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Toolshed's best of the decade: Offensive players

Reviewing, ranking 2010s MiLBY winners for work with the bat
October 27, 2020

There was no Minor League season in 2020, and unfortunately, that means there will be no MiLBY Awards this year either. In their stead, Toolshed is taking the next couple weeks to look back at MiLBY winners from the major categories in the 2010s. The series will rank all the

Toolshed: Recent noteworthy SL seasons

Goldschmidt's final MiLB season, plenty of Cubs feature on list
August 11, 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

Bryant goes yard in first rehab game

Cubs star helps lift Smokies to win in return to Double-A
July 10, 2018

Kris Bryant hadn't played in Double-A since 2014. Tennessee's Southern League opponents might hope it's at least that long before he returns.The Cubs standout, recovering from left shoulder inflammation, began his rehab assignment Monday with the Smokies and made an immediate impact with a two-run homer and an RBI single

Rise to top a family affair for Bryant, Gallo

Las Vegas products together grew into game's top power prospects
April 9, 2015

Mike Bryant and Tony Gallo each have a word to describe their sons' ascension to baseball's power throne. For Bryant, it's "validation." For Gallo, "surreal." For both, it's nearly indescribable. Kris Bryant and Joey Gallo are towering, hulking ballplayers now, top prospects in the Cubs and Rangers systems respectively and

Smokies' Bryant soaks in SL Derby win

Cubs prospect edges D-backs' Griffin at sprawling Engel Stadium
June 16, 2014

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- With 22 first-half home runs, Tennessee third baseman Kris Bryant has conquered Southern League ballparks like few ever have.'s No. 8 overall prospect had his biggest challenge yet Monday night, though, with the All-Star Game Home Run Derby moved to historic Engel Stadium.