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.

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Toolshed: Astros' Toro bullish with bat

No. 6 Houston prospect carrying AFL breakout into upper levels

Abraham Toro has been an All-Star in the Carolina and Texas Leagues each of the last two seasons. (Tim Campbell/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | August 9, 2019 11:49 AM ET

Astros No. 6 prospect Abraham Toro showed breakout tendencies in the Arizona Fall League and at Spring Training and has carried them to the upper levels this season.

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Toolshed: Prospects with much to prove

A few top talents have lots on the line entering the homestretch

Forrest Whitley will try to change the story of his 2019 campaign in the season's closing weeks. (Corpus Christi Hooks)

By Sam Dykstra | August 7, 2019 10:45 AM ET

The 2019 Minor League season has less than four weeks remaining. Toolshed lays out which Top-100 prospects have a lot on the line in August.

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Toolshed: Baz talks tools after trade

Rays right-hander reflects on move from Pirates one year later

Shane Baz has struck out 27.6 percent of the batters he's faced this season. (Steve Roberts/Bowling Green Hot Rods)

By Sam Dykstra | July 31, 2019 11:36 AM ET

One year after being dealt by the Pirates in the Chris Archer trade, Shane Baz reflects on what it was like to be traded and how he's become an improved pitcher in the Rays system.

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Toolshed: Teams getting the biggest boost

Oklahoma City, Arkansas among clubs bolstered by promotions

Dustin May joined a Triple-A Oklahoma City roster that's also welcomed Gavin Lux, DJ Peters and Keibert Ruiz. (Casey Gower/Nashville Sounds)

By Sam Dykstra | July 26, 2019 11:17 AM ET

Clubs such as the Oklahoma City Dodgers, Arkansas Travelers and Charlotte Stone Crabs have benefited from prospect promotions in recent weeks and are worth following closely down the stretch.

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Toolshed: Prospects on the upswing

Twins' Lewis, Marlins' Diaz among those turning seasons around

Royce Lewis has a career .687 OPS at Class A Advanced over 135 games dating back to last season. (Tom Hagerty/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | July 24, 2019 10:24 AM ET

Prospects such as Twins shortstop Royce Lewis and Marlins second baseman Isan Diaz are successfully turning their seasons around in July after experiencing rough starts to 2019.

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Toolshed: 2018 Trade Deadline in review

Checking in on prospects who joined Rays, O's, other systems

Shane Baz has struck out 27.2 percent of the batters he has faced for Class A Bowling Green this season. (Chris Robertson/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | July 19, 2019 12:44 PM ET

Toolshed checks in on prospects from five of the biggest deals made at least year's Trade Deadline, including those the Rays received for Chris Archer and the Orioles got for Manny Machado.

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Toolshed: Pirates' Oliva turns the page

Pittsburgh's No. 9 prospect finding stride with Double-A Altoona

Jared Oliva has produced a career .762 OPS over three seasons in the Minor Leagues. (Kevin Pataky/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | July 17, 2019 11:28 AM ET

After years of getting overlooked by the game, Pirates No. 9 prospect Jared Oliva has been one of the hottest hitters at Double-A since the start of June.

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Toolshed: Trade Deadline preview

Some farms figure to get big additions before July 31

A deal involving Marcus Stroman could bulk up the Blue Jays' youth movement. (Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

By Sam Dykstra | July 12, 2019 10:50 AM ET

Toolshed previews where Major League sellers stand with their farm systems and the level of prospects they could stand to add before the Trade Deadline comes on July 31.

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