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  • Orioles Want DL Hall To Start

    Baltimore Orioles general manager Mike Elias said on Friday that the team wants left-hander DL Hall to start in 2023. However, Elias wasn't ready to say whether Hall would go to Triple-A to begin the year if he doesn't break camp in the major-league starting rotation. The 24-year-old southpaw made 11 appearances (just one start) in his major-league debut with the O's in 2022, and he went 1-1 with a 5.93 ERA (1.65 FIP), 1.68 WHIP, one save and 19 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings pitched. Hall will certainly have to improve his command this spring and throughout the year if he wants to win and maintain a rotation spot in Baltimore.

    Feb 3 · Source via Orioles DL Hall prospects
  • Orioles Invite Jackson Holliday To Camp

    Baltimore Orioles shortstop prospect Jackson Holliday has been invited to major-league spring training as a non-roster player. The son of former big-league outfielder Matt Holliday, Jackson was the first overall pick by the O's last year. In 20 games for the team's rookie-level affiliate and Single-A Delmarva, the 19-year-old hit .297/.489/.422 with a .911 OPS, one homer, nine RBI, 14 runs scored and four stolen bases in 90 plate appearances. Holliday isn't going to crack the big-league roster out of spring training, but the Orioles will get a closer look at him this spring. But he should rise quickly through the team's farm system in the next couple of years. Holliday will be joined at major-league camp by other top prospects in Colton Cowser and Jordan Westburg.

    Feb 2 · Source via Orioles Jackson Holliday prospects
  • Termarr Johnson Invited To Big-League Camp

    Pittsburgh Pirates infield prospect Termarr Johnson, who was the fourth overall pick in last year's draft, has been invited to major-league spring training as a non-roster invitee. The 18-year-old hit .222/.366/.365 with a .731 OPS, one homer, six RBI, seven runs scored and six stolen bases in 23 games with the team's rookie-level affiliate and Single-A Bradenton last year. Johnson won't be making the big-league club, but he could rise quickly through the system if he continues to perform. Along with Johnson, Pirates top prospects Henry Davis and Quinn Priester will also be at big-league camp.

    Feb 2 · Source via Pirates Termarr Johnson prospects
  • Diego Castillo Loses Arbitration Case

    Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Diego Castillo lost his salary arbitration case against the team on Wednesday, according to a source. Castillo will make $2.95 million in 2023, instead of the $3.225 million he filed for. In his first full season with the Mariners in 2022, Castillo went 7-3 with a 3.64 ERA (3.68 FIP), 1.14 WHIP, seven saves, 22 walks and 53 strikeouts in 54 1/3 relief innings over 59 appearances out of the bullpen. The 29-year-old right-hander could see a handful of save chances again in 2023, but he'll mostly be serving as a late-inning setup man in Seattle's bullpen alongside Andres Munoz. Paul Sewald is coming off injury, but he's projected to begin the year as the M's primary closer.

    Feb 1 · Source via Mariners Diego Castillo prospects
  • Francisco Alvarez Not A Candidate For DH Role

    While the New York Mets' designated hitter role is undefined heading into spring training, general manager Billy Eppler said that catching prospect Francisco Alvarez is not a candidate. As things stand now, the Mets will head into spring training with a DH platoon of Daniel Vogelbach and Darin Ruf. But Eppler won't commit to that platoon. Vogelbach had an .829 OPS against left-handed pitching in 2022, while Ruf had a weak .413 OPS against righties. The Mets think Ruf will bounce back in 2023, and he has a career .891 OPS against lefties. Some other candidates to see at-bats at DH this year include Pete Alonso, Tommy Pham and Eduardo Escobar. The Mets want Alvarez to focus on his framing and receiving skills as a catcher, which is why he won't be in the DH mix.

    Jan 31 · Source via Mets Francisco Alvarez prospects
  • Miguel Vargas Has A Chance To Start At Second Base

    Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Andrew Friedman said that if he had to guess now, he sees Max Muncy at third base, Gavin Lux at shortstop, Miguel Vargas at second base and Chris Taylor in the outfield, with Miguel Rojas serving in a utility-infield role. The Dodgers have plenty of defensive versatility and competition heading into spring training, though, so nothing will be guaranteed for Vargas. The 23-year-old made his big-league debut in 2022 and went just 8-for-47 with a homer, eight RBI, four runs scored and a stolen base in 18 games. But with Trea Turner and Justin Turner both gone, Vargas will have plenty of opportunity for consistent playing time in what is still one of the best lineups in baseball. Fantasy managers in deeper leagues shouldn't forget about Vargas.

    Jan 30 · Source via Dodgers Miguel Vargas prospects
  • Grayson Rodriguez Expected To Be In Opening Day Rotation

    Baltimore Orioles general manager Mike Elias said that he expects pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez to open the 2023 regular season in the starting rotation. Elias also thinks outfield prospect Colton Cowser will make his MLB debut at some point this year. Rodriguez is Baltimore's No. 2 prospect and seventh overall in all of baseball, per MLB Pipeline. It's likely that the 23-year-old right-hander would have debuted last year, but a Grade 2 lat strain set him back. Rodriguez was fantastic once he returned from a three-month absence at Triple-A Norfolk, showing that he doesn't have much left to prove on the farm. He'll likely face workload restrictions in 2023, but Rodriguez should have an immediate fantasy impact in all leagues if he stays healthy.

    Jan 30 · Source via Orioles Colton Cowser Grayson Rodriguez prospects
  • New York Yankees Will Have Shortstop Battle

    According to New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone, the Yankees will have a shortstop battle in Spring Training. Current shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa is defending his spot as the starter, but young stars such as Oswald Peraza and prodigy Anthony Volpe will be evaluated in Spring Training for a possible starting role. Kiner-Falefa slashed .261/.314/.327 in his 531 plate appearances and swiped a career-high 22 bags. Peraza was promoted late last season and retained a .832 OPS through 56 plate appearances. Volpe is yet to be promoted to the pros but is on the cusp of becoming the next Yankees shortstop if he turns some heads in Spring Training. Boone will have critical decisions regarding the Yankees shortstop vacancy, and all three players are strong contenders to win the starting position.

    Jan 29 · Source via Yankees Isiah Kiner-Falefa Oswald Peraza Anthony Volpe prospects
  • Sal Frelick, Others Invited To Camp

    The Milwaukee Brewers announced on Thursday that outfielder Sal Frelick, catcher Brian Navarreto, outfielder Joey Wiemer and left-hander Robert Gasser have received non-roster invites to major-league spring training. Frelick (No. 2), Wiemer (No. 3) and Gasser (No. 10) are among the team's top prospects, per MLB Pipeline. Frelick, 22, hit an impressive .331/.403/.480 with 11 homers and 24 steals in 119 games at three minor-league levels in 2022 and should make his MLB debut in 2023. Wiemer, 23, hit .256 with 21 homers, 71 RBI and 31 stolen bases in 127 games at Double-A and Triple-A in 2022. Gasser, 23, began the year with the San Diego Padres before joining Milwaukee and making it up to Triple-A. He finished with a combined 7-12 record, 3.94 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 27 starts over three levels.

    Jan 26 · Source via Brewers Sal Frelick prospects
  • Oswald Peraza Could Be The Favorite To Start At Short

    New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, manager Aaron Boone and owner Hal Steinbrenner have said to expect a spring training shortstop competition between incumbent Isiah Kiner-Falefa and top prospects Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe, but the feeling around the organization is that Peraza might enter camp in the lead. He's ranked No. 62 on Baseball America's top-100 prospect list and impressed at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and during a September call-up. Peraza has more offensive upside than Kiner-Falefa, who hit just four homers and struggled on defense. Volpe is New York's top prospect, but he has only 22 games at Triple-A under his belt and could use some more seasoning.

    Jan 25 · Source via Yankees Isiah Kiner-Falefa Oswald Peraza Anthony Volpe prospects
  • Triston Casas An Obvious Extension Candidate

    Boston Red Sox first baseman Triston Casas is viewed by the organization as a big piece of what Boston hopes is their next evolution, as he's currently Baseball America's No. 29-ranked prospect in the sport. Casas hit just .197 in his first 27 major-league games in 2022, but it's clear that the Red Sox want him to be part of their future. According to Casas, he hasn't had any extension talks with the team, but he wouldn't mind approaching that subject. General manager Chaim Bloom isn't a stranger to early extensions from his days in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. The 23-year-old youngster is in line to be the team's regular first baseman in 2023 after Boston parted ways with Eric Hosmer this offseason.

    Jan 23 · Source via Red Sox Triston Casas prospects
  • Mark Leiter Jr. Elects Free Agency

    Right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. has elected free agency, according to his transactions tracker at MLB.com. He had been designated for assignment and outrighted by the Cubs in recent days but had the right to reject the assignment by virtue of having been previously outrighted in his career. Leiter, 32 in March, got some time in…

    Jan 23 · MLB Trade Rumors Cubs Mark Leiter prospects
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