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.

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: 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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Toolshed: Biggest deals of the past decade

Counting down the 10 most prospect-heavy trades since 2008

Yoan Moncada switched Sox in Dec. 2012 as the game's top prospect. (365DigitalPhotography.com, Dave Weigel)

By Sam Dykstra | December 4, 2018 12:32 PM ET

As Hot Stove season heats up, Toolshed counts down the most notable prospect-heavy trades of the last 10 years, including Trea Turner's move to the Nationals and Yoan Moncada changing Sox.

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Toolshed: Webb slings onto Braves' 40-man

No. 28 prospect climbed from NAIA to possible spot in bullpen

An 18th-round pick in 2014, Jacob Webb has struck out 205 batters over 166 1/3 innings in the Minors. (Ed Gardner/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | November 30, 2018 9:29 AM ET

Jacob Webb, a late-round pick out of an NAIA program who underwent Tommy John surgery the next year, is one step away from the Majors with the Braves.

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Toolshed: Winter Leaguers building stock

Prospects playing in Caribbean leagues have things to prove

Albert Abreu's season high for innings pitched in the Minor Leagues is 101 2/3 frames. (Joshua Tjiong/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | November 27, 2018 9:57 AM ET

Prospects such as New York Yankees right-hander Albert Abreu are playing in Caribbean winter leagues and trying to build up their stocks going into 2019.

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Toolshed: NL systems giving thanks in 2018

Hiura, Robles closing in on Majors; Braves, Padres stay loaded

Arizona Fall League MVP Keston Hiura isn't far from bringing his impressive bat to Milwaukee. (Freek Bouw/Phrake Photography)

By Sam Dykstra | November 21, 2018 11:24 AM ET

Top Brewers prospect Keston Hiura and the Nationals' Victor Robles are closing in on prominent Major League spots, while the Padres and Braves still boast loaded farm systems.

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Toolshed: AL systems giving thanks in 2018

Guerrero, Jiménez on cusp of Majors; Kirilloff, Lewis rise together

Eloy Jiménez's proximity to the Majors should give White Sox fans plenty to celebrate Thursday. (Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights)

By Sam Dykstra | November 20, 2018 11:13 AM ET

From Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s very existence to Eloy Jiménez's proximity to the Majors, AL clubs and their fans have plenty of prospect-related reasons to celebrate this Thanksgiving.

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Toolshed: 40-man roster protection preview

A system-by-system rundown of ranked Rule 5-eligible prospects

Mitch Keller was a second-round pick in 2014, making him Rule 5-eligible this offseason. (Joe Santry/Columbus Clippers)

By Sam Dykstra | November 16, 2018 11:15 AM ET

Players eligible for this year's Rule 5 Draft must be added to 40-man rosters soon to be protected. Toolshed runs down the top prospects who could get big news by Tuesday.

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Toolshed: Traded prospects, one year later

Looking at D-backs' Widener, many Marlins moved last offseason

Taylor Widener wasn't the most famous prospect traded last offseason, but he tops the list now. (Danny Parker/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | November 13, 2018 10:06 AM ET

With future trades in the works, this edition of Toolshed evaluates the stocks of the prospects moved in deals last offseason, like Taylor Widener and Monte Harrison.

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