Anthony Castro, Heliot Ramos, Roberto Ramos to play in Arizona Fall League

(September 16, 2019)


Anthony Castro

Anthony Castro, Mesa Solar Sox

  • Ranked tied for 7th in Eastern League in 2019 with 116 strikeouts
  • Ranked 2nd among Eastern League starters in 2019 with 10.2 strikeouts per 9 innings (min 15 starts)
  • Ranked as Tigers’ No. 18 prospect according to’s 2019 Mid-Season Top 30 report
  • Ranked as Tigers’ No. 20 prospect according to Baseball America’s 2019 Mid-Season Top 30 report


Heliot Ramos

Heliot Ramos, Scottsdale Scorpions

  • 2019 Giants Minor League Player of the Year (Baseball America)
  • 2019 Baseball America High-A Classification All-Star
  • 2019 California League Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star
  • Rated as California League’s Best Power Hitter, Best Defensive Outfielder, and Most Exciting Player in 2019 in Baseball America’s annual “Best Tools” survey of league managers and coaches


Roberto Ramos

Roberto Ramos, Salt River Rafters

  • 2019 MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Year (2nd Team)
  • 2019 Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies Triple-A) Most Valuable Player
  • 2019 Pacific Coast League Mid-Season All-Star
  • His 62 home runs since start of 2018 season rank tied for 2nd in all of minor league baseball


Three Top 100 picks from 2019 Draft – Yordys Valdes, Dasan Brown, Michael Harris II – sign and begin pro careers

(June 29, 2019)


Yordys Valdes

Valdes – Cleveland Indians, 2nd round (63rd overall)


Dasan Brown


Michael Harris

Harris II – Atlanta Braves, 3rd round (98th overall)


Heliot Ramos selected to 2nd straight Sirius/XM All-Star Futures Game

(June 28, 2019)


Heliot Ramos

Ramos articles:


  • Was 6th youngest player in 2019 game at Progressive Field
  • Was one of 12 outfielders to play in 2 Futures Games this decade, joining Jo Adell (2018-19), Taylor Trammell (2018-19), Rafael Devers (2015, 2017), Eloy Jimenez (2016-17), Manuel Margot (2015-16), Raimel Tapia (2015-16), Hunter Renfroe (2014, 2016), Brandon Nimmo (2013, 2015), Christian Yelich (2012-13), Billy Hamilton (2012-13), Mike Trout (2010-11)
  • Was one of only 7 players from first round of 2017 draft in 2019 game, joining Jo Adell, MacKenzie Gore, DL Hall, Royce Lewis, Nate Pearson, Evan White


Rangers reliever Jose Leclerc signs 4-year, $14.75 million contract through 2022 with team options for 2023 and 2024

(March 6, 2019)


Jose Leclerc

Photo Credit: Dallas Morning News

Leclerc articles:

Contract notes:

  • Largest in MLB history for a reliever in service time class of 2-plus years and pre-arbitration eligible
  • Largest in MLB history for a reliever after making his debut and pitching less than 120.0 innings
  • If first option year is not exercised, would be a free agent for his age 29 season


2019 Organizational Player Rankings

(March 1, 2019)



2019 Baseball America Organizational Player Rankings

(February 20, 2019)



Former Padres third baseman Christian Villanueva signs one-year, $2 million contract for 2019 with Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball

(November 20, 2018)


Photo Credit: San Diego Padres

Villanueva articles:

Contract notes:

  • With 2.014 years of MLB service time entering 2019 season, and at 27 years of age, would have made minimum salary of $555,000
  • Includes $300,000 signing bonus
  • Includes $700,000 in performance bonuses
  • Includes team option for 2020 with $3.5 million base salary and $700,000 in performance bonuses
  • Following the 2019 or 2020 season, would return to MLB as a free agent


Heliot Ramos selected by Giants in first round (19th overall) of 2017 Draft

(June 12, 2017)


Ramos articles:

Contract notes:

  • Signed for full slot value of $3,101,700





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