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White Sox: Kopech opts out of '20 season

No. 3 White Sox prospect has not pitched since 2018
@AndrewAtBatt
July 10, 2020

It's been two years since Michael Kopech pitched in an official game, but White Sox fans will have to wait a while longer to see the team's third-ranked prospect. The hard-throwing right-hander has opted out of playing this season, general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement Friday. “Michael Kopech

Prospects in the Angels’ 2020 player pool

Los Angeles relies upon quality over quantity in shortened season
July 10, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Prospects in the Reds' 2020 player pool

Lodolo, Santillan lead group of powerful arms for Reds
@brianjstultz
July 10, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Toolshed: Astros' Whitley ready, standing by

Top prospect preparing for potential MLB role after 2019 bumps
@SamDykstraMiLB
July 10, 2020

Prior to Wednesday, the last time Forrest Whitley stepped on the mound at Houston's Minute Maid Park was March 25, 2019 in a late-spring exhibition game against the Pirates. That three-inning outing was meant to provide the Astros faithful with a promising glimpse of the future. A lot has happened

Prospects in the Indians' 2020 player pool

Young bunch will mostly play at alternate site in Lake County
July 10, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

MiLB teams celebrate 2020 invincibility

'Undefeated' T-shirts put positive spin on difficult times
@BensBiz
July 9, 2020

At 5 p.m. on June 30, the news that many had feared finally became official: there would be no 2020 Minor League Baseball season. Amid the immediate and inevitable outpouring of sadness for the present and anxiety for the future, the Bowie Baysox found a silver lining. The Baysox, the

Prospects in the 2020 Red Sox player pool

Boston's four top-30 prospects could impact infield in short season
@SamDykstraMiLB
July 9, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Looking back at Semien's 2013 breakthrough

Oakland infielder torched Southern League opponents in July 2013
July 9, 2020

MLB.com listed Marcus Semien as the White Sox's eighth-best prospect in 2013, suggesting that the Cal product might best project "as a utility man, one who can punish left-handed pitching." Things looked a bit different after Semien proved dominant for Double-A Birmingham, ultimately earning Southern League MVP honors for the

Prospects in the Rockies' 2020 player pool

Infielder Rodgers leads group of Colorado reinforcements
@tylermaun
July 9, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Prospects in the D-backs' 2020 player pool

Arizona group stacked with young prospects for shortened season
@tylermaun
July 9, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Mariners phenom Rodriguez visits podcast

Mariners prospect Rodriguez sets Summer Camp expectations
July 9, 2020

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 "Minor League Baseball podcast" on iTunes. The podcast is also available via Spotify,

Prospects in the Padres' 2020 player pool 

Gore, Patino, Trammell all ready for Major League action
@katiejwoo
July 8, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Legend Ryan left mark in Minors before callup

Hall Of Famer put name in record books during '66 season
@RobTnova24
July 8, 2020

Before the remarkable 27-year Major League career in which he pitched a record seven no-hitters, compiled a record 5,714 strikeouts and earned 324 victories. Before he received the plaque in Cooperstown -- with 98.79 percent of the vote on his first ballot. And before he earned the nickname "The Ryan

Prospects in the Mariners' 2020 player pool

Reloaded system has Seattle excited, ready for this year and beyond
@MavalloneMiLB
July 8, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Oakland's Luzardo tests positive for COVID-19

Baseball's No. 12 prospect required to self-isolate for two weeks
@katiejwoo
July 7, 2020

Top A's prospect Jesus Luzardo has tested positive for COVID-19 and will need to self-isolate for at least 14 days, per Major League Baseball protocol. Ranked as MLB.com's No. 12 overall prospect, Luzardo was already on the A's 40-man roster and expected to boost a solid big league rotation, along

Prospects in the Pirates' 2020 player pool

Bucs balance Major League readiness and development needs
@jtbloss
July 8, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Prospects in the Yankees' 2020 player pool

Quest for 28th title undoubtedly will include club's prospects
@RobTnova24
July 7, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Did you know? South Atlantic League edition

Unique facts for each of the 14 teams on the Class A circuit
@BensBiz
July 7, 2020

When it comes to size, scope and longevity, few, if any, sporting bodies can rival Minor League Baseball. With 160 teams in nearly as many markets, there are innumerable nooks and crannies to explore. This marks the 10th installment in a 14-part series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique,

Prospects in the Tigers' 2020 player pool

Nine of club's top 10 prospects to play in Detroit, Toledo
July 7, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Toolshed: Recent noteworthy Pioneer seasons

Major League regulars, current prospects highlighted Rookie circuit
@SamDykstraMiLB
July 7, 2020

Short-season campaigns across the Minor Leagues were scheduled to begin last month. Like all other leagues in the Minors, those seasons were officially canceled last week. But that doesn't mean we can't celebrate the short-season leagues right now anyway. The New York-Penn, Northwest, Appalachian and Pioneer leagues represent the first

Prospects in the Cardinals' 2020 player pool

Top prospect Carlson leads way in talented St. Louis group
@tylermaun
July 8, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Mets' Crow-Armstrong ready for close-up

Mets' first-round Draft pick has family ties to 'Little Big League'
@AndrewAtBatt
July 6, 2020

In a way, Pete Crow-Armstrong is following the same path as his mother. Yes, they are in very different careers: he's a newly minted professional baseball player with the Mets and his mom, Ashley Crow, is an accomplished actress. But Crow spent 14 years in New York and earned a

Prospects in the Braves' 2020 player pool

Pache, Waters headline talented Atlanta prospects at camp
@AndrewAtBatt
July 6, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

The Road to The Show: Nate Pearson

Young hurler has inched closer to leaving Jays nest for the bigs
@MavalloneMiLB
July 6, 2020

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken to reach the brink of realizing his Major League dream. Here's a look at Jays right-hander Nate Pearson. Toronto's top prospect is a prime example why wins and losses are a devalued statistic to many, particularly in

Best streams of 2019: Pitching duels

Davidson, Gore, McKay, May anchored stingy performances
July 6, 2020

Few things are more captivating in a baseball game than when both starting pitchers bring their absolute best stuff. Even if there’s not much action on the offensive end, watching two guys paint masterpiece performances on the mound one inning after another showcases the beauty of the sport like no