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State of the System: Texas Rangers

Huff, Taveras among those with valuable big league time in 2020
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Sixto goes distance against former team

Top Marlins prospect tosses three-hitter, beats Phillies
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September 13, 2020

In his first chance to square off with the organization that signed him as an amateur in 2015 and traded him away four years later, Sixto Sanchez made it count. MLB Pipeline's No. 22 overall prospect twirled his first career complete game, a three-hitter over seven stellar innings, as the

Phillies righty Howard placed on 10-day IL

Second-ranked prospect left Saturday start with shoulder stiffness
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September 13, 2020

On Saturday night, top Phillies pitching prospect Spencer Howard left his start due to a shoulder issue. A day later, he went on the shelf. With two weeks left in the regular season, MLB Pipeline's No. 32 overall prospect was placed on the 10-day Injured List on Sunday with right

Lux leaves yard twice to loft Dodgers to win

Second-ranked overall prospect breaks out on five-RBI night
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September 9, 2020

Gavin Lux hadn’t circled the bases yet this season. On Tuesday night, he did it twice. MLB Pipeline's No. 2 overall prospect belted a pair of homers on a three-hit night, driving in his first five runs of the season as the Dodgers held on to beat the D-backs, 10-9,

Padres' Campusano sidelined with wrist sprain

After homering in debut, No. 51 overall prospect placed on IL
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September 6, 2020

Luis Campusano got his first big league call and belted his first big league homer for the Padres on Friday. He’ll have to wait a bit for his next big moment. MLB Pipeline's No. 51 overall prospect was placed the 10-day Injured List on Sunday afternoon with a sprained left

Howard picks up first win for Phillies

Baseball's No. 35 prospect allows two runs over five solid innings
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August 31, 2020

In his first three Major League starts, Spencer Howard had shown some flashes of his tremendous promise. On Monday, he put it all together. Baseball’s No. 35 overall prospect worked five solid innings, giving up two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks as the Phillies took

Runneth over: Cup collectors get creative

Longtime friends united by baseball, passion for souvenirs
@tylermaun
August 31, 2020

This month we’re profiling Minor League Baseball fans across the country. These fans go to impressive lengths to show their love of the game in creative ways, staying connected to their favorite teams even when the action on the field is on hold. Do you think you can stake your

Mountcastle goes yard twice for Orioles

No. 5 prospect continues torrid start with first two homers
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August 30, 2020

Since being promoted to the Major Leagues, Ryan Mountcastle has been hitting the ball with authority. The one thing he was missing heading into Sunday's matinee was a big league homer. So he hit two.

Red Sox acquire Potts, Rosario; summon Dalbec

Boston nabs ranked pair from San Diego, calls up infield prospect
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August 30, 2020

Scuffling into the second half of 2020 at 11-22, the Boston Red Sox made a series of moves Sunday with an eye toward the future. Boston acquired third baseman Hudson Potts and outfielder Jeisson Rosario from San Diego in a trade for big league first baseman Mitch Moreland. Potts, who

Tribe's Karinchak continues dominating in relief

Cleveland's No. 15 prospect fans two in sixth straight hitless outing
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August 24, 2020

James Karinchak's outings out of the the Indians bullpen aren’t long, but they’re making baseball take notice. Cleveland’s No. 15 prospect continued his dominant work in relief, turning in his sixth straight scoreless outing and fanning a pair over one perfect frame Monday as the Tribe fell to the visiting

Rays' McKay to undergo shoulder surgery

Second-ranked Tampa Bay prospect will miss rest of season
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August 18, 2020

When Brendan McKay was shut down due to shoulder inflammation last week, the Rays hoped his absence would be a brief one. Unfortunately, it will not. MLB.com's No. 16 overall prospect will undergo season-ending surgery on his left shoulder on Wednesday and will miss the rest of the season, as

Rays' McKay shut down with shoulder issue

No. 16 overall prospect expected to miss seven to 10 days
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August 11, 2020

Brendan McKay showed off his tantalizing two-way talent last year in his first months in the big leagues. To see him at the Major League level again, Rays fans will have to wait a little longer. MLB Pipeline’s No. 16 overall prospect will be shut down for seven to 10

Minor League caps tell stories for fans

Hat enthusiasts spark conversation with choices, collections
@tylermaun
August 10, 2020

This month we’re profiling Minor League Baseball fans across the country who go to impressive lengths to show their love of the game in creative ways and stay connected to their favorite teams even when the action on the field is on hold. Do you think you can stake your

Mets' Giménez breaks out on three-hit day

Third-ranked New York prospect scores three runs in win
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August 9, 2020

Andrés Giménez has come on strong in August to earn himself more at-bats and more starts. On Sunday, the third-ranked Mets prospect delivered his biggest day yet. Giménez tallied three hits, including his first double as a big leaguer, scored three runs and notched his first stolen base to lead

Madrigal collects first four big league hits

Fourth-ranked White Sox prospect ends drought, scores twice
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August 2, 2020

On Saturday night, it was top White Sox prospect Luis Robert shining with four hits out of the leadoff spot. Less than 24 hours later, another Top 100 prospect did it from the bottom of the lineup. After going 0-for-8 in his first two games since being called up from