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Nationals right fielder Steven Souza Jr. is off to a good start this spring, going 7-for-21 (.333). He hit his first home run of the spring against the Astros on Monday night.
A's shortstop Addison Russell sustained a right hamstring strain Monday afternoon while running out a grounder to third base in the eighth inning of the club's 8-8 tie with the Dodgers.
Coming off a 2013 season in which Jonathan Schoop played in the spring's World Baseball Classic for Team Netherlands, debuted in Triple-A, was sidelined for six weeks with a back injury, made his Major League debut as a September callup, and played in the Arizona Fall League, it would be easy to think the 22-year-old took a nice long breather this winter. Not exactly.
Astros manager Bo Porter believes Max Stassi has the ability to become an everyday catcher in the Major Leagues, but that time has not come just yet. Stassi was one of four players the Astros optioned to Minor League camp on Monday, one day after they made their first nine cuts.
As expected, the A's optioned top pitching prospect Michael Ynoa to Class A Advanced Stockton on Monday, marking an end to the 22-year-old right-hander's spring in the Major League camp.
The player who has been getting the most attention in Cubs camp is the one with the fewest professional at-bats, and his parents had no idea. Kris Bryant, the second player selected overall in last June's First-Year Player Draft, has been the first player the national media targets whenever they stop by the Cubs' new facility.
Jake Odorizzi doesn't care what you call his new offspeed pitch. He just hopes it helps him get outs. Odorizzi, who's firmly in the competition for Tampa Bay's fifth slot in the rotation, is working on a split-finger pitch this spring that he and Alex Cobb jokingly call "The Thing."
The Rockies' first-round pick in the 2010 Draft has played the outfield for the majority of his professional career and much of this spring, but near the end of Double-A Tulsa's 2013 season and sparingly here at Spring Training, Kyle Parker is playing more at first base.
The Orioles continued to trim down their spring roster on Monday morning, optioning left-handed pitcher Tim Berry and catcher Michael Ohlman to Double-A Bowie and reassigning catcher Brian Ward to Minor League camp.
Top prospect Jameson Taillon was reassigned to Minor League camp, fellow right-hander Casey Sadler was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis and lefty Joely Rodriguez was optioned to Double-A Altoona.
Tigers prospect Steven Moya is having the kind of spring that would win a job for many players, but he has yet to play a game above Class A ball. The logical jump for Moya would be to start the season at Double-A Erie, not Detroit, and he's making a big case for that.
Aledmys Diaz participated in his first workout as a member of the organization on Monday, a day after the Cardinals announced they had signed the Cuban shortstop to a four-year contract.
Prospect Stephen Piscotty capped a four-run seventh with a three-run homer, but the Cardinals dropped a 17-5 decision to the Tigers on Monday at Roger Dean Stadium.
MLB.com's Bernie Pleskoff examines the the short- and long-term needs of the Blue Jays and illustrates how the Toronto's prospects fit in both scenarios.
After using several talented players in trades in the last two years, the Blue Jays are aiming to rebuild the depth of their farm system.
Age and declining production have bitten the Phillies, and the need to win is intense. But while there are some quality prospects in the Pipeline, they are best suited for deployment long-term.
The Phillies' farm system is once again stocked with young players whose impressive tools give them the potential to develop into stars, much like Jimmy Rollins and Cole Hamels once did.
The Pirates made their first round of Spring Training roster moves on Monday, sending six players -- including top prospect Jameson Taillon -- to the Minors.
The Giants Futures squad was in Scottsdale on Sunday afternoon, playing a split-squad game against a handful of regulars. And yet, 21-year-old Edwin Escobar was on the mound in Glendale, facing the archrival Dodgers before a packed house and going toe-to-toe with Clayton Kershaw. It's a sure indication that the organization thinks Escobar is not far from shedding the Giants' future label and becoming the Giants' present.
Madison Bumgarner was sharp and top prospect Kyle Crick couldn't find the strike zone, as a split Giants squad knocked off the "Giants Future Stars," 8-0, on Sunday at Scottsdale Stadium.
MIchael Mariot gave up four runs on five straight hits, including a bases-clearing double, before finally getting a strikeout and a double-play ball Sunday vs. the Rockies.
More than five months later, Jimmy Nelson is still irked about those three walks -- and one run -- he issued against the Mets in his first Major League start.
A third-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the left-handed hitting Drew Ward had a .292 batting average with a home run, 28 RBIs and a .402 on-base percentage for the Gulf Coast Nationals last year.
Indians manager Terry Francona thinks Trevor Bauer's performance this spring is an indication that the organization's patient approach with talented prospect last season was the right move.
Blake Parker knows it doesn't matter what he did last year, or the year before. The right-hander is fighting for a spot in the Cubs' bullpen, and he's not alone.
Sunday's game was much better timing-wise for Kyle Hendricks' parents. They didn't have to drive 11 hours in one day to see the right-hander pitch. John and Ann Marie Hendricks were among the record crowd of 14,770 at Cubs Park to watch Kyle. They arrived Saturday.
Top prospect Archie Bradley will get the start against Team Australia in an exhibition game March 21 in Sydney.
There are still 57 active players in the Royals' Major League camp but the first phase of full-scale cuts is at hand. Or, as manager Ned Yost said: "It's looming."
Plans to push Oscar Taveras so that he could make up for missed at-bats have now been hampered by a hamstring issue that forced the top prospect out of the lineup on Sunday.
Marco Gonzales, the Cardinals' top pick from the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, won't pitch again in Grapefruit League play after having a recent setback with left forearm soreness.
Rockies starter Juan Nicasio breezed through four scoreless innings, Kyle Parker drove in five runs, Corey Dickerson hit a home run and Paul Janish was 3-for-3 in a 10-1 victory over the Royals on Sunday.
The Royals' only hit off Rockies starter Juan Nicasio was Omar Infante's single. Infante also walked and scored Kansas City's only run.
Wilmer Font, Lisalverto Bonilla and Roman Mendez have "big" arms, the kind of power arms the Rangers love to collect and stash away in their farm system.
The Cardinals signed Cuban free agent Aledmys Diaz to a Major League contract. The team did not release details of the contract, but MLB.com confirmed it to be for four years.
Dellin Betances wanted to throw his fastball. He'd just snapped off five straight breaking balls, a fairly unusual occurrence, and he wasn't particularly keen on gambling for a sixth as he looked in for the catcher's sign. Another breaking ball, John Ryan Murphy's fingers suggested. Instead of shaking his head, Betances rolled with it, unloading a nasty pitch that the Rays' Matt Joyce waved at for strike three. That sequence wrapped up another strong inning in a spring that has had the Yankees talking.
First-base prospect Jon Singleton, who was in the starting lineup Sunday against the Jays, has been off to a rough start at the plate this spring. Despite his stats, manager Bo Porter said the power hitter has had good at-bats.
Top prospects Byron Buxton and Alex Meyer were among the 16 players sent to Minor League camp on Sunday in the first round of roster cuts before the Twins' game against the Phillies at Hammond Stadium.
The Yankees signed big-name free agents to fill their roster holes for 2014, but there are many talented prospects waiting in the wings to contribute in the future.
While the Yankees spent aggressively this past winter to fill holes at the big league level, the club knows that it must have a more productive season from the farm system in 2014 to better compete in the long term.
Joc Pederson slugged a two-run homer and double for the split-squad Dodgers in the Mariners' 8-5 win Saturday night. Starter Josh Beckett surrendered three home runs in his three-inning outing but said he didn't consider it a step back because "health-wise, I feel good."
D-backs top prospect Archie Bradley and catcher Miguel Montero are becoming fast friends this spring, building a relationship that should pay dividends whenever the hard-throwing right-hander reaches the big leagues.
The nerves evaporated for Manny Banuelos once his first warmup pitch landed in the catcher's glove on Saturday, and the left-handed prospect left the mound thrilled by his first game action since Tommy John surgery.
Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said Saturday that Eddie Rosario, the club's No. 5 prospect according to MLB.com, has been given permission to report late to Spring Training as he deals with "personal issues" at home.
Prospect Kris Bryant has been compared physically to former Major Leaguer Troy Glaus, and although some scouts predict Bryant will end up moving from third to the outfield, Cubs manager Rick Renteria likes what he's seen of Bryant at third base.
This spring marks a fresh start for Jack Armstrong Jr., who was a hard-throwing pitcher drafted in the third round (No. 99 overall) by the Astros in 2011 following a solid career at Vanderbilt University. Injuries to his elbow and later his shoulder kept Armstrong off the mound for three years and ultimately forced him to decide to make the switch to first base, which he began at spring camp this year in an attempt to resurrect his career.
Byron Buxton, the top prospect in baseball, put one of his five tools on full display in the third inning of the Twins' Grapefruit League matchup with the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon.
Twins right-hander Phil Hughes tossed three scoreless innings and top prospect Byron Buxton swatted his first home run of the spring, but a walk-off triple gave Minnesota a 4-3 loss on Saturday.
Right-hander Michael Stutes and left-hander Jesse Biddle were among the first players cut as the Phillies reduced their roster Saturday. Stutes made 57 relief appearances in 2011 but has battled injuries since. Biddle is rated the Phillies' top pitching prospect by MLB.com.
Kolten Wong, who afterward admitted that the results took a "weight of my chest," snapped out of his spring skid with a three-hit afternoon on Friday, during which he showed off several reasons why the Cardinals want to give him the chance to stick as an everyday second baseman.
Right fielder Chris Heisey ripped two home runs, and Brandon Phillips added another Friday as a Reds split-squad team topped the Mariners, 10-9, at Peoria Stadium. Led by 2013 first-round Draft pick D.J. Peterson's first home run, Seattle's backups rallied from an 8-0 deficit to tie the game in the sixth before the Reds regained the lead with a pair of runs in the eighth.
For months, the Cardinals have been candid when asked about Oscar Taveras' chances of being on the Major League roster come Opening Day. The outfielder's April assignment, general manager John Mozeliak has said, will have much to do with how Taveras performs this spring. Of course, to make his case, Taveras first had to take the field. That opportunity finally came on Friday.
The Giants' youth will be on full display in their two games Sunday, as three pitchers age 24 or younger will make a start.
Casey Crosby now has a timetable for his attempt to win a spot in the Tigers' bullpen. The lefty prospect is tentatively set to make his first outing of the spring on Monday against the Cardinals in Jupiter.
Zach Lee went two scoreless innings and Hanley Ramirez hit his first homer of the spring as the Dodgers beat the Rangers, 2-1, on Friday at Camelback Ranch.
Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton agreed to the interview with MLB.com but then suddenly realized the time. It was 7:53 a.m. Two minutes before early bunting work.
The Rangers added Minor League catcher Pat Cantwell to their Spring Training roster Friday and will take a look at him over the final three weeks in camp.
Billy Burns is a 5-foot-9 blur. He's all speed all the time, a Pete Rose-type hustler, some scouts say, and maybe the fastest to grace the game since Rickey Henderson.
Baltimore optioned left-hander Mike Belfiore to Triple-A Norfolk and reassigned right-hander Tim Alderson and lefty Nick Additon to Minor League camp on Friday.
Arizona southpaw Wade Miley had a nice outing vs. the A's, giving up just one unearned run over five innings in his second spring start.
Josh Hamilton wasn't really familiar with Jonathan Singleton's situation when approached about it at camp recently, but he's there to help if needed.
Marcus Stroman was originally considered somewhat of a long shot to crack Toronto's roster at the end of camp, but the 22-year-old now finds himself under a microscope, and every spring outing he makes has serious consequences for his immediate future.
Because of the flexibility of Spring Training, Rays prospect Richie Shaffer has been afforded several opportunities to join the varsity club for Grapefruit League action this year.
The Tigers haven't had the best Draft positioning recently because of their big league success, with just two selections in the first round proper in the past five years. But they have built a strong prospect pool with shrewd choices and a solid development system.
Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at the Tigers' short- and long-term needs and how their top prospects may help the 2014 club.
Left-hander Casey Crosby's bid for a spot in Detroit's bullpen might not be over yet. The converted starting prospect, sidelined for the past couple weeks with tendinitis in his triceps, is scheduled for a live batting-practice session Friday at Tigertown.
Following Chris Sale's expected Opening Day start, the White Sox rotation will be in a state of flux as the club tries to put the matchups in its favor with John Danks, Jose Quintana, Erik Johnson and Felipe Paulino.
Francisco Lindor is at his first Spring Training with the Indians, and the switch-hitting shortstop is likely headed to Double-A Akron or Triple-A Columbus to begin the season, but he knows this month is a chance to not only learn from the big league players and coaches, but to impress anyone watching.
Young Mariners third baseman D.J. Peterson got a shot in Thursday's Cactus League game against the White Sox, and made the most of it.
Four relievers already have jobs in the Giants' bullpen, but at least 11 other pitchers have a legitimate chance to secure any of three apparent bullpen vacancies.
The Giants began their early-spring housecleaning Thursday by reassigning 12 players to Minor League camp, including right-hander Kyle Crick, the organization's top prospect.
When the Nationals traveled to Champion Stadium to play the Braves on Tuesday, Jeff Kobernus was too ill to go with them Two days later he joined his teammates for the return trip, though Matt Williams was not sure before the game whether he would play.
Red Sox right-hander Allen Webster struggled in his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday, so a few veteran teammates stepped in to lend their expertise. After some time watching video with Jon Lester, John Lackey and Clay Buchholz -- and some more applying their suggestions in the bullpen -- Webster came back a different pitcher on Thursday.
Could Deven Marrero be the next Jose Iglesias? Perhaps it's not a fair comparison, but in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, Boston's latest slick-fielding shortstop prospect put on an impressive show.
Things always change fast in baseball, even for the champions. And sometimes, especially for the champions. That's the case for the Red Sox. Just look at Xander Bogaerts.
For the second time already this season, Central Michigan right-hander Jordan Foley finds himself in the middle of a notable pitching matchup when he faces Central Florida left-hander Eric Skoglund on Friday night in Orlando.
The college baseball season started less than a month ago and the University of San Francisco has already played traditional powerhouses Cal State Fullerton and Stanford, as well as Kansas State, the reigning Big 12 champions. Outfielder Bradley Zimmer said the Dons have embraced the schedule.
Javier Baez lay on the ground for a few seconds after fouling a ball off his left ankle on Wednesday, but stayed in the game. In his next at-bat, he hit an opposite-field home run. Guess he was feeling OK.
Jorge Soler was hitless in five Cactus League at-bats but Cubs manager Rick Renteria has seen a lot of positives from the Cuban outfielder in practice.
Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker, the No. 6 ranked prospect in baseball by MLB.com, returned from a week-long layoff to rest his sore shoulder by playing some light catch on Thursday.
In 2013, Neftali Soto played both corner infield spots. This spring, he's put in extra time as a catcher during workouts and bullpen sessions.
Three weeks into his first Major League camp, Mariners prospect James Jones still grins at the thought of his new clubhouse neighbors -- Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano. But it's his play on the field that is drawing manager Lloyd McClendon's attention.
The Dodgers have set up Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu to start the two season-opening games in Australia by inserting prospect Zach Lee to start Friday against Texas.
Right-handers John Stilson and Chad Jenkins are among those who have caught the eye of Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos during the first few weeks of Spring Training. Neither pitcher is considered a frontrunner to break camp with the team, but they likely will enter the mix at some point this season.
Starter Tony Cingrani of the Reds pitched three scoreless innings and reported feeling good in his second spring start.
Pablo Sandoval lined a fifth-inning leadoff home run to snap a scoreless tie, spark a three-run uprising and propel the Giants to a 3-2 victory Thursday over the Cincinnati Reds.
Considering that Mitch Haniger is 23 years old and entering only his second full professional season, that this is his first Major League camp, that he is not on Milwaukee's 40-man roster, and that his positions -- center field and right field -- are manned by Carlos Gomez and Ryan Braun, he will probably not make the Brewers. But he is opening eyes in camp.
The threat of rain hovered over Roger Dean Stadium most of Thursday afternoon, and the impact of the weather arrived before either the Marlins or Red Sox could score a run.
Former teammates Dan Haren and C.J. Wilson each twirled four scoreless innings and Scott Van Slyke hit a grand slam, but prospect C.J. Cron's three-run homer helped the Angels force a 4-4 tie at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Thursday.
It's been slow going for top Draft pick Mark Appel, who has yet to appear in a Grapefruit League game or even face hitters during live batting practice.
Jackie Bradley Jr. could not have been flying much higher last spring, before the regular season brought him a cold dose of reality. About a week into this year's Grapefruit League schedule, Bradley has generated no eye-popping stats. Yet he might be much more prepared for the rigors of April and beyond -- and the Red Sox need him to be.
Oscar Taveras is getting closer and closer to making his spring debut. Taveras, the Cardinals' top prospect, has been sidelined in Spring Training as he makes his way back from surgery on his right ankle.
It appears as though the competition for jobs at Spring Training has just gotten a whole lot more interesting after general manager Alex Anthopoulos admitted for the first time that two spots in the starting rotation could be up for grabs. J.A. Happ was a favorite, but he is now battling a sore back.
Coming off a great showing in the Gulf Coast League in his first year of pro ball, Twins left-hander Lewis Thorpe, 18, gained valuable experience while pitching in his native Australia this past winter.
This series is designed to evaluate the role prospects play in each Major League organization, looking at the short and long-term needs of each club and illustrating how prospects fit in both scenarios. Here's my look at the Astros.
The Astros' loaded farm system can be a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it's an exciting acknowledgment of strong scouting and player development work. On the flip side, having a great system sounds great on paper, but if it doesn't funnel players through the pipeline to turn things around at the highest level, it's a bit hollow.
Jim Callis comes up with a list of seven Minor League clubs which could be loaded with talent this season, and tackles much more in the Pipeline Inbox.
During Tuesday's game with the Royals, two of the Reds' top pitching prospects were displaying some serious heat on the radar gun. Michael Lorenzen, who threw a perfect inning, was hitting 98 mph. No. 1 pitching prospect Robert Stephenson frequently touched 96.
With one week of games under their belt, A's manager Bob Melvin has seen his team continually preparing for the season, and he's impressed with the team's youngsters.
Javier Baez and George Kottaras hit back to back home runs for the Cubs, but the Rockies took advantage of a throwing error by Christian Villanueva to post a 7-5 win on Wednesday in front of 10,598 at Cubs Park on Wednesday afternoon.
Ross Stripling must have done extra damage pitching with a torn elbow ligament, because on Wednesday, he underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean out loose bodies from an inflamed elbow, delaying his planned Tommy John surgery.
Growing up in Puerto Rico, pitcher Hiram Burgos dreamed of one day playing in the Major Leagues, and he's hoping for more than a cup of coffee this season.
Ryan Braun, who tied the game with his fourth-inning homer, has reached safely in eight of his nine Cactus League plate appearances.
Left-hander John Lamb, after making a good impression in his first Cactus League appearance, has been slotted to start on Saturday against the Brewers. Lamb will take right-hander Jeremy Guthrie's spot.
The Astros' top three prospects -- shortstop Carlos Correa, first baseman Jon Singleton and outfielder George Springer -- were all in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers at Osceola County Stadium. Seeing them in the same lineup as veterans like Jose Altuve and Jason Castro gives you a glimpse of what the Astros could look like in the near future.
After Twins center fielder Byron Buxton, the Astros' George Springer might have as much upside as any prospect in baseball. There isn't another player who can match his considerable power potential and all-around tools, all of which are solid or better.
Another inning, another seemingly effortless outing by Andrew Heaney, who threw a perfect inning in a "B" game against the Cardinals on Wednesday on Field 2 at Roger Dean Stadium.
Luke Hochevar has been shut down after an MRI showed a sprain in the ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow. He will not begin a rehab program for 2-3 weeks and will likely be out until at least late May.
With Minor League camp opening Wednesday, the Mariners cut 13 players from their Major League camp as they began the process of weeding down to an eventual 25-man roster.
The Nationals sent away a couple of prospects for proven big leaguers Doug Fister and Jose Lobaton this offseason, but that didn't stop them from replenishing their MLB Pipeline. Jonathan Mayo checks in from camp and unveils the team's Top 20 Prospects list.
The Nationals are very well established with both position and pitching depth. Though it's unlikely any prospects will crack the Opening Day roster, Washington is well prepared for the future.
The jury is still out on whether Ryan Goins will become a bona fide Major League hitter, but if there's failure in his future, it won't be due to a lack of work ethic. Goins put in a countless number of hours during the offseason to fix his mechanics at the plate.
With Mariners skipper Lloyd McClendon looking to give many of his veterans a day off in the wake of Monday's split-squad games, young Minor League prospect Ketel Marte got the start at second base in Tuesday's 4-1 victory over the Dodgers and delivered a solid performance.
Maikel Franco, 21, is the top position player prospect in the Phillies' organization, and he has impressed many early in his first big league Spring Training.
Christian Bethancourt got a taste of the big leagues when he spent the final two weeks of the 2013 regular season with the Braves and is hungering for the chance to return.
Dodgers pitching prospect Ross Stripling will undergo Tommy John right elbow reconstruction Wednesday in Los Angeles, manager Don Mattingly confirmed Tuesday.
Pegged to fill out the back end of the White Sox rotation this season, rookie right-hander Erik Johnson made his spring debut Tuesday, striking out a pair and allowing one earned run on three hits and a walk over a solid three-inning start against the Indians, who won the contest, 5-4.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire wrote top prospect Byron Buxton into his lineup for the first time on Tuesday afternoon, and it apparently made him a little giddy.
Kevin Shackelford was a pretty fair catcher in college who used to play around on the mound. Little by little, people took notice.
White Sox pitching prospect Chris Beck witnessed Erik Johnson's rise to the big leagues in 2013, and hopes to follow the same path this season.
At this Spring Training, pitchers in the big league clubhouse originally drafted and developed by the Dodgers share a typical pedigree. Nearly all were taken in the first five rounds of the Draft (six in the first round alone) and received significant signing bonuses. Then there's John "Red" Patterson.
Minor League pitcher Max Fried, the Padres' No. 1 prospect according to MLB.com, will start throwing in 10 to 14 days, after being slowed with a sore left forearm.
Cubs outfield prospect Albert Almora is a natural leader, a veteran of international play with USA Baseball, the kind of player teammates will gravitate to, even if he's younger. Those intangibles will also allow him to play above his tools. Almora is the kind of player who invariably ends up on winning teams.
Starlin Castro is the starting shortstop. But what about Javier Baez, the Cubs' top prospect who also plays the position? Baez likely will start the season in the Minors, but how long can he stay there?
Byron Buxton already had come off the bench to play in four Grapefruit League games, but on Tuesday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire put his name atop the lineup to start against the Marlins.
Astros first-base prospect Jon Singleton, who told The Associated Press earlier this week he was a drug addict, said Tuesday it was important for him to open up about his problems to let people know what he's been through the last few years.
Less than a year removed from his days at Oklahoma State, Jason Hursh has spent the early portion of his first Major League Spring Training making the Braves feel good about taking him in the first round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
With the bases loaded, one out and the score tied, Nationals manager Matt Williams opted to move his right fielder to serve as an extra infielder. Phil Gosselin took advantage by sending an elevated 2-2 sinker to an abandoned right field for a bases-clearing, game-winning triple.
As I look over the Major League landscape, the Cardinals may have the best balance and overall organizational depth among all clubs.
There's no question the Cardinals like to promote from within. It's been a big reason for their sustained success. And it's something every player in their farm system is well aware of, serving as motivation from the top to the bottom of their Minor League chain.
Michael Gettys may have better all-around tools than any prospect in the 2014 Draft. Ranked 10th on MLBPipeline.com's preseason Draft Top 50, the Gainesville (Ga.) High outfielder has bat speed and raw power, can run the 60-yard dash in 6.43 seconds and has been clocked at 100 mph on a throw from the outfield.
Jordan Brink didn't throw a single pitch as a Fresno State freshman in 2012, and he split time between the outfield and the mound last season as a sophomore. Now he's a full-time pitcher, and he's working his way up the 2014 First-Year Player Draft boards with a dazzling beginning to his junior year.
Orangewood Christian School (Maitland, Fla.) second baseman Forrest Wall, one of the best high school hitters in the Draft, separated his left shoulder Saturday night.
No Rockies pitcher had gone longer than two innings this spring, but after Eddie Butler quickly collected six outs Monday night, manager Walt Weiss sent the prospect out for a third frame.
The Archie Bradley era for the D-backs began in earnest on Monday night, and the first returns were electrifying, writes Barry M. Bloom.
Plenty of Astros fans will remember Ken Caminiti when they read the quotes from 22-year-old first baseman Jon Singleton, a prospect in Houston's farm system who detailed his battle against marijuana, anxiety and depression in an interview with The Associated Press. Singleton is fortunate that he will have the best support system on earth.
D-backs top pitching prospect Archie Bradley certainly made an impression on his team -- as well as the rival Rockies -- on Monday night. He struck out six over three scoreless innings in Arizona's 5-0 victory.
The Astros' Jon Singleton is considered the top first base prospect in baseball -- a big, dynamic left-handed hitter with power and composure who can use the entire field. All that despite a couple of very public setbacks. And for the first time publicly, he's opening up about his battle with an addiction to marijuana and monthlong stay at a rehabilitation center.
Jon Gray, the Rockies' top pick (third overall) in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, didn't bother dialing up the triple-figures velocity in his Cactus League debut -- a scoreless two-inning run Monday against the Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex.
The Astros on Monday expressed their support for first-base prospect Jonathan Singleton, who admitted in an interview with The Associated Press that he was a drug addict and has struggled with marijuana and alcohol abuse.
Giants prospect Kyle Crick pitched two innings of relief in a "B" game against the Chicago Cubs in Mesa and concluded his outing by striking out the side in the seventh inning. The right-hander looked every bit like an emerging talent, from his initial discomfort to his ultimate dominance.
Outfield prospect Drew Vettleson wants to show the Nationals that he is not only one of their top prospects, but a great teammate.
Kolten Wong is the favorite to start at second base, but coming off a season in which he endured a rough introduction to the Major Leagues, manager Mike Matheny sees a player burdening himself with too much pressure.
Instead of reacting to the fact J.R. Graham had just allowed three hits within a span of five batters on Friday, Fredi Gonzalez was simply happy to see that the highly regarded right-handed pitching prospect had returned to the mound for the first time since right shoulder soreness sidelined him in May.
He still has work to do to become a complete pitcher, but in his first start, Noah Syndergaard showed why the Mets are anticipating the day he'll ascend the mound at Citi Field.
On one hand, Tigers prospect Nick Castellanos proved Monday that his bat is coming along just fine. On the other, he showed that he's still got some work to do with the glove.
Noah Syndergaard showed why he is one of baseball's top overall prospects and the Mets produced a five-run ninth inning to claim a 6-2 comeback win over the Braves on Monday afternoon at Champion Stadium.
Early impressions have the Marlins wanting to see more of Andrew Heaney, their highly-touted prospect. His first Grapefruit League appearance was impressive, two shutout innings with two strikeouts against the Cardinals last Saturday.
The Padres' Spring Training facility will be packed to capacity this week, as more than 150 Minor Leaguers join the 60 players in the Major League camp.
Following the trade for David Freese, prospect Luis Jimenez is in the same position he's been for most of his time with the Angels -- without a clear role, and looking to help out wherever possible.
The Indians are not expecting top prospect Francisco Lindor to develop into a power hitter, but the young shortstop has shown some pop in his bat this spring.
Wilkin Ramirez launched a three-run homer during a seven-run ninth inning as a split-squad Twins club beat the Orioles, 9-2, on Monday afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium.
The Texas Rangers saw it as a unique opportunity to bring a champion into their organization. So there was Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson trotting onto a backfield Monday morning to take part in infield drills with Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre, etc.
Without a doubt in my mind, the Marlins have a chance to be one of baseball's most exciting teams. They are loaded with quality pitching and some very young position players that will only get better with experience.
While one lefty reliever in Tigers camp is getting closer to pitching in a game, another had a recent setback. Casey Crosby had no complaints after a 25-pitch bullpen session on Sunday, but Duane Below has been shut down indefinitely with an irritated elbow.
Javier Baez's second-inning home run provided an early lead and Walter Ibarra's two-run single in the seventh proved the difference in Chicago's 4-2 win over the Brewers on Monday at Maryvale Baseball Park. It was the Cubs' first victory after three losses to begin the spring.
Mike Piazza, who has spent the past few years working with the Italian national team during the World Baseball Classic and World Cup play, is scheduled to remain in Port St. Lucie, Fla., all week, working one on one with Travis d'Arnaud and other Mets catchers.
If Red Sox third-base prospect Garin Cecchini plays like the son of a coach, it's because he is actually the son of two coaches and proud of it.
It's typically seen as a farm-system triumph when an organization's top two prospects graduate to the big leagues and make positive contributions. When one of them wins the National League Rookie of the Year Award, goes to the All-Star Game and finishes third in the NL Cy Young Award voting, it's a cause for celebration. Such was the case for the Marlins' pipeline in 2013.
MLB Pipeline checks in from the Braves' Spring Training camp and unveils the team's Top 20 Prospects for 2014.
MLB.com's Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at the the short- and long-term needs of the Braves and illustrates how the club's prospects fit in both scenarios.
While the Mets might not have the top farm system in baseball, they are on a short list of teams mentioned in discussions of the most improved pipelines.
MLB.com's Bernie Pleskoff takes a look at the the short- and long-term needs of the Mets and illustrates how the club's prospects fit in both scenarios.
The outpouring of support Craig Biggio received from friends and family members after coming just two votes shy of election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame two months ago made things easier to swallow for the Astros legend.
Top prospect Kyle Crick likely will appear in Monday morning's "B" game against the Chicago Cubs in Mesa.
After missing his start because of a rainout of Saturday's split-squad nightcap against the Cubs at Salt River Fields, the first outing of the spring for heralded D-backs right-hander Archie Bradley has been rescheduled for Monday night's second game of a day-night doubleheader, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said Sunday.
In the seventh inning vs. the Mariners on Sunday, shortstop Francisco Lindor -- Cleveland's top prospect -- launched a three-run home run off reliever Logan Lawcom.
Twins right-hander Alex Meyer lit up the radar gun with his fastball in his Grapefruit League debut against the Rays on Sunday, but he only threw three offspeed pitches in his two innings of work.
Possibly the next young pitching sensation to rise all the way through the organization, Reds top prospect Robert Stephenson is learning all he can during his first big league camp.
Javier Baez's quick hands result in an aggressive, almost violent swing, but the young slugger has made progress toning down his leg kick and first move to the ball, as well as with an overall patience at the plate.
So the Phils received a scare on Sunday afternoon at Bright House Field, when Pirates pitcher Yao-Hsun Yang hit third baseman Cody Asche on the right hand with a pitch in the fifth inning. Asche left the game, but the Phillies said afterward that it is a bruise.
The Twins still haven't scheduled the date for top prospect Miguel Sano's Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, but assistant general manager Rob Antony said Dr. David Altchek is likely to perform the operation. Sano is expected to need eight months of rehab before he's ready to play again.
Billy Hamilton's game-changing speed was legendary before he ever stepped foot on a Major League diamond. Despite his inexperience, the speedster is getting a chance to show he can be the Reds' center fielder and leadoff man in 2014.
Former No. 1 overall Draft pick Tim Beckham sustained a serious right knee injury and therefore won't be able to make the Major League roster out of Spring Training, but the infielder has impressed manager Joe Maddon with his upbeat outlook.
In the best defensive contest of the six games played through Saturday at the Houston College Classic, Rice got the best of TCU, 1-0, at Minute Maid Park.
The Braves are finalizing a Minor League deal with Cuban catching prospect Yenier Bello, according to an industry source. The agreement includes a signing bonus and an invitation to Spring Training. The team has not confirmed the deal.
The Houston Cougars didn't go down easily in losing for the first time in nine games. The Cougars had runners at first and second, down by a run in the top of the ninth, when Texas shortstop C.J. Hinojosa made a leaping catch a liner for the final out, preserving the Longhorns' 3-2 win on Saturday.
Sam Houston State isn't intimidated by the competition in the Houston College Classic. The Bearkats won their second game in as many days in the three-day tournament, with another offensive onslaught against a Big 12 team.
As Braves hitting coach Greg Walker watched Tommy La Stella take batting practice at Space Coast Stadium on Saturday morning, he said he was encouraged by what he saw and hoped the promising young second baseman would begin to get more comfortable as he progressed through his first Major League Spring Training.
Phillies right-hander David Buchanan has been impressive early in Spring Training. Buchanan, whom the organization selected in the seventh round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, allowed one hit and struck out three in two scoreless innings during the Phillies' Saturday afternoon 4-0 loss to the Yankees in a Grapefruit League game at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
The 2007 season was a pivotal one in Jason Motte's climb to St. Louis. It opened with him wondering if he could make it as a pitcher and closed with the Cardinals confident enough in Motte's development to place him in the Arizona Fall League, where he could be challenged by the best.
Phillies right-hander Ethan Martin suffered a significant setback this week when an MRI exam revealed he has a strained right shoulder capsule and triceps. He will not throw for at least three weeks.
Jeff Samardzija is like Cubs fans. He can't wait to watch Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Albert Almora and Jorge Soler play.
Terms were reached with pitcher Danny Duffy, infielder Johnny Giavotella, and outfielder Carlos Peguero, meaning all players on the Royals' 40-man roster are now under contract.
Left-hander Jason Vargas made a successful first start for the Royals, giving up only a single, in a 7-3 rain-shortened victory over the Padres.
Rockies catching prospect Tom Murphy lived up to his power-hitting reputation with a home run Friday in his Cactus League debut. But he knows it also takes brains to make it, and he showed plenty of that last year in the Minors.
The Rockies are trying to piece together their leadoff plan for 2014. But the future may be in a young, stringbean of a switch-hitter, Rosell Herrera.
Nationals shortstop prospect Zach Walters thumped 29 home runs and slugged .517 at Triple-A Syracuse in 2013, but struck out 134 times in 134 games, hitting .253 with a .286 on-base percentage. In light of that, would new manager Matt Williams like the 24-year-old switch-hitter to dial back his approach? Walters did hit at least .300 at Class A in both 2010 and '11.
Considering he's returning to center field after spending four years playing second base in the Astros system, Delino DeShields Jr. has been leaning heavily this spring on veteran center fielder Dexter Fowler, who has a locker next to DeShields.
It is certainly well-documented how deep the Astros farm system is, but the organization has also made an effort to become more athletic. That was on display Friday against the Braves, when outfielders George Springer and Delino DeShields Jr. -- two of Houston's top prospects -- came into the game as pinch-runners in the fifth and immediately stole two bases.
The Orioles came back from a five-run deficit as they plated seven runs in the eighth to top the Blue Jays, 9-7, at Ed Smith Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Francisco Peguero cleared the bases with a three-run triple to cap the big frame.
Neither All-Star right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma nor top prospect Taijuan Walker will likely be ready to open the season in the Mariners' rotation after their latest injury updates, manager Lloyd McClendon confirmed Saturday.
Top third-base prospect Miguel Sano will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, the Twins confirmed Saturday.
Longhorns closer Nathan Thornhill struck out Rice pinch-hitter Blake Fox with the bases loaded to end the game and preserve the Longhorns' 2-0 win over the Owls (6-4) on Friday at Minute Maid Park.
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