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Farm system rankings: Position players (20-11)

Before joining Rick Renteria's White Sox, Yoan Moncada started '16 in Class A Advanced and finished in the Majors.

The White Sox made huge waves with the acquisition of a prospect package including Yoan Moncada, and with Bradley Zimmer and Francisco Mejia, the Indians could get even stronger.

Q&A: Pirates' Meadows ready for spring

Austin Meadows slashed a combined .266/.333/.536 with 12 home runs across two levels in 2016.

Pirates outfielder and top-10 overall prospect Austin Meadows discusses his new offseason training regimen and his first big league Spring Training.

Q&A: Brewers' Phillips adjusts approach

Brett Phillips tied for fourth in the Southern League with 16 homers for Double-A Biloxi last year.

Brewers prospect Brett Phillips is ready to rebound after struggling with his plate approach last year at Double-A Biloxi. He's eager to prove himself and, if he can, score free tacos along the way.

Farm system rankings: Position players (30-21)

Nick Gordon has amassed 336 hits and 55 steals over 293 games in the Twins system.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, Miami Marlins and Kansas City Royals have some building to do in the Minors, while the Minnesota Twins still hold a couple of prized youngsters.

Gross serving as interim manager for Aces

Major League veteran Greg Gross is entering his fifth season with Triple-A Reno.

With Jerry Narron filling in as D-backs bench coach while Ron Gardenhire battles prostate cancer, Greg Gross will serve as interim skipper for the Triple-A Aces.

Mets' Smith shows off slimmed-down look

Dominic Smith set career highs with 14 homers and 91 RBIs last year with Double-A Binghamton.

Dominic Smith's weight hasn't stopped him from hitting his way to the top of the Mets' prospect list, but an offseason weight loss has the 21-year-old first baseman feeling better than ever.

Padres' Quantrill picking up Prior knowledge

Cal Quantrill threw 37 innings across three levels last season in his first professional campaign.

Padres 2016 first-rounder Cal Quantrill is entering his first full season back from Tommy John surgery and has a good mentor in his return from injury in pitching coordinator Mark Prior.

GreenJackets on the move; PawSox next?

A computer rendering of North Augusta's proposed waterfront ballpark, which would serve as the GreenJackets' new home.

In Batting Around, Ben Hill updates a development project that includes funding for a new ballpark -- in a new state -- for the South Atlantic League's Augusta GreenJackets.

Podcast Episode 97 featuring O's Harvey

Orioles No. 3 prospect Hunter Harvey talks about his recovery from Tommy John surgery, Tyler and Sam preview Spring Training storylines and Ben discusses Myrtle Beach's "shady" promotion.

Cardinals' Reyes to undergo elbow surgery

Alex Reyes struck out 145 batters over 111 1/3 innings between the Majors and Minors last season.

Top Cardinals prospect Alex Reyes needs Tommy John surgery, the team announced Wednesday. The 22-year-old right-hander will miss the entire 2017 season as a result.

Hoes among five Minor Leaguers suspended

L.J. Hoes batted .242/.318/.331 with six homers in 102 games at Triple-A Norfolk last year.

Veteran outfielder L.J. Hoes was one of five players suspended 50 games apiece Wednesday for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Brewers' Ray limited at Spring Training

Corey Ray posted a .247/.307/.385 slash line in 57 Florida State League games last season.

Still recovering from knee surgery, Brewers No. 2 prospect Corey Ray is "unlikely" to play in any Cactus League games but will stay with the club to learn before going to Minor League camp.

Prospect Projections: NL West rookies

Jeff Hoffman ranked second in the Pacific Coast League with 124 strikeouts last season.

Steamer projections still believe Jeff Hoffman can be a positive contributor to the Rockies rotation in 2017 after a rough Major League debut at the end of last season.

Call-Up Worthy Q&A: Mets shortstop Cecchini

Gavin Cecchini played 461 Minor League games before getting called up to New York in early September.

Mets prospect Gavin Cecchini talks about being called up to the Majors during a playoff race, his experience in the Arizona Fall League and his preparation for the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

MiLB wins National Sports Forum award

Minor League Baseball today was selected as the Social/Mobile Media ADchievement Award winner at the annual National Sports Forum (NSF).

Shaffer ready to prove doubters wrong

Richie Shaffer owns a .246/.333/.437 slash line in 501 career Minor League games.

After spending time with five Major League organizations this offseason, versatile Indians prospect Richie Shaffer has plenty of people to prove wrong in 2017.

O'Brien Jr. joins Minor League Baseball staff

Minor League Baseball announced that longtime Major League Baseball executive Dan O'Brien Jr. has joined its staff as Senior Executive Advisor to Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O'Conner.

Yankees: Kaprielian could reach Majors in '17

James Kaprielian has a 2.45 ERA and 36 strikeouts over 29 1/3 innings as a Minor Leaguer.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told a radio station Friday that top pitching prospect James Kaprielian could reach the Major Leagues this year, as long as he's able to stay healthy.

Toolshed: Reds' Senzel pursuing clear path

Nick Senzel produced a .982 OPS over his 58 games with Class A Dayton last season.

Top Reds prospect Nick Senzel is aiming to follow the path of Alex Bregman, Andrew Benintendi and Dansby Swanson as a college first-rounder to debut in the Majors in his first full season.

Attendance records were made to be broken

The Fort Wayne TinCaps, entering their ninth season at Parkview Field, set yet another attendance record in 2016.

Last season 10 Minor League teams set attendance records -- not just for their franchises, but for the entire history of pro baseball in their cities. Ben Hill looked at, and talked to, the teams in question.

Pitching prospects Ynoa, Duncan find new homes

Gabriel Ynoa is 59-30 with a 3.36 ERA in 136 Minor League appearances over seven seasons.

The Orioles obtained Gabriel Ynoa on Friday, while the D-backs added fellow right-hander Frank Duncan in separate trades with the Mets and Pirates, respectively.

Top Giants prospect Beede visits podcast

Top Giants prospect Tyler Beede talks to the Minor League Baseball podcast about his growth on the mound, Tyler and Sam discuss the extra-innings rules change and Ben breaks down 2016 attendance.

Reyes, O'Neill among prospects going to WBC

Alex Reyes averaged 13 strikeouts per nine innings in 14 starts for Memphis last season.

Five players MLB.com's Top 100 prospects, Alex Reyes Jose De Leon, Tyler O'Neill, Alex Verdugo and Jorge Alfaro will play in the World Baseball Classic.

Giolito, Kopech arming White Sox for future

Lucas Giolito went 6-5 with a 2.97 ERA over 115 1/3 innings in the Minor Leagues last season.

At the Winter Meetings, the White Sox acquired Lucas Giolito and Michael Kopech in separate trades. With two of the Minors' hardest fastballs, the pair could prove integral to the club's rebuild.