Toolshed: Spring invitees to follow in AL

Tigers' Cameron, Angels' Jones among NRIs worthy of attention

Toolsy outfielder Daz Cameron should open 2019 one stop away from Detroit with Triple-A Toledo. (Scott Grau/Toledo Mud Hens)

By Sam Dykstra | February 15, 2019 10:29 AM ET

Detroit Tigers outfielder Daz Cameron and Los Angeles Angels second baseman Jahmai Jones are two of the many exciting American League prospects headed to spring camp as non-roster invitees.

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Toolshed: 2019 Spring Training preview

Top-100 prospects head to Arizona, Florida with plenty to prove

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a walk-off home run in a 2018 preseason exhibition in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

By Sam Dykstra | February 12, 2019 10:00 AM ET

Top-100 prospects like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays), Eloy Jimenez (White Sox) and Nick Senzel (Reds) will head to Spring Training camps prepared to push for Major League looks.

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Toolshed: Feltman prepping to provide relief

Red Sox third-rounder has closing resume, stuff to climb quickly

Durbin Feltman struck out 37.9 percent of the Minor League batters he faced in his first season. (Gwinn Davis/Greenville Drive)

By Sam Dykstra | February 8, 2019 10:14 AM ET

Durbin Feltman, a 2018 third-round Draft pick, is moving up the Red Sox ladder fast. With a need in the Boston bullpen, he may soon be at Fenway Park.

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2019 Prospect Projections: NL West rookies

Tatis, Urias, Mejia should set foundation for future in San Diego

Fernando Tatis Jr. should be the face of the Padres when he arrives in San Diego at some point this summer. (Shawn E. Davis/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | February 5, 2019 10:08 AM ET

Fernando Tatis Jr., Luis Urias and Francisco Mejia may not have eye-popping Steamer projections yet, but the numbers do show how ready Padres prospects are to set the foundation in San Diego.

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Toolshed: Lavigne getting ready to Rock

Rockies slugger preparing to stand out at first base in full season

Grant Lavigne ranked third in the Pioneer League with a .996 OPS over 59 games in 2018. (Todd Bennett/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | February 1, 2019 10:11 AM ET

Entering his first full season, Colorado Rockies prospect Grant Lavigne has shown the skills to stand out among first basemen and become a rare position player drafted out of New Hampshire to make the Majors.

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2019 Prospect Projections: AL West rookies

James should help Astros right away while Whitley waits his turn

Josh James struck out 36.3 percent of the batters he faced in the Minor Leagues last season. (Fresno Grizzlies)

By Sam Dykstra | January 29, 2019 10:04 AM ET

Forrest Whitley might lead the Astros rotation someday, but Steamer projections think fellow Houston right-hander Josh James has a better chance to be a Major League force out of the gate in 2019.

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Toolshed: Mussina lived up to hype early

Hall of Famer climbed levels at pace rarely seen in today's game

Mike Mussina made 21 starts for Triple-A Rochester before jumping to the Major Leagues. (Frank Franklin II/AP, Rochester Red Wings)

By Sam Dykstra | January 25, 2019 10:07 AM ET

Before he was a Hall of Famer, Mike Mussina was a top prospect who climbed quickly through the Minor Leagues in a way rarely seen in the modern game.

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2019 Prospect Projections: NL Central rookies

Reds' Senzel could be big piece of organization's push in 2019

Nick Senzel has produced a 149 wRC+ or above at each full-season level he's played at since going pro. (Ken Inness/MiLB.com)

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

Even after a bumpy 2018 in terms of health, Nick Senzel looks ready to help the Reds this season as Steamer expects him to be an impressive hitter right away in the Major Leagues.

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Toolshed: Hot finishes may lead to hot starts

Rays' Brujan, Astros' Abreu will be worth watching in early going

Vidal Brujan could be the next prospect ready to break out in an already deep Tampa Bay system. (Charlotte Stone Crabs)

By Sam Dykstra | January 18, 2019 10:00 AM ET

The Tampa Bay Rays' Vidal Brujan and the Houston Astros' Bryan Abreu finished 2018 strong, but didn't crack the Top 100 Prospects list. That might change early in 2019.

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2019 Prospect Projections: AL Central rookies

Jimenez ready to bash as White Sox make turn toward contention

Eloy Jimenez has hit 65 home runs over five seasons in the Minor Leagues. (Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights)

By Sam Dykstra | January 15, 2019 10:01 AM ET

Eloy Jimenez is ready to take his special bat to the Major Leagues, and that could be a big reason why the White Sox are trying to make moves toward contention this offseason.

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