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Rookie first baseman Jon Singleton, who has been struggling mightily, figures to start only a few more games this season.
Trea Turner was at Petco Park on Friday, though the 21-year-old, with 69 professional games under his belt, was just here to take batting practice and field ground balls while the front-office staff and manager Bud Black got a look at him.
Jose Peraza and Jason Hursh will be among the prospects honored when the Braves introduce their Minor League Players of the Year during an on-field ceremony before Saturday night's game against the Mets. Gaining the top honors, Peraza was named the organization's Player of the Year and Hursh was named the organization's Pitcher of the Year.
Fourteen members of Kansas City's farm system, dressed in suits and ties, lined Kauffman Stadium's backstop watching the Royals take batting practice on Friday, undoubtedly envisioning themselves in the same spot one day.
The Rays handed out their Minor League awards before Friday night's game at Tropicana Field, with outfielder Johnny Field named Player of the Year and left-hander Blake Snell the organization's Pitcher of the Year.
Dalton Pompey grew up rooting for the Yankees and watching Derek Jeter, so the fact that his first career Major League start came at Yankee Stadium made it that much more special to him. Pompey promptly recorded his first career hit in the Majors with a single in the second inning of the Blue Jays' 5-3 loss on Friday night. At the end of the inning he had a brief conversation with Jeter, who told him, "Congrats, I hope for a great career for you."
Jonathan Mayo answers fans questions about the Red Sox's Minor League rotation, the Arizona Fall League and more in this week's Pipeline Inbox.
One led all of the Minors in home runs and slugging percentage. The other topped all pitching prospects in batting average against while finishing third in ERA. It's for those reasons that Kris Bryant of the Cubs and Tyler Glasnow of the Pirates have been chosen as MLBPipeline.com's 2014 Hitting Prospect and Pitching Prospect of the Year.
Mark Appel, one of the Astros' top prospects and the No. 1 overall pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, threw in the bullpen at Minute Maid Park on Thursday in front of Doug Brocail and pitching coach Brent Strom.
The Brewers re-signed catcher Shawn Zarraga to a Minor League contract on Thursday, ensuring he'll be eligible to participate as planned in the Arizona Fall League. Zarraga will be a taxi squad player for the Glendale Desert Dogs.
The last untethered Major League organization and the last open Triple-A affiliate came together Thursday, when the Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Springs Sky Sox announced a two-year player development contract.
Rookie Taijuan Walker flew ahead to Houston on Thursday as the Mariners looked to give the young right-hander a little rest for his Friday start, with Seattle not expected to arrive at its hotel in Houston until 5 or 6 a.m. CT on Friday thanks to a night getaway game concluding a four-game series at Angel Stadium.
The Reds Class A Advanced affiliate will now be located in Daytona, Fla., after the two clubs agreed Thursday on a four-year affiliation agreement through the 2018 season.
Every two years after the Minor League season ends, a brief, frenzied window opens for clubs looking to change affiliations opens. This year, Major League clubs were allowed to begin negotiating new player development contracts with unaffiliated Minor League teams on Tuesday and, already, several affiliations have changed hands.
The San Francisco Giants entered into a two-year Player Development Contract with the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats on Thursday.
Yasmany Tomas, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound outfielder who is expected to command a contract that rivals fellow Cuban countrymen Rusney Castillo, Jose Abreu and Yasiel Puig, will showcase his talents in front representatives from all 30 MLB teams in the Dominican Republic on Sunday.
The Astros have signed a two-year player-development contract with the Fresno Grizzlies, who previously had a 17-year relationship with the San Francisco Giants. Houston will move its Triple-A operations beginning next year, with the contract expiring following the 2016 season.
At the young age of 23, left-handed pitcher David Holmberg is currently pitching for his third organization. The Chicago White Sox selected him in the second round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. He was chosen directly from Port Charlotte (Fla.) High School. As a senior, he threw 132 strikeouts with a 0.22 ERA.
The Cubs announced a partnership with South Bend (Ind.) to host their Class A Midwest League affiliate, leaving Kane County after two seasons. The deal with South Bend runs through the 2018 season.
When the White Sox acquired Matt Davidson from the D-backs in exchange for closer Addison Reed last offseason, they appeared to have their third baseman of the future. But with 10 games remaining in the 2014 regular season, it looks as if that position belongs to Conor Gillaspie.
The A's are headed to the capital of country music, announcing a four-year player-development deal with Triple-A Nashville of the Pacific Coast League on Thursday.
Settling into the No. 2 spot in the order, rookie Joe Panik has helped drive the Giants to within two games of the Dodgers in a spirited National League West race that's destined for a wild finish.
Top Mariners prospect Taijuan Walker will move back into the starting rotation Friday against the Astros, as rookie southpaw Roenis Elias is likely done for the season after experiencing elbow problems.
With Brad Miller heating up at shortstop, rookie Chris Taylor saw his playing time curtailed the past few weeks and started just three of 12 games in one stretch to start the month. But the 24-year-old has continued playing well when given the chance.
Somewhat lost in the Mariners' offensive breakthrough in Tuesday's 13-2 victory over the Angels was yet another stellar outing by Seattle's bullpen, including the first career victory for newcomer Carson Smith.
No. 1 prospect Kris Bryant and Jen-Ho Tseng were honored Wednesday as the Cubs' Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.
The Triple-A Nashville Sounds' decision to seek a new parent club elicited a strong reaction from Brewers general manager Doug Melvin, whose top affiliate will play in either Fresno, Calif., or Colorado Springs, Colo., beginning in 2015.
Hurricane Odile, a Category 3 storm which caused severe damage after touching down in northern Mexico on Sunday, delayed the return home of the Canadian Junior National Team, leaving the group stranded over 1,864 miles away while their peers competed in the Tournament 12 showcase at Rogers Centre. The hurricane battered the Los Cabos airport in Mexico, causing closures and leaving tourists in the region unable to travel for days.
The Astros on Wednesday named left-handed pitcher Josh Hader their Minor League Pitcher of the Year and outfielder Brett Phillips their Minor League Player of the Year.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., a 6-ft-2, 220-pound outfielder, is considered one of the top prospects for the international class of 2015, and the 15-year-old is expected to command a large signing bonus when he becomes eligible to sign on July 2.
The Orioles called up Christian Walker, their No. 4 prospect, for the first time Wednesday to add some depth at first base and to get a chance to see one of their top prospects compete at the Major League level. Walker, who was immediately inserted into the lineup, didn't wait long to show the O's what he can do, doubling for his first Major League hit in the seventh inning of Baltimore's 6-1 win.
Jorge Soler handled his transition to the Cubs extremely well. He hit .271 with a homer and six doubles among his 23 fall hits. Playing a very solid right field, Soler played in 20 games and went to the plate 85 times.
As the final out of the Triple-A Championship Game landed in right fielder Brett Eibner's glove Tuesday night, Triple-A Omaha stormed out of the third-base dugout at BB&T Ballpark. The Storm Chasers had defeated Pawtucket, 4-2, to win their second straight title.
Rockies pitching prospect Eddie suffered a right rotator cuff strain in his Major League debut in June and spent the rest of the season rehabbing and trying to find his form in the Minors, but he's back in the Majors and is expected to start Saturday against the D-backs.
Red Sox righty Anthony Ranaudo gave up two more homers on Tuesday night, accounting for all of the runs he allowed in a 4-0 loss to the Pirates.
It didn't take long for Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs' No. 1 pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, to hit a couple balls into the bleachers during batting practice Tuesday. Next step will be instructional league where he'll work on fine-tuning his catching skills.
Tyler Glasnow was named the Pirates' Minor League Pitcher of the Year for the second consecutive season, while Josh Bell was dubbed the organization's Minor League Player of the Year.
It took Rusney Castillo years to realize his dream of playing in the Major Leagues, but just one game to get his first career hit. The Cuban outfielder went 1-for-4 for the Red Sox in Wednesday's 9-1 loss to the Pirates, as he came up with an infield single in his second at-bat.
The top youth baseball talent from Canada will call Rogers Centre home for the next week. Tournament 12, an amateur baseball showcase featuring 160 of the best First-Year Player Draft-eligible players nationwide, kicked off Tuesday at the Blue Jays' home stadium in downtown Toronto.
Fernando Tatis Jr., 15, is one of 200 international teenage prospects participating in the Dominican Prospect League tournament and showcase, which started Monday and continues through Friday. The prospects, including Tatis Jr., are expected to be eligible to sign when next year's international signing period begins on July 2.
The Cubs Tuesday agreed on a two-year player development contract extension with Triple-A Iowa through the 2018 season and also signed a new deal with Myrtle Beach to move their Class A team to the Carolina League after 22 years with Daytona in the Florida State League.
Rymer Liriano was at the San Diego Padres' Dominican Republic baseball academy when the facility opened in 2008. Now, after battling back from Tommy John surgery, he is the first player from the academy to make the Major League club. Liriano made his big league debut on Aug. 11.
Third baseman Rio Ruiz, the Astros' No. 9 prospect, went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run and an RBI after injured No. 2 overall prospect Carlos Correa threw out the first pitch.
Three September callups made their way into the lineup Monday against the Cubs.
Kyle Zimmer has thrown four scoreless innings for the Storm Chasers, helping them win the Pacific Coast League and reach Tuesday's Triple-A National Championship Game against Pawtucket, the International League champions.
Down to its last strike in Game 4 of the Governors' Cup on Friday at Durham, Pawtucket rallied. Newly signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo hit an RBI single to tie the game and Pawtucket went on to win in 13 innings. It won again the next day in Game 5 to claim the International League title for the first time since 2012.
The Rockies will turn to left-hander Yohan Flande to start Thursday night against the D-backs, which means lefty Franklin Morales has been removed from the rotation for the remainder of the season.
The Rockies recalled switch-hitting infielder Cristhian Adames, their No. 13-ranked prospect, on Monday after he participated in Double-A Tulsa's five-game loss to Midland in the Texas League Championship Series.
A total of 63 players have played for the Red Sox's Triple-A Pawtucket affiliate this year (including the postseason), and the club has made 214 roster moves. That led manager Kevin Boles to use 141 lineups in 144 games during the regular season.
While building an offensive resume that has his name mentioned as a prime American League Rookie of the Year candidate, White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu believes he has benefited immensely by getting an up-close-and-personal view of Paul Konerko's farewell season.
After winning the Southern League championship, lefty Justin Nicolino received another honor on Monday, when he was named the Marlins' Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Catcher J.T. Realmuto, currently on the big league club, was the organization's Player of the Year.
Cecchini's statistical resume with Pawtucket didn't match the lofty standards of his first three years in the Minor Leagues. This, however, is precisely why Cecchini, the Red Sox No. 3 prospect, says it was "the best year I've had."
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, sidelined since Aug. 27 because of a lower back strain, returned to the lineup Monday, and he was slotted to hit ahead of rookie Jorge Soler.
Cubs fans will see Kris Bryant at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, but he won't be in the lineup. Not yet. Bryant and Jen-Ho Tseng were named the organization's Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. The pair will be honored prior to the Cubs' game Wednesday against the Reds.
Ever the competitor, Henry Owens wishes he could have joined his friends Anthony Ranaudo and Matt Barnes for their first foray into life in the big leagues. But Owens understands why he wasn't called up, and he values what he learned at Triple-A.
Right-hander Aaron Brooks pitched a complete-game two-hitter as Triple-A Omaha beat the Reno Aces, 4-0, on Sunday to win the Pacific Coast League Championship Series, 3-2.
Following Triple-A Durham's 4-1 loss to Pawtucket in the International League Championship game on Saturday night, the Rays opted to add three players from Durham for Monday's game: Right-hander Alex Colome, infielder Nick Franklin, and left-hander C.J. Riefenhauser.
Raimel Tapia went 2-for-5 with a home run and right-hander Konner Wade threw seven scoreless innings as the Asheville Tourists clinched the South Atlantic League championship with a 4-1 victory in the fifth and deciding game of the title series on Saturday night.
Brandon Finnegan, the Royals' first-round pick of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, had retired all eight batters he'd faced since being called up to the Majors this month. But in pitching a scoreless ninth inning to finish up a 7-1 victory over the Red Sox on Saturday night, Finnegan surrendered a single to pinch-hitter Allen Craig.
Jacob Rogers smacked a two-run home run and finished with three RBIs to lead Class A Kane County to a 7-2 win over Lake County and clinch the Midwest League championship.
Triple-A Pawtucket claimed its second Governors' Cup title in three years with a 4-1 win over Durham in the series' decisive Game 5 on Saturday night.
Five home runs by Triple-A Omaha pushed the Storm Chasers to a deciding Game 5 of the Pacific Coast League Championship on Sunday at their Werner Park.
Clint Coulter's offensive performance at Class A Wisconsin helped him earn honors as the Brewers' Minor League Player of the Year, but it's uncertain if the former first-round Draft pick will remain behind the plate.
Carson Smith, an eighth-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas State University, is the latest power arm in the Mariners 'pen as he joins a group that has posted a 2.39 ERA while going from the 29th-lowest ERA in the Majors in 2013 to the best in 2014.
Cardinals outfielder Randal Grichuk is making a case for a more prominent role in manager Mike Matheny's crowded outfield rotation.
Two days ago, Red Sox manager John Farrell announced that Mookie Betts would shift to second base. The move became official on Saturday as Betts started his first career big league game at second base, the position Betts played at the apex of his meteoric rise through Boston's farm system.
Rafael Montero is headed to the bullpen again. The 23-year-old rookie right-hander, who earned his first Major League win on Wednesday, will serve as an additional relief arm for the time being, according to manager Terry Collins.
As the Minor League season nears completion, championship series around the country are reaching their nail-biting conclusions. Saturday, at least two titles will be awarded, as decisive Game 5's will be played in the South Atlantic League and International League championship series.
Right-hander Lance McCullers, the Astros' No. 6 prospect, threw six scoreless innings Friday in Game 2 of the California League championship series and Class A Lancaster defeated Visalia, 3-0. With the victory, the JetHawks evened the best-of-five series at one game apiece.
Triple-A Omaha's season was pushed to the brink of elimination with Friday's 2-1 loss to Reno in Game 3 of the best-of-five Pacific Coast League championship series. The Storm Chasers must win on Saturday and Sunday to claim the title.
Double-A Jacksonville finished the regular season on a 10-game winning streak, clinching a playoff spot on the last day of the season. The hot streak continued in the playoffs, culminating Friday with a 6-1 victory against visiting Chattanooga to complete a sweep of the best-of-five Southern League Championship Series.
Binghamton walked off with a 2-1 victory over Richmond on Friday to sweep of the best-of-five series.
The D-backs continued adding to their expanded roster on Friday, recalling outfielder Brett Jackson and left-handed pitcher Joe Paterson from Triple-A Reno.
Dalton Pompey lived out a childhood dream -- on home turf, no less -- in the Blue Jays' series finale against the Cubs earlier this week.
J.P. Crawford's plan for 2015 sounds like a simple one: Get bigger. Get better. The Phillies on Friday presented Crawford, whom they selected in the first round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, the Paul Owens Award for the organization's Minor League Player of the Year.
Outfielder Steven Moya and pitcher Austin Kubitza were announced as the Tigers' Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.
Jim Callis answers questions about what prospects will end up as All-Stars, the Cubs' strategy with their prospects, and Indians first baseman Bobby Bradley.
Phil Bickford, a former first-round pick projected to go very early in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, will attend the Community College of Southern Nevada next spring, according to a source familiar with the situation.
For the past month, Jacksonville has been one of the hottest teams in the Minor Leagues. The Marlins' Double-A affiliate won the first two games of the the Southern League finals series on the road against Chattanooga, and will have a chance to capture the championship at home Friday.
Right-handed-hitting Phillies third-base prospect Maikel Franco has power to spare. Once he refines a few issues, Franco will be a very welcome source of power at Citizens Bank Park.
The Mets are a club fortunate to have two young catchers with solid Major League tools. WithTravis d'Arnaud assuming the everyday catching role for the parent club, Kevin Plawecki is continuing his development in the Mets' pipeline as a promising offensive and defensive catcher.
Rookie-level Billings was the best team in the Pioneer League in the second half of the season and that success carried over into the playoffs. The Mustangs swept their semifinal series and, Thursday, they completed a sweep in the finals. In Game 2 of the best-of-three series, Billings defeated the Owlz at Orem, 6-5. It was their first Pioneer League championship since 2003.
Kane County shut out Lake County on Thursday night, leaving the Cubs' Class A Midwest League affiliate one victory from capturing the league championship.
Rockies top prospect David Dahl helped carry Class A Asheville past Hagerstown on Thursday, leaving Colorado's farm team one win away from the South Atlantic League championship.
After splitting the first two games of the best-of-five Pacific Coast League championship series, the Omaha Storm Chasers will meet the Reno Aces at 7:05 p.m. CT on Friday at Werner Park in Omaha, Neb.
With Dustin Pedroia out for the season, and Brock Holt still dealing with a head injury, Red Sox manager John Farrell revealed on Thursday that Mookie Betts will likely fill the second-base job for the remainder of the season.
Courtney Hawkins did it all in high school, pitching and hitting. But the White Sox turned their No. 5 prospect into a full-time outfielder, and the 20-year-old has the tools to become an above-average Major Leaguer.
The Cincinnati Reds have a very versatile power pitcher currently in development in 6-foot-3, 195-pound right-hander Michael Lorenzen. He has flown through the Reds' Minor League system, and it appears he could be on a very fast track.
Due to his size, 6-foot-6, 205-pound Boston Red Sox left-hander Henry Owens may remind some people of a young Randy Johnson. Johnson was four inches taller and threw harder. But it would be understandable for people to see some Johnson in Owens.
White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper is looking forward to working with Carlos Rodon, the team's top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft and third overall selection, who could break camp in '15 as part of the big league starting rotation.
Harwich outfielder Ian Happ was the lone player who entered the Cape season as a consensus first-rounder for 2015, and he did nothing to diminish his status. Several others significantly helped their causes, such as Bourne shortstop Richie Martin Jr. and Brewster outfielder Gio Brusa, though their lack of track record means they'll have to prove themselves again as juniors next spring.
The final Minor League championship series will get underway Thursday when the California League finals begin between Lancaster and Visalia.
A's No. 1 prospect Daniel Robertson has quickly acclimated to Double-A pitching and hit his first Double-A home run Wednesday in Game 2 of the Texas League championship series.
Led by catcher J.T. Realmuto, the Marlins' No. 7 prospect, Double-A Jacksonville defeated Chattanooga, 5-3, in Game 1 of the Southern League Championship Series on Wednesday. It was the Suns' 14th win in their last 15 games, a hot streak that dates back to the regular season.
Class A Kane County opened its 2014 Midwest League Championship series vs. Lake County on Wednesday with a 4-3 win at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.
After losing Game 1 of the Mills Cup to Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach on Saturday, the Nationals won three straight games and captured the Carolina League championship with a 5-1 victory Wednesday in Game 4.
The Reds acquired a pair of Minor League pitchers from the Brewers on Wednesday to complete their Aug. 31 trade of reliever Jonathan Broxton. Cincinnati received right-handers Kevin Shackelford and Barrett Astin in the deal.
Mariners reliever Carson Smith, who was brought up from Triple-A when big league rosters expanded for September, is already carrying out a rookie rite of passage.
Padres manager Bud Black slotted rookie infielder Cory Spangenberg in left field for Wednesday night's finale with the Dodgers as a way to get both his and third baseman Yangervis Solarte's bat in the lineup.
Angels first-round pick Sean Newcomb began his professional career with an 8.44 ERA in his first five games, then finished it by giving up one run and striking out 16 in his last nine innings. The key, according to general manager Scott Servais: "He finally put the fear of God in people."
Two of the brightest spots in the Phillies' Minor League system were honored for their terrific 2014 campaigns on Wednesday.
Three of the Cardinals' September callups played in Tuesday's 9-5 loss to the Reds at Great American Ball Park. Right-hander Sam Tuivailala made his Major League debut in the eighth inning. Outfielder Tommy Pham also made his big league debut, and Xavier Scruggs hit an RBI double for his first big league hit.
Dilson Herrera won the Mets' organizational Player of the Year award, after flying through Class A Advanced St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton with a combined .323 average, 13 home runs and 23 stolen bases in 128 games.
Championship week continues Wednesday in the Minor Leagues, as the Midwest League and the Southern League get their finals underway. In all, seven circuits will play finals games today.
Which prospect/rookie will have the largest impact in September and October? MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo argues that second baseman Kolten Wong is ready to play a vital role for St. Louis this fall.
No rookie will have a greater impact on his team in September and October than Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura writes MLB.com's Jim Callis.
Second baseman Wilmer Difo's breakout season got another highlight Tuesday night in Game 2 of the South Atlantic League championship series.
Pitching in front of family and friends, Red Sox right-hander Matt Barnes controlled his nerves Tuesday night at Fenway Park and allowed three hits in three scoreless innings in his Major League debut. He tossed the last three frames in a 4-1 loss to the Orioles, striking out two.
The State College Spikes jumped out to an early lead, scoring six runs in the top of the first inning, cruising to an 11-2 victory on Tuesday vs. Tri-City, winning the best-of-three series and claiming their first New York-Penn League championship.
Outfielder Brandon Nimmo, the Mets' No. 3 prospect, collected two hits and drove in two runs Tuesday to lead Double-A Binghamton to a 5-2 victory against Richmond in Game 1 of the Eastern League championship series.
Prospect Maikel Franco had more than one thing to be proud about Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.
Chris Bassitt has thrown just 50 2/3 innings entering Wednesday's start against the A's after throwing 149 last year, so he feels ready for more as the season winds down, and he'll get it when he takes part in the Arizona Fall League.
Clint Coulter's power surge and Jimmy Nelson's dominant first half earned each Brewers prospect a significant pat on the back Tuesday. Coulter was named the Brewers' Minor League Player of the Year, and Nelson, who has graduated from prospect status since a midseason callup to the Majors, was named Pitcher of the Year.
Cubs prospect Kris Bryant has been named the Minor League Player Of The Year by Baseball America. The 22-year-old hit a total of 43 homers and 110 RBIs between Double-A and Triple-A this season.
Michael Chavis took batting practice at Fenway Park on Tuesday afternoon, going through his normal habit of staying through the ball and hitting line drives at first. After a little while, though, the 26th overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft began trying to air some balls out over the Green Monster.
With spots in next Tuesday's Triple-A National Championship Game on the line, both the International League and the Pacific Coast League will begin their best-of-five finals on Tuesday. And the four franchises involved have plenty of experience at this level of the postseason.
Third baseman Ryan McMahon, the Rockies' No. 7 prospect, collected three hits and drove in four runs Monday, as Class A Asheville outslugged Hagerstown at home, 16-7, in Game 1 of the South Atlantic League championship series. McMahon went 3-for-5 with a double, a walk and two runs. In three playoff games, he has gone 5-for-12 with two doubles and three walks.
With Game 4 of the Florida State League championship series deadlocked at 2 in the 11th inning, Fort Myers outfielder Jason Kanzler stepped to the plate to face Daytona right-hander Stephen Perakslis. There was one out and a runner on second and the Miracle were one victory away from winning the best-of-five series, but hadn't scored since the fourth inning. Kanzler quickly changed that. He drove a ball out to center field for a two-run homer to give Fort Myers the lead. Right-hander Zack Jones set down host Daytona in order in the bottom of the 11th, punctuating Fort Myers' 4-2 victory with a game-ending strikeout.
Led by left fielder Derek Fisher, the Astros' No. 14 prospect, short-season Tri-City defeated State College, 3-0, Monday in Game 2 of the New York-Penn League championship series. The ValleyCats victory sets up a decisive third game Tuesday in the best-of-three series. Fisher went 3-for-4 with a double and a run. In four playoff games, he is hitting .462/.500/.769 with two runs.
Maikel Franco was named the Phillies Minor League Player of the Month for the second consecutive month, while right-hander David Whitehead scooped up Pitcher of the Month after his stellar August for Class A Williamsport.
As a reward for their standout seasons and in an effort to fortify the roster for the final three weeks, the Cardinals promoted infielder Greg Garcia, outfielder Tommy Pham and right-handed reliever Sam Tuivailala from Triple-A as part of the organization's final round of September callups on Monday.
Impressed with the progress he's made with Triple-A Pawtucket this season, the Red Sox called up right-hander Matt Barnes on Monday. "I'm happy to be here. This is where I want to be," said Barnes, the Red Sox's No. 12 prospect, according to MLB.com. "This has been my dream since I was a young kid. It is awesome."
The Mets expect second baseman Daniel Murphy to return from the disabled list on Tuesday, effectively making Dilson Herrera a bench player for the rest of the season.
Shortly after the Mets' final wave of September callups officially reported to New York, general manager Sandy Alderson explained top prospect Noah Syndergaard's absence as more procedural than anything else.
With Triple-A Reno advancing to the Pacific Coast League Championship Series against Omaha, the D-backs will continue to wait for their September reinforcements from the Aces.
Indians manager Terry Francona said Sunday that calling up top prospect Francisco Lindor right now did not make sense in the organization's eyes.
Oscar Taveras parlayed the positives of a pinch-hit appearance on Friday night and the subsequent placement in the lineup into a performance that included a two-run homer, the difference in the Cardinals' 5-3 win over the Brewers on Saturday night.
For large portions of the season, the Rockies have been without the 2014 Home Run Derby Captain, the 2013 National League batting champion and a two-time All-Star outfielder. But according to manager Walt Weiss, nothing has stung more than the fact that five of their starting pitchers have each missed at least two months.
The Astros are searching for a new manager at Double-A Corpus Christi after they informed Hooks skipper Keith Bodie on Friday he wasn't coming back. Bodie spent 16 years in the Astros organization, including the last three at Corpus Christi.
Many members of the Braves have delighted as Christian Bethancourt has spent the past couple months showing he has the passion necessary to succeed at the Major League level on a permanent basis.
The Blue Jays usually like to have rookies make their Major League debuts in low-pressure situations, but Daniel Norris was tossed right into the fire, and he wouldn't have it any other way.
For the next week or so, Sean Berry will live out of a suitcase, though that won't represent much of a change for the Padres' Minor League hitting coordinator.
It was easy Saturday for Padres rookie reliever R.J. Alvarez to look back at his big league debut on Wednesday and finally have a laugh. "I was trying to do too much," Alvarez said.
Tigers prospect James McCann's first Major League start had him catching former Cy Young winner David Price and hitting against Giants All-Star Madison Bumgarner.
Five players selected by the Cardinals in the first seven rounds of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft highlight the 44 players the Cardinals have invited to their annual instructional league, which begins later this month.
As playoff baseball continues across the Minor Leagues this weekend, the championship series will begin Saturday in two circuits. In the Carolina League, Class A Advanced Potomac will travel to Myrtle Beach for Game 1 of the best-of-five Mills Cup series. Later in the evening, across the continent, the Northwest League championship series will get under way with Vancouver hosting Hillsboro in the best-of-three series.
The Mets announced after Friday's 14-5 win over the Reds at Great American Ball Park that 23-year-old right-hander Rafael Montero, the team's No. 6 prospect on MLB.com, will be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas and join the club in Cincinnati on Saturday.
Third baseman Matt Chapman, the A's first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning Friday, leading Double-A Midland to a 3-2 victory against Frisco in Game 3 of their Texas League semifinal series.
After splitting the first two games of the Appalachian League finals, Rookie-level Johnson City won the decisive third game Friday, defeating Danville, 4-2, to capture the championship.
Left-hander Ty Blach combined with relievers Edwin Quirarte and Steven Okert for a three-hit shutout on Friday as Double-A Richmond defeated Akron, 1-0, in Game 3 of their Eastern League semifinal series. The Flying Squirrels lead the best-of-five series 2-1.
Right-hander Nick Tropeano will be plugged into the pitching rotation beginning Wednesday in Seattle and will make three starts as the Astros will go with a six-man rotation in the final 2 1/2 weeks of the regular season.
Jimmy Reed: mental toughness is the biggest part of pitching. Having sound mechanics and command are certainly a big part of being a successful pitcher. But being mentally tough takes precedent over everything. The guy who has all the talent in the world isn't worth anything if he crumbles under pressure or doesn't have the confidence to get hitters out without his best stuff.
The Cubs lineup that took the field Friday afternoon included only two players who were in the Major Leagues at the start of the season. The reinforcements, meanwhile, have been more than holding their own.
Triple-A Memphis evened its best-of-five semifinal series against Omaha with a 4-3 win in Game 2 of the Pacific Coast League playoffs on Thursday. The series now shifts to Memphis for the final two -- or, if necessary, three -- games of the series.
Jeff Kobernus played in 24 games with the Nationals last year with a .167 average. He homered once and stole three bases. Plus, he can play in positions in the infield and outfield.
Byron Buxton is symptom-free after suffering a concussion on Aug. 13, and is at home resting in Georgia before the fall instructional league begins in Fort Myers, Fla., assistant general manager Rob Antony said on Friday.
White Sox pitching coordinator Curt Hasler is confident left-hander Carlos Rodon has what it takes to succeed in the big leagues for a long time.
When the Red Sox optioned Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A Pawtucket on Aug. 18, manager John Farrell said the outfielder would work on his swing and be back in September. Bradley was with the team and active Friday, albeit not in the starting lineup against the Blue Jays.
Tyler Matzek was stellar over nine innings, while Drew Stubbs and Nolan Arenado belted homers in leading the Rockies to a 3-0 win over the Padres on Friday night.
Jonathan Mayo answers questions about Kris Bryant, the Arizona Fall League, the 2015 Draft and more in this week's Pipeline Inbox.
Henry Owens, the Red Sox's No. 2 prospect, will have his first chance to contribute to Triple-A Pawtucket's playoff push Friday, when he takes the mound in Game 3 of its International League semifinal series against Syracuse.
Left-hander Jairo Labourt, the Blue Jays' No. 16 prospect, allowed one run in six innings and earned the win, as Class A short-season Vancouver defeated Spokane, 5-4, in Game 2 of their Northwest League semifinal series.
With Double-A Jacksonville trailing Mobile by one run and down to its final out Thursday in Game 1 of their Southern League semifinals series, second baseman Austin Barnes, the Marlins' No. 16 prospect, stepped up to the plate. Thanks to an error, the tying run was on first base, but Barnes would have to face right-hander Kaleb Fleck, the BayBears closer who ranked fourth in the league with 17 saves this season.
Led by Adam Brett Walker and Travis Harrison, the Twins' Nos. 13 and 16 prospects, respectively, Class A Advanced Fort Myers defeated Daytona, 5-1, on Thursday in Game 1 of the Florida State League championship series.
Third baseman Garin Cecchini collected four hits and right-hander Matt Barnes threw seven scoreless innings Thursday, as Triple-A Pawtucket defeated Syracuse, 8-2, in Game 2 of their International League semifinal series.
Johnson City (Tenn.), one of the Cardinals' rookie-level affiliates, sits one win away from capturing the Appalachian League title after defeating the Danville Braves, 2-1, in Game 1 of the best-of-three championship series.
Pitcher Spencer Patton joined the Rangers on Thursday. He was supposed to be in Kansas City as one of the September callups but was delayed because his wife was giving birth to their first child -- son Bruer -- on Wednesday.
The Rockies' extreme wave of injuries has exposed the team's lack of depth. But in the same sense, it has also allowed an opportunity to discover talent that never would have been tapped into if it wasn't for this series of bad breaks.
The main business on Cape Cod is tourism, and the second-most productive industry in eastern Massachusetts might be the refinement of baseball players. The Cape Cod League, which traces its roots back to 1885, has been the top proving ground for college players for the last three decades.
Orioles infielder Christian Walker and right-hander Tyler Wilson have been named the organization's Minor League Players of the Year, the club announced on Thursday.
The Cubs named Class A Advanced Daytona catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber and Double-A Tennessee right-hander Pierce Johnson as the Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for August.
Louie Eljaua remembers the first time he saw Jorge Soler in 2009, and he recalls how impressed he was at the then-teenage outfielder's size and skills. And Eljaua isn't surprised that Soler has made a smooth transition to the big leagues.
Southpaw Andrew Heaney, the Marlins' No. 1 prospect, didn't take his sweet time working through Miami's system. And even though his quick progress included a stretch of rough outings during his four-start stint in the Major Leagues, the Marlins are fully invested in the player expected to anchor their rotation alongside the likes of Jose Fernandez.
The Cardinals have called up first baseman Xavier Scruggs from Triple-A Memphis earlier than expected to give manager Mike Matheny more options behind the struggling Matt Adams.
The best-of-three semifinals of the Florida State League playoffs came to quick conclusions Wednesday, as Fort Myers eliminated Bradenton in two games and Daytona cruised to a sweep of Dunedin. Now, Fort Myers and Daytona will meet in the league's best-of-five championship game series, beginning on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. ET.
Outfielders David Dahl and Raimel Tapia, the Rockies' No. 3 and 5 prospects, combined for six hits, five runs and three RBIs on Wednesday, as Class A Asheville defeated Savannah, 8-3, in Game 1 of its South Atlantic League semifinal series.
Terrance Gore was used as a pinch-runner on Wednesday night, stole third base and scored on an error for the final run in a 4-1 victory over the Rangers at Kauffman Stadium, delivering in exactly the manner anticipated when KC added the rookie speedster this week.
Right-hander Domingo German, the Marlins' No. 11 prospect, threw six scoreless innings Wednesday, but it wasn't enough to lead Class A Greensboro to a victory in Game 1 of its South Atlantic League semifinal series against Hagerstown.
Batting back-to-back in Class A Lake County's lineup Wednesday, outfielders Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer, the Indians' past two first-round picks, combined for five hits, three runs and four RBIs on Wednesday, as the Captains defeated South Bend, 6-2, in Game 1 of their first round Midwest League playoff series.
Left-hander Edwin Escobar, the Red Sox's No. 9 prospect, was one out away from completing a five-hit shutout for Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday in Game 1 of its International League semifinal series against Syracuse.
D-backs top prospect Archie Bradley lasted just one-third of an inning in his final regular-season start, but the right-hander is healthy entering the Southern League playoffs, according to GM Kevin Towers.
Over 5 1/3 innings, Anthony Ranaudo allowed six hits, three runs, walked two and struck out one in the Red Sox's 5-1 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday night.
The Astros' top prospect, shortstop Carlos Correa, who broke his fibula in June while playing for Class A Lancaster and was lost for the season, is progressing so well that he's able to run and take some ground balls while working out in Kissimmee, Fla.
At some point in the near future, Joe Wieland is going to find himself back on a big league mound. It's something the Padres prospect has had a lot of time to think about since undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on July 27, 2012.
Top prospect Mookie Betts has clearly looked like a Major Leaguer in recent days. Less clear is what position he will play for the Red Sox in 2015 and beyond.
While the Red Sox have showcased several of their prospects at the Major League level in recent weeks, it appears lefty Henry Owens won't make his debut until next season at the earliest.
Both Jim Callis and I agree that the Dodgers' Julio Urias is the best left-handed pitching prospect</b></a></span> in the game. Who comes next on that list is up for debate. While Jim is going with recent draftee Carlos Rodon of the White Sox, I'm sticking with Marlins southpaw Andrew Heaney.
For this week's Pipeline Perspective, we'll identify the best left-handed prospect behind the Dodgers' Julio Urias. I prefer the White Sox Carlos Rodon for the simplest of reasons -- he has better pure stuff than anyone, including Urias.
The Minor League playoffs will gather momentum on Wednesday as nine leagues begin their postseason. The action will span the continent, from Dunedin and Fort Myers on the Gulf Coast of Florida, all the way to Vancouver in the Pacific Northwest.
Led by Kyle Schwarber and Dan Vogelbach, the Cubs' Nos. 7 and 11 prospects, Class A Advanced Daytona defeated Dunedin, 11-1, Tuesday in Game 1 of their Florida State League semifinals series.
As expected following his successful live bullpen session on Saturday, Rockies right-hander Tommy Kahnle was activated from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday.
With a pair of 21 year-olds belting the baseball all over Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night, the Red Sox were treated to an intriguing glimpse of what the future could hold in a 9-4 win over their rivals.
Rockies top prospect Jon Gray is dealing with shoulder fatigue and will not pitch in the first round of the Double-A Texas League playoffs. The move is precautionary and he has an outside chance of pitching for Tulsa if the Drillers were to advance to the next round.
Nick Tropeano is among seven players the Astros added to the Major League roster on Tuesday, joining L.J. Hoes, Max Stassi, Jonathan Villar and Jorge De Leon. Darin Downs was activated from the disabled list, and Samuel Deduno joined the team after being acquired off waivers.
This hasn't been the season Taijuan Walker envisioned when he reported to Spring Training seven months ago in Arizona. But after struggling with shoulder issues the first two months of the season and then spending most of the rest of his time at Triple-A Tacoma, the Mariners' top prospect figures there's still time to make something of 2014.
General manager Rick Hahn acknowledged that debate took place about bringing up Carlos Rodon in the same year that he was drafted, with good arguments on both sides of the decision-making process.
Top prospect Nick Gordon broke his left index finger when he was jammed by a pitch on Monday, and will miss the rest of the playoffs with rookie-level Elizabethton, Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said Tuesday.
Matt Wisler, considered San Diego's No. 2 prospect by MLB.com, has a locker in the team's clubhouse. But Wisler, 21, won't be pitching this month in games for the Padres.
Brett Bochy, who once patrolled the Padres dugout as a bat boy when father Bruce Bochy managed the club, joined dad once again on Tuesday, only this time as a player. The right-hander joined the second round of Giants September callups.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly benched the slumping Yasiel Puig on Tuesday, giving Joc Pederson, the team's No. 3 prospect, his first Major League start against the Nationals.
As right-handed reliever A.J. Achter likes to put it, he was taken in a round of the First-Year Player Draft that doesn't even exist anymore. Achter was selected by the Twins in the 46th round of the 2010 Draft two years before the Draft was changed to include only 40 rounds.
Don't count out Henderson Alvarez returning to the Marlins' rotation this month. It's just a matter of exactly when. If Alvarez is not ready, an option to fill in is Miami's No. 1 prospect, Andrew Heaney.
Anthony Ranaudo already experienced the thrill of beating the Yankees, the team he rooted for as a kid, in his Major League debut on Aug. 1.
Jorge Soler has made a strong first impression, Javier Baez is learning on the job, and Kris Bryant is headed home. It's all part of the development process for the trio of highly touted Cubs prospects.
Outfield prospect Gary Brown, who joined the second wave of Giants callups Tuesday, insists that he has never felt bitter as he watched many of his peers ascended to San Francisco.
One week after making his Major League debut, the smart guys established Gregory Polanco as the odds-on favorite to earn National League Rookie of the Year Award honors. Adjustment woes eventually herded Polanco back to Triple-A Indianapolis.
The Phillies hope Maikel Franco is that young, impactful hitter they have been seeking for some time. He will get his opportunity to play this month.
Now that he has completed a successful season with Triple-A Gwinnett, Christian Bethancourt will spend the regular season's final month attempting to help the Braves reach the postseason.
Only one of the Reds' 10 September callups was summoned from Double-A Pensacola, and at 22, outfielder Yorman Rodriguez is now the youngest player in the big league clubhouse.
The Halos added 11 players to the roster on Tuesday, including Brennan Boesch, who saw immediate action in place of the scuffling David Freese.
Catcher J.T. Realmuto's return to the Marlins has been put on hold for a while longer. His Double-A Jacksonville Suns clinched their first playoff berth since 2010 with a win over the Mobile Baybears on Monday, and Realmuto will stay with the team for the duration of its postseason run.
Chris Young had already made the arrangements to have the furniture taken out from his New York City apartment. He had been cut by the Mets on Aug. 15, but he suddenly decided to wait.
Cubs' slugger Kyle Schwarber dominated in August, hitting eight homers and 17 RBIs, which was enough to earn him the title of hitting Prospect of the Month. Red Sox's pitcher Brian Johnson allowed just two runs in four starts to earn him the pitching Prospect of the Month honors.
The Brewers continued their roster expansion adjustments Tuesday by designating outfielder Caleb Gindl and releasing right-handed starter Hiram Burgos to clear space on the 40-man for infielders Hector Gomez, Matt Clark and Jason Rogers.
General manager Rick Hahn acknowledged that debate took place about bringing up Carlos Rodon in the same year that he was drafted, with good arguments on both sides of the decision-making process.
The Cubs added seven players for the final month of the regular season, including right-handed pitchers Brian Schlitter, Dan Straily and Arodys Vizcaino. The team also recalled left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup and outfielder Junior Lake, and selected the contracts of pitcher Eric Jokisch and catcher Rafael Lopez from Triple-A Iowa.
Astros interim manager Tom Lawless will have an extra-long bench to work with in his debut on Tuesday, as Houston announced a series of September callups in advance of its game against the Angels.
The Blue Jays made a series of moves to expand their roster on Tuesday, recalling the club's No. 1 prospect -- lefty Daniel Norris -- from Triple-A and reinstating first baseman Dan Johnson and right-hander Brandon Morrow from the disabled list.
Right-hander Tyler Glasnow will take the mound as Class A Advanced Bradenton hosts Fort Myers in the Florida State League playoffs in one of Tuesday's Minor League playoff matchups.
The Rookie-level Indians were the top team offensively all season in the Arizona League. First baseman Bobby Bradley, the club's No. 20 prospect, won the circuit's Triple Crown (.361 batting average, eight home runs, 50 RBIs) and, as a team, they led the league in nearly every offensive category, from runs (332) to OPS (.745).
Omaha finished the regular season with a five-game sweep vs. the Sky Sox. Andy Ferguson (5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO) notched his first Triple-A win, with Andrew Triggs earning the save in his Triple-A debut. Matt Fields hit a three-run homer in the fourth. Brian Bocock doubled three times and scored twice. Omaha opens a playoff series on Wednesday against Memphis.
There is a new Minor League home run king. Cubs' No. 1 prospect Kris Bryant edged Rangers' No. 1 prospect Joey Gallo, 43-42, in the season-long home run derby they had been waging from afar, as the Minor League's regular season came to a close Monday.
The Phillies added seven players to their roster following Monday's 7-0 win over the Braves, and one is Triple-A Lehigh Valley infielder Maikel Franco.
Catcher Clint Coulter, the Brewers' No. 7 prospect, hit two homers Monday to tie Class A Wisconsin's franchise record with 22 home runs this season. It wasn't enough to lead the Timber Rattlers to victory, however, and they lost, 11-5, at Beloit.
Joc Pederson had the stage, had the drama, had family in the stands, had everything he needed Monday to make his first Major League at-bat the stuff of legend -- a true Hollywood debut.
Third baseman D.J. Peterson, the Mariners' No. 3 prospect, homered twice and drove in five runs Monday, as Double-A Jackson defeated Montgomery, 13-6, in their season finale.
After splitting the first two games of the Gulf Coast League championship series, the Rookie-level Red Sox secured the title with an 8-1 victory against the Yankees in Monday's decisive third game.
Steven Moya's first day in the big leagues got off to a great start when he arrived in the Tigers' clubhouse on Monday.
The Padres on Monday took advantage of the expanded rosters by adding three players to the club for the season's final month. The team selected right-handed pitcher Leonel Campos and infielder Cory Spangenberg from Double-A San Antonio, and recalled left-hander Robbie Erlin from Triple-A El Paso.
The A's recalled right-hander Fernando Rodriguez and outfielder Billy Burns from Triple-A Sacramento and selected the contract of catcher Bryan Anderson on Monday as Major League rosters expanded.
Ever since Jorge Soler signed his contract with the Cubs in June 2012, he's been waiting to play at Wrigley Field. It finally happened Monday. The 22-year-old outfielder, promoted from Triple-A Iowa on Aug. 27, went 2-for-4 with two doubles on Monday in the Cubs' 4-2 win over the Brewers.
The Twins announced Monday that they plan to bring up eight September callups once they return home to Target Field on Tuesday against the White Sox.
Mariners top prospect Taijuan Walker and first baseman Justin Smoak were among seven players added from Triple-A Tacoma on Monday as Seattle's 25-man roster was supplemented by September callups, and both saw considerable action in a 6-1 loss to the A's.
Many eyes will be on catcher Christian Bethancourt in September, but outfielder/first baseman Joey Terdoslavich might have as much of an influence as Bethancourt.
Right-hander Juan Jaime and left-hander Chasen Shreve did not need any introductions when they entered the Braves' clubhouse to prepare for Monday afternoon's game against the Phillies. Both had been brought to the Majors earlier this year to be a part of Atlanta's 'pen.
Cubs' prospect Jorge Soler hit four home runs and 10 RBIs in five games with the big league club, while O's prospect Parker Bridwell allowed just two runs in two games started.
The Naturals lost a second straight vs. their in-state rivals. Starter Matt Murray yielded five runs, six hits and four walks with a strikeout over four innings. Aaron Crow tossed a scoreless seventh with one hit and one strikeout. Jorge Bonifacio drove in two, bringing his RBI total to 51. Christian Colon was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run.