Toolshed: 2019 Rule 5 Draft preview

Potentially active teams, prospects who could be on the move

Sterling Sharp struck out 45 and walked 14 over 49 2/3 innings with Double-A Harrisburg in 2019. (Mark Olson/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | December 10, 2019 10:09 AM ET

The Rule 5 Draft will take place Thursday at the Baseball Winter Meetings. Toolshed previews what teams could be active this year and which prospects might hear their names called.

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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Toolshed: Jefferies earns A's in recovery

No. 12 Oakland prospect added to 40-man after breakout 2019

Daulton Jefferies has walked only 12 batters over 99 1/3 innings in his Minor League career. (Joshua Tjiong/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | December 6, 2019 10:29 AM ET

After missing significant time following elbow surgery, Oakland Athletics No. 12 prospect Daulton Jefferies rebounded nicely in 2019 and showed enough promise to get added to the 40-man roster.

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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Toolshed: Assessing Class A park factors

Asheville, Great Lakes stadiums stand out in fairer leagues

Terrin Vavra had 32 extra-base hits at home for Asheville compared to only 11 on the road. (Kevin Pataky/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | December 3, 2019 10:05 AM ET

The Midwest and South Atlantic Leagues are similar in overall offensive profiles, but the factors at individual parks -- like those belonging to Asheville and Great Lakes -- certainly differ.

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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Toolshed: Reasons for NL fans to give thanks

Dodgers keeping prospects (for now), Padres preparing to pop

Gavin Lux climbed from No. 70 in MLB.com's preseason prospect rankings to his current spot at No. 2. (Jerry Espinoza/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | November 26, 2019 10:58 AM ET

With American Thanksgiving coming up Thursday, Toolshed counts the reasons fans of the 15 National League farm systems should be thankful this offseason.

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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Toolshed: Reasons for AL fans to give thanks

O's Rutschman, Halos' Adell bring bounty to junior-circuit farms

Jo Adell played at three Minor League levels, the Arizona Fall League and the Premier12 tournament in 2019. (Brent Asay/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | November 22, 2019 10:03 AM ET

With American Thanksgiving coming up next Thursday, Toolshed counts the reasons fans of the 15 American League farm systems should be thankful this offseason.

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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Toolshed: 40-man protection preview

Outlooks for all 30 farm systems ahead of Rule 5 Draft deadline

At No. 11, Cristian Pache is the highest-ranked prospect in need of 40-man roster protection from the Rule 5 Draft. (Chris Robertson/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | November 19, 2019 10:16 AM ET

Ahead of Wednesday's Rule 5 Draft deadline, Toolshed takes a look at players on all 30 farm systems who are not yet on their teams' respective 40-man rosters.

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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Toolshed: Class A Advanced park factors

Third-highest level featured extreme environments at both ends

Rockies No. 2 prospect Ryan Rolison posted some extreme home-road splits in the California League this season. (Lancaster JetHawks)

By Sam Dykstra | November 15, 2019 10:22 AM ET

New stadiums in Dunedin and Fayetteville -- as well as extreme environments in places like Lancaster and Wilmington -- affected statistical performance at the Class A Advanced level in 2019.

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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Toolshed: Assessing 2019 Double-A park factors

Amarillo addition provided Texas League with offensive infusion

In its inaugural season, Amarillo's HODGETOWN was a veritable launching pad compared to other Texas League stadiums.

By Sam Dykstra | November 12, 2019 10:21 AM ET

The Texas League added Amarillo in 2019, and the home of the Sod Poodles instantly became one of the level's most hitter-friendly environments. Toolshed's series on park factors turns to Double-A.

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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Toolshed: Assessing Triple-A park factors

New Las Vegas, San Antonio locales impact PCL stats, prospects

Sean Murphy and the Las Vegas Aviators took advantage of the hitter-friendly confines of their new stadium in 2019. (Las Vegas Aviators)

By Sam Dykstra | November 8, 2019 9:59 AM ET

Toolshed evaluates the park factors across the International and Pacific Coast Leagues to see which stadiums were most enjoyed by hitters and pitchers in recent seasons.

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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Toolshed: Hot Stove's Minor League effects

Previewing how offseason moves could impact top prospects

Gerrit Cole enters free agency for the first time after playing seven seasons for the Pirates and Astros. (Matt Slocum/AP)

By Sam Dykstra | November 5, 2019 10:43 AM ET

On the day organizations can officially begin speaking to free agents, Toolshed previews how Major League offseason moves could have trickle-down effects for prospects.

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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