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Prospects in the Yankees' 2020 player pool

Quest for 28th title undoubtedly will include club's prospects
@RobTnova24
July 7, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Toolshed: 60-man player pools worth following

Padres, Tigers, Rays boast talented prospects on new-look rosters
@SamDykstraMiLB
June 30, 2020

Swimming pools. Draft bonus pools. Billiards even. Normally we talk about a number of different of pools as the calendar flips from June to July, but 60-man player pools are wholly new things. Major League Baseball Summer Camps are set to open for pitchers and catchers this Wednesday with full

Toolshed: What MLB's return means for prospects

How 60-man player pools, early expanded rosters will affect youth
@SamDykstraMiLB
June 26, 2020

We have at least some answers about Major League Baseball's planned return after the league announced this week it will adhere to the March 26 agreement and pay players prorated salaries for a 60-game schedule set by Commissioner Rob Manfred. We have the when. July 1 for pitchers and catchers.

Rays option McKay to Triple-A Durham

No. 15 overall prospect returning to Minors when season begins
March 26, 2020

On what was meant to be Major League Opening Day, one of the game's top prospects found out what his opening assignment will be once the 2020 season begins in earnest.The Rays optioned Brendan McKay -- MLB.com's No. 15 overall prospect -- to Triple-A Durham on Thursday. No. 17 Tampa

Mets option Giménez to Triple-A

No. 84 overall prospect appeared in 14 Grapefruit League games
March 20, 2020

When the 2020 regular season does start, it will be a while longer until Mets fans can step right up and meet Andrés Giménez.The Mets have optioned MLB.com's No. 84 overall prospect to Triple-A Syracuse, the organization announced Friday. No. 26 Mets prospect Ali Sanchez and right-hander Tyler Bashlor also were

Toolshed: Spring Training takeaways

Prospect-focused news from shortened Cactus, Grapefruit Leagues
March 17, 2020

By the movement of the actual seasons, spring begins with the coming equinox Thursday. Instead, it's seemingly come to a screeching halt. Spring isn't meant to stop in March. Baseball isn't meant to stop in March either. Yet these are the times in which we find ourselves.The coronavirus pandemic shut

Carlson, Luzardo lead top spring performers

Cardinals outfielder steps up; Athletics left-hander dazzles
March 17, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic may have shortened the looks at Minor Leaguers this spring, but some Top-100 performers still were able to make impressions.Cardinals OF Dylan Carlson (No. 17 overall) -- Carlson was called upon more than any other prospect in MLB.com's Top 100 this spring, and St. Louis' top prospect

Toolshed: Rays will make most of middle infield

Tampa Bay boasts six middle infielders among its Top 30 prospects
March 13, 2020

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- At some point in the hopefully not-too-distant future when the coronavirus pandemic passes, people are safe, rosters are being set and the season is around the corner, the Tampa Bay organization is going to have some tough decisions to make, specifically in the middle infield of

Jays' Pearson ends spring on impressive note

Toronto's top prospect wraps up Grapefruit League with 1.29 ERA
March 12, 2020

Due to the emerging national emergency created by the coronavirus pandemic, Major League Baseball decided to suspend Spring Training games at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday afternoon and postpone Opening Day.Getting one more opportunity to start, top Blue Jays prospect Nate Pearson wrapped up an impressive Grapefruit League campaign by earning

Kieboom fuels late Washington rally

Top Nationals prospect doubles, walks during six-run ninth
March 12, 2020

A late battle against another of the game's top prospects might have helped Carter Kieboom tighten his grip on the Opening Day third-base job in Washington.The top Nats prospect contributed a one-out double and a bases-loaded walk as Washington scored all its runs in the ninth inning during a 6-2

Twins notes: Finding roles for Lewis, Kirilloff

Minnesota's top prospects looking for routes to reach Majors
March 11, 2020

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- To paraphrase a song by a famous Minnesotan, the times they have been a-changing. That's certainly true for the Twins since 2016 first-rounder Alex Kirilloff and 2017 top overall pick Royce Lewis entered the organization. Once a rebuilding organization, Minnesota is coming off a 101-win season

Braves send Pache to Triple-A camp

No. 13 overall prospect hit .385 in March; Indians reassign No. 42 Jones
March 11, 2020

Cristian Pache may be leaving big league camp, but at least he went out with a bang.After homering in his last game, MLB.com's No. 13 overall prospect was reassigned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday. The Braves also optioned William Contreras, Tucker Davidson and Philip Pfeifer to the Stripers.

Lewis blasts homer onto tiki bar roof

Top Twins prospect goes deep off Phillies veteran Wheeler
March 10, 2020

Royce Lewis' second dinger of the spring was a sight to behold.The top Twins prospect unleashed on the first offering he saw from Phillies newcomer Zack Wheeler and deposited it onto the roof of the tiki hut that sits on the concourse beyond the left field seats at Clearwater's Spectrum

Tigers notes: Preparing for pitching logjam

Detroit will need to sort out which top arms will open in Toledo, Erie
March 10, 2020

LAKELAND, Florida -- When a question came up about Joey Wentz, who joined the Tigers from the Braves at last year's Trade Deadline, Detroit vice president of player development Dave Littlefield offered a reply that sums up his farm system and applies to most of his club's top prospects these

Toolshed: Phillies' Bohm more than settling in

No. 30 overall prospect's next big jump could be to Philadelphia
March 10, 2020

CLEARWATER, Florida -- Alec Bohm has the process down pat. He should, at least, given how much practice he's had over the past 12 months."Each stop had a one-week transition period, where I'd do OK but not great, and then I'd remind myself, 'All right, I belong here,'" the top

Phillies notes: Howard gearing up

No. 2 prospect hitting upper 90s; Phils excited for Garcia
March 9, 2020

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- It is a brief statement, but with three words, Phillies director of player development Josh Bonifay reassured fans."He'll be ready," Bonifay said. The Philadelphia executive was referring to Spencer Howard, a non-roster invitee to Major League Spring Training camp who has yet to appear in a Grapefruit League

White Sox youngsters look to seize opportunity

Robert, Madrigal leading talented prospect pool toward Windy City
March 9, 2020

GLENDALE, Arizona -- Rejoice, White Sox fans. The future is now.Or at least, it's almost here. 

Hayes, Oliva, Craig power Bucs to win

Prospects contribute three of Pirates' seven homers in win
March 6, 2020

Who says the Florida State League is full of pitchers' parks?Pirates No. 2 prospect, Ke'Bryan Hayes, ninth-ranked Jared Oliva and No. 19 Will Craig hit three of the Bucs' seven homers Friday in a 19-13 Grapefruit League win over the Blue Jays in Dunedin. The teams totaled 11 blasts on

Orioles reassign Rutschman to Minor League camp

Top overall pick headed down after appearing in seven games
March 6, 2020

Adley Rutschman will now spend the rest of his first Spring Training on the backfields.The Orioles reassigned MLB.com's No. 4 overall prospect to Minor League camp on Friday. Baltimore also optioned No. 9 prospect Dean Kremer and No. 16 Ryan McKenna to Triple-A Norfolk and reassigned pitchers Cristian Alvarado, Marcos

Gore, Patiño fuel friendship with fire

Top Padres pitching prospects motivate each other toward Majors
March 6, 2020

PEORIA, Arizona -- When it comes to describing himself, MacKenzie Gore isn't much of a talker. He's reserved and more than a bit modest, his rather stoic personality not shedding much light on his emotions. That quickly changes when you bring up Luis Patiño. 

Mize grabs spotlight amid Tigers slugfest

No. 7 overall prospect showcases arsenal, spins two hitless frames
March 5, 2020

In a game that featured 11 home runs, Casey Mize found a way to draw attention to the mound.MLB.com's No. 7 overall prospect tossed two hitless innings with a walk and two strikeouts as the Tigers topped the Yankees, 15-11, on Thursday at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida.

Trammell delivers in Padres' setback

No. 57 overall prospect picks up two hits, drives in three runs
March 4, 2020

Taylor Trammell knows how to take a compliment.Prior to Wednesday's Cactus League game in Peoria, first-year Padres manager Jayce Tingler sang the praises of the club's fifth-ranked prospect. Trammell responded with a pair of run-scoring hits, accounting for three RBIs, and two runs scored in a 9-7 loss to the

Hoerner has breakout day for Cubs

No. 51 overall prospect doubles in three-hit performance
March 3, 2020

Nico Hoerner may have helped change the narrative regarding his case for the Opening Day second-base job in Chicago.The top Cubs prospect went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Tuesday's 11-10 loss to the Rockies in Scottsdale, Arizona. Hoerner, who had two hits in his first six

Buddy system: Puk, Reed reunite with A's

Former Gators-turned-roomates playing for same team again
March 3, 2020

MESA, Arizona -- When Buddy Reed found out he'd been traded to the A's in December, he immediately called three people. The first, his father, Michael. Secondly, his agent. And then his roommate ... so he could tell him that they were going to be teammates -- again. The latter was

Kelenic cranks first spring homer for M's

Seattle's top prospect finishes 2-for-2 in loss to Rockies
March 2, 2020

Jarred Kelenic was off to a bit of a slow start this spring, but he may have found the spark he needed Monday.MLB.com's No. 11 overall prospect went 2-for-2 with his first homer of the Cactus League season in the Mariners' 9-6 loss to the Rockies in Peoria, Arizona. The