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The Phillies hope to keep the future at bay as long as humanly possible. But time catches up with everybody eventually, and the Phils need to keep supplying their big league roster with talent. Homegrown talent is the best and most cost effective way to go.
Those fans frustrated by the Astros' rebuilding process and the lack of wins at the Major League level the last two years don't have to look very far to see plenty of optimism. It's in places like Oklahoma City, Corpus Christi, Quad Cities and Lancaster, and it should be invading Houston soon.
The Florida State League suspended Cubs top prospect Jorge Soler five games for leaving the dugout and wielding a bat during a game Wednesday night.
In the Twins' run of success during which they won six American League Central titles in a nine-year span (2002-10), it was the farm system that helped propel them to such great heights.
The Reds have made no bones about their win-now mentality at the Major League level. At the same time, the organization hasn't sacrificed its future to improve its present. In fact, the pipeline is filled with talent that indicates Cincinnati expects to keep its window of competitiveness open for an extended period.
Although the Marlins right now are experiencing growing pains, a number of high-end prospects are currently developing at the Minor Leagues.
The Cardinals' organization has done so well, many outside evaluators consider the farm system to be the strongest in baseball entering 2013. St. Louis was one of just five teams to place six prospects in MLB.com's Top 100 list this past offseason. Four of the Cards to land on that list fell within the Top 50.
With each big swing, third-base prospect Nolan Arenado causes Rockies fans to dream.
It has been years since the Mets headlined their farm system with a pair of prospects as talented as Zack Wheeler and Travis d'Arnaud. But they are hardly the only reasons why executives are so eager to see what happens in the Minors.
The Rangers, through their draft and international amateur signings, are headed toward being an offensive powerhouse within their farm system.
Jordan Sheffield, one of the top high school arms in the Draft class of 2013, will undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday morning, MLB.com has learned.
At some point the Phillies are going to need someone new in their rotation. They have multiple options in Triple-A Lehigh Valley, including Ethan Martin and Adam Morgan.
The World Baseball Classic didn't just provide a worldwide stage for the National Pastime. It also provided a showcase for many of the Giants' leading prospects. Of MLB.com's Top 20 prospects within the San Francisco organization, 11 were in big league camp because eight Giants were participating in the Classic.
Oscar Taveras and Carlos Martinez each had some issues at the beginning of the season, but the two top prospects are both moving in the right direction toward playing full-time.
In two Triple-A starts, lefty Tony Cingrani has worked 12 1/3 scoreless innings with 21 strikeouts, making him next up if the Reds suffer an injury to a starting pitcher.
Every year, much emphasis is placed on which players will break camp with their Major League clubs and participate in the pageantry of the season opener. But for those who fell short of the goal this year -- for reasons other than injury -- last season should provide plenty of hope and inspiration.
Catching prospect Mike Zunino, whom the team selected with the third overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, has four home runs and 16 RBIs at Triple-A Tacoma.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he saw some promising prospects this spring, and while many of those players are at the lower levels of the system, he made sure to note a few names that he could envision helping at the big league level this year.
Under executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette, the Orioles have continued to accumulate pitching depth, with the hope being that the club can continue to sustain the success of 2012 with a strong pipeline to the Major Leagues.
MLB is launching a training program in Puerto Rico aimed at finding more talented youngsters there.
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