Cubs Notebook Feb. 2

The Cubs signed right-hander Carlos Pimentel and outfielder Mike Baxter to minor league deals as the days count down until spring training. I threw in some Hot Stove news and Day One of the Caribbean World Series.
February 3, 2015

Minor League Recap for July 8

The clubs in Arizona won, but the rest of the system faced some struggles. Centerfielders Aaron Cunningham, Rymer Liriano and Yoan Alcantara provided most of the offensive highlights, while top prospects Simon Castro and Jason Hagerty had nights to forget.
July 9, 2011

Padres Acquire Gonzalez from Nationals

The San Diego Padres today announced they have acquired infielder Alberto Gonzalez from the Washington Nationals in exchange for right-handed pitcher Erik Davis and cash considerations. In addition, the club has placed outfielder Mike Baxter on the 60-day disabled list.
March 28, 2011

San Diego Padres Top 30 Prospects for 2011

When I read a top prospect lists my eyes always go first to the individual rankings of the players and whether or not I agree with them...
February 6, 2011

Smith on Portland Beavers prospects

We went over some of the top hitting and pitching prospects from this years' Pacific League Portland Beavers with Randy Smith to get his impressions on their seasons and what they have been doing in the Instructional Leagues.
January 2, 2011

Portland Beavers Player of the Year

Summary: A lot of moving parts, as usual, for the San Diego Padres Triple-A affiliate, which will move south in 2011. The veterans carried much of the load here while one player met his potential with a big season.
November 22, 2010

MadFriars.com August Players of the Month

It wasn't hard to find hitters in the final month of the season. John Conniff didn't need to do much to find candidates at each level, with a monster month by several blowing away the rest of the competition.
September 11, 2010

Padres Prospect Interview: Mike Baxter

Portland, OR: Mike Baxter, 25, was selected in the ninth round of the 2005 draft out of Vanderbilt University. Throughout his tenure with the organization Baxter has continually proven that he can hit at each level the team has put him, with last year's first half in San Antonio being the best example of what he can do best, hit for average, draw walks and punch the ball into the gaps.
September 2, 2010