Bernie Pleskoff has been a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners.
|Thomas Field projects as a capable and versatile utility middle infielder, with the ability to fill-in for a sustained amount of time or come off the bench to pinch-hit or play defense. He will provide 100 percent effort, good knowledge of the game and has playable tools that will help win ballgames.
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|Right-hander Lance McCullers has made a rather quick rise through the Astros' organization. The club's No. 10 prospect was promoted to the big league club Monday after having spent parts of only four seasons in the Minors.
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|Noah Syndergaard was a supplemental first-round selection out of high school by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2010 First Year Player Draft. A right-handed pitcher, Syndergaard has the type of upside that can either lead or compliment the top of the Mets rotation for years to come.
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|Right-handed-hitting outfielder Paulo Orlando lingered in the Minors for parts of nine seasons before the Royals promoted him to the 25-man Major League roster at the beginning of this season. Assumed a more prominent role while outfielder Alex Rios recovers from a fractured left hand, Orlando's greatest baseball tool is perhaps his speed.
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|Instead of accepting a scholarship to the University of Miami as had originally been planned, Cory Spangenberg became a first-round selection of the San Diego Padres. The left-handed hitting, right-handed throwing second baseman was the tenth overall pick in the 2011 First Year Player Draft.
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|The Red Sox selected Blake Swihart with the 26th pick in the first round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. Swihart has completed parts of five seasons in the Red Sox development system. He has a healthy composite batting average of .287 in 1331 trips to the plate.
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|Pitching injuries have impacted the Texas Rangers for the past couple of seasons. This year is no different. That's why the emergence of right-handed pitching prospect Keone Kela has been so important to the Rangers' bullpen.
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|New York Mets catching prospect Kevin Plawecki is being given an opportunity to show his ability on the big league stage. An injury to Travis d'Arnaud has provided Plawecki a chance to show he belongs in the big leagues. If not full-time now, perhaps sometime in the near future.
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|The Boston Red Sox have the luxury of plenty of organizational pitching depth that can be classified as Major League ready. Among those prospects is Matt Barnes, a lanky 6-foot-4, 210-pound right-hander, who was recalled on Saturday.
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|Los Angeles Dodgers infielder/outfielder Alex Guerrero has had a bit of a roller-coaster ride with the Dodgers since defecting from Cuba as a free agent in 2013.
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|The Atlanta Braves obtained an excellent multisport athlete when Jace Peterson was included in one of the many offseason moves made by the club. In mid-December, the San Diego Padres sent Peterson to the Braves along with pitcher Max Fried, third baseman Dustin Peterson and center fielder Mallex Smith for outfielder Justin Upton and pitcher Aaron Northcraft. It was a blockbuster trade that could help shape both clubs for years to come.
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|Kendall Graveman needed less than two years in the Minors to make it to the big leagues, thanks mostly to the fact that he can throw up to six pitches for strikes. However, he was sent back down last week to refine his repertoire.
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|J.T. Realmuto may well be the new full-time catcher for the Marlins. While he made his debut with the club at the age of 23 on June 5, 2014, Realmuto's recent promotion to the big leagues on April 13 could change the look of Miami's catching corps.
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|Pitching injuries in the first week of the season provided an opportunity for Giants right-handed starter Chris Heston. Due to Matt Cain's arm injury and the bad back of Jake Peavy, Heston was called on to start against the D-backs in the first series of the year.
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|Right-handed-hitting catcher James McCann won't just be remembered for hitting a bird perched on the backstop with a foul ball during Spring Training this year. No, there's much more to McCann's 2015 Spring Training story.
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|People have come to expect tremendous pitching depth from the St. Louis Cardinals. Left-hander Marco Gonzales is another in the long line of pitchers the club has developed.
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|Ideally, every trade would benefit all involved clubs. In the case of a transaction between the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays in November 2014, the deal seems to meet that standard. Toronto sent outfielder Anthony Gose to Detroit for second baseman Devon Travis. Both players are poised to impact their new club as part of their respective starting lineups.
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|After submitting a posting fee, the Pittsburgh Pirates won the bidding for right-handed-hitting infielder Jung Ho Kang in December. A month later, they signed him to a four-year contract with a club option for a fifth year. He was signed as a shortstop, adding middle-infield depth behind the incumbent, Jody Mercer. Kang is the first Korean position player to come to the Major Leagues through the posting system.
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|Rangers outfielder Ryan Rua came out of nowhere to become a part of the team's plans in 2014, and after a strong showing in Spring Training, he was named the Rangers' starting left fielder to open the '15 season.
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|Carlos Rodon got his share of publicity, but it was mild and toned down compared to Bryant. But make no mistake, Rodon has raised some eyebrows with his electric stuff and his mature poise and mound presence. He will be a force in the White Sox rotation for years to come.
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