA in low Class A. He ended his second in the big leagues. Another bright spot came Saturday, when Tuivailala joined the West squad in the Arizona Fall League's Fall Stars Game.
Before the Arizona Fall League, Josh Bell ranked as one of the best outfield prospects in baseball. With the Scottsdale Scorpions, he has become a first baseman-in-training.
Astros prospect Mark Appel dominated with a premium fastball for the first two innings against the Scottsdale Scorpions on Friday in the Arizona Fall League, but he lost velocity after that and became very tentative when he got into jams in the third and fifth. It was just a five-inning snapshot, yet it left some scouts in attendance wondering if the 6-foot-5, 225-pound right-hander will become the dominant starter Houston plans to build a rotation around.