Jonathan Mayo is an MLB.com Draft and prospect expert. He has been a reporter for MLB.com since 1999.
|Every year, without fail, less-heralded prospects excel -- and sometimes outperform -- their more famous counterparts in the Arizona Fall League. Here are 10 prospects who left Arizona standing a bit taller than they did when they arrived.
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|The deadline has passed, the roster decisions have been made. Let the Rule 5 Draft prep commence. Here's a quick look at 10 intriguing prospects who are eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings on Dec. 10.
|They are decisions every Major League organization has to make this time of year. There are only so many open spots on a 40-man roster, and every November, teams have to decide which Minor League prospects deserve one of those coveted slots.
More» Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pirates|
|Carlos Correa and Kris Bryant were announced as the winners of 2015 Rookie of the Year Awards on Tuesday night, but there's no better time to look ahead to a year from now.
More»Jonathan Mayo previews 2016 rookies and awards|
|A year ago, Padres general manager A.J. Preller made big offseason waves by going all in for 2015 with a series of moves to bring in big league talent. He's at it again, this time in reverse.
More»Padres acquire four prospects from Red Sox in trade|
|There were 20 players headed toward free agency who were given a qualifying offer to stay with their old club, a record number. As Friday's 5 p.m. ET deadline approached, a player accepted the offer for the first time in history, and another seemed close to signing a two-year deal with his team.
More»Justice discusses accepted qualifying offers|
|The Arizona Fall League is in the homestretch, but there's still plenty of interest in who's playing there. As a result, the first three questions in this week's Inbox cover AFL participants. After that, we cover an interesting lefty prospect vs. lefty veteran comparison as well as a sneak peek at who might be coming from the Far East.
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|On any given day this fall, fans can head to an Arizona Fall League game and see some of the best talent Minor League Baseball has to offer. On Saturday, the AFL gives everyone the chance to do some one-stop shopping, courtesy of the 10th annual Fall Stars Game.
More»Prospects battle in 2015 AFL Bowman Hitting Challenge|
|It would be difficult to overstate how important statistical analysis has become in how decisions in baseball are now made. Every so often, however, something happens that seemingly defies what the numbers say.
More»Phillies prospects prepare in Arizona Fall League|
|Certain numbers stand out when looking at Adam Brett Walker II's offensive production. On the positive side, he finished fourth in the Minor Leagues in 2015 with 31 home runs and third in RBIs with 106. But, on the flip side, he led the Minors with 195 K's in 502 Double-A Southern League at-bats.
More»Twins prospects on display in Arizona Fall League|
|JaCoby Jones is generally a friendly guy, a teammate not caught at a loss for words. But on July 30, he was rendered speechless.That's when he was called into the manager's office in Altoona, the Double-A home of the Pirates, and told he had been traded to the Detroit Tigers.
More»Tigers prospect Jones playing many positions in AFL|
|J.P. Crawford's time in the Arizona Fall League has come to an end after just five games. The No. 5 ranked prospect on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list was removed from the Glendale Desert Dogs' roster on Thursday. He went 3-for-20 with three singles, two walks and six strikeouts.
More»Phillies prospects prepare in Arizona Fall League|
|Alex Blandino had a solid first full season as a pro, hitting well in the Class A Advanced Florida State League and earning a promotion up to Double-A, and the infielder is now is getting extra work in with the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League.
More»Reds prospects on display in Arizona Fall League|
|Lucas Sims was focusing on getting his career back on track, heading in the right direction. He was repeating the Class A Advanced Carolina League after a so-so 2014 season there and the former first-round pick of the Braves simply wanted to learn and hopefully earn a promotion.
More»Braves prospects prepare in Arizona Fall League|
|It should surprise no one to see the Kansas City Royals make an "out of the box" roster move in the postseason. After all, this is the organization that brought everyone pinch-runner extraordinaire Terrance Gore in 2014. That said, adding Raul Mondesi to the World Series roster, replacing the aforementioned Gore, is definitely out there.
More» Yost on World Series prep, rotation|
|Daniel Robertson doesn't like to miss time. In 2014, for example, the infield prospect played in 132 California League games. So when he was forced out of action and missed two months with a broken hamate bone, the Rays' No. 5 prospect didn't quite know what to do with himself.
More»Rays prospects on display in Arizona Fall League|
|Jack Reinheimer was going through his normal pregame routine on the road in Mississippi when he heard the news.
More»D-backs prospects on display in Arizona Fall League|
|Jonathan Mayo answers questions about the Cardinals' top prospect Alex Reyes, the development of Lewis Brinson and more in this week's Pipeline Inbox.
More» Alex Reyes, RHP, Cardinals|
|Aristides Aquino, the Reds' No. 15 prospect, is currently participating in instructional league play in Arizona, partially to make up for lost at-bats, but mostly to get back to basics.
More» Aristides Aquino, OF, Reds|
|Jonathan Mayo discusses the chances of Greg Bird returning to the bigs next season, the Mets pitching prospects and more in this week's Pipeline Inbox.
More» Bird launches a solo shot into the bullpen|