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10 breakout candidates ready to make the leap this season

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Today is Leap Day, so it’s a good time to ask: Which players will make "the leap" in 2024? What do we mean by that? We’re talking about breakouts -- players who are ready to take the significant step of turning potential into reality. Our panel picked 10 young

Yamamoto near perfect in stellar spring debut

February 28, 2024

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- On Tuesday, the Dodgers finally got a chance to enjoy the first part of their billion dollar plan as Shohei Ohtani exceeded the hype of his first game with them by launching a two-run homer in his last at-bat of the game. A day later, it was

The teams projected to dominate defensively this year

February 28, 2024

When we think about projecting ahead to the upcoming season, we usually think team win/loss records, or what individual pitchers and hitters may do. But defense is an important part of those projections too, even if it’s a little harder to model than pitching or hitting. After all: How can

Belli back with one goal: 'Bring this team to the playoffs'

February 28, 2024

MESA, Ariz. – Narrowly missing out on the postseason last year with the Cubs stayed with Cody Bellinger over the offseason. As the star center fielder’s free agency persisted, and a creative shorter-term contract looked increasingly like the realistic outcome, Bellinger felt a strong pull to return to Chicago. On

1 prospect from each team who can light up the radar gun

@SamDykstraMiLB and @JimCallisMLB
February 28, 2024

As fictitious Cleveland manager Lou Brown says from the dugout to his mercurial young star, “Wild Thing” Vaughn, in a climactic moment against the Yankees in the movie “Major League”: Forget the curveball, Ricky, give him the heater. Spoiler alert, Ricky does indeed give him the heater and blows 101

Ohtani has been taken off the market ... again!

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Shohei Ohtani has earned a reputation as someone who can handle many things at once. Well, how about making two major life decisions in the span of just a few months? After signing the largest contract in sports history to leave the Angels for the Dodgers in December, the two-way

These players only get a birthday every four years. Let's celebrate them!

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Who are the best players born on each day of the year? We have a list for every day on the calendar. Here’s a subjective ranking of the top five for Feb. 29.

The secret to Harper's smooth swing ... Phone booths?

February 28, 2024

This story was excerpted from Todd Zolecki’s Phillies Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox.

No. 4 Draft prospect slugs a hat trick of homers for Georgia

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Another college baseball season is underway, and right on cue, Charlie Condon is flexing his homer-hitting muscles. The No. 4 prospect in the 2024 MLB Draft according to MLB Pipeline walloped three homers in the University of Georgia's 19-6 loss to Michigan State on Wednesday. Condon became the first Bulldog

GM: Astros plan to offer extension to Bregman at some point

In wide-ranging Q&A, Brown discusses Verlander's shoulder, player development
February 28, 2024 had a sit-down interview with Astros general manager Dana Brown on Wednesday. He answered a wide range of topics -- from the team’s new manager Joe Espada to Alex Bregman, who is a free agent after the season. This is your second season as a general manager. What

High school prepped Royce Lewis for baseball ... and life

February 28, 2024

On March 9, 2017, Royce Lewis arrived at the ballpark with added pep in his step. With a plethora of talent evaluators in the stands, Lewis, then a high school senior mere months away from becoming the first overall pick in the MLB Draft, was a powder keg of energy

Hyped Skenes vs. Holliday matchup could happen on Thursday

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Since MLB announced the details of Spring Breakout -- a four-day prospect showcase occurring from March 14-17 at Spring Training ballparks across Arizona and Florida -- one potential batter vs. pitcher matchup has stood out: Jackson Holliday vs. Paul Skenes. Holliday, the No. 1 overall pick in

Which prospects will hit the most homers in ‘24?

February 28, 2024

Last week, our Pipeline prospect gurus dissected each club’s top power-hitting prospect in the system so, naturally, we had to give it the podcast treatment because who doesn’t love the long ball. On the latest Pipeline Podcast, Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo drafted 10 prospects from that list who they

Set to play key role, Margot makes mad dash to camp

February 28, 2024

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Needless to say, Manuel Margot describes it as a “crazy day” when he was traded for the second time in three months. The Dodgers were playing a road Spring Training game on Monday, so Margot had to hurriedly drive the 45 minutes to his house, stuff

Injuries: Verlander, Muncy, J-Rod, Domínguez, Senga

February 28, 2024

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

Meadows' great catch even had Skubal fooled

February 28, 2024

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Tarik Skubal saw Jason Delay connect with his 97 mph fastball on Wednesday, saw the ensuing drive get up into the wind, turned away, and asked for a new ball. “I didn’t even watch it, I thought it was a homer,” Skubal said. “He hit it and

1 team in each division that will be better than last year

February 27, 2024

With the Dodgers and Padres playing the two-game Seoul Series in South Korea on March 20-21, the 2024 MLB regular season will be upon us before we know it. (Full Opening Day action is set for March 28). So today, we continue our weekly series of season previews, breaking down

Yanks claim Jahmai Jones off waivers from Brewers

February 28, 2024


Smith-Shawver brings 99 mph spring heat vs. Phillies

Braves' top prospect in mix for club's fifth starter spot; Giles fans side in sizzling relief work
February 28, 2024

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- AJ Smith-Shawver is looking to build on his fast track from High-A to the Majors last season. And despite allowing home runs to J.T. Realmuto and Alec Bohm during his first start in Atlanta's 7-7 tie with Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon at BayCare Ballpark, that’s still the

Larry Doby was a pioneer on the basketball court, too

February 27, 2024

"Well, Doby has returned since I wrote you before. He looks fine," Effa Manley, the owner of the Negro Leagues' Newark Eagles, wrote to Eagles shortstop (and future big leaguer) Monte Irvin about his double-play partner at the keystone, Larry Doby, on Jan. 28, 1946. Doby had recently returned from

Winckowski impresses in spring audition for rotation

February 28, 2024

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Practically every team, every spring, is looking for some missing roster piece. And so, there’s always a battle between teammates to fill that void. This year, one of those competitions at Red Sox camp is for the coveted fifth rotation spot. One of three players

Bryce, Bohm and Realmuto sizzle in spring debuts

February 28, 2024

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- If all goes according to plan, it's not a stretch to think the Phillies could roll out the best infield in Major League Baseball this season -- particularly on the offensive side. For what it’s worth, they wasted no time putting the league on notice on a

Marte feels like himself in first game since August

February 28, 2024

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- So limited was Starling Marte last season, he says now, that he feels like he went two years without really playing. Although Marte did manage to take the field for 86 games in 2023, his recovery from groin surgery was a limiting factor. Marte simply

Mikolas retooling in hopes of better 2024 season

February 28, 2024

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- An avid fisherman and golfer in his native Jupiter, Fla., Miles Mikolas usually doesn’t have many bad days during the offseason. This past offseason, however, proved to be a tad different as Mikolas was unable to fully shake the bitter memories of a 2023 season

Versatility could be key for 2 top prospects

February 28, 2024

This story was excerpted from Steve Gilbert’s D-backs Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox. D-backs prospects Jordan Lawlar and Blaze Alexander were both drafted as shortstops, and that’s been their primary position coming up through Arizona's system. Lawlar,