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Phillies acquire prospect Chatham from Red Sox

No. 14 prospect headed to Philly to clear way for Pérez signing
@SamDykstraMiLB
January 18, 2021

Dave Dombrowski joined the Phillies front office in December, and one month later, the new president of baseball operations has pulled off a deal with his former organization. The Phillies acquired middle infielder C.J. Chatham from the Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash, both clubs

Toolshed: Now arriving, international signings

Previewing which players, systems to follow from Jan. 15 forward
@SamDykstraMiLB
January 15, 2021

Jan. 15 isn't typically a big day on the baseball calendar. It's another step toward Spring Training, sure. Another number to rip off of the daily countdown to the arrival of pitchers and catchers, but often little more. The big headlines last Jan. 15 were the free-agent signings of Alex

2021 Prospect Projections: AL East rookies

How Steamer600 views O's, Sox, Yanks, Rays, Jays rookies
@SamDykstraMiLB
January 13, 2021

This is the first in a six-part Toolshed series that uses FanGraphs' Steamer600 projections to look at how prospects would fare over a full Major League season in 2021. The system bases its forecast on 600 plate appearances for position players, 450 plate appearances for catchers, 200 innings for starting

Toolshed: 2021 NL farm system resolutions

Prospect goals, aspirations for senior-circuit pipelines in new year
@SamDykstraMiLB
January 8, 2021

Be healthy. That is the biggest resolution for everyone, in and out of Minor League Baseball, as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. But we can't write that 30 times. Instead, Toolshed is taking this first full week of 2021 to lay out New Year's resolutions for all 30 farm systems.

Cleveland nabs Wolf, Greene for Lindor, Carrasco

Indians acquire two prospects plus Gimenez, Rosario in blockbuster
@SamDykstraMiLB
January 7, 2021

On Thursday, the Mets pulled off a blockbuster worthy of the Big Apple. New York acquired All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and former Cy Young contender Carlos Carrasco from Cleveland, sending prospects Josh Wolf and Isaiah Greene along with Major League infielders Andrés Giménez and Amed Rosario the other way. Wolf

Toolshed: 2021 AL farm system resolutions

Junior-circuit clubs' goals, desires for prospects in new year
@SamDykstraMiLB
January 6, 2021

Be healthy. That is the biggest resolution for everyone, in and out of Minor League Baseball, as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. But we can't write that 30 times. Instead, Toolshed is taking this first full week of 2021 to lay out New Year's resolutions for all 30 farm systems,

Toolshed: Judging stickiness of Rule 5 picks

On scale of one to five, assessing selections most likely to last
@SamDykstraMiLB
December 11, 2020

First, there were the picks. Next comes figuring out who sticks. On Thursday, 18 players were selected in the Major League phase of the annual Rule 5 Draft. With their selections, each of the 18 took another step toward their goal of playing in The Show (or in one case,

18 for '20: Rule 5 Draft results

Soriano, de Geus, Baddoo taken with top three picks in large class
@SamDykstraMiLB
December 10, 2020

It turned out to be an active Rule 5 Draft after all. Topped by right-hander Jose Soriano, 18 players were chosen in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday -- equal to the number of selections in 2017 and 2016 and just shy of the 19

Toolshed: 2020 Rule 5 Draft preview

Establishing basics, previewing picks before Thursday's event
@SamDykstraMiLB
December 8, 2020

Readers might note this edition of Toolshed does not come with a Dallas dateline. Like so many events in 2020, baseball's Winter Meetings are being held virtually this year rather than from deep in the heart of Texas. That, of course, includes the Rule 5 Draft. The annual event typically

Toolshed: Dunand making most of LIDOM return

Marlins infielder off to strong start after missing camps in 2020
@SamDykstraMiLB
December 4, 2020

Joe Dunand played 11 games for Leones del Escogido in the Dominican Winter League (Liga de Beisbol Dominicano) last offseason. As of Thursday, he had once again played in exactly 11 games in LIDOM's 2020 iteration. In 2019, he went 4-for-26 (.154) with no homers. This time around, he leads

Rays' Franco to miss rest of winter league

No. 1 prospect should be ready for spring after offseason injuries
@SamDykstraMiLB
December 3, 2020

Thursday brought good news to the Rays organization and fans and bad news to anyone hoping to see the game's top overall prospect on the field this winter. Wander Franco was diagnosed with shoulder soreness and biceps inflammation, Tampa Bay announced after the shortstop met with doctors in St. Petersburg,

Toolshed's best of the decade: Teams

Ranking the top award-winning Minor League clubs of the 2010s
@SamDykstraMiLB
December 1, 2020

There was no Minor League season in 2020 and, unfortunately, that means there will be no MiLBY Awards this year either. In their stead, Toolshed is taking the next couple weeks to look back at MiLBY winners from the major categories in the 2010s. The series will rank all the

Pioneer League becoming MLB 'Partner League'

Eight teams transferring to newly independent circuit for 2021
@SamDykstraMiLB
November 30, 2020

A new brand of baseball is coming to the Mountain time zone in 2021. The Pioneer League has been designated a "Partner League" of Major League Baseball, both the circuit and MLB announced Monday. The move will transform the Rookie Advanced loop into an independent league and comes as part

MLB Draft League opening in 2021

Four NYPL clubs, Trenton to be founding members of new circuit
@SamDykstraMiLB
November 30, 2020

A new league is set to become the next proving ground for some of baseball's best prospects before they begin their professional careers. The Mahoning Valley Scrappers, State College Spikes, Trenton Thunder, West Virginia Black Bears and Williamsport Crosscutters will serve as inaugural members of the MLB Draft League, set

Toolshed: Reasons for NL systems to give thanks

Steps forward taken for farms' top tiers; more coming in 2021
@SamDykstraMiLB
November 24, 2020

Thanksgiving comes to the United States on Thursday. While there was no Minor League season in 2020, there are still plenty of reasons prospect fans can give thanks over the coming week. This concludes a two-part series in which Toolshed explains what fans of each of the 30 farm systems

Toolshed: Reasons for AL systems to give thanks

Well-rounded systems, new faces in new places worth celebrating
@SamDykstraMiLB
November 20, 2020

Thanksgiving comes to the United States next Thursday. While there was no Minor League season in 2020, there are still plenty of reasons prospect fans can give thanks over the coming week. This begins a two-part series in which Toolshed explains what fans of each of the 30 farm systems

Toolshed: Rule 5 Draft protection preview

Evaluating which top prospects will be added to 40-man rosters
@SamDykstraMiLB
November 17, 2020

The 40-man roster additions are coming. The 40-man roster additions are coming! As discussed in the last Toolshed, Nov. 20 is a big day on the baseball calendar. It's the deadline at which eligible players must be added to their respective 40-man rosters or they'll be left vulnerable to the

Toolshed: Top 2016 picks meet Rule 5 protection

Gauging which prep selections will be added to 40-man rosters
@SamDykstraMiLB
November 13, 2020

Next Friday will be an important day on any prospect lover's calendar. Nov. 20 is the date by which Major League clubs have to add eligible players to their 40-man rosters or leave them unprotected for this year's Rule 5 Draft, which will take place on Dec. 10. Rule 5-eligible

Toolshed's best of the decade: Relievers

Bullpen arms boasted impressive statlines on way to MiLBYs
@SamDykstraMiLB
November 10, 2020

There was no Minor League season in 2020 and, unfortunately, that means there will be no MiLBY Awards this year either. In their stead, Toolshed is taking the next couple weeks to look back at MiLBY winners from the major categories in the 2010s. The series will rank all the

Toolshed: Pirates' Thomas primed for breakout

Raw right-hander's ascension will have to wait one more season
@SamDykstraMiLB
November 6, 2020

Tahnaj Thomas raised his hand, and that made all the difference. Back in late 2016, the Bahamas native was assigned, through a coach back home, to help a Chicago-area team of fellow teenagers in a tournament that took place in Jupiter, Florida. As the new kid, the shortstop wasn't getting

Toolshed's best of the decade: Starting pitchers

Ranking the MiLBY Award winners who shoved down on the farm
@SamDykstraMiLB
November 4, 2020

There was no Minor League season in 2020 and, unfortunately, that means there will be no MiLBY Awards this year either. In their stead, Toolshed is taking the next couple weeks to look back at MiLBY winners from the major categories in the 2010s. The series will rank all the

Toolshed: Before the Dodgers were champions

Recalling Minor League facts about the World Series winners
@SamDykstraMiLB
October 30, 2020

We knew them when. That's the beauty of the Minor Leagues. Whether you're a writer, fan, team employee or have followed the Minors in any way, you can take some joy in knowing about how World Series champions were made at the lower levels. The Dodgers defeated the Rays, 4-2,

Toolshed's best of the decade: Offensive players

Reviewing, ranking 2010s MiLBY winners for work with the bat
@SamDykstraMiLB
October 27, 2020

There was no Minor League season in 2020, and unfortunately, that means there will be no MiLBY Awards this year either. In their stead, Toolshed is taking the next couple weeks to look back at MiLBY winners from the major categories in the 2010s. The series will rank all the

Toolshed: Prospects with World Series connections

Top-100 talents have ties to Fall Classic, even away from Arlington
@SamDykstraMiLB
October 23, 2020

This is not a World Series for the prospect lover. Then again, not many World Series are. Sure, there are two ranked prospects left -- both from the Rays roster -- and they have their own stories to tell. No. 19 Tampa Bay prospect Randy Arozarena has been one of

State of the System: Boston Red Sox

Infield remains strength, needed pitching help on way to Fenway
@SamDykstraMiLB
October 21, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's new State of the System series evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021. It has not been an ideal 2020