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Top 5 Farm System’s



With spring training starting, here are the top 5 minor league systems, along with there top three prospects.

Atlanta Braves

The Braves have the best pitching depth in their minor league system, along with one of the best overall prospects in outfielder Ronald Acuna.

1. Ronald Acuna OF– Acuna put together .325 21 82 with 44 steals across three levels in the minors. Acuna was also named MVP of the Arizona Fall League.

2. Kolby Allard LHP– Alford has an excellent curveball-changeup combination, with veteran savvy on the mound.

3. Luis Gohara LHP– Gohara went 7-4 with a 2.62 ERA in the minors last year. Gohara started five games for Atlanta last year posting a 4.91 ERA but posted 31 strikeouts in 29.1 innings pitched.

Chicago White Sox

The White Sox restocked their farm systems with trades, this should put the White Sox in position to contend in a few years.

  1. Eloy Jimenez OF– Jimenez has star quality. Jimenez put together a .312-19-65 season in single A and AAA.

2. Michael Kopech RHP–  Kopech is known for having the best fastball in the minor leagues. He has developed other pitches to advance his game to be a quality pitcher for the white sox when called upon.

3. Alec Hanson RHP– Hanson pitched in all three levels of the minors last year. Hanson has a mid 90s fastball, with a nasty slider. Hanson stuck out 191 batters in 141.1 innings.

New York Yankees

The Yankees have one of the deepest farm systems lead by Gleyber Torres.

  1. Gleyber Torres ss– Torres is a very mature young player with a good batting eye. Torres walked 30 times in 55 games. Torres had Tommy John surgery in June, look for Torres to get a shot at the every day third baseman job.

2. Chance Adams RHP– Adams really thrived when the Yankees moved him to a starting role. Adams went 15-5 with a  2.45 ERA. Adams has a mid 90s fastball and a power slider.

3. Justus Sheffield RHP– Sheffield is a sleeper in the Yankees system, he has a mid 90s fastball with 3 off-speed pitches a deadly combination.

San Diego Padres Padres

have a lot of pitching depth and star potential with her position players.

1 Fernando Tatis Jr. SS– Tatis is coming off a .278-22-75 season, Tatis made it up to AA at the age of 18. Tatis will get a full season of AA at the age of 19. The sky is the limit for this kid.

2. MacKenzie Gore LHP– Gore posted monster number at a North Carolina high school, going 11-0 with a 0.19 ERA. Gore also had a 158 to 5 strikeout/walk ratio. Gore could be a star in the making.

3. Michael Baez RHP– Baez is 6-8 220 with a fastball in the 100s and a nasty slider. Baez sounds like a right-handed Randy Johnson. Baez struck out 82 batters in 58.2 innings.

Los Angeles Dodgers

With Cody Bellinger and Cory Seager in the big leagues the Dodgers still have a minor league system full of top prospects.

  1. Walker Buehler RHP– Buehler is ready for his first full season coming off Tommy John surgery. Buehler has electric stuff and his command is getting better. Buehler has Ace upside.

2. Alex Verdugo OF– Verdugo is a high average, high on-base guy. Verdugo does not have much pop, but he has a rocket arm.

3. Keibert Ruiz– Ruiz could be the best catching prospect in baseball if he continues to improve at a rapid pace. Ruiz is a switch hitter and a good defender at the catching position.



American League

2019 Trade Deadline Highlights



In a shocking, last-minute deal, Zack Greinke has a new home (CBS Sports).

This year’s Trade Deadline in the MLB wasn’t as boisterous as previous seasons and might rank as one of the less-exciting ones in history. There was still a good number of high-profile moves, however, and a few big names went on to new homes. Here’s a look at the more notable acquisitions of July 31, 2019 and how they will impact the teams that got the big returns.

Blue Jays trade RHP Marcus Stroman to Mets in exchange for RHP Anthony Kay, RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson

The move that unofficially kicked off trading season was a bit of a head scratcher. It had long been rumored that Toronto was shopping ace Marcus Stroman, but the team he ended up with isn’t exactly a contender. The Mets are currently four games under .500 and may not be vying for the postseason in 2019. The move is likely another part of the Mets rebuilding process, and since Noah Syndergaard stayed put, New York may have a formidable rotation next season.

Indians acquire LHP Scott Moss, OF Yasiel Puig from Reds and OF Franmil Reyes, LHP Logan Allen and IF Victor Nova from Padres, Padres acquire OF Taylor Trammell from Reds, Indians acquire Reds acquire RHP Trevor Bauer from Indians

The literal biggest trade of the day was a this three-team blockbuster. Trevor Bauer firing the ball over the center field wall on Sunday after he was pulled in the fifth inning ended up being the last pitch he threw in an Indians uniform. A day later the Tribe rid itself of his petulance and pulled off a massive trade with intrastate rival Cincinnati as well as San Diego that saw Bauer go to the Reds and Reds top prospect Taylor Tramell go to the Friars. Cleveland received a host of players from both teams, most namely Yasiel Puig, who is ironically also known as a prima donna.

Though Bauer is undeniably talented when he keeps his act together and bolsters the Reds attempts to trend upward, San Diego may have won the trade with Tramell, MLB’s no. 30 overall prospect.

Rays acquire 1B Jesus Aguilar from Brewers in exchange for RHP Jacob Faria

Milwaukee was certainly brewing before the Deadline and made a commendable effort to improve its pitching. GM David Stearns’ most notable move was a straight swap with the Rays that brought back righty Jacob Faria in exchange for power hitting 1B Jesus Aguilar. Aguilar is having a down year but has proven many times that he can be deadly. He gives the Rays the big bat they’ve been seeking in their hunt for a Wild Card berth.

It’s a good move for both sides because it clears Milwaukee’s infield logjam and gives the team another quality starter. Faria never quite broke out in Tampa Bay but a change of scenery always has potential to pay dividends. After having already gotten Jordan Lyles from Pittsburgh on Monday, the Brewers made another move and got Drew Pomeranz from San Fransisco later on Wednesday. Though none of the returns are big name guys, Milwaukee is serious about making another run after coming so close last year.

Cubs acquire OF Nicholas Castellanos from Tigers in exchange for RHP Alex Lange and RHP Paul Richan.

The Cubs made their chances of taking the NL Central back even better with this move. Nicholas Castellanos has been one of the MLB’s more underrated players in recent years, largely because he was on the Tigers after the team’s glory days of the early 2010s ended. Adding him to a lineup that already includes Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras and Javier Baez gives the Cubbies even more firepower, especially given Castellanos success vs. lefty pitchers. It’s also a great move for him personally as he gets to join a contending team at last. The Cubs are vying to appear in the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season, and their chances look pretty good.

Astros acquire RHP Zack Greinke from Diamondbacks in exchange for RHP Corbin Martin, RHP JB Bukauskas, IF Josh Rojas and IF Seth Beer

If Houston was scary good before this trade, they’re terrifyingly good now. The Astros just added Zack Greinke to a rotation that already includes Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole in a last-minute deal that wasn’t announced until after the deadline officially passed. Arizona received a package of four minor leaguers in return as the team is now officially in the rebuilding process.

Like Verlander, Greinke is in the second half of his thirties but has not declined at all and owned a 10-4 record with a 2.90 on a sub-par Diamondbacks team at the time of his departure. The six-time All-Star’s presence gives Houston the best rotation in baseball by far and should get the knees of any upcoming opponent knocking. The MLB said it best on Instagram today, “Facing Houston? You have a problem.”

Notable non-moves:

  • After being heavily rumored as top targets, Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard and Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner are still members of their longtime teams.
  • The Boston Red Sox, whose bullpen has blown 18 saves, made no moves to improve its relief core, to the amazement of the team’s fanbase.
  • The New York Yankees were thought to be Syndergaard’s top suitor, but the team did not acquire any starting pitching to aid Aaron Boone’s struggling rotation.

What was the biggest move of the deadline this year? Be sure to let us know on Twitter @HomeRunDaily.

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Athletics Acquire Tanner Roark



Tanner Roark

The Oakland Athletics have acquired right hander Tanner Roark from the Cincinnati Reds, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

As part of the deal, outfielder Jamerson Hannah will be heading to Cincinnati, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser, the Reds will pick up $2.1 million of Roark’s remaining salary.

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Astros Acquire Martin Maldonado



Martin Maldonado

The Houston Astros have acquired veteran catcher Martin Maldonado from the Chicago Cubs, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

As part of the deal, outfielder/second baseman Tony Kemp will be heading to the Cubs, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome.

Maldonado has posted a .217/.285/.349 slash line this season.

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