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Toolshed: Top 2016 picks meet Rule 5 protection

Gauging which prep selections will be added to 40-man rosters
November 13, 2020

Next Friday will be an important day on any prospect lover's calendar. Nov. 20 is the date by which Major League clubs have to add eligible players to their 40-man rosters or leave them unprotected for this year's Rule 5 Draft, which will take place on Dec. 10. Rule 5-eligible

Jones, Freeman ready to rock for Cleveland

Infield duo took center stage in talent-filled Indians farm system
October 28, 2019

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 Indians continue to reap the benefits of a solid farm system and remain

Head of the Class: Full-season Class A

Jays' Conine flexes muscle; Giants' Corry consistently dominant
September 26, 2019

With another Minor League season in the books, members of the staff are looking back at some of the most notable performers from the 2019 campaign for each level. We looked at Triple-A, Double-A, Class A Advanced, Class A Short Season and Rookie Advanced. Here, we turn our attention to the

Twins' Larnach takes home weekly honor

No. 5 prospect went 10-for-20 with two home runs for Fort Myers
June 3, 2019

Three hundred and sixty four days ago, Trevor Larnach heard his name called as the 20th overall pick in the 2018 Draft as the Twins' first-round selection. Now, he's backing up Minnesota's hopes for him at Class A Advanced Fort Myers. The Twins' No. 5 prospect has been named Florida

Mets' Mazeika among week's top hitters

No. 26 Mets prospect hits four homers, plates 15 for Binghamton
May 20, 2019

Patrick Mazeika doesn't think of himself as a first baseman yet. He was drafted as a catcher. He's on the Double-A Binghamton roster as a catcher. Even if he's made 17 of his 32 starts at first base this season, he still identifies as a catcher. The way he's been

Padres' France among week's top hitters

El Paso infielder led Minors with seven homers in seven games
April 22, 2019

The last time Ty France played for a team in San Diego, he was an average-over-power third baseman at San Diego State. He could be on the verge of heading back, this time as a slugging second baseman with the Major League club. The Padres prospect has been named the

Benson slams way to three homers

Indians No. 25 prospect has grand night, plates seven runs for Captains
April 18, 2019

Will Benson is no stranger to the two-homer game. But on Thursday, he entered new territory.The Indians' No. 25 prospect collected his first career three-homer game as his Class A Lake County played host South Bend.

Benson captains rare four-homer game

Cleveland's No. 25 prospect plates eight runs for Lake County
April 18, 2019

As Will Benson circled the bases for the fourth time Thursday, he felt shivers throughout his body. Even with 44 career dingers under his belt, he -- or anyone in Class A Lake County history, for that matter-- had ever experienced a night like this. "To look into the eyes of

Tribe's Benson finishes strong, earns award

No. 22 Indians prospect homers four times in season's final week
September 4, 2018

Will Benson was heading into the final weeks of a rough season with Class A Lake County when he had a talk with his family. The 2016 first-rounder had shown plus power and good speed, but he'd hit below the Mendoza line for much of the campaign and struck out

HR Derby Competitors Announced

June 12, 2018

LANSING, Mich. - The Lansing Lugnuts announce the following field for the 2018 Midwest League Home Run Derby, to be held on Tuesday, June 19th, before the 54th Annual Midwest League All-Star Game presented by LAFCU at Cooley Law School Stadium:

Benson's blasts steer Captains to victory

Indians No. 8 prospect smacks slam, plates career-best five
June 6, 2018

Will Benson hadn't notched anything in the home run column of the stat sheet for a while, so he decided to make two trips Wednesday night.The Indians' No. 8 prospect blasted a pair of long balls, including his first Minor League grand slam, and drove in a career-high five runs as

Lugnuts' Young, Vicuña, Buffo and Castillo named MWL All-Stars

June 6, 2018

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Midwest League's Eastern Division All-Star Team will feature the Lansing Lugnuts' Chavez Young starting in the outfield, Kevin Vicuña starting at second base, and Maverik Buffo and Maximo Castillo among the pitching corps for the 54th annual Midwest League All-Star Game presented by LAFCU at

Prospect Roundup: Games of April 9

Jays' Jansen picks up where he left off; Greene, McKay take hill
April 10, 2018

Theme of the daySucceeding one way:Hunter Greene and Brendan McKay -- the second and fourth overall picks in the 2017 Draft, respectively -- both entered pro ball as potential two-way stars. Greene has given up the shortstop position -- for now -- to focus on the mound with the Reds'

Indians Prospect Primer: McKenzie moving up

No. 24 overall prospect ready for upper levels; Mejia eyes Majors
March 23, 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, takes a look at the most intriguing prospects from each MLB organization.Shining star: Triston McKenzie, RHPMcKenzie

Scrappers Claim Pinckney Division Crown with Sweep of Batavia

September 4, 2017

Batavia, NY- The Mahoning Valley Scrappers claimed their first Pinckney Division championship since 2009 on Monday afternoon at Dwyer Stadium. The Scrappers took two games from the Batavia Muckdogs, 4-3 and 6-2, and combined with a State College loss, the Scrappers are heading to the playoffs.                     In game one,

Benson's Blast Lifts Scrappers over Spikes

September 1, 2017

Benson Blasts Scrappers Past Black Bears

August 26, 2017

Jones and Vasquez Carry Scrappers Past Muckdogs

August 18, 2017

Strong Pitching and Timely Hitting Propel Scrappers to Series Win

August 10, 2017

Prospect Roundup: Games of Aug. 3

Honeywell turns in strong start; Calhoun tees off with new club
August 4, 2017

Rays RHP Brent Honeywell Jr., Triple-A Durham: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 76 pitches, 57 strikes -- The Rays' top prospect continues to improve at Triple-A, looking more and more ready for a Major League debut with each passing start. Honeywell owns a

Eight Run Tenth Inning Carries Scrappers over Doubledays

August 4, 2017

Scrappers Beat Batavia for Ninth Series Win of Season

July 31, 2017

Niles, OH- The Mahoning Valley Scrappers picked up their fourth win of the year over the Batavia Muckdogs on Monday night, 6-2 at Eastwood Field. With the win the Scrappers have won nine series and are now tied for the most wins in the New York-Penn League with 25.              

Scrappers Fall In Series Finale Against West Virginia 7-1

June 30, 2017

Raul Siri hits a bases clearing double in the 5th inning to send the West Virginia Black Bears on to a 7-1 victory over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.Will Benson drove in the Scrappers only run in the 2nd inning with a double to left field.The Scrappers look to bounce back

Scrappers Offense Too Much for State College

June 24, 2017

Niles, OH- The Mahoning Valley Scrappers continued their hottest start in years with a 9-2 win over the State College Spikes on Saturday night. Samad Taylor, Will Benson and Clark Scolamiero all drove in two runs as Mahoning Valley rallied from an early deficit to pick up their third straight

Toolshed: Top 2016 Draft picks ready to roar

Manning, Perez among last year's selections in short-season ball
June 21, 2017

Remember the 2016 Draft?It's so easy to get lost in the MLB Draft that took place earlier this month and the fresh batch of prospects it brings to the Minors, we can forget that only 12 months ago, a whole other group was just getting started. One year later, most