Reliever Smith heading to Mets for Duda

Rays send No. 30 prospect to New York for slugging first baseman

By Sam Dykstra | July 27, 2017 6:49 PM ET

The Rays and Mets completed a trade Thursday that directly involved one prospect and impacts the pending Major League debut of another.

Tampa Bay sent right-handed reliever Drew Smith, their No. 30 prospect, to New York for Major League first baseman Lucas Duda, the clubs confirmed. Smith will head to Double-A Binghamton, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo.

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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The Show Before the Show: Episode 120

Tyler, Sam talk new top 100 ranking, Potomac's Costanza Night

July 27, 2017 2:28 PM ET

Check out the latest episode of The Show Before the Show, MiLB.com's official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review The Show Before the Show on iTunes. The podcast is also available via the Stitcher app. Send your questions and feedback to podcast@milb.com. You can follow hosts Tyler Maun (@TylerMaun) and Sam Dykstra (@SamDykstraMiLB) on Twitter.

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White Sox acquire prospect Gillaspie from Rays

First baseman, 2014 first-rounder swapped for reliever Jennings

By Sam Dykstra | July 27, 2017 1:26 PM ET

The White Sox have added another talented prospect to their farm system as part of their grand rebuild.

Chicago acquired first-base prospect Casey Gillaspie from the Rays on Thursday in exchange for Major League left-handed reliever Dan Jennings, both clubs confirmed. 

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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Prospect Roundup: Games of July 26

Erceg, Ray shine for Carolina; Bichette keeps boosting average

By Sam Dykstra | July 27, 2017 12:46 PM ET

Marlins RHP Trevor Richards, Double-A Jacksonville: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 89 pitches, 58 strikes -- Richards' story continued to get better Wednesday as he pitched a season-high seven scoreless innings for the second time in his last four starts. The 24-year-old right-hander was signed out of the independent Frontier League a year ago and has taken off in his first full Minor League season. He leads the Marlins organization in wins (10), ERA (2.43) and strikeouts (120) over 111 innings between Class A Advanced and Double-A and has moved up to the No. 18 spot in the Marlins' prospect rankings -- not bad for a pitcher who went undrafted out of Drake University. Results aside, Richards doesn't receive eye-popping grades for his three-pitch mix -- his changeup is the only offering considered above-average -- but his control is leading to weak contact and plenty of Ks. 

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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Southern notes: Rays' McCarthy on the rise

First baseman shows patience and surprising speed with Biscuits

By Guy Curtright | July 27, 2017 10:22 AM ET

Joe McCarthy's last college season couldn't have had a worse start, with the University of Virginia standout sidelined following back surgery.

"The timing was terrible," said the Montgomery Biscuits outfielder/first baseman. "I knew I'd miss a lot of time."

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Hill continues to flash leather for Whitecaps

Tigers' No. 8 prospect earning reputation as human highlight reel

By Gerard Gilberto | July 27, 2017 10:18 AM ET

For much of the past three seasons, outfielder Derek Hill can regularly be found on either the highlight reel or the disabled list. Now in his third tour with Class A West Michigan, the Tigers' eighth-ranked prospect doesn't let the potential for injury affect how he plays the game.

"The way I see it, if I don't act aggressive, I feel like I'm going to injure myself," Hill said. "Honestly, every time a ball goes up in the air, until it touches the ground I'm going 100 percent. I don't care where it's hit, who hit it. I'm going 110 percent to get to that ball."

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NYPL notes: Hurst finding his focus with Spikes

Cardinals third-rounder settling into pro game after sluggish start

By Craig Forde | July 27, 2017 10:13 AM ET

Following a trip to the College World Series with Cal State Fullerton this June, Scott Hurst took a week to pack up shop before joining State College. He was eager to prove worthy of the Cardinals' faith in selecting him, and he pressed too hard out of the gate. 

Hurst broke out with Titans his junior year, batting .328 with 12 home runs, but the 21-year-old collected just one hit in his first four games as a professional.

St. Louis was without a first- and second-round pick in the 2017 Draft. He was selected by the organization in the third round just five days following his team's elimination from collegiate postseason play. 

Craig Forde is a contributor to 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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Chukars' Miller tallies five hits for second time

Over 17 games, Royals catching prospect amasses .446 average

By Josh Jackson | July 27, 2017 3:19 AM ET

A ballplayer can go through a long career and never log five hits in a game, but after his first five weeks as a pro, Darrell Miller Jr. has done it twice.

"It's kind of crazy, obviously," the Royals catching prospect said. "Some of my teammates have been asking me about or joking about it, and I tell them I don't know. It's like I black out, and then I wake up and I have five hits."

Miller Jr. went 5-for-6 with a double and two runs scored to pace Rookie-level Idaho Falls to a 15-12 win in 10 innings at Missoula on Wednesday.

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

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Rosario notches second four-hit game for 51s

Top Mets prospect runs streak to 16 games, raises average to .334

By Michael Leboff | July 27, 2017 2:17 AM ET

It looks like Amed Rosario is feeling better.

Just four days after a stomach bug sent him to the hospital, the top Mets prospect extended his hitting streak to 16 games by going 4-for-5 with two runs scored in Triple-A Las Vegas' 8-7 loss to Nashville on Wednesday night.

Michael Leboff is a contributor to 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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Buehler rebounds in second Triple-A start

Top Dodgers prospect allows one hit, fans nine over five innings

By Josh Jackson | July 27, 2017 1:56 AM ET

There may be no second chances to make a good first impression, but Walker Buehler's start Wednesday night revealed much more about him than his Pacific Coast League debut did last week.

"It was nice to have a good outing after [my last start]," Los Angeles' top prospect said. "I wanted to kind of save the 'pen after I killed the 'pen last time."

In a return to form, Buehler gave up one run on one hit and two walks while striking out nine over five innings in Triple-A Oklahoma City's 8-7 victory over visiting Reno.

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