Which prospects will make the Top 100 cut?

Buxton looking to defend No. 1 slot with 2015 rankings set to be unveiled

Which prospects will make the Top 100 cut?

After an offseason filled with transactions and intrigue, Spring Training is fast approaching. That means it's time for the unveiling of the latest MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list.

The annual preseason ranking of the Top 100 prospects in baseball will be revealed tonight, with the Top 50 being unveiled during a one-hour special on MLB Network and MLB.com beginning at 9 p.m. ET, and the entire list on MLB.com. The show, hosted by Greg Amsinger, will feature analysis from MLBPipeline.com Draft and prospect experts Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis, as well as MLB Network analyst Bill Ripken.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ichiro signing may be Marlins' final offseason move

Active in the Hot Stove, Miami optimistic about competing for playoff spot

Ichiro signing may be Marlins' final offseason move

MIAMI -- Their Hot Stove season started with the record-setting signing of Giancarlo Stanton, and adding Ichiro Suzuki on Wednesday likely capped a hectic offseason for the Marlins.

Not that the door is completely closed for business, but basically what you see from Miami is what you will get once Spring Training gets underway on Feb. 20 in Jupiter, Fla.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins go the extra mile to introduce Ichiro

Samson leads contingent on 18-hour journey to Japan

Marlins go the extra mile to introduce Ichiro

MIAMI -- The Marlins went the extra mile to make a strong first impression on their latest acquisition, with five team executives traveling 18 hours by plane to Japan to properly welcome Ichiro Suzuki into their family.

To the organization, the long flight showed its commitment to a veteran with Hall of Fame credentials. To the 41-year-old Ichiro, the gesture was both humbling and energizing as he prepares for the next chapter of his brilliant big league career.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

In joining Marlins, Ichiro dons familiar No. 51

Veteran outfielder had worn No. 31 with Yankees

In joining Marlins, Ichiro dons familiar No. 51

TOKYO -- Uniform numbers are revered more in Japan than America. That's probably explained in part by the culture of free agency and trades in the United States decreasing the chances that a player will be identified by one number for his entire career.

The most anticipated moment of the news conference announcing Ichiro Suzuki's signing with the Marlins on Wednesday night ET was the return of his iconic No. 51 to his uniform.

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Brad Lefton is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ichiro 'humbled' by Marlins' efforts

All-Star introduced by team executives in his native Japan

Ichiro 'humbled' by Marlins' efforts

TOKYO -- The Miami Marlins made quite an impressive splash in Japan.

A standing-room-only crowd of reporters and photographers packed a hotel ballroom in Tokyo to watch the Marlins officially introduce national icon Ichiro Suzuki as their newest outfielder. Five club executives -- including president David Samson, president of baseball operations Michael Hill and general manager Dan Jennings -- flew 18 hours from Miami for the one-hour news conference. 

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Brad Lefton is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ichiro first player from Japan to suit up for Marlins

Ichiro first player from Japan to suit up for Marlins

TOKYO -- Now that the Miami Marlins have signed Ichiro Suzuki, the Cincinnati Reds are the only team in Major League Baseball for which a Japanese player has never appeared.

The Reds were the first team to gain a player from Japan through the posting system after it was created in December 1998. The player from Japan that Cincinnati outbid all other teams for in the secret bidding process was a Dominican. Pitcher Alejandro Quezada belonged to the Hiroshima Carp when they posted him before the 1999 season.

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Brad Lefton is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ichiro joins Marlins, may have secret to aging

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Ichiro joins Marlins, may have secret to aging

Only 156 hits shy of 3,000, Ichiro Suzuki officially became a member of the Marlins at a news conference in Japan on Thursday.

Besides my grandmother now perennially confusing the Marlins and the Mariners, one very important point was brought up: Ichiro, at the age of 41, is set to become the oldest position player next season. At least, he will be barring any surprise Jason Giambi or Raul Ibanez appearances. (Bartolo Colon, who will be 42, is oldest overall.) 

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Ichiro, Marlins finalize 1-year deal

Miami to introduce 10-time All-Star at news conference Wednesday in Tokyo

Ichiro, Marlins finalize 1-year deal

MIAMI -- Ichiro Suzuki's pursuit of a championship and personal milestones will continue in Miami.

The Marlins on Tuesday night announced the signing of the 41-year-old free-agent outfielder to a one-year contract. Ichiro, who will wear No. 51, becomes the first Japanese-born player in franchise history. He was introduced as a Marlin at a news conference at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday in Tokyo. Club president David Samson, president of baseball operations Michael Hill and general manager Dan Jennings were on hand.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yelich makes historic visit to Louisville

Outfielder the first to sign contract with bat company at facility in Kentucky

Yelich makes historic visit to Louisville

By no means is Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich the first player to sign a contract with Louisville Slugger, but on Wednesday he became the first to do so at the facility in Louisville, Ky.

In a ceremony before employees and museum guests, Yelich signed a contract with the bat company. He also spent time watching his bats being made for the upcoming season.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

MLB.com Columnist

Richard Justice

Ichiro still a treat to watch in late stage of career

In gifted veteran, Marlins get professional presence to complement young talent

Ichiro still a treat to watch in late stage of career

First, thanks to the Miami Marlins for giving us at least one more season of one of the most remarkable players of our time: Ichiro Suzuki.

Take a good look at Ichiro this season, his 15th in the United States. Even at 41, with skills that have faded a bit, he is still gifted, unique and relentless. In terms of pitch recognition and bat control, he's among the greatest players in baseball history.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stanton opens up about contract in Network special

Stanton opens up about contract in Network special

Giancarlo Stanton knows that along with his massive contract come massive expectations.

Just a few months away from beginning the first year of his record-breaking $325 million contract, Stanton joined MLB Network for a special feature Tuesday evening -- "The Offseason: Hope in Chicago and Miami" -- to discuss the Marlins' offseason and his aspirations for the next 13 years in Miami.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lyle Spencer

WAR figures show Marlins among top outfields

Angels, Marlins also among top units, according to the metrics

WAR figures show Marlins among top outfields

A case can be made that the Royals' Alex Gordon, Jarrod Dyson and Lorenzo Cain form the best defensive outfield in Major League history. Factoring in offense, the world of analytics narrowly favors Kansas City's outfield over those of the Angels and Marlins.

Using WAR available at FanGraphs, I calculated the top 10 outfields in MLB -- three starters and one backup -- based on 2014 performance. The Royals' four outfielders -- with Alex Rios replacing Nori Aoki for 2015 -- had a combined 14.8 WAR last year, which would give them the top outfield in MLB. Completing the top 10 outfields, with one reserve included, are the Angels (14.6), Marlins (14.5), Orioles (13.6), Cardinals (13.0), Pirates (12.8), Giants (10.9), Dodgers (10.5), Tigers (9.8) and Nationals (9.3).

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Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Finding at-bats for Ichiro a good problem for Marlins

Finding at-bats for Ichiro a good problem for Marlins

MIAMI -- The Marlins believe Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton form the best outfield trio in the National League. Add Ichiro Suzuki to the roster, and the club now feels it has the top fourth outfielder in the league.

One of manager Mike Redmond's challenges will be finding enough playing time for everyone, particularly Suzuki.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Romero No. 10 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 2B Prospects list

Braves' Peraza heads list, followed by White Sox's Johnson, Rockies' Wall

Romero No. 10 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 2B Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at the Top 10 prospects at each position.

Graduations to the Major Leagues have taken a heavy toll on this list in the past year. Six of the second basemen on last year's preseason Top 10, including the top four, have lost their rookie eligibility, creating room for several newcomers.

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Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Giancarlo Stanton helps crown Miss Universe

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Giancarlo Stanton helps crown Miss Universe

On Sunday night, over 80 of the world's most beautiful women will compete for the title of Miss Universe. And while those of us who believe that the title is meaningless until the multi-cellular creatures of Xorig IV-9 are included, it's still a highly sought after honor.

And for this year's competition, slugger Giancarlo Stanton and boxer Manny Pacquiao were chosen to help judge the event. 

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Tracy Ringolsby

Ichiro's pursuit of 3,000 hits to continue in Miami

Ichiro's pursuit of 3,000 hits to continue in Miami

Ichiro Suzuki has been given an opportunity to join the 3,000-hit club.

The key to reports that he has agreed to a one-year deal worth $2 million with Miami is that the Marlins have indicated a willingness to work on a second year, which Suzuki will most likely need to collect a 3,000th hit.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Write 'em Cowboy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pierre impressed with Marlins' direction for 2015

Former outfielder sees a lot of '03 World Series title team's qualities in this club

Pierre impressed with Marlins' direction for 2015

MIAMI -- Pitching, speed and defense were the foundation of the Marlins' 2003 World Series title team. The organization is striving to mirror that plan in putting together its roster for this season.

Former Miami outfielder Juan Pierre sees similarities in the two squads. The catalyst of the 2003 team, Pierre served two stints with the Marlins. Initially, he was with the organization from 2003-05, and he returned in '13 for his final season.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Realmuto No. 8 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 C Prospects list

Red Sox's Swihart sits atop list, followed by Rangers' Alfaro and Cubs' Schwarber

Realmuto No. 8 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 C Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

Though only one catcher (Blake Swihart of the Red Sox) fits in the top 40 spots on MLBPipeline.com's upcoming 2015 Top 100 Prospects list, talent behind the plate actually runs deep. The Minors are teeming with backstops who have the tools to contribute offensively and defensively in the big leagues in the near future. This list could see a lot of turnover a year from now, as Christian Bethancourt figures to be the Braves' starter and Swihart, Kevin Plawecki (Mets) and J.T. Realmuto (Marlins) could be playing regularly in the Majors by season's end.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Marlins built to give Nationals run for their money

Marlins built to give Nationals run for their money

Despite all the brilliant analysis, there's this one pesky thing called a 162-game schedule. It's a great thing, too, as it determines -- for real, and once and for all -- who are the best teams.

So go ahead, prematurely coronate the Washington Nationals if you want. Everybody gets it.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins set to carry 65 players into camp

Three of club's Top 20 Prospects among Miami's Spring Training invitees

Marlins set to carry 65 players into camp

The Marlins have invited 25 non-roster players to Major League Spring Training, including 15 players signed to Minor League deals. As of Wednesday afternoon, Miami will carry 65 players into Spring Training at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.

The club signed the following 15 players to Minor League free-agent contracts with invitations to Spring Training: right-handers Ryan Chaffee, Nick Masset, Vin Mazzaro and Ryan Reid; left-handers Pat Misch, Chris Narveson and Pat Urckfitz; catchers Vinny Rottino and Jhonatan Solano; infielders Reid Brignac, Don Kelly and Scott Sizemore; and outfielders Tyler Colvin, Cole Gillespie and Kenny Wilson.

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Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Spring competition likely to decide Marlins' fifth starter

Koehler, Hand among five expected candidates for Miami's final rotation spot

Spring competition likely to decide Marlins' fifth starter

MIAMI -- When your division rival makes the biggest free-agent splash of the offseason, you take notice. The Nationals landing Max Scherzer for a reported seven-year, $210 million contract has certainly gained the Marlins' attention.

While the Scherzer deal gives Washington a super rotation, Miami isn't planning on making a serious counterattack by either signing free agent James Shields or making a trade for another starter. The reason is the club is very comfortable with the starting options already assembled.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Kolek No. 9 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 RHP Prospects list

Nats' Giolito leads list, followed by Mets' Syndergaard, Pirates' Glasnow

Kolek No. 9 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 RHP Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

There are always a ton of right-handed pitchers on our Top 100 list. The 2015 version is no different. All 10 on the list below are in the Top 100, and then some.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

While we hit the gym, Stanton hits the sand dunes

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While we hit the gym, Stanton hits the sand dunes

Giancarlo Stanton has the best solution for dealing with crowded gyms filled with people walking on treadmills as a part of their New Year's resolutions ... skip the gym altogether.

The Marlins' slugger took to a sand dune to get a cardio workout in much to the delight of Peter Gammons.

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Focused on '15, Cishek excited about Marlins' direction

Closer thrilled with progress club has made, would love to stick around long term

Focused on '15, Cishek excited about Marlins' direction

MIAMI -- Marlins closer Steve Cishek shares the organization's vision, and he remains hopeful to be part of its long-range plans. For now, the 28-year-old is focused solely on 2015 and doing his part to help the team reach the playoffs.

"For me, seeing the progress the team has made has been huge," he said. "I can't really describe it. When you first get called up, you're just happy to be here. After a while, that gets old, and all you want to do is win. All I want to do is win. I think we can definitely do that with this ballclub."

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins, Kelly reportedly reach Minor League deal

Former Tigers utility player will get invite to Spring Training

Marlins, Kelly reportedly reach Minor League deal

Don Kelly has found a new home.

The former Tiger has agreed to a Minor League contract with the Miami Marlins, according to multiple reports.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins open to two-year deal with Ichiro

Marlins open to two-year deal with Ichiro

MIAMI -- The Marlins have intensified talks with 10-time All-Star outfielder Ichiro Suzuki and are open to a possible two-year deal, MLB.com has learned.

Multiple reports on Saturday said talks between the two sides were progressing. Miami is searching for a fourth outfielder, and the 41-year-old appears to be its primary target.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jupiter crew works the grounds year-round

Roger Dean Stadium plays host to much more than Spring Training for Cardinals, Marlins

Jupiter crew works the grounds year-round

JUPITER, Fla. -- Pitchers and catchers may be reporting to Spring Training on Feb. 19, but the grounds crew at the busiest complex in the Grapefruit League has been aggressively grooming the fields for months.

Roger Dean Stadium, the spring home of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, is the only facility in Florida to house two big league clubs. Hosting a pair of teams doubles the challenge to maintain the facility, which hosts 250 total events a year.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arbitration figures shed light on Marlins' payroll

Arbitration figures shed light on Marlins' payroll

MIAMI -- According to exchange figures, the Marlins are a combined $1.720 million apart in contract talks with right-handers Mat Latos and David Phelps and lefty Mike Dunn.

Miami was unable to reach agreement with the three before Friday's arbitration deadline to exchange salary figures. Per team policy, once the deadline passes, the impasse will be settled at an arbitration hearing.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins secure 4 players, but 3 going to hearing

Cishek, Gordon, Alvarez, Crow avoid arbitration; Latos, Phelps, Dunn unsigned

Marlins secure 4 players, but 3 going to hearing

MIAMI -- On a frantic Friday, the Marlins reached agreements on one-year contracts with closer Steve Cishek, second baseman Dee Gordon, and right-handers Henderson Alvarez and Aaron Crow prior to the 1 p.m. ET salary arbitration figures exchange deadline.

But the busy day didn't end smoothly for everyone. The club was unable to come to terms with right-handers Mat Latos and David Phelps and lefty reliever Mike Dunn. Their salaries will be determined at arbitration hearings sometime between Feb. 1-21.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.