The matchup of American League East rivals Baltimore and Tampa Bay in Sarasota, Fla., Thursday was washed out by rain.
This series is designed to evaluate the role prospects play in each Major League organization, looking at the short and long-term needs of each club and illustrating how prospects fit in both scenarios. Here's my look at the Astros.
The Astros' loaded farm system can be a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it's an exciting acknowledgment of strong scouting and player development work. On the flip side, having a great system sounds great on paper, but if it doesn't funnel players through the pipeline to turn things around at the highest level, it's a bit hollow.
Cole Hamels is not feeling any pain in his left shoulder, but he has not been able to bounce back from his Saturday bullpen session. He hopes to resume throwing in the next week.
Here are 30 "make-or-break" seasons that are on the horizon. One for every team, because every team has at least one player with a lot on the line, either because of what 2014 will mean for his future or what his performance will mean for his team's bottom line.
After becoming the first Dodger to pitch four innings on Wednesday night, Hyun-Jin Ryu said he will be ready if called upon to face the D-backs in the Opening Series in Australia in three weeks.
Although all 30 Major League clubs have been playing Spring Training games for a week, there are still a number of star players scheduled to make their spring debuts on Thursday during another full slate of action in both the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues, including Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira, who missed nearly all of 2013.
The jury remains out on whether second baseman Alex Guerrero can handle his new position defensively, but the Cuban rookie was a big contributor offensively on Wednesday night, his grand slam helping the Dodgers to a 10-3 victory over the Reds at Goodyear Ballpark.
Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig was removed from Wednesday night's game with "upper back soreness" but said he expects to play on Thursday.
D-backs pitcher Brandon McCarthy took some time prior to Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Royals to field questions from fans via social media and a live video stream in the Edward Jones Chatting Cage.
D-backs GM Kevin Towers wants to make sure Arizona has the necessary parts to make that trip to the Promised Land. And unlike his days in San Diego, where rebuilding was so often the focus, this past winter, alone, showed that Towers knows the future is now in the Desert of the Sun.
Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos took a big step forward on Wednesday in his efforts to return from left knee surgery.
During Cleveland's run to the American League Wild Card Game last season, Jason Kipnis proved to be the motor within the Indians' versatile offense. Terry Francona trusted the second baseman with the third spot in the batting order and the Tribe's manager sees no reason not to open the coming campaign with the same plan.
Defending National League batting champion Michael Cuddyer left the Rockies' 7-5 win over the Cubs in the third inning on Wednesday after he was hit on the left shoulder blade by a pitch from right-hander Jeff Samardzija. But Cuddyer doesn't believe the injury is serious.
Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke threw off a mound Wednesday for the first time since suffering a mild right calf strain six days earlier in his first Spring Training start. Manager Don Mattingly said the session went well and the right-hander will throw off a mound again Thursday.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that Marco Scutaro, who's recovering from an ailing back, has increased his baseball-related activity. But the second baseman might make his first Cactus League appearance later than sooner.
The major work to replace Andy Dirks in the outfield will come for Tigers officials, from manager Brad Ausmus to the front office, who have to evaluate whether the answer to their void is in their camp right now -- or if there's a realistic solution on the market worth their time to acquire.