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Bregman, Stassi team up to hand out turkeys

Astros duo give Thanksgiving dinner to 500 people at Gallery Furniture
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HOUSTON -- Astros fan Ryan Carr joined hundreds in braving cold temperatures on Thursday morning to wait in line and receive a free turkey from All-Star third baseman Alex Bregman, who joined with teammate Max Stassi and Houston philanthropist and furniture store owner Jim McIngvale in helping those in need.

Carr was one of 500 people to receive a free frozen turkey for Thanksgiving and took the time to get a picture with the players, as well as having Bregman autograph his Astros jacket. Hundreds of others followed, with Bregman and Stassi standing behind a table for hours to hand out turkeys, shake hands and pose for pictures inside Gallery Furniture.

HOUSTON -- Astros fan Ryan Carr joined hundreds in braving cold temperatures on Thursday morning to wait in line and receive a free turkey from All-Star third baseman Alex Bregman, who joined with teammate Max Stassi and Houston philanthropist and furniture store owner Jim McIngvale in helping those in need.

Carr was one of 500 people to receive a free frozen turkey for Thanksgiving and took the time to get a picture with the players, as well as having Bregman autograph his Astros jacket. Hundreds of others followed, with Bregman and Stassi standing behind a table for hours to hand out turkeys, shake hands and pose for pictures inside Gallery Furniture.

"I'm a huge Astros fan, and I heard Bregman was out here and wanted to meet him," said Carr, who passed his turkey along to someone else in line. "I've been pretty fortunate this year, so I want to give it away to one of these ladies outside who's less fortunate than me. There's a lot of people out there who said they didn't even have computers to register on line [for the giveaway]. I have been blessed. I'm good. I wanted to get an autograph from Bregman, so that was pretty cool."

Tweet from @brianmctaggart: Astros players @ABREG_1 and @MaxStassi10 team with @MattressMack to hand out turkeys to those in need at @GFToday pic.twitter.com/J6iTvG2K9o

Bregman has partnered with McIngvale -- one of the most recognizable and charitable business leaders in Houston over the past 30 years -- several times since his callup to the Astros. McIngvale said Bregman called him a few days ago and wanted to hand out some turkeys in the spirit of Thanksgiving.

"It's awesome," Bregman said. "[McIngvale] has done so much for this Houston community, and any chance we have to give back and help out, we're going to take that opportunity and hopefully impact some lives."

McIngvale, who last year refunded $10 million to customers who bought furniture as part of a promotion in which they would get it for free if the Astros won the World Series, has lauded Bregman's efforts in the community. He sponsored Bregman's baseball camp earlier this year and marveled at how the All-Star made the most of a less-than-ideal environment.

"It was raining really hard, and we were inside a little gym and he was sick that day and stayed for five hours," McIngvale said. "He was just a top-class individual, a guy that gives back to the community and takes his role as a Major League ballplayer very seriously to make people happy and better. We're real proud of Alex, and it's great to have Max here this morning, as well."

Giving back to a community that supported the Astros is what it's about for Stassi.

"Everyone supports us throughout the season," he said. "It's our offseason so it's time for us to give back. It's the least we can do for this community."

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Verlander 2nd for Cy a record-tying third time

Rays' Snell picks up award with four more first-place votes
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HOUSTON -- Despite having one of the best seasons of his tremendous career, Astros right-hander Justin Verlander was again denied his second Cy Young Award.

Verlander finished second in the AL Cy Young race for a record-tying third time, with Tampa Bay left-hander Blake Snell winning his first. Verlander, who won the award during his MVP season with Detroit in 2011, became the fourth pitcher to finish second in the balloting three times. He was also the runner-up in the AL in 2012 and '16.

HOUSTON -- Despite having one of the best seasons of his tremendous career, Astros right-hander Justin Verlander was again denied his second Cy Young Award.

Verlander finished second in the AL Cy Young race for a record-tying third time, with Tampa Bay left-hander Blake Snell winning his first. Verlander, who won the award during his MVP season with Detroit in 2011, became the fourth pitcher to finish second in the balloting three times. He was also the runner-up in the AL in 2012 and '16.

:: AL Cy Young Award voting totals ::

This year's vote from the Baseball Writers' Association of America was close, though. Snell finished with 17 first-place votes, 11 second-place votes and two third-place votes for a total of 169 points. Verlander had 13 first-place votes, 13 second-place votes, three third-place votes and one fourth-place vote, finishing with 154 points. Corey Kluber of the Indians was third (71 points), Chris Sale of the Red Sox was fourth (59) and Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole was fifth (26).

Verlander, 35, had one of the best seasons of his career, going 16-9 with a 2.52 ERA and a career-high 290 strikeouts in 214 innings -- one behind AL leader Kluber (215). Verlander led the Majors with a 0.90 WHIP, which is the third-lowest for an AL starter in the last 50 seasons (minimum 175 innings).

Following his final start of the regular season in September, Verlander said his workload should weigh heavily into the voting of the writers. He finished with 33 1/3 more innings than Snell, whose 180 2/3 innings were the fewest for a Cy Young Award-winning starting pitcher in a full season.

"I think it's an interesting vote," Verlander said. "I think this is a vote that's going to change the possible landscape of how the Cy Young voting goes. I think if you're going to take a bigger look at guys like Sale and Snell, you need to take a harder look at some relievers. If you're going to minimize innings and vote for the spectacular numbers, that brings in a whole other genre of guys that should be looked at for Cy Young."

Video: Rays pitcher Snell wins the 2018 AL Cy Young Award

Verlander's candidacy was as much about quality as quantity. He led AL pitchers in WAR (6.8), strikeouts, opponents' on-base percentage (.242) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.84). He had a 2.14 ERA on the road, which led the Majors. He ranked second in the AL in strikeouts per nine innings (12.2) and fewest walks per nine innings (1.6). He also ranked third in ERA and opponents' batting average (.200) and fourth in opponents' OPS (.602).

When the Astros were chasing the AL West title into the end of September, Verlander was at his best. He went 3-0 with a 1.09 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 33 innings in September, posting at least 10 strikeouts in each of his final four starts. His 290 strikeouts are the fourth-most in Astros history, and he struck out at least 10 batters in a game 13 times, which led the AL.

"I've always valued 200 innings and grinding for it," Verlander said in September. "It's not easy to get there, especially in the landscape of the game today. Back in the day, seven, eight years ago, I was throwing 240, 250 innings. Now you don't see anybody doing that. Crossing the 200 threshold is more and more special."

AL Cy Young Award past winners

The other three-time runners-up were Warren Spahn, the 1957 NL winner who finished second in '58, '60 and '61; Randy Johnson, a five-time winner (1995 in the AL and 1999-2002 in the NL) who finished second in the AL in 1993 and '97 and in the NL in 2004; and Curt Schilling, who never won the award but was the runner-up in the NL in 2001 and '02 and in the AL in '04.

Ballots, submitted prior to postseason play, were cast by two writers in each league city. They are tabulated on a system that awards seven points for first place, four points for second place, three points for third place, two votes for fourth place and one point for fifth place.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Kate Upton not upset about voting this year

Astros right-hander Justin Verlander came up short in the American League Cy Young Award voting this season, finishing second to the Rays' Blake Snell for the top honor in the AL, as announced on Wednesday

Flash back to two years ago, when Verlander finished behind Rick Porcello for the same award. Upton was pretty upset about it, and she let the world know on her Twitter account. This time around, though, she poked fun at her emotional reaction from 2016. 

Toro doubles, stays hot in Fall League action

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Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Wednesday:

• Gameday: Salt River 4, Glendale 3 | Mesa 10, Surprise 6 | Scottsdale 10, Peoria 3

Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Wednesday:

• Gameday: Salt River 4, Glendale 3 | Mesa 10, Surprise 6 | Scottsdale 10, Peoria 3

AL East

Blue Jays (Surprise)
Blue Jays No. 9 prospect Cavan Biggio went 2-for-4 with a double, a single, an RBI and two strikeouts.

Orioles (Glendale)
Orioles No. 12 prospect Ryan McKenna went 1-for-3 with a single, two RBIs, a walk and a run scored. Steve Wilkerson went 0-for-3 with a walk. Tyler Erwin allowed an unearned run on one hit in one inning of relief.

Rays (Peoria)
Brandon Lawson struggled in his start, giving up four runs on six hits, and lasted only one inning. Phoenix Sanders didn't fare much better, as he gave up two runs in two innings. Dalton Moats gave up one run in one inning.

Red Sox (Mesa)
Red Sox No. 10 prospect Josh Ockimey went 0-for-5 with an RBI and two strikeouts. Bobby Dalbec (No. 6) went 2-for-2 with a double, an RBI, a run scored and two walks.

Yankees (Glendale)
Steven Sensley was the only Yankees prospect with a hit in a 1-for-3 afternoon. Yankees No. 2 prospect Estevan Florial went 0-for-3, but he walked, stole a base and scored a run. Thairo Estrada (No. 16) went 0-for-4. Matt Wivinis struck out the only batter he faced to get Glendale out of a jam in the eighth.

AL Central

Indians (Glendale)
Catcher Li-Jen Chu went 1-for-4.

Royals (Surprise)
Meibrys Viloria went 2-for-4 with a single, a triple, a walk and two runs scored. Nick Heath was 1-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Royals No. 2 prospect Khalil Lee went 1-for-5 with an RBI.

Tigers (Mesa)
Daniel Woodrow went 2-for-4 with two singles, two walks and a run scored. Jake Rogers went 2-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored.

Twins (Salt River)
Twins No. 18 prospect Travis Blankenhorn raised his Fall League average to .224 with three hits while also walking and scoring a run. Jaylin Davis went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to four games.

White Sox (Glendale)
Tanner Banks rebounded from a shaky outing in his last start with five strong innings, allowing one run on six hits with one strikeout. White Sox No. 4 prospect Luis Robert went 1-for-4 and stole both second and third base after his second-inning single. No. 9 prospect Luis Alexander Basabe and No. 28 prospect Laz Rivera were a combined 0-for-8.

Tweet from @MLBPipeline: Another look at Robert's 106.7 mph single and two stolen bases. The #WhiteSox OF prospect registered a 28.5 ft/sec sprint speed on the first, 29.5 on the second. Also reached 31.0 ft/sec on a groundout. pic.twitter.com/yKvxqMPlFU

AL West

A's (Mesa)
A's No. 30 prospect Skye Bolt went 1-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.

Angels (Mesa)
Angels No. 4 prospect Jahmai Jones went 2-for-6 with a home run, an RBI and two runs scored. Roberto Baldoquin went 1-for-3 with a homer, two RBIs, two walks and two runs scored.

Astros (Scottsdale)
Astros No. 21 prospect Abraham Toro continued his recent hot stretch with a 2-for-5 performance. Toro doubled, drew a walk and scored a trio of runs. Ronnie Dawson also picked up a pair of hits, finishing 2-for-5 with two RBIs. J.B. Bukauskas (No. 8) had a rough start, giving up three runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings. Trent Thornton (No. 24) fared much better, striking out four and yielding only one hit over 2 1/3 innings.

Mariners (Peoria)
Mariners No. 20 prospect Ian Miller went 1-for-2 and Joe DeCarlo went 0-for-3.

Rangers (Surprise)
Charles Leblanc went 1-for-4 with a single and a walk.

NL East

Braves (Peoria)
Ray-Patrick Didder and Izzy Wilson each went 1-for-4. Braxton Davidson finished 0-for-4.

Marlins (Salt River)
Marlins No. 12 prospect Brian Miller had two hits in his second consecutive game, including a two-run single in the eighth inning. The knock scored No. 2 prospect Monte Harrison, who entered as a pinch-runner and stole third. No. 27 prospect Bryson Brigman was 0-for-5. More »

Video: Miller on his big game vs. Glendale in Fall League

Phillies (Scottsdale)
Phillies No. 11 prospect Arquimedes Gamboa and Austin Listi combined to go 3-for-10. Gamboa was 1-for-5, while Listi collected two hits in his five trips to the plate.

Nationals (Salt River)
Nationals No. 15 prospect Tres Barrera had two hits for the first time since Oct. 25, while Jake Noll went 1-for-3 while playing both third base and left field. Jordan Mills earned his first win of the AFL season after he struck out two in a scoreless eighth.

Mets (Scottsdale)
Mets No. 2 prospect Peter Alonso broke out of his 5-for-42 slump with a massive night. He hit a three-run homer in the first inning and kept hitting, finishing 4-for-5 with six RBIs, the most by any player in a Fall League game this season. Joe Zanghi and Matt Blackham combined to throw three scoreless innings in relief. Zanghi gave up one hit over two innings, while Blackham struck out one in his lone inning. More »

Video: Peter Alonso discusses his big game against Peoria

NL Central

Brewers (Peoria)
Brewers No. 1 prospect Keston Hiura hit his fifth homer of the AFL season, which brings him into a tie for third place. He later doubled to finish 2-for-4. Trent Grisham (No. 19) hit his first Fall League homer and finished 1-for-4. Miguel Sanchez gave up three runs on six hits in three innings. Jon Olczak finished the game with a scoreless inning out of the bullpen.

Tweet from @MLBPipeline: Keston Hiura continues to rake in the @MLBazFallLeague. The #Brewers No. 1 prospect hit his fifth home run, which is tied for third in the AFL. Gameday: https://t.co/tTRyx6FBJa pic.twitter.com/qQugNgwjBY

Cardinals (Surprise)
Tommy Edman went 2-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Andy Young started at designated hitter and went 0-for-5 with an RBI. Evan Kruczynski started for the Saguaros and took the loss, giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

Cubs (Mesa)
Cubs No. 5 prospect Trent Giambrone went 1-for-5 with a single in the first inning. D.J. Wilson (No. 16) went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, a run scored and two stolen bases.

Pirates (Surprise)
Pirates No. 5 prospect Cole Tucker went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Bryan Reynolds (No. 8) went 1-for-4 with a single, a walk and a run scored.

Reds (Scottsdale)
Reds No. 2 prospect Taylor Trammell boosted his average to .298 with a three-hit performance. Trammell tripled, drew a walk and scored a trio of runs. Shed Long (No. 8) finished 1-for-4 with an RBI and Mark Kolozsvary went 1-for-2.

NL West

D-backs (Salt River)
D-backs No. 9 prospect Drew Ellis hit his fourth double of the fall before he was lifted for a pinch-runner in the eighth. Daulton Varsho (No. 5) was intentionally walked as a pinch-hitter following the double and swiped second as part of a double steal. No. 4 prospect Pavin Smith went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored, while catcher Dominic Miroglio (No. 30) went 0-for-3. Kevin Ginkel allowed a run, but picked up his first save of the fall, while Tyler Mark pitched an inning and allowed an unearned run.

Dodgers (Glendale)
Nolan Long struck out a pair in a scoreless sixth, while Dodgers No. 26 prospect Jordan Sheffield took his first loss of the fall after giving up two runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Giants (Scottsdale)
Giants No. 28 prospect C.J. Hinojosa went 1-for-4.

Padres (Peoria)
Padres No. 25 prospect Austin Allen went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Buddy Reed (No. 13) went 0-for-2 and Hudson Potts (No. 23) went 0-for-4.

Rockies (Salt River)
Rockies No. 10 prospect Ryan Castellani struck out seven, tying his most in AFL play, as he pitched five innings and held Glendale to one run on two hits. No. 11 prospect Tyler Nevin hit a game-tying, pinch-hit RBI single, and Mitch Horacek struck out the side in the sixth.

Bregman surprises couple by crashing wedding

The offseason is a time for baseball players to unwind, but the Astros' Alex Bregman has definitely been keeping busy. He stopped by his alma mater, Louisiana State University, for a tailgate earlier in November, and he recently made a local Houston waitress's day by leaving a $500 tip on a bill for just iced tea.

Then on Nov. 10, Bregman decided to take his party to the next level when he was tagged in a Snapchat post by Hayley and Steven Lopez, who had just gotten married and were celebrating their reception.

Keuchel turns down $17.9M qualifying offer

MLB.com @brianmctaggart

HOUSTON -- As expected, left-handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel turned down the Astros' qualifying offer of $17.9 million for 2019. That means if Keuchel signs with another team, the Astros will receive a compensatory pick in next year's MLB Draft.

If a team that loses a player does not receive revenue sharing and did not exceed the luxury-tax salary threshold the previous season, its compensatory pick will come after Competitive Balance Round B, which follows the second round. The value of the player's contract doesn't matter in this case. The Astros fall into that category.

HOUSTON -- As expected, left-handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel turned down the Astros' qualifying offer of $17.9 million for 2019. That means if Keuchel signs with another team, the Astros will receive a compensatory pick in next year's MLB Draft.

If a team that loses a player does not receive revenue sharing and did not exceed the luxury-tax salary threshold the previous season, its compensatory pick will come after Competitive Balance Round B, which follows the second round. The value of the player's contract doesn't matter in this case. The Astros fall into that category.

Video: Dallas Keuchel enters free agency

Keuchel, 30, was the only one of the Astros' seven free agents who received a qualifying offer, and it was almost a given he was going to turn it down. The team's other free agents are pitchers Charlie Morton and Tony Sipp, infielder/outfielder Marwin Gonzalez, catchers Brian McCann and Martin Maldonado and designated hitter Evan Gattis.

Keuchel, who won the 2015 American League Cy Young Award, went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA in 34 starts for the Astros last season, reaching 200 innings for the third time in his career and won his fourth Gold Glove Award in five seasons. After starting the season 3-8 with a 4.45 ERA in his first 14 starts, he went 9-3 with a 3.23 ERA in his final 20 starts.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast

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Toro triples in Tuesday's AFL action

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Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Tuesday:

Gameday: Glendale 2, Surprise 9 | Mesa 3, Peoria 14 | Salt River 2, Scottsdale 4

Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Tuesday:

Gameday: Glendale 2, Surprise 9 | Mesa 3, Peoria 14 | Salt River 2, Scottsdale 4

AL East

Blue Jays (Surprise)
Blue Jays No. 4 prospect Nate Pearson earned his second win of the fall after tossing five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and walking two. No. 22 prospect Santiago Espinal was 2-for-4 with a run, while Cavan Biggio (No. 9) was 0-for-3 with a walk and a run. Zach Jackson allowed two hits in a scoreless inning of relief.

Tweet from @MLBPipeline: Big Nate looking 💪 in the @MLBazFallLeague again. After firing 4 perfect frames in his last start, #BlueJays No. 4 prospect Nate Pearson has tossed 4 scoreless today.Gameday: https://t.co/2BlKTkrPJp pic.twitter.com/70ABROZCsP

Orioles (Glendale)
Steve Wilkerson was 2-for-4 for his third multihit game in his last four contests, while Jay Flaa had a strikeout and allowed a hit in a scoreless inning of relief. Catcher Martin Cervenka was 0-for-3 with a walk.

Rays (Peoria)
Both Rays prospects in action had huge days at the plate, with No. 7 prospect Ronaldo Hernandez going 3-for-4 with his first triple of the fall, an RBI single and three runs scored. No. 9 prospect Lucius Fox also went 3-for-4 and scored two runs, hitting a double and an RBI single to go with a walk. More »

Video: Lucius Fox on strong game, confidence in Fall League

Red Sox (Mesa)
Red Sox No. 7 prospect Darwinzon Hernandez allowed a trio of inherited runners to score but struck out the side to escape the fourth inning. Other Boston prospects didn't fare as well. Josh Taylor was tagged for four runs on five hits in an inning of relief, while No. 10 prospect Josh Ockimey and Esteban Quiroz were a combined 0-for-7.

Yankees (Glendale)
Hobie Harris struck out two in a scoreless inning, while Kyle Zurak yielded an unearned run while allowing a walk and a hit in 1 2/3 frames.

AL Central

Indians (Glendale)
Indians No. 6 prospect Yu Chang singled, walked and scored, and outfielder Connor Marabell was 1-for-5. While Dalbert Siri pitched a shutout inning out of the bullpen, starter Justin Garza didn't fare so well in a wild outing, allowing four hits and walking four as he was charged with four runs in 1 1/3 innings.

Royals (Surprise)
Nick Heath extended his hitting streak to four games with a 2-for-4 showing in which he doubled and scored a pair of runs. Arnaldo Hernandez allowed two hits and a walk but threw two scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

Tigers (Mesa)
Tigers No. 8 prospect Daz Cameron had multiple hits for the fifth time in his last seven games with a 2-for-5 performance that brought his fall average to .324. Daniel Pinero was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored, while Daniel Woodrow was 1-for-4 with an RBI single.

Twins (Salt River)
Twins No. 18 prospect Travis Blankenhorn struck out three times but singled for his first hit in four games. Adam Bray pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief but allowed two runs on two hits.

White Sox (Glendale)
Laz Rivera, the No. 28 prospect in the White Sox system, hit an RBI single, while No. 9 prospect Luis Alexander Basabe was 1-for-4 with a walk and Luis Robert (No. 4) was 1-for-5. Danny Dopico had a forgettable relief outing, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk in one inning.

AL West

A's (Mesa)
Luis Barrera tripled for the first time this fall and scored a run, and Jake Bray allowed three runs (two earned) in an inning of relief.

Angels (Mesa)
Ryan Clark and Daniel Procopio each struck out a batter in a perfect inning of relief.

Astros (Scottsdale)
Abraham Toro, Houston's No. 21 prospect, hit his first triple of the fall and walked twice in a 2-for-3 afternoon that raised his OPS to 1.017. Center fielder Ronnie Dawson was 1-for-3 with a walk.

Mariners (Peoria)
Mariners No. 2 prospect Evan White struck out in the first inning before he was replaced by Weston Wilson in the second inning. No. 20 prospect Ian Miller had an RBI single to go with a run-scoring groundout and a bases-loaded walk, and Chris Mariscal was 0-for-3 with a walk and a run.

Rangers (Surprise)
Charles Leblanc was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

NL East

Braves (Peoria)
The Braves had a busy and productive day, with six of their prospects in action. Braxton Davidson hit a three-run homer, his league-leading sixth of the fall, as he went 1-for-4 with a walk. No. 6 prospect Cristian Pache was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI single, and No. 23 prospect Izzy Wilson also tacked on an RBI single. Jeremy Walker allowed an unearned run in a four-inning start to notch his first win of the fall, and Adam McCreery closed out the victory with a scoreless ninth. No. 12 prospect Kyle Muller yielded two runs in 1 2/3 innings.

Marlins (Salt River)
Marlins No. 2 prospect Monte Harrison was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, while Kyle Keller took the loss in relief after being charged with two runs on two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning.

Phillies (Scottsdale)
Starting pitcher Tyler Viza pitched five scoreless frames and struck out nine, tying for the most strikeouts in an AFL start this season. Austin Listi hit a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh, while Darick Hall was 1-for-4 and Jonathan Hennigan earned his first AFL win with one-third of an inning of relief. More »

Video: Tyler Viza on his performance against Salt River

Nationals (Salt River)
Ben Braymer and Taylor Guilbeau each allowed a hit and a walk in scoreless relief appearances, while Jake Noll walked and hit his second double of the fall to raise his average to .261.

Mets (Scottsdale)
Mets No. 2 prospect Peter Alonso reached base three times, walking twice and hitting a game-tying two-run double in the seventh. Catcher Ali Sanchez (No. 25) was 1-for-3 with a walk.

NL Central

Brewers (Peoria)
Keston Hiura, the Brewers' top prospect, brought his fall RBI total to 32 with a two-run double. In the last 10 seasons of AFL play, only two players -- Mike Olt and Nolan Arenado -- have had more RBIs. Weston Wilson replaced Evan White at first base in the second inning and was 1-for-4 with two runs.

Tweet from @MLBPipeline: After this 2-run double, #Brewers top prospect Keston Hiura is up to 32 RBIs in the @MLBazFallLeague. Only two players have had more in the past 10 AFL seasons: Mike Olt (43) and Nolan Arenado (33) in 2011.Gameday: https://t.co/BmnW6NcA6K pic.twitter.com/V3K42WbhIn

Cardinals (Surprise)
Lane Thomas was 2-for-3 with an RBI double and two runs, while Tommy Edman went 0-for-5.

Cubs (Mesa)
Cubs No. 6 prospect Nico Hoerner and Trent Giambrone (No. 29) were a combined 1-for-8 at the plate. Jhonny Pereda, who finished 2-for-4 with an RBI, had the best day of any Cubs prospect. Erick Leal had been lights out in the AFL, but hit a rough patch and was charged with seven runs (six earned) over three innings.

Pirates (Surprise)
Pirates No. 8 prospect Bryan Reynolds drove in a pair of runs and finished 2-for-4. Will Craig (No. 16) stole the show and put together one of his best games of the AFL. Craig, who finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs, hit his fifth homer of the Fall, which has him tied for the second-most in the league. More »

Video: Craig on strong day at the plate, learning first base

Reds (Scottsdale)
All three of Cincinnati's top prospects that played on Tuesday had success at the plate, as No. 2 prospect Taylor Trammell singled and scored a run, No. 8 prospect Shed Long hit an RBI double to drive in his fourth run in as many games, and No. 23 prospect Alfredo Rodriguez was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. Wyatt Strahan and Alex Powers each pitched scoreless innings.

NL West

D-backs (Salt River)
D-backs No. 3 prospect Jazz Chisholm continued his torrid fall with a two-run triple as part of a 2-for-4 game with a walk. He raised his AFL average to .425 and has hit safely in all nine games he's played. Catcher Daulton Varsho (No. 5) was 1-for-4 and caught a scoreless start by No. 1 prospect Jon Duplantier, who struck out five in four innings, scattering four hits and three walks. Catcher Renae Martinez was 0-for-3 with a walk for Surprise.

Dodgers (Glendale)
Cody Thomas and Jared Walker combined to go 3-for-6 at the plate. Walker went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Thomas scored a run as part of his 1-for-3 afternoon. On the mound, Andre Scrubb gave up one run on two hits in one inning.

Giants (Scottsdale)
Sam Wolff earned his third save of the fall with two strikeouts and two walks in a scoreless ninth inning. No. 19 prospect Melvin Adon didn't fare as well, as he was charged with two earned runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Padres (Peoria)
A pair of Padres' relievers combined to throw 2 1/3 scoreless innings in Peoria's win over Mesa. Blake Rogers struck out two over 1 1/3 innings, while Dauris Valdez picked up a strikeout in his inning on the mound.

Rockies (Salt River)
All three Rockies prospects in action on Tuesday -- No. 9 prospect Sam Hilliard, No. 11 prospect Tyler Nevin and Josh Fuentes -- singled and walked.

Altuve aims to be '120 percent' ready for spring

Astros star walking in knee brace after surgery on Oct. 19
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HOUSTON -- Speaking to reporters Sunday for the first time since he underwent major surgery on his right knee last month, Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve maintains he'll be fully recovered in time for the start of Spring Training in three months.

Altuve, who appeared at a private fan event at Minute Maid Park, underwent surgery Oct. 19 to repair a patella (kneecap) avulsion fracture in his right knee. He played through knee pain for much of the second half of the season and the postseason.

HOUSTON -- Speaking to reporters Sunday for the first time since he underwent major surgery on his right knee last month, Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve maintains he'll be fully recovered in time for the start of Spring Training in three months.

Altuve, who appeared at a private fan event at Minute Maid Park, underwent surgery Oct. 19 to repair a patella (kneecap) avulsion fracture in his right knee. He played through knee pain for much of the second half of the season and the postseason.

Altuve, 28, was wearing a hinged knee brace on his right leg but walking under his own power Sunday. He said he's not able to do too much in the early stages of his rehab, but knows he has plenty of time to recover before mid-February.

"We have a lot of time before Spring Training," said Altuve, who will join Houston Rockets star James Harden as the co-marshals of the Thanksgiving parade in Houston next week. "We're not doing a lot. The only thing they told me is we're going to be 120 percent for the first day of Spring Training, and that's what really matters."

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Altuve, a six-time All-Star and 2017 American League MVP, injured the knee sliding into second base in July at Colorado and was hobbled the rest of the season. Astros manager AJ Hinch said during the AL Championship Series that Altuve would have been on the disabled list had it been the regular season.

Coming off an MVP season in which he won his third batting title, Altuve hit .316 this year, with 13 homers and 61 RBIs in 137 games. It was the first time since his first full season in the Major Leagues (2012) in which he didn't play in at least 152 games.

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Altuve hit .276 with four homers and 15 RBIs in his final 127 at-bats after coming off the disabled list, and he batted .286 in the AL Division Series against Cleveland and .250 in the ALCS, which the Red Sox won in five games en route to the World Series title.

In addition to Altuve playing in pain, Lance McCullers Jr. pitched through a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow in the final week of the season and in five relief appearances in the playoffs. He underwent Tommy John surgery last week and will miss 2019.

"I don't think a lot of guys were 100 percent, and that's what makes this team so beautiful because you just try to go out there and overcome adversity and play for each other, and that's what we did," Altuve said.

Tweet from @brianmctaggart: Astros 2B Jose Altuve and Rockets star James Harden will be co-grand marshals of next week's Thanksgiving parade in Houston."Maybe I can get my basketball skills better just talking to him," Altuve said. pic.twitter.com/ylUKVy3J9t

The Astros could look decidedly different next season, with key players such as pitcher Dallas Keuchel, infielder/outfielder Marwin Gonzalez, pitcher Charlie Morton, catcher Brian McCann and designated hitter Evan Gattis facing free agency. Keuchel, Gonzalez and Altuve are the longest tenured members of the Astros.

"It's crazy," Altuve said. "Obviously, I want all my teammates to come back next year. We all know how free agency works. I just hope the best happens for them -- Marwin, Dallas, Evan Gattis, Charlie Morton. I hope that we get them back, but at the same time I hope they have a good free agency and there's something good coming for them."

Altuve and Gonzalez, both of whom are from Venezuela, are extremely close and have been teammates since 2012. Altuve signed a five-year, $151 million contract extension with Houston last spring and said he knows it's time for the versatile Gonzalez to test his value on the market.

"I don't think there's a single team in MLB that doesn't like Marwin," Altuve said. "For me, he's the savior. You have a problem, you call Marwin. That's one of the reasons why it's going to be really hard to get him back because he's in such high demand right now."

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Correa undergoes surgery for deviated septum

Shortstop expects procedure will alleviate breathing issues
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HOUSTON -- Astros shortstop Carlos Correa underwent surgery Monday to repair a deviated septum, he told reporters Saturday afternoon during an event at Minute Maid Park.

Correa said he was having trouble breathing through his nose while running the bases, but hopes the surgery will help alleviate the issue moving forward. According to the Mayo Clinic website, a deviated septum occurs when the thin wall between nasal passages is displaced to one side, restricting airflow and causing difficulty breathing.

HOUSTON -- Astros shortstop Carlos Correa underwent surgery Monday to repair a deviated septum, he told reporters Saturday afternoon during an event at Minute Maid Park.

Correa said he was having trouble breathing through his nose while running the bases, but hopes the surgery will help alleviate the issue moving forward. According to the Mayo Clinic website, a deviated septum occurs when the thin wall between nasal passages is displaced to one side, restricting airflow and causing difficulty breathing.

"It's annoying," Correa said. "I was having trouble breathing and I saw a doctor and she told me I needed surgery on my nose and I was like, 'All right, let's fix it.' It's been tough the last three days, obviously, to breathe through my nose, but at the end of the day it's for the greater good."

Correa battled a sore back in the second half of the season and into the playoffs and said Saturday he felt good but hadn't yet started his offseason training program because of his nose. Correa played in 110 regular-season games in 2018, batting .239 with 15 homers and 65 RBIs in his fourth year in the Majors.

"In a week or so, I'll start once again and right now, [my back] feels great," he said.

Correa is the third known member of the Astros to have surgery in the postseason. All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve underwent surgery Oct. 19 to repair a patella (kneecap) avulsion fracture in his right knee. Right-handed pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Tuesday and will miss the 2019 season.

Scott Boras, McCullers' agent, said earlier this week McCullers tore his ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow in August. He came back to pitch in relief in the final week of the regular season and playoffs and was limited to one inning.

"It's sad news, but when he told me he was trying to pitch through it I was like, 'There's no way,'" Correa said. "He said, 'I'm going to have surgery anyway, so I might as well contribute in the playoffs.' I was impressed the kind of competitive athlete he is and the dog in him of wanting to just go out there and help the team no matter what, even through the bad times. I have mad respect for him. Every day we talk and he's very positive and ready to recover and come back strong."

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Two Astros among early '19 ROY candidates

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The 2018 season's top rookies were announced on Monday, and both Rookies of the Year were mentioned in last year's ROY radar story.

Predicting who will win Rookie of the Year honors a year in advance is tough. Evidence comes from last year's group of 10 candidates. None of the five American League names received a vote (though Gleyber Torres, who finished third in the AL, was on the "others to watch" list). The National League choices were a bit more spot on, with Walker Buehler finishing third and Jack Flaherty landing in fifth place this year.

The 2018 season's top rookies were announced on Monday, and both Rookies of the Year were mentioned in last year's ROY radar story.

Predicting who will win Rookie of the Year honors a year in advance is tough. Evidence comes from last year's group of 10 candidates. None of the five American League names received a vote (though Gleyber Torres, who finished third in the AL, was on the "others to watch" list). The National League choices were a bit more spot on, with Walker Buehler finishing third and Jack Flaherty landing in fifth place this year.

That's not serving as a deterrent to trying again. All candidates on the lists below are on MLB Pipeline's current Top 100 list.

American League

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, Blue Jays' No. 1 prospect
The No. 1 prospect in baseball has to be considered the front-runner for ROY honors next year, doesn't he? Guerrero flirted with a .400 batting average for much of the season and reached Triple-A at age 19, finishing the year with an OPS over 1.000 across four levels. He then capped things off with a very productive Arizona Fall League campaign.

Josh James, RHP, Astros' No. 4 prospect
James took as big a step forward in 2018 as any pitching prospect in baseball, with improved conditioning among the factors that allowed him to pitch his way from Double-A to the big leagues. He struck out 13.5 per nine across two Minor League levels, then pitched well enough in Houston to earn a spot on the postseason roster. A full-time spot in the rotation could be his for the taking.

Danny Jansen, C, Blue Jays' No. 3 prospect
A solid all-around backstop, Jansen was able to shake off past injuries to homer in the Futures Game and make his big league debut in 2018. Russell Martin is still under contract for a year, but Jansen should get most of the time behind the plate in '19.

Eloy Jimenez, OF, White Sox No. 1 prospect
If Guerrero Jr. is the front-runner, then Jimenez isn't that far behind. Splitting the year between Double- and Triple-A, the 21-year-old outfielder hit a combined .337 with a .961 OPS. There's no question he'd be an upgrade in one of the outfield corners in Chicago next season.

Kyle Tucker, OF, Astros' No. 1 prospect
Tucker's brief stints in the big leagues in 2018 should not be used to extrapolate any kind of projection. He'll be just 22 for all of 2019 and flat-out raked as one of the youngest players in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League last season. It might be crowded in that Houston outfield, but Tucker and his back-to-back 20-homers/20-steals seasons have the chance to provide a greater everyday impact.

Others to watch: Yordan Alvarez, OF/1B, Astros; Bo Bichette, SS, Blue Jays; Griffin Canning, RHP, Angels; Dylan Cease, RHP, White Sox; Michael Chavis, 3B, Red Sox; Jonathan Loaisiga, RHP, Yankees; Sean Murphy, C, A's; Jesus Luzardo, LHP, A's; Justus Sheffield, LHP, Yankees; Forrest Whitley, RHP, Astros

Video: Mayo on potential 2019 NL Rookie of Year candidates

National League

Peter Alonso, 1B, Mets' No. 2 prospect
Mets fans wanted him up in 2018. After Alonso tied for the Minor League lead in home runs (36) and ran away with the RBI title (119), there's no question his power right-handed bat is ready for Citi Field. Hitting five more balls out in the AFL certainly doesn't hurt, and the Mets have said they're open to having him start the year in the big leagues.

Keston Hiura, 2B, Brewers' No. 1 prospect
Yes, Hiura only has one-plus year of pro ball under his belt, but his bat is so advanced, it's hard to see him needing much more time to be ready. His AFL season (.333/.387/.548 and a league-leading 30 RBIs in 20 games) should be a good springboard for him, providing space has been made in Milwaukee.

Victor Robles, OF, Nationals' No. 1 prospect
Robles was on this list a year ago, but injuries slowed him and Juan Soto passed him by up to Washington. Even though he played just 52 games in the Minors, he did make an impact in the big leagues last year and his tools will definitely play in the Nats' outfield, where he should get the chance to play alongside Soto all year.

Brendan Rodgers, INF, Rockies' No. 1 prospect
The two-time Futures Game participant had a solid season in Double-A to earn a bump to Triple-A before his 22nd birthday. Rodgers' bat speed, power and ability to play three infield positions should help him break into the Rockies' lineup -- and there's no telling what kind of numbers he could put up in Coors Field.

Touki Toussaint, RHP, Braves' No. 4 prospect
There are a number of young Braves pitchers who could figure into ROY talk in 2019. Toussaint gets the nod because of his pure swing-and-miss stuff, the impression he made during his big league callup and the fact the Braves trusted him enough to put him on the postseason roster.

Others to watch: Kolby Allard, LHP, Braves; Logan Allen, LHP, Padres; Luiz Gohara, LHP, Braves; Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B, Pirates; Dakota Hudson, RHP, Cardinals; Mitch Keller, RHP, Pirates; Francisco Mejia, C/OF, Padres; Austin Riley, 3B, Braves; Keibert Ruiz, C, Dodgers; Nick Senzel, INF, Reds; Mike Soroka, RHP, Braves; Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, Padres; Luis Urias, 2B, Padres; Alex Verdugo, OF, Dodgers; Taylor Widener, RHP, D-backs; Bryse Wilson, RHP, Braves; Kyle Wright, RHP, Braves

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.

Astros Foundation, Shriners extend agreement

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HOUSTON -- The Astros Foundation and Shriners Hospitals for Children announced the extension of a multi-year naming-rights agreement for the annual Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic held at Minute Maid Park in March.

The collaboration between the Astros Foundation and Shriners Hospitals for Children will extend through March 2023, and The Astros Foundation will continue to operate the tournament -- which is considered one of the most prestigious regular-season tournaments in college baseball.

HOUSTON -- The Astros Foundation and Shriners Hospitals for Children announced the extension of a multi-year naming-rights agreement for the annual Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic held at Minute Maid Park in March.

The collaboration between the Astros Foundation and Shriners Hospitals for Children will extend through March 2023, and The Astros Foundation will continue to operate the tournament -- which is considered one of the most prestigious regular-season tournaments in college baseball.

"The Shriners Hospitals for Children do such amazing work in the community," said Twila Carter, executive director of the Astros Foundation. "It's heartwarming and it's a privilege for us to work with them. The partnership with the Foundation gives us the opportunity to invest in the community in a way that otherwise we may not have. What a gift."

Tweet from @astros: The #Astros and @shrinershosp annnounce five-year extension for College Classic naming right! 🙌. pic.twitter.com/aXDjM3ONAi

The announcement of the contract extension came during an event on Saturday at Minute Maid Park, where Astros players Carlos Correa and Josh Reddick helped play host to 10 Miracle League teams from the Greater Houston YMCA. They provided more than 100 children with physical and developmental challenges with the opportunity to live out a Major League Baseball experience.

The event is a collaboration between the Astros Foundation and Shriners Hospitals for Children to raise funds and spread awareness for the international health-care system that provides care regardless of the families' ability to pay.

"It's a cool experience," Correa said. "When the Astros called me and told me about this event, I wanted to come. These kids, they need a reason to smile every day -- and coming to the ballpark ... having a good time and being able to spend time with a couple of big leaguers are moments they'll never forget."

Tweet from @brianmctaggart: Astros SS Carlos Correa at Shriners event at Minute Maid pic.twitter.com/HUL9ZtGlNC

Correa and Reddick took turns throwing slow-pitch batting practice to the kids, who were able to run the bases.

"These kids are great," Reddick said. "They're having a fun time and I'm having a blast. ... This is just fantastic to see these guys with smiles on their faces."

The Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic returns to Minute Maid Park from March 1-3, 2019. The invitation-only tournament next year features Baylor, Houston, Rice, TCU, Texas A&M and Texas State. The Astros Foundation will donate $1 from the sale of each ticket directly to Shriners Hospitals, as well as provide other fundraising and awareness opportunities.

Tickets for the 2019 tournament will go on sale on Nov. 27, at Astros.com/CollegeClassic. The tournament broadcast schedule will be announced at a later date.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Dawson hits 1st AFL homer in Monday's action

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Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Monday:

• Gameday: Surprise 4, Scottsdale 5 | Mesa 2, Glendale 4 | Salt River 4, Peoria 5

Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Monday:

• Gameday: Surprise 4, Scottsdale 5 | Mesa 2, Glendale 4 | Salt River 4, Peoria 5

 

Blue Jays (Surprise)
Blue Jays No. 1 prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is hitting .351 after going 1-for-3 with a two-run single. Cavan Biggio (No. 9) went 0-for-3, but made a nice diving catch in right field. Jackson McClelland had a rough afternoon as he gave up three runs (two earned) and issued a pair of walks in one inning.

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Orioles (Glendale)
Chris Lee notched five strikeouts across 3 1/3 innings for the Desert Dogs. Lee, who has a 3.05 ERA in the AFL, walked one and gave up two runs on four hits. Steve Wilkerson went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, while Ryan McKenna (Orioles' No. 12 prospect) went 0-for-2 with a walk. Tanner Chleborad cruised through 1 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out four and surrendering just one hit.

Rays (Peoria)
Rays No. 9 prospect Lucius Fox went 0-for-3 with two walks and a run scored out of the leadoff spot.

Red Sox (Mesa)
Red Sox No. 6 prospect Bobby Dalbec and Josh Ockimey (No. 10) went a combined 1-for-7 while hitting fourth and fifth in Mesa's lineup.

Yankees (Glendale)
Yankees No. 2 prospect Estevan Florial and Thairo Estrada (No. 16) each collected a hit for the Desert Dogs. Florial went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and Estrada finished 1-for-5. On the mound, Matt Wivinis threw one-third of an inning and picked up the save.

AL Central

Indians (Glendale)
Rob Kaminsky improved to 3-0 and lowered his AFL ERA to 1.86 with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Connor Marabell boosted his average to .303 as he went 2-for-4 and scored a pair of runs, while Li-Jen Chu drove Marabell home with an RBI double in in the fourth. Chu finished 1-for-4.

Royals (Surprise)
Royals No. 2 prospect Khalil Lee went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts. Meibrys Viloria and Nick Heath each went 1-for-4, with Viloria picking up an RBI in the process. Scott Blewett (No. 26) gave up two runs and struck out six over five innings of four-hit ball. Grant Gavin issued a pair of walks and gave up a hit but escaped the game with a scoreless inning.

Tigers (Mesa)
Daz Cameron (Tigers No. 8 prospect) went 0-for-4. Sandy Baez (No. 26) only faced two batters, but struck out one and retired both. John Schreiber also fanned one and threw a clean inning.

Twins (Salt River)
Jaylin Davis went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored. It was a challenging day for Twins relievers, starting with Devin Smeltzer, who allowed two earned runs on three hits and one walk in one-third of an inning. Hector Lujan gave up two unearned runs on two hits in two-thirds of an inning, taking the loss.

White Sox (Glendale)
White Sox No. 4 prospect Luis Robert saw his average dip to .338 after going 0-for-4. Zach Thompson walked one and gave up a hit but kept the opponents off the board in 1 2/3 innings on the mound.

AL West

A's (Mesa)
Skye Bolt, the Athletics' No. 30 prospect, went 1-for-3 with a single. Calvin Coker retired both batters he faced, while Sam Sheehan didn't fare quite as well. Sheehan spun an inning but was charged with two runs on two hits.

Angels (Mesa)
Angels No. 4 prospect Jahmai Jones hit his sixth Fall League double as part of a 2-for-5 effort. David MacKinnon also picked up a hit and finished 1-for-4 with an RBI.

Astros (Scottsdale)
Ronnie Dawson hit his first homer of the Fall League, a solo shot that highlighted his 1-for-4 afternoon.

Mariners (Peoria)
Mariners No. 2 prospect Evan White went 1-for-4 with a double, two RBIs, a walk and a run scored. It was his sixth double of the Fall League season. Joe DeCarlo started at catcher and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Wyatt Mills (No. 9) pitched two-thirds of an inning of scoreless relief, giving up two hits. David McKay notched the win in relief, allowing one unearned run on one hit in one inning with one strikeout.

Rangers (Surprise)
Joe Barlow struck out one, but gave up hits, including a walk-off double, to the other two batters he faced. Joe Kuzia also pitched in relief and spun a scoreless inning.

NL East

Braves (Peoria)<
Braves No. 6 prospect Cristian Pache went 1-for-5 with a single, a run scored and four strikeouts. Ray-Patrick Didder went 0-for-4. Thomas Burrows (No. 19) pitched one inning of relief, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk.

Marlins (Salt River)
Marlins No. 17 prospect Jordan Yamamoto continued his impressive Fall League campaign with five scoreless innings. Yamamoto allowed one hit and one walk while striking out six. The right-hander lowered his AFL ERA to 2.08. Bryson Brigman (No. 27) went 1-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored. Brian Miller (No. 12) went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Chad Smith pitched a hitless inning of relief, walking one and striking out two. More >>

Phillies (Scottsdale)
Darick Hall entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the ninth and came up clutch with an RBI single. Phillies No. 11 prospect Arquimedes Gamboa went 1-for-3. Luke Williams went 0-for-3. Seth McGarry gave up two runs on two hits in two innings out of the bullpen before handing off to Luke Leftwich, who yielded one hit, but threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Nationals (Salt River)
Nationals No. 2 prospect Carter Kieboom had a nice day at the plate, going 4-for-5 with four singles, an RBI and a run scored. Tres Barrera (No. 15) went 1-for-5 with an RBI double. Daniel Johnson (No. 7) went 0-for-3 with a walk.

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Mets (Scottsdale)
Mets No. 1 prospect Andres Gimenez was just 1-for-5 at the plate, but that lone hit was a big one, as he came through with a walk-off two-run double in the bottom of the ninth. Peter Alonso (No. 2) also picked up an RBI and finished 1-for-4. Desmond Lindsay (No. 11) drew a pair of walks, but was otherwise 0-for-2. 

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NL Central

Brewers (Peoria)
Weston Wilson went 2-for-5 with a run scored, including a 10th-inning single that led to the winning run scoring on an error on the same play. Trent Grisham (Brewers No. 19) went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple, a walk and a run scored. Grisham's three-bagger tied the game in the ninth. Daniel Brown tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing one hit and striking out two.

Cardinals (Surprise)
Andy Young is hitting .328 after his 2-for-3 afternoon, which included an RBI double.

Cubs (Mesa)
Cubs No. 6 prospect Nico Hoerner tripled, his fourth of the AFL, and finished 1-for-4. DJ Wilson (No. 16) went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts, while P.J. Higgins picked up an RBI and went 1-for-3. Justin Steele (No. 8) gave up five hits over four innings, but limited the damage to just two runs (one earned). Steele walked two, struck out three and has a 5.79 ERA in the AFL. Manuel Rondon threw a scoreless two-thirds of an inning.

Pirates (Surprise)
Cole Tucker, the Pirates' No. 5 prospect, went 0-for-4, but is still hitting .351. Bryan Reynolds (No. 8) finished 1-for-4. Will Craig (No. 16) went 1-for-3, while also drawing a walk and scoring a run.

Reds (Scottsdale)
Reds No. 2 prospect Taylor Trammell boosted his AFL average to .280 as he collected a pair of hits and finished 2-for-4. Shed Long (No. 8) entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the ninth and struck out in his lone at-bat. Ty Boyles picked up the win for the Scorpions after throwing 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief.

NL West

D-backs (Salt River)
It was a fairly quiet day at the plate for D-backs prospects as Pavin Smith (Arizona's No. 4 prospect), Daulton Varsho (No. 5) and Drew Ellis (No. 9) combined to go 2-for-13. Smith and Ellis each had a single, while Ellis also drew a walk.

Dodgers (Glendale)
Dodgers No. 20 prospect Errol Robinson went 1-for-4. Jared Walker hasn't hit particularly well in Arizona, but came through with a double and two RBIs for the Desert Dogs. Jordan Sheffield (No. 26) issued two walks but didn't give up a run in his two-thirds of an inning. More >>

Giants (Scottsdale)
Giants No. 28 prospect CJ Hinojosa went 0-for-3 and is hitting just .150 in the Fall League. Matt Winn also had a tough day at the plate and finished 0-for-2. Garrett Williams (No. 20) struggled with his command -- issuing four walks -- but did rack up six strikeouts in four innings. The lefty, who has a 1.88 ERA in the AFL, gave up two runs on four hits.

Padres (Peoria)
Padres No. 23 prospect Hudson Potts went 2-for-5 with a pair of singles. Buddy Reed (No. 13) went 0-for-4 with a walk. Miguel Diaz got the start for the Javelinas and pitched three scoreless innings with one hit allowed, one walk and three strikeouts. Travis Radke was the first reliever out of Peoria's bullpen, and he allowed two earned runs on four hits in three innings, striking out one.

Rockies (Salt River) 
Jesus Tinoco (Rockies No. 20 prospect) continued his strong Fall League season, lowering his ERA to 1.72 with 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief. Tinoco walked one and struck out two. Justin Lawrence (No. 17) also pitched in relief, giving up one earned run on two hits and one walk with three strikeouts.

Toro trending up after big day in AFL

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Abraham Toro, a switch-hitter, came to the Arizona Fall League with a few goals in mind from each side of the plate.

From the left side, the Astros' No. 21 prospect went wanted to work on hitting the ball to the opposite field. From the right side, Toro said his goal was to elevate the ball more -- something he accomplished as he went deep and led Scottsdale to a 5-3 win over Glendale on Saturday afternoon.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Abraham Toro, a switch-hitter, came to the Arizona Fall League with a few goals in mind from each side of the plate.

From the left side, the Astros' No. 21 prospect went wanted to work on hitting the ball to the opposite field. From the right side, Toro said his goal was to elevate the ball more -- something he accomplished as he went deep and led Scottsdale to a 5-3 win over Glendale on Saturday afternoon.

• Gameday

Hitting atop the Scorpions' lineup, Toro went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a pair of runs scored.

The 21-year-old singled and scored to lead off the game and then hit a two-run blast in the second inning, his second homer of the AFL.

"They were trying to come in and that time he just went off speed, and I saw it good and put a good swing on it," Toro said.

Toro, a fifth-round pick from the 2016 Draft, spent the bulk of the season (83 games) with Class A Advanced Buies Creek, where he hit .257/.361/.473 before he was promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi in early July.

Once in Double-A, Toro's numbers dipped a bit as he hit .230/.317/.371 in 50 games, but the exposure to the advanced pitching helped prepare Toro for the level of competition he's been facing in Arizona.

"Last year I kind of had a little slump, but I still worked hard and I think next year will be a good year for me."

And if Toro's AFL is any indication -- he's hitting .328/.435/.517 through 17 games -- 2019 could be a breakout season.

While Toro's ability to switch-hit gives him some offensive versatility, he's also versatile in the field. After catching a bit at Seminole State College, Toro logged 15 games behind the plate in 2017. He's spent the bulk of his career (207 games) at third, but also appeared at second base in a game.

"I think it's going to be huge," Toro said of his ability to play multiple positions. "I've talked with the Astros and they kind of want me -- maybe some second baseman, some third and you never know, maybe catching again.

"I try to work everywhere in BP."

While Toro did the bulk of the damage, Phillies prospects Austin Listi and Darick Hall also helped the Scorpions snap a three-game losing streak.

The duo, who finished a combined 3-for-7, each collected an RBI single in the first as Scottsdale jumped out to an early 2-0 lead before Toro delivered what ultimately proved to be the decisive blow, a two-run homer to left, in the second.

Yu Chang, the Indians' No. 6 prospect , tried to keep the Desert Dogs in the game, but was unable to do so. Chang hit his fourth homer of the AFL, a solo blast, in the seventh and finished 2-for-4, bringing his average to .346 through 21 games.

William Boor is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor.

JV, Kate Upton welcome daughter to world

The past calendar year or so has treated Justin Verlander very well -- in early November, 2017, he won his first World Series with the Astros, married Kate Upton three days later (in Italy, no less) and in July, they revealed that their first baby was on the way

Well, we can now report that one of baseball's preeminent power couples has added a new member to its ranks -- as Genevieve Upton Verlander was born on Nov. 7. Both parents shared heartwarming photos on Instagram welcoming their daughter to the world.