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The Road to The Show™: Vidal Bruján

Infielder readies to be part of Rays' next exciting prospect core
@tylermaun
April 5, 2021

Not many prospects go from an unremarkable $15,000 signing bonus on the international market to being a Top 50 prospect in the game. Vidal Bruján has. Tampa Bay’s No. 4 prospect -- and baseball’s No. 49 overall -- is a key cog in the latest wave of talent making its

Winter ball roundup: Australian League

Mets' Cortes stars for Blue Sox in pandemic-altered season
@tylermaun
February 24, 2021

Without a Minor League season in 2020, top prospects headed to various locations across the globe for offseason work. In January and Feburary, MiLB.com has looked at the highlights from winter ball seasons worldwide. Past recaps include the Dominican Winter League, Mexican Pacific League, Puerto Rican League and Venezuelan League.

Winter ball roundup: Venezuelan League

San Diego's Rosario stands out in 27-game stint with Margarita
@tylermaun
February 17, 2021

Without a Minor League season in 2020, top prospects headed to various locations across the globe for offseason work. Over the next few weeks, MiLB.com will look at the highlights from winter ball seasons worldwide. Past recaps include the Dominican Winter League, Mexican Pacific League and Puerto Rican League.

Winter ball roundup: Puerto Rican League

Boston outfielder Duran helps key Caguas' run to Caribbean Series
@tylermaun
February 10, 2021

Without a Minor League season in 2020, top prospects headed to various locations across the globe for offseason work. Over the next few weeks, MiLB.com will look at the highlights from winter ball seasons worldwide. Past recaps include the Dominican Winter League and the Mexican Pacific League.

Winter ball roundup: Mexican Pacific League

Tigers prospect Paredes rides showing to Caribbean Series berth
@tylermaun
February 3, 2021

Without a Minor League season in 2020, top prospects headed to various locations across the globe for offseason work. Over the next few weeks, MiLB.com will look at the highlights from winter ball seasons worldwide. First up was the Dominican Winter League, now the Mexican Pacific League. Season summary The

Rox acquire four prospects from Cards for Arenado

Third baseman Montero leads group in swap for big league All-Star
@tylermaun
February 1, 2021

The Colorado Rockies are wagering a lot on trading one of their best players in franchise history. Now, they know the package that will try to make the deal worthwhile. Colorado has acquired third baseman Elehuris Montero (St. Louis’ No. 8 prospect), right-handed pitcher Tony Locey (No. 19), shortstop Mateo

Winter ball roundup: Dominican League

After short stay for top prospect Franco, others shine in LIDOM
@tylermaun
January 27, 2021

Without a Minor League season in 2020, top prospects headed to various locations across the globe for offseason work. Over the next few weeks, MiLB.com will look at the highlights from winter ball seasons worldwide. First up: the Dominican Winter League. Season summary Perhaps baseball’s most iconic current winter circuit,

Broadcaster Farber chases his dream to NBA

Former Minors commentator now voice of Charlotte Hornets
@tylermaun
January 6, 2021

If life in the Minor Leagues teaches a broadcaster anything, it’s this -- learn to roll with the punches. Sam Farber spent years absorbing that lesson, and now, having reached one of the dream destinations of a sportscasting career, he’s grateful for it. All of it. After ascending through the

Cubs nab ranked quartet from Padres

Shortstop Preciado leads prospect haul in deal for Darvish, Caratini
@tylermaun
December 28, 2020

The San Diego Padres keep fueling the hot stove, and the Chicago Cubs are adding a haul of prospect talent. What was first reported Monday is now official. Chicago has acquired four ranked prospects from San Diego in shortstops Reginald Preciado and Yeison Santana along with outfielders Owen Caissie and

State of the System: Los Angeles Dodgers

Champs aim to continue dominance with talented reinforcements
@tylermaun
December 23, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlighting prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offering a peek at 2021. Finally. After more than three decades of

State of the System: Miami Marlins

Glut of top prospects propelled Miami to playoffs in 2020
@tylermaun
November 25, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's State of the System series will evaluate 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. The Major League season was barely underway

Rangers' Crouse on track for 2021 return

Sixth-ranked prospect had elbow surgery following '19 season
@tylermaun
November 12, 2020

The Rangers got positive returns from a lot of highly regarded prospects on the field at their alternate training site during baseball’s off-kilter 2020 season. One of Texas’ top talents wasn’t included in that group, but he's still been progressing in the offseason. Sixth-ranked Rangers prospect Hans Crouse has become

State of the System: New York Mets

Top prospects Mauricio, Alvarez got valuable time at alternate site
@tylermaun
November 5, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's State of the System series will evaluate 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. The offseason is barely a week old

Arozarena belts parting shot in World Series

Tampa Bay's No. 19 prospect caps postseason with 10 home runs
@tylermaun
October 28, 2020

In what turned out to be the season’s final night, Randy Arozarena took a bow. Though it wasn’t enough to extend the World Series, Tampa Bay’s No. 19 prospect became the first player in Major League history with 10 homers in the postseason, blasting a solo shot in the first

State of the System: Texas Rangers

Huff, Taveras among those with valuable big league time in 2020
@tylermaun
October 16, 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. The Rangers opened up Globe Life Park

Anderson posts zeros again for Braves

Club's No. 3 prospect turns in third straight scoreless playoff start
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October 13, 2020

It might not have been pretty, but it was effective. In the postseason, the latter is all that counts. Baseball’s No. 34 overall prospect Ian Anderson continued his team's dominant trend on the mound with four scoreless innings as Atlanta seized a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 National League Championship

This time, Arozarena's power pays off for Rays

Tampa Bay's No. 19 prospect homers on another multi-hit night
@tylermaun
October 7, 2020

Randy Arozarena keeps hitting, and Tuesday's effort helped pull his team even in the series. A night after homering in a three-hit performance, Tampa Bay’s No. 19 prospect belted another long ball and added a single to help lead the Rays to a 7-5 win over the Yankees, leveling their

Yanks turn to Garcia for ALDS Game 2 start

Righty set to be youngest playoff starter in franchise history
@tylermaun
October 5, 2020

On Tuesday, Deivi Garcia gets to weave his name into the fabric of the most historic franchise in sports. At just 21 years old, baseball’s No. 87 overall prospect is set to start Game 2 of the American League Division Series and, in doing so, will become the Yankees' youngest

San Juan Marlins burned brightly, briefly in Minors

Puerto Rico club entertained fans in International League in 1961
@tylermaun
October 1, 2020

Tales of ballplayers who arrive on United States shores from across Latin America are well documented. A teenage player from a baseball hotbed signs a contract or heads to school and makes his way to the Draft. He journeys to far-flung destinations with the ultimate goal of big league ball

Cubs summon southpaw Marquez to Majors

No. 64 overall prospect makes debut in regular-season finale
@tylermaun
September 27, 2020

With the National League Central Division title already sealed and steaming toward the postseason, the Cubs have welcomed their top prospect to the North Side. Brailyn Marquez, MLB Pipeline's No. 64 overall prospect, was promoted to the Major Leagues on Sunday and entered the Cubs’ regular-season finale in the eighth

In spot duty, Wilson leads Atlanta to playoffs

Fifth-ranked prospect tosses five scoreless to clinch division
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September 22, 2020

Pressed into starting duty by an injury-ravaged rotation, Bryse Wilson stepped up and pitched his team to the postseason. Atlanta’s No. 5 prospect dealt five scoreless innings, striking out seven while allowing just three hits and one walk as the Braves clinched their third straight National League East title with

2020 Arizona Fall League season canceled

Prospect showcase circuit was due to open campaign Thursday
@tylermaun
September 21, 2020

Autumn in Arizona usually means the start of the Arizona Fall League. This year, that won’t be the case. The AFL’s 2020 campaign has been scrapped, MLB chief baseball development officer Tony Reagins confirmed to MiLB.com. Baseball America first reported the season’s cancellation.

Houck dominates Yankees in Fenway debut

10th-ranked Red Sox prospect takes no-hitter into sixth inning
@tylermaun
September 20, 2020

Tanner Houck introduced himself to Red Sox fans last week with a strong -- and charitable -- Major League debut. On Sunday, he introduced himself to Fenway Park with an even better performance against his team’s archrival. Houck took a no-hitter into the sixth and ended up allowing an unearned

El Paso continues to honor innovative Diablos

Throwback identity still resonates with passionate fan base
@tylermaun
September 16, 2020

When it launched fully in 2018, Minor League Baseball’s Copa de la Diversión initiative was based on a mission of community service, inclusiveness and engagement with Latinx fans across the MiLB landscape. In some markets, that’s been a critical thread in franchise identities for decades. In the Southwest, teams have

Houck strikes for charity in Red Sox debut

Boston's No. 10 prospect fans seven over five scoreless innings
@tylermaun
September 15, 2020

Prior to his Major League debut Tuesday, Tanner Houck made it known that he wanted his first appearance on the mound to be about more than just baseball. He came through. Boston’s No. 10 prospect tossed five stellar innings in his first big league start, notching seven strikeouts -- and