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On a 94-degree day at Peoria Sports Complex on Friday, it was a pair of catchers who were heating up as the Peoria Javelinas defeated the Glendale Desert Dogs, 8-2.
Cleveland's top prospect Bradley Zimmer has some of the best all-around tools in the Arizona Fall League, and several of them were on display Friday afternoon. The Indians outfielder led the Mesa Solar Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Scottsdale Scorpions, opening the scoring with a first-inning homer and ending it with the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
Perfect Game's World Wood Bat Association World Championship kicked off on Thursday and will run through Monday, with 88 teams scheduled to play at least four games each across 22 pools of four teams.
Chris Stratton became the first Arizona Fall Leaguer to throw five scoreless innings in a start this season, shutting down the Salt River Rafters in a 4-1 Scottsdale Scorpions victory Thursday night.
Frankie Montas recorded a pair of scoreless three-inning outings for the Mesa Solar Sox, the latest coming Thursday afternoon in a 3-2 loss to the Glendale Desert Dogs.
Justin Williams, the Tampa Bay Rays' No. 15 prospect, put on a show at the plate Thursday, going 2-for-4 with a single, a triple, an RBI and two runs scored as the Peoria Javelinas beat the Surprise Saguaros, 6-4, at Surprise Stadium.
The Arizona Fall League is always a great combination of top prospects living up to hype or advanced billing and under-the-radar types putting themselves more firmly on the map. With more than enough to talk about, this week's Inbox is completely AFL-related.
Carlos Asuaje got his first taste of the big leagues in late September, making his debut after helping Triple-A El Paso to a Pacific Coast League championship.
Josh Taylor didn't put up ideal numbers during the regular season, but on Wednesday night, his line was nearly perfect.
Mauricio Dubon put a slow Arizona Fall League start behind him Wednesday night, providing three hits and two steals to spark the Surprise Saguaros to a 2-1 victory over the Scottsdale Scorpions.
Nick Cuiffo has struggled at the plate in the early going of the Arizona Fall League. But not Wednesday. Ciuffo, the Rays' No. 25 prospect, drive in a run with double in the second inning that sent Brandon Dixon home for the first run in Peoria's 2-1 victory over Mesa.
Neither Ryan Merritt nor Julio Urias has much experience at the Major League level, but both rookie left-handers will have tough assignments when they take the mound today.
Mariners No. 2 prospect Tyler O'Neill hit his AFL-leading third homer, Luiz Gohara hurled a scoreless frame and Tyler Marlette went 1-for-3 with an RBI for Peoria in an Arizona Fall League win.
Ryan McMahon, the <a href="http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=col"><b>Rockies' No. 6 prospect</a></b>, swatted a two-run triple in the bottom of the seventh to pace Rafters in a victory over Surprise.
The Indians' clubhouse jokes about Ryan Merritt come from the sense that this 24-year-old lefty whose second Major League start just so happens to be today in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series, is far from affected by his surroundings -- even if those surroundings are a racous Rogers Centre with the Indians trying to close out their first AL pennant in nearly two decades.
There were some serious middle-infield prospects on display at Sloan Park on Tuesday, and while the Yankees' Gleyber Torres might out-rank the A's Franklin Barreto, 17 to 42, on MLB Pipeline.com's Top 100 list, it was Barreto and his Mesa Solar Sox who came out on top with a 6-3 victory.
Left-hander Ryan Merritt, once a just-in-case option, is now the Indians' only option for Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against an enlivened Blue Jays club. The rookie takes the mound today in opposition to proven postseason performer Marco Estrada, with a last-minute opportunity to help the Tribe clinch its first AL pennant in 19 years.
It took 14 at-bats, but Tim Tebow collected his first Arizona Fall League hit on Tuesday afternoon.
The Rangers have recalled left-handed reliever Andrew Faulkner from the Arizona Fall League and replaced him with left-hander Shane McCain on the Surprise Sagueros. Faulkner is healthy, but he will now focus on his offseason program
After turning in a scorching first four games in the Arizona Fall League, Glendale Desert Dogs outfielder Ramon Laureano of the Houston Astros was named the AFL's Player of the Week.
The Reds on Tuesday agreed to purchase the contract of Victor Ruiz, a 16-year-old third baseman and catcher, from the Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League.
Blue Jays No. 28 prospect Ryan McBroom hit a 3-run homer in fifth and added a grand slam in the ninth en route to tallying seven RBIs for the Solar Sox.
In the Surprise Saguaros 3-1 win over the Salt River Rafters Monday afternoon, Royals No. 10 prospect Josh Staumont threw four shutout innings, allowing the Rafters just one hit.
Mariners No. 2 prospect Tyler O'Neill ripped a long home run and went 2-for-4 in a Fall League win for Peoria.
It has been more than a month since Triple-A Lehigh Valley played its final game of the 2016 season, but curious and perhaps concerned Phillies fans keep asking questions about the progress of J.P. Crawford and Nick Williams.
A pair of Padres prospects, Michael Gettys and Josh VanMeter, homered to lead the Peoria Javelinas to a 12-2 victory over the Mesa Solar Sox on Saturday night in the Arizona Fall League.
The Surprise Saguaros beat the Scottsdale Scorpions on Saturday, 8-1, thanks in part to stellar pitching by Red Sox prospects Michael Kopech and Trey Ball.
Fresh off of his first taste of the Major Leagues, JaCoby Jones is playing like a big leaguer in this year's Arizona Fall League. He came out of the gate swinging on Saturday afternoon with a first-inning home run to help power Salt River in a 9-4 win over Glendale at Camelback Ranch.
Gleyber Torres may be one of the younger players in this year's Arizona Fall League, but you would never know it based on the 19-year-old shortstop's impressive showing in the season's first week. The Yankees' No. 2 prospect delivered a bases-loaded walk-off single to lead Scottsdale past Glendale, 8-7, on Friday.
A pair of Oakland Athletics pitching prospects impressed in their respective returns to the mound on Friday in Arizona Fall League action, as right-handers Dylan Covey and Frankie Montas combined to toss seven strong innings to help Mesa defeat Surprise, 10-4.
Grayson Greiner, the Tigers' No. 26 prospect, provided all the offensive firepower the Salt River Rafters needed Friday in a 5-2 victory over the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League.
A day after he recorded the third hardest-hit ball of year, Eloy Jimenez continued to make waves in the Arizona Fall League on Friday.
With the final out of Friday's intra-squad game in Kissimmee, Fla., the Astros not only signaled the end to this year's instructional league -- a fall camp for younger Minor League prospects -- but also said goodbye to their complex at Osceola County Stadium, which has hosted the team's Spring Training and offseason programs since 1985.
The Reds didn't get quite the same haul as the Yankees did in their deal for closer Aroldis Chapman, which featured Gleyber Torres and Billy McKinney from the Cubs. Torres was ranked as the No. 17 prospect in baseball according to MLBPipeline.com, and McKinney is now the Yankees' No. 15 prospect. But the continued development of starting pitching prospect Rookie Davis has made that disparity a little easier to swallow.
Jim Callis answers questions J.P. Crawford, James Kaprielian, possible breakout players for next year and more in this week's Pipeline Inbox.
Eloy Jimenez emerged as a Statcast™ favorite during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game with a monster home run as well as sensational catch in right field. On Thursday, the Cubs' No. 2 prospect added to his quickly growing legend in an Arizona Fall League matchup between Mesa and Salt River at Salt River Fields by producing one of the hardest-hit balls in the Statcast™ era (2015-16).
A bright Twins' future was on full display Thursday night as two of the club's top three prospects starred at Camelback Ranch.
Hitting for power arguably may be Anthony Alford's weakest tool, but that's not to say there isn't considerable pop in his bat. The Blue Jays' No. 3 prospect confirmed that much on Thursday afternoon at Salt River Fields when he connected on a tape-measure home run in his first at-bat to begin the top of the second inning.
After striking out 90 times in 2015, Justin Williams came to spring training looking to refine his approach at the plate. Williams' new approach has continued to pay dividends in the Arizona Fall League, as he's off to a hot start and led Peoria to a 5-2 win over Scottsdale on Thursday afternoon at the Peoria Sports Complex.
Brett Phillips had the last laugh on Wednesday night, as his big game at the plate helped to pace Salt River in a 6-4 win over Scottsdale.
The Scottsdale Scorpions may have come up short in their contest against Salt River on Wednesday night, losing 6-4, but it was still a big night for a host of New York Yankees prospects.
A day after capturing headlines for tending to an ailing fan following the game, Tim Tebow discussed his eventful first day in the AFL and then recorded some firsts on the field for the Scottsdale Scorpions on Wednesday.
Nationals prospect Andrew Stevenson connected on a two-run home run and tallied five RBIs, his highest single-game total as a professional, to pace the Desert Dogs in a 7-1 win over Mesa at Sloan Park.
Corey Toups, the Royals' No. 30 prospect, picked up three hits for the Saguaros as Surprise and Peoria played to a 7-7 tie in 11 innings on Wednesday afternoon at the Peoria Sports Complex.
Outfielder Corey Ray, the Brewers' most recent first-round Draft pick, is sidelined indefinitely after undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee, farm director Tom Flanagan confirmed.
With instructional leagues underway in Florida and Arizona, MLB Pipeline takes a team-by-team look at the top storylines and prospects at each club's camp.
Outfielder Zach Granite was named the Twins Minor League Player of the Year, while left-hander Stephen Gonsalves was named the Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year, the organization announced Wednesday.
With an instructional league roster comprised of 18 Top 30 prospects, the Orioles have no shortage of talent in camp this fall in Sarasota, Fla. The group includes three of the team's top picks from the 2016 Draft in first-rounder Cody Sedlock and second-rounders Keegan Akin and Matthias Dietz, all of whom spent their respectively successful pro debuts pitching together at Class A Short Season Aberdeen.
The Tigers instructional league included the organization's top three prospects: Matt Manning, Beau Burrows and Christin Stewart.
In a small conference room in the lowest level of Louisville Slugger Field sat Reds prospect Amir Garrett; the plush office chair underneath him dwarfed by the frame of the 6-foot-5, 210-pound left-hander.
New York already had a strong farm system, and the deals they pursued made it one of baseball's best and arguably its deepest. That depth is on display in the Yankees' instructional league camp, which opened Sept. 18 and runs through Friday in Tampa, Fla.
Zach Vincej delivered the big blast, but was far from the only Reds' Minor Leaguer to have a big game for Peoria. The Javelinas ended up playing to a 7-7 tie with Salt River.
2016 first-rounder Delvin Perez and 2015 first-rounder Nick Plummer were among the position players at the Cardinals' instructional league camp.
After getting his first taste of the Major Leagues, No. 1 overall prospect Yoan Moncada is already making his presence felt in the Arizona Fall League.
Taylor Ward ended the regular season on a six-game hitting streak and it appears he carried that momentum over to the Arizona Fall League. The Angels' No. 3 prospect led Scottsdale to 9-6 win over Glendale in the opening game of the Arizona Fall League.
Tim Tebow's Arizona Fall League debut lasted five and a half innings Tuesday afternoon, as the Mets' recent signee was removed in the sixth inning after grounding out three times, making one putout in left field and crashing into the wall on another attempt. But it was an incident after the game ended -- when he comforted a fan who appeared to suffer a seizure -- that had people talking.
One of the looming questions facing the Mariners as they plot their offseason plans is this: Who will man first base in 2017 with both Adam Lind and Dae-Ho Lee heading into free agency? Daniel Vogelbach knows the situation. And he'd like to be that answer.
While the numbers may not show it, the Red Sox believe No. 1 prospect Yoan Moncada's time with the club during the final month of the regular season was beneficial for the 21-year-old.
We put together a list of the top hitting and pitching prospects for all 30 teams. Candidates were taken from each club's Top 30 Prospects list, with a combination of performance and prospect status taken into account. The end result is a list of 60 names that includes 28 prospects who are, or have been, on the overall Top 100 Prospects list this season. a part of the overall
In the final hours before the Trade Deadline in 2014, the D-backs acquired left-hander Anthony Banda and outfielder Mitch Haniger from the Brewers in exchange for outfielder Gerardo Parra. Banda and Haniger, ranked No. 2 and No. 23 on the D-backs' Top 30 Prospects list, were linked once again this year as they were named Arizona's pitching and hitting prospects of the year by MLB.com.
Tim Tebow is expected to be in the starting lineup for the Scottsdale Scorpions on Tuesday, the first day of the 2016 Arizona Fall League season.
The spotlight may shine on the Arizona Fall League more than ever in the prospect circuit's 25th season. Usually packed with phenoms, the league has even more blue-chip prospects than usual. And, as you may have heard, a certain Heisman Trophy winner will take the next step in his baseball development with the Scottsdale Scorpions.
Matt Thaiss is already making a name for himself in the Angels' farm system, as he was recognized by MLBPipeline.com as a Halos' 2016 Prospect of the Year in the player category.
MLBPipeline.com selected Isan Diaz and right-hander Brandon Woodruff as the Brewers prospects of the year.
Alex Bregman was named one of Houston's Prospects of the Year and Joe Musgrove was selected as MLBPipeline's Astros Pitcher of the Year.
MLBPipeline.com selected outfielder Dylan Cozens and right-hander Ben Lively as the Phillies Prospects of the Year.
Ryon Healy was named one of Oakland's Prospects of the Year and Daniel Gossett was selected as MLBPipeline's Athletics Pitcher of the Year.
MLBPipeline.com selected Amed Rosario and P.J. Conlon as the Mets prospects of the year.
Left-hander Stephen Gonsalves and outfielder Daniel Palka didn't have as much hype as other Twins prospects heading into the season, but both had breakout years and were rewarded by being named MLBPipeline.com's Twins Prospects of the Year.
This time last year, Josh Bell and Tyler Glasnow had a month's worth of Triple-A experience. Now, they're entering their first offseason as Major Leaguers with one more Minor League accolade.
Outfielder Jason Coats worked through 50 at-bats in 2016 during his Major League debut with the White Sox. Jordan Stephens has not yet reached that lofty big league level. But based on the work from the Stephens this past year, he might not be too far away from traveling the same path as Coats. Stephens and Coats were named White Sox Pitcher and Player Prospect of the Year according to MLBPipeline.com.
MLBPipeline.com selected outfielder Tyler O'Neill and right-hander Zack Littell as the Mariners prospects of the year.
MLB Pipeline named Harrison Bader the Cardinals' Hitting Prospect of the Year and Luke Weaver the team's Pitching Prospect of the Year.
Casey Gillaspie and Brent Honeywell put together exceptional seasons within the Rays organization in 2016. For their efforts, the pair has been named the Rays' Prospects of the Year by MLBPipeline.com.
A couple weeks after the Tigers named Christin Stewart and Joe Jimenez their organizational player and pitcher of the year, MLBPipeline.com honored the slugging outfielder and overpowering closer as their Tigers Prospects of the Year.
Gary Sanchez was named one of the Yankees' Prospects of the Year and Chance Adams was selected as MLBPipeline's Yankees Pitcher of the Year.
Third baseman Hunter Dozier and left-hander Matt Strahm have been named MLB Pipeline's Royals player and pitcher of the year.
For their accomplishments, Destin Hood and Luis Castillo have been named the Marlins' Position and Pitching Prospects of the Year, respectively, by MLBPipeline.com.
David Dahl was named one of the Rockies' Prospects of the Year and German Marquez was selected as MLBPipeline's Rockies Pitcher of the Year.
Dansby Swanson was named one of the Braves' Prospects of the Year and Patrick Weigel was selected as MLBPipeline's Braves Pitcher of the Year.
Indians top prospect Bradley Zimmer hasn't played much baseball over the past several days, but there was no apparent rust as he sprayed the ball all over the yard in the Arizona Fall League's fourth annual Hitting Challenge on Saturday night at Salt River Fields.
In a showcase of top talent from two organizations, Josh Naylor and the San Diego Padres prospects shined the brightest.
The 25th Arizona Fall League season will begin on Oct. 11, but fans can get a sneak peek at some top prospects on Saturday in the fourth annual Bowman Hitting Challenge.
Jonathan Mayo answers questions about the top reliever prospects in the Minor Leagues, whether Carson Fulmer or Carlos Rodon will be the White Sox's No. 2 starter and more in this week's Pipeline Inbox.
MLBPipeline.com breaks down how each of the postseason teams was built, looking at the composition of the projected Division Series rosters of the Blue Jays, Cubs, Dodgers, Giants, Indians, Mets, Nationals, Orioles, Rangers and Red Sox.
As a whole, the Mariners' stateside teams lead organized baseball with a cumulative .572 winning percentage, and two of those teams, the Rookie-level AZL Mariners and Double-A Jackson, won their league's titles. In fact, of all Seattle's affiliates, only its big league club failed to qualify for a postseason. In the wake of their system-wide success, the Mariners have decided not to field a team in the fall instructional league in Arizona this year and will instead host a series of mini-camp for players throughout the offseason.
Top prospects from the San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers will meet in a showcase game as part of the Arizona Instructional League programs for both teams on Friday.
The Phillies have started to make room on the 40-man roster in preparation for a potentially eventful offseason. They announced Friday afternoon that they outrighted infielder Emmanuel Burriss; right-hander Frank Herrmann, Dalier Hinojosa and Colton Murray; outfielder Jimmy Paredes; and left-hander Patrick Schuster to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
It was a tough year for the Tampa Bay Rays at the Major League level, as the club finished last in the American League East with a 68-94 overall record, the second-worst mark in the AL, and 25 games back of the division-winning Red Sox. Down on the farm, however, there were plenty of positives to take away from the season, and that trend has continued this fall in the Rays' instructional league, held annually in Port Charlotte, Fla., where the organization has been able to get a look at many of its top prospects under the same roof.
The Giants are back in the playoffs for the fourth time in the last seven years. Each of the previous three times, the club has gone on to win the World Series. This year, San Francisco tops all postseason clubs with 10 draftees on projected Division Series roster.
Lazaro "Lazarito" Armenteros is in Arizona, but the A's are taking their time getting him up to speed. The clubs' No. 11 prospect hasn't done any baseball activities in a month, so the A's are taking it slow, but first impressions have been positive.
The Cubs lived up to the hype during the regular season as the only team to win more than 100 games. Whether they can finish it off with the franchise's first World Series title since 1908, its first Fall Classic appearance since 1945, remains to be seen. Fourteen of 25 projected Division Series roster spots filled by trade acquisitions
Here's a look at how the Dodgers used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its postseason team.
After a trip to the postseason eluded the Nationals last season, the club rebounded in 2016 to win its third National League East title in five years, finishing with a 95-67 overall record and eight games ahead of the second-place Mets to secure home-field advantage in the NL Division Series. Washington's projected postseason roster highlighted by top Draft picks, big free-agent signings
One Reds prospect rebounded from an injury filled season to more than get back on the map. The other showed that he's right around the corner from reaching the Major Leagues. What outfielder Aristides Aquino and starting pitcher Amir Garrett have in common is they were named MLBPipeline.com's 2016 Reds Prospects of the Year.
The Pirates clearly had the old "you can never have too much pitching" adage in their collective heads when making trades during the season, and many of those new faces will be on display at instructs.
Whether it was the Draft, International signing period or the trade deadline, the Padres acquired a plethora of young talent throughout the year. A large contingent of that talent has now gathered at the team's facilities for instructional league play, and after looking around the room, team officials are excited for the future.
How Toronto used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its playoff team
The White Sox 2016 Draft looks promising, and many of those picks are getting extra work during instructional league. Of the 47 players on the White Sox instructional league roster, 21 were drafted in June.
Led by Rougned Odor and Nomar Mazara, the Rangers' 2011 international class proved crucial towards the team's success this season. Here's a look at how Texas used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its playoff team.
No doubt, Padres fans have spent the past few months envisioning top prospects like Cal Quantrill, Anderson Espinoza and Josh Naylor taking the field at Petco Park. On Friday, those high-ceiling youngsters get to do exactly that for the first time.
With nine homegrown players, 11 trade acquisitions and five free agents on their projected postseason roster, the Red Sox are an almost identical match for the average of the 10 playoff clubs. Where they stand out is that three different front-office executives deserve almost equal credit for assembling this year's club.
Outfielder Hunter Renfroe took home yet another Minor League honor, named as the club's hitting prospect of the year by MLB.com. Right-hander Dinelson Lamet was named the Padres' top pitching prospect in 2016.
The Pirates on Wednesday acquired right-hander Brady Dragmire from the Blue Jays for cash considerations, picking up a Minor League reliever who fits their ground-ball preference for pitchers.
Here's a look at how Cleveland used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its postseason team.
MLBPipeline.com is breaking down how each of the postseason teams was built. Behind every playoff team lies an equally successful player development department, the folks responsible for taking a recent draftee or signee and turning him into a big leaguer.
A year ago, the Mets turned a tremendous finish to the regular season into a deep postseason run, falling just short of the ultimate goal when they lost the World Series to the Kansas City Royals. They're back for another go at it, albeit not exactly in the way people may have anticipated. A blended use of Draft, trades, free agency and international signings lands N.Y. in postseason again
Mets left-hander Steven Matz underwent successful surgery Tuesday morning to remove a large bone spur from his left elbow, and he is expected to be ready for Spring Training, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.
Here's a look at how the Orioles used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its postseason team.
The Mets' X-factors this postseason, Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman could make the difference between a deep October run and an early exit.
Hunter Renfroe's first full week in the Majors culminated in the Padres' 24-year-old outfielder earning the final National League Player of the Week Award of the 2016 season.
With the 2016 regular-season standing final, the order for the 2017 MLB Draft is set. By finishing with the worst record in baseball, the Twins will have the No. 1 pick in the 2017 Draft. They'll be followed by the Reds, Padres, Rays and Braves.
To rebuild or not to rebuild? That is the question. If this opening line sounds familiar, it's because this exact topic has been tossed around for most of the second half of the season since the White Sox fell out of contention shortly after the All-Star break.
Tyler O'Neill was at Safeco Field on Saturday night to receive the first Ken Griffey Jr. Mariners Minor League Hitter of the Year award, soaking up the stadium he'd someday soon like to call his home.
After years of building up their Latin-American scouting operation, the Nationals are seeing promising results at all levels of the organization.
Pirates top prospect Tyler Glasnow, looking to cap a frustrating season with a positive finish, focused on shortening up his delivery Friday night. The end result was perhaps his best appearance in the Major Leagues, as he held the Cardinals to one run on one hit over five mostly efficient innings in Pittsburgh's 7-0 loss at Busch Stadium.