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Toolshed: Davidson keeping up his momentum

Braves lefty staying ready for potential debut with velo, new slider
@SamDykstraMiLB
August 7, 2020

Tucker Davidson has been in this position before. There was Spring Training, when he was mentioned as a sleeper candidate to crack the Atlanta rotation. (He was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett the day before the sport shut down.) There was Summer Camp, when his Major League hopes were given new

Toolshed: Recent noteworthy EL seasons

Guerrero's .400 chase, several Reading sluggers stood out in 2010s
@SamDykstraMiLB
August 4, 2020

This space started honoring the short-season leagues after their respective campaigns were delayed in June. Now following the cancellation of all Minor League Baseball in 2020, we're turning it into an appreciation of the full-season circuits as well. So Toolshed is revisiting the 10 most notable individual seasons put together

Toolshed: What Buffalo move means for bats, arms

Blue Jays' new home could tilt advantage to pitchers, righty hitters
@SamDykstraMiLB
July 31, 2020

Buffalo's Sahlen Field is preparing for its closeup, and in a few ways, that's been some time coming. Last Friday, the Blue Jays announced they would be using Buffalo as its home for the 2020 Major League season, beginning on Aug. 11 with a game against the Marlins. The club

Toolshed: Recent noteworthy PCL seasons

Big-time power, low ERAs, 30-30 season highlight Triple-A list
@SamDykstraMiLB
July 28, 2020

This space started honoring the short-season leagues after their respective campaigns were delayed in June. Now following the cancellation of all Minor League Baseball in 2020, we're turning it into an appreciation of the full-season circuits as well. In the coming weeks, Toolshed is revisiting the 10 most notable individual

Toolshed: Handicapping Rookie of the Year races

Selecting five favorites among young players in AL, NL award hunts
@SamDykstraMiLB
July 24, 2020

It feels like we should throw out so much of what we know about baseball for the 2020 Major League season. The campaign will last only 60 games, not 162, because of the delay caused the coronavirus pandemic. There will be 16 postseason teams instead of 10. Summer Camps. Opening

Toolshed: MLB clubs' level of prospect impact

How heavily each of 30 teams will rely on young talent this season
@SamDykstraMiLB
July 21, 2020

Among the major sports, baseball's typical 162-game season feels most like a marathon. The 2020 60-game schedule, which is set to open Thursday, is going to feel much more like a sprint. Whichever way you want to measure the distance, one thing is for sure -- Major League Baseball's race

Toolshed: Burger trying new route to South Side

No. 15 White Sox prospect to spend summer in collegiate league
@SamDykstraMiLB
July 17, 2020

It's Friday, July 17, 2020, and No. 15 White Sox prospect Jake Burger will get to play regular-season baseball in a game that matters in the standings, any standings for the first time since Sept. 4, 2017. That's a stretch of 1,047 days, not that anyone's counting. He'll do so

Toolshed: Recent noteworthy IL seasons

Top prospects Acuña, Moore, Guerrero dominated Triple-A loop
@SamDykstraMiLB
July 14, 2020

This space started honoring the short-season leagues after their respective campaigns were delayed in June. Now following the cancellation of all Minor League Baseball in 2020, we're turning it into an appreciation of the full-season circuits as well. In the coming weeks, Toolshed is revisiting the 10 most notable individual

Toolshed: Astros' Whitley ready, standing by

Top prospect preparing for potential MLB role after 2019 bumps
@SamDykstraMiLB
July 10, 2020

Prior to Wednesday, the last time Forrest Whitley stepped on the mound at Houston's Minute Maid Park was March 25, 2019 in a late-spring exhibition game against the Pirates. That three-inning outing was meant to provide the Astros faithful with a promising glimpse of the future. A lot has happened

Toolshed: Recent noteworthy Pioneer seasons

Major League regulars, current prospects highlighted Rookie circuit
@SamDykstraMiLB
July 7, 2020

Short-season campaigns across the Minor Leagues were scheduled to begin last month. Like all other leagues in the Minors, those seasons were officially canceled last week. But that doesn't mean we can't celebrate the short-season leagues right now anyway. The New York-Penn, Northwest, Appalachian and Pioneer leagues represent the first

Toolshed: Recent noteworthy Appy League seasons

Elizabethton, teenage hitters dominated Rookie Advanced circuit
@SamDykstraMiLB
July 3, 2020

Short-season campaigns across the Minor Leagues were scheduled to begin last month. Like all other leagues in the Minors, those seasons were officially canceled earlier this week. But that doesn't mean we can't celebrate the short-season leagues right now anyway. The New York-Penn, Northwest, Appalachian and Pioneer leagues represent the

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.

Toolshed: Recent noteworthy NWL seasons

Recalling Class A Short Season circuit's memorable performances
@SamDykstraMiLB
June 23, 2020

Short-season campaigns across the Minor Leagues were scheduled to begin last week. Like everything else in affiliated ball, those seasons have been put on indefinite hold due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But that doesn't mean we can't celebrate the short-season leagues right now anyway. The New York-Penn, Northwest, Appalachian

Toolshed: Nothing irrelevant about Whitcomb

Last pick in 2020 Draft has solid bat to make it in Houston system
@SamDykstraMiLB
June 19, 2020

In normal times, Shay Whitcomb's move to the Astros wouldn't make many waves. The UC San Diego infielder was selected with the 160th overall pick in the 2020 First-Year Player Draft. In 2019, there were 1,057 selections made after that one. In 2020, there were none. In a five-round Draft

Toolshed: 2019 Draft retrospective

O's rush for Rutschman, hitter-heavy first round still stand out
@SamDykstraMiLB
June 5, 2020

The 2020 First-Year Player Draft is coming, and without regular-season baseball being played yet due to the coronavirus pandemic, it will be the first big Major League Baseball event of the summer. The 2020 edition will take place June 10-11 and be limited to five rounds this year, but it

Toolshed: Madrigal itching for second Sox shot

No. 40 prospect could get new opportunity when play resumes
@SamDykstraMiLB
May 29, 2020

Nick Madrigal found out about baseball's coronavirus-related pause the same way most did around the sport. First, there were the smattering of push notifications and other news alerts coming through phones around the White Sox complex in Glendale, Arizona, on March 12. Then there was confirmation from club and league

Toolshed: 2017 Draft retrospective

High-school trio at top, Pearson's move up north still stand out
@SamDykstraMiLB
May 26, 2020

The 2020 First-Year Player Draft is coming, and without regular-season baseball being played yet due to the coronavirus pandemic, it could be the first big Major League Baseball event of the summer. The 2020 edition is likely to take place on June 10 and be as little as five rounds,

Toolshed: Yanks' King recalls MLB's last debut

Right-hander could be last to make bow in front of fans for a while
@SamDykstraMiLB
May 22, 2020

There have been 19,683 human beings who have played Major League Baseball in the sport's history. If every one of them went through the turnstiles at the new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, the stadium still would only be half full. It's an elite club with members from three

Toolshed: 2016 Draft retrospective

Uncertainty at top, deep Dodgers haul defines class four years later
May 19, 2020

The 2020 First-Year Player Draft is coming, and without regular-season baseball being played yet due to the coronavirus pandemic, it could be the first big Major League Baseball event of the summer. The 2020 edition is likely to be held on June 10 and be as little as five rounds,

Toolshed: Cron could be powerful D-backs DH

No. 26 prospect has chance at new life under potential MLB rules
May 15, 2020

Kevin Cron was in the same boat as many players in Major League camps on March 12. He saw the news that Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert had tested positive for the coronavirus, causing the NBA to suspend its season, and knew MLB soon would follow. The league canceled Spring

Toolshed: 2015 Draft retrospective

Astros class, Dodgers' pick of Buehler stand out five years later
May 12, 2020

The 2020 First-Year Player Draft is coming, and without regular-season baseball being played yet due to the coronavirus pandemic, it could be the first big Major League Baseball event of the summer. The 2020 edition is likely to be held on June 10 and be as little as five rounds,

Toolshed: Braves' Ball caught right Draft

No. 21 Atlanta prospect broke out after 24th-round selection in '19
May 8, 2020

Bryce Ball wasn't even thinking of himself at first. As news was breaking first that college baseball was suspended and later that it was canceled for the entire spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, his mind wandered to his former teammates at Dallas Baptist University. After only 16 games, the

Toolshed: Lessons of dream lineups

Takeaways from grouping game's best prospects by their ages
May 5, 2020

The scientific method ends with a conclusion. Consider this that conclusion. Toolshed spent the previous six Tuesdays formulating and dissecting the perfect lineup of prospects for each major age group. Eligibility for each set was determined by a player's age coming up on June 30, roughly the midpoint of a regular

Toolshed: Gonzales a reminder of Cape effect

New Mexico State star stood out for Cotuit, solidified Draft status
May 1, 2020

Last Friday, the Cape Cod Baseball League announced it was canceling the 2020 season as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. No picnic blankets sprawled on the hills of Eldredge Park in Orleans. No folding chairs set up in front of the scouts behind home plate in Chatham's Veterans Park.