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Toolshed dream lineup: The 20-year-olds

Kelenic, Patiño lead strong class of those playing at 20 in '20
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There may be no Minor League Baseball games yet, but that's not going to stop us from dreaming about lineups.In the coming weeks, Toolshed will craft the best possible prospect lineups, sorted by age. The opening edition focused on teenagers. This time, we turn our attention to prospects entering their age-20

Law swings for the fences against coronavirus

Former Minor Leaguer steps to the plate in fight against pandemic
March 30, 2020

Only the uninhabited reaches of the planet have been spared from the coronavirus. What began as a tidbit in the news has morphed into a worldwide pandemic that is stymying medical experts, crippling economies and frightening the nearly eight billion people who call Earth home.Yet in times of crisis, mankind

Buffalo baseball lore gets modern retelling

Overfield revives historian father's greatest work after 35 years
March 30, 2020

In some ways, Jim Overfield picked up his father's work long before it started.Joe Overfield began a day job for a local insurance company in the 1940s. But he published his passion project, "100 Seasons of Buffalo Baseball," in 1985. It was an encyclopedic opus written by a man whose

MiLB offering fans free preview of MiLB.TV

Streams available for 6,500 games from the 2019 season
March 27, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) today announced it is offering a free preview of MiLB.TV ®, its subscription-based streaming service, to all fans during the delay of the 2020 season. New and existing subscribers are invited to stream more than 6,500 games from the 2019 season, beginning

Marlins option Harrison, Neidert to Triple-A

Outfielder, right-hander rank among system's top 10 prospects
March 28, 2020

Two of the Marlins' top 10 prospects are heading to Triple-A Wichita.Outfielder Monte Harrison, ranked ninth in the system, and right-hander Nick Neidert (No. 10) have been optioned to the Pacific Coast League, the team announced Saturday.

Report: Twins' top trio assigned to Minors

Lewis, Kirilloff, Larnach all produced in Grapefruit League play
March 28, 2020

Just before Major League Baseball begins a roster freeze amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the top three prospects in the Twins system were reshuffled.Royce Lewis,'s ninth-ranked overall prospect, No. 32 Alex Kirilloff and No. 81 Trevor Larnach were assigned to Minor League camp, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Friday. The pause in

Toolshed: Dreaming of 2020 debuts

Predicting prospect arrivals under normal circumstances
March 27, 2020

Major League Opening Day was meant to be Thursday, and eight more games were originally scheduled for Friday. We should be spending these days -- two weeks out from the original Minor League Opening Day -- talking about players achieving their dreams of reaching The Show for the first time.

Fans' guide to the best 2019 MiLB.TV games

From Mize to May, 10 standout performances to relive right now
March 26, 2020

No-hitters. One game, one man, four home runs -- and a cycle. Epic entertainment.The 2019 Minor League Baseball season was full of amazing performances by individuals and teams alike. Now you can rewatch all these feats with a free MiLB.TV preview! (Non-subscribers will only need to create a account

White Sox option Kopech to Triple-A Charlotte

No. 20 overall prospect has not pitched since September 2018
March 26, 2020

While there's no timetable for when baseball may resume, Michael Kopech will begin the year in the Minors when it does. The White Sox optioned their third-ranked prospect to Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday. Kopech, who had Tommy John surgery in 2018, made one Spring Training start on March 10 before the

Alone together: Teams forge connections

In time of isolation, Minors clubs across country show creativity
March 26, 2020

If you work in Minor League Baseball, the last week of March is crunch time. Opening Day looms and everyone, no matter their role, is checking last-minute to-do items off of what seems to be an endless list.

Rays option McKay to Triple-A Durham

No. 15 overall prospect returning to Minors when season begins
March 26, 2020

On what was meant to be Major League Opening Day, one of the game's top prospects found out what his opening assignment will be once the 2020 season begins in earnest.The Rays optioned Brendan McKay --'s No. 15 overall prospect -- to Triple-A Durham on Thursday. No. 17 Tampa staffers recall favorite memories

On and off the field, Minor League moments treasured to this day
March 25, 2020

A perfect game, a national anthem performance and a total eclipse. Just some of the Minor League moments that quickly came to mind for the editorial staff when asked to share some favorite memories. And that was just the tip of the iceberg. The following are recollections our staffers

Toolshed dream lineup: The teenagers

Picking best young prospects position by position entering 2020
March 24, 2020

There may be no Minor League Baseball right now. That's not going to stop us from dreaming about lineups.In the coming weeks, Toolshed will craft the best possible prospect lineups, sorted by age groups. This opening edition focuses on teenagers, i.e., those who will be playing at age 17, 18

Minor League teams reminisce about retro logos

Burlington's tweet sparks trip down visual memory lane for clubs
March 24, 2020

Like all of us, Minor League teams across the country are trying to navigate a new normal and figure out how to keep themselves occupied on this strange frontier. Fortunately, social media can be a tool to unite, as the Class A Burlington Bees discovered last week.Burlington invited teams around

Bishop bringing steady head into the future

Giants first-rounder poised for success when baseball resumes
March 23, 2020

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- For Hunter Bishop, the last year has been all about learning to stay, in his words, "even-keeled."At 21 years old and in his first Spring Training -- which was cut short when baseball took a back seat to safety with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic --'s

Pirates' Hayes optioned to Triple-A Indy

No. 41 overall prospect to open back in Minors after solid spring
March 20, 2020

Unlike Jerry Seinfeld, Ke'Bryan Hayes actually wants to be a Pirate. Following Friday's news, he'll have to wait a little longer to get that official designation. Pittsburgh optioned's No. 41 overall prospect to Triple-A Indianapolis, the organization announced. Right-handers Geoff Hartlieb, Yacksel Ríos and Edgar Santana, left-hander Sam Howard, infielder Cole Tucker and outfielder Jason

Toolshed: Farms prep for FSL robot umps

Players, organizations going to learn on the go under coming system
March 20, 2020

It's going to be some time before the Florida State League begins play, but when it does, the Sunshine State's Class A Advanced circuit will usher in a whole new era of baseball.During the 2020 season, nine of the FSL's 11 stadiums will use HawkEye technology to call balls and

Mets option Giménez to Triple-A

No. 84 overall prospect appeared in 14 Grapefruit League games
March 20, 2020

When the 2020 regular season does start, it will be a while longer until Mets fans can step right up and meet Andrés Giménez.The Mets have optioned's No. 84 overall prospect to Triple-A Syracuse, the organization announced Friday. No. 26 Mets prospect Ali Sanchez and right-hander Tyler Bashlor also were

Padres' Lawson, Munoz to miss '20 season

No. 16 prospect, fellow righty undergo Tommy John surgery
March 20, 2020

If and when baseball returns in 2020, the Padres will be without two talented right-handers.Reggie Lawson, San Diego's No. 16 prospect, and 21-year-old Andres Munoz both underwent Tommy John surgery Friday. With rehabilitation from the reconstructive elbow procedure usually lasting 12-15 months, both pitchers will miss whatever competition plays out

Prospects keep busy while staying safe

Players practice social distancing with video games, golf and more
March 20, 2020

Putting the safety of players, fans and employees first, Major League Baseball (and subsequently Minor League Baseball) joined the rest of the sports world by halting play, in this case by suspending Spring Training and delaying Opening Day in an effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. While the decision is

Mountcastle among Orioles reassigned

No. 94 overall prospect optioned to Triple-A Norfolk
March 19, 2020

When baseball resumes, Ryan Mountcastle looks to be ticketed for a second tour of the International League.On Thursday, the Orioles revealed that their fourth-ranked prospect was among four players optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. Outfielder Cedric Mullins, infielder Ramón Urías and right-hander David Hess also were reassigned.

Tigers' Wentz undergoes Tommy John surgery

No. 8 prospect expected to miss 14-16 months following procedure
March 18, 2020

The Tigers' notable pitching depth took a big hit on Tuesday.No. 8 Detroit prospect Joey Wentz underwent Tommy John surgery and is expected to be out for the next 14-16 months, the Tigers announced. The procedure was performed Tuesday by Dr. David Altcheck in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Burdi armed and ready for major impact

White Sox No. 17 prospect sparkles in return from second injury
March 18, 2020

In uncertain times -- like those we're living in right now -- it's easy to lose sight of the big picture. The long game. The reasons for making sacrifices or taking calculated detours.Clear heads prevail when the path appears to be straight and unobstructed, but emotion often clouds judgment at

Toolshed: Spring Training takeaways

Prospect-focused news from shortened Cactus, Grapefruit Leagues
March 17, 2020

By the movement of the actual seasons, spring begins with the coming equinox Thursday. Instead, it's seemingly come to a screeching halt. Spring isn't meant to stop in March. Baseball isn't meant to stop in March either. Yet these are the times in which we find ourselves.The coronavirus pandemic shut

Carlson, Luzardo lead top spring performers

Cardinals outfielder steps up; Athletics left-hander dazzles
March 17, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic may have shortened the looks at Minor Leaguers this spring, but some Top-100 performers still were able to make impressions.Cardinals OF Dylan Carlson (No. 17 overall) -- Carlson was called upon more than any other prospect in's Top 100 this spring, and St. Louis' top prospect