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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.

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10/26/17: The Arizona Fall League in Full Swing
With the 2017 Arizona Fall League in full swing, some of the games brightest and top prospects have been getting in their extra work. MLBPipeline.com's Jonathan Mayo and Mike Rosenbaum discuss what they've seen from the Arizona Fall League so far and what stands out the most to them, along with discussing possible high school draft picks for the 2018 Draft. They also spend some time talking with Jake Gatewood of the Milwaukee Brewers' farm system about his time in the Fall League, his 2017 Minor League campaign and more.
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10/17/17: Fall League Interviews
MLBPipeline.com's Jonathan Mayo recently caught up with some of the game's best young talent at this year's Arizona Fall League. He spoke with Brewers No. 14 prospect Monte Harrison (1:34), Cardinals No. 18 prospect Oscar Mercado (4:43), Rays No. 13 prospect Brandon Lowe (7:50), Rangers outfield prospect - and nephew of former Yankees great Paul O'Neill - Michael O'Neill (12:00), Giants No. 2 prospect Chris Shaw (14:48), Mariners No. 5 prospect Braden Bishop (18:52), Nationals No. 23 prospect Taylor Gushue (23:40) and Dodgers No. 8 prospect Will Smith (27:46) as they prepared to showcase their skills in the prestigious Fall League.
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10/6/17: Building a Winner
MLBPipeline.com's Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, along with MLB.com's Tim McMaster, break down the many ways that this year's postseason teams were able to build their winning rosters. They also predict the World Series winner by using Wins Above Replacement (WAR) (11:55), discuss the Arizona Fall League's new extra-inning runner-placement rule (22:10) and preview which prospects they are looking forward to seeing in the Arizona Fall League (27:18).
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9/29/17: Playoff Rookie Draft
On this edition of the podcast, MLBPipeline.com's Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo along with MLB.com's Tim McMaster try their hand at general manager and draft the best rookies from teams heading into the postseason. They also take a look back at their preseason playoff predictions and tell us which team will be crowned World Series champions.
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9/22/17: Prospects on the Rise
MLBPipeline.com's Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, along with MLB.com's Tim McMaster, begin this week's episode by breaking down which pitchers and hitters have improved their stock the most during the 2017 season. Blue Jays prospect Bo Bichette is one of the players that is quickly rising up the rankings, and he joins the show to talk about becoming the first teenager since 1963 to lead the Minors in batting average. The Pipeline crew also discusses which rookies they think have the most long-term potential (16:50) and whether scouts think Shohei Ohtani will make a better pitcher or hitter in the Major Leagues (23:00).
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9/15/17: 2018 Predictions
MLBPipeline.com's Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, along with MLB.com's Tim McMaster, take their best shot at predicting who the Top 10 prospects will be at the conclusion of the 2018 season (:40). The crew also discusses this year's spike in Minor League players with 20 homers and 20 steals (8:35), Willie Calhoun's MLB future (15:10) and long-time prospects like Yoan Moncada, Lucas Giolito and Byron Buxton, who have graduated to the Majors and are beginning to live up to their billing (19:45).
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9/8/17: Pipeline Year-End Awards
As the MLB regular season prepares to wind down, the MLB Pipeline crew has officially named their Prospect Team, Hitter and Pitcher of the Year. MLBPipeline.com's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis along with MLB.com's Tim McMaster break down the awards and talk with the Pipeline Pitcher of the Year, Jon Duplantier, about his success this season. They also discuss the Justin Verlander trade and the prospects that are getting their first taste in the bigs.
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9/1/17: Arizona Fall League Rosters
On this edition of the podcast, MLBPipeline.com's Jonathan Mayo interviews Pirates top pitching prospect Mitch Keller to find out what he hopes to improve on during his stint in the Arizona Fall League and the pressure of pitching in the playoffs. Mayo is later joined by MLBPipeline.com's Mike Rosenbaum to preview the players they are most excited to see in the upcoming Arizona Fall League.
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8/24/17: High School and College Top-10 Draft L...
MLBPipeline.com's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis along with MLB.com's Tim McMaster begin the show this week by breaking down the new high school and college Top 10 lists for the 2018 Draft. MLB.com's Dani Wexelman interviews Yankees prospects Justus Sheffield and Dillon Tate to find out how their 2017 seasons are progressing. The crew wraps up this latest episode by discussing Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford possibly moving from short to third base.
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8/15/17: No. 1 in the 2017 MLB Draft
Royce Lewis was drafted No. 1 overall by the Minnesota Twins in the 2017 Draft. On the latest edition of the Pipeline Podcast, the young shortstop joins MLBPipeline.com's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis, along with MLB.com's Tim McMaster, to discuss how he's been adapting to rookie ball since signing with the Twins. They also take a look at the other top picks from the draft that have gotten off to a good start in their pro career.
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8/7/17: Top 100 Prospects Midseason Re-Rank Show
MLBPipeline.com's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis, along with MLB Network's Greg Amsinger and Harold Reynolds discuss the new Top 100 Prospect list after the players are re-ranked halfway through the 2017 season. Yoan Moncada of the Chicago White Sox heads the list as the top-ranked prospect in baseball.
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8/3/17: Prospect Interviews
MLBPipeline.com's Jonathan Mayo and MLB.com's Tim McMaster begin the show this week by interviewing Oakland Athletics 2017 third-round pick Nick Allen about the adjustments he has made from playing in high school to starting his career in pro ball and hitting his first professional home run (:35). MLB.Pipeline.com's Jim Callis joins in to talk about all of the high school pitching talent that was on display at the recent Under Armour All-America Game (8:45). Next, the crew breaks down the recent prospects that changed teams in the Yu Darvish and Sonny Gray Deadline deals (10:15). Finally, Mayo and Callis talk about what can be expected from No. 2 overall prospect Amed Rosario and No. 19 prospect Ozzie Albies after they made their Major League debuts this week (18:25).
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7/26/17: Midseason Top 100 Prospects List
MLBPipeline.com's Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, along with MLB.com's Tim McMaster, break down the brand-new Midseason Top 100 Prospect list this week, but first they're joined by Padres shortstop prospect, Fernando Tatis Jr., who is No. 59 on that list. Tatis talks about the adjustments he has made in his first full professional season and what it was like to be traded at just 17 years old. Next, the crew explains why, for the first time ever, the Top 100 Prospects list is led by eight international signees and eleven positional players at the top of the rankings, starting with Yoan Moncada at No. 1. (9:15) Callis and Mayo also discuss the biggest risers in the rankings , names that just missed the cut and the promotions of Moncada and Rafael Devers to the Majors
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7/21/17: Prospects on the Move
The July 31 Trade Deadline is nearing, and a few big deals have already occurred. MLBPipeline.com's Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo, along with MLB.com'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 MLBPipeline.com 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).
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7/10/17: 2017 Futures Game Recap
MLBPipeline.com's Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo along with MLB.com'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.
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6/30/17: Futures Game Loaded with Top Prospects
MLBPipeline.com's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis, along with MLB.com'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.
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6/21/17: MLB's Futures
MLBPipeline.com's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis, along with MLB.com'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!
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6/16/17: 2017 MLB Draft Recap
MLBPipeline.com's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis, along with MLB.com'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)
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6/9/17: Kyle Wright Projected to go No. 1
MLBPipeline.com's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis, along with MLB.com'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)
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6/1/17: All-Draft Prospects Team
MLBPipeline.com's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis and MLB.com'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)
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5/24/17: Who will the Twins choose No. 1?
MLB.com's Tim McMaster along with MLBPipeline.com'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).
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5/18/17: Hunter Greene tops Mock Draft
MLB.com's Tim McMaster along with MLBPipeline.com'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)
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5/12/17: New int'l signing rules and Top 30 int...
MLB.com's Tim McMaster along with MLBPipeline.com's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis start off the show by interviewing MLB.com'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)
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5/3/17: Who goes No. 1? Greene or McKay
MLB.com's Tim McMaster along with MLBPipeline.com'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)
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4/28/17: 2017 MLB Draft Top 100 Prospects List
MLB.com's Tim McMaster along with MLBPipeline.com'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)
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