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Prospects Archive

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  • 11/26/2015 | Scouting profile: Adam Engel

    Right-handed-hitting centerfielder Adam Engel was a three-time All Conference baseball player at Loveland (Ohio) High School. He hit .537 his senior year with 25 stolen bases. A very good athlete, he also played high school football and basketball.

  • 11/25/2015 | Hinshaw fine-tunes approach in Fall League

    Developing into a Major League-caliber hitter can be a long, arduous process, so some of the smaller adjustments can fly under the radar. But when a player takes as big a step forward as Chad Hinshaw did this season, people certainly notice.

  • 11/25/2015 | Fall League offers training ground for more than just players

    As pitches are thrown, bases are run and balls are hit, Cris Jones stuffs a fresh wad of chew in his gums and observes from a suite atop Salt River Fields.

  • 11/25/2015 | 2016 Draft order

    The complete order of the 2016 Draft, which will be held on June 9-11.

  • 11/25/2015 | Scouting profile: Raimel Tapia

    Upside. Potential. Call it what you will, that's left-handed hitting outfielder Raimel Tapia. He has outstanding upside. He is a very good athlete with pop in his bat that exceeds his thin 6-foot-2, 160-pound frame.

  • 11/24/2015 | Rockies get pitcher from White Sox for Kahnle

    Right-hander Yency Almonte, a 21-year-old who pitched Class A ball for the White Sox last year, was acquired by the Rockies on Tuesday in a trade for right-hander Tommy Kahnle.

  • 11/23/2015 | Ranking prospects showcased in desert

    While there weren't as many elite prospects in the Arizona Fall League as the previous two seasons, there still was plenty of intriguing talent.

  • 11/23/2015 | Piscotty named Cards' Minor League POY

    The Cardinals on Monday named outfielder Stephen Piscotty their Minor League Player of the Year while selecting both right-hander Alex Reyes and lefty Austin Gomber as their Minor League Pitchers of the Year.

  • 11/23/2015 | Scouting profile: Lucas Sims

    Right-handed pitcher Lucas Sims has been a huge Atlanta Braves fan all his life. His parents took him to Turner Field when he was only four years old, and he has been a life long supporter. Today, he wears the organizational uniforms of his favorite team.

  • 11/23/2015 | Scouting profile: Mike Yastrzemski

    Not many young men have the great Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski as their high school hitting coach. Mike Yastrzemski did.

  • 11/23/2015 | Inbox: Could Phillies part ways with Howard?

    Will Ryan Howard be back with the Phillies in 2016? Could the club's surplus of young talent hinder its ability to reach long-term deals in the future? Beat reporter Todd Zolecki has answers in the Inbox.

  • 11/23/2015 | Chance encounter paying off for Mets' Regnault

    The golf course isn't exactly the place one would expect a dream of playing for an MLB team to come to fruition. However, for pitcher Kyle Regnault of the New York Mets, that is exactly what happened.

  • 11/23/2015 | Black determined to succeed as a reliever

    A pep talk from Ryan Dempster helped Cubs prospect Corey Black deal with the switch from starting pitcher to reliever. Black could find out in a few weeks whether other teams feel he's ready for the big leagues.

  • 11/23/2015 | Crew's Arcia among those thriving in Winter Leagues

    Now in his second tour of the VWL, Orlando Arcia has picked up where he left off during the regular season, batting .417 with 10 hits and six runs through his first six games for Caribes de Anzoategui. Here's a look at some of the other top prospects currently making waves in the offseason winter leagues.

  • 11/20/2015 | MLB Pipeline's 2015 All-Arizona Fall League Team

    As the Arizona Fall League's six-week season concluded with Saturday's championship game, names its All-AFL Team, highlighted by Yankees catching prospect Gary Sanchez and rebounding Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar.

  • 11/23/2015 | 10 breakout prospects from 2015 Fall League

    Every year, without fail, less-heralded prospects excel -- and sometimes outperform -- their more famous counterparts in the Arizona Fall League. Here are 10 prospects who left Arizona standing a bit taller than they did when they arrived.

  • 11/22/2015 | KC's Mondesi sees action with Licey in Miami

    Raul Mondesi, the Royals' No. 1 prospect and the only player to make his MLB debut in the World Series, is not just on the fast track, but the 20-year-old shortstop also continues to carve out his own unique path.

  • 11/22/2015 | Sources: Dodgers ink pair of Cuban prospects

    The Dodgers have come to terms with two top Cuban prospects. According to industry sources, outfielder Yusniel Diaz, 19, ranked No. 3 on's Top 30 International Prospects list, and second baseman Omar Estevez, 17, have agreed to a bonuses worth $15.5 and $6 million, respectively.

  • 11/21/2015 | Giants prospects cogs on Fall League title team

    Christian Arroyo and Mac Williamson became more than just a lethal three-four punch in a lineup during their time in the AFL.

  • 11/21/2015 | Hader leads list of prospects who shined in Fall League title game

    No pitcher boosted his stock during this Arizona Fall League season more than Brewers left-hander Josh Hader, who leads Jim Callis' list of prospects who impressed in Saturday's AFL championship game.

  • 11/21/2015 | Twins at the heart of Fall League championship

    The Scottsdale Scorpions earned the 2015 Arizona Fall League championship, beating the Surprise Saguaros, 6-4, on Saturday thanks in large part to the performance of several Minnesota Twins prospects.

  • 11/21/2015 | Web gems, miscues abound in title game

    The full spectrum of defensive play was on display in Scottsdale on Saturday in the Arizona Fall League championship game, which the Scottsdale Scorpions won, 6-4, over the Surprise Saguaros.

  • 11/21/2015 | Team effort lifts Scottsdale to Fall League title

    The best prospects in baseball have finally taken their last bows of the season. The Scottsdale Scorpions capped off the latest Arizona Fall League campaign with a championship, and they earned a 6-4 victory over Surprise in Saturday's title game by virtue of a total team effort.

  • 11/21/2015 | Rivera earns Fall League's Stenson Award

    Yadiel Rivera of the Brewers had quite the Saturday. In addition to leading off and starting at shortstop for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League championship game, which the Scottsdale Scorpions won, 6-4, Rivera was named the winner of the Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award prior to the title game.

  • 11/21/2015 | Engel earns Fall League MVP, batting crown

    Although his team, the Glendale Desert Dogs, wasn't on the field at Scottsdale Stadium on Saturday for the Arizona Fall League championship game, White Sox outfield prospect Adam Engel was there to accept two awards, including the Joe Black Most Valuable Player Award.

  • 11/20/2015 | Giants add eight pitchers to 40-man roster

    Focusing exclusively on pitchers, the Giants purchased the contracts of five right-handers and three left-handers from Minor League affiliates to fill their 40-man roster Friday.

  • 11/20/2015 | Rule 5 preview: 10 prospects eligible for Draft

    The deadline has passed, the roster decisions have been made. Let the Rule 5 Draft prep commence. Here's a quick look at 10 intriguing prospects who are eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings on Dec. 10.

  • 11/20/2015 | Crew protects top prospect from Rule 5 Draft

    Top Brewers prospect Orlando Arcia was among three players added to the club's 40-man roster on Friday, the deadline to protect eligible players from next month's Rule 5 Draft.

  • 11/20/2015 | Cubs protect 4 prospects from Rule 5 Draft

    The Cubs selected the contracts of pitcher Pierce Johnson, catcher Willson Contreras, infielder Jeimer Candelario and first baseman Dan Vogelbach from Double-A Tennessee on Friday and added them to the 40-man roster, which now has 37 players.

  • 11/20/2015 | Axford among four DFAed by Rockies

    Veteran reliever John Axford was designated for assignment by the Rockies on Friday amid a flurry of roster moves to set their 40-man roster prior to the Rule 5 Draft deadline.

  • 11/18/2015 | Teams set 40-man rosters in advance of Rule 5 Draft

    They are decisions every Major League organization has to make this time of year. There are only so many open spots on a 40-man roster, and every November, teams have to decide which Minor League prospects deserve one of those coveted slots.

  • 11/20/2015 | Prospect Garcia among 4 added to Marlins' roster

    Lefty Jarlin Garcia, rated by as the Marlins' No. 2 prospect, was among four pitchers added to the club's 40-man roster before Friday's 8 p.m. ET deadline.

  • 11/20/2015 | Royals protect Starling, Zimmer from Rule 5

    The Royals added former first-round MLB Draft picks right-hander Kyle Zimmer and outfielder Bubba Starling to their 40-man roster, thus protecting them from exposure to the Rule 5 Draft next month.

  • 11/20/2015 | Yanks add Barbato, Davis, Gamel to 40-man

    The Yankees added three players to their 40-man roster on Friday, thus protecting right-handers Johnny Barbato and Rookie Davis and outfielder Ben Gamel from next month's Rule 5 Draft.

  • 11/20/2015 | Cotton, Stripling added to 40-man roster

    The Dodgers on Friday added right-handed pitchers Jharel Cotton and Ross Stripling to the 40-man roster, protecting them from next month's Rule 5 Draft. They are the Dodgers' No. 15 and No. 22 prospects, respectively, according to

  • 11/20/2015 | White Sox place Brennan on 40-man roster

    The White Sox added right-handers Brandon Brennan and J.B. Wendelken to their 40-man roster, as Friday was the deadline to protect players from December's Rule 5 Draft.

  • 11/20/2015 | Naquin among 5 protected from Rule 5 Draft

    Including heralded prospect Tyler Naquin, the Indians added five young players to their 40-man roster on Friday. The moves protected them from exposure to next month's Rule 5 Draft.

  • 11/20/2015 | Twins protect 7 prospects from Rule 5 Draft

    With Friday's deadline to add players to the 40-man roster to protect them from December's Rule 5 Draft, the Twins added outfielder Adam Brett Walker and pitchers Taylor Rogers, J.T. Chargois, Pat Dean, Mason Melotakis, Randy Rosario and Yorman Landa to their Major League roster.

  • 11/20/2015 | Phillies protect trio from Rule 5 Draft

    The Phillies protected three players from the Rule 5 Draft before Friday's 8 p.m. ET deadline. They added outfielder Roman Quinn and right-handers Jimmy Cordero and Edubray Ramos to the 40-man roster. If they had not been placed on the roster, they could have been selected in next month's Rule 5 Draft in Nashville, Tenn.

  • 11/20/2015 | Padres sign righty Vargas after claiming Pinto

    San Diego announced the signing of right-handed reliever Cesar Vargas to a Major League deal for 2016, giving the club another potential option late in games. The club also claimed 26-year-old catcher Josmil Pinto from the Twins and added top prospects Manuel Margot and Jose Rondon to the 40-man roster.

  • 11/20/2015 | Legends of the Fall: Top prospects play for title

    The Arizona Fall League season concludes with today's title game between Surprise and Salt River at 3 p.m. ET on MLB Network and

  • 11/20/2015 | Tigers protect top prospect Fulmer from Rule 5

    The Tigers protected their recently replenished young pitching ranks from potential poaching in the Rule 5 Draft, adding top prospect Michael Fulmer, lefty Jairo Labourt and reliever Montreal Robertson to their 40-man roster.

  • 11/20/2015 | Rays add Snell, 5 others to 40-man roster

    The Rays completed a busy day on Friday by announcing they have added six players to their 40-man roster, thereby meeting Major League Baseball's deadline for teams to set their 40-man rosters.

  • 11/19/2015 | Reds add 3 pitching prospects to roster

    A Reds pitching prospect was among three additions made Thursday to the club's 40-man roster to protect the players from being exposed to next month's Rule 5 Draft. Robert Stephenson, the organization's No. 2 prospect, along with fellow right-handed pitchers Sal Romano (No. 17) and Stephen Johnson joined the big league roster for the first time.

  • 11/19/2015 | Manaea dominates in final Fall League start

    Sean Manaea tied a bow on his impressive Arizona Fall League campaign with one last dominant outing. After a nine-strikeout performance in his last start, the Mesa Solar Sox left-hander fanned seven batters Thursday in a 5-1 loss to Glendale.

  • 11/19/2015 | Tilson leads Saguaros to victory on final day

    The final day of the Arizona Fall League's regular season had a Cardinal stamp affixed to it. Three St. Louis prospects -- Charlie Tilson, Patrick Wisdom and Michael Ohlman -- combined for two home runs and five RBIs in a 7-4 victory for Surprise over Peoria on Thursday afternoon.

  • 11/19/2015 | Braves add Smith, Gant to 40-man roster

    The Braves added center fielder Mallex Smith and right-handed pitcher John Gant to their 40-man roster on Thursday afternoon. By doing so, they ensured that neither of these players will be eligible for the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 10.

  • 11/19/2015 | Freeland ends AFL season with fourth straight win

    Finishing the season strong and entering the offseason with momentum is always a goal, and it's exactly what Rockies prospect Kyle Freeland was able to accomplish.

  • 11/19/2015 | Naquin among prospects eligible for Rule 5 Draft

    Tyler Naquin's steady and successful ascent in the Indians' Minor League system has put him on the cusp of reaching the big leagues. The next step in Naquin's journey to Cleveland is expected to arrive on Friday, when teams face the deadline for protecting exposed players from the annual Rule 5 Draft.

  • 11/19/2015 | Cards add Diaz, Kiekhefer, Tilson to roster

    The Cardinals on Thursday made three roster moves in advance of Friday's deadline to protect players from being plucked in the Rule 5 Draft. The Cards purchased the contracts of shortstop Aledmys Diaz and left-hander Dean Kiekhefer from Triple-A Memphis and added outfielder Charlie Tilson from Double-A Springfield.

  • 11/19/2015 | Tigers face roster decisions for Rule 5 Draft

    While the Tigers continue their search for Major League pitching to add to their roster, they have some decisions to make on their pitching prospects ahead of next month's Rule 5 Draft.

  • 11/19/2015 | Twins eye prospects to protect from Rule 5 Draft

    With the deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft looming on Friday at 10:59 p.m. CT, the Twins have some tough decisions to make on who to add to their 40-man roster, with seven spots currently open.

  • 11/19/2015 | Braves top Draft pick Allard has 2nd back surgery

    It didn't take long for the Braves to be reminded of the risk that was taken when they selected Kolby Allard with the 14th overall pick in this year's Draft. The talented 18-year-old pitcher is recovering from his second back surgery in less than a year.

  • 11/19/2015 | Who will Royals protect from Rule 5 Draft?

    The Royals recently added outfielder Jose Martinez to the 40-man roster, knowing he would have to be protected from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. And now the Royals have to make several additional moves to protect prospects.

  • 11/19/2015 | Scouting profile: Jeimer Candelario

    It's simply amazing how many very good prospects have populated the Chicago Cubs Top Prospects lists the past couple seasons. Of course, several of them have become household names at the big league level.

  • 11/19/2015 | Pipeline Inbox: Who's the best hitter in the '16 Draft?

    Who has the best bat in the 2016 Draft, and who has the most upside? Jim Callis answers those questions and more in his Pipeline Inbox.

  • 11/18/2015 | Travis plates 2 as Scorpions silence Peoria

    It was just another night at the ballpark for a pair of Red Sox prospects that continue to dominate their way through the Arizona Fall League.

  • 11/18/2015 | Starling gaining steam with solid AFL season

    Outfielder Bubba Starling, the fifth overall pick of the 2011 Draft and considered a disappointment until recently, keeps inching closer to the big leagues. Starling, the Royals' No. 5 prospect, recently completed a solid season in the Arizona Fall League, posting a .759 OPS with four homers and 10 RBIs to go along with his defense that general manager Dayton Moore has described as "Major League ready" right now.

  • 11/18/2015 | Profar notches two hits in Saguaros victory

    Jurickson Profar, formerly the top-ranked prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline, has missed most of the last two years due to a shoulder injury, but he's used his time in the Arizona Fall League to get back into the flow

  • 11/18/2015 | Johnson leads Mesa to win with 1-run outing

    Pierce Johnson didn't start the Arizona Fall League with the prettiest numbers, but the Cubs prospect twirled a pair of gems in his final two outings.

  • 11/18/2015 | Yanks willing to develop talent, curtail spending

    The 2015 season represented to Hal Steinbrenner what he envisioned for years: that the Yankees could compete with a roster not built largely around big-ticket free-agent signings.

  • 11/18/2015 | Brewers deal K-Rod to Tigers for INF prospect

    A Brewers sell-off that began under former general manager Doug Melvin continued Wednesday under new GM David Stearns, who traded All-Star closer Francisco Rodriguez to the Tigers for 20-year-old infield prospect Javier Betancourt and a player to be named.

  • 11/18/2015 | Scouting profile: Dominic Smith

    It's a bit ironic that both the Mets Dominic Smith and the Blue Jays first base prospect Rowdy Tellez are playing for the same Salt River Rafters team in the Arizona Fall League.

  • 11/18/2015 | Phils see plenty of potential in 16-year-old Ortiz

    In the future, the Phillies imagine a hulking corner outfielder in the middle of their lineup, hitting home runs like Ryan Howard in his prime. But Jhailyn Ortiz is a long way away from the Majors.

  • 11/18/2015 | Who will Cardinals protect from Rule 5 Draft?

    The deadline to protect players from being plucked in the Rule 5 Draft arrives on Friday, leaving the Cardinals with some imminent decisions that will affect their roster flexibility and risk of losing Minor League players next month.

  • 11/17/2015 | Mariners' Rollins finishing strong in AFL

    The Arizona Fall League wraps up play on Thursday, and lefty reliever David Rollins continues his strong finish for the Peoria Javelinas as he looks to enhance his chances of returning to the Mariners' bullpen in 2016.

  • 11/17/2015 | Asuaje expects Padres to be a 'great fit'

    Carlos Asuaje hasn't been a member of the Padres for even a week, yet the infielder has become a fast fan of his new organization.

  • 11/17/2015 | Fisher fuels offense as Glendale tops Surprise

    Derek Fisher came through with a few timely hits and let the pitching staff take care of the rest Tuesday as Glendale defeated Surprise, 4-1, at Camelback Ranch.

  • 11/17/2015 | Arroyo playing beyond his age in Arizona

    Giants shortstop prospect Christian Arroyo has the hobbies of an average 20-year-old, but his life certainly doesn't match up with that of his peers.

  • 11/17/2015 | Bostick drives in 2 as Rafters stay in race

    Even in the Arizona Fall League, the prospects watch the scoreboard. Chris Bostick, the No. 23 prospect in Washington's organization according to MLB Pipeline, had a big game in Salt River's 4-2 victory over Mesa on Tuesday, but he was more concerned with the playoff race.

  • 11/17/2015 | Asuaje hits first homer as Scorps stop skid

    Carlos Asuaje has yet to formally meet any of his new teammates, but he used his bat to introduce himself on Tuesday.

  • 11/17/2015 | AFL batting leader Engel rounds out his game

    Adam Engel's .397 average entering Tuesday ranked No. 1 against Arizona Fall League pitching well above the level of competition he's seen at Class A Advanced in the Carolina League, and that gives the 23-year-old White Sox prospect great confidence that he's moving in the right direction toward the Majors.

  • 11/17/2015 | Bautista among prospects thriving in winter leagues

    There were high expectations for Rafael Bautista headed into the 2015 season.

  • 11/17/2015 | 10 to watch in 2016 Rookie of the Year races

    Carlos Correa and Kris Bryant were announced as the winners of 2015 Rookie of the Year Awards on Tuesday night, but there's no better time to look ahead to a year from now.

  • 11/17/2015 | Engel named Arizona Fall League Hitter of the Week

    Glendale Desert Dogs outfielder Adam Engel of the Chicago White Sox has been named Arizona Fall League Player of the Week after another strong set of games at the plate. He went 6-for-16 (.375) and hit his first home run of the Fall League season.

  • 11/17/2015 | A's Manaea named AFL Pitcher of the Week

    Mesa Solar Sox left-handed pitcher Sean Manaea of the Oakland Athletics was named Arizona Fall League Pitcher of the Week following his standout performance in his start against the Scottsdale Scorpions on Friday.

  • 11/17/2015 | Cuban prospect Vargas, legendary father defect

    Legendary Cuban baseball player Lazaro Vargas and his son, top infield prospect Miguel Vargas, have left the island, according to industry sources, and are currently in an undisclosed location.

  • 11/16/2015 | Royals reach extension with Triple-A Omaha

    The Kansas City Royals on Monday announced a two-year extension with the Omaha Storm Chasers, their Triple-A affiliate. The agreement extends the partnership through the 2018 season, continuing the longest active affiliation at the Triple-A level and third-longest in the Minor Leagues.

  • 11/16/2015 | Wisdom drives in four as Saguaros clinch West

    Patrick Wisdom went 2-for-5 with a double and four RBIs Monday as Surprise defeated Scottsdale, 7-3, to clinch first place in the Arizona Fall League West division as well as a spot in Saturday's Championship game.

  • 11/16/2015 | Hernandez named Braves' Minors pitching coordinator

    After spending portions of the past two decades serving as a pitching coach for four Major League clubs, Chuck Hernandez now finds himself overseeing the impressive crop of pitching prospects the Braves have assembled.

  • 11/16/2015 | Beck making strides after right elbow surgery

    Five months after injuring his right ulnar nerve, White Sox prospect Chris Beck is almost two weeks into recovery from a procedure. Instead of missing 12 to 16 months if Tommy John surgery were necessary, the 25-year-old hopes to be back to work by mid-December.

  • 11/16/2015 | Scouting profile: Sean Manaea

    After beginning at South Central Junior-Senior High School in Union Mills, Indiana, the big, strong 6-foot-5, 235-pound Sean Manaea moved to Andrean High School In Merrillville, Indiana.

  • 11/15/2015 | Top pick Happ honors dad for cancer research

    The University of Cincinnati baseball team is raising awareness and funds for cancer research in memory of the father of Cubs Draft pick Ian Happ. Keith Happ passed away from cancer on Oct. 27 at age 58.

  • 11/15/2015 | Diaz leads charge in Surprise's wild 6-5 win

    The Arizona Fall League is where top MLB prospects get to confirm their pedigrees, or learn new tricks. And those below the radar can come here to get discovered. All three elements were in play Saturday night, in the Surprise Saguaros' 6-5 victory in 10 innings over Salt River on an emotional Military Appreciation Night at Salt River Fields.

  • 11/14/2015 | Hinshaw drills two-run double in Solar Sox win

    Chad Hinshaw -- the Angels' 13th-ranked prospect, according to -- turned in another solid performance Saturday, batting 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs as his Solar Sox bested the Scottsdale Scorpions 5-1 in Mesa, Ariz.

  • 11/14/2015 | Camargo notches three hits in Javelinas victory

    Johan Camargo had not had a hit since November 6th. He entered that day on a five-game hitting streak Arizona Fall League, before he suddenly found himself mired in a 0-for-17 slump. He broke out of his funk Saturday, serving as a catalyst to help lead Peoria to a 4-3 victory over Glendale.

  • 11/14/2015 | Manaea strikes out nine in dominant outing

    Few pitchers in the Minor Leagues can succeed primarily with their fastball like Sean Manaea can. His heater was in fine form Friday night and he rode it to one of the top pitching performances in the Arizona Fall League this season.

  • 11/13/2015 | Padres restock farm system with Kimbrel trade

    A year ago, Padres general manager A.J. Preller made big offseason waves by going all in for 2015 with a series of moves to bring in big league talent. He's at it again, this time in reverse.

  • 11/13/2015 | Padres deal Kimbrel for 4 Red Sox prospects

    A little more than seven months ago, the Padres pulled a stunner, trading for All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel less than 24 hours before Opening Day. On Friday, the Padres pulled off another surprising move, as they dealt Kimbrel to the Red Sox for four Minor League prospects.

  • 11/13/2015 | Which prospects will Pirates add to 40-man?

    While they will continue to monitor the free-agent market and evaluate their trade options, the Pirates have a few decisions to make regarding their own roster over the next week.

  • 11/13/2015 | Reds' Blandino rakes in Fall League win

    Alex Blandino, the No. 7 prospect in Cincinnati's organization, rapped three hits and notched three RBIs in Peoria's 6-3 victory over Glendale on Friday. Blandino had a two-run triple and an RBI single in the victory, and he raised his average in the Fall League to .204.

  • 11/13/2015 | Fall League contest live on tonight

    Fans who tuned in to's live coverage of Arizona Fall League action Wednesday saw Mariners left-hander James Paxton hurl four innings and a trio of Padres prospects combine for eight hits as the Peoria Javelinas edged the Salt River Rafters, 6-5.

  • 11/13/2015 | Rockies' Freeland continues to roll in Fall League

    Kyle Freeland allowed just one run and five baserunners in 5 2/3 innings, and he has gone 3-0 with a 0.92 ERA since his rough introduction to the Fall League.

  • 11/13/2015 | Trade shows Braves committed to building around arms

    Braves general manager John Coppolella knows that his club scored the fewest runs in the Majors this past season and the second-fewest in 2014. Still, over the course of the past year, he focused on using the big bats he had -- Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Evan Gattis -- to create what now stands as baseball's top crop of prospect pitchers.

  • 11/13/2015 | Hernandez aiding Lopez's growth in AFL

    After the D-backs acquired catching prospect Oscar Hernandez in the 2014 Rule 5 Draft, the 22-year-old Venezuelan knew he wouldn't know many teammates when he reported for Spring Training the following February in Scottsdale.

  • 11/13/2015 | Twins looking to move Sano to outfield spot?

    With Torii Hunter retiring and outfielder Aaron Hicks being traded to the Yankees for catcher John Ryan Murphy, the Twins appear to be getting more serious about moving Miguel Sano to the outfield in the short term next season.

  • 11/13/2015 | With bevy of prospects, Klentak sees possibility

    Matt Klentak finished his first General Managers Meetings this week in Boca Raton, Fla., setting up his first Winter Meetings next month in Nashville.

  • 11/13/2015 | Scouting profile: Sam Travis

    Sam Travis has soared through the Red Sox development program. In parts of two seasons, he has reached Double-A and has compiled a .310 career batting average in 848 plate appearances. The right-handed hitting Travis is No. 11 on the Red Sox Top 30 Prospects list.

  • 11/13/2015 | Qualifying offers will reshape 2016 Draft

    There were 20 players headed toward free agency who were given a qualifying offer to stay with their old club, a record number. As Friday's 5 p.m. ET deadline approached, a player accepted the offer for the first time in history, and another seemed close to signing a two-year deal with his team.

  • 11/13/2015 | Fisher's three-run shot sets tone in AFL win

    Derek Fisher's sweet left-hander swing made him a supplemental first-round pick in 2014 and helped bash 22 homers in his first full pro season. But it hadn't translated into much in the way of Arizona Fall League production until Thursday night.

  • 11/13/2015 | Baldoquin's path unclear after Simmons trade

    When the Angels signed Roberto Baldoquin out of Cuba last December, the hope was that he would be ready to take over as their everyday shortstop by the start of the 2017 season. Now, after the Halos traded for Andrelton Simmons, the path is uncertain.

  • 11/12/2015 | Johnson rebounds with strong Fall League start

    Pierce Johnson might have scuffled during his first five starts in the Arizona Fall League, but things clicked for the right-hander on Thursday as he scattered five hits over five scoreless innings as Mesa fell to Peoria, 1-0.

  • 11/12/2015 | Angels land Simmons in deal with Braves

    The Angels acquired Andrelton Simmons, arguably the game's best defensive shortstop, from the Braves on Thursday. In exchange, the Braves will receive veteran shortstop Erick Aybar along with the Angels' top two prospects, pitchers Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis.

  • 11/12/2015 | Aybar among haul from Angels for Simmons

    The Braves traded shortstop Andrelton Simmons to the Angels early Thursday evening, receiving veteran shortstop Erick Aybar, the Angels' top two prospects -- left-hander Sean Newcomb and right-hander Chris Ellis, Minor League catcher Jose Briceno and $2.5 million.

  • 11/12/2015 | Crew's Hader aces in Fall League victory

    Josh Hader was brilliant in his first Fall League start Thursday, allowing two hits and one walk over four scoreless innings as Surprise defeated Scottsdale, 3-1, at Scottsdale Stadium.

  • 11/12/2015 | Bucs prospect Meadows leaves AFL squad

    Pirates center field prospect Austin Meadows was removed from his Arizona Fall League team's roster on Thursday morning for "personal reasons," according to a Pirates official.

  • 11/12/2015 | Black aims to move past injuries with increased velocity

    All the projections said Ray Black wouldn't pitch with the same velocity after his shoulder surgery and those projections were right. However, they didn't account for the possibility Black would come back throwing harder than ever.

  • 11/12/2015 | Pipeline Inbox: AFL prospects bring intrigue

    The Arizona Fall League is in the homestretch, but there's still plenty of interest in who's playing there. As a result, the first three questions in this week's Inbox cover AFL participants. After that, we cover an interesting lefty prospect vs. lefty veteran comparison as well as a sneak peek at who might be coming from the Far East.

  • 11/12/2015 | Padres party: Trio of San Diego prospects power Peoria

    The Padres future was on full display in Arizona Fall League action on Wednesday night and a trio of prospects did not disappoint.

  • 11/11/2015 | Travis and Lin lead Scottsdale offense in AFL

    Scottsdale (16-7) increased its lead in the Arizona Fall League East division Wednesday, beating Glendale 7-5 at Camelback Ranch. The Scorpions' offense featured strong performances by a pair of Red Sox prospects.

  • 11/11/2015 | Marlins' Dean provides spark in Fall League win

    Austin Dean appears to be handling everything just fine in the Arizona Fall League, as his efforts helped the Mesa Solar Sox snap a three-game losing streak with a 7-5 win over the Surprise Saguaros.

  • 11/11/2015 | Forearm tightness ends AFL stint for Bundy

    Orioles No. 2 prospect Dylan Bundy will not make another start in the Arizona Fall League, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Wednesday at the General Managers Meetings in Boca Raton, Fla.

  • 11/11/2015 | Scouting profile: Nick Travieso

    In the first round of the 2012 Draft, the Cincinnati Reds selected Nick Travieso out of Archbishop McCarthy High School in Southwest Ranches, Fla.

  • 11/11/2015 | Reinheimer continuing evolution in Fall League

    When the Arizona Diamondbacks traded Mark Trumbo to Seattle, they got three top prospects in return from the Mariners. One of those prospects was Jack Reinheimer, now with the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League.

  • 11/11/2015 | Which Cuban players are headed for the bigs?

    An estimated 100 players have left Cuba in search of a Major League contract in the last 12 months. How many of those players will sign with a big league club is up for debate. What's certain is that the once powerful Serie Nacional, the island's top league, has been depleted by the defections from its top players over the last few years.

  • 11/11/2015 | Slater extends hitting streak in Fall League win

    It took Austin Slater some time to find his rhythm, but once the Giants' prospect figured everything out, he's been a tough out in the Arizona Fall League.

  • 11/10/2015 | Scouting Profile: Clint Frazier

    I first wrote about Clint Frazier in September 2013. In my "First Look" piece on Frazier I mentioned the strength of his hands, forearms and wrists. If anything, he may have gotten even stronger now, two years later.

  • 11/10/2015 | Fall League game live on tonight

    Fans who tuned in to's live coverage of Arizona Fall League action Tuesday saw former top prospect Jurickson Profar hit an opposite-field, three-run home run as the Surprise Saguaros slugged their way to a 10-3 win over the Mesa Solar Sox.

  • 11/10/2015 | D-backs acquire Herrmann in trade with Twins

    The D-backs acquired catcher-outfielder Chris Herrmann from the Twins on Tuesday in exchange for first baseman/outfielder Daniel Palka.

  • 11/10/2015 | Twins acquire Palka in trade with D-backs

    The Twins have made upgrading at catcher one of their top priorities this offseason, and they cleared space for that to happen on Tuesday by trading backup catcher Chris Herrmann to the D-backs for Minor League outfielder/first baseman Daniel Palka.

  • 11/11/2015 | Jannis revives career using knuckleball

    With his career hanging in the balance, Mets prospect Mickey Jannis made a decision to reinvent himself as a pitcher -- a decision that gave him a new opportunity and possibly saved his career.

  • 11/10/2015 | Nats' Simms stingy in Fall League start

    Nationals right-hander John Simms continued his strong Fall League campaign Tuesday with five innings of one-run ball as Salt River beat Peoria, 2-1.

  • 11/10/2015 | Rangers' Profar goes yard in Fall League action

    Jurickson Profar missed the entire 2014 season and played in just 12 games in '15, while Ian Clarkin missed the entire '15 season. However, both players are back on the field and were instrumental in Surprise's 10-3 win over Mesa on Tuesday.

  • 11/10/2015 | Rangers' Brinson rolling in offseason leagues

    Lewis Brinson hasn't skipped a beat since arriving in the Caribbean, batting .313 with at least one hit in each of the three games he's played for Indios de Mayaguez. His lone extra-base hit in that span was a home run, which came in his first game with the club.

  • 11/09/2015 | Engel stays hot, leads Desert Dogs in victory

    Adam Engel has strung together five straight multi-hit games, has a six-game hitting streak and leads the Arizona Fall League with a .420 batting average.

  • 11/10/2015 | Brewers' Hader named AFL Pitcher of the Week

    Surprise Saguaros left-handed pitcher Josh Hader of the Milwaukee Brewers has been named Arizona Fall League Pitcher of the Week for his solid performance in two relief outings.

  • 11/10/2015 | Fall League matinee live on today

    Last Saturday, baseball fans everywhere got to see the best the Arizona Fall League had to offer in the annual Fall Stars Game. Tuesday's Mesa-Surprise game affords the opportunity to see many of those Fall Stars again, as well as many other teams' top prospects in action.

  • 11/10/2015 | Reds' Ervin named AFL Hitter of the Week

    Peoria, Ariz.-Peoria Javelinas outfielder Phillip Ervin of the Cincinnati Reds has been named Arizona Fall League Hitter of the Week.

  • 11/09/2015 | Rangers' Wolff tosses five scoreless in Fall League

    After missing the entire 2015 season, Sam Wolff is rounding into form in the Arizona Fall League. The Rangers' right-hander was sharp Monday in his fifth Fall League start, allowing one hit over five scoreless innings as Surprise and Peoria battled to a 4-4 tie in 11 innings.

  • 11/09/2015 | Boston's Travis launches walk-off in AFL action

    Just as Sam Travis continues to heat up, so do the Scottsdale Scorpions. Travis sent his teammates into a frenzy with a three-run walk-off homer as Scottsdale topped Salt River, 10-8, in 11 innings.

  • 11/09/2015 | Reyes suspended 50 games for positive drug test

    Cardinals righty and top prospect Alex Reyes, who was projected to crack the Major League roster at some point in 2016, will have that arrival delayed after being hit with a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

  • 11/09/2015 | Should prospect Anderson make jump to bigs?

    During the upcoming weeks, will take a look at a series of questions that could change the White Sox future, both immediate and long term. The first installment looks at Tim Anderson as the team's potential shortstop.

  • 11/09/2015 | Bundy scratched from AFL start with forearm tightness

    Orioles No. 2 prospect Dylan Bundy was scratched from Monday's Arizona Fall League start with right forearm tightness and is considered day to day for now.

  • 11/09/2015 | Scouting Profile: Lewis Brinson

    Lewis Brinson is a lanky 6-foot-3, 170-pound center fielder in the Texas Rangers organization. In 2012, he was a first-round selection in the Draft coming out of Coral Springs (Florida) High School. Brinson is the fourth-ranked prospect in the Rangers' system by

  • 11/09/2015 | Pinder balances Arizona Fall League and schoolwork

    After a long day of workouts and an Arizona Fall League game, most prospects look for a way to relax and unwind. Chad Pinder, however, hits the books.

  • 11/09/2015 | Inbox: Sanchez to be on Yanks' roster in '16?

    Will Gary Sanchez be with the Yankees next season? Beat reporter Bryan Hoch answers that question and more in the latest Inbox.

  • 11/08/2015 | Manaea dazzles for West in AFL Stars Game

    As Sean Manaea watched the World Series, he was occasionally struck by the thought, "The Royals couldn't be doing this without me."

  • 11/08/2015 | Hey now, you're a Fall Star: Prospects make splash in AFL

    Gary Sanchez' power bat and strong arm earned the catcher a $3 million bonus when the Yankees signed him out of the Dominican Republic in 2009. Both of those impressive tools stood out during the Arizona Fall League's annual Fall Stars Game on Saturday night.

  • 11/08/2015 | Sanchez keeps AFL Star honors with Yanks

    As if the New York Yankees didn't already have enough traditions, the Bronx Bombers now have another: Fall Stars Bowman Star of the Game in the AFL's Fall Stars Game.

  • 11/08/2015 | Dean stars in AFL tilt with inside-the-park HR

    It wasn't much of an opening, but enough for Marlins prospect Austin Dean to run through it ... and keep running.

  • 11/07/2015 | Trio of homers powers West to Fall Stars Game win

    Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, Pirates outfielder prospect Austin Meadows and Reds prospect Alex Blandino all hit two-run homers as the West Division slugged its way to an 8-3 win over the East in the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game at Salt River Fields on Saturday.

  • 11/07/2015 | Walker drives Scorpions to win with big game

    Adam Brett Walker II went 2-for-3 with a double and four RBIs on Friday night as Scottsdale defeated Salt River, 5-4, to move into first place in the Arizona Fall League East division.

  • 11/06/2015 | Farmer leads Desert Dogs to narrow victory

    Kyle Farmer knows he should be exhausted, but he keeps finding another gear. Farmer, a catcher and third baseman in the Dodgers' organization, is thriving during his first run in the Arizona Fall League, and he made an impression with a home run and four RBIs in Glendale's 7-6 victory over Mesa Friday.

  • 11/06/2015 | Blue Jays in AFL: Tellez leads way with bat

    A 30th-round Draft pick in 2013 out of Elk Grove (Calif.) High, Rowdy Tellez made strides at the plate in 2014 between the Rookie-level Appalachian League and the Class A Midwest League, setting the stage for what would be a breakthrough campaign this past season.

  • 11/06/2015 | Cards' Weaver deals in Fall League victory

    Some of the top arms in this year's Arizona Fall League were on display Friday afternoon at Salt River Fields, but none were more impressive than right-hander Luke Weaver. The Cardinals' No. 8 prospect allowed two hits over four scoreless innings, striking out a pair, as Surprise defeated Peoria, 6-1. Of the 62 pitches Weaver threw in the outing, 38 went for strikes.

  • 11/06/2015 | Hammy strain ends Contreras' time in AFL

    Cubs prospect Willson Contreras will miss the rest of the Arizona Fall League season after suffering a mild left hamstring strain running to first base on Thursday.

  • 11/06/2015 | Royals add outfielder Martinez to 40-man roster

    The Royals have activated outfielder Jose Martinez from Triple-A Omaha and added him to the 40-man roster.

  • 11/06/2015 | Hot prospects compete in all-star event tonight

    The highlight of the Arizona Fall League is the Fall Stars Game, which features many of the best prospects in the developmental circuit. Past participants include Andrew McCutchen, Buster Posey, Eric Hosmer, Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor and Corey Seager.

  • 11/06/2015 | AFL stint over for Reed due to soreness

    The Brewers cut short outfielder Michael Reed's Arizona Fall League stint because of right hamstring and knee soreness, ending what was a breakthrough season for the 22-year-old.

  • 11/06/2015 | Twins turn page to life after Hunter in outfield

    With Torii Hunter officially out of the mix after his retirement, the Twins have to decide whether to add a veteran outfielder to replace Hunter this offseason or to stick with their young core of Eddie Rosario, Aaron Hicks and Byron Buxton.

  • 11/06/2015 | Zastryzny allows one hit in five scoreless frames

    Rob Zastryzny's first season in Double-A might not have gone as he had hoped, but the left-hander is making noticeable strides in the Arizona Fall League.

  • 11/06/2015 | Mariners in AFL: Peterson enjoying second tour

    After a frustrating season in the Minor Leagues, D.J. Peterson is looking to get back on track in his second tour of the Arizona Fall League

  • 11/05/2015 | Yanks' Fowler delivers in consecutive AFL games

    For the first time this Arizona Fall League season, Dustin Fowler got to play in consecutive games. And for the second straight day, he delivered for the Surprise Saguaros.

  • 11/05/2015 | Tigers' prospect Jones gets 50-game suspension

    Tigers prospect JaCoby Jones' rise up the organizational ladder is halted. The shortstop received a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Thursday after a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

  • 11/05/2015 | Pirates in AFL: Meadows getting valuable work

    After playing in just 93 games his first two seasons as a pro, former top pick Austin Meadows is making up for lost time in 2015.

  • 11/05/2015 | Royals in AFL: Starling shows significant progress

    Much as he did in his first three years as a pro, Bubba Starling struggled in his initial visit to the Arizona Fall League. And just as he exhibited significant progress in the Minors in 2015, the Royals outfielder has done the same in his return to Arizona.

  • 11/02/2015 | Fall Stars Game rosters flush with elite talent

    On any given day this fall, fans can head to an Arizona Fall League game and see some of the best talent Minor League Baseball has to offer. On Saturday, the AFL gives everyone the chance to do some one-stop shopping, courtesy of the 10th annual Fall Stars Game.

  • 11/04/2015 | Cardinals' Wisdom delivers walk-off 1B in AFL

    Patrick Wisdom played the part of the hero for Surprise on Wednesday afternoon, delivering a walk-off single to complete a dramatic six-run comeback in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 9-8 win against Glendale at Salt River Fields.

  • 11/04/2015 | Tigers' Kubitza tosses four hitless innings in AFL

    Tigers prospect Austin Kubitza has pitched well throughout his stint in the Arizona Fall League, but Wednesday's start was his best yet. The right-hander threw four no-hit innings as he led the Scottsdale Scorpions to a 8-2 win over the Peoria Javelinas at the Peoria Sports Complex.

  • 11/04/2015 | Rockies' Tapia hits inside-the-park homer in Fall League

    Raimel Tapia didn't hit for the cycle, but when that's the lone negative, it was a pretty good day at the plate. The No. 8 prospect in the Rockies' system went 4-for-4 as the Salt River Rafters beat the Mesa Solar Sox, 12-6, at Sloan Park on Wednesday afternoon.

  • 11/04/2015 | Candelario and Rivera voted into Fall Stars Game

    Infielders Jeimer Candelario of the Cubs and the Brewers' Yadiel Rivera earned inclusion in Saturday's Fall Stars Game in fans' Final 2 Vote for the Arizona Fall League's showcase midseason event.

  • 11/04/2015 | Athletics in the AFL: Manaea's stock surging after trade

    When Sean Manaea ultimately reaches the Major Leagues, people will point to his acquisition by the Oakland Athletics this past season as the turning point in the lefty's promising career.

  • 11/04/2015 | Yanks part ways with relievers Martin, Bailey

    The Yankees cut ties Wednesday with right-handers Chris Martin and Andrew Bailey, each of whom pitched sparingly out of the bullpen for the club this past season.

  • 11/04/2015 | Brinson not done developing after impressive AFL stint

    Lewis Brinson, the Rangers' No. 4 prospect, had a solid run in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .300 over 11 games. Brinson is continuing to develop as he makes his way up Texas' farm system.

  • 11/04/2015 | Redbirds in AFL: Cards crew led by league's top prospect

    Cardinals top prospect Alex Reyes, 21, breezed through his first three outings in the Arizona Fall League, but he ran into trouble in his fourth.

  • 11/03/2015 | Fields, Guerrero provide power in Fall League win

    The Blue Jays' prospect contingent was in full force Tuesday at Salt River Fields as Roemon Fields and Emilio Guerrero combined for four hits and five RBIs in Salt River's 6-2 win over Glendale.

  • 11/03/2015 | Reds' Ervin drives in six runs in Fall League win

    Phillip Ervin, the No. 11 prospect in Cincinnati's farm system according to MLB Pipeline, delivered a grand slam and six RBIs in Peoria's 14-5 win over Mesa on Tuesday.

  • 11/03/2015 | Arcia named Breakout Prospect of the Year

    Brewers shortstop prospect Orlando Arcia on Tuesday was named Breakout Prospect of the Year by, the latest honor bestowed upon the 21-year-old Venezuelan.

  • 11/03/2015 | Royals' Starling goes deep in Fall League win

    Bubba Starling and the Surprise squad jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as it snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-0 win over the Scottsdale Scorpions on Tuesday.

  • 11/03/2015 | Tigers decline Nathan's option

    The Joe Nathan era with the Tigers officially ended Tuesday, when the team declined the injured closer's $10 million option for next season and added pitching prospect Luis Cessa to the 40-man roster in his place.

  • 11/03/2015 | Ravenelle, Gerber named to Fall Stars Game

    While the Tigers begin their offseason quest to restock their Major League talent, they'll have a chance to watch prospect reliever Adam Ravenelle and outfielder Mike Gerber in the Arizona Fall League's Fall Stars Game on Saturday night.

  • 11/03/2015 | Angels in the AFL: Adams reunites with hitting coach

    Caleb Adams hasn't seen much playing time in the Arizona Fall League, starting just two games per week as a member of the Mesa Solar Sox taxi squad.

  • 11/03/2015 | Contreras has come a long way as a catcher

    The best catcher in the Cubs organization didn't start catching until he was bored one day. Willson Contreras was taking part in instructional league activities in the Dominican Republic and saw some catcher's gear on the floor. He put it on, and went down to the bullpen "just for fun."

  • 11/03/2015 | Reds' Travieso named Fall League Pitcher of the Week

    Reds prospect Nick Travieso, a right-handed pitcher for Peoria, has been named Arizona Fall League Pitcher of the Week. Travieso allowed just two runs and struck out nine over nine innings and two starts.

  • 11/03/2015 | Giants' Arroyo named Fall League Hitter of the Week

    San Francisco Giants infield prospect Christian Arroyo of the Scottsdale Scorpions was named Arizona Fall League Player of the Week after the third week of games.

  • 11/02/2015 | Rotation could use boost in Hot Stove season

    The Rockies have two stars in outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and third baseman Nolan Arenado, who is beginning his big earning years this winter as he enters arbitration eligibility. The club has solid players all around the diamond -- and a big hole at starting pitching.

  • 11/02/2015 | Scouting profile: Rowdy Tellez

    When Rowdy Tellez was still in his mother's womb he did an awful lot of kicking, moving around and squirming. Consequently, before he was born, his grandmother began calling him "Rowdy." Twenty years later, Ryan Tellez is still known as Rowdy.

  • 11/02/2015 | Twins' Rogers throws four scoreless in AFL win

    Alex Reyes might have drawn the crowd on Monday afternoon at Salt River Fields, but it was Taylor Rogers who stole the show.

  • 11/02/2015 | Reds' Ervin rakes in AFL victory

    After a rough 2014 campaign, Reds prospect Phillip Ervin bounced back in 2015, and has continued to do so in the Arizona Fall League.

  • 11/02/2015 | Jays' Tellez flaunts power in Fall League win

    Power has always been a big part of Rowdy Tellez's skillset, and the Toronto prospect is making that apparent in the Arizona Fall League.

  • 11/02/2015 | Bundy hurls perfect inning in return in AFL action

    Dylan Bundy's return to the mound went about as well as anyone could have hoped. The right-hander, making his first start since May 21, threw one perfect inning for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League on Monday afternoon.

  • 11/02/2015 | Nationals in AFL: Ward embraces opportunity

    Drew Ward has been challenged by the Washington Nationals at every stage of his young career. So, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the team's No. 11 prospect was one of eight players chosen by the organization to participate in this year's Arizona Fall League.

  • 11/02/2015 | Phillies in AFL: Knapp aims to improve defensively

    It would be difficult to overstate how important statistical analysis has become in how decisions in baseball are now made. Every so often, however, something happens that seemingly defies what the numbers say.

  • 11/02/2015 | A's Ravelo among top prospects making noise in Winter Leagues

    Rangel Ravelo ranks among the league leaders in most offensive categories including average (.510), on-base percentage (.636), slugging (.902), walks (21) and RBIs (21) through 19 games for Cardenales de Lara. On top of that, he's also tied for the league lead in home runs (five) and total bases (46).