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Greiner to undergo surgery on right wrist

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DETROIT -- For the third time since season's end, a Tiger is headed for surgery, albeit a relatively minor procedure this time. Catcher Grayson Greiner will have a bone chip removed from his right wrist on Tuesday, the team announced Wednesday on Twitter.

Dr. Doug Carlan, a hand surgeon based in St. Petersburg, Fla., will perform the procedure. He diagnosed the bone chip while examining Greiner this week.

DETROIT -- For the third time since season's end, a Tiger is headed for surgery, albeit a relatively minor procedure this time. Catcher Grayson Greiner will have a bone chip removed from his right wrist on Tuesday, the team announced Wednesday on Twitter.

Dr. Doug Carlan, a hand surgeon based in St. Petersburg, Fla., will perform the procedure. He diagnosed the bone chip while examining Greiner this week.

The injury is not expected to impact Greiner's readiness for next Spring Training, but it will end his season of winter ball. He played one game this month for Escogido in the Dominican League, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the team's opener on Saturday. He injured his right wrist during batting practice the next day, according to a tweet from the club, and returned to the United States for an exam. What was feared to be a potential fracture turned out to be less severe, a relief for Tigers officials.

Greiner, the Tigers' third-round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, made his Major League debut with Detroit in 2018, spending two stints as a backup to James McCann. The 6-foot-6 Greiner tied a record as the tallest player to catch a Major League game, but he quickly settled in as a trusted backstop and partner with Tigers pitchers.

Greiner played in 30 games in 2018, batting .219 (21-for-96) with six doubles and 12 RBIs. When he wasn't in the Majors, he hit .266 (42-for-158) at Triple-A Toledo with four home runs, 23 RBIs and a .755 OPS. His winter-ball stint was expected to help him recoup some at-bats he lost serving as a Major League backup rather than playing regularly with the Mud Hens.

Greiner, who turned 26 last week, could be a critical piece for the Tigers in 2019 depending on if the team will hold on to McCann, who's eligible for arbitration. Another Tigers catching prospect, Jake Rogers, is playing in the Arizona Fall League, but is expected to open next season in Toledo after spending this year at Double-A Erie.

Greiner will join outfielder Christin Stewart and right-hander Jordan Zimmermann among Tigers to undergo offseason procedures. Stewart and Zimmermann both had core muscle repair surgeries last week for injuries sustained in September.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

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2/3 of Verlander trade haul on display in the AFL

MLB.com @wboor

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Fresh off their first full seasons in the Tigers' organization, Daz Cameron and Jake Rogers are getting in some additional work out in the Arizona Fall League.

The duo, both of whom were acquired last August as part of the Justin Verlander trade, spent some time together with Double-A Erie this season ,and Rogers felt the familiarity helped ease the transition into his new organization.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Fresh off their first full seasons in the Tigers' organization, Daz Cameron and Jake Rogers are getting in some additional work out in the Arizona Fall League.

The duo, both of whom were acquired last August as part of the Justin Verlander trade, spent some time together with Double-A Erie this season ,and Rogers felt the familiarity helped ease the transition into his new organization.

"It helped," the Tigers No. 12 prospect said. "Having Franklin (Perez) and Daz here throughout Spring Training and throughout the year. It helped a lot."

Arizona Fall League overviews for all 30 teams

On the field, the two had varying results. While Cameron, the Tigers No. 8 prospect, worked his way across three levels and hit .264/.343/.406 over 126 games, Rogers got off to a slow start with Erie.

The catcher hit .200 in April and .122 in May before he got back on track and hit .281 in June.

"It was a rough start hitting-wise and when I got struggling, I was trying to learn and figure out my swing and learn how to get out of that hole quicker than I needed to," Rogers said. "Once I got out of the hole and started climbing out, it was a good year."

When all was said and done, Rogers hit .219/.305/.412 over 99 games. However, hitting isn't his sole focus. Rogers is an outstanding receiver that works well with pitchers. He has a plus arm and grades out as a 70-grade defender behind the plate.

"I pride myself on my catching, so when you go out there, you have a short memory," Rogers said. "When I have a bad [at-bat] or I'm struggling, I flush it and, having two sides of the ball, you really want to have a short memory and get going to do well in one or the other. The goal is to do well in both, but you want to do well in one."

Video: Tigers prospect Rogers on the Arizona Fall League

As for Cameron, he's working on finding a balance between being aggressive and having a solid approach at the plate. He's approaching the Fall League as an opportunity to further the momentum he generated this season and build upon that success

The 21-year-old hit .264/.343/.406 in 126 games across three levels, including a .285/.367/.470 line through 53 games with Erie.

"I feel like, for me to just come out here and work hard was just the most important part for me," Cameron said. "Just stay within myself and keep things going."

Tigers hitters in the Fall League

Daniel Pinero, 3B -- The ninth-round pick from the 2016 Draft spent the entire season with Class A Advanced Lakeland, where he hit .263/.352/.396 over 119 games. While his average dropped 33 points from a season ago - when he played 119 games with Class A West Michigan - Pinero showed some more pop in 2018. The 24-year-old hit four homers last year and brought that total up to nine this season. Defensively, Pinero spent most of the year at third, but he also logged innings at first base, shortstop and in left field.

Daniel Woodrow, OF -- The 2016 12th-rounder continued his climb through the Tigers' system and reached Double-A for the first time in 2018. Woodrow, 23, slashed .313/.369/.395 and also hit the first three homers of his career over 95 games with Erie.

Tigers pitchers in the Fall League

Gregory Soto, LHP (DET No. 14) -- Soto's lively low-90s fastball is certainly something the Tigers are excited about, however his future will depend on how he's able to harness that pitch. The 23-year-old has struggled with command - he walked 70 and struck out 115 in 113 1/3 innings with Class A Advanced Lakeland.

Sandy Baez, RHP (DET No. 26) -- Baez's numbers don't look pretty as he went 1-9 with a 5.64 ERA in 33 appearances (15 starts) with Double-A Erie this season and posted a 5.02 ERA over nine appearances (14 1/3 innings) in the Majors. However, the right-hander has an above-average fastball that sits in the mid-90s and touches the upper-90s and has shown an impressive changeup. Baez also throws a slider although it lacks consistency.

Eduardo Jimenez, RHP -- Jimenez pitched a career-high 50 innings in 2018 and struck out 51, while walking 20. The 23-year-old Venezuelan posted a 3.42 ERA across 40 innings with Lakeland.

John Schreiber, RHP -- After posting a 0.54 ERA over 50 1/3 innings in 2017, Schreiber was bumped up to Double-A for the 2018 campaign. The former 15th-round Draft pick (2016) did give up a few more runs, but still put up impressive numbers while setting career highs in appearances (49) and innings (58). Schreiber posted a 2.48 ERA, struck out 59 and walked 19.

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

Woodrow scores three runs 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 | Glendale-Salt River, 9:35 p.m. ET

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 | Glendale-Salt River, 9:35 p.m. ET

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)
Glendale at Salt River, 9:35 p.m. ET. Gameday »

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)
Glendale at Salt River, 9:35 p.m. ET. Gameday »

AL Central

Indians (Glendale)
Glendale at Salt River, 9:35 p.m. ET. Gameday »

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)
Glendale at Salt River, 9:35 p.m. ET. Gameday »

White Sox (Glendale)
Glendale at Salt River, 9:35 p.m. ET. Gameday »

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)
Glendale at Salt River, 9:35 p.m. ET. Gameday »

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)
Glendale at Salt River, 9:35 p.m. ET. Gameday »

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 »

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)
Glendale at Salt River, 9:35 p.m. ET. Gameday »

Dodgers (Glendale)
Glendale at Salt River, 9:35 p.m. ET. Gameday »

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)
Glendale at Salt River, 9:35 p.m. ET. Gameday »

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.

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Zimmermann, Stewart have core muscle surgery

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DETROIT -- Core muscle specialist Dr. William Meyers operated on a pair of Tigers on Thursday. Outfielder Christin Stewart and right-hander Jordan Zimmermann underwent core muscle surgery, the team announced. Both are expected to be ready for Spring Training next February.

Stewart's surgery wasn't a complete surprise. The slugging rookie's season ended a few games early, thanks to what the team called a lower abdominal injury. He was scheduled to visit Dr. Meyers to make sure the injury wasn't more severe, and that he had enough recovery time to be ready for the season.

DETROIT -- Core muscle specialist Dr. William Meyers operated on a pair of Tigers on Thursday. Outfielder Christin Stewart and right-hander Jordan Zimmermann underwent core muscle surgery, the team announced. Both are expected to be ready for Spring Training next February.

Stewart's surgery wasn't a complete surprise. The slugging rookie's season ended a few games early, thanks to what the team called a lower abdominal injury. He was scheduled to visit Dr. Meyers to make sure the injury wasn't more severe, and that he had enough recovery time to be ready for the season.

Zimmermann's surgery, by contrast, was a surprise to many, including him. He said Friday that he experienced left groin soreness after his final three of four starts, but the soreness lingered for several days after his final start Sept. 28 at Milwaukee. The Tigers flew in Zimmermann to see Dr. Meyers as a precaution on Wednesday, but an MRI exam revealed a slight tear.

The surgery, Zimmermann said, "felt like I did a thousand crunches." But he should be good to resume his normal offseason throwing program in six weeks.

The 32-year-old Zimmermann made 25 starts, posting a 7-8 record with a 4.52 ERA, but his numbers were markedly better early in the year. He went into the All-Star break with a 4-1 record and 3.71 ERA in 12 starts, then went 3-7 with a 5.27 ERA the rest of the way, allowing 20 home runs over 68 1/3 innings. His WHIP and home run rates went up, while his strikeout rate and strikeout-to-walk ratio went down. Zimmermann does not believe the injury had a major impact on his pitching in September.

"I had command and everything," he said. "My velocity was down a little bit."

Stewart, who turns 25 in December, will go into Spring Training with a strong shot to make the Opening Day roster as Detroit's left fielder. He made an impression as a September call-up, batting .267 (16-for-60) with a double, triple, two home runs, 10 RBIs, 10 walks and a .792 OPS. Most of his run production came in a six-RBI game against the Royals on Sept. 20.

Stewart and Zimmermann are the latest of many Tigers to be treated recently by Dr. Meyers, a renowned specialist based on Philadelphia. Though core muscle injuries include what used to be called a sports hernia, the term covers a wide range of groin and abdominal injuries.

A lower abdominal injury at the end of August sidelined shortstop Jose Iglesias for the final month of the season. Dr. Meyers operated on Tigers catcher/first baseman John Hicks in mid-August to correct a bilateral core muscle defect; he's expected to be fully healthy for Spring Training as well.

Left-hander Daniel Norris visited Dr. Meyers in Spring Training and again at the end of April for a groin injury that eventually required surgery. He returned to the Tigers healthy in September and is scheduled to pitch winter ball in the Dominican Republic before joining a group of Major Leaguers on an exhibition tour of Japan next month.

Dr. Meyers also operated on Miguel Cabrera for his groin tear after the 2013 season, and on former Tiger Justin Verlander in the same offseason.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

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Tex Winter nearly changed Tigers' 1st Draft

Late basketball legend tried to lure Gene Lamont to Kansas State
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The book sat in a box for years in Gene Lamont's Florida home, gathering dust as the baseball seasons added up. Lamont happened to come across it recently as he was clearing things out.

"The Triple-Post Offense" reads the cover, with a trio of basketball outlines. The author is Fred "Tex" Winter, the Basketball Hall of Fame coach who passed away Wednesday at age 96. Inside the leather-colored cover are the concepts and plays behind what would later become known as the Triangle Offense, the strategy behind Phil Jackson's dynasties with the Bulls and Lakers.

The book sat in a box for years in Gene Lamont's Florida home, gathering dust as the baseball seasons added up. Lamont happened to come across it recently as he was clearing things out.

"The Triple-Post Offense" reads the cover, with a trio of basketball outlines. The author is Fred "Tex" Winter, the Basketball Hall of Fame coach who passed away Wednesday at age 96. Inside the leather-colored cover are the concepts and plays behind what would later become known as the Triangle Offense, the strategy behind Phil Jackson's dynasties with the Bulls and Lakers.

Also inside the cover is a message Winter wrote to Lamont.

The 1962 book is a collector's item, a true example of a coach whose concepts were ahead of their time. When Winter gave Lamont the book 53 years ago, however, it was a recruiting tool.

Yes, Tex Winter recruited Gene Lamont.

Yes, Gene Lamont was really good at basketball.

"I'm in the Illinois High School Basketball Hall of Fame," Lamont said proudly.

Indeed, scour the names in the hall -- legends like Isiah Thomas, Dan Issel, George Mikan, Doug Collins and Hersey Hawkins -- and there's Lamont, star guard from Hiawatha High School in tiny Kirkland, Illinois, class of 1965.

Before Lamont became the Tigers' first-ever pick in the MLB Draft, he was headed to Kansas State to play baseball and basketball. He was going to play the latter for Winter, who took the Wildcats to the Final Four in 1964.

Lamont wasn't the Wildcats' star recruit. But when Kansas City high school great Lucius Allen decided to join Lew Alcindor at UCLA, Lamont was Kansas State's next option. He was a record scorer at Hiawatha, averaging 26 points per game one season.

Lamont had never been on a plane until he flew out to visit Kansas State, where he was greeted by a young assistant named Bill Guthridge. Guthridge would later join Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina and win a national championship as a head coach for the Tar Heels.

Lamont got the book from Winter and committed, leaving Manhattan thinking he was going to be a Wildcat. But he can't say he pored through the pages at the time to learn about the offense he was going to run.

"I didn't really learn much about it," Lamont admitted. "I did know that he was kind of noted for having some big guys. I didn't know much about the whole thing. Heck, I just wanted to go somewhere I could play basketball and baseball."

Lamont also had no shortage of Major League scouts watching his baseball games at Hiawatha that spring. Among them was Tigers scout Lou D'Annuzio, who had signed Hall of Famer Hal Newhouser and Tigers greats Willie Horton and Bill Freehan. But those signings were before MLB implemented the Draft system. If the Tigers were going to get Lamont, they'd have to select him first, then sign him.

The Tigers picked 13th in the first MLB Draft in 1965 and went with Lamont. He still wasn't sure what he would do until the team flew him to Detroit to see the city and talk about a contract.

"My dad and I talked," Lamont said, "and I said, 'Well, if they give me this' -- I think it was $35,000 or $33,000 or whatever. I took half one year, half the next year for taxes. I didn't know anything about taxes.

"I really loved baseball, but I like basketball too. I just kind of wanted to sign."

Lamont played in just 87 Major League games, mostly as a backup catcher, but he became a baseball lifer thanks to a second career as a coach under Jim Leyland, manager and instructor. Winter went on to coach at several stops before becoming Phil Jackson's top assistant and offensive guru.

Lamont, now 71, is a special assistant with the Royals, focusing on player development. And yet, as the basketball world remembers Winter, Lamont wonders what it would have been like to run his offense.

"I would've liked to see if I could've played basketball," he said Thursday before heading out to watch an Arizona Fall League game. "But I can't complain."

What would the Tigers have done had Winter and K-State wooed Lamont away from pro ball? It would've been an interesting twist in an inaugural MLB Draft that became known for another high-school catcher, Johnny Bench, going in the second round to the Reds.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

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Every club's best individual playoff performance

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

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

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

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

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

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

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

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

Video: #WeKnowPostseason: Robinson's Play

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

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

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

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

AL CENTRAL

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

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

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

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

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

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

AL WEST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NL CENTRAL

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

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

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

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

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

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

NL WEST

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

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

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

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

Video: WS2014 Gm7: Bumgarner sets postseason innings record

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

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

Will Leitch is a columnist for MLB.com.

Pipeline names Tigers' Prospects of the Year

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DETROIT -- The drive up Interstate 75 from Fifth Third Field in Toledo takes just under an hour on a good traffic day. For Christin Stewart, the trek from Triple-A to the big leagues was a five-month journey to get ready.

After a solid September with the Tigers, Stewart looks like he should be up for good.

DETROIT -- The drive up Interstate 75 from Fifth Third Field in Toledo takes just under an hour on a good traffic day. For Christin Stewart, the trek from Triple-A to the big leagues was a five-month journey to get ready.

After a solid September with the Tigers, Stewart looks like he should be up for good.

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"I'm excited about him," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's kind of what we're looking for here, talented people with great upside, and I think he really does have that."

For the work Stewart put in along the way, MLB Pipeline honored him as the Tigers' Hitting Prospect of the Year. Former first-round pick Matt Manning, the big right-hander who rose from Class A West Michigan to Double-A Erie this summer, was named MLB Pipeline's Tigers Pitching Prospect of the Year.

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. The Tigers honored Stewart as their Minor League Player of the Year last month.

Stewart entered the season as the Tigers' 10th-ranked prospect by MLB Pipeline, just behind fellow outfielder and eventual Mud Hens teammate Daz Cameron. But while Stewart wasn't the highest-rated Tigers position prospect at that point, he was the closest to the Majors, needing some final work at Toledo to complete the package.

A scorching hot start to the season put Stewart in the spotlight for an eventual call-up from the end of April on. He hit .311 (23-for-74) with five doubles, four homers, 14 RBIs and a .972 OPS in the opening month, and ended May batting .281 (52-for-185) with a .931 OPS.

The Tigers resisted the temptation to rush him, despite a need for offense. This was about the player, not the team. It was about an outfielder who needed reps on the field, and a young hitter who still needed to figure out how to adjust when pitchers and their scouting reports adjust to him.

A midseason slump took care of the latter. Stewart saw his average drop below .250 and his OPS under .810 on July 25 before hitting .299 (38-for-127) with seven homers, 24 RBIs and a .950 OPS over his final 37 games in Toledo.

Stewart joined the Tigers once the Mud Hens' International League postseason run ended and showed a surprisingly veteran approach, arguably benefitting from the Triple-A time. His first Major League hit was a single off former Tiger Justin Verlander on Sept. 10. He put a three-hit game in Cleveland six days later to help delay the Indians' division-title celebration. He followed his first big-league home run Sept. 20 in Kansas City with another homer the next inning, sparking a six-RBI game in his 10th Major League start.

Video: KC@DET: Stewart belts his 1st two career home runs

A lower abdominal strain ended Stewart's season a few days early, but the 24-year-old hit .267 with 10 RBIs and a .792 OPS.

"He's been fun to watch, a lot of good at-bats, a lot of pitches thrown," Gardenhire said after his final game. "He fouls balls off, fights them off. He's been good. He's been fun to watch. We've got things that we want him to do that we'll need to see, like running the bases, stealing, not being afraid."

For a team that desperately needs young impact hitters, however, he has the makings of the Tigers' next run producer. And after waiting his time, Stewart came out of his September stint feeling like the work paid off.

"I feel like I belong," he said. "Obviously you are always going to have to make adjustments. You always have to get better, offensively, defensively and even the mental side of the game. But being up here shows I can compete at this level. It gives me a little confidence coming into next year."

Manning has some time to go before he makes that jump, but he might be closer than expected. Detroit used the ninth overall pick in 2016 on the two-sport star who didn't begin pitching until high school, believing his body frame and athleticism as the son of a former pro basketball player would allow him to learn. What Manning did this season exceeded expectations, even for someone now ranked second among Tigers prospects and 53rd in baseball by MLB Pipeline.

"I'm pretty happy with how this year has gone, coming off injury and then going from low-A to [Erie]," said Manning, whose season began late thanks to an oblique strain. "That's all stuff that I wanted to work for."

After returning to West Michigan to begin 2018, Manning not only earned a midseason promotion to Class A Advanced Lakeland, he quickly ruled the Florida State League, despite being three years younger than the league average. Beyond a 4-4 record and a 2.98 ERA in nine starts was a .994 WHIP; he allowed just 32 hits and 19 walks over 51 1/3 innings while striking out 65 batters. Midway through the year, he was rewarded with a selection to Team USA in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

After Manning struck out 25 batters over just 16 2/3 innings in his final three starts for Lakeland, the Tigers gave him one more challenge with a pair of starts for Erie. He blanked Harrisburg for six innings with eight strikeouts in his Double-A debut, then struggled on Labor Day.

"I think he's got a chance to have three plus pitches and have really good command," Erie pitching coach and former Tigers pitcher Willie Blair said. "He's got a lot of intangibles, got a lot of tools. Great kid, works hard, good head on his shoulders. I think he's going to be really good."

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

Maggs delivers Tigers' greatest October moment

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: How likely will Miggy be DH next year?

Beat reporter Jason Beck answers questions from fans
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I tried to answer a lot of Twitter questions over the course of the season in these inboxes. However, I haven't done nearly as much with traditional email questions since opening the inbox up to Twitter. So for the first inbox of the Tigers offseason, I scanned the email inbox for some questions. I'll get back to the Twitter questions next time around as we get closer to the Hot Stove season.

Submit a question to the Tigers Inbox

I tried to answer a lot of Twitter questions over the course of the season in these inboxes. However, I haven't done nearly as much with traditional email questions since opening the inbox up to Twitter. So for the first inbox of the Tigers offseason, I scanned the email inbox for some questions. I'll get back to the Twitter questions next time around as we get closer to the Hot Stove season.

Submit a question to the Tigers Inbox

What are the chances of Miggy being the DH next year?
-- Brian S., Dayton, Ohio

I don't expect Miguel Cabrera to be a full-time DH next year unless the Tigers acquire somebody they feel more comfortable with at first base or if injuries force Cabrera out of the field. But I do expect he'll get a fair number of games at DH to try to manage the wear and tear on his body. Manager Ron Gardenhire and general manager Al Avila have both hinted at it, and Cabrera told reporters at his Miggyball charity event last week that he's open to it. The challenge for the Tigers will be to figure out who they feel comfortable playing first on those days, whether it's John Hicks or Niko Goodrum or someone else, because there were several instances this season when they missed Cabrera's defense there.

What are the chances we see Stewart or one of the big 5 SP on Opening Day next year?
-- Cody S., El Paso, Tex.

I assume you mean one of the big five starting pitching prospects (Casey Mize, Matt Manning, Franklin Perez, Beau Burrows or Alex Faedo). I don't think you'll see any of them until late next season at the earliest. Burrows might be the only one that opens next season at Triple-A Toledo unless the Tigers really push Mize or Faedo, which I don't expect them to do. Christin Stewart, on the other hand, has a good chance to open next season in left field. As Gardenhire said after shutting him down on the final weekend of the season, Stewart showed them what he can do as a September callup. He'll have to back it up in Spring Training, but my guess is he'll come in ready to prove himself again after being left out of big league camp this year.

Do you think there is more interest now in Boyd than Fulmer?
-- Mike P., Swartz Creek, Mich.

Relatively speaking, yes, though I don't think trade interest in either will be significant this offseason. Michael Fulmer is coming off right knee surgery on the leg he uses to push off the mound, and while he's expected to be ready for Spring Training, there's no guarantee he'll be back to his normal self. Matthew Boyd had a good first full season in the Tigers rotation, but he also struggled down the stretch, possibly tiring. Fulmer is eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter, while Boyd likely will not be unless the Super Two threshold for arbitration eligibility comes in low this year.

Do you think Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker would be so successful as a double-play combo if they had deployed shifts back in their playing days?
-- Jerry T., Hazel Park, Mich.

Interesting question. I think that partly depends on whether Trammell or the third baseman would've shifted over against left-handed hitters. Given Trammell's range during his prime years, I'd like to think he would've stayed on the left side, except maybe for his later years, when Travis Fryman was alternating between third and short and Chris Gomez arrived. Whether Whitaker would've found himself playing in short-right field more often, I don't know.

In the end, though, I tend to think a good double-play duo is good no matter what the infield does. Shifting is meant to makes infielders better, not worse. Jose Iglesias and Ian Kinsler were a good double-play duo even as the Tigers increasingly deployed shifts in recent years.

Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook.

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How Tigers 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.