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Toolshed dream lineup: The 21-year-olds

Padres' Gore, Angels' Adell highlight heading into season at 21
April 7, 2020

There may be no Minor League Baseball games yet, but that's not going to stop us from dreaming about lineups.In the coming weeks, Toolshed will craft the best possible prospect lineups, sorted by age. The opening edition focused on teenagers, and the second looked at 20-year-olds. This time, we turn

Toolshed: Numbers of the decade

Revisiting MiLB leaders in major categories from 2010-19
April 3, 2020

We should be focusing on the baseball meant to be coming next week. Instead, this additional layoff gives us even more time to reflect on that baseball that already came.The 2010s was a fascinating decade for the Minor Leagues and prospects across the baseball landscape. The period began with the

Toolshed dream lineup: The 20-year-olds

Kelenic, Patiño lead strong class of those playing at 20 in '20
March 31, 2020

There may be no Minor League Baseball games yet, but that's not going to stop us from dreaming about lineups.In the coming weeks, Toolshed will craft the best possible prospect lineups, sorted by age. The opening edition focused on teenagers. This time, we turn our attention to prospects entering their age-20

Toolshed: Dreaming of 2020 debuts

Predicting prospect arrivals under normal circumstances
March 27, 2020

Major League Opening Day was meant to be Thursday, and eight more games were originally scheduled for Friday. We should be spending these days -- two weeks out from the original Minor League Opening Day -- talking about players achieving their dreams of reaching The Show for the first time.

Toolshed dream lineup: The teenagers

Picking best young prospects position by position entering 2020
March 24, 2020

There may be no Minor League Baseball right now. That's not going to stop us from dreaming about lineups.In the coming weeks, Toolshed will craft the best possible prospect lineups, sorted by age groups. This opening edition focuses on teenagers, i.e., those who will be playing at age 17, 18

Toolshed: Farms prep for FSL robot umps

Players, organizations going to learn on the go under coming system
March 20, 2020

It's going to be some time before the Florida State League begins play, but when it does, the Sunshine State's Class A Advanced circuit will usher in a whole new era of baseball.During the 2020 season, nine of the FSL's 11 stadiums will use HawkEye technology to call balls and

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

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

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

Toolshed: Futures of farm systems

O's, Giants prepared to trend up; White Sox, Astros pointing down
March 6, 2020

Preseason farm system rankings are static. They're snapshots. They're encased in internet amber.Farm systems themselves are the exact opposite. This week, MiLB.com completed its Farm System Rankings series with the Overall groupings. Spoiler: the Rays grabbed the top spot, followed closely by the Padres and Dodgers. But it's worth pointing out

Toolshed: Spring Training camps to watch

Five prospect-laden sides each from Cactus, Grapefruit Leagues
February 28, 2020

You might be planning a March trip to the dry desert air of Arizona or the warm sunny beaches of Florida. You might be at home, firing up Twitter, Gameday and MiLB.com's daily prospect updates. There's no wrong way to follow Spring Training action. But the best way is one that

Toolshed: Prospects affected by roster rules

Nine players who could benefit from 26-man, two-way changes
February 21, 2020

Baseball will have a new look in 2020.Last week, Major League Baseball officially unveiled rule changes that will affect the top level for the upcoming season and beyond.For starters, active rosters will expand from their previous 25-man sizes to 26-man for 2020. Of those 26 players, a new maximum of

2020 Prospect Projections: NL West rookies

Lux prepared to make Dodgers impact; Padres' Gore closing in
February 14, 2020

This is the sixth in a six-part Toolshed series that uses FanGraphs' Steamer600 projections to look at how prospects would fare over a full Major League season in 2020. The system bases its forecast on 600 plate appearances for position players, 450 plate appearances for catchers, 200 innings for starting pitchers and

Toolshed: Twins' Larnach cleared for launch

No. 81 overall prospect is preparing to power up in third season
February 7, 2020

The Twins set a Major League single-season record with 307 home runs in 2019, outdoing the previous record (set by the Yankees one year earlier) by 40. Minnesota's full-season Minor League affiliates collectively hit exactly 500 homers, eighth-most among the 30 farm systems and the tops by an organization without

2020 Prospect Projections: AL West rookies

Angels' Adell not quite ready; A's, Astros pitchers should be
February 4, 2020

This is the fifth in a six-part Toolshed series that uses FanGraphs' Steamer600 projections to look at how prospects would fare over a full Major League season in 2020. The system bases its forecast on 600 plate appearances for position players, 450 plate appearances for catchers, 200 innings for starting pitchers and

Toolshed: Non-roster invitees to follow

Madrigal, Rutschman, Gore worth watching in Spring Training
January 31, 2020

Saturday means the start of February, which means the start of Spring Training, which means the return of baseball.The storylines will pile up with players descending on Arizona and Florida in the coming weeks. Some of them are not on 40-man rosters but will still participate in Major League camp

Prospect Projections: NL Central rookies

Cards should give Carlson long look; Keller ready for Bucs role
January 28, 2020

This is the fourth in a six-part Toolshed series that uses FanGraphs' Steamer600 projections to look at how prospects would fare over a full Major League season in 2020. The system bases its forecast on 600 plate appearances for position players, 450 plate appearances for catchers, 200 innings for starting

Toolshed: Burrell knows way to San Jose

Former Major Leaguer preparing for role as Giants hitting coach
January 24, 2020

At some point -- perhaps many points -- during the 2020 season, Pat Burrell is going to enter a Minor League dugout and have to introduce himself. He could lead with his status as a 12-year Major Leaguer. The 292 career homers. The top-20 National League MVP finishes in 2002

Prospect Projections: AL Central rookies

Robert ready to put on White Sox; Royals, Tigers need patience
January 21, 2020

This is the third in a six-part Toolshed series that uses FanGraphs' Steamer600 projections to look at how prospects would fare over a full Major League season in 2020. The system bases its forecast on 600 plate appearances for position players, 450 plate appearances for catchers, 200 innings for starting

Toolshed: What deals mean for prospects

How offseason's signings, trades will impact top young talents
January 17, 2020

Every transaction has a ripple effect, and oftentimes, those ripples are felt most at the Minor League levels. As it gets closer to the start of Spring Training, more and more organizations are wrapping up their impactful moves of the 2019-20 offseason. Thankfully -- blissfully -- this does not look like

2020 Prospect Projections: NL East rookies

Kieboom competing in Nats infield; Bohm, Sanchez get closer
January 14, 2020

This is the second in a six-part Toolshed series that uses FanGraphs' Steamer600 projections to look at how prospects would fare over a full Major League season in 2020. The system bases its forecast on 600 plate appearances for position players, 450 plate appearances for catchers, 200 innings for starting

Toolshed: Payton seeing Red as Rule 5 pick

Outfielder rides 30-homer season in A's system to a shot at bigs
January 10, 2020

During the last month, Mark Payton developed a joke with his friends and family back home in Illinois."I've got to be getting close to the record for the most times drafted," he said. "This has to be close."A 31st-round pick of the Twins out of high school in 2010. A

2020 Prospect Projections: AL East rookies

McKay ready to help Rays rotation; Garcia, Pearson should wait
January 7, 2020

This is the first in a six-part Toolshed series that uses FanGraphs' Steamer600 projections to look at how prospects would fare over a full Major League season in 2020. The system bases its forecast on 600 plate appearances for position players, 450 plate appearances for catchers, 200 innings for starting

Toolshed: 19 lessons from the 2019 season

Key takeaways from an exciting year for prospects, farm systems
December 23, 2019

Before 2020 vision comes 2019 retrospection. With the calendar year coming to a close, Toolshed looks back on the last 12 months in Minor League Baseball and presents 19 prospect and farm system lessons fans can take away from 2019.

Toolshed: The All-Decade Prospect Team

Picking the players who stood out as Minor Leaguers in 2010s
December 20, 2019

The year 2020 is right around the corner and that means many across the globe are looking introspectively to see how they have changed in the last decade. Not many measure their growth over the years more than Minor League Baseball players climbing toward the game's biggest stage.To honor those