MLB Pipeline

Find out about the stars of tomorrow, from the guys who know today. Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) and Jonathan Mayo (@JonathanMayo) are your tour guides for this ride through the unfolding stories & breaking news in Minor League Baseball. From top prospects to scouting executives to farm directors, the MLB Pipeline is jam-packed with exclusive coverage of the minors you can't get anywhere else.

7/21/17: Prospects on the Move
The July 31 Trade Deadline is nearing, and a few big deals have already occurred.'s Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, along with's Tim McMaster, break down some of the top prospects who have changed franchises. The White Sox continue to overhaul their farm system, acquiring three Top 100 prospects via trade in the past week. Eloy Jimenez, the No. 8 overall prospect, and Dylan Cease (No. 63) went to the South Side from the Cubs in exchange for Jose Quintana (1:00), while Blake Rutherford (No. 30) went to the White Sox in a deal with the Yankees (6:40). Other trades involving prospects discussed this week include the Nationals adding bullpen help from Oakland (13:05), J.D. Martinez moving from Detroit to Arizona (18:22) and the Mariners' acquisition of David Phelps from the Marlins (21:55). Finally, Callis and Mayo talk about which teams are best equipped to pull off a big deal before the Deadline (27:12).
34 min
7/10/17: 2017 Futures Game Recap's Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo along with's Tim McMaster begin this week's show by recapping the 7-6 U.S. victory over the World Team in the 19th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. The U.S. team was led by dominant pitching performances from Rays No. 2 prospect Brent Honeywell and White Sox No. 2 prospect Michael Kopech, and strong defense from Rockies prospects Ryan McMahon and Brendan Rogers. The U.S. captured its 12th win in the series, despite a late-innings rally from the World Team. Next, the gang chats about the High School Home Run Derby, which saw Noah Naylor of Ontario, Canada, and Nolan Gorman of Glendale, Ariz., advance to Monday night's final round at the MLB Home Run Derby. Mayo and Callis also break down the late signings of Reds top Draft pick Hunter Greene and Cubs first-rounder Alex Lange. Lastly, the Pipeline crew looks ahead to the Triple-A All-Star Game.
23 min
6/30/17: Futures Game Loaded with Top Prospects's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis, along with's Tim McMaster, take a closer look at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game rosters and discuss the players they're most excited to see. Jim Callis also recaps the recent College World Series title run by the first-time champion Florida Gators. And Mayo ends the show with a look at USA Baseball's Tournament of Stars, which pits the best players from the high school ranks against one another and serves as a first step in the selection process for USA Baseball's Under-18 National team.
23 min
6/21/17: MLB's Futures's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis, along with's Tim McMaster, check in on the College World Series, the start of short season ball, and Gleyber Torres' injury. The show begins with Chris Buckley, Vice President of Amateur Scouting from the Reds talking about the closing of the 2017 Draft, preparing for the 2018 Draft and their pick Hunter Greene. McMaster brings attention to the Torres injury report and how this impacts the Yankees long term. With short season baseball starting, Jonathan discusses the top prospects in the country. The podcast closes with a College World Series update. Anything can happen in Omaha!
22 min
6/16/17: 2017 MLB Draft Recap's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis, along with's Tim McMaster recap the MLB Draft and weigh in on the biggest winners from the three day event. (:45) Mayo ranked the Pirates at the top of the Draft ratings after they chose four high schoolers on Day 1, led by Texas high school right-hander Shane Baz with the 12th overall pick. (3:00) Callis gave the nod to the Minnesota Twins because they took SoCal prep shortstop Royce Lewis at the No. 1 overall spot, Mississippi State outfielder Brent Rooker in the supplemental first round and Canadian righty Landon Leach in the second to complete a great Day 1 haul. (4:55) Finally, the crew breaks down which team made the best choice during each of the first five rounds. (7:32)
21 min
6/9/17: Kyle Wright Projected to go No. 1's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis, along with's Tim McMaster, begin the show by discussing Hunter Greene's planned trip to visit the Minnesota Twins before the upcoming Draft and take a closer look at his demeanor both on and off the field. (:38) The crew also revisits the 2007 MLB Draft to find out why the Rays might draft Madison Bumgarner No. 1 over David Price if they had a second chance (10:40), and they discuss the players who could improve their Draft status with a good showing at the College Super Regionals (18:35). They also break down why Kyle Wright is the No. 1 overall pick in their latest mock draft. (22:47)
29 min
6/1/17: All-Draft Prospects Team's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis and's Tim McMaster conduct their own Draft, choosing from the best players on the All-Draft Prospects team. (1:23) Next, Jim Callis discusses the best two-way players in MLB Draft history, led by Hall of Famer Dave Winfield and this year's top double threat, Brendan McKay of Louisville. (8:22) Jonathan Mayo breaks down his latest mock draft, which has the Twins taking Kyle Wright as the first overall pick, followed by Hunter Greene, Royce Lewis, Brendan McKay and MacKenzie Gore to round out the Top 5. (16:53)
22 min
5/24/17: Who will the Twins choose No. 1?'s Tim McMaster along with's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis begin the show by interviewing Twins scouting director Sean Johnson. The Twins own the No. 1 pick in next month's Draft, and Johnson discusses the decision process that goes into choosing the first overall player (:30). Mayo and Callis talk about who they would take at No. 1 if they were in the Twins organization (12:45) and they identify some players who didn't make their Top 100 Draft Prospects list but are quickly moving up some Draft boards (16:45). Lastly, the crew dives into the White Sox reported signing of Cuban outfield prospect Luis Robert and how closely he compares to fellow Cuban phenom Yoan Moncada, MLB's No. 1 prospect (21:35).
27 min
5/18/17: Hunter Greene tops Mock Draft's Tim McMaster along with's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis kick off the show with an interview from potential No. 1 pick Hunter Greene. (:50) Greene talks about being able to throw fastballs in the triple digits. The crew discuss his upcoming bullpen session and what it means for his chances of being drafted with the first pick. (5:00) Jonathan Mayo unveils his 2017 MLB mock Draft this week with Greene leading the pack over Brendan McKay, Royce Lewis, Kyle Wright and Nick Pratto. (10:45) Next the experts discuss the debuts of top prospects Ian Happ and Bradley Zimmer. (24:27)
34 min
5/12/17: New int'l signing rules and Top 30 int...'s Tim McMaster along with's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis start off the show by interviewing's Jesse Sanchez about the the new rules governing the international signing period and his brand new Top 30 international prospect list led by Wander Franco. (:50) How will teams like the Yankees and Red Sox adjust to the new rules? (9:00) Next Callis and Mayo go over their Top 5 hitters and pitchers that are off to great starts this season. (12:50) The crew also takes a look at Seth Romero being dismissed from the University of Houston baseball team and how it will affect his Draft status. (23:50)
32 min
5/3/17: Who goes No. 1? Greene or McKay's Tim McMaster along with's Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo start off the show by discussing if Hunter Greene is the best high school right-handed pitcher of all-time. (:30) Brendan McKay, who could be the No. 1 pick in June's MLB Draft, joins the show to talk about if he likes hitting home runs better than striking batters out and what position he prefers to play at the next level. (8:00) Find out who Callis and Mayo would take with the No. 1 pick and who they would choose in the top 15 as they unveil their mock drafts. (16:00)
31 min
4/28/17: 2017 MLB Draft Top 100 Prospects List's Tim McMaster along with's Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo discuss the Major League debuts of Cody Bellinger and Christian Arroyo this week with the Dodgers and Giants respectively. (:35) The crew also unveil the newly released MLB Draft Top 100 prospects list led by Hunter Greene, Brendan McKay and Kyle Wright. (6:15) Who has the best tools in the Draft? Callis and Mayo break down the best offensive player, who has the most raw power, the prospect with the most speed, best overall defensive player, hardest throwing hurler, pitcher with the best breaking ball and the prospect with the best pitch ability. (16:50)
26 min
4/20/17: Draft the Top 10 picks's Tim McMaster along with's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis start with the breaking news of Cuban outfielder Luis Robert being cleared to sign with any team as May 20th of this year (:40). The crew also discuss what draft prospects are on the rise (3:40) and the fall of Seth Romero down the draft boards for off the field troubles. (9:35) Mayo and Callis give their opinions on their top 10 selections in the upcoming draft starting with high school pitcher, Hunter Greene. (13:49)
34 min
Examining early season returns's Tim McMaster along with's Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo discuss what rookies and Top 50 prospects are playing well through the first few weeks of the season. Manuel Margot is off to a hot start in San Diego with three home runs and three doubles in the first 10 games of the season. The crew also make their predictions on what teams will make the playoffs and discuss how Tim Tebow is playing in the Minor Leagues.
31 min
The best rosters in the Minor Leagues
Some Minor League systems are so stocked with talent that they could rival some Major League teams.'s Tim McMaster and break down the best Minor League teams that contain multiple Top 100 prospects. They also discuss the injured members of the Top 100, when they may be returning to action and Orange Lutheran winning the National High School Invitational.
21 min
Scouting the National High School Invitational
The Pipeline Podcast hits the road this week for the National High School Invitational at USA Baseball's National Training Complex.'s Tim McMaster and MLBPipeline's Jonathan Mayo are joined by Daron Sutton to talk about some of the prep standouts who have shined at the premier high school tournament in the nation.
23 min
Young players perform at high level in Spring T...
Spring Training provides an opportunity for young players to showcase their abilities against established Major League talent.'s Tim McMaster along with MLB.Pipeline's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis break down some of the Top 100 prospects that have performed at a high level in Spring Training camp. The crew also discusses Brendan McKay, who could be the No. 1 pick in the June Draft, and if he would make a better professional pitcher or position player. Finally Jonathan Mayo caught up with Rays outfield prospect Garrett Whitley to discuss the learning curve between playing in high school and being a professional baseball player.
38 min
Top prospects impressing this spring
The top MLB prospects today are not only able to accomplish great feats on the field but they are great people off the field as well.'s Tim McMaster and MLBPipeline's Jim Callis discuss some of the most memorable player interviews that he was able to conduct while covering the recent Cactus League action.
25 min
Ranking MLB's Top 10 farm systems
The key for any organization to remain at the top for a long time is to possess a great farm system.'s Tim McMaster along with MLBPipeline's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis break down the top farm systems in baseball and discuss the elite level prospects who should be debuting in the Majors in the near future. Jim Callis also interviews Dodgers shortstop prospect Gavin Lux about being drafted and playing professional baseball for the first time.
26 min
2/24/17: Building a Strong Foundation
In today's game you need to have a strong farm system to keep replenishing your Major League club with young talent.'s Tim McMaster along with's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis discuss those organizations that are not quite in the top 10 farm systems in the league but are on the cusp of becoming flush with good young talent that could be contributing in the near future. Jonathan Mayo also interviews Taylor Trammell, who was ranked the 12th best Reds prospect last season.
30 min
2/15/17: Spring Has Sprung
If you could only watch one top prospect play this spring, who would you see?'s Tim McMaster chatted with's Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo to find out who they are most excited to see play in person this spring. The crew also weighs in on Cardinals' number one prospect, Alex Reyes, being lost for the year and play manager, choosing the best lineup they can using only players from the top ten positional rankings.
25 min
2/9/17: Radical Rule Change
Major League Baseball is experimenting with a new rule change where a runner will automatically start at second base in extra-inning games at the Rookie-Level Gulf Coast League and Arizona League this coming summer.'s Tim McMaster catches up with's Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo to find out their opinions on the proposed change as well as the young prospects playing in the World Baseball Classic and the Alec Mills for Donnie Dewees trade.
25 min
1/31/17: Top 100 Prospect List
Boston outfielder Andrew Benintendi leads all of baseball as the #1 prospect going into the 2017 season.'s Tim McMaster along with's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis break down the best young talent in the game. The Dodgers' Cody Bellinger made the biggest move as he went from being off the list a year ago all the way up to the #13 ranked prospect.
31 min
1/26/17: Top Ten Positional Prospect Rankings
Who are the best outfield prospects in the game?'s Tim McMaster along with's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis run down the top 10 prospects at third, short, second and the outfield. The crew also breaks down the Logan Forsythe for Jose De Leon trade.
24 min
1/20/17: Special Guest Jose De Leon
With Spring Training right around the corner, the Pipeline crew is joined by Dodgers pitching prospect Jose De Leon.'s Tim McMaster along with's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis to talk with Jose about his development in 2016, as well as being involved in trade rumors and his thoughts on Ivan Rodriguez being elected to the Hall of Fame. The guys also discuss who they think are currently the top 10 pitching prospects in the game.
33 min