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Pipeline Podcast: Vlad Jr. an early AFL standout

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On this week's Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Tim McMaster have the latest prospect news out of Arizona. First, Callis catches up with Royals first-round Draft pick Brady Singer at instructs. Then the guys discuss who has stood out early on in the Fall League. Finally, they talk about the Marlins accumulating international bonus money in the hope of landing one or both of the Mesa brothers.

On this week's Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis, Jonathan Mayo and Tim McMaster have the latest prospect news out of Arizona. First, Callis catches up with Royals first-round Draft pick Brady Singer at instructs. Then the guys discuss who has stood out early on in the Fall League. Finally, they talk about the Marlins accumulating international bonus money in the hope of landing one or both of the Mesa brothers.

On the MLB Pipeline Podcast, Callis, Mayo and McMaster are your tour guides through all the unfolding stories and breaking news of baseball's top prospects. Each week, you'll find out about the stars of tomorrow from the guys who know today. Look out for new episodes on Thursdays. Download, subscribe and help others find the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes or your favorite platform.

Here's what Jays did in the AFL on Saturday

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

Gameday: Peoria 6, Salt River 5 | Scottsdale 9, Surprise 7 (11) | Mesa 11, Glendale 8

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

Gameday: Peoria 6, Salt River 5 | Scottsdale 9, Surprise 7 (11) | Mesa 11, Glendale 8

AL East

Blue Jays (Surprise)
Santiago Espinal, Blue Jays No. 22 prospect, hit a triple and scored two runs as part of a 2-for-5 showing for the Saguaros. Jackson McClelland struck out a pair in 1 2/3 hitless frames out of the bullpen. The right-hander has now allowed a hit in 5 2/3 innings (three appearances) this fall.

Orioles (Glendale)
Baltimore's No. 12 prospect, center fielder Ryan McKenna, went 2-for-5 with two triples, two RBIs and two runs scored out of the leadoff spot. He's slashing .318/.423/.638 for a 1.059 OPS in AFL play. Right-hander Tanner Chleborad gave up a run on four hits over two relief innings, striking out one.

Rays (Peoria)
Rays No. 9 prospect Lucius Fox went 1-for-3 with two walks, two runs and an RBI out of the leadoff spot. He also stole a base, his sixth in eight games, during which he's hit .412 with 14 hits and 11 runs scored. Javelinas starter Matt Krook earned the win after allowing one earned run on one hit over three innings. He issued two walks, struck out three and recorded five ground-ball outs.

Red Sox (Mesa)
Second baseman Esteban Quiroz was 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts, dropping his AFL average to .188. Left-hander Josh Taylor came out off the bullpen to throw a scoreless seventh inning.

Yankees (Glendale)
Shortstop Thairo Estrada, the Yankees' No. 16 prospect, was 1-for-4 with a single. First baseman Steven Sensley was 2-for-5 with a pair of singles to up his AFL average to .242. On the pitching side of the ledger, right-hander Jordan Foley started and surrendered five runs on four hits over two innings, walking one and getting strikeouts on five of the six outs he recorded. Righty Kyle Zurak was hit hard as well, giving up four runs (two earned) over a third of an inning out of the bullpen, giving up three hits and walking two.

AL Central

Indians (Glendale)
Third baseman Yu Chang, Cleveland's No. 6 prospect, turned in an impressive 3-for-4 performance, with a double, RBI and run scored. Right fielder Connor Marabell was 1-for-5 with a single and an RBI. And left-hander Rob Kaminsky was the final pitcher out of the bullpen for Glendale, tossing a scoreless eighth inning, allowing a hit and fanning two.

Royals (Surprise)
Meibris Viloria walked and struck out twice as he finished 0-for-3, while speedster Nick Heath tallied a single in four at-bats and was walked. On the mound, Scott Blewett allowed one earned run on three hits in his second AFL start. Tossing 3 1/3 frames, the Royals' No. 26 prospect issued three walks and struck out a pair.

Tigers (Mesa)
Daz Cameron, Detroit's No. 8 prospect, played center field and had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and three runs scored. No. 12 prospect Jake Rogers went 1-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. Right-hander Sandy Baez, the Tigers' No. 26 prospect, surrendered three runs on three hits in the ninth inning. Right-hander Eduardo Jimenez tossed two scoreless innings of relief, yielding three hits and striking out two. And right-hander John Schreiber came on in relief to pitch a scoreless eighth with a strikeout.

Twins (Salt River)
Twins No. 18 prospect Travis Blankenhorn drove in a pair of runs, doubled and went 1-for-4 out of the leadoff spot for the Rafters.

White Sox (Glendale)
Chicago's No. 9 prospect, outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe, had two singles and an RBI as part of a 2-for-4 effort, upping his AFL average to .278. No. 28 prospect Lax Rivera started at second base and went 1-for-4 with a single and an RBI. Right-hander Danny Dopico tossed 1 2/3 scoreless frames out off the bullpen, walking one and fanning two.

AL West

A's (Mesa)
Oakland's No. 30 prospect, outfielder Skye Bolt, went 1-for-4 with a triple and a walk and is hitting .333 so far in AFL play.

Angels (Mesa)
After striking out five in three shutout frames in his first Fall League start, 23-year-old right-hander Jesus Castillo got roughed up on Saturday, giving up five runs (all earned) on seven hits and walk over three innings while striking out just one. On the offensive end, however, a trio of Angels contributed to Mesa's 11-8 win. The team's No. 4 prospect, Jahmai Jones, notched his second straight multihit game, and third in seven games, going 2-for-5 with three RBIs out of the DH spot. Infielders David MacKinnon and Roberto Baldoquin each went 1-for-4 with a run scored, with Baldoquin also driving in a run. MacKinnon's hit was his first of the AFL season, after starting 0-for-10. Baldoquin's hit was his second. He entered the game with one hit in 13 at-bats.

Astros (Scottsdale)
Ronnie Dawson was a game-changer on the basepaths as he swiped four bags in as many chances. He also went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two walks, giving the outfielder a .296 average and seven steals in the AFL. Abraham Toro-Hernandez was 2-for-5, and Erasmo Pinales contributed with a scoreless frame out of the bullpen.

Mariners (Peoria)
Mariners No. 9 prospect Wyatt Mills lowered his ERA to 1.59 with a perfect inning out of the bullpen. David McKay added a scoreless frame, pitching around a hit. Ian Miller (No. 20) came up empty in four trips to the plate from the bottom of the lineup.

Rangers (Surprise)
Yanio Perez plated a run with a sacrifice fly but went 0-for-3 as the Saguaros' designated hitter. Demarcus Evans was sharp out of the bullpen as he recorded four of his five outs via strikeout while tossing 1 2/3 hitless innings. Rangers No. 15 prospect C.D. Pelham was tagged for two earned runs on three hits in 1 1/3 frames.

NL East

Braves (Peoria)
After entering in relief in the fifth inning, Braves No. 12 prospect Kyle Muller delivered two one-hit frames with three strikeouts and two walks. At the plate, Braxton Davidson went 0-for-2 but walked three times.

Marlins (Salt River)
Marlins No. 11 prospect Brian Miller scored two runs, going 1-for-3, and reached with a walk. He also swiped a bag, his second in 10 games after racking up 40 steals across two levels during the regular season. Kyle Keller, Tommy Eveld and Chad Smith combined for four scoreless frames out of the Rafters 'pen.

Mets (Scottsdale)
Mets No. 2 prospect Peter Alonso (No. 58 overall) connected on his third AFL home run, as his tape-measure two-run shot in the ninth helped the Scorpions force extra innings. The homer was Alonso's lone hit in six at-bats. Mets No. 1 prospect Andres Gimenez (No. 55 overall) went 0-for-4 with a walk from the bottom of the lineup.

Nationals (Salt River)
Nationals No. 2 prospect Carter Kieboom (No. 37 overall) went 1-for-4 with a walk, his first Fall League RBI and stolen base. Daniel Johnson (No. 7) doubled and scored a run as part of a 1-for-3 showing, while Jake Noll struck out twice in four trips to the plate.

Phillies (Scottsdale)
Darick Hall put the Scorpions on the board against Surprise with a solo shot to lead off the fourth inning. It was the second AFL homer for Hall, who went deep 26 times across two levels during the regular season. Outfielder Austin Listi went 3-for-6 with an RBI and two runs scored. On the mound, Luke Leftwich (BB) and Jonathan Hennigan (2 K) each posted a scoreless frame, with the latter earning the save.

NL Central

Brewers (Peoria)
Brewers top prospect Keston Hiura (No. 30 overall) has multiple hits in four of eight games in the AFL after his second two-hit showing in as many days. He finished 2-for-4 with an RBI double that pushed his AFL-leading RBI total to 17. Trent Grisham (Brewers' No. 19) and Weston Wilson both had RBI singles.

Cardinals (Surprise)
Saguaros leadoff man Tommy Edman went 1-for-4 with his first AFL double and also picked up his fourth steal. Second baseman Andy Young delivered a solo shot in the sixth inning for his first Fall League homer and finished 1-for-3 with two walks. The Cardinals middle-infield tandem is hitting .333 and .381, respectively, this fall. Lane Thomas drove in a run with a sacrifice fly but was 0-for-4.

Cubs (Mesa)
Chicago's No. 6 prospect, second baseman Nico Hoerner, bounced back from an 0-for-4 line on Friday by going 2-for-3 with a triple, homer and three RBIs. Left fielder D.J. Wilson, the Cubs' No. 16 prospect, went 1-for-4 with a single and two runs scored. And right-hander Bailey Clark pitched a scoreless sixth inning, giving up one hit.

Pirates (Surprise)
Pirates No. 5 prospect Cole Tucker started the scoring for Surprise with a two-out, two-run double in the first inning, and then helped force extra innings with a single in the bottom of the ninth. He finished the game 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Will Craig (No. 16) was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. Relievers Matt Eckelman (IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER) and Geoff Hartlieb (2 IP,4 H, 3 R, 1 ER) both scuffled.

Reds (Scottsdale)
Reds No. 3 prospect Taylor Trammell (No. 17 overall) drove home the game-winning run in the 11th inning to cap a 4-for-6, two-RBI performance. Shed Long (No. 8) walked twice and scored two runs out of the leadoff spot.

NL West

D-backs (Salt River)
D-backs No. 5 prospect Daulton Varsho upped his Fall League average to .353 with a 2-for-4 performance. Drew Ellis (No. 9) plated two runs with a double in the fourth inning. Bo Takahashi struck out two of the three batters he faced during a perfect inning in relief.

Dodgers (Glendale)
Dodgers No. 2 prospect (No. 39 prospect overall) Keibert Ruiz went 1-for-4 with a single, walk and two runs scored. Cody Thomas was Glendale's designated hitter, going 1-for-5 with a single, RBI and run scored. And right-hander Andre Scrubb pitched a scoreless fifth inning to lower his AFL ERA to 4.15.

Giants (Scottsdale)
Matt Winn reached base twice via a walk and scored a run before finishing 0-for-3. Chase Johnson struck out a pair during a scoreless inning in relief, while Giants No. 19 prospect Melvin Adon bumped triple digits during his appearance later in the game. Sam Wolff earned the win despite permitting an unearned run in the 10th inning.

Padres (Peoria)
Padres No. 25 prospect Austin Allen produced exit velocities of 106.9 mph (double to right field) and 112.5 mph (lineout to center). Hudson Potts (No. 23) also hit a double, as both players finished 2-for-4. Buddy Reed (No. 13) reached on a walk, stole a base and scored a run. Relievers Travis Radke and Dauris Valdez each allowed two earned runs in one inning.

Rockies (Salt River)
Rockies No. 11 prospect Tyler Nevin went 1-for-4, while Sam Hilliard (No. 9) finished 0-for-5. Starter Ryan Castellani (No. 10) could not complete two innings, as he was chased after he allowed five earned runs on four hits and four walks in 1 2/3 frames. Jesus Tincoco (No. 20) allowed a run on three hits with three strikeouts over 1 1/3 innings, and Justin Lawrence (No. 17) added a scoreless frame later in the game.

Each team's most exciting postseason win

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I don't know about you, but I'm still shaking from Game 4 of the American League Championship Series between the Red Sox and Astros on Wednesday night -- an epic game with constant twists and turns, controversies and an unforgettable ending. That's the reason postseason baseball is so electrifying, and we'll be lucky to have another game even close to it this October.

But the crazy question is this even among the five most memorable Red Sox postseason victories? They've had a lot.

I don't know about you, but I'm still shaking from Game 4 of the American League Championship Series between the Red Sox and Astros on Wednesday night -- an epic game with constant twists and turns, controversies and an unforgettable ending. That's the reason postseason baseball is so electrifying, and we'll be lucky to have another game even close to it this October.

But the crazy question is this even among the five most memorable Red Sox postseason victories? They've had a lot.

Thus, today at The Thirty, inspired by that game, we're taking a look at the most exciting postseason win of the divisional era (since 1969) for each MLB team. This isn't necessarily the biggest win or most important win. It's just the most viscerally exciting one. Every team's got at least one. Some have plenty.

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays: 1993 World Series, Game 6: Blue Jays 8, Phillies 6
There's actually a temptation here to go with Game 4 of this series, when the Blue Jays scored six runs in the eighth inning to take a 15-14 lead that would become the final score … but come on, a ninth-inning comeback that ends in a World Series title has to be the pick.

Video: '93 WS, Gm 6 PHI@TOR: Carter's walk-off WS homer

Orioles: 1969 ALCS, Game 2: Orioles 1, Twins 0 (11 innings)
How different was baseball 50 years ago? Orioles pitcher Dave McNally threw an 11-inning shutout in the first-ever ALCS. The Orioles won on a walkoff single by Curt Motton, who had 89 career RBIs over eight seasons. He got the hit off Ron Perranoski, the game's first reliever, who came in with two outs in the 11th.

Rays: 2008 ALCS, Game 2: Rays 9, Red Sox 8 (11 innings)
After losing Game 1 at home to the defending champs, the Rays fell behind 2-0 and 3-2, blew leads of 5-3 and 8-6, yet somehow hung in through 11 innings -- thanks in part to secret weapon rookie David Price -- before winning on Melvin Upton Jr.'s sacrifice fly with the bases loaded. The Rays would take a 3-1 series lead before finally eking out the series in Game 7.

Red Sox: 2004 ALCS, Game 4: Red Sox 6, Yankees 4 (12 innings)
It's not like the Game 5 14-inning marathon wasn't a stunner either, but the Dave Roberts steal is going to live longer than all of us.

Video: 2004 ALCS Gm 4: Roberts sets up, scores tying run

Yankees: 2001 World Series, Game 5: Yankees 3, D-backs 2 (12 innings)
So many games this series to pick from, but this is the one that had Yankee Stadium roaring the loudest.

Video: 2001WS Gm5: Brosius ties the game in the 9th

AL CENTRAL

Indians: 1995 World Series, Game 3: Indians 7, Braves 6 (11 innings)
It ended with Eddie Murray's walk-off single in the 11th, but it was wild long before that, with the Braves scoring three in the eighth to take their first lead of the game and the Indians tying it right back up in the next inning.

Royals: 2014 AL Wild Card Game: Royals 9, A's 8 (12 innings)
No Denkinger Game here. The Royals were toast in this game, trailing 7-3 headed into the bottom of the eighth. They scored three that inning, followed by the vroom-vroom Jarrod Dyson steal in the ninth that helped score the tying run. The A's then took the lead again in the top of the 12th, but the Royals won it in bottom half on Salvador Perez's single. They would win their next seven postseason games en route to the World Series.

Video: AL WC: Royals advance to ALDS on Perez's walk-off hit

Tigers: 1972 ALCS, Game 4: Tigers 4, A's 3 (10 innings)
No one remembers this game, mainly because the Tigers ended up losing the series, but the A's scored two in the top of the 10th to take a 3-1 lead. Detroit came back, largely because of an error by second baseman Gene Tenace, and won it on a walkoff single from Jim Northrup. This wild 10-inning postseason game still finished in three hours, four minutes, by the way.

Twins: 1991 World Series, Game 7: Twins 1, Braves 0 (10 innings)
Obviously.

White Sox: 2005 World Series, Game 3: White Sox 7, Astros 5 (14 innings)
Every game in this series was great -- it's the closest four-game sweep you'll ever see -- but this was the epic 14-inning game with Geoff Blum's homer in the top of the 14th that barely hung on. Forty-three players were used in this game.

AL WEST

Angels: 2002 World Series, Game 6: Angels 6, Giants 5
The Russ Ortiz keep-the-ball game, the Angels were down 5-0 and facing elimination heading into the bottom of the seventh. Two three-run innings later, they forced a Game 7 and won their first (and only) title.

Astros: 2017 World Series, Game 5: Astros 13, Dodgers 12 (10 innings)
We still can't believe this game happened.

Video: WS2017 Gm5: Astros come together to steal Game 5

Athletics: 1973 World Series, Game 3: A's 3, Mets 2 (11 innings)
It can be tough to pick one game when a team has lost 11 of its last 12 postseason series, so we'll go back to the 1970s, when the A's came back from a 2-0 deficit to win in the 11th inning in a game that featured Reggie Jackson, Tom Seaver, Catfish Hunter, Rollie Fingers, Sal Bando, Rusty Staub, Bud Harrelson and Willie Mays.

Mariners: 1995 ALDS, Game 5: Mariners 6, Yankees 5 (11 innings)
We all just remember the walk-off now, but this game had five lead changes leading up to the final wild play.

Rangers: 2011 ALCS, Game 2: Rangers 7, Tigers 3 (11 innings)
This series, strangely, had two different extra-inning games that the Rangers won by four runs. This was the most thrilling one, ending on Nelson Cruz's grand slam off poor Ryan Perry.

Video: ALCS Gm2: Cruz wins it with a walk-off slam in 11th

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves: 1992 National League Championship Series, Game 7: Braves 3, Pirates 2
Honestly, Pirates fans, I'm sorry to even bring this up.

Marlins: 2003 NLCS, Game 6: Marlins 8, Cubs 3
Sure, to Cubs fans this is a nightmare, but from the Marlins' perspective, this is one of the most amazing postseason comebacks of all time. (Sure, the answer here is probably Game 7 of the 1997 World Series, but that'd be too easy.

Mets: 1986 World Series, Game 6: Mets 6, Red Sox 5 (10 innings)
Authors have written novels specifically about this game.

Nationals: 2012 NLDS, Game 4: Nationals 2, Cardinals 1
A taut, well-pitched game that ended in Jayson Werth's big blast, which everyone thought would send the Nationals to the NLCS the next night (it didn't).

Phillies: 2008 NLCS, Game 4: Phillies 7, Dodgers 5
If you needed to explain the appeal of baseball to an alien, showing them the Matt Stairs homer in the eighth inning of this game would be a great place to start.

Video: NLCS Gm4: Stairs wallops a two-run homer to right

NL CENTRAL

Brewers: 1982 ALCS, Game 5: Brewers 4, Angels 3
The first World Series trip was clinched by Cecil Cooper's staggering single in the seventh inning of a decisive game.

Cardinals: 2011 World Series, Game 6: Cardinals 10, Rangers 9 (11 innings)
The second-easiest call on this entire list.

Cubs: 2016 World Series, Game 7: Cubs 8, Indians 7 (10 innings)
The easiest call on this entire list.

Video: Must C Championship: Cubs win the 2016 World Series

Pirates: 1979 NLCS, Game 2: Pirates 3, Reds 2 (10 innings)
The day after an extra-inning game, the Pirates played another one -- a back-and-forth battle in which the Pirates took the lead on Dave Parker's RBI single in the 10th and held on with Don Robinson in the bottom half.

Reds: 1975 World Series, Game 7: Reds 4, Red Sox 3
The dirty secret is that this game was just as exciting as Game 6, but nobody talks about it nearly as much, because more people are from the Boston area than the Cincinnati area.

NL WEST

D-backs: 2001 World Series, Game 7: D-backs 3, Yankees 2
There are a shocking number of blown saves by Mariano Rivera on this list.

Video: Must C Classic: Gonzalez walks off, wins World Series

Dodgers: 1977 NLCS, Game 3: Dodgers 6, Phillies 5
The Kirk Gibson moment is the great moment, but this one, which featured a wild three-run comeback in the top of the ninth with two outs, may have been even more of a nail-biter.

Giants: 2014 NLDS, Game 2: Giants 2, Nationals 1 (18 innings)
It seems impossible that a postseason game could go 18 innings. The hero of this game remains Yusmiero Petit, who sneaked in a one-hitter over six innings before the Giants won it in the 18th.

Padres: 1984 NLCS, Game 5: Padres 6, Cubs 3
The Cubs had a 3-0 lead headed into the bottom of the sixth, but Leon Durham's error opened the floodgates, and the Padres were off to their first World Series.

Rockies: 2007 NL West Tiebreaker Game: Rockies 9, Padres 8 (13 innings)
Not technically a postseason game, but it doesn't matter, because Matt Holliday didn't touch the plate, and it didn't matter.

Video: Holliday scores the game-winning run

Will Leitch is a columnist for MLB.com.

Blue Jays making headway in manager search

Toronto will begin in-person interviews with candidates for opening
MLB.com @gregorMLB

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' search for a new manager appears to have reached the next stage, with in-person interviews set to begin in the near future.

Toronto has been tight-lipped about candidates to replace John Gibbons, but on Tuesday afternoon, the names started to flood out in a series of reports. Joe Espada, David Bell, Brandon Hyde, Rocco Baldelli and Sam Fuld were all mentioned as possible candidates.

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays' search for a new manager appears to have reached the next stage, with in-person interviews set to begin in the near future.

Toronto has been tight-lipped about candidates to replace John Gibbons, but on Tuesday afternoon, the names started to flood out in a series of reports. Joe Espada, David Bell, Brandon Hyde, Rocco Baldelli and Sam Fuld were all mentioned as possible candidates.

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported Tuesday morning that Espada interviewed for the Blue Jays' vacancy and the Astros' bench coach has since publicly confirmed the news as well. According to Feinsand's sources, Espada also interviewed for managerial openings with the Rangers, Twins and Angels, as he remains a hot commodity around the league.

MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal reported that Fuld made a strong impression during a recent phone interview with the Blue Jays, but another report later suggested the Phillies' Major League player information coordinator had withdrawn himself from consideration.

In addition to the names above, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi mentioned Bell, Baldelli and Hyde as candidates to receive an interview. Bell is the Giants' vice president of player development, Baldelli is Tampa Bay's Major League field coordinator and Hyde is the Cubs' bench coach.

Toronto faces the somewhat unenviable task of conducting its managerial search at the same time as five other teams. The Reds, Angels, Orioles, Rangers and Twins are looking for new managers; many of the names linked to the Blue Jays on Tuesday have been mentioned as candidates for other teams as well.

Atkins initially suggested in early October that the Blue Jays would spend approximately one week doing phone interviews and another seven to 10 days handling in-person interviews for a group of five-plus candidates. He estimated a 20- to 25-day process, with the possibility of a new hire being in place by late October.

Tuesday's development appears to indicate that the Blue Jays are following that initial timeline. One potential holdup in this process is that Espada remains committed to the Astros during their current run in the postseason. He will have limited availability for an in-person interview and it's not clear how that might alter the Blue Jays' plans.

"It comes down to being tough, smart and passionate," Atkins said earlier this month in reference to what he was looking for in a new manager. "Those are the overarching themes as I think about what it takes to lead an environment in here, to sustain a championship level expectation, understanding what it takes in terms of communication, to keep not just the 25-man roster, but the 40-man roster, the 200 Minor League players, the 100-plus scouts, the 100-plus coaches and medical staff people pulling in one direction and feeling connected."

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Key 2018-19 free agents for all 30 MLB teams

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An impressive collection of talent will hit the open market when free agency gets underway this offseason, and players are eligible to sign with a new team five days after the conclusion of the World Series. Here is a division-by-division breakdown of the key free agents for all 30 Major League clubs.

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

An impressive collection of talent will hit the open market when free agency gets underway this offseason, and players are eligible to sign with a new team five days after the conclusion of the World Series. Here is a division-by-division breakdown of the key free agents for all 30 Major League clubs.

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Atlanta Braves
Key free agents: RHP Brad Brach, 1B Lucas Duda, 3B Ryan Flaherty, OF Nick Markakis, C Rene Rivera, RHP Anibal Sanchez, C Kurt Suzuki, LHP Jonny Venters

Markakis was a valuable member of a youthful Braves club in 2018, providing veteran leadership and making the All-Star team for the first time in his career. Atlanta has a stellar farm system that is loaded with pitching prospects, which is one of the reasons why Sanchez is unlikely to be back after his impressive rebound campaign. But without an obvious replacement for Markakis in right field, the door remains open for the soon-to-be 35-year-old to return. Suzuki has formed a productive catching tandem with Tyler Flowers over the past two seasons, but the 35-year-old may be too expensive to bring back for a part-time role.

Miami Marlins
Key free agents: None

The Marlins' roster is replete with players who are at the early stages of their big league careers, putting them years away from free agency. After trading multiple big-name players last offseason, Miami will likely now look to deal veterans Starlin Castro and Martin Prado, as they are owed nearly $27 million combined in 2019.

New York Mets
Key free agents: LHP Jerry Blevins, OF Austin Jackson, C Devin Mesoraco, RHP AJ Ramos, INF Jose Reyes

There's a chance the Mets won't bring back any of these players after they combined for -1.7 Wins Above Replacement in 2018, per FanGraphs. With Travis d'Arnaud, T.J. Rivera and Juan Lagares returning from injuries, the Mets have obvious replacements for Mesoraco, Reyes and Jackson next year. Blevins is more likely to be back than Ramos, whose recovery from right shoulder surgery is expected to extend into next June and possibly longer.

Philadelphia Phillies
Key free agents: 3B/OF Jose Bautista, INF Asdrubal Cabrera, LHP Aaron Loup, C Wilson Ramos

All four players on Philadelphia's list were acquired late in the 2018 campaign as the Phillies made a playoff push that ultimately fell short. Instead of bringing back Ramos, who is sure to fetch a sizable multi-year deal, the Phils may give 25-year-old Jorge Alfaro another chance to show he can handle starting duties behind the plate. Cabrera could be a fallback option if the Phillies are unable to land Manny Machado in free agency.

Washington Nationals
Key free agents: OF Bryce Harper, RHP Jeremy Hellickson, RHP Kelvin Herrera, RHP Greg Holland, 1B Mark Reynolds, C Matt Wieters

Harper will be one of the top free agents available this offseason, and the Nats will likely make a major push to keep him in Washington. The club might also be interested in bringing back Holland and Hellickson, but the two righties are sure to draw interest from other clubs after boosting their value with the Nats. Washington is expected to try to upgrade at the catcher spot, which could leave Wieters looking for a new home.

NL CENTRAL

Chicago Cubs
Key free agents: RHP Jesse Chavez, LHP Jorge De La Rosa, LHP Jaime Garcia (club option), LHP Cole Hamels (club option), OF Jason Heyward (can opt out of his contract), RHP Brandon Kintzler (club and player options), 2B Daniel Murphy, RHP Pedro Strop (club option), LHP Justin Wilson

The Cubs have many decisions to make this offseason, most notably regarding the $20 million club option for Hamels, who was acquired from the Rangers at the non-waiver Trade Deadline and recorded a terrific 2.36 ERA over 12 starts. They also have a bevy of bullpen arms that are set to depart or have club options. The Cubs could try to retain Chavez and Strop, and Murphy could also be back (particularly given Addison Russell's suspension), as president of baseball operations Theo Epstein spoke highly of the second baseman's contributions after his acquisition from the Nationals.

Cincinnati Reds
Key free agents: RHP Matt Harvey

Cincinnati elected to keep Harvey at the non-waiver Trade Deadline instead of flipping him to a contender, and now face a decision about the right-hander, given that he has expressed openness to returning and the Reds will be seeking starting pitching depth this offseason. Outside of Harvey, the Reds don't have any key departures or options to worry about this winter, though Scooter Gennett and Billy Hamilton are due for free agency following the 2019 season.

Milwaukee Brewers
Key free agents: LHP Gio Gonzalez, OF Curtis Granderson, RHP Jeremy Jeffress (club option), LHP Dan Jennings, C Erik Kratz, RHPJordan Lyles (club option), LHP Wade Miley, 3B Mike Moustakas (mutual option), IF Eric Sogard, RHP Joakim Soria (club option)

The Brewers have most of their pitching depth locked up beyond this season, with Gonzalez, an in-season acquisition, and Miley, who was initially signed to a Minor League contract before the season, the only two starters set for free agency this offseason. Soria, a key piece of the Brewers' bullpen in their playoff run, has a $10 million team option for 2019, while closing option Jeffress has a much cheaper $3.175 million team option. The 38-year-old Kratz and 37-year-old Granderson are also bound for free agency. Given their security all over the roster, the Brewers are set to contend again in 2019 even if they don't make a big offseason splash.

Pittsburgh Pirates
Key free agents: IF/OF Josh Harrison (club option), IF Jung Ho Kang (club option), SS Jordy Mercer

After making a splash by trading for Chris Archer in 2018, the Pirates appear to be mostly set with their pitching staff but will be looking for a bat in the offseason, likely at shortstop, especially if they don't end up bringing Kang back after his late-season cameo. Even if they don't make a Manny Machado-sized splash at shortstop, the market is deep this offseason, with Jose Iglesias, Freddy Galvis and Adeiny Hechavarria among the names that will be in play. It seems unlikely that the Pirates will pick up Harrison's $10.5 million option.

St. Louis Cardinals
Key free agents: 1B Matt Adams, RHP Bud Norris, C Francisco Pena, RHP Tyson Ross

Adam Wainwright already avoided free agency by agreeing to a one-year deal to return for his 15th season with the Cardinals. Improving the bullpen to build around Jordan Hicks will be a priority for the Cardinals, especially with the departure of Norris, who provided stability at closer for much of the season. Though Adams likely won't be on the Cardinals' radar again, St. Louis is thought to be looking for an impact left-handed hitter, with needs at outfield and third base.

NL WEST

Arizona Diamondbacks
Key free agents: RHP Clay Buchholz, LHP Patrick Corbin, RHP Randall Delgado, 2B Daniel Descalso, LHP Jake Diekman, 3B Eduardo Escobar, 1B Paul Goldschmidt (club option), OF Jon Jay, C Jeff Mathis, OF A.J. Pollock, C Chris Stewart, OF Yasmany Tomas (player option)

The D-backs could lose two key contributors this winter, with Corbin and Pollock likely to exceed Arizona's price range, but Buchholz, Descalso and Mathis are strong candidates to return. Neither Goldschmidt nor Tomas is expected to hit the open market. The D-backs are sure to pick up Goldschmidt's $14.5 million club option for 2019, and Tomas will undoubtedly exercise his player options for '19-20, valued at $15.5 million next year and $17 million in '20, after spending all of '18 in the Minors.

Colorado Rockies
Key free agents: C Drew Butera, OF Carlos Gonzalez, OF Matt Holliday, 2B DJ LeMahieu, RHP Seunghwan Oh (club option), RHP Adam Ottavino, OF Gerardo Parra

The Rockies will have to decide whether they want to compete for LeMahieu this winter or if they're ready to turn the reins at second base over to one of their middle-infield prospects, Garrett Hampson and Brendan Rodgers. They also face decisions in the outfield, where Gonzalez, Parra and Holliday are impending free agents, and in the bullpen with Ottavino and Oh, who has a $2.5 million option for 2019 with a $250,000 buyout.

Los Angeles Dodgers
Key free agents: RHP John Axford, 2B Brian Dozier, C Yasmani Grandal, RHP Daniel Hudson, LHP Clayton Kershaw (opt out), SS Manny Machado, RHP Ryan Madson, LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu

Machado is among the headliners in this year's star-studded free agent class, and longtime Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw could add his name to the mix if he opts out of his contract. The Dodgers will try to retain Machado, whom they acquired from the Orioles at the non-waiver Trade Deadline, but they'll have stiff competition as he's likely to cash in for a big payday. The oft-injured Ryu posted a 1.97 ERA through 15 regular season starts in 2018 and pitched well in the playoffs to improve his stock heading into free agency.

San Diego Padres
Key free agents: C A.J. Ellis, SS Freddy Galvis

The Padres' 2018 roster will remain mostly intact with only Galvis and Ellis entering free agency, and both are candidates to return. Ellis is less likely to be re-signed, however, with young catchers Austin Hedges and Francisco Mejia in the mix. San Diego may also let Galvis walk if he wants a multi-year deal, with Fernando Tatis Jr. (San Diego's No. 1 prospect, per MLB Pipeline) nearing big league readiness and Luis Urias (San Diego's No. 4 prospect) likely to take over as the club's starting second baseman in 2019.

San Francisco Giants
Key free agents: OF Gregor Blanco, RHP Madison Bumgarner (club option), LHP Derek Holland, C Nick Hundley, RHP Mark Melancon (can opt out of his contract), OF Hunter Pence, 3B Pablo Sandoval

The Giants are expected to pick up Bumgarner's $12 million option, and Melancon is almost certainly staying put for the final two years of his four-year, $62 million deal, but the club will likely part ways with veterans Pence and Blanco. The Giants may try bring back Holland, who enjoyed a bounceback campaign and anchored an injury-riddled Giants rotation in 2018, and Hundley, who capably backed up Buster Posey.

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Baltimore Orioles
Key free agents: OF Adam Jones

The O's list has just one man on it, as they traded nearly every player on an expiring contract, including Manny Machado, Zach Britton and Brad Brach, during their 2018 roster purge. Baltimore would have dealt Jones as well, but he was unwilling to waive his 10-and-5 rights. Jones may be interested in returning, but he would likely need to accept a significantly reduced role as the Orioles look to the future.

Boston Red Sox
Key free agents: RHP Nathan Eovaldi, RHP Joe Kelly, RHP Craig Kimbrel, 2B Ian Kinsler, IF Eduardo Nunez (player option), 1B/OF Steve Pearce, 2B Brandon Phillips, LHP Drew Pomeranz, LHP David Price (can opt out of his contract), LHP Chris Sale (club option)

Even if the Red Sox pick up Chris Sale's $15 million club option for 2019, which they likely will, and David Price doesn't opt out of the four years and $127 million remaining on his contract, they still have a number of important players hitting free agency. Kimbrel is the biggest name among them, though it's unclear if Boston will be willing to hand out a big contract for a player who regressed some from '17 to '18 and was shaky in the playoffs. The Red Sox will probably look to re-sign Eovaldi, who excelled after joining the club in a July trade (3.33 ERA, 2.88 FIP).

New York Yankees
Key free agents: LHP Zach Britton, OF Brett Gardner (club option), LHP J.A. Happ, SS Adeiny Hechavarria, RHP Lance Lynn, OF Andrew McCutchen, RHP David Robertson, LHP CC Sabathia, 2B/OF Neil Walker

The Yankees have a busy offseason ahead of them, especially on the pitching side of the ledger. Even if prospect Justus Sheffield is ready to claim a rotation spot behind Luis Severino and Masahiro Tanaka, that still leaves two open starting jobs. Meanwhile, the Yankees' vaunted bullpen could lose two key pieces in Robertson and Britton. Gardner was New York's longest-tenured player in 2018, but the club may pass on his $12.5 million club option ($2 million buyout) after the veteran outfielder posted a .690 OPS this past season.

Tampa Bay Rays
Key free agents: OF Carlos Gomez, RHP Sergio Romo

Romo was an integral member of the Rays' pitching staff for much of the 2018 season, racking up 25 saves and making five appearances as an "opener." However, he recorded a 10.00 ERA in September and will be 36 years old on Opening Day in '19. The cost-conscious Rays may opt to move on and give an opportunity to a younger alternative. As for Gomez, the veteran outfielder is unlikely to be back after posting a .634 OPS over 118 games in 2018.

Toronto Blue Jays
Key free agents: RHP Tyler Clippard, RHP Marco Estrada, 1B Justin Smoak (club option), INF Yangervis Solarte (club option)

Much like Baltimore, Toronto dealt many impending free agents during the 2018 season, including Josh Donaldson, J.A. Happ, Steve Pearce, Curtis Granderson and John Axford. With Rowdy Tellez looking ready for an expanded role at first base, the Jays could pick up Smoak's reasonable $8 million club option and then trade the veteran this offseason. Estrada is likely gone after recording a 5.27 ERA with a 4.97 FIP in 61 starts over the past two years, as the Blue Jays can likely get similar production from a younger and cheaper pitcher.

AL CENTRAL

Chicago White Sox
Key free agents: RHP Jeanmar Gomez, RHP Miguel Gonzalez, RHP Nate Jones (club option), LHP Hector Santiago, RHP James Shields (club option)

The White Sox are close to emerging from their rebuild, and the club could look for more pitching help this offseason, since Michael Kopech is now sidelined for 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. They have a $4.65 million option for Jones that they could exercise, but it seems unlikely that they'd exercise Shields' $16 million club option.

Cleveland Indians
Key free agents: RHP Cody Allen, OF Michael Brantley, OF Melky Cabrera, RHP Carlos Carrasco (club option), OF Lonnie Chisenhall, OF Rajai Davis, 3B Josh Donaldson, OF Brandon Guyer (club option), LHP Andrew Miller, LHP Oliver Perez, IF Adam Rosales, RHP Josh Tomlin

Miller headlines a productive crop of prospective free agents departing Cleveland this season, with outfield and the bullpen being the two areas that stand to be hit hardest by the departures. Allen, Brantley and Miller are eligible for the $17.9 million qualifying offer. The Indians do have some security in the bullpen with midseason acquisitions Brad Hand and Adam Cimber both controllable for several more seasons, but bolstering the relief corps will be an offseason priority for the Tribe, who got subpar seasons from both Allen and Miller in 2018. Outfield is also an area of need, especially if Brantley departs, with no clear-cut starter at any of the three spots entering the offseason.

Detroit Tigers
Key free agents: SS Jose Iglesias, LHP Francisco Liriano, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia

Iglesias, Liriano and the retiring Victor Martinez are the key departures for the rebuilding Tigers, who also dealt impending free agent Mike Fiers to the A's in August. The Tigers will likely be in the market for a shortstop, as they don't have an immediate heir lined up in the event of Iglesias' departure, and will likely look to add to the rotation.

Kansas City Royals
Key free agents: SS Alcides Escobar, RHP Jason Hammel (mutual option), RHP Wily Peralta (club option)

After trading Jon Jay, Lucas Duda, Kelvin Herrera and Mike Moustakas this season, the Royals figure to let Escobar walk, as Adalberto Mondesi is now their starting shortstop. The Royals will almost certainly pay a $2 million buyout to get Hammel off the books instead of exercising his $12 million mutual option for 2019, but they could bring back Peralta, their closer, on a cheaper $3 million team option, especially since they'll likely be looking for bullpen help this offseason.

Minnesota Twins
Key free agents: RHP Matt Belisle, 2B Logan Forsythe, C Chris Gimenez, 1B/DH Joe Mauer, 1B/DH Logan Morrison (club option), RHP Ervin Santana (club option)

The most pressing offseason question for the Twins will be at first base with the possible departure of Mauer to either free agency or retirement and Morrison's disappointing performance in 2018, after which the Twins are not expected to pick up his $8 million option for 2019. The departures of Forsythe, Brian Dozier (traded to Dodgers) and Eduardo Escobar (traded to D-backs) also leave openings in the middle infield for the Twins. The Twins need lots of help in the bullpen and could always use more starting depth, with Santana's option unlikely to be picked up.

AL WEST
Los Angeles Angels
Key free agents: RHP Jim Johnson, RHP Garrett Richards, RHP Junichi Tazawa, OF Chris Young, OF Eric Young Jr., RHP Blake Wood

The Angels will retain much of their core. Johnson will likely draw interest on the open market for clubs in need of dependable bullpen arms. Richards pitched well in 16 starts this season, but will be out of action until 2020 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Young also suffered a season-ending injury (labral tears in both hips) but is expected to be ready for Spring Training.

Houston Astros
Key free agents: DH Evan Gattis, UTIL Marwin Gonzalez, LHP Dallas Keuchel, C Martin Maldonado, RHP Charlie Morton, LHP Tony Sipp

Keuchel figures to be one of the most sought-after starting pitchers on the market this winter. The 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner has spent his entire career with the Astros, but could anchor another team's staff in 2019. Morton also figures to draw considerable interest coming off his first All-Star season at age 34. Maldonado will be part of a deep class of veteran backstops.

Oakland A's
Key free agents: LHP Brett Anderson, RHP Trevor Cahill, RHP Jeurys Familia, RHP Edwin Jackson, OF Matt Joyce, 2B Jed Lowrie, C Jonathan Lucroy

The A's looming free agents are headlined by a pair of veterans in Lucroy and Lowrie. Lucroy is more likely to return with Franklin Barreto ready to take over as Oakland's everyday second baseman. Joyce is likely the odd man out in a crowded A's outfield. It's unclear if the A's will try to retain any of their veteran starting pitchers.

Seattle Mariners
Key free agents: 2B Gordon Beckham, DH Nelson Cruz, LHP Zach Duke, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, OF Cameron Maybin, RHP David Phelps, UTIL Andrew Romine, OF Denard Span (mutual option), RHP Adam Warren

Cruz represents the biggest free agent choice for the Mariners this winter. Both sides have expressed interest in a reunion, but Seattle must decide whether it wants to commit to a multi-year deal with the 38-year-old slugger or utilize that money elsewhere, with needs on the pitching staff and in center field. Span has a $12 million mutual option with a $4 million buyout. Iwakuma left the Mariners in September to pursue pitching opportunities in Japan.

Texas Rangers
Key free agents: SS Elvis Andrus (can opt out of his contract), 3B Adrian Beltre, C Robinson Chirinos (club option), RHP Bartolo Colon, RHP Doug Fister (club option), RHP Yovani Gallardo, LHP Matt Moore (club option), LHP Martin Perez (club option)

The Rangers are awaiting Beltre's decision on his baseball future, and if the third baseman opts to continue playing, they could re-sign him. Andrus could opt out of his contract, leaving four years and $58 million on the table, but is more likely to stay put. The Rangers will likely pick up Chirinos' option, and decline their options on Moore and Fister. Perez's option is for $7.5 million and it remains to be seen what Texas will do with the left-hander coming off a down year. Colon and Gallardo aren't expected to return.

Thomas Harrigan is an editor for MLB.com.

Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @dohyoungpark.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

After big breakout, Biggio working in OF in AFL

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Behind some key adjustments at the plate, Cavan Biggio went from being another son of a former big leaguer in the Blue Jays' deep system to one of the organization's better prospects in 2018.

Selected in the fifth round of the 2016 Draft out of Notre Dame, Biggio reached full-season ball during his professional debut but was challenged the following year at Class A Advanced Dunedin in the Florida State League, where he hit .233/.342/.363 with 11 homers in 127 games.

Behind some key adjustments at the plate, Cavan Biggio went from being another son of a former big leaguer in the Blue Jays' deep system to one of the organization's better prospects in 2018.

Selected in the fifth round of the 2016 Draft out of Notre Dame, Biggio reached full-season ball during his professional debut but was challenged the following year at Class A Advanced Dunedin in the Florida State League, where he hit .233/.342/.363 with 11 homers in 127 games.

Unsatisfied with his production, Biggio used the offseason to revamp his swing, with the goal of driving the ball in the air more consistently in 2018.

He did precisely that, as the 23-year-old erupted to hit an Eastern League-best 26 home runs while leading New Hampshire to a circuit championship.

"I lowered my hands a little bit and had more of load," said the Blue Jays' No. 9 prospect. "I think that's where you see the power numbers coming from."

Arizona Fall League overviews for all 30 teams

On top of the home runs, Biggio finished atop the Eastern League leaderboard in walks (100), slugging (.499) and OPS (.887) and ranked second in on-base percentage (.388) and RBIs (99). He also stole 20 bases, making him one of six Minor Leagues to accomplish the feat in 2018.

"I had to pick my spots, so it was a little tough at the end of the year, but I ended up getting it. 20 stolen bases was a goal of mine, and I'm just happy I could finish off with it," said Biggio, the Eastern League's Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year.

Now continuing his season in the Arizona Fall League, Biggio is working to increase his defensive versatility in the outfield after shuffling between multiple infield positions at New Hampshire.

"I came up primarily as a second baseman and played a good bit of third and first base this year, so they just want me to add outfielder to the mix."

Luckily for Biggio, the ability to successfully bounce between any number of positions is a trait that runs in his family.

"Growing up my dad was able to go from catcher to second, center to left [field], back to second," said Biggio about his father, Hall-of-Famer Craig Biggio.

"He always taught me that being in the lineup in the best part, it doesn't matter the position. Whatever you have to do to accommodate the best interests of the team and just attack it with a positive mindset."

Blue Jays hitters in the Fall League

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B -- After a regular season during which he flirted with a .400 average while reaching Triple-A at age 19, MLB Pipeline's No. 1 prospect has produced a .643 average (9-for-14) with four doubles and six RBIs in his first three games for Surprise, all three-pitcher performances.

Santiago Espinal, SS/2B/3B -- The Blue Jays' No. 22 prospect replaced Bo Bichette on Surprise's roster after Bichette was removed due to injuries. Acquired from Boston for Steve Pearce in late June, Espinal slashed .297/.356/.444 and set career highs with 10 homers, 27 doubles and 60 RBIs while handling multiple infield positions.

Video: Guerrero Jr. on getting to play in the Fall League

Blue Jays pitchers in the Fall League

Zach Jackson, RHP -- Jackson, Toronto's third-round pick from 2016, was highly effective in his first Double-A campaign as he posted a 2.47 ERA while holding hitters to a .142 clip over 43 games. The 23-year-old right-hander' plus curveball is his best weapon, and it helped him to amass 75 strikeouts in 62 innings (10.9 K/9). However, Jackson will need to make major gains with his control after issuing 54 total walks (7.8 BB/9).

Jackson McClelland, RHP -- The 6-foot-5 right-hander saved eight games while making 39 appearances in 2018, spending much of the year with Dunedin before a late-season bump to New Hampshire. He posted 57 strikeouts against 21 walks in 43 2/3 innings and held hitters to a .204 average between the two stops.

Shawn Morimando, LHP -- The 25-year-old left-hander reached the Majors with Cleveland back in 2016 but ultimately was released this past July after parts of eight years in the Indians' system. He made eight starts in the Minors, including four at Triple-A Buffalo, after being claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays.

Nate Pearson, RHP -- MLB Pipeline's No. 90 overall prospect logged just 1 2/3 innings during the regular season after a line drive fractured his right arm during his first start. When healthy, however, the 6-foot-6 right-hander features a fastball that can hit triple digits, a plus slider and feel for both a curveball and changeup.

Video: Jays prospect Pearson on Fall League win

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Blue Jays to close out spring in Montreal

Club will face Brewers in two-game series on March 25-26
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TORONTO -- The Blue Jays are planning a return to the city of Montreal for the sixth consecutive year.

Toronto will once again close out its spring schedule with a two-game exhibition series in La Belle Province. After previous appearances by the Pirates, Cardinals, Reds, Mets and Red Sox, it will be the Brewers' turn to head north of the border.

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays are planning a return to the city of Montreal for the sixth consecutive year.

Toronto will once again close out its spring schedule with a two-game exhibition series in La Belle Province. After previous appearances by the Pirates, Cardinals, Reds, Mets and Red Sox, it will be the Brewers' turn to head north of the border.

The series is expected to once again feature highly touted Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. His father, Vlad, was a star player in Montreal from 1996-2003 before eventually continuing his Hall of Fame career with the Angels.

Last year, Guerrero Jr. returned to Olympic Stadium, where he was frequently spotted as a kid, and hit a walkoff homer to secure a win over the Cardinals. Considering Guerrero Jr. has yet to make his Major League debut, the unforgettable scene was likely his top moment from 2018.

"Montreal is a city with great baseball history and tradition," Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro said in a statement. "We are excited to join in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Montreal Expos and to continue creating memories for Blue Jays fans across Canada."

Video: STL@TOR: Montreal crowd gives Martin standing ovation

The series also could feature the return of the hometown hero Russell Martin. The Blue Jays may consider moving Martin, 35, this winter considering he wasn't used over the final three weeks of the regular season, and Toronto intends set on making Danny Jansen its starting catcher.

Moving Martin and the remaining $20 million on his contract will not be easy, so there's still a good chance that he will rejoin the Blue Jays next spring. If he does, that means Martin will be making his fifth trip to Montreal, which he is where he grew up after being born just outside of Toronto.

The two-game series in Montreal is scheduled for March 25 and 26. Tickets will go on sale Friday at noon ET for the Blue Jays' final tuneup before the start of the 2019 regular season. Toronto is set to open next year's schedule vs. the Tigers on March 28 at Rogers Centre.

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Vlad Jr. named AFL Player of the Week

MLB's top prospect continues hot hitting in desert
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Vladimir Guerrero Jr., MLB Pipeline's No. 1 overall prospect, entered the Arizona Fall League as the player to watch.

One week in and he has lived up to the hype. It was announced Tuesday that Guerrero won the league's Player of the Week after batting .643 and recording six RBIs in his first three games with the Surprise Saguaros. Baseball's top-ranked pitching prospect, Astros right-hander Forrest Whitley, was named the league's Pitcher of the Week.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., MLB Pipeline's No. 1 overall prospect, entered the Arizona Fall League as the player to watch.

One week in and he has lived up to the hype. It was announced Tuesday that Guerrero won the league's Player of the Week after batting .643 and recording six RBIs in his first three games with the Surprise Saguaros. Baseball's top-ranked pitching prospect, Astros right-hander Forrest Whitley, was named the league's Pitcher of the Week.

Through the first week, the 19-year-old Blue Jays third-base prospect led the Fall League in batting average, hits, doubles and on-base percentage. He was second in slugging (.929) and OPS and had three hits in each of the three games he played, in which the Saguaros went 2-1.

Whitley named AFL Pitcher of the Week

Guerrero is coming off an outstanding season, in which he batted .381 with 20 home runs and 78 RBIs while playing across four different levels, primarily Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo. In his 61 games in New Hampshire, Guerrero batted .402.

Guerrero's prowess in the box makes him a can't-miss prospect. He was the first player to ever receive an 80 hit tool grade by MLB Pipeline, which he received prior to his breakout 2018 season, in which he won MLB Pipeline's Hitter of the Year award.

Guerrero's hitting is well documented, but his ability at third base is still somewhat unknown. He has improved his fielding percentage each of the three years he's been in the Minors, with a career-best percentage of .945 in 2018.

Video: Guerrero Jr. goes 3-for-5 in Fall League debut

While he's on the cusp of breaking through to the big leagues, it's not something he thinks about.

"I can just control what I can control," said Guerrero through a translator. "I am going to come next year and have fun with the guys and let the team decide when and how I am going to get to Toronto."

Guerrero has enjoyed his time in the desert so far and looks forward to continuing to build relationships with the players.

"I'm just trying to come here, get to know the guys. Have a good time with them. There's some people who I've never played with or faced in the league," Guerrero said.

Guerrero started his second week of play Monday night by going 1-for-4 with a walk, as Surprise beat Scottsdale, 2-1. He has struck out just once in 20 plate appearances in the Fall League.

Drake Dunaway is a senior journalism student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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Pipeline names Blue Jays' Prospects of Year

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TORONTO -- Vladimir Guerrero's long, talked about Major League debut never came to fruition in 2018, but he did arguably turn into the top prospect in all of baseball.

Guerrero, unsurprisingly, has been named Toronto's Minor League Hitter of the Year by MLB Pipeline while right-hander Sean Reid-Foley took home top pitching honors. Two big pieces for the future, who likely will heavily factor into the Blue Jays' plans next season.

TORONTO -- Vladimir Guerrero's long, talked about Major League debut never came to fruition in 2018, but he did arguably turn into the top prospect in all of baseball.

Guerrero, unsurprisingly, has been named Toronto's Minor League Hitter of the Year by MLB Pipeline while right-hander Sean Reid-Foley took home top pitching honors. Two big pieces for the future, who likely will heavily factor into the Blue Jays' plans next season.

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The 19-year-old Guerrero saw his season start with a bang when he hit a walk-off homer during Toronto's exhibition series against the Cardinals in late March at Olympic Stadium. The game might not have counted for anything, but it was still a signature moment for a player whose father started his Hall of Fame career between those same walls.

"There's no debate that he's on an accelerated time frame," Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro said toward the end of the season. "He's already eclipsed the time frame that any player would have at his age and his level of experience. He's going to get up here at a very young age. Maybe next April, we're open to that."

Guerrero embarked on one of the most historic offensive seasons the Minor Leagues has ever seen. He posted a ridiculous .402/.449/.671 slash line with 14 home runs and 60 RBIs over 61 games for Double-A New Hampshire. Then he finished the year by hitting .336/.414/.564 with six homers and 16 RBIs for Triple-A Buffalo.

Video: Guerrero Jr. named Pipeline Hitter of the Year

The only downside for Guerrero came in early June when he sustained a strained patellar tendon in his left knee. Guerrero missed a little more than a month but returned to finish the year strong in advance of an upcoming appearance in the Arizona Fall League.

There are prospects and then there are super prospects like Guerrero. There seems to be very little debate that he will become an impact bat at the Major League level, and the biggest question surrounds whether he'll go on to have a similar career to that of his nine-time All-Star father.

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"This is huge for him going into the Arizona Fall League," Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said. "That will be a great development for him. Next Spring Training will be a great development for him. As he transitions to the big leagues, we're planning on him playing third base."

Reid-Foley, Pipeline's No. 10 Blue Jays prospect, earned Toronto's Minor League Pitcher of the Year after a breakout season for Triple-A Buffalo. The 23-year-old bounced back from a disappointing 2017 season, which saw him go 10-11 with a 5.09 ERA at New Hampshire, to re-establish himself as a big piece of Toronto's future.

Video: TOR@NYY: Reid-Foley fans 10, tosses 5 shutout innings

In 16 starts for Buffalo, Reid-Foley went 7-5 with a 3.90 ERA. That was enough to earn a late summer promotion to the big league roster where Reid-Foley was predictably inconsistent but held his own against some of the league's top hitters.

With 42 strikeouts over 33 1/3 Major League innings, there's a lot to like, but the product of Florida will have to get his walks under control if he's going to take the next step in 2019. Reid-Foley issued 20 walks in seven starts for the Blue Jays in August and September.

"The kid did a good job," outgoing Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said at the end of the year. "He still has things to work on, naturally, but I thought he held his own. He's a different style than some of the other guys. ... He has a nice little breaking ball. A little changeup. Yeah, I think [fastball command] is going to be the key for him and how good he becomes."

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Every club's best individual playoff performance

From MadBum to Mr. October, these runs went down in franchise lore
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One of the many joys of baseball's postseason is how one player can make such an outsized difference. There's no better time for a player to go on a hot streak than in the playoffs, when he's able to carry his team for a whole series -- maybe even to a championship. Baseball is a game of ebbs and flows, of zeniths and nadirs, and everyone wants to break out and have a heater in October.

With that in mind, we look at the greatest postseason runs by a player on each of baseball's 30 teams. These are the sort of streaks that make legends in their hometowns ... the sort of runs we'll talk about forever.

One of the many joys of baseball's postseason is how one player can make such an outsized difference. There's no better time for a player to go on a hot streak than in the playoffs, when he's able to carry his team for a whole series -- maybe even to a championship. Baseball is a game of ebbs and flows, of zeniths and nadirs, and everyone wants to break out and have a heater in October.

With that in mind, we look at the greatest postseason runs by a player on each of baseball's 30 teams. These are the sort of streaks that make legends in their hometowns ... the sort of runs we'll talk about forever.

Note: We're sticking to the divisional era here, which goes back to 1969, and is the dawn of the modern postseason.

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays: Paul Molitor, 1993
.447/.527/.851, World Series MVP
Everyone remembers the Joe Carter homer, but Molitor was a monster that whole postseason for the Blue Jays at the age of 37. He was terrific back in 1982 for the Brewers, too.

Orioles: Brooks Robinson, 1970
.485/.471/.788, World Series MVP
This was, of course, the same World Series in which he made the ridiculous play at third base … though with Robinson, it's always a question of which ridiculous play.

Video: #WeKnowPostseason: Robinson's Play

Rays: James Shields, 2008
2-2, 25 IP, 2.88 ERA
This is where the "Big Game James" nickname came from, even if it maybe lasted a year or two longer than it should have.

Red Sox: David Ortiz, 2004
.400/.515/.764, ALCS MVP
It's rather difficult, all told, to figure out which Ortiz postseason to pick: He had an OPS over 1.204 in October for all three of the Red Sox championship teams he played for.

Video: 2004 ALCS Gm7: Ortiz's homer gives Red Sox early lead

Yankees: Reggie Jackson, 1978
.417/.511/.806
The highest qualified OPS by Yankees are, in fact, 2018 Aaron Judge and 2006 Derek Jeter ... but how do you not pick Mr. October?

AL CENTRAL

Indians: Orel Hershiser, 1995
4-1, 35 1/3 IP, 1.53 ERA, ALCS MVP
The season with the other Indians' World Series loss -- no, the other one -- featured vintage Hershiser ... and he split a couple of duels with Greg Maddux in the World Series, too.

Royals: Danny Jackson, 1985
2-1, 26 IP, 1.04 ERA
Bret Saberhagen is remembered as the hero of this Royals team -- along with Don Denkinger, of course -- but Jackson was actually the best pitcher for the Royals that postseason.

Tigers: Alan Trammell, 1984
.419/.500/.806, World Series MVP
Trammell put the perfect capper on the Tigers' dream season. This was a quiet argument for Trammell's Hall of Fame candidacy.

Twins: Jack Morris, 1991
4-0, 36 1/3 IP, 2.23 ERA, World Series MVP
Speaking of the Hall of Fame ... this postseason is almost certainly why Morris currently has a plaque in Cooperstown.

Video: 1991 WS Gm7: Morris' 10-inning shutout

White Sox: Jermaine Dye, 2005
.311/.415/.444, World Series MVP
Several White Sox players had a higher OPS than Dye that postseason -- including Joe Crede, Scott Podsednik and Paul Konerko -- but you've got to go with the World Series MVP.

AL WEST

Angels: Francisco Rodriguez, 2002
5-1, 18 2/3 IP, 1.93 ERA
Back when there were more rigid bullpen roles, K-Rod was deployed liberally and devastatingly in 2002, back when he was 20 years old.

Astros: Carlos Beltran, 2004
.435/.536/1.022
Cardinals fans will be having nightmares about 2004 Carlos Beltran for decades to come ... and they won that series.

Video: 2004 NLCS Gm4: Beltran hits eighth homer of playoffs

Athletics: Dave Stewart, 1989
4-0, 32 IP, 2.25 ERA, World Series MVP
Stewart had a career 2.77 postseason ERA in 133 innings ... he would actually win the ALCS MVP the very next season, too.

Mariners: Ken Griffey Jr., 1995
.364/.442/.818
Jay Buhner was just as good as The Kid in 1995 ... but Griffey is Griffey.

Rangers: Juan Gonzalez, 1996
.438/.526/1.375
The Rangers actually lost this Division Series in four games, but good heavens, was Juan Gone ever a monster, hitting five homers in four games.

Video: 1996 ALDS Gm4: Juan Gonzalez's fifth home run of ALDS

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves: John Smoltz, 1996
4-1, 38 IP, 0.95 ERA
You could also go with Greg Maddux's 1995 run -- since the Braves won the World Series that year, after all -- and you wouldn't be wrong.

Marlins: Josh Beckett, 2003
2-2, 42 2/3 IP, 2.11 ERA, World Series MVP
After the Yankees and Red Sox had their first of two epic postseason battles, Beckett was happy to pick up the pieces in the World Series.

Video: WS Gm6: Beckett shuts out Yanks as Marlins win series

Mets: Bobby Ojeda, 1986
2-0, 27 IP, 2.33 ERA
Of all the great Mets starters on that team, it was Ojeda who had the best postseason.

Nationals: Stephen Strasburg, 2017
1-1, 14 IP, 0.00 ERA
Since we're excluding the Expos -- if we weren't, Steve Rogers in 1981 would be the obvious answer here -- we must dig into the gruesome land of the Nationals' postseason failures. Strasburg has the ultimate Nationals playoff line: 0 earned runs, 1 loss.

Video: WSH@CHC Gm4: Strasburg K's 12 over seven scoreless

Phillies: Cliff Lee, 2009
4-0, 40 1/3 IP, 1.56 ERA
Cole Hamels had the World Series MVP in '08, but Lee was actually better, in five more innings.

NL CENTRAL

Brewers: Ryan Braun, 2011
.405/.468/.714
This postseason performance feels like a lifetime ago, but it's one the Brewers sure would appreciate a repeat of.

Cardinals: David Freese, 2011
.397/.465/.794, NLCS MVP, World Series MVP
Freese actually struggled in the NLDS this season ... though he ended up making up for it.

Video: Must C Comeback: Freese's triple ties it up in ninth

Cubs: Jon Lester, 2016
3-1, 35 2/3 IP, 2.02 ERA, NLCS co-MVP
Lester still feels like the postseason starter Cubs fans trust most, and probably always will.

Pirates: Willie Stargell, 1979
.415/.435/.927, NLCS MVP, World Series MVP
He also shared the regular-season MVP Award this year, pulling off the rare trifecta.

Reds: Johnny Bench, 1976
.444/.464/.926, World Series MVP
Bench was as dominant as the Reds were in this matter-of-fact World Series sweep.

NL WEST

D-backs: Curt Schilling, 2001
4-0, 48 1/3 IP, 1.12 ERA, World Series co-MVP
Randy Johnson's line this exact 2001 postseason: 5-1, 41 1/3 IP, 1.52 ERA. That is ... difficult to beat.

Video: WS2001 Gm4: Schilling comes up clutch on short rest

Dodgers: Hershiser, 1988
3-0, 1 SV, 42 2/3 IP, 1.05 ERA, NLCS MVP, World Series MVP
Hershiser is the only pitcher to be on this list twice ... and how could he not be?

Giants: Madison Bumgarner, 2014
4-1, 1 SV, 52 2/3 IP, 1.03 ERA, NLCS MVP, World Series MVP
This is an obvious pick, but at this point I'd like to remind you that Barry Bonds put up a .356/.581/.978 in 2002.

Video: WS2014 Gm7: Bumgarner sets postseason innings record

Padres: Sterling Hitchcock, 1998
3-0, 22 IP, 1.23 ERA, NLCS MVP
He gave up only one earned run in six innings in his lone World Series start ... not that it did the Padres much good.

Rockies: Kaz Matsui, 2007
.304/.347/.500
It was a strange postseason for the Rockies in 2007, but if you forget the World Series happened altogether, it was a glorious one.

Will Leitch is a columnist for MLB.com.

Here's what Jays did in the AFL on Thursday

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

Gameday: Scottsdale 8, Peoria 0 | Mesa 18, Surprise 2 | Salt River 2, Glendale 1

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

Gameday: Scottsdale 8, Peoria 0 | Mesa 18, Surprise 2 | Salt River 2, Glendale 1

AL East

Blue Jays (Surprise)
Blue Jays No. 4 prospect Nate Pearson (No. 90 overall) flashed his usual premium stuff but didn't see the results in his start for Saguaros. Working one-plus inning, the 22-year-old right-hander allowed eight runs (seven earned) on five hits with four walks and three strikeouts. Cavan Biggio (No. 9), who started at first base, went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts.

Orioles (Glendale)
Steve Wilkerson went 1-for-4 with a double, also scoring Glendale's lone run. Ryan McKenna (Baltimore's No. 12 prospect) went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Jay Flaa took the loss in relief, allowing two runs (one earned) on two walks in one-third of an inning.

Rays (Peoria)
Rays No. 9 prospect Lucius Fox went 2-for-5 from the leadoff spot. He is batting .407 through six Fall League games, and he has multiple hits in five of them.

2018 Arizona Fall League rosters

Red Sox (Mesa)
Red Sox No. 6 prospect Bobby Dalbec connected on his first Fall League homer, a three-run shot in the first inning, before finishing 3-for-5 with four RBIs. Through six games, he's hitting .304 with nine RBIs. Darwinzon Hernandez and Mike Shawaryn -- Boston's Nos. 7 and 9 prospects, respectively -- both pitched well in relief. Hernandez allowed two runs (one earned) in two innings, but also recorded four of his six outs via strikeout, while Shawaryn struck out a pair as he pitched around a single during a scoreless ninth inning.

Yankees (Glendale)
Steven Sensley went 1-for-4 with a single and Thairo Estrada (New York's No. 16 prospect) went 1-for-3 with a single as the duo accounted for half of Glendale's hits. Kyle Zurak blew a save opportunity in the 10th inning, as he balked in Salt River's winning run.

AL Central

Indians (Glendale)
Justin Garza had a strong start for the Desert Dogs, tossing 3 2/3 scoreless innings. The right-hander allowed one hit and struck out four. Dalbert Siri and Jared Robinson each worked a scoreless inning of relief. Siri allowed one hit and struck out one, while Robinson also gave up one hit. Connor Marabell went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the cleanup spot.

Royals (Surprise)
Royals No. 2 prospect Khalil Lee went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts. Catcher Meibrys Vilora scored a run and reached base three times as part of a 1-for-2, two-walk showing that improved his Fall League average to .357. Nick Heath is hitting .533 through five games despite going 0-for-2. Arnaldo Hernandez (2 1/3 innings, 3 hits allowed, one walk, two strikeouts) and Grant Gavin (two innings, one strikeout) were bright spots out of the bullpen as the only Surprise hurlers to not allow a run in the game. Gavin, a 23-year-old righty, has given up only one hit in five scoreless innings (three appearances) so far in the AFL. Walker Sheller was tagged for five earned runs on three hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning.

Tigers (Mesa)
The lone Tigers farmhand to play for Mesa on Thursday, Daniel Woodrow went 2-for-4 with a walk and three runs scored from the bottom of the order. He's hitting .389 through five games.

Twins (Salt River)
Jaylin Davis went 1-for-4 with an RBI as he drove in the game-tying run with a fielder's choice. Travis Blankenhorn (Minnesota's No. 18 prospect) went 1-for-3 with a single. The Twins' duo accounted for two of the Rafters' three hits.

White Sox (Glendale)
White Sox No. 9 prospect Luis Alexander Basabe went 0-for-3 with a walk and strikeout. Zach Thompson pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out two and sending the game to extra innings.

AL West

A's (Mesa)
A's No. 30 prospect Skye Bolt's second AFL homer was a three-run shot that capped Mesa's eight-run eighth inning. He scored three runs to match his three RBIs and also walked twice before finishing 2-for-4. First out of the 'pen for the Solar Sox, Jake Bray notched two strikeouts and two ground-ball outs as he completed two perfect frames.

Angels (Mesa)
Angels No. 4 prospect Jahmai Jones recorded three hits for the second time in six games in the AFL. He reached base four times, as the 21-year-old second baseman went 3-for-5 with a double, RBI and three runs scored. Roberto Baldoquin (1-for-6, RBI) and David MacKinnon (0-for-4, 2 walks) each scored a run, and Ryan Clark contributed with a scoreless inning in relief.

Astros (Scottsdale)
Astros No. 8 prospect J.B. Bukauskas collected his first win of the Fall League season, tossing four scoreless innings against Peoria. The right-hander allowed two hits and one walk while striking out four. Bukauskas hasn't allowed an earned run in 7 1/3 innings over two AFL starts. Trent Thornton (No. 24) followed Bukauskas with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, allowing two hits and striking out three. Abraham Toro-Hernandez (No. 21) went 1-for-2 with a run scored. Ronnie Dawson went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Drew Ferguson walked in a pinch-hit appearance. More »

Video: Bukauskas on his Fall League win over Peoria

Mariners (Peoria)
Mariners prospects Evan White (No. 2) and Ian Miller (No. 20) each went 1-for-4 with a single. White is batting .346 in six Fall League games. Matt Walker pitched an inning of relief, allowing one run on one hit and one walk with one strikeout.

Rangers (Surprise)
Rangers No. 2 prospect Julio Pablo Martinez (No. 56 overall) went 1-for-3 from the bottom of the lineup as he accounted for one of the Saguaros' four hits. Charles LeBlanc notched a hit and scored a run, as he owns a .381 average after finishing 1-for-3. Reliever Joe Barlow allowed two earned runs on two hits in 1 2/3 innings, striking out three and walking two.

NL East

Braves (Peoria)
Jeremy Walker took his first loss of the Fall League season, allowing six earned runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. The right-hander walked one and struck out three. Ray-Patrick Didder went 1-for-5, while Braxton Davidson went 0-for-3 with a walk.

Marlins (Salt River)
Marlins No. 26 prospect Bryson Brigman went 1-for-3 with a single, one of the Rafters' three hits. Brian Miller (No. 11) entered as a pinch-runner in the 10th and scored the game-tying run.

Mets (Scottsdale)
Mets No. 11 prospect Desmond Lindsay went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run scored. Lindsay has played in two Fall League games and collected two hits in each of them. Andres Gimenez (No. 1) entered as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and went 1-for-1 with an RBI double, a walk and a run scored. Stephen Nogosek (No. 24) tossed 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing one hit and one walk with two strikeouts.

Nationals (Salt River)
Nationals No. 2 prospect Carter Kieboom (No. 37 overall) went 0-for-3 with a walk and scored the game-winning run on a balk in the 10th inning. Daniel Johnson (Washington's No. 7) went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts from the leadoff spot. Ben Braymer tossed two scoreless innings of relief, allowing one hit and striking out four. Taylor Guilbeau pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings of relief, while Jordan Mills worked two perfect innings with three strikeouts.

Phillies (Scottsdale)
Phillies No. 11 prospect Arquimedes Gamboa went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Darick Hall went 2-for-4 with three RBIs out of the cleanup spot. Austin Listi went 1-for-5 with a run scored. Jonathan Hennigan worked a perfect eighth inning, striking out one.

NL Central

Brewers (Peoria)
Daniel Brown tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, allowing two hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Miguel Sanchez followed Brown with a perfect seventh inning, striking out one. Jon Olczak also pitched in relief, allowing one run on one hit and two walks while striking out one over one inning. Trent Grisham (Milwaukee's No. 19 prospect) went 0-for-3 with a walk.

Cardinals (Surprise)
Andy Young drove in a run and went 1-for-4, giving the second baseman at least one hit in all five games so far in the AFL. Lane Thomas struck out in his lone at-bat as a pinch-hitter. Will Latcham gave up a three-run homer while working the final 1 1/3 innings for the Saguaros.

Cubs (Mesa)
It was a big day for Cubs hitters, as No. 6 prospect Nico Hoerner (1-for-6, three RBIs), No. 16 D.J. Wilson (1-for-3, four runs, three walks, RBI) and catcher P.J. Higgins (2-for-5, homer, three RBIs, two runs) all stood out at the plate in the Solar Sox's lopsided win over Surprise. Left-hander Justin Steele, the Cubs' No. 8 prospect, dominated in his second Fall League start as he posted two strikeouts and two walks over three hitless frames. More »

Video: Justin Steele on pitching after Tommy John surgery

Pirates (Surprise)
Pirates prospects Cole Tucker (No. 5) and Bryan Reynolds (No. 8) were both hitless, going 0-for-4 and 0-for-3, respectively. They each struck out once.

Reds (Scottsdale)
Reds No. 23 prospect Alfredo Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored out of the No. 8 spot in the lineup. Shed Long (No. 8) went 0-for-4 with a walk and a run scored, while Mark Kolozsvary went 0-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.

NL West

D-backs (Salt River)
D-backs No. 1 prospect Jon Duplantier (No. 80 overall) tossed three scoreless innings in his second start of the Fall League season. The right-hander allowed one hit and struck out five. Pavin Smith (Arizona's No. 4) went 0-for-3 with a walk. Renae Martinez started at catcher and went 0-for-3. Bo Takahashi pitched two-thirds of an inning in relief, allowing no runs, one hit and one walk. Kevin Ginkel earned his first win of the AFL season, allowing one unearned run on one hit in one inning. More »

Dodgers (Glendale)
Dodgers No. 2 prospect Keibert Ruiz (No. 39 overall) drove in Glendale's lone run with an RBI double in the 10th inning. It was his only hit as he finished 1-for-4. Errol Robinson (Los Angeles' No. 20) went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts from the leadoff spot. Jared Walker went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. Nolan Long pitched 1 1/3 innings of perfect relief, striking out one, and Jordan Sheffield also struck out one in one perfect inning.

Giants (Scottsdale)
Sam Wolff pitched a scoreless inning of relief, allowing two hits and closing out the Scorpions' win over Peoria. Heath Quinn entered as a pinch-hitter and went 0-for-1.

Padres (Peoria)
Padres No. 23 prospect Hudson Potts went 1-for-4 with a double, the Javelinas' lone extra-base hit as they got shut out by Scottsdale. Buddy Reed (No. 13) went 1-for-4 and Austin Allen (No. 25) went 0-for-4.

Rockies (Salt River)
Rockies No. 9 prospect Sam Hilliard and Josh Fuentes each went 0-for-4, combining for three strikeouts.