Toolshed: Top 10 Vlad Jr. moments

Counting down top prospect's memorable homers, highlights

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has played for six Toronto affiliates in four seasons. (Brian McLeod/MiLB.com, Buffalo Bisons)

By Sam Dykstra | April 19, 2019 9:54 AM ET

Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. might not be in the Minor Leagues much longer. While he's still around, the Toolshed counts down the 10 most memorable moments of his young career.

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Toolshed: Murphy making good for Jays

No. 19 prospect overcame three surgeries to get 40-man spot

After a turbulent start to his pro career, Patrick Murphy was the 2018 Florida State League Pitcher of the Year. (Tom Hagerty/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | April 17, 2019 10:18 AM ET

No. 19 Toronto Blue Jays prospect Patrick Murphy has undergone three different surgeries to become fully healthy on the mound. After a breakout 2018, he's two stops away from the Majors with New Hampshire.

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Toolshed: Top prospects getting early jumps

Robert, Taveras among those putting 2018 struggles in the past

Luis Robert, who entered the season with three career homers, has gone deep five times for the Dash in 2019. (Ben Sandstrom/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | April 12, 2019 10:39 AM ET

White Sox slugger Luis Robert and Rangers outfielder Leody Taveras are two of the prospects who are getting necessary early jumps on 2019 after experiencing rough patches last season.

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Toolshed: Tigers' Hill back on upswing

2014 first-rounder off to hot start after struggles with injuries

Derek Hill played a career-high 106 games with Class A Advanced Lakeland last season. (Tom Hagerty/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | April 10, 2019 10:28 AM ET

Derek Hill is a fast and gifted center fielder. The Tigers prospect, who has dealt with numerous injuries and struggles at the plate, is trying to put all of that behind him with the Double-A Erie SeaWolves.

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Toolshed: Who's being pushed, who's not

Whitley, Waters get aggressive assignments; Bohm not so much

Drew Waters is beginning 2019 with Double-A Mississippi after a mere 30 games at the Class A Advanced level. (Mark LoMoglio/Tampa Tarpons)

By Sam Dykstra | April 5, 2019 10:32 AM ET

Toolshed looks at the most aggressive prospect assignments for the start of the 2019 season. The Astros are pushing Forrest Whitley to Triple-A Round Rock while the Phillies are holding No. 3 overall pick Alec Bohm back a bit at Class A Lakewood.

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Toolshed: Where prospects will open 2019

IL, PCL, FSL looking most prospect-packed to begin season

Forrest Whitley heads to Triple-A for the first time in Round Rock's first season as an Astros affiliate. (Tammy Tucker/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | April 2, 2019 10:08 AM ET

The International, Pacific Coast and Florida State Leagues should be the most prospect-packed to begin the 2019 season with Minor League Opening Night coming up Thursday.

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Top prospects opening 2019 in the Majors

Tatis, Jiménez, Robles lead large crop on MLB's Opening Day

Fernando Tatis Jr. will be the Padres' Opening Day shortstop after producing a .761 OPS this spring. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

By Sam Dykstra | March 28, 2019 10:09 AM ET

Fernando Tatis Jr. (Padres), Eloy Jiménez (White Sox) and Victor Robles (Nationals) lead the large crop of Top-100 prospects who will open the 2019 season in the Major Leagues.

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Toolshed: Rookie of the Year candidates

Jays' Vlad Jr., Nats' Robles lead 2019 contenders for hardware

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Victor Robles should be major contenders for Rookie of the Year honors this year. (Chris O'Meara, Jeff Roberson/AP)

By Sam Dykstra | March 26, 2019 10:31 AM ET

The Toolshed previews how the American and National League Rookie of the Year races could shape up during the 2019 Major League season based on the awards' recent histories.

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Toolshed: Who's the Nats' next phenom?

Garcia, Pineda among those aiming for quick climb to capital

Luis Garcia, who turns 19 in May, has produced a .735 OPS over his first two seasons in the Minor Leagues. (Gary Dize)

By Sam Dykstra | March 22, 2019 12:39 PM ET

The Nationals have been aggressive with talented prospects like Victor Robles and Juan Soto. Toolshed lays out why Luis Garcia and a few others could be next in that line.

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Toolshed: Floridian prospect impressions

Wright, Toussaint fight for rotation; Franco flashes hit tool

Kyle Wright made four relief appearances with the Braves last season but has yet to make a Major League start. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

By Sam Dykstra | March 19, 2019 11:15 AM ET

Following his one-week swing through the Grapefruit League, MiLB.com's Sam Dykstra presents the prospects who stood out at each of his Spring Training stops in Florida.

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