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The Road to The Show™: Phillies righty Abel

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at second-ranked Phillies prospect Mick Abel. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. Coming into the season, Mick Abel seemed to be...
PHILADELPHIA, PA
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Purple Row

Exploring an extension for Ezequiel Tovar

Although he only has a grand total of 14 days of service time, it sure seems clear that Ezequiel Tovar is the shortstop of both the present and future for the Colorado Rockies. In the past two seasons, Tovar tore through all four levels of the farm system, posting a .300/.348/.501 slash line and 124 wRC+ in 175 games against all degree of competition. His underlying statistics show his damage is being done with modest walk and strikeout rates and his defense has remained the most polished aspect of his game.
DENVER, CO
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metsmerizedonline.com

Mets Minors’ Starting Pitcher of the Year: Dominic Hamel

Despite a lot of stiff competition for this award, Dominic Hamel is Mets Minors’ 2022 Starting Pitcher of the Year. A third-round selection in the 2021 MLB Amateur Draft, Dominic Hamel came to the Mets after a successful collegiate career at Dallas Baptist. Hamel started the 2022 campaign with the Low-A St. Lucie Mets, where he pitched to a 5-2 record with a 3.84 ERA over the course of 13 starts and one relief appearance.
BROOKLYN, NY
MLB

Podcast: Warming up for the Winter Meetings

The baseball world will descend on San Diego for the Winter Meetings next week and Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Jason Ratliff have you covered with everything you need to know to be ready from a prospect perspective. First, they look at some of the biggest prospect hauls in trades...
SAN DIEGO, CA
MLB

Rule 5 picks who got returned -- and succeeded

This story was excerpted from MLB Pipeline's newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox. I recently wrote a story about the Top Rule 5 picks of the last decade. And while there’s been no Josh Hamilton or Johan Santana recently (though, to be fair, he wasn’t Johan Santana until about five years into his big league career), there have been some really good big leaguers who have gotten their first opportunities via the Rule 5. Some are still going strong, like Astros closer Ryan Pressly. Some might be just getting started, like Red Sox right-hander Garrett Whitlock. You can see my Top 10 selections here.
ARIZONA STATE
Royals Review

Royals Rumblings - News for November 28, 2022

Jim Bowden writes about each American League team’s needs this off-season. Picollo has made it clear to other GMs and agents that his offseason goals are to add a proven veteran starting pitcher, improve the bullpen, and add a right-handed bat to the lineup, likely an outfielder, as he waits for the team’s strong young nucleus — led by Bobby Witt Jr., MJ Melendez and Vinnie Pasquantino — to develop. The key to the Royals’ future success will be finding ways to improve the development of their pitchers at all levels in their system. Don’t expect Kansas City to be big spenders this offseason as they’ll likely wait until they’re closer to becoming contenders in a couple of years. But don’t be surprised if they end up trading center fielder Michael A. Taylor and infielder/outfielder Hunter Dozier this offseason, if they can find the right deal.
KANSAS CITY, MO
milb.com

Bradley, Manzardo shine brightest for Rays

FCL Rays: 39-16 (FCL South division winners) Overall record: 411-302 (.576 winning percentage, first among MLB organizations) This is the third Organization All-Star honor for Pinto, who also featured in 2015 and 2021, and it could be his last -- for the best of reasons. The 26-year-old backstop set full-season career highs with a .521 slugging percentage and .841 OPS over 73 games with Triple-A Durham, and his 116 wRC+ was third-best among the 21 Triple-A catchers with at least 300 plate appearances.
Forbes

An Influx Of Top Prospects Could Help The Brewers Solve Their Offensive Problems

Though publicly, the Milwaukee Brewers leaned on the “best player available” cliche when discussing draft strategy, it wasn’t hard to identify the type of players who best fit that description and exemplified the team’s philosophies on player development and roster construction: Up-the-middle defensive players who had the kind of athleticism that would help them easily adjust to different positions.
MILWAUKEE, WI
azsnakepit.com

2022 Diamondbacks Reviews, #38 Luis Frías

Rating: 3.19 (wow, someone gave a 9 here...) 2022 stats: 15 G, 17.0 IP, 10.59 ERA, 5.41 FIP, 2.353 WHIP, 0.82 SO/BB, 39 ERA+. Date of birth: May 23, 1998 (24 years old) 2022 earnings: $165,378 (via Spotrac) - prorated league minimum. 2023 status: On 40-man roster, pre-arb eligible, 1...
PHOENIX, AZ
metsmerizedonline.com

Ronny Mauricio Playing Third Base in LIDOM

Mets prospect Ronny Mauricio has arguably been the MVP of the Dominican Winter League. Now he’s adding a new level to his game, appearing at third base in his last three games. Mauricio, 21, has been in the Mets minors system since 2018. The Dominican Republic native is a...
QUEENS, NY
Red Reporter

MLB Winter Meetings 2022 Primer

Between the years-long pandemic and last winter’s lockout of the players by Major League Baseball, we’ve not seen a ‘normal’ offseason in quite some time. Barring another unforeseen, last minute interruption, we’ll finally be given that again this year, with MLB’s Winter Meetings in San Diego next week something of a celebration of administrative and transactional events to which we can look forward.
galaxyconcerns.com

Dodgers meet with Justin Verlander as they pursue pitching

The Dodgers are looking for another starting pitcher. And on Monday, they talked with one of the biggest names on the market. Justin Verlander had a meeting with the Dodgers, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, marking the team’s latest effort to woo the free-agent superstar and bolster its rotation.
LOS ANGELES, CA
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