Toolshed: Rookie of the Year candidates

Jays' Vlad Jr., Nats' Robles lead 2019 contenders for hardware

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Victor Robles should be major contenders for Rookie of the Year honors this year. (Chris O'Meara, Jeff Roberson/AP)

By Sam Dykstra | March 26, 2019 10:31 AM ET

The Toolshed previews how the American and National League Rookie of the Year races could shape up during the 2019 Major League season based on the awards' recent histories.

Sam Dykstra is a reporter for MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Mets Prospect Primer: Alonso set to mash

Slugging first baseman has the makings of Gotham's next star

A strong Spring Training has Pete Alonso on the cusp of breaking camp with the Mets. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

By Michael Avallone | March 26, 2019 10:03 AM ET

Top Mets prospect Pete Alonso may wave goodbye to the Minor Leagues this year, but there are other notable names ready to take a giant leap forward.

Michael Avallone is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @MavalloneMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Twins Prospect Primer: Double barrels

Lewis, Kirilloff may be Minors' top hitting duo; Javier set to return

No 5 overall prospect Royce Lewis suffered an oblique injury that has limited him to one at-bat this spring. (Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins)

By Gerard Gilberto | March 26, 2019 10:02 AM ET

Top prospects Royce Lewis and Alex Kirilloff -- ranked No. 5 and No. 9 overall, respectively -- may give the Twins the most formidable hitting duo in the entire Minor Leagues.

Gerard Gilberto is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @GerardGilberto4. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Brewers Prospect Primer: Helium for Hiura

Milwaukee's top prospect set to smash in Triple-A San Antonio

Keston Hiura's career Minor League batting line stands at .313/.374/.502 entering the 2019 season. (Jerry Espinoza/MiLB.com)

By Chris Tripodi | March 26, 2019 10:02 AM ET

Even though Keston Hiura is the lone Top-100 prospect in the Brewers system, Milwaukee has other prospects with the potential to make a Major League impact in 2018.

Chris Tripodi is a producer for MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @christripodi. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Paddack shines in final tuneup start

San Diego's No. 5 prospect twirls 2 2/3 more scoreless innings

Chris Paddack made 17 combined starts between Class A Advanced and Double-A last season. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

March 26, 2019 12:56 AM ET

Baseball's No. 34 overall prospect Chris Paddack struck out four and allowed just one hit in his final spring tuneup, tossing 2 2/3 scoreless innings for San Diego.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Reds' Senzel injures ankle in exhibition

No. 6 overall prospect will be in a boot for up to two weeks

Nick Senzel went 12-for-39 (.308) this spring while competing for the big league center-field job. (David Monseur/MiLB.com)

By Joe Bloss | March 26, 2019 12:39 AM ET

Baseball's No. 6 overall prospect Nick Senzel suffered the injury while sliding into second base during Monday's Minor League game and reportedly will have an MRI.

Joe Bloss is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jtbloss. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Tigers will unleash Perez in Lakeland

Detroit's No. 3 prospect headlines list of prospects reassigned

Franklin Perez is looking to bounce back in 2019 after an injuries limited him to seven starts last year. (Tom Hagerty/MLB.com)

By Michael Avallone | March 25, 2019 8:27 PM ET

Third-ranked Tigers prospect Franklin Perez ended his spring on a positive note prior to being one of 13 prospects reassigned to the Minors on Monday.

Michael Avallone is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @MavalloneMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Dodgers Prospect Primer: Verdugo ready

Ruiz, Gonsolin, Santana all steadily rising through LA's system

Alex Verdugo has 24 hits -- including two home runs -- in 100 Major League at-bats, and he's also walked 10 times. (Freek Bouw/MiLB.com)

By Chris Bumbaca | March 25, 2019 10:21 AM ET

Even though the LA farm system took a bit of a hit dealing for Manny Machado last July, there's still plenty of Minor League talent ready to hit Tinseltown.

Chris Bumbaca is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @BOOMbaca. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Angels Prospect Primer: Two for The Show

Canning, Suarez ready to make Major League impact for Halos

Jo Adell hit .391/.462/.478 before going down with knee and hamstring injuries this spring. (Matt York/AP)

By Rob Terranova | March 25, 2019 10:21 AM ET

The Angels have a pair of arms ready to make a big league impact in Griffin Canning and Jose Suarez along with a number of fast-rising standouts just behind them.

Rob Terranova is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter, @RobTnova24. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Marlins Prospect Primer: On the upswing

Recent acquisitions Mesa, Sanchez look to revive Miami system

Cuban outfielder Victor Victor Mesa received the largest signing bonus the Marlins have ever given to a position player.

By John Parker | March 25, 2019 10:20 AM ET

In right-hander Sixto Sanchez and speedy outfielder Victor Victor Mesa, the Marlins have a pair of recently acquired star prospects ready to anchor the club's rebuilding process.

John Parker is an editor for MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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