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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Toolshed: Vientos building up to big time

Mets prospect preparing for full season after showing solid bat

Mark Vientos has produced an .804 career OPS over two seasons in the Minor Leagues. (Brian McLeod/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | January 11, 2019 10:00 AM ET

Mark Vientos may have been drafted young at 17, but after two seasons in the Minors, the Mets prospect has already laid the building blocks to be the next offensive star in the farm system.

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2019 Prospect Projections: NL East rookies

Talented Robles could serve as Harper replacement for Nationals

Victor Robles has played 40 games at Triple-A and 34 in the Majors over his five-year career. (Rick Nelson/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | January 8, 2019 12:42 PM ET

The Nationals may be trying to keep Bryce Harper in town, but should he depart, Steamer projections suggest Victor Robles could prove an effective replacement in the capital.

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2019 Prospect Projections: AL East rookies

Guerrero expected to swiftly become one of game's best sluggers

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the top prospect in baseball, has hit .331 over 276 Minor League games. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)

By Sam Dykstra | January 4, 2019 10:26 AM ET

Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is expected to reach the Majors in 2019, and when he does, Steamer projections indicate he'll be one of the game's best sluggers out of the gate.

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Toolshed selects the 2018 All-MiLB Team

Guerrero, Jimenez, Paddack were among the best of the best

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had a lot to smile about during the 2018 Minor League Baseball season. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

By Sam Dykstra | December 21, 2018 10:12 AM ET

With all 30 Organization All-Star lists announced, Toolshed caps the series with its selections for the best of the best at each position from across the Minor Leagues for the 2018 season.

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Toolshed: 18 prospect lessons for 2018

Jays' Guerrero, Padres system highlight big year in Minors

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. can wave goodbye to a successful 2018 in the Minor Leagues. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

By Sam Dykstra | December 18, 2018 10:04 AM ET

The latest edition of Toolshed counts down what we learned this year, from just how good Vladimir Guerrero Jr. can be to how new rules affected extra innings.

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Toolshed: 2018 Rule 5 Draft stickiness

Royals, O's picks likely to stay; Jays teenager faces challenge

The Royals are Sam McWilliams' third organization in the 2018 calendar year. (Freek Bouw/Phrake Photography)

By Sam Dykstra | December 14, 2018 10:08 AM ET

From two infielders headed to Baltimore to the 18-year-old right-hander selected by Toronto, Toolshed evaluates how likely 2018 Rule 5 Draft picks are to stick with their Major League clubs next season.

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Toolshed: 2018 Rule 5 Draft preview

A's Martin, Astros' Ferrell among potential picks come Thursday

Coming out of Florida, Richie Martin was taken by the A's with the 20th overall pick in the 2015 Draft. (Ben Sandstrom/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | December 11, 2018 9:58 AM ET

The Rule 5 Draft will take place Thursday during the Winter Meetings, and it's possible prospects Richie Martin, Josh Ockimey and Riley Ferrell will hear their names called.

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Toolshed: 2018 Winter Meetings preview

Possible blockbusters, philosophy changes to affect prospects

J.T. Realmuto looks likely to head out of Miami this offseason. Could he move for a big haul in Las Vegas? (Keith Srakocic/AP)

By Sam Dykstra | December 7, 2018 10:15 AM ET

With the Winter Meetings set to begin Sunday in Las Vegas, Toolshed previews the types of blockbusters and other prospect moves that could affect the Minor League landscape next week.

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