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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Toolshed: Deichmann earning A's in Arizona

Overcoming injuries, No. 17 prospect turns into MVP candidate

Greg Deichmann hit nine homers through his first 20 games in the AFL, five more than any other hitter. (Buck Davidson/Getty Images)

By Sam Dykstra | October 25, 2019 10:35 AM ET

No. 17 Athletics prospect Greg Deichmann missed time in 2018 and 2019. Healthy after those injury-riddled seasons, he's transformed into an Arizona Fall League MVP candidate.

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: MiLB nuggets on Astros, Nats

What fans may have missed from World Series systems in 2019

Cristian Javier and Carter Kieboom stood out among prospects from the two pennant-winning systems. (Tammy Tucker, Jamie Harms)

By Sam Dykstra | October 22, 2019 10:14 AM ET

The Astros and Nationals will meet in the World Series beginning Tuesday night. Toolshed covers five 2019 storylines fans might have missed from the farm systems of both.

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Toolshed: Nationals pitcher in Sharp shape

As club makes history, its No. 13 prospect standing out in AFL

Sterling Sharp has posted a 1.00 WHIP through five starts in the Arizona Fall League. (Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

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

Washington Nationals No. 13 prospect Sterling Sharp has continued impressing in the Arizona Fall League while his organization looks forward to its first World Series appearance.

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: 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.

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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