News From The MinorsSunday December 16, 2018

Cards' Roberts, four others suspended
Five Minor Leaguers, including Cardinals No. 10 prospect Griffin Roberts, were suspended 50 games Friday for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.(2018/12/15)
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Toolshed: 2018 Rule 5 Draft stickiness
From two infielders headed to Baltimore to the 18-year-old right-hander selected by Toronto, Toolshed evaluates how likely 2018 Rule 5 Draft picks are to stick with their Major League clubs next season.(2018/12/14)
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Fast-rising Gorman leads Cards All-Stars
With young power bats like Luken Baker and Nolan Gorman coming out of the 2018 Draft, the Cardinals are loading up for another run of dominance in the National League Central.(2018/12/14)
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Martin, McWilliams lead 2018 Rule 5 Draft
Shortstop Richie Martin and right-hander Sam McWilliams were the first two picks in this year's Rule 5 Draft with the Orioles, Royals and Giants making two picks each.(2018/12/13)
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'50 Summers' tells story of Omaha baseball
"50 Summers," a documentary screened at the Winter Meetings, details a half-century of Minor League Baseball through a focus on Omaha, Nebraska. Ben Hill spoke to director Dan Napoli.(2018/12/13)
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Padres' Green: Chances 'real' for Tatis, Urias
Speaking from the Winter Meetings San Diego Padres manager Andy Green is excited to pair up Fernando Tatis Jr. and Luis Urias in the middle of the infield soon.(2018/12/13)
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Braves' Snitker embracing pitching depth
Braves manager Brian Snitker appreciates the depth of prospect pitching his club enjoys and is ready to give his best young arms multiple roles in 2019.(2018/12/12)
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Franco, McKay shine brightly for Rays
Without the financial might of the Yankees or Red Sox, the Rays are relying on prospects like teenage wunderkind Wander Franco -- who headlines the club's Organization All-Stars -- to brighten the future.(2018/12/12)
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Montoyo prepared to manage young Jays
Led by Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the Blue Jays are preparing for a youth movement north of the border, and new skipper Charlie Montoyo -- who managed 18 years in the Minors -- is ready to guide them.(2018/12/12)
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Strike up the band: Mariachis win the cup
On Day One of the Baseball Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, the Mariachis de Nuevo México were named the top Copa de la Diversión identity in the Minors.(2018/12/11)
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Toolshed: 2018 Rule 5 Draft preview
The Rule 5 Draft will take place Thursday during the Winter Meetings, and it's possible prospects Richie Martin, Josh Ockimey and Riley Ferrell will hear their names called.(2018/12/11)
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Baines, Smith took specialized trips to Hall
Harold Baines and Lee Smith were drafted as an outfielder and a starting pitcher respectively. They'll enter the Baseball Hall of Fame as a designated hitter and reliever.(2018/12/11)
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Mets' Alonso recalls award-worthy 2018
Speaking from the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Mets first baseman Peter Alonso shared how a manager's advice and a simple approach helped him win the 2018 Joe Bauman Award.(2018/12/10)
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Minor League Baseball, Allegiant launch credit card partnership
Minor League Baseball and Allegiant have announced the launch of a groundbreaking credit card partnership, the first of its kind between a sports property and airline.(2018/12/10)
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White stands tall among Mariners All-Stars
First baseman Evan White showed a burst of power in his first full Minor League season and headlines the 2018 list of Mariners Organization All-Stars.(2018/12/10)
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Padres' Tatis continues swinging hot bat
Prospects such as Fernando Tatis Jr. are getting in extra at-bats and innings in the Winter Leagues before the 2019 season. MiLB.com looks at the week's top performers.(2018/12/09)
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A's prospect Murray wins Heisman
Fourth-ranked A's prospect Kyler Murray on Saturday night won the Heisman Trophy after throwing 40 touchdown passes to lead Oklahoma to a spot in the college football playoff.(2018/12/09)
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Cleared for liftoff: Aviators take flight
Las Vegas' Pacific Coast League team will play in a new ballpark in 2019. On Saturday, the club formerly known as the 51s announced its new name: the Aviators.(2018/12/08)
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Bart living up to Giant expectations early on
Top Giants prospect Joey Bart headlines their Organization All-Stars after ruling the Northwest League, and he's joined by several Salem-Keizer teammates.(2018/12/07)
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Toolshed: 2018 Winter Meetings preview
With the Winter Meetings set to begin Sunday in Las Vegas, Toolshed previews the types of blockbusters and other prospect moves that could affect the Minor League landscape next week.(2018/12/07)
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RailRiders take '20 Triple-A All-Star reins
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the New York Yankees' highest affiliate, hasn't hosted the midsummer classic since 1995.(2018/12/06)
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The Show Before the Show: Episode 187
Mariners No. 3 prospect Justin Dunn joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about his trade from the Mets while Tyler, Sam and Ben preview the Winter Meetings.(2018/12/06)
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Tatis leads way in loaded Padres system
Infielders Fernando Tatis Jr. and Luis Urias headline the Padres Organization All-Stars, highlighting one of the deepest systems in baseball.(2018/12/05)
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Toolshed: Biggest deals of the past decade
As Hot Stove season heats up, Toolshed counts down the most notable prospect-heavy trades of the last 10 years, including Trea Turner's move to the Nationals and Yoan Moncada changing Sox.(2018/12/04)
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Ben's Best: Favorite logos, level by level
MiLB.com's Ben Hill wraps up his "Ben's Best" series by revealing a level-by-level look at his all-time favorite team logos from across Minor League Baseball.(2018/12/04)
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Hayes stands tall in stacked Pirates infield
The Pirates boast a deep talent pool of infielders -- including No. 48 overall prospect Ke'Bryan Hayes and the speedy Cole Tucker -- that shined in 2018.(2018/12/03)
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Cardinals' Urias having blast in winter ball
Top prospects are getting in extra at-bats and innings in the Winter Leagues before the 2019 season. MiLB.com looks at the week's top performers.(2018/12/02)
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Mets deal Kelenic, Dunn to Mariners
The Mets dealt two of their top four prospects by trading Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn to the Mariners in a deal that brings Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to New York.(2018/12/03)
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Jimenez opens winter ball with slam
Top White Sox prospect Eloy Jimenez belted a grand slam on a two-hit night in his Dominican Winter League debut Friday as the Gigantes del Cibao fell to the Estrellas Orientales, 6-5.(2018/12/01)
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