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03/29/2015 | Astros send top prospect Correa to Minors
Houston reassigned top prospect Carlos Correa to the Minor Leagues on Sunday, finishing a strong spring that saw the shortstop register six hits in his final nine Grapefruit League at-bats.

03/29/2015 | Nats' Taylor homers in three-hit burst
With the center field job all but assured, Washington's Michael Taylor continued to cement his starting status with a homer and three hits on Sunday.

03/29/2015 | Dodgers Prospect Primer: Urias acing tests
Dodgers fans can be forgiven for clamoring over Julio Urias, Corey Seager and Joc Pederson, but 2015 will also be interesting for prospects such as Scott Schebler and Alex Verdugo.

03/29/2015 | Giants Prospect Primer: Beede on rise
Tyler Beede leads a group of talented Giants making full-season debuts this spring. Elsewhere, players such as Andrew Susac are on the cusp of a big league call.

03/29/2015 | Rockies Prospect Primer: Arms on the way
For as long as there has been big league baseball in Colorado, the Rockies have struggled with pitching. That could be ready to change with the impending arrivals of Jon Gray and Eddie Butler and the development of Kyle Freeland.

03/29/2015 | Padres Prospect Primer: Renfroe stands out
Hunter Renfroe has distinguished himself as San Diego's star prospect, while Matt Wisler has already shown he's Major League-ready and Austin Hedges makes noise with his defensive prowess.

03/29/2015 | D-backs Prospect Primer: Bradley is back
With top prospect Archie Bradley leading the way, the D-backs hope a new approach in the front office and on the field will lead to success for their Minor League best in 2015.

03/28/2015 | Mariners prospect Sanchez passes away
A month after suffering from a head injury in a swimming accident off the coast of Venezuela, Mariners right-handed prospect Victor Sanchez passed away on Saturday, according to

03/28/2015 | Correa nets three hits in Grapefruit action
Carlos Correa, the third-ranked prospect in baseball, went 3-for-4 with a stolen base for the Astros on Saturday. The 20-year-old shortstop is now 14-for-41 in the Grapefruit League.

03/28/2015 | Report: Thorpe requires Tommy John surgery
Twins pitching prospect Lewis Thorpe, who was shut down in September with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament, will undergo Tommy John surgery, reports indicated on Saturday.

03/27/2015 | Phillies' Nola fans four in spring debut
Phillies No. 2 prospect and 2014 first-round pick Aaron Nola pitched three scoreless innings, striking out four, in his Grapefruit League debut Friday against the Yankees.

03/27/2015 | Mariners lefty Rollins suspended 80 games
Mariners No. 26 prospect David Rollins, acquired in the Rule 5 Draft from Houston, will miss 80 games this year after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

03/27/2015 | On the road again: 2014's greatest hits
As Benjamin Hill prepares to unveil his 2015 road trip itineraries, he looks back on his best and most ridiculous experiences visiting ballparks around the country last season.

03/26/2015 | Reynolds, Bowman pave way to Mets' win
Matt Reynolds homered and plated three and righty Matt Bowman spun five scoreless frames in the Mets' 8-3 Grapefruit League win over the Nationals.

03/26/2015 | Phillies' Crawford suffers oblique strain
Phillies' top prospect J.P. Crawford, who was expected to open at Double-A Reading or Class A Advanced Clearwater. will miss four to six weeks with an oblique strain.

03/26/2015 | Lindor, Owens leaving big league camps
Top Indians prospect Francisco Lindor, Henry Owens of Red Sox and two Top-100 Cubs prospects were assigned to their organizations' Minor League camps Thursday.

03/26/2015 | Finnegan begins climb back to bright lights
After a historic rise in his first pro season, Royals southpaw Brandon Finnegan is looking to return to the big league stage but first must make a stop in the Minors.

03/25/2015 | Report: Magee forsakes football for outfield
On Tuesday, Brandon Magee was a linebacker with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On Wednesday, he reportedly was headed to Fort Myers, Florida to be an outfielder for Boston.

03/25/2015 | Astros' Correa, Dodgers' Pederson go yard
No. 3 overall prospect Carlos Correa homered and added an RBI double to lead Houston to victory, while No. 14 Joc Pederson belted his fourth of the spring in Los Angeles' win.

03/25/2015 | Ottavino hurdled changes to find success
Adam Ottavino once was a starter in the Cardinals organization. But he found a home in the bullpen and then with the Rockies that enabled him to stick in the Majors.

03/24/2015 | Another day, another homer for Bryant
Cubs' top prospect Kris Bryant slugged a solo home run, his ninth of the spring, as Chicago was routed by Oakland, 14-2, in Cactus League action Tuesday.

03/24/2015 | Buxton, Sano 'rusty' but making strides
Minnesota's top two prospects, Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano, are both "rusty" after injuries ruined 2014, but the Twins are encouraged that they'll both be ready for strong seasons.

03/24/2015 | Hedges, Montas sent down to Minors
No. 2 Padres prospect Austin Hedges and No. 3 White Sox prospect Francelis Montas were both sent to Minor League camp by their respective organizations Tuesday.

03/24/2015 | (null)
In what they're calling "the boldest promotion in the history of professional sports," the Fresno Grizzlies announced a 2015 promo celebrating the 2017 World Series Champion Houston Astros.

03/24/2015 | Turning pro sheds new light on being a fan
It can sometimes be easy for fans to forget that their favorite pro athletes are only human. That's a mistake Minor Leaguers who love watching other sports rarely make.

03/23/2015 | Gray cruises in longest Cactus League outing
Top Rockies prospect Jon Gray threw just 44 pitches in four shutout innings, yielding two hits and striking out two as Colorado rallied to down Milwaukee, 5-1, on Monday.

03/23/2015 | Free agent Brown suspended 50 games
Free-agent catcher Dusty Brown was suspended for 50 games Monday after testing positive for a drug of abuse for the second time.

03/23/2015 | Gallo, Appel among big league roster cuts
Texas Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo and Houston Astros pitcher Mark Appel were among the top prospects assigned to the Minors on Monday afternoon.

03/23/2015 | Refsnyder remains hot in Yankees loss
Rob Refsnyder continued to make a strong case for the Yankees' second-base job Monday afternoon, going 2-for-2 with a double, a walk and two runs scored in New York's 7-6 loss to the Nationals.

03/23/2015 | Honeywell's screwball a 'bloodline deal'
Brent Honeywell inherited the screwball from his father, who got it from a Cy Young Award winner. Now, Honeywell might be the pitch's last great hope. He certainly thinks so.

03/23/2015 | Righetti roped career-making strikeout gem
Before Dave Righetti became known as a reliable left-hander or insightful pitching coach, he set a Texas League record by striking out a whopping 21 batters over nine innings.

03/22/2015 | In mammoth spring, Cubs' Bryant at ease
While Kris Bryant is on the minds of virtually everyone in the baseball, the Cubs' top prospect is content to talk and think about other things, a method he learned to keep his sanity in the Minors.

03/22/2015 | Taylor laces pair of solo shots for Nationals
Nationals prospect Michael Taylor took Justin Verlander deep twice Sunday. Also, Roberto Osuna performed well for the Blue Jays and the Yankees' Jose Pirela sustained a concussion.

03/22/2015 | O's Harvey suffers fractured right fibula
Right-hander Hunter Harvey, the Orioles' second-ranked prospect, is expected to miss four to six weeks after sustaining a slightly fractured right fibula during a Minor League outing Saturday.

03/21/2015 | Bryant clubs two more homers for Cubs
Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant recorded his third two-homer game of the spring, going deep off Mariners ace Felix Hernandez in a wild 12-10 Cactus League victory.

03/20/2015 | Theme jerseys score for charity, publicity
Minor League teams have jumped on the trend of creating customized theme jerseys celebrating popular movies, TV shows and their own history, many times in a charitable effort.

03/20/2015 | Trip down under put O'Conner over the top
Rays' catching prospect Justin O'Conner was a breakout performer in 2014. Tampa Bay credits his emergence in part to a trans-Pacific roundtrip to Australia.

03/20/2015 | Jays' Norris sound in fourth spring start
Daniel Norris strengthened his claim for a Toronto starting rotation spot Friday by allowing only one run and fanning five in 5 2/3 frames as the Blue Jays defeated the Rays, 11-5.

03/20/2015 | Mets re-assign Syndergaard, Plawecki
The Mets' Noah Syndergaard and Kevin Plawecki were among six Top 100 prospects who were cut from big league camp Friday. The others included Blake Swihart, Alex Meyer and Maikel Franco.

03/19/2015 | Taillon, Hanson will start off at Indy
Jameson Taillon and Alen Hanson, ranked as the 32nd and 93rd top prospects in baseball respectively were sent to Minor League camp and optioned to Triple-A on Thursday.

03/19/2015 | Moncada working toward game action
Boston is bringing along big-money Cuban signee Yoan Moncada slowly, letting him take batting and infield practice with Class A Greenville on Thursday.

03/19/2015 | DSL Yankees' Cedeno suspended 72 games
Yankees Minor League right-hander Moises Cedeno was suspended for 72 games on Thursday after testing positive for a banned substance.

03/19/2015 | Lindor flashes power stroke in Tribe loss
No. 1 Indians prospect Francisco Lindor homered in his only at-bat Thursday, but the Mariners came out on top, thanks in part to outfield prospect Alex Jackson.

03/19/2015 | Prospect Q&A: Yankees' Clarkin dreaming big
Yankees prospect Ian Clarkin, entering his second full season in the Minors, talks about being drafted, adding a chanegup, meeting Derek Jeter and comparisons to Clayton Kershaw.

03/19/2015 | D-backs sure O'Brien can fix arm woes
While miscues with routine throws have popped up for catching prospect Peter O'Brien in recent days, Arizona is confident the 24-year-old will have the issue sorted out for the 2015 season.

03/18/2015 | Dodgers' Pederson stays hot in Arizona
Los Angeles' No. 3 prospect Joc Pederson continued his productive spring by going 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs against the Cubs in Cactus League action.

03/18/2015 | Shaffer puts on show in spring debut
Tampa Bay infield prospect Richie Shaffer homered and added an RBI double in his first two Grapefruit League at-bats of the spring to lead the Rays over the Blue Jays, 9-3.

03/18/2015 | Goats and glory: Introducing the Yard Goats
Beginning in 2016, the New Britain Rock Cats will be no more -- in their place will be the Hartford Yard Goats, which was announced as the winner of a name-the-team contest Wednesday afternoon.

03/18/2015 | Seager's Hollywood journey has to wait's No. 7 prospect Corey Seager was one of six Dodgers assigned to Minor League camp Wednesday. Top Royals prospect Raul Mondesi was also optioned.

03/17/2015 | Correa goes deep as Astros rip Pirates
Top Astros prospect Carlos Correa blasted an opposite-field solo homer and singled Tuesday afternoon as Houston pounded the host Pirates in Bradenton.

03/17/2015 | Pirates think Bell best off at first base
After beginning his pro career as an outfielder, Pirates prospect Josh Bell has moved to first base, where he'll be a big target for Pittsburgh's infielders.

03/17/2015 | Bears' stars fueled banner 1980 campaign
Led by stars Tim Wallach, Tim Raines, Randy Bass and Bill Gullickson, the 1980 Denver Bears finished 92-44 and rank as one of the all-time great Minor League teams.

03/16/2015 | Sano joins Buxton at Minor League camp
Twins prospect Miguel Sano was assigned to Minor League camp Monday, along with Dylan Bundy, Jose Peraza, Hunter Harvey, Hunter Renfroe and Vincent Velasquez.

03/16/2015 | O's Reyes faces tall task to stay at third
Baltimore didn't know third baseman Jomar Reyes would grow to 6-foot-6 when they signed him last spring. Now, the 18-year-old faces a tall task sticking at the hot corner.

03/16/2015 | Sweeney powers late Dodgers rally
No. 12 Dodgers prospect Darnell Sweeney cracked a pinch-hit grand slam and No. 8 prospect Scott Schebler added a three-run shot as Los Angeles topped Oakland.

03/16/2015 | O's Connaughton leading Irish into NCAAs
Orioles pitching prospect Pat Connaughton is hoping to delay his baseball career by a few weeks as he leads the ACC-champion Notre Dame basketball team into the NCAA tournament.

03/16/2015 | 'D'-Listers: Second base and all the corners
Having already covered catcher, shortstop and center field, the 'D'-Listers series concludes with a look elsewhere around the diamond, including the Braves' Jose Peraza.

03/15/2015 | Tribe's Lindor hits inside-the-park homer
Top prospect Francisco Lindor legged out an inside-the-park home run on Sunday, helping the Indians defeat the Padres, 4-2, in Cactus League action.

03/15/2015 | Buxton, Berrios among Twins' first cuts
The Twins assigned top prospect Byron Buxton to Minor League camp on Sunday, one of nine Spring Training roster cuts that also included highly touted right-hander Jose Berrios.

03/14/2015 | Bryant homers twice off Cubs' bench
Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant was scratched from the starting lineup, but he slugged his Cactus League-leading fifth and sixth homers off the bench in a 3-1 victory over the A's.

03/14/2015 | Urias, Glasnow assigned to Minors camp
Left-hander Julio Urias and right-hander Tyler Glasnow, two of's top four pitching prospects, were sent to Minor League camp by the Dodgers and Pirates, respectively.

03/13/2015 | Manaea, Nimmo among latest spring cuts
Sean Manaea and Brandon Nimmo, ranked 57th and 73rd among's Top 100 Prospects, were assigned to Minor League camp Friday by the Royals and Mets, respectively.

03/13/2015 | Gallo powers Rangers with long homer
Joey Gallo drilled a long three-run homer in the Rangers' Cactus League win, while Jose Berrios tossed three scoreless innings for the Twins in Grapefruit League play.

03/13/2015 | Moncada to start Sox career at Class A
In announcing the signing of the Cuban prodigy, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said the club expects Yoan Moncada to start the 2015 season with Class A Greenville.

03/13/2015 | Batting Around: Suns set on Bragan era
The Bragan family has owned and operated the Double-A Jacksonville Suns since 1984 but will make this their final season as Peter Bragan Jr. prepares to sell the club this fall.

03/12/2015 | Bryant, Russell, Ferrell not enough for Cubs
Kris Bryant, the No. 2 prospect in baseball and last year's Minor League home run leader, hit two more roundtrippers on Thursday, upping his total this spring to four.

03/12/2015 | Fantasy Focus: pitching prospects
With news that Marcus Stroman will miss the 2015 season, the fantasy impacts of Daniel Norris and Aaron Sanchez got a big boost. Lucas Giolito and Tyler Glasnow could one day be fantasy studs.

03/11/2015 | Syndergaard rebounds in second start
Top Mets prospect Noah Syndergaard struck out five of the batters he faced and allowed just a single over 2 2/3 innings to highlight Wednesday's early Spring Training action.

03/11/2015 | DSL Yanks' Alcantara suspended 72 games
Yankees Minor League reliever Brayan Alcantara was suspended for 72 games on Wednesday after testing positive for a banned steroid.

03/11/2015 | Carson named Florida State president
The Florida State League announced Wednesday that its new president, following the passing of Chuck Murphy, will be Ken Carson, who spent 20 seasons as general manager of the Dunedin Blue Jays.

03/11/2015 | Romak showed perseverance, beat the odds
Canada is hockey-crazed country, but Jamie Romak didn't let his homeland's favorite sport interfere with his boyhood dreams of playing America's national pastime.

03/11/2015 | Before the Broncos, Elway eyed the Bronx
Before he was the top overall selection in the 1983 NFL draft, John Elway was a 22-year-old starring in the outfield and at the plate in the New York-Penn League.

03/11/2015 | Fantasy Focus: Outfield prospects
Jorge Soler should provide plenty of power for the Cubs come Opening Day, while the Dodgers' Joc Pederson could add a combination of homers and stolen bases to fantasy lineups.

03/10/2015 | Stephenson, Winker among first Reds cuts
Robert Stephenson and Jesse Winker, ranked Nos. 24 and 26 overall in's list of Top 100 Prospects, were assigned to Minor League camp by the Reds on Tuesday.

03/10/2015 | Cubs' prospects prove to be triple threat
Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant smacked back-to-back-to-back homers in the fourth inning Tuesday, but the Cubs dropped a 10-6 Cactus League decision to the Indians.

03/10/2015 | Moya goes deep as Tigers blank Phillies
Steven Moya hit his first homer of the spring -- a solo shot in the sixth inning -- and scored twice as the Tigers blanked host Philadelphia on Tuesday afternoon.

03/10/2015 | Managers face long days, make big impact
It's no secret that being a Minor League ballplayer means putting in a lot of hours at the park, but managers log an even longer day and don a lot of hats from start to finish.

03/10/2015 | Fantasy Focus: middle infield prospects
Francisco Lindor and Jose Peraza should be up in the Majors early in 2015 and could be a fantasy asset upon promotion, while owners may need to wait a bit before adding Addison Russell's big bat.

03/09/2015 | Report: Greene may retire after three years
Larry Greene, the Phillies' first pick of the 2011 Draft, told the organization he will not report to Minor League camp this season and is expected to retire, according to reports.

03/09/2015 | Reds Minor Leaguer Rahier arrested
Reds prospect Tanner Rahier was arrested Saturday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct after he knocked a woman unconscious with a rock outside a restaurant in Glendale, Arizona.

03/09/2015 | Former Padres righty Madrid suspended
Former Padres right-hander Roman Madrid was suspended for 50 games on Monday after testing positive for a banned substance.

03/09/2015 | Sano clubs first Grapefruit League blast
Miguel Sano recorded his first hit and homer of the spring with the same swing, taking Gerrit Cole deep as the Twins and Pirates played to a 1-1 tie.

03/09/2015 | 'D'-Listers: MiLB's best defenders in center
Despite missing most of 2014 due to injury, Byron Buxton remains the best defensive center fielder in the Minors. Find out who's behind him in the latest 'D'-Listers.

03/09/2015 | Yanks' Severino diagnosed with strep throat
Yankees' right-hander Luis Severino was diagnosed with strep throat Monday after checking into a Florida hospital with flu-like symptoms and a sore throat.

03/09/2015 | Fantasy Focus: C, 1B, 3B prospects
Kris Bryant is expected to have a big impact not only on the Cubs roster but on fantasy rosters as well. Maikel Franco and Jake Lamb could prove to be good pickups also.

03/08/2015 | Taylor leads Nats with first-pitch homer
Washington plugged Michael Taylor into the leadoff spot on Sunday and the outfield prospect homered as part of a two-hit afternoon in a 3-2 Grapefruit League loss to the Yankees.

03/07/2015 | Swihart starts three-hit day with a bang
Red Sox catching prospect Blake Swihart cracked a three-run homer on a 3-for-4 afternoon Saturday and Eduardo Rodriguez threw three perfect innings to sink the Orioles in Grapefruit League action.

03/06/2015 | Astros' Correa singles in return to action
In his first game action since suffering a fractured fibula last June, top Astros prospect Carlos Correa delivered an RBI single and scored in his Grapefruit League debut.

03/06/2015 | Syracuse legend Simone passes away
Anthony "Tex" Simone, who was involved at nearly level of the Syracuse Chiefs organization from grounds crew to management, passed away Friday at the age of 86.

03/06/2015 | New season, new looks for some teams
Over four months this offseason, 11 Minor League teams announced new logos, or in some cases, new identities. Benjamin Hill delivers a roundup of the changes.

03/05/2015 | Schwarber cracks grand slam on birthday
On his 22nd birthday, No. 5 Cubs prospect Kyle Schwarber hit a grand slam off Major Leaguer Ryan Vogelsong, but the Giants rallied to an 8-6 victory Thursday.

03/05/2015 | Deeper arsenal helped Samardzija to stick
Jeff Samardzija's decision to play baseball over football didn't always look like the best choice, particularly early on. Now, nobody is second-guessing the White Sox starter.

03/04/2015 | Mariners' Peterson homers in first at-bat
Seattle's No. 2 prospect D.J. Peterson started off his spring with a bang while Patrick Kivlehan notched a multi-hit game in Seattle's 4-3 win against San Diego on Wednesday.

03/04/2015 | Angels' Freese rekindled love of the game
After high school, David Freese thought he was done with baseball. When he returned, however, his talent and passion helped propel him to World Series fame.

03/03/2015 | Miami's Nicolino headed to New Orleans
After leading Double-A Jacksonville's rotation last season, Marlins ranked prospects Justin Nicolino and Jose Urena will start the 2015 campaign at Triple-A.

03/03/2015 | Late Judge homer salvages tie for Yankees
Yankees prospect Aaron Judge delivered a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to complete a four-run rally as New York tied host Philadelphia, 5-5, in their Grapefruit League opener.

03/03/2015 | Bass was a slugger ahead of his time
Randy Bass slugged 238 Minor League home runs, played with everyone from Tim Wallach to Terry Ryan and is considered one of the best Americans ever to play in Japan.

03/02/2015 | Lindor headed for Triple-A to open 2015
Francisco Lindor will return to Columbus at the start of the 2015 season. Cleveland's top prospect played the final 38 of his 128 games last season in Triple-A at age 20.

03/02/2015 | Shoulder injury shelves Torrens for 2015
Yankees catching prospect Luis Torrens will miss the entire 2015 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

03/02/2015 | 'D'-Listers: MiLB's top defensive shortstops
Francisco Lindor is still the best defensive shortstop in the Minor Leagues, but with his graduation impending, who's ready to receive his crown? Find out in the latest edition of 'D'-Listers.