Prospect Projections: NL Central rookies

Cards should give Carlson long look; Keller ready for Bucs role

Dylan Carlson produced a .914 OPS across the top two levels of the Minors last season. (Memphis Redbirds)

By Sam Dykstra | January 28, 2020 10:15 AM ET

The Cardinals should give Dylan Carlson a long look in their outfield, and Mitch Keller appears ready to join the Pirates rotation despite his 2019 struggles.

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Pirates acquire Peguero, Malone for Marte

Pittsburgh receives two teenage prospects for Major Leaguer

Liover Peguero helped Class A Short Season Hillsboro capture a Northwest League title in 2019. (Jared Ravich/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | January 27, 2020 4:04 PM ET

The Pirates acquired prospects Liover Peguero and Brennan Malone from the D-backs in exchange for veteran outfielder Starling Marte on Monday.

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Ex-'Riders broadcaster blazing new path

Rouillard left dream job in baseball to pursue firefighting career

Ryan Rouillard spent four seasons as the radio voice of the Texas League's Frisco RoughRiders. (Lance Carter/MiLB.com)

By Jordan Wolf | January 27, 2020 10:15 AM ET

After spending four years in what he described as a dream job, former Frisco radio broadcaster Ryan Rouillard left the field to pursue a career in firefighting and life support services.

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Rays take charge of 2020 prospect rankings

Franco stays No. 1 overall; Tampa Bay holds six Top 100 slots

Led by 18-year-old Wander Franco, each of the first five players on the new Top 100 prospect list is 22 or younger.

By Joe Bloss | January 25, 2020 3:57 PM ET

Wander Franco -- a shortstop who turns 19 on March 1 -- is one of six Tampa Bay Rays Minor Leaguers on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospect rankings, which were revealed Saturday afternoon.

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Toolshed: Burrell knows way to San Jose

Former Major Leaguer preparing for role as Giants hitting coach

Pat Burrell is back in the dugout for the first time since he played for the Giants in 2011. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

By Sam Dykstra | January 24, 2020 10:13 AM ET

After a career that started as a No. 1 overall pick and ended as a two-time World Series winner, Pat Burrell is preparing for his next role in baseball -- that of Class A Advanced San Jose hitting coach.

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Gray, Downs set to boost Dodgers at camp

Acquired a year ago, pitcher, shortstop headline non-roster invites

Josiah Gray and Jeter Downs helped Double-A Tulsa reach the Texas League Finals in 2019. (Tim Campbell/MiLB.com)

By Kelsie Heneghan | January 23, 2020 4:46 PM ET

The Dodgers extended non-roster invites to 21 players for big league camp, headlined by top prospects Josiah Gray and Jeter Downs, who were traded from the Reds last offseason.

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Boddy, Reds revving up mound program

Driveline guru ushering in new wave as pitching coordinator

Nick Lodolo and Hunter Greene look to lead the next wave of Reds pitching prospects. (Tom Nichols/Dayton Dragons)

By Andrew Battifarano | January 23, 2020 10:33 AM ET

Driveline Baseball founder Kyle Boddy joined the Reds this offseason as their new director of pitching initiatives and pitching coordinator, and he's eager to make a difference in the system.

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Walker, Jeter learned from Minor struggles

Path to Hall of Fame paved with lessons for newest inductees

Larry Walker and Derek Jeter reflect upon their elections by the BBWAA to the Baseball Hall of Fame. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

By Kelsie Heneghan | January 22, 2020 8:10 PM ET

After being elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Derek Jeter and Larry Walker recalled traversing their bumpy paths through Minor League Baseball to get to The Show.

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Braves' Waters, Anderson receive invites

Catcher Langeliers also heading to Major League spring camp

Drew Waters and Ian Anderson both ended 2019 with Triple-A Gwinnett. (Chris Robertson/MiLB.com, Joe Territo/Rochester Red Wings)

By Sam Dykstra | January 22, 2020 4:17 PM ET

The Braves extended non-roster invitations to Major League Spring Training camp to Top-100 prospects Drew Waters, Ian Anderson and Shea Langeliers on Wednesday.

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Mariners taking Top-100 prospects to camp

Kelenic, Rodriguez, Gilbert heading to MLB side this spring

Jarred Kelenic, Julio Rodriguez and Logan Gilbert are headed to Peoria. (Arkansas Travelers, MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | January 22, 2020 2:33 PM ET

No. 13 overall prospect Jarred Kelenic, No. 25 Julio Rodriguez and No. 48 Logan Gilbert are all heading to Major League Spring Training as Mariners non-roster invites.

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