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After D-backs outfielders Adam Eaton and Cody Ross were injured this spring, Alfredo Marte was given a golden opportunity to compete for a roster spot, and the 24-year-old took advantage.
Lefty Christian Friedrich, who gave the Rockies encouraging work as a rookie starter last season before suffering a season-ending stress fracture in his lower back in July, will start for Triple-A Colorado Springs in its opener on Thursday.
Until two weeks ago, the Brewers owned the 17th pick in the Draft. But after surrendering that selection as a side effect of signing Kyle Lohse to a three-year deal, they won't get to call a name until the 54th overall pick.
Lefty T.J. McFarland, picked in December's Rule 5 Draft, is Baltimore's only player who had never seen a Major League Opening Day, but he made the club out of Spring Training and stood among them in St. Petersburg on Tuesday afternoon.
Rather than sulk about his performance after Opening Day on Monday, Aaron Hicks vowed to learn from his mistakes and move forward.
Athletic with power potential, 23-year-old Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria has the makings of being a dynamic player -- at the plate as in the field. But the reality is, the Cuban native must earn his way up the order. For now, he is starting off near the bottom.
Were roster decisions involving top prospects based on Major League readiness? If spots were there for the taking, were the decisions to keep or send down these top prospects based only how they performed this spring? Or did finances -- namely, getting these prospects past Super Two arbitration status -- come into play?
Top prospect Aaron Hicks made his Twins debut on Monday, starting in center field and batting leadoff against the Tigers following an impressive Spring Training.
A great deal of the scouting industry was in North Carolina last week checking out the action at the second annual National High School Invitational, held at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
This Spring Training, it was as if the Seattle Mariners' front office put a package on a table marked "Pitching-rotation slot." Somebody had to claim the prize within the box. Brandon Maurer made the claim.
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