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The 9 tiers of contenders in 2023

March 22, 2023

There are 30 Major League teams, but they hardly enter the upcoming season with the same expectations. At the top, the expectation is either to win a title or come close to doing so. At the bottom, the goals are more modest, more about taking that next step back to

These celebs and players dig the new rules

March 23, 2023

A new era of baseball is under way. The arrival of three rule changes in 2023 will make the pace of game faster, with more action and even more athleticism on display. What better way to acquaint ourselves with the new rules than with the help of some of the

Injuries: Hoskins, Tucker, Waino, Iglesias

March 23, 2023

Stay up-to-date with all the latest news on injured and recovering players from across Major League Baseball.

The top 10 lineups for 2023 are ...

March 23, 2023

After watching those Team USA games in the World Baseball Classic in which Mookie Betts led off, Mike Trout batted second, Trea Turner batted ninth (Trea Turner!), etc., it might feel like a letdown to look at … you know, normal lineups. But don’t worry! There are still plenty of

When is 90 feet not 90 feet but still 90 feet? Let us explain

March 23, 2023

As Major League Baseball embarks upon a season in which the size of the bases has been increased, we regret to inform you that the distance in between bases will not be 90 feet this year. Yes, that’s a lot to process. We get it. You were born into a

Tune up for the season with free games on MLB.TV

March 23, 2023

With the World Baseball Classic over and Opening Day not until Thursday, you might be feeling a bit of a baseball void right now. But you don’t have to. MLB.TV is running its annual free preview. All you need to do is log in with an account -- no

'The swing was there': Alvarez (hand) smooth in 1st spring game

March 23, 2023

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve will miss at least the first two months of the season after having surgery to repair a fractured right thumb. The steady Michael Brantley is going to join him on the injured list to start the season. The last thing

Volpe-Peraza battle heads into home stretch

March 23, 2023

JUPITER, Fla. -- This spring, the Yankees are committed to saving their biggest camp decision for the very end. That’s how intense the battle for the starting shortstop job has been between Anthony Volpe and Oswald Peraza, their Nos. 1 and No. 3 prospects, respectively, per MLB Pipeline. With only

These 8 prospects opened eyes in Spring Training

March 23, 2023

With the countdown to Opening Day into the single digits and rosters being trimmed every day, MLB Pipeline looks at some prospects who have impressed during Spring Training. Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo discussed this very topic on the latest Pipeline Podcast, breaking down players into four categories -- Top

Darvish returns as Classic champ, but with schedule in flux

After 'beautiful' but limited experience with Japan, righty has work to do as season nears
March 23, 2023

PEORIA, Ariz. -- It took Yu Darvish several minutes Thursday morning to make it from one end of the Padres' clubhouse to his locker on the other side. He entered the room -- there was Manny Machado, ready to greet him with a congratulatory hug. He took a step toward

Catch of the spring? Sox prospect Yorke makes incredible grab

March 23, 2023

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Red Sox manager Alex Cora made a rare request for Thursday’s game against the Pirates, asking the player development staff to send over a specific prospect as a Minor League extra. The player? Nick Yorke, Boston’s No. 6 prospect per MLB Pipeline. “I wanted to see him

Swanson won't let contract add pressure to first Cubs season

March 23, 2023

MESA, Ariz. -- When Dansby Swanson sought advice or insight from others while weighing his options in free agency, most of the conversations centered around the idea of change. This was the Georgia-born kid who played his whole big league career in Atlanta and grew into a leader and World

Every farm system ranked, 1-30

March 22, 2023

Many have come at the king. So far, they’ve still all missed. The Orioles retain the top spot in the MLB Pipeline Farm System Rankings for the fourth consecutive time between preseason and midseason lists. Since Pipeline began ranking systems in 2015, only one other organization has claimed No. 1

Outman makes OD roster: 'Felt like a dream'

March 23, 2023

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – James Outman has grown used to being called into manager Dave Roberts’ office during Spring Training. Each of the previous times, however, it came with news that he was being reassigned to Minor League camp. This time, however, after a strong spring, Outman got the news he

Top prospect Shuster on cusp of cracking Braves' rotation

March 23, 2023

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Jared Shuster has spent the past couple of weeks battling to begin the season as Atlanta’s fifth starter. He might spend the next few weeks attempting to maintain a spot within the Braves' rotation. Shuster hasn’t won his rotation battle, but the club’s top prospect strengthened

Classic atmosphere has Alonso eyeing '23 postseason

March 23, 2023

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Over his four-year career, Pete Alonso has played in three postseason games. Total. All three took place this past October, when Alonso’s Mets lost a best-of-three National League Wild Card Series to the Padres. “The result wasn’t there,” Alonso said, “but I wanted more.” He did

Here are the top prospects still in camp

March 23, 2023

Spring Training is winding down, and that means Opening Day rosters are beginning to take shape. For some top prospects, that means achieving the ultimate spring goal -- breaking camp with their club for the start of the season. Many of the game’s blue-chippers are in precisely this position. Others

Second 'was cool' in Classic, but Anderson's focus is short

White Sox infielder has blast playing new position for Team USA, draws praise from Trout
March 23, 2023

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Yes, Tim Anderson started at second base for Team USA during five of his six games played in the World Baseball Classic. No, don’t think the White Sox or Anderson have any thoughts of making that move even temporarily during the upcoming Major League season. “[Elvis] Andrus

Hoskins diagnosed with left ACL tear, will need surgery

March 23, 2023

Rhys Hoskins’ 2023 season likely ended in heartbreaking fashion on Thursday, when he tore the ACL in his left knee in the Phillies’ 4-1 win over the Tigers at BayCare Ballpark in Clearwater, Fla. The Phillies said in a statement that “the recommended surgery is an ACL reconstruction.” They will

Tucker close to return after ankle sprain in Classic

March 23, 2023

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Relax, Astros fans. Kyle Tucker is going to be just fine. Tucker, who suffered a mild right ankle sprain in Team USA’s 9-7 win over Venezuela in Sunday’s quarterfinal matchup of the World Baseball Classic in Miami, returned to Astros camp Thursday at the Ballpark

Raisel Iglesias (shoulder) to open season on IL

Snitker calls Minter 'obvious guy' to assume closer role
March 23, 2023

NORTH PORT, Fla. -- Just when it looked like the Braves might enter the season without any significant health concerns, closer Raisel Iglesias revealed he is dealing with a sore right shoulder. Iglesias informed the Braves of the discomfort on Wednesday and he underwent a MRI that showed no structural

The likeliest award winner from every team

March 22, 2023

In both the best and worst of team seasons, an individual can shine through. You don’t have to be a World Series contender to have a major award winner, so we’ve taken up this annual exercise to try to determine the member of each team who is most likely to

Wainwright to miss 'several weeks' with groin strain

Cardinals' ace no longer the Opening Day starter as his season will begin on IL
March 23, 2023

JUPITER, Fla. -- Adam Wainwright, who was scheduled to begin his final MLB season as the Cardinals' Opening Day starter for a seventh time in his 18-year career, will instead open on the injured list after suffering a groin strain. Manager Oliver Marmol confirmed Wainwright's injury on Thursday morning prior

Kikuchi (9 strikeouts) full-speed ahead as season looms

March 23, 2023

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Yusei Kikuchi entered Spring Training singularly focused on rejoining the Blue Jays’ rotation, and he has done such a good job that, barring injury, the fifth-starter gig is his. While that doesn’t mean Kikuchi is easing off the gas, it’s safe to say he had at