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Everything to know about Spring Breakout

Tickets, special rules and more as Minor Leaguers take big stage
@SamDykstraMiLB
February 15, 2024

One of the great joys of the annual All-Star Futures Game is the chance to put some of the game’s top prospects on one field in the middle of the summer and let them show off the tools that make them the future of baseball. But what if instead of

The Show Before the Show: Episode 298

RailRiders president Adams discusses Triple-A delay, alt site preparations
March 5, 2021

Check out the latest episode of The Show Before the Show, MiLB.com's official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review "Minor League Baseball podcast" on iTunes. The podcast is also available via Spotify,

Roundup: Twins taking Lewis, Larnach to camp

Braves also invite Top-100 talents Waters, Langeliers to Florida
@SamDykstraMiLB
February 15, 2021

The Twins are taking a pair of Top-100 prospects to Major League camp this spring. No. 17 overall prospect Royce Lewis and No. 80 Trevor Larnach received non-roster invitations to Spring Training on Monday, Minnesota announced. Fellow Top-100 prospects Alex Kirilloff (No. 26) and Jordan Balazovic (No. 97) will already

Roundup: Top quartet among Mets' camp invites

Alvarez, Mauricio, Allan, Baty all heading to Port St. Lucie
@jtbloss
February 13, 2021

The Mets were one of the most active teams this offseason, making a series of signings and trades to infuse their roster with veteran talent. Still, though, there will be a youth movement when camp opens later this month. All four of New York’s Top 100 Prospects -- No. 48

Roundup: Giants invite Luciano, Ramos to camp

Padres, Orioles also bringing Top-100 talents to Spring Training
@SamDykstraMiLB
February 12, 2021

Joey Bart made his Major League debut during the shortened 2020 season. This spring, the Giants will take a closer look at their three other Top-100 prospects. No. 16 overall prospect Marco Luciano, No. 82 Heliot Ramos and No. 83 Hunter Bishop all received non-roster invitations to San Francisco's Major

Toolshed: Potential pitcher-catcher pairings

Previewing which batteries could feature together in 2021
@SamDykstraMiLB
February 12, 2021

Pitchers and catchers. With feeling now. Pitchers and catchers. OK, one more time. Pitchers and catchers! Those words will be on the tips of baseball fans' tongues next week when hurlers and backstops report for their first Spring Training workouts in Arizona and Florida between Feb. 17-19. Several of the

Roundup: White Sox invite Vaughn to camp

Cardinals, Angels also bringing Top-100 talents to Spring Training
@SamDykstraMiLB
February 11, 2021

The White Sox addressed their rotation, bullpen and outfield situation by adding Lance Lynn, Liam Hendriks and Adam Eaton this offseason. Their biggest opening might be at the designated hitter spot. They'll get a closer look at one talented internal option very soon. No. 14 overall prospect Andrew Vaughn is

Bleday, Meyer lead Marlins spring invites

Two Top-100 prospects headed to Jupiter as non-roster players
@SamDykstraMiLB
February 8, 2021

The Marlins saw the arrival of several top prospects in the Majors last year on the way to their first postseason appearance since 2003. In a few weeks, the club will get a closer look at the next wave headed toward southeast Florida. Miami invited No. 20 overall prospect JJ

Royals invite Witt, Lynch, Lacy to spring camp

Three Top-100 prospects lead loaded group headed to Arizona
@SamDykstraMiLB
February 5, 2021

It could be a big weekend in Kansas City. After that, KC fans might want to turn their attention toward the youth movement headed to Arizona in a few short weeks. The Royals are bringing Top-100 prospects Bobby Witt Jr., Daniel Lynch and Asa Lacy to Major League Spring Training

Freeman among Cleveland non-roster invitees

No. 98 overall prospect headed to Major League camp in Arizona
@SamDykstraMiLB
February 4, 2021

Before he can say, "Hello, Cleveland," one of the Indians' top prospects is going to say, "Hello, Goodyear." No. 98 overall prospect Tyler Freeman headlined Cleveland's group of players receiving non-roster invitations to Major League Spring Training on Thursday. Pitchers Kyle Dowdy, Anthony Gose, DJ Johnson, Nick Sandlin and Bryan

Pirates invite Gonzales, Priester to MLB camp

Fellow Top-100 prospects lead list of Bucs heading to Bradenton
@SamDykstraMiLB
February 2, 2021

The Pirates have set every button to rebuild mode. This spring, they will get a closer look at the young stars that could form a foundation of their next contender. Pittsburgh extended non-roster invitations to No. 43 overall prospect Nick Gonzales, No. 52 Quinn Priester and 24 other players to

Rays invite Franco to Spring Training camp

Top overall prospect headed to Major League side in Port Charlotte
@SamDykstraMiLB
February 1, 2021

The defending American League champs will have a big name in their Spring Training camp, and he isn't even out of his teenage years just yet. The Rays have invited top overall prospect Wander Franco to Major League Spring Training as a non-roster player, the club announced Monday. This will

Mariners invite Kelenic, Rodriguez to camp

Gilbert makes three Top-100 prospects preparing for Arizona
@SamDykstraMiLB
January 28, 2021

The Mariners' future success depends on their farm system. The organization is about to get close look at where the stars of its system currently stand. Seattle extended non-roster invitations to Major League Spring Training to No. 9 overall prospect Jarred Kelenic, No. 15 Julio Rodriguez and No. 35 Logan

Prospects in the 2020 Red Sox player pool

Boston's four top-30 prospects could impact infield in short season
@SamDykstraMiLB
July 17, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Roundup: Major League alternate training sites

Where all 30 clubs are sending members of 60-man player pools
@SamDykstraMiLB
July 16, 2020

The Minor League season may be canceled, but some prospects will appear in Minor League stadiums behind closed doors this summer. Summer Camps -- the second edition of Spring Training -- have opened across the Majors. In order to prepare, each organization had to announce new-look 60-man player pools. To

Prospects in the Blue Jays’ 2020 player pool

Pearson, Woods Richardson ready to soar north of the border
@RobTnova24
July 15, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Prospects in the White Sox 2020 player pool

Robert, Madrigal set to lead South Siders back into contention
@RobTnova24
July 14, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Prospects in the Yankees' 2020 player pool

Quest for 28th title undoubtedly will include club's prospects
@RobTnova24
July 7, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Toolshed: 60-man player pools worth following

Padres, Tigers, Rays boast talented prospects on new-look rosters
@SamDykstraMiLB
June 30, 2020

Swimming pools. Draft bonus pools. Billiards even. Normally we talk about a number of different of pools as the calendar flips from June to July, but 60-man player pools are wholly new things. Major League Baseball Summer Camps are set to open for pitchers and catchers this Wednesday with full

Toolshed: What MLB's return means for prospects

How 60-man player pools, early expanded rosters will affect youth
@SamDykstraMiLB
June 26, 2020

We have at least some answers about Major League Baseball's planned return after the league announced this week it will adhere to the March 26 agreement and pay players prorated salaries for a 60-game schedule set by Commissioner Rob Manfred. We have the when. July 1 for pitchers and catchers.

Rays option McKay to Triple-A Durham

No. 15 overall prospect returning to Minors when season begins
March 26, 2020

On what was meant to be Major League Opening Day, one of the game's top prospects found out what his opening assignment will be once the 2020 season begins in earnest.The Rays optioned Brendan McKay -- MLB.com's No. 15 overall prospect -- to Triple-A Durham on Thursday. No. 17 Tampa

Mets option Giménez to Triple-A

No. 84 overall prospect appeared in 14 Grapefruit League games
March 20, 2020

When the 2020 regular season does start, it will be a while longer until Mets fans can step right up and meet Andrés Giménez.The Mets have optioned MLB.com's No. 84 overall prospect to Triple-A Syracuse, the organization announced Friday. No. 26 Mets prospect Ali Sanchez and right-hander Tyler Bashlor also were

Toolshed: Spring Training takeaways

Prospect-focused news from shortened Cactus, Grapefruit Leagues
March 17, 2020

By the movement of the actual seasons, spring begins with the coming equinox Thursday. Instead, it's seemingly come to a screeching halt. Spring isn't meant to stop in March. Baseball isn't meant to stop in March either. Yet these are the times in which we find ourselves.The coronavirus pandemic shut

Carlson, Luzardo lead top spring performers

Cardinals outfielder steps up; Athletics left-hander dazzles
March 17, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic may have shortened the looks at Minor Leaguers this spring, but some Top-100 performers still were able to make impressions.Cardinals OF Dylan Carlson (No. 17 overall) -- Carlson was called upon more than any other prospect in MLB.com's Top 100 this spring, and St. Louis' top prospect

Toolshed: Rays will make most of middle infield

Tampa Bay boasts six middle infielders among its Top 30 prospects
March 13, 2020

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- At some point in the hopefully not-too-distant future when the coronavirus pandemic passes, people are safe, rosters are being set and the season is around the corner, the Tampa Bay organization is going to have some tough decisions to make, specifically in the middle infield of