Tag "MLB Draft"

Top-5 Prospect Series: Seattle Mariners

Over the course of this offseason, the Seattle Mariners have entirely revamped their farm system. The struggle to rebuild the system has been challenging. However, the team is seemingly moving in the right direction entering the 2019 season. After unloading large contracts and aging veterans, Mariner fans have something to be excited about this year and beyond.

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Kansas City Royals Top 5 Prospects

After making it to the World Series in back to back years and winning the World Series in 2015, the Royals have found themselves needing to reboot. Being a smaller market team, it’s tough for them to pay boatloads of money in free agency. That makes it essential for them to take advantage of their player development system. If they can get some of the younger guys correct that won’t cost them as much money, they can be legitimate contenders again.

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Top 5 Prospect Series – Cincinnati Reds

After five straight subpar seasons of under-.500 records following Dusty Baker’s exit, the Reds are primed to make some noise in 2019. With a solid farm system, ranked No. 6 in all of baseball, 4 of their top 5 in MLB Pipeline’s Top 100, they have the pieces to end their rebuild and contend for years to come.

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Top-5 Prospect Series: Arizona Diamondbacks

Keeping it fresh in the National League West, we transition our series to the desert, to dive into the Arizona Diamondbacks’ top five prospects. Contrary to an assumed belief, the D’backs system is loaded with solid talent, led by a young right-handed pitcher looking to lead his team over the next decade.

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Tampa Bay Rays Top 5 Prospects

The Tampa Bay Rays have developed an impressive Minor league system. They are currently ranked the #4 best farm team in baseball, with their Top 6 Prospects all solidified in MLB’s Top 100 Prospect List.  While they have efficiently developed their homegrown talent, they have done equally as well among their international signings. The Rays are on the rise and they have established themselves as contenders for years to come.

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Prospect Series: Texas Rangers

There are teams like the San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves that have dedicated years of losing to rebuilding their farm systems. Then there are other teams who have unheralded minor league systems featuring quality talent. As I began delving into the Texas Rangers, I realized this was the predicament they were in. Not a single major publication has the Rangers within their top-5 minor league systems, but nevertheless, they credit the organization for acquiring and developing solid amateur talent.

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Top 5 Prospect Series – Atlanta Braves

The Braves entered the 2018 season with little to no expectations on their Postseason chances. If anything, they were only expected to fight for a Wild Card spot. The one thing Braves fans were excited for was seeing the rise of the No. 2 Prospect in all of baseball at the time, Ronald Acuña Jr.

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Top-5 Prospect Series: Colorado Rockies

A prospect can be like a fine wine. The hope is they get better with age. Thankfully, for the Colorado Rockies, there is a plethora of talent which exists waiting in the wings for their shot to make their mark in the Show. As the team continues to build on their success from the previous two seasons, there is an ambiance of hope for the future of the franchise.

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2018 MLB Futures Game

The annual MLB Futures Game was held on Sunday, and the stars of tomorrow absolutely came out to show case their talents.

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No Easy Answer for Pitching Phenom

Major League Baseball’s 2018 draft is still clearly visible in the rearview mirror, but there are plenty of storylines to consider moving forward.

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