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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Toolshed: 2019's most memorable stats

Dominance from Robert, Lux, Gore, France stood out in Minors

Top overall prospect Wander Franco had more extra-base hits (43) than strikeouts (35) this season. (Mark LoMoglio/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | September 11, 2019 11:02 AM ET

With the 2019 regular season in the books across Minor League Baseball, Toolshed explores the dominant numbers that will be most remembered from hitters and pitchers.

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Farm system storylines: Aug./Sept. edition

Highlighting standouts from all 30 farm systems in final weeks

Dylan Carlson finished the season with 26 homers and 20 stolen bases across two levels. (Memphis Redbirds)

September 6, 2019 10:20 AM ET

The MiLB.com staff rounds up standouts from all 30 farm systems from the final weeks of the 2019 Minor League Baseball season.

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Toolshed: Prospects providing playoff boost

Rutschman, Kelenic, Pache join title hopefuls at opportune time

Top Orioles prospect Adley Rutschman clubbed four homers over 37 games across three levels in his first pro season. (Ken Inness/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | September 4, 2019 10:17 AM ET

Adley Rutschman (Delmarva), Jarred Kelenic (Arkansas) and Cristian Pache (Gwinnett) are some of the top prospects that have joined playoff-bound Minor League teams at just the right times in 2019.

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Toolshed: September callup preview

Breaking down which Top-100 prospects could see Majors soon

Gavin Lux's 26 homers this season through Wednesday represent a career high. (Jerry Espinoza/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | August 30, 2019 10:58 AM ET

With rosters set to expand one last time this September, Toolshed breaks down which Top-100 prospects could reach the Major Leagues in the next month.

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Toolshed: The origins of Orioles' Rutschman

Revisiting three moments that built the legend of 2019's top pick

Adley Rutschman has played 32 games across three levels in his first professional season with the Orioles. (Ken Inness/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | August 28, 2019 11:20 AM ET

Toolshed revisits three of the moments that have helped build 2019 top overall pick Adley Rutschman's already legendary status and could portend of even bigger things for the switch-hitting catcher in the Orioles system.

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Toolshed: Most surprising promotions of '19

Padres rookies, Franco's rise among intriguing prospect moves

Wander Franco reached the Florida State League less than four months after his 18th birthday. (Mark LoMoglio/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | August 23, 2019 10:38 AM ET

With the 2019 season coming to a close, Toolshed looks back and ranks the 10 most unorthodox yet exciting promotions involving Top 100 prospects in the past few months.

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Toolshed: Lowe heating up with Biscuits

Rays' No. 12 prospect tapping into five-tool potential at Double-A

Josh Lowe ranks fifth in the Southern League with 180 total bases through 112 games for Montgomery. (Danny Parker/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | August 21, 2019 11:26 AM ET

Rays No. 12 prospect Josh Lowe is taking off at the plate for Double-A Montgomery, adding an improving bat to a profile that already includes plus speed and impressive defensive work in center field.

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Toolshed: Stats to follow in final weeks

France's chase for .400, Cron's homer total worth watching

Ty France was named the PCL Top Star at this year's Triple-A All-Star Game. (Jorge Salgado/El Paso Chihuahuas)

By Sam Dykstra | August 16, 2019 10:46 AM ET

From Ty France's chase for a .400 average to Kevin Cron's push to win the home run title, Toolshed dives into statistical races worth following in the final weeks of the 2019 Minor League season.

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Toolshed: Burdick clicking in Marlins system

Wright State product off to fast start in his first taste of pro ball

A third-round pick in June, Peyton Burdick has picked up 28 extra-base hits through 47 games at Class A. (Clinton LumberKings)

By Sam Dykstra | August 14, 2019 12:41 PM ET

Marlins No. 29 prospect Peyton Burdick is off to a fast start in his first taste of pro ball with Class A Clinton and could be worth more to the organization than just a cost-conscious senior sign.

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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