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The Rangers have reason for confidence that the lull in their success will not be extensive, not with the type of young talent that is about to arrive from the farm system.
Blue Jays top prospect Danile Norris made a solid Spring Training debut under the lights on Thursday, against most of the Orioles' right-handed regulars and in front of general manager Alex Anthopoulos and several other members of the front office.
Cuban free-agent pitcher Yoan Lopez will make his Cactus League debut Saturday against the Mariners in Peoria.
Trevor Cahill and Archie Bradley each made a good impression Thursday afternoon in the battle for spots in the D-backs starting rotation.
Bradley Zimmer admitted to coming down with some rookie jitters when he arrived at Goodyear Ballpark on Thursday. Once the highly-touted Indians prospect was on the field, things slowed down and felt more natural for the outfielder.
It was only two innings during a Grapefruit League game in early March, but for Mark Appel, it was another step towards Houston. He made his first appearance on Thursday afternoon, tallying a win and gaining some valuable experience.
There is a pretty healthy discussion going on within the Royals' organization these days about what to do with rookie left-hander Brandon Finnegan, who was drafted last year as a starter but has excelled out of the bullpen.
Cubs prospect Kyle Schwarber celebrated his 22nd birthday in a grand way Thursday. Schwarber, the 2014 No. 6 prospect in the Cubs organization according to MLB.com, hit a grand slam off Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong in the second inning of Thursday's contest.
Mariners first-base prospect Ji-Man Choi will undergo surgery on Thursday to repair a broken right leg after injuring himself leaping for a high throw in Wednesday's Cactus League opener against the Padres.
Young, homegrown players have played no small part in helping the Orioles reach the playoffs in two of the last three seasons. As a result, their latest group of prospects has plenty of role models to emulate as they advance through the Minor Leagues.
The Minnesota Twins have something very good going on in their farm system. With six prospects on the Top 100 list, they are generally considered to have among the top two or three farm systems in baseball. They also know that placement on prospect rankings doesn't mean a whole lot in the big picture.
Jose Berrios registering four strikeouts and Byron Buxton connected on a pair of doubles in an exhibition against the University of Minnesota on Wednesday night.
Tim Anderson has shown the White Sox he can hit during his two pro seasons, and he wants to prove he can play shortstop at the highest level.
As the Mariners' first-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, there are a lot of eyes on D.J. Peterson as he goes through his first Major League camp this spring. And the young third-base prospect didn't disappoint when he launched a home run on his initial at-bat in Seattle's 4-3 win in 10 innings over the Padres on Wednesday.
Rockies top prospect Jon Gray threw scoreless third and fourth innings against the D-backs in the Cactus League opener. But the talk of the day was one pitch.
The D-backs still view prospect Brandon Drury as a third baseman, but have not ruled out a future for him at second base. Last season, the 22-year-old played mostly third, but did make two appearances at second.
This time, right-hander Eddie Butler plans to be healthy and effective when the Rockies call his name. Butler's throwing shoulder wasn't right, and he knew it, when the Rockies summoned him to the Majors from Double-A Tulsa last June.
The Rays were very busy this offseason -- dating back to last July, really - breathing new life into a once robust system that had not been as productive as it had been in years past.
In just two trades -- one with the Marlins that involved Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes, and one with the Mets that brought in R.A. Dickey -- the Toronto Blue Jays emptied a large portion of the Minor League cupboard. In a short period of time, however, they have done a good job restocking the shelves, to the point where they have one of the best systems in baseball.
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A day after Mets veterans David Wright and Bobby Parnell confronted Noah Syndergaard for eating in the clubhouse during a game, the rookie apologized for actions that he called "straight-up ignorance on my part."
In the Rockies' world, a player may need to move around to move up. The Rockies usually carry 13 pitchers, while most teams tend to go with 12. That means fewer players on the Rockies' bench, so the more versatile a player, the better.
The A's have frequently used a strength-in-numbers approach, but rarely more often than this winter. In total, Billy Beane and David Forst acquired 27 players in nine trades during the Hot Stove season.
Tigers top hitting prospect Steven Moya, who is Detroit's No. 4-ranked prospect, according to MLB.com, missed Tuesday's Grapefruit League opener against the Orioles after suffering a back spasm, manager Brad Ausmus said. He'll be re-evaluated on Wednesday.
It has been easy to spot the extra attention on Luis Severino this spring at Yankees camp, which the young right-hander seems to be handling with a cool demeanor. That should have hinted at how he would deal with going up against proven big league performers.
Yankees Minor League catcher Luis Torrens has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder and will miss the 2015 season, the team announced on Tuesday.
Aaron Judge seems to have a knack for making a good first impression. The power-hitting outfielder slammed a three-run home run in his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday, helping the Yankees rally to a 5-5 tie against the Phillies at Bright House Field.
Early hysteria over 18-year-old lefty Julio Urias is reminiscent to Clayton Kershaw of early hysteria over a 20-year-old Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw said he has already talked to Urias about dealing with it all.
The Twins announced that No. 5 prospect Jose Berrios will start against the University of Minnesota on Wednesday, along with right-hander Kyle Gibson getting the nod for the Grapefruit League opener against the Red Sox on Thursday.
Perfect weather at Bright House Field on Tuesday afternoon complemented the start of the Grapefruit League season for the Yankees and Phillies, who played to a 5-5 tie. With two outs in the top of the ninth, Yankees No. 5 prospect Aaron Judge knotted the score with a three-run homer.
The Marlins like what they see in pitching prospects Jose Urena and Justin Nicolino. But the organization is in no rush to see either one in the big leagues before they're ready. That's why the organization is moving each one up one level at a time. Urena and Nicolino were anchors on Double-A Jacksonville's Southern League title team last year, and they are projected to start this season off at Triple-A New Orleans.
Danny Hultzen took another step on the long road back from shoulder surgery Tuesday as the Mariners' 2011 first-round Draft pick threw his first live batting practice of the spring and pronounced everything good.
Many think the White Sox won the offseason with their bold moves, but with the start of Cactus League play, it's now time to put aside all the expectations and see if the club can create its own identity.
Albert Almora played last season with a heavy heart and mind as he watched his father battle prostate cancer. Now, with those concerns put aside, the Cubs prospect believes he has gained a greater perspective on the game.
Now that the Braves' coaching staff has had a chance to watch Jose Peraza progress through the early days of his first big league camp, they find themselves among those debating when the heralded top prospect should make his Major League debut.
Tyrell Jenkins did not know that he and Rio Ruiz shared the distinction of having passed on the opportunity to be a quarterback for one of college football's elite programs. But he was well aware of Ruiz's baseball prowess long before the two were united as part of the impressive prospect crop the Braves brought to this year's Spring Training.
The Red Sox, already with a reputation of having one of the top farm systems in baseball, are to be on the cusp of adding to their prospect coffers with Yoan Moncada. But even without the Cuban infielder, Boston not only has a ton of talent, they have a good amount of it at the upper levels of the system. The Sox top two prospects, Blake Swihart and Henry Owens, look solid at big league camp.
While Major League clubs are preparing for Spring Training games in Arizona and Florida, one team from the Korea Baseball Organization wrapped up its first spring camp at the Urban Youth Academy on Monday.
Left-hander Matt Purke has been injury prone since he was selected by the Nationals in the third round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.
Left-hander Carlos Rodon makes his Cactus League debut Friday when the White Sox take on the Padres, and the highly touted prospect doesn't seem overwhelmed or nervous about the opportunity.
Francisco Lindor, the Indians' top-ranked prospect and No. 4 overall according to MLB.com, may be able to hold his own in the big leagues, but Cleveland is intent on letting the 21-year-old refine his skills in the Minor Leagues a little while longer.
The Blue Jays are planning to bring in Scott Rolen later this week to work with prized prospect Mitch Nay. The former All-Star is set to work with Nay on his fielding at third base and possibly his hitting as well.
Jorge Soler arrived in Spring Training 25 pounds heavier and with a better understanding of what big league pitchers are trying to do to him.
Outfielder Courtney Hawkins, ranked as the fifth-best White Sox prospect, once put pressure on himself to reach the Majors yesterday. Now, the team's top Draft pick from 2012 is letting his progress take its natural course.
Right-hander Jandel Gustave, a Rule 5 Draft pick, intrigued the Royals' scouting department enough with his 101-mph fastball that the club considers it a real possibility that it could carry him on the 25-man roster all season.
After a decent start at Double-A last season, something strange happened to Royals prospect Hunter Dozier. He went through a slump, an actual, nasty two-week stretch in which he went 5-for-42. Dozier calls it the worst hitting slump of his young baseball life.
Braves president of baseball operations John Hart and manager Fredi Gonzalez were among the many members of the organization who seemingly made a point to watch Tyrell Jenkins complete his live batting practice session on Monday.
The Padres are looking to get as many innings as possible for the 29 pitchers in camp, several of whom are competing for a spot in the rotation.
Kyle Kubitza has what every prospect wants -- a clear path. The Angels traded one of those young, high-upside starting pitching prospects they barely have because they needed someone to play third base in 2016, and the club believes Kubitza can be that player.
Kris Bryant has impressed Cubs manager Joe Maddon so far this spring. "He's solid, he's motivated," Maddon said Sunday of the Cubs' top prospect.
When Matt Duffy made his Major League debut for the Giants last Aug. 1, a certain Astros prospect started receiving congratulatory messages from a couple of his distant relatives. There was no confusion on his part, though. He knew exactly what was up.
Erasmo Ramirez and Jordan Pries are scheduled to start Monday's intrasquad game for the Mariners.
The Pirates brought Tyler Glasnow to big league camp to show him something about a Major League environment. Instead, the 21-year-old right-hander has been showing them something.
The Reds got a long look at right-handed pitching prospect Daniel Corcino when he was a September callup last season. Corcino made three starts and fared well, but he doesn't appear to be under consideration for one of the rotation spots up for grabs this spring.
About 30 of the Astros' most promising prospects, including several members of the 2014 Draft class, reported to the Minor League complex at Osceola County Stadium on Sunday morning in advance of a mini-camp that begins Monday.
There's a voracious reader in the Tigers clubhouse. Wynton Bernard has always found books as a way to fill the free time in a Minor League season.
Right-hander Asher Wojciechowski may have been one of the most excited players to hit Astros camp this year, for no other reason than he was finally healthy after missing all of last year's camp with a strained right lat muscle.
The Dodgers like Alex Guerrero's offensive potential, but are still trying to determine if and where the infielder fits in the organization. The 28-year-old will see action at second base, third base and in the outfield during Spring Training.
Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire, general manager Farhan Zaidi, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and special advisor Sandy Koufax all gathered on the field behind a batting cage at Camelback Ranch to watch a teenage phenom throw live batting practice Sunday afternoon.
Hunter Morris, once the Brewers' heir apparent to Prince Fielder at first base, finds himself exiled from the 40-man roster and sliding down the depth chart. He knows exactly what's at stake this spring.
Blaine Hardy was an unlikely story a year ago, brought to camp as a non-roster invitee and making enough of an impression to earn a midseason callup and a bullpen spot.
Twins pitching prospect Alex Meyer returned to camp Sunday following the loss of his grandfather, Don Meyer.
While we salivate at the release of the Top 100 prospect lists, the fact is that very few players become superstars. But some still manage to surprise you when most have stopped paying attention. Who could it be this season?