Phil Rogers joined MLB.com in 2013, and has covered Major League Baseball since 1984.
|Who will be the best player in the National League Central at each position this season? There is no way to know for sure, but here is one man's prediction. Think of it as the preseason All-NL Central team.
More» Rizzo hammers three-run homer to left-center|
|The top prospects responsible for MLB.com ranking the Cubs' farm system No. 1 have almost universally played as advertised, while a lot of other players have raised their games to try to capture a roster spot.
More»Olt discusses his offensive and defensive play|
|The White Sox envision Carlos Rodon spending the first part of the season -- 10 or more starts, possibly -- at Triple-A Charlotte, developing confidence in his changeup.
More»Rodon a rising star on verge of callup with White Sox|
|On Monday afternoon at Peoria Sports Complex, the best pitcher in the Cactus League this spring, 22-year-old Mariners right-hander Taijuan Walker, stood tall against Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, two of the best hitters of the last decade.
More» Walker fans five over seven effective frames|
|While the Indians carry a wave of positive energy toward Opening Day, they are trying to do what very few teams ever do. They hope to roll into October behind young, relatively unproven starting pitchers.
More»Francona talks about the upcoming season|
|Word of advice to serious sports fans: Book your October hotel rooms in Seattle early. Space can get tight out there, and you don't want to get caught off guard.
More» Cano doubles to left to tie game in the 1st|
|Now that he's moved to the Midwest, Joe Maddon knows there's some buzz about the National League Central being the new American League East, and he can't wait to check it out for himself. He insists he'd love nothing better than for the next five years to be regular battles between his Cubs and opponents regarded as the teams to beat in the NL.
More» Maddon talks about Bryant, Cubs' youth|
|Ah, so this is why the White Sox have been so mysterious through the years.
More» Rodon strikes out nine Royals|
|The Angels aren't preparing for life after Josh Hamilton. Thanks to Matt Joyce, they're feeling as good as they can while facing an uncertain situation, writes columnist Phil Rogers.
More» Joyce belts a solo homer to right field|
|Sure, you hear about Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano all the time. But what about the two 24-year-olds in Twins camp who have already arrived? Neither Kennys Vargas nor Danny Santana were ever ranked among the Top 100 prospects. Yet when they arrived at Target Field last year -- Santana in May and Vargas in August -- they didn't skip a beat.
More» Vargas blasts three-run jack to right-center|
|Rene Rivera, who, at age 31, was dismissed as "just a backup" by one of the top transaction analysts. We'll see about that. Rivera has moved to his seventh organization as an unquestioned survivor. He was a Minor League free agent six offseasons in a row, but revived his career after a short stint in independent ball.
More» Rivera hits two-run homer for the lead|
|Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang must feel like he's carrying the weight of a country as he tries to become the first position player to make the transition from stardom in the Korea Baseball Organization to the Major Leagues. He's struggled this spring but him manager and teammates remain behind him.
More»Jung Ho Kang is the talk of Pirates' camp|
|We tip our cap to them for their stamina, stuff and, especially, their competitive nature. They take us back to another era, when Hall of Famers like Catfish Hunter, Bob Gibson and Tom Seaver could answer the bell over and over, often on three days' rest. But more and more, it seems, there's a downside for the pitchers who handle the workload, writes columnist Phil Rogers.
More» Sabathia discusses his first start of spring|
|Bryce Harper is talented, and he doesn't mind you knowing it. That's a great thing for those of us who love Major League Baseball but, at times, it can be a challenge for his manager.
More» Harper throws out Presley at second base|
|The Astros are looking a whole lot more like one of Billy Beane's Oakland teams than the Astros teams of the last two seasons, who set an all-time record 1535 strikeouts in 2013 and were 14th in the AL in scoring last season.
More»Lowrie, Hinch on Jed's excitement to return to Astros|
|Seventeen players have hit 30-plus home runs in a season for the Mets, and none reached the milestone in a more dramatic fashion than Lucas Duda.
More» Duda participates in simulated game|
|Mat Latos gave a glimpse of his top-of-the-rotation arsenal in his spring debut on Friday, giving hope he can be a star in his hometown of Miami in 2015.
More» Latos whiffs Adams for first strikeout|
|Mike Matheny is having some dental work done this spring, the ongoing maintenance that resulted from being hit in the face by a fastball almost 20 years ago. Somehow that seems fitting. For teams around the National League, especially in the Central, trips to St. Louis are dreaded, like visits to the dentist.
More» Waino should remain one of baseball's best|
|If they wanted to, the Braves could stick Jason Grilli in the freezer and bring him out again in Miami, when it's time to start the season. He's ready.
More»Grilli proud to be a Brave, ready to win in 2015|
|The Blue Jays can't feel sorry for themselves about losing Marcus Stroman for the season, and then they have to get results from the very capable starters they have.
More»Sanchez reacts to Stroman's season-ending injury|