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Toolshed: 2018 Rule 5 Draft stickiness

Royals, O's picks likely to stay; Jays teenager faces challenge
December 14, 2018

LAS VEGAS -- Getting taken in the Rule 5 Draft is one thing. Sticking to the Major League roster for an entire season as a Rule 5 pick, well, that's a horse of a different color.Fourteen players were given Major League life Thursday when they were picked in the Rule

Martin, McWilliams lead 2018 Rule 5 Draft

Orioles, Royals, Giants make two picks each at Winter Meetings
December 13, 2018

LAS VEGAS -- The Orioles and Royals made the first two picks in the 2018 Rule 5 Draft, and they didn't stop there.The O's selected A's shortstop Richie Martin with the first overall pick and later traded with the Phillies for Dodgers infielder Drew Jackson while the Royals took Rays

Toolshed: 2018 Rule 5 Draft preview

A's Martin, Astros' Ferrell among potential picks come Thursday
December 11, 2018

LAS VEGAS -- For anyone who's never seen the Rule 5 Draft in person, let's set the scene.This is nothing like the Rule 4 Draft (i.e. the First-Year Player Draft) that took place in June. There aren't cameras all around. There isn't a studio crew breaking down each pick for

Lefty Luzardo headlines A's All-Stars

Southpaw climbed to Minor Leagues' highest level at age 20
November 28, 2018

Each offseason, goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization. Click here to locate your favorite club.The American League West was full of storylines going into 2018. The Astros were coming

'Hounds' Martin continues finishing kick

A's No. 12 prospect posts second four-hit game in three days
September 1, 2018

With only two games left in the Texas League season, Richie Martin is making sure he finishes strongly. The A's No. 12 prospect collected four hits for the second time in three games, tripling and scoring three runs in Double-A Midland's rain-shortened 14-5 thumping of Frisco on Saturday at Security Bank Ballpark. 

Prospect Roundup: Games of Aug. 30

A's Martin enjoys four-hit day; M's White stays hot in Cal League
August 31, 2018

Theme of the dayGearing up for the Fall League:Arizona Fall League rosters were announced Thursday afternoon with top overall prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. headlining the batch of Minor Leaguers headed to the Grand Canyon State. Shortly afterward, two players named on those rosters showed why this year's AFL could be

Astros' Tucker blasts off for weekly award

No. 8 overall prospect homered six times for Triple-A Fresno
August 27, 2018

Kyle Tucker's week began on a sour note when he was optioned from the Majors back to Triple-A Fresno last Tuesday. Now, he's playing a significantly happier tune. The Astros' No. 2 prospect has been named Pacific Coast League Offensive Player of the Week after going 14-for-25 (.560) with six

Prospect Roundup: Games of Aug. 23

Tigers' Manning fans 10 batters; A's Martin goes deep twice
August 24, 2018

Theme of the dayDeep in the heart of Texas: Houston and Texas prospects took center stage Thursday. In the Astros system, first-rounder Seth Beer crushed his first career grand slam for Class A Advanced Buies Creek while top prospect Kyle Tucker picked up four hits in his second game since