MLB's Team-by-Team Spring Training Prospect Report

Jacob Shafer@@jacobshaferFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2018

MLB's Team-by-Team Spring Training Prospect Report

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    Spring training is about a lot of things. For veterans, it's a time to stretch muscles, hone swings and rediscover release points.

    For prospects, the exhibition slate is an opportunity to showcase skills and possibly win an MLB job.

    With that in mind, let's take stock of how all 30 teams' top prospects are faring. For our purposes, we'll only consider guys who got a taste of big league camp. Also, we'll pare down the conversation to each squad's top 10 prospects, per

Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    4. RHP Taylor Widener (1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB)

    8. OF Marcus Wilson (1 AB, 1 SO)

    7. RHP Taylor Clarke (4 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO)



    • Promising outfield prospect Marcus Wilson has the skills and athleticism to stick as a center fielder and got a brief look in big league camp after a solid 2017 season at Single-A.
    • The D-backs are searching for help at the back end of the rotation and could get it from Taylor Clarke, a third-round pick in 2015 who rose to Triple-A last season. Unfortunately for Arizona, Clarke is off to a rough spring start.

Atlanta Braves

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    1. OF Ronald Acuna Jr. (26 AB, 11 H, 1 HR, 2 SB)

    2. RHP Kyle Wright (2.1 IP, 2 ER, 1 BB 1 SO)

    3. RHP Mike Soroka (5 IP, 1 ER, 5 SO)

    4. LHP Luiz Gohara (N/A)

    6. LHP Kolby Allard (3 IP, 0 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO)

    7. LHP Max Fried (2.2 IP, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO)

    8. 3B Austin Riley (19 AB, 4 H, 2 HR, 8 SO)

    9. OF Cristian Pache (10 AB, 2 H, 4 SO)



    • Outfielder Ronald Acuna,'s No. 2 overall prospect, has impressed Atlanta Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer. "He sees the ball real early out of the hand," Seitzer said, per David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I'm not an eye doctor, but I would bet my house he’s got incredible depth perception, because that’s how you see change of velocity, as well as spin."
    • Left-hander Luiz Gohara has a path to the Braves' starting rotation but has been hampered by a strained groin, per O'Brien, and has yet to pitch in a game.

Baltimore Orioles

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    1. OF Austin Hayes (7 AB, 1 BB, 3 SO)

    2. INF Ryan Mountcastle (19 AB, 5 H, 3 2B, 1 HR, 6 SO)

    3. C Chance Sisco (14 AB, 5 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 6 SO)

    4. RHP Hunter Harvey (4 IP, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO)

    7. OF Cedric Mullins (19 AB, 2 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 8 SO)



    • Chance Sisco is making his case to be the Baltimore Orioles' starting catcher, as he's been swinging a hot bat in the early going. Still, the most likely outcome is for veteran Caleb Joseph to assume behind-the-plate duties to open the season
    • Hard-throwing Hunter Harvey, son of former big leaguer Bryan Harvey, is looking to overcome past injury issues. "I know he's really excited about getting some of these physical challenges behind him and knowing that he's dealt with it and he can go forward now," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said, per Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun.

Boston Red Sox

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    1. 3B Michael Chavis (N/A)

    5. 1B Sam Travis (29 AB, 8 H, 4 2B, 2 HR, 6 SO)



    • Third baseman Michael Chavis, the top-rated prospect in the Boston Red Sox's big league camp, has yet to see action because of an oblique injury suffered in the batting cage, per's Christopher Smith.
    • Sam Travis has flashed eye-opening power in the Grapefruit League and could greatly improve his chances of impacting the MLB club with some defensive versatility. "At first [base] he's OK, put him in the outfield and see what he can do," manager Alex Cora said, per Michael Silverman and Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. "Besides that, I'm happy."

Chicago Cubs

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    3. RHP Oscar De La Cruz (3 IP, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO, 2 SV)

    8. C/1B Victor Caratini (18 AB, 4 H, 4 SO)



    • With four strikeouts and no earned runs allowed in three innings, 23-year-old Oscar De La Cruz is showing why he's the Chicago Cubs' top-rated prospect, and he drew praise from manager Joe Maddon for his quick pace. "Not only that, quick, but there's also that focus and that aggressive assertiveness, attacking-of-the-zone kind of approach," Maddon said, per Bruce Miles of the Chicago Daily Herald. "I felt it from the side. If you're hitting, you've got to feel that a little bit. It's beautiful to watch."
    • After raking in 292 Triple-A at-bats in 2017, 24-year-old Victor Caratini has a shot to be the Cubs' backup catcher. 

Chicago White Sox

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    1. OF Eloy Jimenez (1 AB, 1 SO)

    2. RHP Michael Kopech (4.1 IP, 4 H, o ER, 1 BB, 6 SO)

    3. OF Luis Robert (6 AB, 2 H, 2 SO)

    4. RHP Alec Hansen (1.2 IP, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO)

    5. RHP Dylan Cease (3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO)

    6. RHP Dane Dunning (6.1 IP, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO)

    8. 3B Jake Burger (7 AB, 1 2B, 1 3B)

    9. C Zack Collins (6 AB, 1 H, 4 SO)

    10. RHP Carson Fulmer (2 IP, 5 ER, 5 BB, 2 SO)



    • Because of MLB's service-time rules, Michael Kopech will surely begin the season at Triple-A. So far this spring, the young fireballer is showing why his stay at that level should be short. He's been teasing triple digits as expected and is working to refine his off-speed offerings, per Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune. "I’ve been getting a few pointers from guys about changeups, staying through it, staying behind it," Kopech said. "I feel really good about it."
    • Top prospect Eloy Jimenez has played just one game in the Cactus League because of tendinitis in his left knee. He's taking an anti-inflammatory medication and hopes to return to action this spring, per Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Cincinnati Reds

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    1. 3B Nick Senzel (12 AB, 3 H, 3 SO)

    4. OF Jesse Winker (18 AB, 6 H, 3 2B, 1 HR)

    5. RHP Tyler Mahle (6.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO)

    7. 2B Shed Long (16 AB, 3 H, 2 2B, 7 SO)



    • Top prospect Nick Senzel is likely ticketed for Triple-A to start the season, but he's turned heads this spring. "The bat is his carrying tool, but it's really, really easy to lose how good an athlete he is," Reds director of player development Jeff Graupe said, per's Jim Callis. "He's a plus runner with a plus arm, a very good defender. He's a really well-rounded player. He's a lot of fun to watch."
    • Right-hander Tyler Mahle has an outside chance at winning a spot in the Reds' rotation, and he has impressed thus far, striking out seven in 6.2 innings and holding opposing hitters to a .190 average.

Cleveland Indians

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    1. C Francisco Mejia (10 AB, 5 H, 1 2B, 1 HR)

    3. 1B Bobby Bradley (16 AB, 5 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 7 SO)

    4. 3B Nolan Jones (1 AB, 1 SO)

    5. SS Willi Castro (11 AB, 4 H, 3 SO)

    6. SS Yu-Cheng Chang (12 AB, 2 2B, 3 SO)

    7. OF Will Benson (1 AB, 1 H, 2 BB)

    9. OF Greg Allen (20 AB, 9 H, 2 2B, 1 3B, 6 SO)



    • Catcher Francisco Mejia suffered a foot contusion after being hit by a pitch Tuesday, per Jordan Bastian of (h/t Prior to that, the 22-year-old was swinging a hot bat and showing why he's the Cleveland Indians' catcher of the (near) future.
    • First-base prospect Bobby Bradley shed 30 pounds over the winter and could soon get an MLB look. "He's getting to the point in his career where not only is he knocking on the door, we want to see him knock the door down," manager Terry Francona said, per Paul Hoynes of "By the way he's approaching things, I have no doubt that will happen."

Colorado Rockies

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    1. INF Brendan Rodgers (25 AB, 6 H, 2 HR, 9 SO)

    2. INF Ryan McMahon (28 AB, 11 H, 3 2B, 1 HR)

    4. 3B Colton Welker (2 AB, 0 H)

    5. RHP Peter Lambert (3 IP, 2 ER, 5 SO)

    7. INF Garrett Hampson (18 AB, 7 H, 1 HR, 3 SO)

    8. RHP Ryan Castellani (0.2 IP, 2 ER, 1 B)

    10. RHP Yency Almonte (7.1 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO)



    • Top Colorado Rockies prospect Brendan Rodgers is blocked in the middle infield by second baseman DJ LeMahieu and shortstop Trevor Story. He's using his time in MLB camp to absorb skills from both, particularly on the defensive side. "My job in this camp is to learn, so I'm picking the brains of all the guys, picking up whatever I can," the 21-year-old said, per Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post
    • Ryan McMahon has a path to the starting first-base job for Colorado and has come out of the gate swinging. "I think there is a little bit more of a noticeable confidence with me, with how I'm carrying myself," McMahon said, per Saunders. "I don't want to say it's cocky. I just believe in who I am and what I do."

Detroit Tigers

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    1. RHP Franklin Perez (0.1 IP, 0 ER)

    3. RHP Alex Faedo (1 IP, 1 ER, 1 SO)

    5. C Jake Rogers (8 AB, 2 H, 4 SO)

    6. RHP Kyle Funkhouser (0.2 IP, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO)

    8. LHP Gregory Soto (1.1 IP, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO)

    9. OF Daz Cameron (2 AB, 1H)

    10. OF Christin Stewart (3AB, 2 H, 1 SB)



    • After coming over from the Houston Astros in the Justin Verlander trade at the Aug. 31 deadline, catcher Jake Rogers is in his first big league camp with the rebuilding Tigers and looking like Detroit's future backstop. "I've got to learn a lot more guys and their tendencies," Rogers said, per Evan Woodbery of "We work together, pitchers and catchers, and a big part is picking the pitching coach's brain. It's working with everybody to become one as the battery."
    • Before being reassigned to minor league camp, No. 3 pitching prospect Alex Faedo got a taste of action with the big league contingent and did his first pitching since the College World Series in June. "It was nice just being out there, and it was fun," the University of Florida alum said, per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press.

Houston Astros

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    2. OF Kyle Tucker (25 AB, 10 H, 1 2B, 4 HR)

    6. LHP Cionel Perez (4 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 SO)

    8. RHP David Paulino (7.2 IP, 2 BB, 2 H, 8 SO)

    9. 3B J.D. Davis (22 AB, 10 H, 3 2B, 2 HR)



    • A hot spring start by outfielder Kyle Tucker surely has Houston Astros fans dreaming about the next big thing on a roster already laden with rising stars. They'll have to wait a bit, however, as manager A.J. Hinch explained. "His contribution at the major league level will come at some point, if he continues to progress, but it's not going to come at the end of this month," Hinch said, per the Houston Chronicle's Hunter Atkins. "No matter what he does, we don't feel like it's in the best interest for him."
    • Third baseman J.D. Davis is another exciting 'Stros prospect blocked by the club's enviable depth. "This organization is just so stacked," Davis said, per Atkins. "It's bittersweet trying to make the roster, but at the same time, you learn a lot."

Kansas City Royals

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    6. SS Nicky Lopez (10 AB, 1 H, 1 SO)

    7. INF Hunter Dozier (11 AB, 2 H, 4 SO)

    8. LHP Eric Skoglund (4 IP, 2 H, 3 SO)

    9. RHP Scott Blewett (2 IP, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO)

    10. LHP Foster Griffin (2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER)



    • As the Kansas City Royals lurch toward an inevitable rebuild, they're getting a look at some interesting prospects. Shortstop Nicky Lopez, as Maria Torres of the Kansas City Star noted, "has shown flair with his glove work up the middle..."
    • Lanky left-hander Eric Skoglund sipped a cup of coffee last season with K.C. and is now looking to hone his delivery. "He's gonna be a good pitcher in the big leagues, we think," manager Ned Yost said, per Torres. "We like him. It's just getting settled in and refining that command a little bit."

Los Angeles Angels

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    1. RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani (9 AB, 1 H, 3 SO; 1.1 IP, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO)

    4. OF Jahmai Jones (16 AB, 2 H, 1 3B)

    7. RHP Jaime Barria (3.2 IP, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO)

    9. 1B Matt Thaiss (20 AB, 6 H, 2 2B, 2 HR, 8 SO)

    10. OF Michael Hermosillo (18 AB, 2 H, 2 2B, 3 SO)



    • Shohei Ohtani came into spring with the Los Angeles Angels trailing Ruthian expectations. Can the 23-year-old two-way Japanese star translate his hitting and pitching tools stateside? "I don't think anyone has come around with this talent and this skill setand I have no sense in how they're going to use himbut it will tell us a lot about whether or not it's possible," Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said, per's Richard Justice
    • Jahmai Jones climbed to High-A in 2017, and he hit .302 and got a spring training invite. He's obviously a good distance from cracking the Halos roster, but the 20-year-old is a riser to keep an eye on.

Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    2. OF Alex Verdugo (20 AB, 8 H, 3 2B, 2 HR)

    3. C Keibert Ruiz (8 AB, 5 H, 2 SO)

    5. OF Yusniel Diaz (9 AB, 1 HR, 4 SO)

    6. OF DJ Peters (14 AB, 7 H, 2 HR, 3 SO)

    9. C Will Smith (11 AB, 3 H, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 SO)

    10. RHP Dennis Santana (2 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 SO)



    • Top prospect Walker Buehler isn't getting into games for the big club this spring, and the team will treat him carefully as he works his way back from 2015 Tommy John surgery, per Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times.
    • A hot spring start has put Alex Verdugo squarely in the competition for an MLB job on Opening Day. As deep as the defending National League champions are, their outfield is a muddled mix of journeymen, fading veterans and question marks.

Miami Marlins

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    1. OF Lewis Brinson (20 AB, 7 H, 4 2B, 1 HR, 7 SO)

    2. OF Monte Harrison (15 AB, 2 H, 2 2B, 7 SO)

    3. RHP Sandy Alcantara (8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO)

    7. OF Magneuris Sierra (18 AB, 7 H, 2 2B, 6 SO)

    8. INF Isan Diaz (15 AB, 3 H, 1 2B, 9 SO)

    9. 3B Brian Anderson (14 AB, 2 2B, 1 HR)



    • Outfielder Lewis Brinson, acquired in the trade that sent Christian Yelich from the Maimi Marlins to the Milwaukee Brewers, launched a massive home run Tuesday, his first for the Fish. With Giancarlo Stanton now in New York, the Marlins are hoping Brinson can be a slugging outfielder of the future. "Home runs kind of happen by accident," Brinson said, per Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. "I'm not trying to search for power. I know my power's there. Homers will come."
    • Right-hander Sandy Alcantara is hoping to ride his crackling fastball to a place in Miami's starting rotation. Through eight innings, he's held opposing hitters to a .160 average and yielded just one run.

Milwaukee Brewers

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    1. 2B Keston Hiura (16 AB, 7 H, 1 2B, 5 SO)

    2. RHP Corbin Burnes (2 IP, 1 BB, 2 SO)

    3. RHP Brandon Woodruff (3.2 IP, 5 ER, 1 BB 7 SO)

    4. 3B Lucas Erceg (4 AB, 2 H, 1 SO)

    5. LHP Luis Ortiz (1 IP, 1 SO)

    6. OF Brett Phillips (19 AB, 2 H, 1 2B, 6 SO)

    10. RHP Freddy Peralta (3 IP, 1 BB, 1 SO)



    • The No. 9 overall pick by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2017 draft, Keston Hiura is a polished college bat with a decent shot at making his MLB debut in 2018. Whether that debut will come on Opening Day remains to be seen, but he's off to a solid start in the Cactus League.
    • Southpaw Luis Ortiz battled a hamstring injury last season and carries a lot of bulk on his 6'3", 230-pound frame. He's also a potential piece of the Brewers' starting rotation. "Staying healthy is the big thing," Ortiz said, per's Adam McCalvy. "I know I'm a big boy. My strength is there. There's no doubt about thatmy strength is there to carry my weight. It's just now getting into my flexibility, my mobility, all of that stuff."

Minnesota Twins

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    2. RHP Fernando Romero (5 IP, 1 BB, 6 SO)

    3. LHP Stephen Gonsalves (3.2 IP, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO)

    4. INF Nick Gordon (9 AB, 1 2B, 1 3B)

    10. 1B Lewin Diaz (2 AB, 2 SO)



    • Fernando Romero isn't going to open 2018 in The Show, but he's teased big things this spring. "He's got the potential to be very good," Double-A Chattanooga pitching coach Ivan Arteaga said, per Mike Bernardino of the Pioneer Press. "Whether he's in the bullpen or in the rotation, time is going to tell, but I do believe he's got the possibility to be The Guy."
    • Stephen Gonsalves could join Romero atop Minnesota's pitching depth chart soon, but the 23-year-old lefty has struggled with his command and surrendered six hits in 3.2 innings. 

New York Mets

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    3. SS Andres Gimenez (1 AB, 1 H)

    4. 1B Peter Alonso (11 AB, 2 H, 4 SO)

    8. RHP Marcos Molina (5.1 IP, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO)

    9. RHP Chris Flexen (5 IP, 1 ER, 4 SO)



    • Andres Gimenez has yet to see his 20th birthday (that'll happen in September), but he got his feet wet in New York Mets camp. Fans are permitted to dream about Gimenez and Amed Rosario forming a formidable up-the-middle combo for years to come.
    • With all the injuries that have beset the Mets' rotation, Chris Flexen is an interesting fringe candidate to get starts in Queens. The 23-year-old is still coming back from 2015 Tommy John surgery but has shown enough this spring to be part of the depth-chart conversation.

New York Yankees

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    1. INF Gleyber Torres (19 AB, 3 H, 2 2B, 4 SO)

    2. OF Estevan Florial (15 AB, 4 H, 3 3B, 5 SO, 2 SB)

    3. LHP Justus Sheffield (3.2 IP, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO)

    4. 3B Miguel Andujar (22 AB, 8 H, 2 2B, 4 HR)



    • Infielder Gleyber Torres came into spring with a chance to win a job with the New York Yankees. He also hadn't played since June, when he underwent Tommy John surgery on his non-throwing elbow. A slow start in the Grapefruit League means Torres will likely get some seasoning at Triple-A, but the Yanks should call his number before long.
    • Miguel Andujar, on the other hand, is enjoying a scalding spring and is primed to grab the third-base job, despite the presence of trade acquisition Brandon Drury. "He's proven that he wants it, and that's what we like to see," outfielder Aaron Hicks said of Andujar, per's Coley Harvey. "Make that decision hard on the manager and the team."

Oakland Athletics

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    1. LHP A.J. Puk (5 IP, 1 BB, 4 SO)

    2. LHP Jesus Luzardo (1 IP, 1 H, 1 SO)

    3. INF Franklin Barreto (20 AB, 6 H, 2 3B, 2 HR, 6 SO)

    4. INF Jorge Mateo (2 AB, 2 SO)

    5. OF Dustin Fowler (11 AB, 1 H, 6 SO)



    • Left-hander A.J. Puk has looked dominant this spring, but the Oakland A's are probably going to stash him at Triple-A to start the season. As Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle opined: "'That's a wise and reasonable decision,' says every hitter in the American League."
    • Dustin Fowler, acquired from the Yankees in the July 2017 Sonny Gray deal, has an inside track on the center field job but would do well to up his spring output. "You want him to be comfortable and have some success," manager Bob Melvin said, per Martin Gallegos of the Mercury News. "If he makes the team and can lead off for us, it makes a rather deep lineup behind him. But it's nothing set in stone."

Philadelphia Phillies

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    2. 2B Scott Kingery (18 AB, 7 H, 1 2B, 3 HR)

    3. SS J.P. Crawford (12 AB, 4 H, 2 R)

    7. C Jorge Alfaro (12 AB, 5 H, 1 2B, 1 HR)

    10. RHP Franklyn Kilome (2 IP, 2 ER, 4 BB)



    • Here's Philadelphia Phillies No. 4 prospect and presumed starting shortstop J.P. Crawford on the club's goals for 2018, per the 94WIP Morning Show (h/t CBS Philly): "Prove people wrong. We're going to prove to the whole nation, the Phillies are ready, and we're going to shock a lot of people."
    • Scott Kingery has displayed a tool box full of skills this spring, but none shines brighter than his speed. Confidence is the next step. "You start thinking, 'Should I go or should I not?,'" Kingery said, per Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "It's usually better just to trust your speed and reaction and go for it."

Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    2. OF Austin Meadows (10 AB, 6 H, 2 2B, 3B, HR)

    5. SS Cole Tucker (8 AB, 1 2B, 3 SO)

    6. OF Bryan Reynolds (10 AB, 2 SO)

    7. SS Kevin Newman (11 AB, 3 H, 2 2B, 2 SB)

    8. INF Colin Moran (17 AB, 6 H, 2 2B)



    • A raft of injuries have interrupted Austin Meadows' timeline. The Pittsburgh Pirates' top prospect has a chance to earn a big league gig and has been hitting like he wants it. "I definitely feel strong, especially in my core and hips," Meadows said, per Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "That's where a lot of the focus was on this offseason, is to strengthen those areas."
    • Infielder Kevin Newman is a riser in the Pirates' system, despite being hit in the head by a pitch in two straight seasons. "I think people kind of understood that it wasn't easy to just stand back in there, but at the end of the day, it happened and it is what it is," Newman said of the beanings, per Brink. "I've still got to go out there and play baseball. You can't sit there and expect people to feel bad for me or cut me some slack because that happened."

San Diego Padres

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    1. SS Fernando Tatis Jr. (23 AB, 8 H, 3 2B, 1 HR, 9 SO)

    3. INF Luis Urias (14 AB, 8 H, 5 2B)

    4. RHP Cal Quantrill (3 IP, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO)

    9. LHP Joey Lucchesi (4 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 SO)



    • At the tender age of 20, Luis Urias has sneaked into the second-base competition for the rebuilding San Diego Padres. As manager Andy Green put it, per's Alyson Footer, "His at-bats have been scary good."
    • On March 4, top Friars prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. tallied four hits and five RBI in a split-squad game. "It's felt great, man," the 19-year-old said, per's Chad Thornburg

San Francisco Giants

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    2. OF/1B Chris Shaw (20 AB, 7 H, 3 2B, 5 SO)

    3. OF Steven Duggar (17 AB, 7 H, 1 2B, 3 HR, 2 SB)

    4. RHP Tyler Beede (5 IP, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO)

    5. OF Austin Slater (15 AB, 4 H, 4 SO)

    6. OF Sandro Fabian (3 AB, 2 SO)

    7. C/1B Aramis Garcia (16 AB, 2 H, 4 SO)

    10. LHP Andrew Suarez (7 IP, 6 ER, 4 BB, 7 SO)



    • Before the San Francisco Giants signed Austin Jackson, general manager Bobby Evans suggested Steven Duggar could be the team's starting center fielder in 2018, per Kerry Crowley of With a strong spring, the lefty-swinging Duggar could find a place on the 25-man roster to augment the right-handed Jackson.
    • Chris Shaw has flexed his muscles with a 1.059 OPS this spring, but he's blocked on the Giants' depth chart at first base and the corner outfield spots. 

Seattle Mariners

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    2. 1B Evan White (5 AB, 2 SO)

    5. OF Braden Bishop (16 AB, 8 H, 1 2B, 1 3B)

    6. 3B Joe Rizzo (2 AB, 1 SO)

    7. RHP Max Povse (4 IP, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO)

    10. RHP Wyatt Mills (1 IP, 1 H, 3 SO)



    • Outfield prospect Braden Bishop pledged, via his official Twitter feed, to donate money to Alzheimer's disease research for every hit he collects this spring in honor of his mother. He has eight knocks in 16 at-bats so far.
    • In one inning of work, Wyatt Mills has three strikeouts and a save. "I think he's going to have a nice career ahead of him," manager Scott Servais said of the 23-year-old Gonzaga product, per Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.

St. Louis Cardinals

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    1. RHP Alex Reyes (0.2 IP, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO)

    2. RHP Jack Flaherty (8 IP, 6 ER, 3 BB, 12 SO)

    3. C Carson Kelly (16 AB, 2 2B, 4 BB)

    4. OF Tyler O'Neill (9 AB, 2 H, 6 SO)

    5. OF Harrison Bader (24 AB, 8 H, 3 2B, 7 SO)

    6. RHP Dakota Hudson (2.2 IP, 1 ER, 5 BB, 1 SO)



    • Alex Reyes is progressing in his return from Tommy John surgery, but the St. Louis Cardinals' top prospect won't be on the Opening Day roster, per Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Redbirds are exercising caution with their prized rightyand why wouldn't they?
    • Speaking of promising young St. Louis pitchers, Jack Flaherty fanned seven in four innings in his most recent outing Tuesday against the Marlins and looks like a potential piece of the Cards rotation. 

Tampa Bay Rays

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    2. INF Willy Adames (15 AB, 6 H, 1 2B, 1 HR)

    4. OF Jesus Sanchez (6 AB, 3 H, 1 2B, 1 3B)

    5. OF/1B Jake Bauers (21 AB, 5 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 8 SO)

    6. INF Christian Arroyo (14 AB, 6 H, 1 2B)



    • Top pitching prospect Brent Honeywell was supposed to be the star of spring and a fixture in the Tampa Bay Rays' rotation. Instead, the 22-year-old right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery and is out indefinitely. 
    • Top position-player prospect Willy Adames has made a mark with five RBI in seven games and looks like he could be a fixture in Tampa Bay's middle infield.

Texas Rangers

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    1. OF Leody Taveras (2 AB, 1 H, 1 SO)

    2. OF Willie Calhoun (22 AB, 8 H, 1 HR)

    7. 1B Ronald Guzman (19 AB, 3 H, 2 2B, 5 SO)



    • No one questions Willie Calhoun's power, but the converted infielder has had defensive lapses in left field. If he wants an everyday role with the Texas Rangers in 2018, Calhoun needs to prove he can be at least passable with the leather.
    • Leody Taveras is still years away from plying his trade in Arlington, but the 19-year-old got a look in big league camp and represents the cream of a rich crop marinating in the Rangers' lower levels. 

Toronto Blue Jays

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    3. OF Anthony Alford (17 AB, 5 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR)

    6. C Danny Jansen (7 AB, 1 H)

    8. LHP Ryan Borucki (3.1 IP, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO)

    10. RHP Sean Reid-Foley (3.1 IP, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 SO)



    • Outfielder Anthony Alford has raw athleticism, no question there. Now, he's refining his game. "From [two-to-three] years ago when I saw him in spring training to now, he was just a raw kid with tremendous athletic ability, and really now he's turned into a baseball player," Toronto Blue Jays skipper John Gibbons said, per Steve Buffrey of the Toronto Sun.
    • Catching prospect Danny Jansen proved he can hit in Toronto's lower levels, and he showed off his incredible arm behind the dish against the Phillies, via the Jays' official Twitter feed. 

Washington Nationals

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    Top Prospects in MLB Camp

    1. OF Victor Robles (24 AB, 6 H, 2 2B, 1 HR)

    2. OF Juan Soto (2 AB 1 SO)

    3. SS Carter Kieboom (2 AB, 1 H, 1 2B, 1 SO)

    4. RHP Erick Fedde (6 IP, 9 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO)

    6. INF Luis Garcia (1 AB, 1 H)

    7. INF Yasel Antuna (3 AB, 1 SO)

    9. OF Daniel Johnson (3 AB, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 SO)



    • There's probably no room in the Washington Nationals outfield for top prospect Victor Robles. His time in the big leagues is coming soon, however. "He's impressive," Nats manager Dave Martinez said, per Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post. "Good kid. Wants to learn. Been talking to him a lot about just doing the little things. But he gets it. He's going to be fun to watch."
    • With Bryce Harper set to hit free agency next winter, the Nats are also hoping for grand things from No. 2 prospect Juan Soto, who won't turn 20 until October but dipped his toes into big league camp.


    All statistics current as of Tuesday and courtesy of; all prospect rankings accurate as of March 7.