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With four members of the Padres' organization powering its offense Wednesday, Surprise took a three-run lead into the late innings against Salt River. Designated hitter Jace Peterson, shortstop Trea Turner and outfielders Hunter Renfroe and Mallex Smith combined for eight hits, three runs and three RBIs.
The Cardinals' Jacob Wilson came to the plate in the Fall League today with runners on first and third and a chance to complete a comeback. He didn't disappoint.
Sean Ochinko and the Mesa Solar Sox put up a crooked number in the sixth to beat the Scottsdale Scorpions, 7-5, at Scottsdale Stadium.
A Trade Deadline deal split up Addison Russell and Daniel Robertson, though they were reunited in the Arizona Fall League. They shared the shortstop position for three weeks on the Mesa Solar Sox before Russell left early. Robertson said while he was sad to lose Russell as a teammate, the trade heartened him because it showed Oakland believed he can stay at shortstop.
For Giants right-hander Hunter Strickland, 2014 has been a tale of two Major League seasons. One part of his season has been a dream. The other part has been more a nightmare.
The transition from college to professional baseball is supposed to come with bumps in the road, but don't tell that to Jake Reed. It's likely a rough patch will come, but so far, the Twins' fifth-round pick of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft is off to a great start in his first season as a professional.
In his first six games in the Arizona Fall League, standout D-backs prospect Kaleb Fleck tallied two saves and struck out 10 over 6 2/3 scoreless innings.
Outfielder Dalton Pompey headlines Toronto's talented group of prospects playing for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League.
Right-hander Tyler Glasnow headlines Pittsburgh's prospects playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League.
Hunter Renfroe entered Tuesday 4-for-32 with one run and no RBIs in his last nine games. Renfroe broke out of his skid against Scottsdale. He homered and doubled to lead Surprise to a 4-3 victory.
It was the kind of link nobody wants to make, but one few could avoid. On Sunday afternoon, when word spread of the tragic death of 22-year-old Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras, many within the Angels' organization undoubtedly thought back to 2009, when their young pitcher, Nick Adenhart, was killed in a car accident of his own.
Sam Tuivailala, the Cardinals' No. 13 prospect, struck out one batter and didn't allow a run or a hit in his one inning of work.
Astros prospect Vincent Velasquez missed two months during the regular season with a groin strain, but now he's 100 percent healthy and his results in the Arizona Fall League reflect it.
Kyle Zimmer, the Royals' No. 2 overall prospect and top pitching prospect, underwent exploratory surgery on his right shoulder on Tuesday.
Pirates prospect Joely Rodriguez was named the Arizona Fall League Pitcher of the Week after the left-hander went 2-0 in two starts across eight innings with a 1.13 ERA for the Scottsdale Scorpions.
Daniel Robertson is playing shortstop again, and is looking every bit the No. 1 prospect for the Athletics. In Week 3, Robertson earned the Arizona Fall League's Player of the Week honors.
Right fielder Steven Moya headlines Detroit's group of talented prospects honing their craft with the Glendale Desert Dogs this season in the Arizona Fall League.
Outfielder Jesse Winker headlines Cincinnati's group of talented prospects honing their craft in the Arizona Fall League with the Surprise Saguaros.
Right-hander Ben Klimesh intentionally walked Nick Ramirez and Darnell Sweeney lined a single to left field to drive in the go-ahead run. Glendale hung on to defeat Surprise, 6-5, in 11 innings.
Right-hander Kyle Zimmer, the Royals' No. 2 prospect, had his injured pitching shoulder evaluated on Monday by Dr. David W. Altchek in New York. Kansas City remains hopeful that Zimmer will avoid major surgery.
Byron Buxton, MLBPipeline.com's top-rated prospect, left Monday's Arizona Fall League game in the top of the ninth with an injury to the middle finger on his left hand. Buxton will sit out the remainder of the AFL schedule.
C.J. Edwards is working on a three-inning, 55-pitch limit in the Arizona Fall League, but so far he's making the most of his limited time on the mound. Edwards threw three hitless innings with one strikeout Monday as the Mesa Solar Sox and the Salt River Rafters were tied at three when the game was suspended after 11 innings.
Roman Quinn is known more for his blazing speed that grades out at the top of the scouting scale than his power. But he showed Monday in the Arizona Fall League that he has some pop too.
Power-hitting Yankees outfield prospect Aaron Judge has been selected to represent the East Division in the Arizona Fall League's Fall Stars Game, which can be seen at 8 p.m. ET on MLB Network and MLB.com on Nov. 1 at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz.
A trio of Pirates prospects have been chosen to participate in Saturday's showcase event of the Arizona Fall League, the 2014 Fall Stars Game.
Christian Bergman pitched his way to the Majors this year, and his good fortune continues in the Arizona Fall League, which on Monday named him as a member of the East Division squad for Sunday evening's Fall Stars Game.
The Pirates have scratched plans for catching prospect Tony Sanchez to undergo a pivotal Winter League education, a possible further indication of how difficult they think it will be to retain free agent Russell Martin.
Blue Jays outfielder Dalton Pompey and right-hander Roberto Osuna were named to the ninth annual Fall Stars Game for the Arizona Fall League on Monday afternoon.
Brian Ellington has been selected to represent the Marlins on the East Division squad in the Fall Stars Game on Saturday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Ariz. The East manager will be Andy Haines, the skipper of Miami's Triple-A New Orleans affiliate.
Steven Moya is not looking likely to have much of an offseason this winter. If it gives him a better shot at getting to the big leagues next season, it's a push that might pay off.
D.J. Peterson, the Mariners' first-round Draft pick in 2013, has been selected to play in the Arizona Fall League's Fall Stars Game on Saturday in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The D-backs recently added right-hander Enrique Burgos to their 40-man roster to protect him in the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Now it's up to him to prove the team made a wise move. Burgos is pitching for the Arizona Fall League's Salt River Rafters, and has pitched effectively early on.
A raw talent coming out of high school in Wyoming, outfielder Brandon Nimmo has worked hard to refine his game since the Mets made him the 13th overall pick of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. That effort was rewarded this season, as his potential was transformed into results and he reached Double-A Binghamton in the second half.
Playing for the Solar Sox this fall, 21-year-old Dan Vogelbach has showed off his patience at the plate. The Cubs' prospect is sharing Mesa's first-base job with Matt Olson (Athletics) and also getting some time at DH.
Trevor Story, the Rockies' No. 11 prospect, can't help but feel good about a year that saw him spend half of the season in Double-A at age 21. He's looking to help further his climb through the organization with his work during the Arizona Fall League season.
Aaron Judge, Greg Bird and Tyler Austin, all ranked among the Yankees' top prospects, lived up to the Bronx Bombers nickname in Scottsdale's 12-3 victory at Glendale. Each homered and scored two runs in the win.
A trio of Athletics prospects gave Oakland fans a glimpse of the future on Saturday as they led the Mesa Solar Sox to a comfortable 14-0 victory over the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League.
Hunter Dozier played DH and scored twice in the victory for the Javelinas on Saturday, and his two doubles raised his Arizona Fall League batting average to .184 through his first 13 games.
The Giants have enough faith in the right-handed hitting Andrew Susac, 24, to have placed the young rookie on the World Series roster. With only 95 Major League plate appearances in 35 regular-season games, Susac is capable of assisting behind the plate if needed.
After six postseason appearances, rookie southpaw Brandon Finnegan is beginning to look like an old pro, "like he's had five, seven years in the league," according to third baseman Mike Moustakas. But Finnegan admitted to feeling some jitters on Friday night in the Royals' 3-2 win over the Giants in Game 3 of the World Series.
After Peoria and starter Dylan Baker fell behind quickly Friday in Arizona Fall League action, the Javelinas were undeterred and scored nine unanswered runs to defeat the Solar Sox, 9-4. Cleveland catching prospect Tony Wolters helped guide five relievers through 8 2/3 scoreless innings after Baker's early exit.
So far, the greatest challenge in Patrick Kivlehan's baseball career has been finding a position. Kivlehan, the No. 6 prospect in Seattle's organization, has hit at every stop of the Minor Leagues and has made up for lost time spent playing football.
Pitching and defense ruled the day at Scottsdale Stadium on Friday, when the Surprise Saguaros narrowly earned a 2-1 victory over the Scottsdale Scorpions.
After a rough start to the Arizona Fall League, Archie Bradley's dominant arsenal of pitches finally came to life. The right-hander turned in his best performance of the AFL as the Salt River Rafters won their fifth straight game and defeated the Glendale Desert Dogs 8-1 on Friday afternoon.
The prospects discussed in this week's Inbox (or any, for that matter), just might be getting your favorite team to the Fall Classic in the near future. We'll kick things off with an Arizona Fall League question about Mark Appel, then spend some time in Atlanta and Chicago, finishing off with the start of the pipeline: the First-Year Player Draft.
Shortstop Corey Seager leads Los Angeles' talented crop of prospects playing for the Glendale Desert Dogs this season in the Arizona Fall League.
Kaleb Cowart is back in the Arizona Fall League this season -- he played on the Scottsdale Scorpions in 2012 -- to try to continue to build off lessons from adversity. Cowart is still ahead of the curve, age-wise: he won't turn 23 until next June, but he's hoping this fall's time with the Mesa Solar Sox can help him get back to moving up the ladder.
The Salt River Rafters collected their fourth straight win Thursday night, defeating Surprise, 5-3, in the fifth game to use the 20-second pitch clock. Marlins right-hander Anthony DeSclafani worked five innings for the win.
Cubs shortstop Addison Russell -- the fifth-ranked prospect in baseball -- saw his stint in the Arizona Fall League come to an abrupt end Thursday, but he made sure to leave a lasting impression.
Kaleb Cowart, the Angels fourth ranked prospect was off to a slow start in the Arizona Fall League, but broke out of his slump as he went 2-3 with a walk and a run scored.
Two Dodgers carried the Glendale Desert Dogs to victory on Thursday. Left fielder Scott Schebler delivered a solo home run in the second inning, and Corey Seager pushed home the decisive run with a third-inning double in Glendale's 2-1 victory over the Peoria Javelinas.
Pirates catching prospect Elias Diaz has all the tools of a major big league contributor behind the plate.
After converting from pitcher to infielder, Rays prospect Patrick Leonard could prove to be a major part of the James Shields trade from 2012 if he continues to develop his power.
Tim Anderson has moved faster than expected since the White Sox drafted him in the first round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. He also missed two months after an errant pitch fractured his right wrist in June, so he's in the Arizona Fall League to compensate for missed at-bats.
Add another name to the list of outstanding young infield prospects for the D-backs. Brandon Drury is determined to find himself a spot on the big league roster sooner rather than later.
There's no doubt that Kyle Schwarber can hit, but there were questions as to where he should play. Not anymore. After some intense lessons this summer, the Cubs want Schwarber to keep his focus on catching, and that's good news for their first-round pick.
After giving up just the 10th leadoff homer in World Series history, rookie Yordano Ventura did not allow it to faze him. Instead, the right-hander delivered 5 1/3 innings while limiting the Giants to two runs on eight hits to help the Royals earn a 7-2 win in Game 2 on Wednesday night.
What is the position plan for prospect D.J. Peterson? What is Justin Smoak's future with the Mariners? Beat reporter Greg Johns answers these questions and more in the latest Reader Inbox.
Max Kepler tripled and doubled, helping Salt River defeat Surprise, 9-2. With the victory, the Rafters improved to 10-3-1, becoming the first team to reach 10 wins this fall.
For five years, United States Naval Academy graduate Mitch Harris sailed around the world and watched his dreams of playing professional baseball grow even more remote than the exotic locales he visited. Now, he's back on the mound, weeks away from his 29th birthday and a level or two from the Major Leagues.
A leadoff man's role is to get on base and set the table for the middle of the order, a task Angels prospect Chad Hinshaw excelled at as he led the Mesa Solar Sox to a 9-3 victory over the Scottsdale Scorpions on Wednesday.
Darnell Sweeney, the No. 13 prospect in the Dodgers' farm system according to MLB.com, had four hits and four RBIs for the Glendale Desert Dogs on Wednesday in a 10-1 victory over the Peoria Javelinas.
Hitting is an art form and although it can be complex at times, Cal Towey, the No. 17 prospect in the Angels organization, is doing his best to simplify the process.
Outfielder Josh Bell, the Bucs' 2014 Minor League Player of the Year, has had his ups and downs while learning a new position this fall.
Anthony DeSclafani, the Marlins' No. 3 prospect, is spending his time with the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League working on the pitches he needs to complement his fastball while also making up for some lost innings.
The switch-hitting Roman Quinn has the chance to be a top-of-the-order catalyst if it all comes together for him. Still only 21, his injury track record hasn't forced him behind the curve just yet. Quinn headlines a class of seven Phillies prospects in the Arizona Fall League.
Kyle Wren, the Braves' No. 17 prospect, is one of seven Braves prospects continuing their baseball education in the Arizona Fall League.
Appel, the first overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, is hoping to continue his resurgence in the Arizona Fall League, where he is one of eight Astros playing for Salt River.
Perhaps more than any other farm system, the Rangers are teeming with toolsy, young position players. Outfielder Nick Williams is the most consistent hitter among them, but even he realizes he has more work to do before he's ready for the big leagues.
For six innings Tuesday, Glendale right-handers Francellis Montas and Parker Bridwell silenced Scottsdale's offense. Despite some wildness that led to two runs, the pair held the Scorpions hitless, allowing the Desert Dogs to open a four-run lead.
Addison Russell, the Cubs No. 2 prospect and the 11th overall pick in the 2012 draft, went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a home run.
Vincent Velasquez, ranked Houston's No. 8 prospect by MLB.com, allowed just one hit against a star-studded lineup for Peoria. The Javelinas had three of the top 100 prospects ranked by MLB.com in Tuesday's lineup, but Velasquez and three Salt River relievers held Peoria to just two hits for the day.
Victor Sanchez, one of the Mariners' top young pitching prospects, is off to a hot start in the Venezuelan Winter League. The 19-year-old right-hander out of Rio Chico, Venezuela, has posted a 2.00 ERA with the Leones del Caracas while allowing two earned runs on five hits with four walks and seven strikeouts in nine innings
It appears Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer could be out for an undetermined amount of time after earning the Arizona Fall League's Pitcher of the Week honors, as there is a possibility that he has re-injured his shoulder.
Up-and-coming Yankees first-base prospect Greg Bird was named the Arizona Fall League's Player of the Week, representing the Scottsdale Scorpions, on Monday. In four games, he hit .353, had a .421 on-base percentage, a .706 slugging percentage, a 1.130 OPS, two home runs, five RBIs, a pair of walks and three runs scored.
The longest stretch of baseball in 2013 first-round Draft pick Aaron Judge's life began when he reported to Yankees Minor League Spring Training in March. He played 131 regular-season games from April through August, then reported to instructional league in September. There's no rest in Judge's immediate future, because he's now in the Arizona Fall League, slated to play with the Scottsdale Scorpions through mid-November.
Want to get to the big leagues? You need to room with Cubs prospect Anthony Giansanti. Javier Baez, Eric Jokisch, Matt Szczur and Rafael Lopez all made their Major League debuts this season with the Cubs, and all are former Giansanti roomies. Logan Watkins, Mike Olt and the Marlins' Justin Bour also were in the big leagues, and also once shared living space with Giansanti.
Trea Turner watched last year's Fall Stars Game on MLB Network from North Carolina State as a student-athlete. The event made an impression on him, and Turner set a goal to play in the Arizona Fall League. Just a year later, the shortstop has made it to the prestigious league of rising stars.
After a 2014 season that saw him play in just 31 games because of injuries, Twins top prospect Byron Buxton is simply happy to be playing baseball. "It couldn't be a better feeling to be back out here, playing games and being healthy," he said about returning to the Arizona Fall League for a second straight season.
L.J. Mazzilli, a second baseman in the Mets organization, tripled and scored two runs Monday night in Scottsdale's 7-3 victory over Glendale at the Arizona Fall League.
Monday, Mark Appel, ranked No. 41 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, threw five scoreless innings to earn his first victory in the AFL, as Salt River defeated Peoria, 4-2.
Nick Williams made his entrance as an injury replacement in the third inning and later drilled a two-run home run to lead the Surprise Saguaros to a 6-5 win over the Mesa Solar Sox.
Raisel Iglesias, a highly touted Cuban right-hander signed by the Reds in June, made his first appearance stateside Monday when he pitched a scoreless inning in the Arizona Fall League.
It's not a typo, but it certainly seems like one at first glance. Michael De Leon isn't just the youngest player in history of the the Arizona Fall League, he's six years younger than his average teammate and a full decade younger than the oldest player on the team. De Leon, who won't turn 18 until January, isn't old enough to drive or vote in his native Dominican Republic, but he's finding sure footing among the best prospects in baseball.
Pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer injured his right shoulder in the Arizona Fall League, and the fear is that he has sustained the same injury that limited him to 4 2/3 innings in the Minors this season.
The Rays may look back at the 2014 season as the one when Justin O'Conner started to really "get it." The young catcher, taken at the end of the first round of the 2010 Draft, had a banner season in the Minors, reaching Double-A for the first time. Now, the AFL will give him the opportunity to work with different pitchers and catch a higher level of competition.
Slowed early in 2014 by an elbow strain, D-backs pitching prospect Archie Bradley had a solid recovery over the summer and he already has made three starts for the Arizona Fall League's Salt River Rafters. He is 0-2 with a 10.29 ERA, allowing 12 hits and six walks to go with six strikeouts in seven innings.
Cleveland top prospect Francisco Lindor's season was extended as Triple-A Columbus reached the International League playoffs, but the 20-year-old shortstop couldn't wait to get back to work.
Taijuan Walker was scratched from his scheduled Arizona Fall League start Saturday night and has decided not to pitch any more this offseason, though he is completely healthy, general manager Jack Zduriencik said Sunday.
Steven Moya, who hit .276 with 33 doubles and 35 home runs at Double-A this year, connected on his first home run of the Arizona Fall League on Saturday night. Orioles prospect Zach Davies scattered two hits across four innings, striking out seven and earning the victory for Glendale.
Archie Bradley -- the D-backs' top prospect and No. 9 overall -- is pitching in Arizona for the Salt River Rafters. He has posted a 10.29 ERA in three starts, but the right-hander said after his outing Saturday night that he's not discouraged by the results.
Jordan Smith's RBI double with one out in the 11th inning Saturday snapped Peoria's seven-game winless streak in the Arizona Fall League. Until turning around on the Javelinas' rally, however, the game had been a showcase of Pirates pitching prospects.
Deven Marrero knows he'll have to complement his superlative defense with enough offense in order to stick in a Major League lineup. He said improving at the plate is his primary goal with the Arizona Fall League's Surprise Saguaros.
In the third test run of the 20-second pitch clock at the Arizona Fall League, there were no violations of the time-saving measure as Peoria and Salt River played to an 11-inning, 3-3 tie Friday night. Twins prospect Eddie Rosario shined for Salt River, going 3-for-6 with two stolen bases.
Outfielder Scott Schebler has come into his own as a power hitter in the last two years, slugging 27 home runs at Class A in 2013 and leading the Double-A Southern League with 28 homers this year. On Friday night, Schebler connected for his first HR in the Arizona Fall League as Glendale held off Scottsdale, 6-5.
After a 5-3 victory Friday, the Mesa Solar Sox have won three in a row and are starting to hit their stride.
Based upon his brief 37-game history with the parent Arizona Diamondbacks, 24-year-old Jake Lamb played well enough to gain consideration to open the 2015 season as the team's starting third baseman.
While shortstop has been an unsettled spot in the Mets' lineup in recent years, the club is amassing remarkable depth at the position in the Minor Leagues.
Is there more depth, Minor League wide, at any particular position? Could left-hander Steven Matz crack the Mets' rotation in 2015? Jim Callis responds to fans' questions about the next crop of Major League talent.
First baseman Dan Vogelbach, the Cubs' No. 10 prospect, collected two hits and his first RBI on Thursday night, sparking the Mesa Solar Sox to a second consecutive victory over Peoria in the Arizona Fall League.
The Rafters, who had been shut down for the bulk of the evening, scored five runs in the eighth inning on their way to a 5-1 win Thursday night at Salt River Fields.
Patrick Kivlehan, the Mariners' No. 6 prospect, finished the game 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs and an RBI. He is hitting .292/.414/.750 in six games and is in a four-way tie atop the AFL leaderboard with three home runs.
Aaron Judge didn't have the big season the Tigers' Steven Moya had in '14, but MLB.com's Jim Callis says the Yankees prospect has a brighter future in the big leagues
With the evaluation of talent being in the eye of the beholder, finding consensus is often difficult. Even Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLBPipeline.com don't always see eye to eye, and in this edition of Pipeline Perspectives, they tackle big outfielders in the Arizona Fall League, with Mayo preferring Steven Moya of the Tigers.
During the fifth inning of Surprise's 13-11 win over Scottsdale on Wednesday, John Hicks replaced starting catcher Luke Maile. At the time, the Saguaros were up by five runs and seemed to be on the way to an easy victory. But the Scorpions didn't go quietly and scored five runs in the seventh to tie the game.
Fans can see the 20-second pitch clock and the other experimental rules in action again in the Arizona Fall League tonight, when Salt River hosts Glendale. The game, which begins at 9:35 p.m. ET, will be streamed live on MLB.com and MLBFallBall.com.
After dropping each of their past two games, the Mesa Solar Sox are back in the win column following a 5-2 win over the Peoria Javelinas on Wednesday.
As the 2014 Minor League season progressed, manager Clint Hurdle and GM Neal Huntington both went out of their way to heap props on catching prospect Elias Diaz, and he could have an impact on the Pirates in 2015.
Cubs No. 2 prospect Addison Russell, primarily a shortstop in the Minors, started at second base this week with the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League.
Entering Tuesday, Glendale hadn't won in a week. Since its victory on Opening Day in the Arizona Fall League last Tuesday against Mesa, it had endured a rainout, a three-game losing streak and a tie after 11 innings against Peoria on Monday. Glendale snapped out of its doldrums Tuesday night, combining solid pitching with an explosive offense to rout Peoria, 9-0.
When Major League Baseball announced its new Pace of Game Committee, Tuesday night's Arizona Fall League contest between the Surprise Saguaros and the Salt River Rafters that lasted two hours, 14 minutes may have been exactly the type of game it was envisioning.
The Salt River Rafters were credited with a 1-0 victory over the Surprise Saguaros on Tuesday night in the Arizona Fall League, but the win may as well have gone to the Houston Astros organization. Astros prospects Mark Appel -- the 46th-ranked prospect by MLB.com and the No. 2 prospect in the Astros organization -- and Andrew Aplin led the way with strong pitching and timely hitting.
Roman Quinn, the Phillies' No. 5 prospect, finished Tuesday's game 2-for-6. He is hitting .200/.286/.200 in six games this fall.
Once-heralded prospect Edward Salcedo is perhaps the most intriguing Atlanta representative playing in the Arizona Fall League, and he is joined by right-hander Aaron Northcraft (Braves No. 14 prospect) and outfielder Kyle Wren (No. 17).
Pitching for the Salt River Rafters, Twins prospect Jake Reed earned the AFL's Pitcher of the Week honor for the league's opening week. He picked up a win against the Scottsdale Scorpions and a save against the Glendale Desert Dogs. He has given up no runs on two hits with a walk and five strikeouts in three innings.
Yankees first-base prospect Greg Bird has raised eyebrows with his left-handed power, earning the team's Minor League Player of the Year honor in 2013 and posting strong numbers in '14.
Whether Jesse Winker reaches a similar pinnacle as the legendary New York Yankee who he models himself after remains to be seen. But the Reds prospect is off to a good start, having been selected as this season's first AFL Player of the Week.
Matt den Dekker's offensive contribution will be important to him and the Mets going forward, but his outstanding Gold Glove Award-caliber defense and above-average speed can be the most useful tools on a roster balanced with outfielders who hit for more power.
After his big league debut in August, Trevor May continued to take the ball as part of the Twins' rotation. He finished the season with nine starts in 10 appearances. With some mechanical adjustments, the 25-year-old righty could be headed toward great things.
Tyler Glasnow's Arizona Fall League debut last Tuesday didn't go according to plan. Glasnow, the Pirates' No. 1 prospect, returned to the mound Monday night and fared much better, throwing three scoreless innings as Scottsdale defeated Mesa, 2-1.
Kyle Zimmer's 2014 season was essentially lost as he recovered from tendonitis and a lat injury, but the right-hander is healthy for the Arizona Fall League and on Monday night it certainly showed. Zimmer, who pitched just 4 2/3 innings in rookie ball this past season, was brilliant as the Peoria Javelinas and Glendale Desert Dogs finished 11 innings before the 2-2 game ended in a tie.
Buxton, an outfielder in the Twins organization, put his entire arsenal of tools on display Monday as he led the Salt River Rafters to a 7-4 victory over the Surprise Saguaros.
For the upcoming offseason, you now are White Sox general manager Rick Hahn. And one major question to be dealt with centers on what should be done with shortstop Alexei Ramirez.
Nick Howard has had a whirlwind of a year. He spent his junior year as the closer for the University of Virginia, was drafted by Cincinnati in the first round, transitioned to a starter in the Minors and is now playing against top competition in the AFL.
The Padres recently concluded their annual Instructional League in Arizona, a three-week program aimed at individual improvement for some of the top prospects in the Minor League system.
Atop the Marlins' offseason shopping list is a starting pitcher. The market will determine their options, but an ideal candidate would be a left-hander to offset a predominantly right-handed unit.
With five picks in the first 100 selections of the First-Year Player Draft, the D-backs were busy in the early rounds of this year's event. They used all five of their top picks on players from the high school ranks, injecting several high-ceiling prospects into the organization.
Matt Olson's home runs powered Mesa to a 6-3 victory against Peoria. The victory snapped the Solar Sox's three-game losing streak to open the season.
While many of his Salt River teammates got to rest during September between the end of the Minor League season and the start of the Arizona Fall League, right-hander Anthony DeSclafani was busy working out of the Marlins bullpen. He pitched in six games, ending the season with 5 1/3 scoreless innings over five appearances.
Cardinals reliever Seth Maness tossed two scoreless innings and came away impressed -- again -- with how well Marco Gonzales, the team's first-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, handled himself in high-leverage situations in the club's 3-0 loss to the Giants in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series on Saturday.
Matt Reynolds, the Mets' No. 20 prospect, finished the game 3-for-5 with a double and two runs to go with his homer. After starting the Arizona Fall League 0-for-7, the 23-year old shortstop said he has started to feel better.
Yankees outfield prospect Aaron Judge provided a two-run double and scored in an eighth-inning rally as Scottsdale topped Glendale on Friday in Arizona Fall League action.
For the second time in the young Arizona Fall League season, Saguaros manager Delino DeShields filled out his lineup card with Deven Marrero, Sean Coyle and Rusney Castillo, all members of the Red Sox organization, at shortstop, second base and center field, respectively.
Salt River quickly turned a pitchers' duel into a rout. They scored 11 runs on eight hits and five walks against three pitchers in the inning and went on to defeat the Javelinas, 12-2. After an Opening Day loss to Scottsdale, Salt River has won three games in a row.
If towering slugger Steven Moya is going to have a chance to make the jump to Detroit next year, his Arizona Fall League campaign will likely play a role in bridging the developmental gap.
The move of the Rockies' lanky, switch-hitting prospect Rosell Herrera from the infield to center field switched into high gear during the Rockies' recent fall instructional program, and manager Walt Weiss likes the early results.
With the Arizona Fall League getting underway earlier this week, MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo answers a quartet of AFL-related questions in this week's Inbox.
Francisco Lindor wasted no time sparking Peoria's offense Thursday. The Indians' top prospect led off the bottom of the first inning with a double off Scottsdale starter Ryan O'Sullivan. Five batters later, the Javelinas had four more doubles and four runs on the scoreboard.
Brewers Minor League Player of the Year Clint Coulter will continue his transition to a new position in the prestigious Arizona Fall League.
After rehabbing a right shoulder strain for nearly four months at the Cubs' complex in Mesa, prospect C.J. Edwards, 23, eventually rejoined Double-A Tennessee to finish the season, and he is trying to make up for lost innings in the Arizona Fall League.
Right-hander Mark Appel, ranked No. 41 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, tossed three scoreless innings Wednesday for Salt River, striking out two and allowing a hit and a walk. Brandon Drury and Peter O'Brien, the D-backs' Nos. 6 and 7 prospects, each hit a home run to power the Rafters to a 6-3 victory.
Third baseman Brandon Drury led off a six-run fourth inning Thursday with a homer, kick-starting the Salt River Rafters' offense en route to a 7-3 victory over the Mesa Solar Sox. Drury joins fellow D-backs prospect Peter O'Brien as the only players with multiple home runs through three games in the Arizona Fall League.
Outfielder Hunter Renfroe, the 13th overall pick in the 2013 Draft and the Padres' No. 4 prospect, has gotten off to a hot start in the Arizona Fall League. On Thursday night, he went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run to help lead Surprise to a 7-4 victory at Glendale.
Making his Arizona Fall League debut Wednesday, Jesse Winker homered and doubled to help lead Surprise to an 8-2 victory at Peoria.
Wednesday's meeting between Mesa and Glendale at Cubs Park was postponed due to rain, marking the first rainout in the Arizona Fall League since 2011.
With Archie Bradley and Tyler Glasnow on the mound as Salt River hosted Scottsdale on Opening Day in the Arizona Fall League, the final game of the day was expected to be a pitchers' duel. But after early exits for both power pitchers, both of whom are the top prospect in their organizations, power bats took over the game Tuesday. Led by Yankees prospects Greg Bird and Tyler Austin, Scottsdale outslugged Salt River, 7-4.
A year ago, instant replay was tested in the Arizona Fall League and then implemented in the 2014 regular season. This time around, initiatives developed by Major League Baseball's Pace of Game Committee will be tried on for size.
The Opening Day matchup between Peoria and Surprise on Tuesday began with a much anticipated pitchers' duel between Kyle Zimmer and Taijuan Walker. But the hard-throwing right-handers had long since given way to the bullpen when third baseman Hunter Dozier came to the plate in the eighth inning.
Steven Moya's impactful season at the plate continued Tuesday on Opening Day in the Arizona Fall League. Moya collected three hits and drove in three runs, both game highs, as Glendale defeated Mesa, 9-3.
Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo did not make his Arizona Fall League debut on Tuesday as his Surprise Saguaros dropped a 5-4 decision to the Peoria Javelinas. It was simply a manager's decision that kept Castillo out of the lineup, but the 27-year-old is looking forward to racking up at least 100 at-bats during his time out West.
Taijuan Walker threw four innings of one-run ball and fellow Mariners prospect Patrick Kivlehan homered as the Surprise Saguaros opened the Arizona Fall League with a 5-4 loss to the Peoria Javelinas on Tuesday in Surprise, Ariz.
Deciding to be careful with upper back and shoulder pain that showed up during his final 2014 start, Rockies right-hander Eddie Butler pulled out of his planned Arizona Fall League assignment after meeting with the club's training staff.
Ask Eddy Alvarez what sort of professional baseball player he envisions becoming, and the 5-foot-9, 175-pound switch-hitter smiles and defers his response to a later date.
Colin Moran became an Astro this season, and Houston is impressed with what they've seen from the prospect at their instructional league.
Blue Jays left-hander Daniel Norris underwent arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday morning to remove bone spurs and loose bodies from his left elbow. The organization's No. 1 prospect should be ready for Spring Training in February.
Jim Callis believes that the Surprise Saguaros are the Fall League roster he most wants to watch. Mariners pitcher Taijuan Walker is part of the reason.
Jonathan Mayo believes that the Salt River Rafters are the Fall League roster he most wants to watch. Part of that reason is the presence of baseball's top prospects, Byron Buxton.
No one doubts Joey Gallo's power. In 2014, he finished second in the Minors with 42 homers while reaching Double-A at age 20. Gallo's defensive skills, however, are more in question. So the Rangers exposed him to other positions during his three weeks in instructional league.
When you are a fast-rising ballplayer, you don't get to rest on your laurels. You don't get to rest, period. Thus, Tyler Glasnow will be back on the mound Tuesday night, pitching for Scottsdale under the Arizona palms, 39 days after doing his thing for Bradenton under the Florida palms.
Over its 23-year history, the Arizona Fall League has developed a reputation as a finishing school for baseball's top prospects. This year, once again, many of the game's best young players will gather in the desert, hoping to prove themselves in the same league that helped catapult Derek Jeter, Dustin Pedroia and Mike Trout to stardom.
Taijuan Walker is scheduled to pitch the opening game of the Arizona Fall League season on Tuesday for the Surprise Saguaros as the young Mariners right-hander gets some extra work in after missing the first half of 2014 with shoulder problems.
Facing sure-thing National League Cy Young Award winner and potential league MVP Clayton Kershaw for the first time, in what happened to also be his first postseason at-bat, Randal Grichuk blasted a Kershaw curveball into the left-field seats to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead in the first inning of Game 1 of the NL Division Series on Friday.
The Rays have been much more active on the international signing front in recent years, and they were aggressive once again this past summer, surpassing their pool by 75 percent. Time will tell if it was money well spent, but the Rays liked what they saw in many of their international players who were in Florida for instructional league play, which wrapped on Friday.
After a disappointing first full professional season in 2013 that saw injuries limit him to 70 games, Clint Coulter bounced back in a big way this year. He played in 126 games at Cass A Wisconsin and hit 22 home runs, tying him for both the Midwest League home run crown and the franchise's single-season record.
The Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau hosts a two-week, invitation-only scouting school. The program, taking place in Phoenix, is in the middle of its 30th session of the past 41 years.
Eric Jagielo missed two months of his first full pro season with a strained oblique, so the Yankees planned to send him to the Arizona Fall League to make up for some lost at-bats. But that plan was scuttled when the third baseman was hit in the face by a pitch in an instructional league game Sunday.
Here's a look at how the Baltimore Orioles used the Draft, trades, free agency and international signings to build its postseason team.
Seeing a member of his Draft class make a postseason impact fuels Marlins prospect Tyler Kolek's desire to reach the big leagues. For now, though, Miami is not rushing a raw talent who has the makings to be a future ace.
Blue Jays outfield prospect Anthony Alford has decided to stop playing football and will pursue a career in baseball on a full-time basis.
Two young relievers are giving the Twins hope for a loaded bullpen in the future. J.T. Chargois, a second-round Draft pick in 2012, and Jake Reed, a fifth-round pick in 2014, have been showing off their power and command at Twins instructional league.
Experimental pace of game initiatives will be game-tested during play at the 2014 Arizona Fall League, Major League Baseball announced on Wednesday.
Rookie Brandon Finnegan helped the Royals do something they hadn't done in 29 years -- celebrate a postseason victory -- by pitching 2 1/3 clutch frames in extra innings of a scintillating 9-8 walk-off triumph in 12 over the A's in the American League Wild Card Game at Kauffman Stadium.