Toolshed: FIP and top prospects

Twins' Balazovic among those shining in advanced category

Jordan Balazovic struck out 33.9 percent of the batters he faced during the 2019 season. (Pensacola Blue Wahoos)

By Sam Dykstra | October 15, 2019 10:09 AM ET

Minnesota Twins No. 4 prospect Jordan Balazovic was among the Top-100 pitching prospects to strike out a ton and limit walks and home runs allowed en route to an impressive FIP in 2019.

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Toolshed: LCS development successes

Ranking top five homegrown talents from the final four clubs

Alex Bregman is in the AL MVP discussion just four years after the Astros took him second overall in the Draft. (Eric Christian Smith/AP)

By Sam Dykstra | October 11, 2019 10:03 AM ET

The final four organizations have leaned heavily on players built up from their own farm systems to get within eight victories of a World Series title.

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Toolshed: D-backs' Carroll sped away early

Sixteenth overall pick this season really hit the ground running

Corbin Carroll was 18-for-19 in stolen-base attempts in his first Minor League season. (Jared Ravich/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | October 8, 2019 10:12 AM ET

Arizona D-backs No. 3 prospect Corbin Carroll made a fast first impression in the Minor Leagues, leading Top-100 prospects in Speed Score during his first season in 2019.

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Toolshed: Phils' Seabold flying high in AFL

Right-hander shows well-rounded mix after injury-delayed 2019

Connor Seabold has struck out 42.9 percent of the batters he's faced over his first 12 Arizona Fall League innings. (Jill Weisleder/Getty Images)

By Sam Dykstra | October 4, 2019 12:03 PM ET

Philies No. 30 prospect Connor Seabold has rebounded from an injury-riddled 2019 to show off a well-rounded arsenal in the Arizona Fall League.

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Toolshed: Downs' power on the ups

Dodgers shortstop shows surprising pop, per isolated slugging

Jeter Downs led all Dodgers Minor Leaguers with 63 extra-base hits during the 2019 season. (Jerry Espinoza/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | October 1, 2019 10:45 AM ET

Dodgers No. 5 prospect Jeter Downs showed surprising power in a breakout 2019 season according to Toolshed's look at isolated slugging percentage, or ISO.

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Toolshed: Beer fermenting in Fall League

No. 97 prospect out to make impression after slow D-backs start

Seth Beer went 6-for-18 (.333) through his first five games of the Fall League season. (Jill Weisleder/MLB Photos)

By Sam Dykstra | September 27, 2019 10:29 AM ET

No. 97 overall prospect Seth Beer may have gotten off to a slow start in the D-backs system following his July trade, but he has a chance to make up for it during his trip to the Arizona Fall League.

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Toolshed: BABIP and top prospects

Evaluating how balls in play impacted stats for Top-100 talents

Drew Waters is a career .298 hitter through his first three seasons in the Minor Leagues. (Chris Robertson/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | September 24, 2019 10:09 AM ET

In the first dive into advanced stats from the 2019 season, Toolshed evaluates how how BABIPs (batting averages on balls in play) impacted the stat lines for some of the game's Top-100 talents.

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Toolshed: Players of the 2019 postseason

Sod Poodles' Trammell, Blue Wahoos' Kirilloff among standouts

Taylor Trammell's Game 5 grand slam for Amarillo proved to be one of the highlights of the playoffs. (John Moore/Amarillo Sod Poodles)

By Sam Dykstra | September 20, 2019 10:06 AM ET

With the 2019 season fully at a close, Toolshed offers its picks for the top individual player performers from league postseasons across the Minor Leagues.

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Toolshed: Arizona Fall League preview

Finding strengths, weakness, prospects to follow for each team

After climbing to Triple-A Salt Lake, Jo Adell is poised to command the spotlight in the Arizona Fall League. (Brent Asay/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | September 18, 2019 10:05 AM ET

With the 2019 Arizona Fall League season beginning on Wednesday, Toolshed previews the strengths, weaknesses and prospects to follow for each of this year's six teams.

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Toolshed: Hicklen more than raw talent

No. 15 Royals prospect adding power to impressive speed

A seventh-round pick in 2017, Brewer Hicklen smacked eight of his 14 home runs this season in August. (Ken Inness/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | September 13, 2019 10:15 AM ET

No. 15 Royals prospect Brewer Hicklen wants to be known as more than simply a well-rounded athlete, and in pursuit of his second title in two full seasons, he's begun to look like a late-blooming baseball star.

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