Rockies' Lawrence suspended 80 games

No. 18 prospect tested positive for banned performance enhancer

Justin Lawrence posted a 2.06 WHIP over 26 2/3 innings for Double-A Hartford last season. (Kevin Pataky/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | January 17, 2020 5:10 PM ET

Rockies No. 18 prospect Justin Lawrence has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for a banned performance enhancer, Major League Baseball announced Friday.

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Toolshed: What deals mean for prospects

How offseason's signings, trades will impact top young talents

Nick Madrigal posted the lowest strikeout rate among Minor League qualifiers at just 3.0 percent in 2019. (Lance Carter/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | January 17, 2020 10:05 AM ET

Toolshed explores how some of the offseason's biggest transactions influence the potential futures for Top-100 prospects such as Nick Madrigal, Carter Kieboom and Deivi Garcia.

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Tigers' spring invitees pitch perfect

Detroit well-armed in Grapefruit League with Mize, Manning

Detroit's No. 1 pick in the 2018 Draft, Casey Mize finished 8-3 with a 2.55 ERA across two levels last season. (David Monseur/MiLB.com)

By Duane Cross | January 16, 2020 8:18 PM ET

The Tigers included three of the franchise's top four prospects -- No. 1 Casey Mize, No. 2 Matt Manning and No. 4 Tarik Skubal -- among the 25 non-roster players invited to Spring Training.

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Padres invite Gore, Patiño to spring camp

Trammell, Campusano also among 27 non-roster invitees

MacKenzie Gore and Luis Patiño both ended their 2019 seasons with Texas League champion Amarillo. (John Moore/Amarillo Sod Poodles)

By Sam Dykstra | January 16, 2020 2:23 PM ET

Top-100 prospects MacKenzie Gore, Luis Patiño, Taylor Trammell and Luis Campusano headline the list of 27 players to receive non-roster invitations to Spring Training from the Padres on Thursday.

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Batting Around: News for a new decade

An overview of ballpark construction, renovation and re-invention

Hank Aaron stands in front of his namesake ballpark, which was home to the Mobile BayBears from 1997-2019.

By Benjamin Hill | January 16, 2020 10:35 AM ET

In the first "Batting Around" entry of the new decade, MiLB.com's Ben Hill provides his customary overview of ballpark news across Minor League Baseball.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter @bensbiz. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Purple pros: Dash introduce classic look

Winston-Salem welcomes retro aesthetic in new primary logo

The Carolina League's Winston-Salem Dash unveiled a new primary logo on Wednesday, along with their 2020 hat designs.

By Benjamin Hill | January 15, 2020 4:40 PM ET

The Winston-Salem Dash, Class A Advanced affiliate of the White Sox, unveiled a new primary logo on Wednesday afternoon. The Carolina League club now has a retro aesthetic.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter @bensbiz. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Hats off to these 10 popular caps in 2019

Bright colors, crazy characters drive online Minor League sales

The most coveted hats across Minor League Baseball feature distinct looks but share one unmistakable characteristic: fun.

By Kelsie Heneghan | January 15, 2020 10:56 AM ET

Across 160 teams, Minor League caps provide fans with limitless options to adorn their heads. Take a look at 10 top-selling lids from 2019 and what makes them pop off the digital shelves.

Kelsie Heneghan is a reporter for MiLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @Kelsie_Heneghan. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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D-backs acquire Beasley from Angels

No. 18 Halos prospect dealt to Arizona for reliever Andriese

Jeremy Beasley has a 3.56 ERA over 265 2/3 innings in three Minor League seasons. (Scott Donaldson Photography)

By Sam Dykstra | January 14, 2020 6:01 PM ET

The D-backs picked up right-hander and Angels No. 18 prospect Jeremy Beasley on Tuesday, sending reliever Matt Andriese to Los Angeles.

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2020 Prospect Projections: NL East rookies

Kieboom competing in Nats infield; Bohm, Sanchez get closer

Carter Kieboom made 62 starts at shortstop, 41 at second base and 10 at third base for Triple-A Fresno in 2019. (Jamie Harms/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | January 14, 2020 10:09 AM ET

The Washington Nationals have an opening at third base following the departure of Anthony Rendon, and top prospect Carter Kieboom should be able to compete for the spot.

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Hurlers Singer, Lynch tapped for Royals camp

2018 first-rounders among Kansas City's non-roster invites

Brady Singer notched a 1.19 WHIP in 26 starts across two levels in 2019. (Tim Campbell/MiLB.com)

By Kelsie Heneghan | January 13, 2020 3:47 PM ET

The Royals extended non-roster invites for big league camp to Brady Singer and Daniel Lynch, along with nine other prospects, on Monday.

Kelsie Heneghan is a reporter for MiLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @Kelsie_Heneghan. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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