Brendan Ryan
Yankees' Brendan Ryan (back) making progress
Brendan Ryan, SS, NYY
6:57 PM
News: Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan is making progress in his recovery from a strained back muscle, he told MLB.com Saturday.

"It's no big deal," Ryan said. "I've had a lot more serious issues in my back before. I wasn't too concerned. It being February, let's just make sure."

Ryan is taking treatment and expects to resume baseball activities next week.

"I don't know what they're going to allow me to do," Ryan said. "If not batting practice, maybe some baseball stuff. I imagine they might baby-step me into it. We always want to jump right back into it. I'd imagine some dry swings or hit off the tee. We'll see.

"I don't want to speak for them. That's how I get in trouble."

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Didi Gregorius
Yankees' Cashman to Didi Gregorius: Don't try to be Derek Jeter
Didi Gregorius, SS, NYY
4:13 PM
News: Yankees general manager Brian Cashman isn't concerned about Didi Gregorius replacing Derek Jeter heading into the 2015 year, reports the New York Daily News.

"I personally can't worry about a shadow of Derek's somehow affecting the next guy," Cashman said. "All you can do is tell the next guy, 'You're not Derek, so don't even waste your time trying to be. Just be the best you can be.’ It’s going to fall short of anything Derek did, because he’s one of the greatest players of all-time."

The 25-year-old hit .226 with six home runs and 27 RBI in 270 plate appearances in 2014 and Cashman likes what's he's seeing.

"He's a developing guy," Cashman said. "He's definitely not a finished product. He's got a big ceiling. We'll see if we can together reach that ceiling."

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Raul Mondesi
Royals' Yost: We're going to give Raul Mondesi a 'good look' in camp
Raul Mondesi, SS, KC
2/27/2015
News: Royals manager Ned Yost told reporters he's going to give shortstop prospect Raul Mondesi a "good look" during spring training, per MLB.com.

"We are just here to give him a good look, let him play and get some experience and let him enjoy big league Spring Training," Yost said. "Everything jumps out. He's that kind of guy. He just stands out a little bit. He's going to be a special player."

Mondesi, the son of Raul Mondesi Sr. and the youngest player in camp at 19, is the top prospect in the organization, after signing for $2 million as an international free agent in 2011, according to MLB.com. He hit .211/.256/.354 over 435 at-bats in the Carolina League in 2014. He could be in line for a Double-A promotion in 2015.

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Jose Iglesias
Tigers SS Jose Iglesias does some on-field work Friday
Jose Iglesias, SS, DET
2/27/2015
News: Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias, who used an Alter-G anti-gravity treadmill on Tuesday, finally took to the field on Friday for some baserunning and other workouts, per MLive.com. The 25-year-old shortstop missed all of last season due to fractures in both of his shins.

"We ran bases today, then he took grounders, did the fundamental and he hit," manager Brad Ausmus said. "When he got done hitting, I sent him inside. I didn't want him standing out in the outfield shagging. I don't want to say that's going to be the straw that breaks the camel's back, but any little bit of time we can get him off his feet early helps. So I sent him in about 10 minutes early."

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Xander Bogaerts
Red Sox's Bogaerts restores confidence after tough year in 2014
Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOS
2/26/2015
News: Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts admitted he lost confidence in 2014 while he was struggling to get on track offensively.

“Yeah, a little bit -- going really bad for two months, I mean extremely bad,” Bogaerts said of losing confidence, per WEEI.com. “Trying to have confidence everyday coming to the park was pretty tough. This year is a new year, I feel much better. I feel much more confident in myself so, it’s something I definitely learned, no matter how tough the situation is it’s just keep your head up.”

Bogaerts said the experiences he learned last season should help him well moving forward.

“It’s a really tough game,” Bogaerts said. “Especially in the Boston market — a lot of media attention, especially after winning the World Series, a lot of eyes were on us. I think this year will probably be the same because of all the new acquisitions that we have. You just have to have a lot of confidence in yourself. You go through your ups and downs. It’s definitely easy to lose your confidence.”

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Brad Miller
McClendon: Unlikely Mariners can keep Taylor and Miller on roster
Brad Miller, SS, SEA
2/26/2015
News: Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon indicated Thursday it is going to be tough to keep Chris Taylor and Brad Miller on the roster. The duo are competing for the starting shortstop job this spring.

“They both saw significant time last year and only one of them can play short as this team shapes up,” McClendon said, per MLB.com. “I like both guys. They both bring a lot to the table. I think Chris is probably a little bit ahead of the game defensively and Brad is probably ahead of the game offensively. It’s a nice combination and let’s see what happens. … If we don’t have injuries, I doubt that we can take them both.”

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Everth Cabrera
Orioles' Everth Cabrera won't go to trial, accepts plea agreement
Everth Cabrera, SS, BAL
2/25/2015
News: Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Wednesday infielder Everth Cabrera took a plea agreement to resolve his case for resisting arrest in San Diego. Cabrera, who will be on probation, paid a fine and will serve community service.

“It was a prerequisite,” manager Buck Showalter said of Cabrera resolving his legal problems before signing with the Orioles, per MLB.com. “That’s why it took as long as it did [after word leaked of an agreement]. It wasn’t going to happen until it did and we felt comfortable with it.”

Cabrera was expected to go to trial in April for resisting arrest after he was arrested by the California Highway Patrol on Sept. 3 on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana. He was later charged with resisting arrest.

He was cited for possession of marijuana in a car, which is a vehicle code infraction that carries a fine of up to $100. No DUI charges were filed, per U-T San Diego.

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Carlos Correa
Astros prospect Carlos Correa working on correcting sliding
Carlos Correa, SS, HOU
2/25/2015
News: Astros shortstop and former No. 1 pick (2012) prospect Carlos Correa broke his right ankle and fractured his right fibula sliding into third base in June. Now that he's fully recovered from the injury, he told the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday that he's working on correcting his sliding this spring.

"I really want to work on base running," Correa said. "I got hurt on it, so I want to work on it and regain my confidence on it."

Correa, considered the second-best prospect in baseball behind Twins outfielder Byron Buxton, is expected to open the season at Double-A.

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Roberto Baldoquin
Roberto Baldoquin will miss early workouts due to visa issues
Roberto Baldoquin, SS, LAA
2/24/2015
News: Roberto Baldoquin is not expected to be with the Angels on Wednesday for the club's first full workout due to visa issues, per MLB.com. Baldoquin, 20, agreed to approximately an $8 million bonus earlier in November. He's expected to work mostly in minor-league camp when he arrives from the Dominican Republic.
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Alcides Escobar
Royals' Yost on Alcides Escobar: 'He just never slows down'
Alcides Escobar, SS, KC
2/24/2015
News: Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar had quite the busy year in 2014. After playing in all 162 regular season games, he then appeared in all 15 postseason games, went to Japan for the All-Star Series and capped it off by playing three weeks of winter ball.

"He just never slows down," manager Ned Yost said, per MLB.com. "Fortunately, he has the body to do that. He just doesn't seem to wear down."

Playing every day last season didn't seem to bother Escobar, who hit .320 with a .763 OPS in September. 

"I just love to play baseball," Escobar said. "It's really all I want to do."

Escobar apparently also loves hitting atop the lineup. When Escobar moved to the leadoff spot in mid-September last season, he hit .362 with a .397 on-base percentage and .478 slugging percentage in 16 games. Yost has indicated he plans to keep Escobar in the leadoff spot.

"I like it up there," Escobar said. "I'm still trying to learn, trying to find ways to get on base and take more pitches."

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