Toolshed: Paddack's FIP helps pad resume

Now healthy, Padres No. 5 prospect dominated in whiffs, walks

Chris Paddack struck out 35.2 percent of the batters he faced across two leagues. (Rey Holguin/San Antonio Missions)

By Sam Dykstra | September 26, 2018 10:03 AM ET

Padres No. 5 prospect Chris Paddack posted the best FIP among Top-100 prospects by dominating in terms of strikeouts and walks two years after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

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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Hesslink enjoying new journey with Mariners

MIT graduate goes from Everett's bullpen to Seattle's front office

David Hesslink had done research work for two Major League organizations before he was drafted as a player. (Gerard Gilberto/MiLB.com)

By Gerard Gilberto | September 25, 2018 10:04 AM ET

David Hesslink, drafted as a pitcher out of M.I.T. by the Mariners last year, has latched on as a baseball operations assistant in Seattle's front office.

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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Crooked Numbers: Stop making sense

Oddities and anomalies from the second half of the 2018 season

On July 3, Shed Long scored from first base on a wild pitch to give Pensacola an improbable walk-off win. (Pensacola Blue Wahoos)

By Benjamin Hill | September 24, 2018 2:34 PM ET

In Minor League Baseball, things can get weird at any moment. In Crooked Numbers, Ben Hill recaps some of the oddest occurrences of 2018's second half.

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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Hayes snags honor from Pirates

No. 2 prospect named Minor League Player of the Year

Ke'Bryan Hayes ranked fourth in the Eastern League with 31 doubles and 10th with a .293 batting average. (Terrance Williams/MiLB.com)

By Daren Smith | September 21, 2018 6:58 PM ET

Ke'Bryan Hayes, who homered in the All-Star Futures Game, on Friday was named the Pirates' Minor League Player of the Year, while J.T. Brubaker took Pitcher of the Year honors.

Daren Smith 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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Toolshed: Gimenez could surprise with pop

ISO shows top Mets prospect outperformed in power department

Andres Gimenez was a Florida State League end-of-season All-Star despite moving up to Binghamton on July 23. (Mark Olson/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | September 21, 2018 10:04 AM ET

Andres Gimenez has shown plus ability in everything but power, but with the way his ISO beat expectations in 2018, he might have a more well-rounded profile than previously thought.

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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Tucker repeats as Astros' Player of the Year

MLB.com's No. 8 prospect completed second 20-20 campaign

Kyle Tucker led the Pacific Coast League in average, on-base percentage, slugging and OPS in August. (Aaron Provencio/Fresno Grizzlies)

By Andrew Battifarano | September 20, 2018 9:23 PM ET

Second-ranked Houston Astros prospect Kyle Tucker of the Fresno Grizzlies claimed the club's Minor League Player of the Year for the second straight season.

Andrew Battifarano is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter, @AndrewAtBatt. 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 178

Memphis manager Clapp joins show before taking Triple-A title

September 20, 2018 11:50 AM ET

Triple-A national champion Memphis manager Stubby Clapp talks to Kelsie Heneghan from Columbus, plus Ben provides an update on affiliation changes and Tyler and Sam discuss top playoff performers.

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On the Road: Making history in Daytona

Tortugas' Jackie Robinson Ballpark pays tribute to 1946 season

The statue outside of Jackie Robinson Ballpark marks the events of 1946, when Robinson spent Spring Training in Daytona Beach.

By Benjamin Hill | September 20, 2018 10:06 AM ET

Daytona Beach's Jackie Robinson Ballpark got its name due to the historic events of 1946. Ben Hill spoke with a local historian about how they transpired.

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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Baseball legend Bernie Williams raises awareness of rare lung disease in honor of his father

By Bridgette Vogan | September 20, 2018 8:58 AM ET

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a lung disease that affects nearly 132,000 Americans and claims almost 40,000 lives each year. Yankees legend Bernie Williams lost his father to the disease in 2001 Williams joined Boehringer Ingelheim's Breathless™ campaign to educate people about IPF.

Bridgette Vogan is a writer for Minor League Baseball. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Kopech undergoes Tommy John surgery

No. 2 White Sox prospect should miss entire 2019 season

Michael Kopech led the International League and tied for sixth in the Minors with 170 strikeouts over 126 1/3 innings. (Dave Wegiel/MiLB.com)

By Rob Terranova | September 19, 2018 11:13 PM ET

Second-ranked White Sox prospect Michael Kopech underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday and is expected to be ready for Spring Training 2020.

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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