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Scott Kingery has found his power stroke.

The Phillies’ No. 11 prospect hit a pair of Jadeveon Clowney Jersey solo homers, in the seventh and ninth innings, as part of a 4-for-5 day, but it was not enough for Double-A Reading as the Fightin Phils fell 8-7 to New Hampshire.

The homers are part of a recent power surge in what has already been a bit of a breakthrough season for the 2015 second-round pick, who now leads the Eastern League with 13 homers.

“Everyone keeps asking me if I’m a home run hitter and I keep telling them no,” Kingery told MiLB.com. “I’m honestly just trying to put a good, line-drive swing on the ball, and for some reason I’m hitting them in the air and they’re getting some carry on them. For me, it’s not about hitting home runs, but they just happen to be going out right now.”

Kingery has gone deep four times over his past three games — including a two-homer game on Friday — and Jaelen Strong Jersey six times over his past seven games.

While those numbers would be impressive for anyone, they are even more remarkable when put in context with the rest of his career: Kingery began the season with just eight homers in 197 games.

Other top prospect performances from Sunday’s action:

No. 39 overall prospect Reynaldo Lopez (White Sox No. 4) was stuck with a no-decision despite another strong start for Triple-A Charlotte. Lopez gave up one run on three hits in six innings, throwing 53 of his 85 pitches for strikes. The 23-year-old righty has a 2.94 ERA through 49 innings and has surrendered one earned run or fewer in four of his past five starts.

No. 100 overall prospect Luis Urias (Padres’ No. 4) extended his hitting streak to eight games with JJ Watt Jersey a 3-for-5 effort for Double-A San Antonio. Urias, just 19 years old, has hits in 13 of his past 14 games and is slashing .344/.429/.485 through 41 games.

• Bryan Reynolds (Giants’ No. 3) set a career high with five hits, going 5-for-6 with four RBIs for Class A Advanced San Jose. Reynolds’ three-run triple highlighted a five-run fourth in a game in which practically Alfred Blue Jersey everything went right for the former second-round pick.

• Pirates No. 4 prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes put together his third consecutive multi-hit game in Class A Advanced Bradenton’s win over Fort Myers. Hayes, who has hits in six of the past seven games, finished 3-for-5 with four RBIs.

• Cubs prospects Mark Zagunis (No. 6) and DeAndre Hopkins Jersey Victor Caratini (No. 12) combined for five hits, two homers and four RBIs, but it wasn’t enough as Triple-A Iowa fell to Tacoma, 8-7. Zagunis collected a season-high three hits, going 3-for-5 with a homer, two doubles and an RBI. Caratini, who finished 2-4 with a homer and three RBIs, continues to hit well. The 23-year-old has back-to-back multi-hit games and is batting .458 (11-for-24) over his past six games.

• Kyle Funkhouser (Tigers’ No. 6) may have faced stiffer competition, but he found a way to dominate anyway. The 23-year-old set a career high with 10 strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings in his Class A Advanced Lakeland debut. Funkhouser, who had a 3.16 ERA through Brian Cushing Jersey seven starts at the Class A level this season, gave up two runs on three hits without walking a batter.

• Steven Brault (Pirates’ No. 8) tossed seven scoreless innings, a season high, for Triple-A Indianapolis in a 3-2 win over Toledo. The lefty threw 65 of his 98 pitches for strikes, struck out four and gave up just a trio of hits.

“I was just attacking hitters — staying athletic, not overthinking things,” Brault told MiLB.com. “Toledo is more of a strength team; they’re a little more aggressive. The Braxton Miller Jersey was a lot of decent or weak contact and then I kept my defenders engaged, not taking too much time in between pitches. I think that always helps.”

Angels No. 11 prospect David Fletcher set season highs in both hits and RBIs, going 4-for-4 with a trio of of runs driven in for Double-A Mobile. The shortstop plated two with a single in the first and another with a base hit in the fourth.

• Matt Olson (Athletics’ No. 15) bumped his hitting streak to six games with a perfect 4-for-4, three-RBI day at the plate for Triple-A Nashville. Olson also hit his 10th homer of the season, a solo blast in the eighth, as the Sounds beat Sacramento, 4-0.

• Yankees No. 19 prospect Nick Solak hit his second homer of the season and reached base five times for Class A Advanced Tampa. Solak, 22, notched his third three-hit game of the season, going 3-for-4 with two walks, a homer and two RBIs.

Brewers No. 20 prospect Corbin Burnes lowered his ERA to 1.00 through 54 innings for Class A Carolina after shutting out Winston-Salem over seven innings. Burnes, who struck out a career-high 10, has held opponents scoreless in five of his nine starts C.J.Fiedorowicz Jersey this season, including three of his past four.

• Monte Harrison (Brewers’ No. 22) matched his season high in both hits and RBIs as he went 3-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs for Class A Wisconsin. Harrison, 21, has seven homers and 20 RBIs through 38 games this season.

Phillies No. 24 prospect Ben Lively threw a gem for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 25-year-old posted his first scoreless start of the season as he threw six strong innings against Syracuse. Lively lowered his ERA to 2.79 and struck out nine, the most he’s fanned in a game this season.

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The Customized Texans Jersey Orioles have agreed to terms on a one-year, $8 million contract with free agent Nelson Cruz, a Major League source confirmed to MLB.com on Saturday.

The deal, pending a physical, was first reported by ESPNDeportes and comes just days after the team made its first major move in signing right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez to a four-year, $50 million deal. Cruz, 33, adds another power bat to Baltimore’s lineup, giving the Women’s Nike Houston Texans Customized Elite Battle Red Alternate Jersey O’s a much-needed threat out of the designated-hitter spot. The right-handed-hitting Cruz has at least 22 homers each of the past five seasons and will likely platoon at the designated-hitter role and occasionally play left field. Cruz’s contract, like Jimenez, also contains performance incentives.

Cruz was slated to fly in from the Dominican Republic on Saturday and drive up from Miami in the evening to the club’s Spring Training complex. A physical is scheduled for either Sunday or early Monday morning.

Since Cruz rejected a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Rangers, the Orioles will lose a draft pick, their 55th overall, in signing him. However, that wasn’t seen as a huge obstacle given that Jimenez also had a qualifying offer from the Indians, and executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said recently the club would evaluate losing picks on a “case-by-case” basis.

And the case for the Orioles in 2014 is simple, with Duquette acknowledging that the team has a window of success with its current core in place. While the O’s also had interest in switch-hitter Kendrys Morales, they weren’t keen on his asking price and it’s believed Cruz’s camp came down recently. Whether it was the rumors of the Orioles after more pitching to trade for a bat, or the nature of how late it is in the offseason, Baltimore picked up steam on Cruz in the past 24 hours and was able to swing a deal that fits within its payroll.

Over a 109-game season last year — he missed 50 games because of a suspension due to the Biogenesis scandal — Cruz hit .266 with 27 homers and 76 Men’s Nike Houston Texans Customized Elite Navy Blue Team Color Jersey RBIs. His arrival, which would require a corresponding 40-man roster move, could make it tough for Orioles’ DH hopeful Nolan Reimold to get consistent at-bats, and Cruz could also spell left fielder David Lough once in a while. The left-handed-hitting Henry Urrutia is considered the top internal candidate for the other half of DH.

Gordon earns a lot of ink with his throwing accuracy. Since moving from third base to become a full-time left fielder in 2011, he has more assists (54) than any outfielder in the Majors. He had 17 last year. More than that, he has a knack for making dazzling diving and leaping catches all over his territory.

A team that had trouble scoring runs last season, the Royals needed to win the tight games. And they did, notching the most one-run victories in the AL with a 31-25 record.

“If our defense wasn’t doing what it was doing, we probably wouldn’t have won a lot of those games,” Gordon said. “Customized Houston Texans Jersey Our defense definitely picked up our offense last year but we’re working right now to get our offense going and maybe make our pitching staff’s life a little bit easier instead of having close games all the time.”

When Hosmer took over at first base three years ago, life suddenly got easier for the other Kansas City infielders.

“Having Hoz over there is like throwing to an 8-foot target,” Houston Texans Personalized Football Jersey Moustakas said. “You just have to get it close to him and he’s going to make the play. It takes so much pressure off of you at third, at short, at second, to make that perfect throw. You can bounce one or short-hop ’em or you can get rid of it quick and you’re still going to record the out because Hoz is going to make that play.”

Another point: The Royals had three pitchers last season that exceeded 200 innings, starters generally went deeper into games thereby keeping the bullpen fresher, and certainly the defense helped make that possible.

“Mentally for the pitchers, they know what’s behind them and they can go out and not feel like they’ve got to strike every guy out,” Hosmer said. “They can eat up innings, pitch to contact and get ground balls. Trusting your defense limits pitch counts and saves the bullpen and it just helps the whole entire team.”

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“I’m positive you can ask each one of those guys,” Moustakas said, “and to a man, they’d trade their Gold Glove in a heartbeat for a World Series ring. That’s what we’re looking for.”

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A baseball source confirmed a Boston Globe report that said the D-backs are planning to meet with free-agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo.

Women’s Nike Houston Texans Customized Elite Battle Red Alternate Jersey The Customized Texans Jersey D-backs have been seeking a starting pitcher all winter, exploring trade possibilities for the Rays’ David Price and the Cubs’ Jeff Samardzija, and they were one of the finalists for the services of right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who signed a $155 million deal with the Yankees.

Matt Garza was another pitcher the D-backs had interest in, but he was able to get a four-year deal from the Brewers. Arizona general manager Kevin Towers had said during the Winter Meetings that he did not anticipate offering a deal longer than three years to any free agent pitcher other than Tanaka.

Earlier this week the D-backs decided to take another look at possible free agents on the market, particularly Arroyo.

Free-agent pitchers Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez are tied to Draft compensation, meaning the D-backs would have to surrender their first-round pick in this year’s Draft should they sign one of them. Arroyo, however, would not cost a Draft pick.

Arroyo, who turns 37 later this month, was 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA last season for the Reds and has been a workhorse during his career. Over the last nine seasons, Arroyo has thrown at least 199 innings.

D-backs pitchers and catchers are set to report to Spring Training on Thursday.

Right now, the Men’s Nike Houston Texans Customized Elite Navy Blue Team Color Jersey D-backs rotation looks to include Patrick Corbin, Wade Miley, Trevor Cahill and Brandon McCarthy, with Randall Delgado and top prospect Archie Bradley among those competing for the No. 5 spot in the rotation.

A press conference immediately following a Super Bowl victory parade is not typically a bastion for hard news.

Still, Pete Houston Texans Personalized Football Jersey Carroll took the opportunity to go to bat for Russell Wilson, the quarterback who incurred his fair share of criticism leading up to the Seahawks’ blowout victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

“There was a lot of concern about our offense and Russell’s performance and all that, and I would continue to tell you that he was playing well within what we were expecting in games,” the coach said Wednesday. “I thought there’s always more production, there’s always more yards out there of course, and all of that.

“But it was just exquisite effort from the quarterback,” Customized Houston Texans Jersey Carroll added. ” … We go into this season, this next season, this offseason, and my hopes are that he’s really going to take another big step forward and he’s going to continue to get better.”

It should be pointed out that Wilson’s struggles in the weeks leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII were not a fabrication of the media. He had five touchdown passes and four turnovers in six games as Seattle leaned hard on its defense and Marshawn Custom Made Texans Jersey Lynch to get through the NFC playoffs.

The defense was the main reason behind the win over the Broncos as well, but Wilson played his part, completing 18 of 25 passes for 206 yards and two touchdown strikes. The time will come when the Seahawks will lean on their quarterback more.

Carroll sounds confident Wilson will be able to shoulder the load.

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Richard Customized Texans Jersey Sherman talk has been all the rage since he went all WWE on Michael Crabtree.

However, Women’s Nike Houston Texans Customized Elite Battle Red Alternate Jersey NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wishes the Seattle Seahawks cornerback thought twice before he unleashed an outburst on national television.

“It’s an emotional game, and you see a young man who comes off the field and he’s pumped up, and there’s so much excitement in the stadium, but no, I’m not cheering for that because he’s a great young man,” Goodell said Thursday on “CBS This Morning,” via ProFootballTalk. “He’s extremely well spoken, does great things off the field, obviously a great player on the field.”

Sherman has received a lot of flak for his outburst and has unfairly been called a thug, among other names. Sherman has since apologized, but with just 10 days to go until Super Bowl XLVIII, Goodell wants him to “present himself in the best possible way.”

“I want him to … make sure that he’s reflecting on himself and his family in a positive way,” Goodell said. “He took away a little bit from the team. That was what he said yesterday. I thought that was a very interesting comment and I think it’s fair.”

All but one team is represented on this year’s list, with only the Angels shut out. Two teams, the Brewers and the A’s, have one prospect each, and there are nine organizations with two representatives. On the other end of the spectrum is the Boston Red Sox, leading the way with nine on the Top 100. The Cubs and Astros are next, with seven representatives each. The Pirates have six, and the Twins and Rangers each have five.

While having a lot of prospects on the list is certainly not a bad thing, it also doesn’t instantly mean that an organization has the best farm system, because it doesn’t necessarily reflect depth in a system or where talent is along the organizational pipeline. For the last few years, though, we’ve used a weighted scoring system to determine which system has the most impact or elite talent. After awarding 100 points to the team with the No. 1 prospect, 99 to No. 2 and so on, it turns out the team with the most prospects on the list does not rank atop the “prospect points” standings.

That honor belongs to the Houston Men’s Nike Houston Texans Customized Elite Navy Blue Team Color Jersey Astros, whose seven prospects netted 439 points. The Red Sox are close behind with 436, while the Cubs (393), Pirates (364) and Twins (342) round out the top five. The Rangers, while having five prospects like the Twins, finished 14th with 167 points due to their Minor Leaguers landing a bit further down the list.

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Pitching once again dominates the list. Over the previous two years of the Top 100, there have been 48 and 47 pitchers on the list, respectively. This year, it’s even more arm-heavy, with 58 of the 100 making their living on the mound. Thirty-nine are right-handed. Outfielders are next, with 19 representatives. Shortstops (12), third basemen (nine), catchers (six), second basemen (four) and first basemen (one) round out the breakdown.

Feeling the Draft

The Top 100 continues to be as Draft-heavy (if not more) as it is pitching-heavy. There are 77 players on the list who came to the pro game via the First-Year Player Draft. It probably isn’t shocking to note that most are former first-round picks — 42, to be precise. There are 17 supplemental first-rounders as well, with six second-rounders making the cut.

There are some late-rounders as well. While the fourth round has three players and the fifth round two, there is also an 11th-rounder (the Dodgers’ Joc Pederson), 12th-rounder (the Tigers’ Robbie Ray), 18th-rounder (Allen Webster of the Red Sox) and 48th-rounder (the Cubs’ C.J. Edwards) in the Top 100.

International flavor

Among the 23 international non-drafted free agents on the list, there are eight countries represented. The Dominican Customized Houston Texans Jersey Republic wins in a landslide, with 12 players on the list. Venezuela is next, with four, and Mexico is the only other country with multiple players, with two. Aruba, Colombia, Cuba, Panama and Korea each have one representative. Puerto Rico is often counted as international, but Carlos Correa (from Puerto Rico) and Francisco Lindor (born there, but went to high school in Florida) were draftees.

Age in the eye of the beholder

Custom Made Texans Jersey Prospects, by the very definition of the word, tend to be on the young side. This year’s Top 100 is definitely reflective of that. The average age of all 100 players is 21.2 years old. There are 15 teenagers on the list, with 17-year-old Julio Urias the youngest of them all. Travis d’Arnaud is the oldest, one of seven 24-year-olds on the list.

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Reflecting their efforts to strengthen their starting rotation, the Custom Texans Jersey Giants announced that they agreed to terms Monday with right-hander Tim Hudson on a two-year contract.

The 38-year-old Hudson wasn’t the most highly sought-after pitcher in free agency. That distinction belongs to Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana. But Hudson remains one of the Major Leagues’ most successful performers. With a 205-111 record in 15 seasons, he ranks first in victories and third in winning percentage (.649) among active starters since he reached the bigs in 1999 with the Oakland A’s.

Though terms of the deal weren’t released, the Customized Houston Texans Jersey Cheap San Francisco Chronicle reported that the sides settled on a contract worth $23 million — an $11.5 million average annual value that exceeded what the Atlanta Braves, Hudson’s employers for nine years, were willing to pay. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that Hudson also sought a full no-trade clause. Giants officials declined to comment until Tuesday, when a conference call featuring Hudson was expected to be scheduled.

The Personalized Texans Jersey thus concluded their third major agreement involving a potential or full-fledged free agent, demonstrating general manager Brian Sabean’s penchant for acting quickly to fill the club’s needs. Right fielder Hunter Pence agreed to a five-year, $90 million contract on the eve of the regular season’s conclusion. Right-hander Tim Lincecum received a two-year, $35 million deal before he could negotiate with other teams.

Now comes Hudson, a three-time All-Star who has finished among the top six in Cy Young Award voting four times. He ideally will complement three other All-Stars in the Giants’ existing rotation:Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain and Lincecum.

Despite Houston Texans Personalized NFL Football Jersey their talent, Giants starters finished last season with a 4.37 ERA, the National League’s third highest. Club management believes that Hudson, whose career 3.44 ERA is the Majors’ eighth best during his Major League tenure, can help stabilize the contingent that led San Francisco to World Series triumphs in 2010 and ’12.

Hudson finished 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA in 21 starts last season for Atlanta. He struggled early, recording a 5.37 ERA in his first 10 starts before recovering to post a 2.73 ERA in his final 11 outings.

Hudson’s year ended prematurely on July 24, when he covered first base and the Customized Nike Texans Football Jersey Shirt Mets’ Eric Youngstepped on his right ankle, causing a horrific fracture. Hudson had a surgical screw removed from his ankle nearly two weeks ago, and he is expected to resume running by the end of the month.

Despite Customized Houston Texans Jersey Hudson’s injury and age, the fact that he didn’t hurt his arm allays apprehension regarding his effectiveness. But the Giants will monitor his recovery closely, since he uses his right foot to push off the pitching rubber and impart force upon his deliveries.

The agreement represents a return to the Bay Custom Texans Jersey for Womens Area for Hudson, who posted a 92-39 mark with the A’s in his first six Major League seasons. His lone 20-win season was 2000, his first full year in the big leagues, though he has won 15 or more games eight times, most recently in 2012 (16-7). In eight career starts at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, Hudson is 3-3 with a 3.81 ERA.

The Giants’ offseason shopping is incomplete. They want to deepen their starting rotation and still hope to re-sign right-hander Ryan Vogelsong, who became a free agent when the club declined the $6.5 million option on his 2014 contract. Retaining left-handed reliever Javier Lopez, who has attracted ample interest as a free agent, remains a top priority. San Francisco also must add a proven hitter either to play left field or prompt position switches to add offensive potential to that spot.