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Blanco revels in career as baseball lifer

Veteran considering coaching role once playing days end
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Accumulating 10 years of Major League service time is a goal that Gregor Blanco will chase with the same zeal that he has brought to chasing distant fly balls.

Blanco, who has appeared in 717 of his 1,060 career games as a Giant, regards the 10-year mark as an achievement that would forever stamp him as a veteran among veterans.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Accumulating 10 years of Major League service time is a goal that Gregor Blanco will chase with the same zeal that he has brought to chasing distant fly balls.

Blanco, who has appeared in 717 of his 1,060 career games as a Giant, regards the 10-year mark as an achievement that would forever stamp him as a veteran among veterans.

"To me, that's the only thing I'm fighting for," said Blanco, who owns eight years and 72 days of service time in the bigs. A Major League "year" is defined as 172 days spent on the big club's roster.

Eligible for free agency, Blanco realizes that at his age (he turns 35 on Christmas Eve) and ability level (he's widely regarded as a quintessential fourth outfielder), he won't be highly sought after on the open market.

That doesn't spoil his dream of eventually becoming a 10-year big leaguer, however.

"If I can't make it as a player, at least I'm going to try to make it as a coach," Blanco said shortly before the regular season ended. In that event, his service-time odometer would stop, but that's not the point. The significance lies in Blanco's desire to remain in baseball.

"The last few years, I've been thinking about [coaching], and I think it's in me to do it," he said. "I love this game so much. I don't think I can get enough."

Giants manager Bruce Bochy enthusiastically endorsed Blanco as a coaching candidate.

"What a great person he is," Bochy said. "He's positive. He knows the game from being a role player and from being a starter. He would make an outstanding coach. You see him helping out players and he's not even a coach now. The energy he brings; the knowledge, really, in all facets of the game. You look at where Gregor could help a player. Outfield defense, the hitting, the bunting, the baserunning -- he's a pro."

Blanco demonstrated each of those skills in memorable fashion during his Giants tenure, which began when he made the team as a non-roster invitee in 2012. Samples include:

• His running, lunging catch of Jordan Schafer's seventh-inning drive to right-center-field to preserve Matt Cain's perfect game against Houston on June 13, 2012.

Video: Must C Catch: Blanco's great grab preserves perfecto

• His seventh-inning bunt that rolled more than halfway up the third-base line and stayed fair for a single that loaded the bases and set up the run that broke a scoreless tie in Game 2 of the 2012 World Series against Detroit.

• Fitting the description of being a basestealing threat more than any other Giant by swiping 81 bags in 111 tries during six seasons with the club.

• Muscling up when necessary. Though Blanco was anything but a slugger, he hit 23 homers in 2,410 plate appearances as a Giant (postseason included). His two-run homer in Game 4 of the 2012 National League Division Series at Cincinnati propelled San Francisco to victory in that must-win game.

Just this year, his Sept. 21 single off Cardinals right-hander Jordan Hicks came on a 102.4-mph sinker, the fastest pitch a Giants player has ever struck for a base hit since Statcast™ began tracking such data in 2015.

Video: SF@STL: Blanco brings Giants to within one

"I feel blessed. I feel comfortable," said Blanco, a .255 career hitter. "I feel so happy and so proud of myself for my career. I've done so many things in my career that I can appreciate."

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

San Francisco Giants, Gregor Blanco

Giants reportedly interested in Cubs' McLeod

San Francisco also interested in D-backs assistant GM Sawdaye
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' search for a new general manager appears to be intensifying.

Various reports added two names to the mix on Monday: Cubs vice president of scouting and player development Jason McLeod and D-backs senior vice president of baseball operations and assistant GM Amiel Sawdaye.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants' search for a new general manager appears to be intensifying.

Various reports added two names to the mix on Monday: Cubs vice president of scouting and player development Jason McLeod and D-backs senior vice president of baseball operations and assistant GM Amiel Sawdaye.

MLB.com reported last week that Kim Ng, MLB's senior vice president for baseball operations, was scheduled to interview for the vacancy this past Friday.

• Giants to interview MLB official for GM role

USA Today's Bob Nightengale originally reported that Sawdaye has interviewed for the Giants' job and impressed club officials enough to be considered a finalist. A D-backs source confirmed the Giants' interest in Sawdaye. Chicago sports radio station 670 The Score was the first to report the Giants' interest in McLeod, though Cubs officials either could not be reached or had no comment.

Giants president Larry Baer has emphasized that the club will take its time to hire a "great baseball mind" who's likely to implement contemporary strategies, such as analytics, more frequently. Jon Heyman of Fancred has reported that Brewers assistant GM Matt Arnold, Rays senior vice president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom and Dodgers executive Josh Byrnes also could emerge as candidates.

San Francisco created the vacancy last month when Bobby Evans was relieved of his duties as GM.

McLeod, who received a contract extension through 2021 after Chicago won the 2016 World Series, has long maintained ties with the esteemed Theo Epstein. McLeod worked for six years in the Red Sox's scouting department when Epstein served as their GM. McLeod then followed Epstein to Chicago when the latter became the Cubs' president of baseball operations following the 2011 season.

McLeod has earned praise for playing a role in the drafting and development of the Red Sox's Dustin Pedroia and the Cubs' Kris Bryant, both winners of the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Awards in their first two full Major League seasons.

McLeod interviewed for the Twins' GM job in 2016 that eventually went to Thad Levine and received consideration for the same role with the Padres' in 2014, which went to A.J. Preller. McLeod removed his name from consideration early in the hiring process, however.

Sawdaye has held his current position with been with the D-backs for two seasons. He previously supervised Boston's international and amateur scouting efforts. With him in that role, the Red Sox drafted multiple prospects who developed into established performers, such as Mookie Betts, Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr., Matt Barnes and Travis Shaw, who's now with Milwaukee.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Wolff tosses scoreless inning in Fall League

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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.

Giants' Quinn making up for lost time in AFL

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The Giants have a track record of drafting players that performed well in college and getting them through the system and up to San Francisco.

Buster Posey (1st-round, 2008), Brandon Crawford (4th-round, 2008), Brandon Belt (5th-round, 2009), Joe Panik (1st-round, 2011), Chris Shaw (1st-round, 2015) and Steven Duggar (6th-round, 2015) all fit that mold. Could Heath Quinn (3rd-round, 2016) be next?

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The Giants have a track record of drafting players that performed well in college and getting them through the system and up to San Francisco.

Buster Posey (1st-round, 2008), Brandon Crawford (4th-round, 2008), Brandon Belt (5th-round, 2009), Joe Panik (1st-round, 2011), Chris Shaw (1st-round, 2015) and Steven Duggar (6th-round, 2015) all fit that mold. Could Heath Quinn (3rd-round, 2016) be next?

"Seeing their success gives me hope that one day I can be up there with them," Quinn, the Giants No. 10 prospect, said. "I've just got to keep trying to get better and work my way up. I've just got to keep focusing on the little things and try to get better each year."

Arizona Fall League overviews for all 30 teams

However, if Quinn is going to hop on the fast track to San Francisco, he's going to need to stay healthy. The outfielder played in just 75 games in 2017 when he was hampered by shoulder and hamate injuries, then missed a month in 2018 with a hamstring strain.

In addition to the injuries, Quinn struggled on the field in 2017, his full-season debut, but appeared to get back on track this year. After hitting .228 a season ago, Quinn hit .300/.376/.485 with 14 homers and 51 RBIs over 96 games with Class A Advanced San Jose.

The 23-year-old also showed a better offensive approach and the results were evident. After posting a 29.5 percent strikeout rate and 6.8 percent walk rate in 2017, Quinn lowered his strikeout rate to 24.1 percent in 2018 and upped his walk rate to 10.3 percent.

"I just went back to doing stuff how I was doing in college," Quinn said. "I went back to an old hitting coach, just trying to get back to the basics, the fundamentals and that helped out a ton."

Giants hitters in the Fall League

C.J. Hinojosa, SS (SF No. 28) -- The 2015 11th-round pick played in just 74 games this season as he recovered from rupturing his Achilles tendon last September and was also hit with a 50-game suspension following a second positive test for drug of abuse. Hinojosa spent the bulk of the season in Double-A where he hit .265 in 67 games. The 24-year-old has a quick bat and makes a lot of contact, but he won't hit a ton of homers. Defensively, he came up as a shortstop but doesn't have the quickness to play there regularly in the Majors. The Giants have begun moving him around the diamond, and he's logged innings at both second and third base in each of the past two seasons.

Matt Winn, C -- Matt Winn showed some power in 2018 as he had career-highs in both doubles (21) and homers (10). However, the bulk of those hits came in the extremely hitter-friendly California League, where Winn spent 74 games with Class A Advanced San Jose. The catcher, a 14th-rounder from the 2015 Draft was bumped up to Double-A Richmond in August, where he appeared in 19 games. Across both levels, in 93 games, Winn hit .236/.308/.421 this year.

Giants pitchers in the Fall League

Melvin Adon, RHP (SF No. 19) -- The 24-year-old right-hander has had a bit of a slow development and just reached Class A Advanced San Jose this season. While Adon is raw and still learning to be a pitcher, rather than just a thrower, his stuff is undeniable. He has a fastball that sits in the upper 90s and can reach triple digits. He also features an upper-80s slider and a changeup. Adon has pitched out of the rotation in the Minors, but his future likely lies in the bullpen.

Garrett Williams, LHP (SF No. 20) -- A seventh-round Draft pick (2016), Williams spent the 2018 season with Double-A Richmond, where he worked out of both the rotation and the bullpen. The lefty went 3-9 with a 6.06 ERA in 33 appearances (15 starts). Williams has quality stuff -- a fastball that operates in the low-to-mid 90s and an above average curveball - but has struggled with command throughout his career. In his Double-A debut this season, he issued 61 walks and 73 strikeouts. If Williams is able to develop better command, he may be able to work as a starter, otherwise he'll likely wind up as a reliever.

Chase Johnson, RHP -- After missing nearly all of 2017 because of Tommy John surgery, Johnson returned to the mound in 2018 and posted a 3.86 ERA through 18 starts with Double-A Richmond. However, Johnson missed roughly two weeks with a concussion and after pitching just 10 1/3 innings in 2017, he has some ground to make up. The 26-year-old was picked in the third-round back in 2013, but after reaching Double-A in 2015, injuries have hampered his development.

Sam Wolff, RHP -- Wolff, whom the Giants acquired in the December 2017 Matt Moore trade, is using the AFL to make up for lost time. The hard-throwing right-hander didn't make his season debut until late June as he was recovering from a torn flexor tendon in his right hand. Wolff features a mid-to-upper 90s fastball and can rack up the strikeouts -- he fanned 44 over 31 1/3 innings this season - but he also walked 17, which likely contributed to his 6.03 ERA over 25 appearances.

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

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.

Pipeline names Giants' Prospects of the Year

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants believe that catcher Joey Bart and right-hander Shaun Anderson will form the battery of the future. Make that the near future.

Bart and Anderson were selected as the Giants' Minor League player and pitcher of the year, respectively, by MLB.com. Though Anderson, who reached Triple-A this season, conceivably will arrive in the Majors more quickly than Bart -- the Giants' No. 1 selection (second overall) in this year's MLB Draft -- the organization might not have to wait too long before they unite in the big leagues.

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants believe that catcher Joey Bart and right-hander Shaun Anderson will form the battery of the future. Make that the near future.

Bart and Anderson were selected as the Giants' Minor League player and pitcher of the year, respectively, by MLB.com. Though Anderson, who reached Triple-A this season, conceivably will arrive in the Majors more quickly than Bart -- the Giants' No. 1 selection (second overall) in this year's MLB Draft -- the organization might not have to wait too long before they unite in the big leagues.

Each team's Hitting and Pitching Prospects of the Year were chosen by the MLB Pipeline staff. To receive consideration, players must have spent at least half the year in the Minors and appeared on the team's Top 30 Prospects list.

Bart, 21, is expected to ascend to the Majors quickly -- akin to fellow catcher Buster Posey, who played 172 games in the Minors before reaching the big leagues to stay in 2010. Already, Bart rose from 35th to 23rd in MLB Pipeline's recently revised list of baseball's Top 100 prospects.

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Bart's physique alone (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) excites talent evaluators. Those dimensions merely hint at the skill that's rarely found in such abundance among catchers.

The prodigious hitting ability that Bart displayed at Georgia Tech, where he captured Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year honors, was in evidence during his 51-game professional trial, which featured 45 games at Short-Season Rookie-level Salem-Keizer. Bart slashed .294/.364/.588 with 13 home runs and 40 RBIs this season.

"He has 'plus' power to all fields and ability to drive the ball," said former Giants catcher and Minor League manager Steve Decker, who's now a special assistant in San Francisco's baseball operations department. "He handles the breaking ball and triggers on the mistake breaking ball up, which is a good sign for a young hitter. That's one thing that stood out when I went to watch him in college and watched him over the summer."

Video: Top Prospects: Joey Bart, C, Giants

Decker made special mention of the right-handed-hitting Bart's raw power, "especially to right-center field."

This is partly the product of maintaining a consistent hitting approach.

"When you see a young hitter go up there and he has a plan and he has an ability to do different things, he's just advanced," Decker said. "Whoever worked with him, whoever his offseason hitting guru was in high school or college, did a nice job with him."

Bart also showed promise on defense, which is every catcher's top priority. Decker praised Bart's apparent physical durability and flexibility, as well as his receiving and pitch-blocking techniques.

"I mean, there are things he's going to have to clean up through player development to get to the other end," Decker said. "But the skillset is there."

Video: Top Prospects: Shaun Anderson, RHP, Giants

The same could be said for Anderson, 23, who joined the Giants in the July 2017 deal that sent utility man Eduardo Nunez to Boston.

Just as the Giants benefited from this year's emergence of Dereck Rodriguez and Andrew Suarez, who bolstered the starting rotation, the club hopes that this process of replenishment continues next season with Anderson.

"I would imagine he'd be right there, putting himself in position in Spring Training to battle for those spots," Decker said.

With Double-A Richmond, Anderson posted a 6-5 record with a 3.45 ERA in 17 appearances (16 starts). He faced somewhat of an adjustment with Triple-A Sacramento, finishing 2-2 with a 4.18 ERA in eight starts. Overall, the right-hander accumulated 127 strikeouts in 141 1/3 innings in 2018.

"He has a polished approach," Decker said. "He's aggressive with his fastball and in off the plate, which I really liked. He commanded the outside corner with the slider and expanded with his breaking stuff. ... He's a younger guy. But he did have a maturity on the mound and an [ability] to adjust, which I liked."

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Giants to interview MLB official for GM role

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SAN FRANCISCO -- MLB official Kim Ng will interview for the vacant general manager job of the San Francisco Giants, a source told MLB.com's Chris Haft.

Ng, 49, has been the senior vice president for baseball operations at MLB and is the highest-ranking Asian-American female executive in the game. The Giants are searching to fill the position after the dismissal of Bobby Evans. No MLB team has had a female general manager.

SAN FRANCISCO -- MLB official Kim Ng will interview for the vacant general manager job of the San Francisco Giants, a source told MLB.com's Chris Haft.

Ng, 49, has been the senior vice president for baseball operations at MLB and is the highest-ranking Asian-American female executive in the game. The Giants are searching to fill the position after the dismissal of Bobby Evans. No MLB team has had a female general manager.

The Giants had asked to speak to Brewers GM David Stearns about becoming their president of baseball operations, but Milwaukee owner Mark Attanasio denied permission, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal.

Ng is reputed to view the game through a prism blending new-age analytics and old-school baseball fundamentals. She came to MLB from the Dodgers, where she was vice president and assistant to general manager Ned Colletti, and reportedly has interviewed for GM roles with the Dodgers, Mariners, Padres and Angels.

Among her duties at MLB has been to oversee the game's international operations and talent development.

In addition to the Dodgers, Ng has held front office roles with the Yankees and White Sox. She attended the University of Chicago, where she played softball for four years.

She joined the White Sox as an intern out of college and worked briefly for the American League office before joining the Yankees as the youngest assistant manager in the game.

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.

SF's greatest postseason moment: 2010 Series

The most memorable October event of the divisional era for every club
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There are just four teams remaining in this year's postseason, but every fan, even those of the Mariners (the team with the longest postseason drought, now up to 17 seasons), can relate to what it feels like to be in the playoffs. The late nights, the constant tension, the stakes so high you can barely breathe ... and when something wonderful happens, the release and the pure, unbridled jubilation.

With that in mind, we take a look at the greatest postseason moments of the division era. Even if your team isn't a postseason team, you can remember your great October moments … and if it is, you can dream of maybe having another one this month that's even better.

There are just four teams remaining in this year's postseason, but every fan, even those of the Mariners (the team with the longest postseason drought, now up to 17 seasons), can relate to what it feels like to be in the playoffs. The late nights, the constant tension, the stakes so high you can barely breathe ... and when something wonderful happens, the release and the pure, unbridled jubilation.

With that in mind, we take a look at the greatest postseason moments of the division era. Even if your team isn't a postseason team, you can remember your great October moments … and if it is, you can dream of maybe having another one this month that's even better.

(For the purpose of this exercise, we are going back to 1969, which is the start of divisional play and the birth of the postseason as we know it.)

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays: Joe Carter's World Series walk-off, Oct. 23, 1993
The Blue Jays might not have that many postseason moments, but the greatness of this one more than makes up for that. Runner-up: Jose Bautista's ALDS Game 5 bat flip, Oct. 14, 2015.

Video: 93 WS, GM 6, PHI@TOR: Joe Carter touches them all

Orioles: Brooks Robinson's incredible play, 1970 World Series, Oct. 10, 1970
The best part about this play, which might be the greatest defensive play in World Series history, is how surprised the umpire looks. Even he can't believe what he just saw. Runner-up: David McNally's grand slam, World Series Game 3, Oct. 13, 1970.

Rays: First and only World Series trip clinched, Oct. 19, 2008
A decade ago, and still pretty jaw-dropping that all this happened. Runner-up: Grant Balfour strikes out Ken Griffey Jr. to clinch the first ALDS victory, Oct. 6, 2008.

Red Sox: First World Series title since 1918, Oct. 27, 2004
You might remember when this happened. (It's when lifelong Red Sox fans Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore got on television.) Runner-up: David Ortiz's ALCS grand slam vs. the Tigers sent a cop joyous in the bullpen and turns the series around on Oct. 13, 2013.

Video: Must C Classic: Red Sox win first WS since 1918

Yankees: Reggie Jackson's three homers in 1977 World Series
There's a reason no one else gets to be called "Mr. October." Runner-up: Mr. November -- Derek Jeter's World Series Game 5 walk-off homer on Nov. 1, 2001.

Video: 1977 WS Gm6: Reggie becomes Mr. October

AL CENTRAL

Indians: Eddie Murray's walk-off, Game 3, 1995 World Series, Oct. 24, 1995
It was Cleveland's first World Series game in 41 years, and ended with a Hall of Famer sending the crowd into euphorics. Runner-up: Rajai Davis' home run off Aroldis Chapman, 2016 World Series, Nov. 2, 2016

Royals: Royals win 2015 World Series, Nov. 1, 2015
It was a magical season and a magical World Series that just seems more improbable each year that goes by. Runner-up: The Don Denkinger play, and aftermath, 1985 World Series, Oct. 26, 1985.

Tigers: Magglio Ordonez sends Tigers to World Series, Oct. 14, 2006
The sounds that crowd makes the minute the bat meets the ball still gives you chills 12 years later. Runner-up: Kirk Gibson's Game 5 homer, 1984 World Series.

Twins: Kirby Puckett's Game 6 walk-off, 1991 World Series, Oct. 26, 1991
The original "We Will See You Tomorrow Night." Runner-up: Twins win 1987 World Series, their first in Minnesota, Oct. 25, 1987.

Video: Must C Classic: Puckett crushes a walk-off homer

White Sox: White Sox win 2005 World Series, Oct. 26, 2015
A game that was razor-tight, in a series that was much closer than anyone remembers. Runner-up: Scott Podsednik's Game 2 walk-off, Oct. 23, 2015.

AL WEST

Angels: Scott Spiezio's homer, Game 6, 2002 World Series, Oct. 26, 2002
The most Rally Monkey of all the Rally Monkey moments, his three-run clout cued the rally from a 5-0 deficit. Runner-up: Troy Percival gets last out to win 2002 World Series, Oct. 27, 2002.

Astros: Charlie Morton finishes the Dodgers off, 2017 World Series, Nov. 1, 2017
This was so long ago you might not remember it, but trust me, it was wonderful. Runner-up: Chris Burke sends everybody home after 18 innings, 2005 NLDS.

Video: WS2017 Gm7: Morton induces groundout to close out WS

Athletics: Eck closes out the 1989 World Series, October 28, 1989
When in doubt, go with the Hall of Famer closing out a series for an all-time great team. Runner-up: Joe Rudi's amazing catch, World Series Game 2, Oct. 14, 1973.

Mariners: Ken Griffey Jr. slides home to win the 1995 ALDS, Oct. 8, 1995
Basically, everything wonderful about the history of Mariners baseball, happening in one play. Runner-up: Mariners win most recent postseason series, 2001 ALDS over Cleveland.

Video: Griffey slides home to clinch the ALDS in 1995

Rangers: Neftali Feliz sends Texas to its first World Series, 2010 ALCS, Oct. 22, 2010
Over the hated Yankees, no less. Runner-up: Josh Hamilton's 2011 World Series Game 6 homer, which was this close to being one of the greatest baseball moments of recent memory.

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves: Only World Series win in Atlanta, Oct. 28, 1995
It still seems amazing that this is the only one they ever got. Runner-up: The Sid Bream Slide, Oct. 14, 1992.

Marlins: Edgar Renteria's walk-off to win 1997 World Series, Oct. 26, 1997
Poor Cleveland. Runner-up: The Bartman play, and all that followed, 2003 NLCS.

Video: WS1997 Gm7: Fish win first WS on Renteria's walk-off

Mets: Mookie Wilson reaches base, Ray Knight scores, Mets win on Bill Buckner's error, Game 6, 1986 World Series, Oct. 25, 1986
A Mets comeback for the ages. Runner-up: Miracle Mets win 1969 World Series.

Video: 1986 World Series, Game 6: Red Sox at Mets

Nationals: Jayson Werth's 2012 NLDS walk-off, Oct. 11, 2012
After this, the Nats lost the series. But for the moment, it was great. Runner-up: Strasburg fans 12 to extend last year's NLDS.

Phillies: Brad Lidge gets the last out of a long game, 2008 World Series, Oct. 27, 2008
It took a couple of days for this game to actually finish, but no Phillies fan would ever complain. Runner-up: Roy Halladay's no-hitter, 2010 NLDS against Cincinnati.

NL CENTRAL

Brewers: Paul Molitor's inside-the-park homer, 1982 ALCS, Oct. 6, 1982
Runner-up: Nyjer Morgan's walk-off over Arizona in 2011 NLDS, particularly when called by Bob Uecker.

Cardinals: David Freese's triple to tie 2011 World Series Game 6, Oct. 27, 2011
The walk-off homer in the 11th gets more air time, but this was truly one of the most insane hits in World Series history. Runner-up: Ozzie Smith's 1985 NLCS homer off Tom Niedenfuer, the "Go Crazy, Folks" moment.

Video: WS2011 Gm6: Freese saves the Cards with a huge triple

Cubs: History in 2016
This was … not a tough call. Runner-up: Kyle Schwarber's shot atop the Wrigley scoreboard, Game 4, 2015 NLDS.

Video: Cubs win first World Series title in 108 years

Pirates: Willie Stargell's homer, 1979 World Series, Game 7, Oct. 17, 1979
And to do it in such beautiful threadsRunner-up: Pirates fans scare Johnny Cueto into dropping the ball, 2013 NL Wild Card Game at PNC Park.

Reds: Big Red Machine wins a Fall Classic for the ages, Oct. 22, 1975
It's only East Coast Bias that makes you think of Carlton Fisk when you think of this series. Runner-up: Reds sweep heavily favored A's in 1990 World Series.

NL WEST

D-backs: Luis Gonzalez off Mariano Rivera, 2001 World Series, Nov. 4, 2001
Ah, the perils of playing the infield in … Runner-up: Tony Womack's hit in 2001 NLDS.

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

Dodgers: Kirk Gibson pulls himself around the bases, 1988 World Series
Runner-up: Juan Uribe's 2013 go-ahead homer in Game 4 NLDS against Atlanta.

Video: Must C Classic: Gibson's 1988 WS walk-off home run

Giants: First World Series win in San Francisco, 2010 World Series, Nov. 1, 2010
Edgar Renteria hit .412 with two homers and six RBIs and the city got its first celebration. Runner-up: Madison Bumgarner's dominance in 2014 World Series.

Padres: Tony Gwynn's bad hop double, 1984 NLCS, Game 5, Oct. 7, 1984
The biggest hit of Gwynn's career was a bizarre one, but it got the job done. Runner-up: Padres finish off Braves to win 1998 NLCS.

Rockies: The Holliday slide, Oct. 1, 2007
He touched the plate … well, eventually. Maybe not technically the postseason either, but it came after Game 162. Runner-up: Rockies sweep D-backs to reach 2007 World Series.

Will Leitch is a columnist for MLB.com.

Inbox: Is Bumgarner still a No. 1 starter?

Beat reporter Chris Haft answers questions from fans
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I may make many of my fellow Giant fans mad with this question, but here goes. Madison Bumgarner is not a legitimate No. 1 starter. He's maybe a No. 2 and, in a worst-case scenario, a No. 3. What are the chances we can either land a No. 1 via free agency or even trade for a No. 1? Also, Jeff Samardzija is not even a No. 3. All I can say for him is that he is an "innings eater" when healthy, but definitely not someone who can be relied on to consistently get batters out. Is there a possibility we trade or even release him without it affecting our purse too much?
-- James J., San Antonio, Texas

You said a mouthful, James. Whether Bumgarner remains an ace-quality pitcher should stir debate. Granted, he's not as dominant as he once was. His 7.6 strikeouts per nine innings was his lowest since 2010 (7.0), his rookie season. But his 3.26 ERA indicated that he remains capable of muting the opposition. I'd still take him over virtually anybody in a postseason game.

I may make many of my fellow Giant fans mad with this question, but here goes. Madison Bumgarner is not a legitimate No. 1 starter. He's maybe a No. 2 and, in a worst-case scenario, a No. 3. What are the chances we can either land a No. 1 via free agency or even trade for a No. 1? Also, Jeff Samardzija is not even a No. 3. All I can say for him is that he is an "innings eater" when healthy, but definitely not someone who can be relied on to consistently get batters out. Is there a possibility we trade or even release him without it affecting our purse too much?
-- James J., San Antonio, Texas

You said a mouthful, James. Whether Bumgarner remains an ace-quality pitcher should stir debate. Granted, he's not as dominant as he once was. His 7.6 strikeouts per nine innings was his lowest since 2010 (7.0), his rookie season. But his 3.26 ERA indicated that he remains capable of muting the opposition. I'd still take him over virtually anybody in a postseason game.

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As you know, the possibility of a trade involving Bumgarner is a hot topic this offseason. He might be able to fetch the Giants some offensive help. But I doubt that the Giants would seek another No. 1 starter if Bumgarner left. They'd probably try to bide their time until Johnny Cueto returns from Tommy John surgery.

Samardzija is virtually untradeable until he proves he has recovered from his season-long shoulder problems.

I would be happier for the Giants to pursue more moderately-priced bats with good potential to breakout in 2019. I have some concern that Bryce Harper's personality doesn't fit very well with the Giants organization. Do you think they will go after Harper?
-- Hugh W., Lovettsville, Va.

Those burgeoning hitters with economical salaries are in short supply in free agency. If they were plentiful, few would be likely to make AT&T Park their destination of choice. The Giants must resort to trading for such players if they hope to obtain one, and it won't become clear until early next month who's available.

Harper is an exception due to his youth (he turns 26 on Oct. 16). As for his personality, let's put it this way: Is he sometimes brash? Sure. So was Brian Wilson. Does he rub others the wrong way on occasion? Yes, but so does Madison Bumgarner. Does he want to win? Anybody who runs the way Harper does -- as if his life depended on reaching the next base -- yearns for a championship ring. Harper has attitude, which the Giants have lacked the last few years. He'll be overpriced, but he'd be great for them to bring aboard.

Why is Buster Posey not considered as a potential third baseman? He played shortstop in college as a freshman. The Giants converted Pablo Sandoval to third from catcher. Why not Buster?
-- William C., Rio Vista, Calif.

There's that little matter of Evan Longoria's contract, which is guaranteed through 2022. There's also the common-sense reality which dictates that if Posey wasn't regarded as a college shortstop, he certainly wouldn't fit as a big league third baseman, though I'm sure that he's athletic enough to make some plays.

No doubt a significant reason for the Giants' success has been their manager. How long do you think before Bruce Bochy retires? His attendance at this year's Hall of Fame induction ceremony gets me thinking of his eventual enshrinement. And do you think it is inevitable?
-- Raymond S., Ashland, Ore.

Given the frequency with which Bochy is spoken of as a future Hall of Famer, his induction certainly seems like a sure thing. The nine other managers who have steered teams to at least three World Series titles all are enshrined at Cooperstown. There's no reason for Bochy to be an exception.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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How Giants fared in Wednesday'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 Wednesday:

Gameday: Peoria 7, Surprise 2 | Mesa 1, Salt River 6 | Glendale 2, Scottsdale 1

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

Gameday: Peoria 7, Surprise 2 | Mesa 1, Salt River 6 | Glendale 2, Scottsdale 1

AL East

Blue Jays (Surprise)
Blue Jays top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (No. 1 overall) posted his second non-multi-hit performance during the Fall League season as he went 1-for-4 with a single. The 19-year-old phenom is hitting .538 with five doubles and nine RBIs and has hit safely in all six of his games. No. 9 Cavan Biggio went 0-for-4 with a walk and also recorded an outfield assist when he helped double a runner off first base in the seventh inning. Right-hander Jackson McClelland pitched around three walks to complete two hitless innings in relief. He's posted four hitless frames between two appearances.

Orioles (Glendale)
Orioles pitching prospects Chris Lee and Tyler Erwin had near opposite nights on the mound. Lee struck out four over four scoreless innings and Erwin walked three, while only recording one out. Tanner Chleborad also threw in the game and fired one scoreless frame. Martin Cervenka entered the game as a pinch hitter and finished 0-for-2.

2018 Arizona Fall League rosters

Rays (Peoria)
Rays No. 17 prospect Joe McCarthy scored a run and walked three times out of the No. 3 spot in the lineup. Brandon Lawson allowed one earned run on two hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings of relief.

Red Sox (Mesa)
Bobby Dalbec, the Red Sox No. 6 prospect, went 0-for-4, while Josh Ockimey (No. 10) didn't fare much better, finishing 1-for-4. Esteban Quiroz also went 0-for-4 and is now hitting .250. Josh Taylor got the start, but had a rough go of it as he gave up three hits in two innings. Taylor gave up three runs, but onle one was earned.

Yankees (Scottsdale)
Yankees prospects struggled offensively as Thairo Estrada (Yankees No. 16), Estevan Florial (No. 2) and Steven Sensley went 1-for-11.

AL Central

Indians (Glendale)
Yu Change, the Indians No. 6 prospect, Li-Jen Chu and Connor Marabell went 1-for-13. Rob Kaminsky struck out two and retired all four batters he faced.

Royals (Surprise)
No Royals prospects played on Wednesday.

Tigers (Mesa)
Tigers No. 8 prospect Daz Cameron went 0-for-3, while Jake Rogers (No. 12) picked up a single and went 1-for-3. Daniel Woodrow also went 1-for-2 with an RBI. A trio of Tigers pitching prospects were also in action as Sandy Baez (No. 26), Eduardo Jimenez and John Schreiber all threw for the Solar Sox. Baez threw a scoreless 1 1/3 innings, while Jimenez and Schreiber combined to give up three runs (two earned) in 2 2/3 innings. 

Twins (Salt River)
No Twins prospects played on Wednesday.

White Sox (Glendale)
White Sox No. 17 prospect Zack Burdi struck out two while retiring the side in order. Danny Dopico was stuck with a hard-luck loss, but performed well as he gave up an unearned run and fanned three in 1 2/3 innings. Luis Alexander Basabe (No. 9) raised his average to .273 with a 2-for-4 night. Laz Rivera went 1-for-4 and scored a run.

AL West

A's (Salt River)
Luis Barrera went 1-for-4 and scored a run.

Angels (Mesa)
Angels No. 4 prospect Jahmai Jones had a tough night at the plate, finishing 1-for-4 with a trio of strikeouts. Jones is now hitting .250 in the Fall League.

Astros (Scottsdale)
Ronnie Dawson went 0-for-4.

Mariners (Peoria)
Mariners No. 9 prospect Wyatt Mills (1 1/3 innings pitched, one walk, one strikeout) and David McKay (one inning, one walk, two strikeouts) both made scoreless appearances out of the bullpen. Catcher Joe DeCarlo scored a run and walked three times as part of an 0-for-2 showing.

Rangers (Surprise)
Saguaros starter Tai Tiedemann could not escape the first inning, as he allowed three earned runs on three hits and two walks while recording only two outs. Demarcus Evans, the Minors' strikeouts-per-nine-innings leader (16.6) among relievers in '18, fanned three batters but allowed two earned runs on two hits and two walks in his lone relief inning. Rangers No. 15 prospect C.D. Pelham scuffled as well, giving up one earned run on one hit and three walks. Third baseman Charles Leblanc went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

NL East

Braves (Peoria)
Braves No. 6 prospect Cristian Pache (No. 68 overall) went 2-for-5 with two singles and two RBIs, while outfielder Izzy Wilson tallied his first Fall League double to finish 2-for-4 with a run and a stolen base. Javelinas shortstop Ray-Patrick Didder went 0-for-3 out of the leadoff spot, but he drew three walks and stole two bases.

Marlins (Salt River)
Marlins No. 16 prospect Jordan Yamamoto put together a stron performance for the second time in as many Fall League starts. The right-hander gave up one run on two hits and struck out six over three innings. Tommy Eveld, Chad Smith and Kyle Keller also took the mound and each threw a scoreless inning. Keller struck out the side. Offensively, Monte Harrison (No. 1) drove in a pair of runs with RBI singles, finishing 2-for-3 and Brian Miller went 1-for-4. More »

Video: Yamamoto on Outing, Coming back from Injury, Statue

Mets (Scottsdale)
Mets No. 2 prospect Peter Alonso went 0-for-3, but did drive in the winning run when he drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 11th. Andres Gimenez (No. 1) entered the game as a pinch-runner and scored the winning run on Alonso's walk. Gerson Bautista gave up one run on one hit in 1/3 of an inning. More »

Nationals (Mesa)
Nationals No. 2 prospect Carter Kieboom went 0-for-3, but also scored a run. Meanwhile, Daniel Johnson (No. 7) and Jake Noll both went 0-for-4.

Phillies (Scottsdale)
Austin Listi drew a walk in his only plate appearance, while Darik Hall went 1-for-3 and Arquimedes Gamboa (Phillies No. 11) went 1-for-4. Luke Leftwich gave up one hit, but also struck out the side in his inning of work.

NL Central

Brewers (Peoria)
Brewers No. 1 prospect Keston Hiura (No. 30 overall) recorded his Fall League-leading 16th RBI -- a total he's amassed in only six games -- as he went 1-for-5. First baseman Weston Wilson went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and committed an error, his third in two games this fall.

Cardinals (Surprise)
Cardinals No. 30 prospect Connor Jones allowed one earned run on three hits in 2 1/3 innings of relief, striking out four. Shortstop Tommy Edman and catcher Jeremy Martinez each went 1-for-4 in a game that the Saguaros mustered only five hits. Second baseman Andy Young's double was the club's only extra-base hit, and he also walked twice and scored a run. Lane Thomas went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Cubs (Mesa)
Cubs No. 6 prospect Nico Hoerner went 1-for-4, while Manuel Rondon threw two scoreless innings. He didn't yield a hit, but walked two and struck out two.

Pirates (Surprise)
Pirates No. 8 prospect Bryan Reynolds went 0-for-1 with two walks and a first-inning sacrifice fly that put Surprise on the board. Will Craig singled and struck out twice in a 1-for-4 performance. 6-foot-6 righty Geoff Hartlieb was sharp out of the Saguaros' bullpen as he racked up four strikeouts across two scoreless innings.

Reds (Scottsdale)
Reds' No. 3 prospect Taylor Trammell drove in Scottsdale's first run, but that was the extent of his night as he went 1-for-4 with an RBI. Alfredo Rodriguez (No. 23) went 0-for-4. A trio of Reds pitching prospects also got in the game as Ty Boyles, Alex Powers and Wyatt Strahan finished the game with a combined 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

NL West

D-backs (Salt River)
D-backs' No. 5 prospect Daulton Varsho reached base in all four of his trips to the plate. Varsho went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and also drew a pair of walks. Jazz Chisholm (No. 3) went 1-for-5, but made some nice plays in the field and Dominic Miroglio went 0-for-4.

Dodgers (Glendale)
Andre Scrubb gave up one run on two hits in an inning. Cody Thomas went 0-for-3 and drew a walk.

Giants (Scottsdale)
Giants No. 10 prospect Heath Quinn, C.J. Hinojosa (No. 28) and Matt Winn struggled at the plate and combined for a 1-for-12 night. Melvin Adon (No. 19) and Garrett Williams (No. 20) fared much better on the mound. Williams, who started for the Scorpions, gave up three hits over four scoreless innings while Adon followed him and struck out four in two perfect frames.

Padres (Peoria)
Padres No. 23 prospect Hudson Potts connected on his first Fall League homer, a three-run shot with two outs in the first inning that put the Javelinas ahead for good. He went 2-for-5 and also stole a base. Toolsy outfielder Buddy Reed (No. 13) paced the offense with his 3-for-5 showing from the bottom of the lineup. He scored a team-high two runs and stole two bases. Peoria starter Miguel Diaz allowed one earned run on two hits over four innings to earn the win, and fireballer Dauris Valdez closed it out with a scoreless ninth. More »

Video: Hudson Potts discusses his homer, Buddy Reed

Rockies (Salt River)
Tyler Nevin, the Rockies No. 11 prospect, upped his AFL RBI total to seven as he finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs. On the mound, Jesus Tinoco (No. 20) and Mitch Horacek combined for three scoreless innings.