Hudson named Cards' Pitcher of the Year

No. 93 prospect claims top honor; O'Neill grabs award for hitting

Dakota Hudson was selected by the Cardinals in the first round of the 2016 Draft out of Mississippi State. (Jim Redman/MiLB.com)

By Kelsie Heneghan | December 17, 2018 3:12 PM ET

The St. Louis Cardinals named No. 3 prospect Dakota Hudson and Tyler O'Neill the organization's Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year respectively.

Kelsie Heneghan is a contributor to 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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Rangers have strength in foundation

Taveras, Thompson lead prospects showing off at lower levels

Leody Taveras entered the season as the third-youngest player in the Carolina League. (Ben Sandstrom/MiLB.com)

By Gerard Gilberto | December 17, 2018 10:25 AM ET

Top-ranked Leody Taveras and No. 9 Bubba Thompson are among a versatile list of Texas Rangers prospects to build an impressive profile before reaching Double-A.

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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Marlins' Diaz still red-hot in Puerto Rico

Club's No. 9 prospect has raised average 70 points in two weeks

Isan Diaz is batting .301/.362/.422 with 13 runs scored through 24 games in the Puerto Rican Winter League. (Jim Redman/MiLB.com)

By Michael Avallone | December 16, 2018 7:48 PM ET

Some of the best prospects -- such as the Marlins' Isan Diaz --- are fine-tuning their games in the Winter Leagues. MiLB.com looks at the week's top performers.

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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Report: White Sox to shut down Jiménez

Baseball's No. 3 prospect suffered quad injury in winter league

Eloy Jiménez posted a .961 OPS through 108 games at Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte in 2018. (Ken Jancef/MiLB.com)

By Tyler Maun | December 16, 2018 4:49 PM ET

Baseball's No. 3 overall prospect Eloy Jiménez is likely headed for an early end to his Dominican Winter League season after suffering a quad injury, according to a report.

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

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Cards' Roberts, four others suspended

All five prospects to miss 50 games for violating drug program

Cardinals prospect Griffin Roberts posted a 3.82 ERA with Wake Forest in 2018. (Brian Westerholt/Four Seam Images)

By Chris Bumbaca | December 14, 2018 5:56 PM ET

Five Minor Leaguers, including Cardinals No. 10 prospect Griffin Roberts, were suspended 50 games Friday for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

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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Toolshed: 2018 Rule 5 Draft stickiness

Royals, O's picks likely to stay; Jays teenager faces challenge

The Royals are Sam McWilliams' third organization in the 2018 calendar year. (Freek Bouw/Phrake Photography)

By Sam Dykstra | December 14, 2018 10:08 AM ET

From two infielders headed to Baltimore to the 18-year-old right-hander selected by Toronto, Toolshed evaluates how likely 2018 Rule 5 Draft picks are to stick with their Major League clubs next season.

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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Fast-rising Gorman leads Cards All-Stars

Third baseman reached full-season level just weeks after Draft

Nolan Gorman reached Class A in his draft year and posted a .706 OPS in 25 games at the level. (Paul R. Gierhart/MiLB.com)

By Tyler Maun | December 14, 2018 9:58 AM ET

With young power bats like Luken Baker and Nolan Gorman coming out of the 2018 Draft, the Cardinals are loading up for another run of dominance in the National League Central.

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

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Martin, McWilliams lead 2018 Rule 5 Draft

Orioles, Royals, Giants make two picks each at Winter Meetings

Richie Martin has produced a career .706 OPS over four seasons in the Minors. (Ben Sandstrom/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | December 13, 2018 2:06 PM ET

Shortstop Richie Martin and right-hander Sam McWilliams were the first two picks in this year's Rule 5 Draft with the Orioles, Royals and Giants making two picks each.

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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'50 Summers' tells story of Omaha baseball

Documentary details Minor League history through a local lens

The documentary "50 Summers" features interviews with Omaha baseball luminaries such as former Royals manager Jack McKeon.

By Benjamin Hill | December 13, 2018 10:02 AM ET

"50 Summers," a documentary screened at the Winter Meetings, details a half-century of Minor League Baseball through a focus on Omaha, Nebraska. Ben Hill spoke to director Dan Napoli.

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

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Padres' Green: Chances 'real' for Tatis, Urias

Two of top four prospects almost ready to pair up in big leagues

Fernando Tatis Jr. and Luis Urias are two of MLB.com's top 27 overall prospects. (Shawn E. Davis and Bobby Stevens/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | December 12, 2018 8:35 PM ET

Speaking from the Winter Meetings San Diego Padres manager Andy Green is excited to pair up Fernando Tatis Jr. and Luis Urias in the middle of the infield soon.

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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