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Toolshed: Prospects with World Series connections

Top-100 talents have ties to Fall Classic, even away from Arlington
@SamDykstraMiLB
October 23, 2020

This is not a World Series for the prospect lover. Then again, not many World Series are. Sure, there are two ranked prospects left -- both from the Rays roster -- and they have their own stories to tell. No. 19 Tampa Bay prospect Randy Arozarena has been one of

State of the System: Boston Red Sox

Infield remains strength, needed pitching help on way to Fenway
@SamDykstraMiLB
October 21, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's new State of the System series evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021. It has not been an ideal 2020

Toolshed: MiLB playoff tales for Dodgers, Rays

World Series stars could lean on early postseason experience
@SamDykstraMiLB
October 20, 2020

The Minor League regular season is all about development. The Minor League postseason, well, that's about getting a ring (and, sure, continuing to develop). While MiLB playoffs can serve as a reward at the end of a 140-plus-game slog, they also allow players to gain experience in tense situations in

Toolshed: Rays' Hulsizer finds grass greener

Former Dodgers slugger has spent time in pair of playoff systems
@SamDykstraMiLB
October 16, 2020

Successful teams don't often trade with each other. The market works thusly -- there are buyers and there are sellers. Buyers attempt to strengthen their squads for a lengthy postseason run; sellers lurk near the bottom of the standings and are willing to part with players to stock up their

Toolshed: Most interesting roads to the LCS

Changing positions, beating odds among memorable MiLB routes
@SamDykstraMiLB
October 13, 2020

The specific destinations are all the same for this year's American and National League Championship Series. The roads to get there have been very different. Sure, it's great to see No. 1 overall picks Dansby Swanson and Carlos Correa play prominent roles for successful ballclubs, but that was always expected

White Sox provide updates on Madrigal, Crochet

Second baseman underwent shoulder surgery; lefty's UCL healthy
@SamDykstraMiLB
October 12, 2020

There were two big injury updates on Chicago's South Side on Monday -- one expected and one that should be a relief to White Sox fans. No. 36 overall prospect Nick Madrigal underwent planned shoulder surgery that will keep him out for five to six months while No. 89 Garrett

Toolshed: Dodgers' Hoese finding way in 2020

No. 3 prospect impressed at alternate site, moving on to instructs
@SamDykstraMiLB
October 9, 2020

A presumed National League Rookie of the Year favorite entering the year, Gavin Lux surprisingly bounced between the Majors and the Dodgers' alternate site at the University of Southern California for much of the first half of the truncated regular season. When he finally settled in with the big club

Padres add prospect Weathers to NLDS roster

Left-hander jumping straight to postseason squad from Class A
@SamDykstraMiLB
October 6, 2020

One of the defining characteristics of the Padres' 2020 season has been the club's reliance on exciting young talent. On Tuesday, San Diego got even younger and perhaps even more exciting. The Padres added No. 6 prospect Ryan Weathers to the National League Division Series roster for what would be

Toolshed: Nuggets about rookies in the playoffs

Legendary matchups, possible records among postseason fun facts
@SamDykstraMiLB
October 6, 2020

Many Major Leaguers go long stretches, or in some cases their entire careers, without making the postseason. Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, for example, owns the Major League record for most games without a playoff appearance with 2,528. With the Wild Card era and the potential of the expanded 2020

Toolshed: 10 most fun callups of 2020 season

Revisiting quick risers, late bloomers who made way to Majors
@SamDykstraMiLB
October 2, 2020

There were 210 Major League debuts (and perhaps still counting) during the 2020 season. This week, Toolshed looks back at the 10 most fun first callups of the 2020 season, listed in chronological order of debut date. To be clear, this isn't focused on how they did in their first

Prospects on Wild Card Series rosters

Plenty of top-30 prospects will be options for 16 playoff teams
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 30, 2020

The American League postseason began with four Wild Card Series on Tuesday. One day later, four National League Wild Card Series will join them for perhaps the most action-packed day of playoff baseball ever, featuring eight games. Here's a breakdown of the top-30 prospects featured on Wild Card Series rosters:

Appy League becoming collegiate wood-bat circuit

Former Rookie Advanced loop introducing changes for 2021 season
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 29, 2020

The Appalachian League will have a new look in 2021. The Rookie Advanced circuit will transform into a collegiate wood-bat league for the 2021 season, the Appy League announced Tuesday along with Major League Baseball and USA Baseball.

Twins add Kirilloff for MLB debut in playoffs

No. 27 overall prospect joining Minnesota for Wild Card Series
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 29, 2020

Alex Kirilloff thrived in his last postseason appearance. He'll get a chance under an even brighter spotlight. The Twins have added MLB Pipeline's No. 27 overall prospect to their roster for the Wild Card Series against the Astros, which began Tuesday afternoon with a 4-1 loss. "Alex Kirilloff is ready

Toolshed: Rookie facts for each playoff club

From Arozarena to Williams, here are nuggets for all 16 teams
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 29, 2020

More playoff teams, more opportunities for rookies to perform on the game's biggest stage. The 2020 Major League postseason has expanded to include 16 teams. Those include eight from each of the American and National Leagues -- three division winners, three division runners-up and two Wild Card teams. That makes

Toolshed: Handicapping NL Rookie of the Year race

Cronenworth, Bohm, Williams lead crowded field on senior circuit
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 25, 2020

Sunday brings the end of the 2020 Major League regular season already, meaning potential award contenders have one final weekend to prove themselves to BBWAA voters. Without a Minor League season, most prospect fiends only have had the Rookie of the Year races in the American and National Leagues to

Toolshed: Recent noteworthy SAL seasons

Martinez, Gallo showed slugging ways; Edwards, Corry shoved
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 22, 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've turned it into an appreciation of the full-season circuits as well. So Toolshed has been revisiting the 10 most notable individual seasons put

White Sox call up 2020 first-rounder Crochet

No. 11 overall pick becomes first member of class to reach MLB
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 18, 2020

It didn't take long for the 2020 Draft to make an impact on Major League Baseball. The White Sox are calling 2020 No. 11 overall pick Garrett Crochet up to the Majors, general manager Rick Hahn announced Friday. Crochet will be the first player from the 2020 Draft class to

Rangers' Vanasco to undergo Tommy John surgery

No. 18 Texas prospect likely to miss 2021 after elbow procedure
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 18, 2020

Ricky Vanasco wasn't able to pitch in a Minor League game in 2020. It's unlikely he will be able to do so in 2021 either. The Rangers' No. 18 prospect will undergo Tommy John surgery, Texas announced Friday. The elbow procedure will be performed by Dr. Keith Meister next Monday

Toolshed: Mets' Allan back in Brooklyn

Righty returns to MCU Park one year after playoff perfection
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 18, 2020

Maybe he hasn't been around long enough to settle a debate on whether Di Fara or L&B Spumoni Gardens serves the best pizza. He may not have yet developed his own power ranking on each of the borough's neighborhoods. Heck, because of pandemic-related closures, he hasn't even gotten to ride

Toolshed: Recent noteworthy MWL seasons

Bichette, Tatis, Trout battle for top spot among Midwest standouts
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 15, 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: Tribe's Miller talks tools of trade

Infield prospect discusses place in Cleveland-San Diego blockbuster
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 11, 2020

Where do you begin when discussing a prospect trade in "these times?" Maybe start with the fact that the Trade Deadline was Aug. 31, one week before the Minor League season would have traditionally ended on Labor Day. Or maybe with the post-trade transition that consisted of two days of

Rangers calling up Huff for MLB debut

Texas adding No. 75 overall prospect following Trevino injury
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 10, 2020

The catching position is about to get a whole lot bigger in Texas. The Rangers are adding No. 75 overall prospect Sam Huff to the Major League roster prior to Thursday's game against the Angels, the club announced. Outfielder Scott Heineman was optioned to the alternate training site to make

Toolshed: Recent noteworthy FSL seasons

Isabel's homer record, Moore's big K year stood out in 2010s
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 8, 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: Recent noteworthy Carolina seasons

Gallo's power, Hosmer's bat, McKenzie's K's stood out in 2010s
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 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

Marlins calling on Chisholm for MLB debut

No. 70 overall prospect headed to Miami in time for playoff race
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 1, 2020

The Marlins made a splash by adding Starling Marte at the Trade Deadline on Monday. On Tuesday, they added another talent from the 2019 Trade Deadline. Miami is calling up No. 70 overall prospect Jazz Chisholm for his Major League debut, the club announced Tuesday. Jesús Sánchez was optioned to