Toolshed: Midseason MiLBY leaders

Robert, Gore, Rays system on track for award-winning seasons

White Sox phenom Luis Robert has slugged .630 over 60 games this season across two levels. (Danny Parker)

By Sam Dykstra | June 21, 2019 10:44 AM ET

White Sox outfielder Luis Robert, Padres left-hander MacKenzie Gore and the Rays farm system are some of the early standouts on track to win awards 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: Bucs' Martin back in many ways

First baseman returns to West Virginia as All-Star, homer leader

Greensboro's Mason Martin has produced a 1.007 OPS over 42 games since May 1. (Ken Inness/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | June 19, 2019 10:57 AM ET

Pirates No. 28 prospect Mason Martin is back in West Virginia for the South Atlantic League All-Star Game as the circuit's home run leader one year after he struggled and was demoted from that level.

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: 2019 short-season preview

D-backs' Robinson, loaded Mahoning Valley roster stand out

Kristian Robinson hit .279 with seven homers in 57 games between the Arizona and Pioneer leagues in 2018. (Freek Bouw/Phrake Photography)

By Sam Dykstra | June 14, 2019 10:39 AM ET

Four Class A Short Season and Rookie Advanced leagues open their 2019 seasons in the coming days, and Toolshed looks at which prospects will be worth following in those circuits.

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: 2019 Triple-A ballot picks

Selecting who should start All-Star Game in El Paso on July 10

Padres No. 3 prospect Luis Urias ranks fourth in the PCL with a .681 slugging percentage through 47 games. (Bobby Stevens/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | June 12, 2019 1:38 PM ET

Toolshed combs through the 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game ballot to select which first-half standouts are worthy of votes from the International and Pacific Coast Leagues.

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Toolshed: Espino's path points to Cleveland

Pitcher's move from Panama to Georgia made high pick possible

Daniel Espino was greeted by commissioner Rob Manfred after hearing his name called in the first round. (Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

By Sam Dykstra | June 7, 2019 12:25 PM ET

Daniel Espino could have been an international signee out of Panama two years ago. Instead, he's an Indians first-round pick as one of the most exciting arms in the 2019 Draft.

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Farm system storylines: May edition

Astros' Alvarez keep blasting off; Mize, Manning compete in Erie

Yordan Alvarez posted a 161 wRC+ over 29 games with Triple-A Round Rock in the month of May. (Jim Redman/MiLB.com)

June 5, 2019 10:31 AM ET

Members of the MiLB.com staff break down who and what stood out in all 30 farm systems during the second month of the 2019 Minor League Baseball season.

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Toolshed: Previewing the 2019 Draft

Rutschman leads top-pick candidates; D-backs boast big pool

Catcher Adley Rutschman, a junior at Oregon State, has a 1.345 OPS this season. (David Nishitani/Oregon State Athletics)

By Sam Dykstra | May 31, 2019 10:32 AM ET

Oregon State catcher Adley Rutschman is the favorite to go first overall to the Orioles on Monday, while the D-backs have their own opportunity with the biggest bonus pool in the 2019 Draft.

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Toolshed: A look beyond 2018's first round

Duran, Edwards, Thomas among later selections adapting quickly

Red Sox prospect Jarren Duran leads the Minor Leagues with 73 hits over 45 games for Class A Advanced Salem. (Ken Inness/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | May 29, 2019 1:13 PM ET

Toolshed reviews 2018 Draft picks taken outside of the first round who are already standing out during their first 12 months in the professional ranks.

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Toolshed: Revisiting the 2018 Draft

How first-rounders are faring one year after hearing names called

Casey Mize has already climbed from the top of the Draft to Double-A. (Carlos Osorio/AP, Mark Olson/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | May 24, 2019 10:43 AM ET

One year after the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, Toolshed looks at how each of the 30 first-round picks have done since hearing their names called.

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Toolshed: Blankenhorn rebuilding at plate

No. 28 Twins prospect showing power at Double-A Pensacola

Travis Blankenhorn's career high for home runs in a season is 13, set at Class A Cedar Rapids in 2017. (Daniel Venn/Pensacola Blue Wahoos)

By Sam Dykstra | May 22, 2019 10:32 AM ET

Twins No. 28 prospect Travis Blankenhorn has become one of the most powerful hitters in Double-A after almost falling off the prospect map 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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