Toolshed: What deals mean for prospects

How offseason's signings, trades will impact top young talents

Nick Madrigal posted the lowest strikeout rate among Minor League qualifiers at just 3.0 percent in 2019. (Lance Carter/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | January 17, 2020 10:05 AM ET

Toolshed explores how some of the offseason's biggest transactions influence the potential futures for Top-100 prospects such as Nick Madrigal, Carter Kieboom and Deivi Garcia.

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2020 Prospect Projections: NL East rookies

Kieboom competing in Nats infield; Bohm, Sanchez get closer

Carter Kieboom made 62 starts at shortstop, 41 at second base and 10 at third base for Triple-A Fresno in 2019. (Jamie Harms/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | January 14, 2020 10:09 AM ET

The Washington Nationals have an opening at third base following the departure of Anthony Rendon, and top prospect Carter Kieboom should be able to compete for the spot.

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Toolshed: Payton seeing Red as Rule 5 pick

Outfielder rides 30-homer season in A's system to a shot at bigs

Mark Payton belted 30 of his 62 career Minor League home runs in 2019 alone. (Steve Spatafore/Las Vegas Aviators)

By Sam Dykstra | January 10, 2020 10:12 AM ET

Mark Payton broke out with a career-best 30 home runs in the A's system in 2019, and he starts 2020 with his best Major League chance yet as a Rule 5 pick with the Reds.

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2020 Prospect Projections: AL East rookies

McKay ready to help Rays rotation; Garcia, Pearson should wait

Brendan McKay's 1.10 ERA ranked second among Minor Leaguers with at least 70 innings in 2019. (Chris Robertson/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | January 7, 2020 10:08 AM ET

Two-way Rays prospect Brendan McKay would fit right into his Major League club's starting rotation, according to Steamer600's projections for the 2020 season.

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Toolshed: 19 lessons from the 2019 season

Key takeaways from an exciting year for prospects, farm systems

Top overall prospect Wander Franco posted an .872 OPS over 52 games in the Florida State League. (Mark LoMoglio/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | December 23, 2019 9:59 AM ET

With the calendar year coming to a close, Minor League fans can count out 19 lessons to take away about prospects and farm systems from 2019.

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Toolshed: The All-Decade Prospect Team

Picking the players who stood out as Minor Leaguers in 2010s

Mike Trout vs. Bryce Harper made for a fun prospect debate in the earlier part of the 2010s. (Paul R. Gierhart, Will Bentzel/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | December 20, 2019 10:12 AM ET

Toolshed goes position by position to select the players who stood out most as prospects during their times in the Minor Leagues from 2010 through 2019.

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Toolshed: Meet the 2019 All-MiLB team

Robert, Lux, Cron, Gore headline Minors' best performers

Luis Robert and Gavin Lux rank among the top three prospects in the game. (Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights, Tim Campbell/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | December 17, 2019 10:14 AM ET

Chicago White Sox outfielder Luis Robert, Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Gavin Lux and San Diego Padres southpaw MacKenzie Gore highlight this year's picks for the All-MiLB Team.

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Toolshed: Judging Rule 5 Draft stickiness

Orioles, Tigers selections on strongest paths; Sox pick weakest

Rony Garcia's 130 1/3 innings across two levels in 2019 marked a new career high. (Rudy C. Jones/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | December 13, 2019 10:16 AM ET

With the Rule 5 Draft completed Thursday, Toolshed evaluates the chances all 11 players selected have of sticking with their new Major League rosters for the duration of the 2020 season.

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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.

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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.

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