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Toolshed: Prospect projections gone right

Preseason outlooks nailed Ohtani (the pitcher), Bieber, Kingery
October 2, 2018

We used to have so many questions. Now, we have a lot of answers to work through.Back in January, MiLB.com used FanGraphs' Steamer600 projections to look at how some of the game's most prominent prospects were expected to perform over a full season. For this exercise, a full season was

Bauers gets first call to The Show

Rays tap No. 5 prospect after leading Triple-A Durham with 14 doubles
June 6, 2018

Last year in Jake Bauers' rookie Triple-A campaign, he thought a lot about being one call from the Majors. And it affected his numbers. But this season, he put the distractions aside. And what does he get for that? His first Major League callup. The Rays announced their No. 5 prospect

IL notes: Bauers ignoring distractions

Rays No. 5 prospect back for second season with Bulls
April 30, 2018

Jake Bauers had a good season with Durham in 2017.The left-handed-hitting first baseman batted .263 in 132 games, hammering 13 home runs and finishing second on the team with 63 RBIs. Despite being one of the youngest players in the International League, Bauers ranked second with 78 walks and led

Rays Prospect Primer: Two for 'The Show'

Adames, Bauers knocking on door; McKay stays on two-way path
April 2, 2018

Some players are on the verge of stardom, others are entering a crucial phase of their development and still others are getting their first tastes of full-season ball. With the 2018 season approaching, MiLB.com takes a look at the most intriguing prospects from each MLB organization.Major League-ready: Willy Adames, SSAdames

Adames, Arroyo, Bauers among Rays cuts

Trio of Tampa Bay Top-100 prospects sent to Minor League camp
March 11, 2018

The Durham Bulls won their first Triple-A championship in eight years last September, and it looks like they'll be starting 2018 with even more talent than a year ago.Tampa Bay sent seven players to Minor League camp on Sunday, including MLB.com's No. 22 overall prospect, shortstop Willy Adames , 64th-ranked Jake

Honeywell, Adames worthy anchors for Rays

Top two prospects helped Durham win Triple-A championship
December 13, 2017

This offseason, MiLB.com is taking a look at the most outstanding campaigns by players in each system across Minor League Baseball and honoring the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization.Life as a small-market club isn't easy. While teams with

Toolshed: Players of the 2017 postseason

Bulls' Bauers, Redbirds' O'Neill highlight clutch playoff performers
September 22, 2017

It certainly proved to be an interesting set of Minor League playoffs over the past couple weeks. Hurricane Irma grabbed the biggest headlines by causing the cancellation of the Southern, Carolina and Florida State League Finals, forcing all three circuits to crown co-champions. But that aside, 17 Minor League clubs

The Show Before the Show: Episode 128

Revisiting preseason predictions; Bauer talks before Triple-A title
September 21, 2017

Check out the latest episode of The Show Before the Show, MiLB.com's official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review The Show Before the Show on iTunes. The podcast is also available via

Toolshed: Bulls' title a season-long process

Rays' patience with prospects results in Triple-A ring for Durham
September 20, 2017

MOOSIC, Pa. -- Tuesday's Triple-A National Championship was a tale of two roster constructions.Memphis, a club that survived a bevy of Major League promotions and big trades by the Cardinals to win a level-best 91 games and a Pacific Coast League title, started three players last night who were with

International League Finals preview

RailRiders back to defend Governors' Cup against Bulls
September 12, 2017

A year later, the RailRiders are back in a familiar position.The Yankees' top affiliate claimed the International League's North Division again this summer before advancing Sunday to the Governors' Cup Finals, where they'll meet the Durham Bulls. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is not only the defending IL champs -- it's also the reigning

Balanced Bulls win Game 1 in IL playoffs

Rays prospects Adames, Bauers combine for four hits, four runs
September 6, 2017

Durham's Game 1 win over Indianapolis in the International League semifinals served as a microcosm for its regular season. Rays No. 2 prospectWilly Adames and No. 5 prospect Jake Bauers led a balanced attack, while No. 23 prospect Ryan Yarbrough turned in a quality start as the Bulls defeated the Indians,

Strikeout-happy Bulls clinch IL South Division

Rays affiliate sets Minor League single-season punchout record
August 24, 2017

Triple-A Durham clinched its division, perhaps appropriately, with a strikeout.The top Rays affiliate wrapped up the International League South Division with a 3-2 comeback victory over Gwinnett on Thursday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The title was the Bulls' first since 2014 and 13th in 20 seasons as a Triple-A

Bauers comes up big in Bulls clincher

Rays No. 5 prospect homers and doubles
August 23, 2017

Rays No. 2 prospect Willy Adames handed the Bulls an early 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first. Patrick Leonard padded the early lead with a two-run jack two batters later. It was the 11th longball of the season for the 24-year-old third baseman.Adames has made 118 appearances

Bulls' Bauers breaks out on four-hit night

Rays No. 5 prospect doubles twice and drives in two runs
August 5, 2017

The last time Jake Bauers encountered a rough patch at the plate, he busted out for four hits in Norfolk.He followed the same script on Friday night to stop a similar slump.The Rays' No. 5 prospect went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs as Triple-A Durham fell to the

Bulls' Bauers busts slump with four hits

Tampa Bay's No. 4 prospect breaks out of 2-for-17 slide
July 15, 2017

Before joining the Tampa Bay organization in a trade, Jake Bauers remembers a lesson learned in the Midwest League in 2014 when the opposition put on a drastic infield shift against him. "I tried to change my approach up there and maybe bunt or try and slap the ball the other

Prospect Roundup: Games of May 14

Marlins' Garrett impresses in second start; Rays' Bauers heats up
May 15, 2017

Rays OF/1B Jake Bauers, Triple-A Durham: 3-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R -- Patience has been key for the Rays' No. 4 prospect -- who entered Triple-A at just 21 years old and hit .229 with a .619 OPS in 21 April games -- and it's starting to show at

Bulls' Bauers hits first Triple-A homer

No. 4 Rays prospect has reached base in nine of first 10 games
April 16, 2017

Tampa Bay's top prospects are finding their power strokes.One day after top-ranked Rays prospectWilly Adames hit his first Triple-A homer, No. 4 prospect Jake Bauers followed suit and belted a two-run shot on Sunday in Durham's 7-5 loss to Gwinnett at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

Braves Rally Last to Sweep Bulls

Durham scores three in the seventh to tie; Gwinnett wins with two in the ninth
April 16, 2017

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Hoffman, Bauers heading back to Minors

Cubs' Candelario also sent down with Rockies righty, Rays prospect
March 23, 2017

Reassignment Week in Spring Training hit the "R" portion of the schedule Thursday with the Rockies and Rays moving Top-100 prospects back to the Minors.The Rockies optioned No. 44 overall prospect Jeff Hoffman to Triple-A Albuquerque while the Rays reassigned No. 76 prospect Jake Bauers to Minor League camp.

Moncada keeps on raking for White Sox

No. 2 overall prospect strokes third homer, plates four on 3-for-5 day
March 19, 2017

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Pirates' Glasnow records first Grapefruit win

No. 8 overall prospect strikes out five over four innings against Phillies
March 18, 2017

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Rays' Gillaspie, Bauers put on power show

First baseman slugs two homers, outfielder adds monster blast in rout
March 12, 2017

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