Jesse Sanchez, who has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix.
|All Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner was trying to do in Tuesday afternoon's 9-5 loss to the Padres was get his work in and get ready for the season. And no, he didn't have a game plan against San Diego's hitters, and no, it didn't matter that he was facing a National League West opponent.
More» Bumgarner strikes out Spangenberg in the 1st|
|This isn't Gorkys Hernandez's last chance to establish himself as part of a big league club, it's only his next one. But the 29-year-old outfielder believes he's sacrificed enough this offseason to make it his best opportunity yet.
More» Hernandez slides to snare a line drive|
|Jesus Munoz was one of six prospects to receive a high school diploma at the D-backs' Dominican academy's third annual graduation, which brings the total number of graduates to 20 since the club started the program. Nineteen other prospects also received certificates marking the completion of a grade level.
|Luis Robert Moirant, 19, known in international baseball circles as Luis Robert, is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound outfielder from Cuba. The teenager has emerged as the most intriguing and talented prospect on the international market.
More»Cuban prospect Robert works out in Dominican Republic|
|Wander Samuel Franco, 15, is considered the best infield prospect on the island for the international signing period that starts July 2, and he lived up to the hype this week at Major League Baseball's International Prospect Showcase at Estadio Quisqueya Juan Marichal, the country's most famous ballpark.
More»Bavasi on The International Prospect Showcase|
|Orlando Cabrera, who played parts of 15 seasons in the Major Leagues, is in the Dominican Republic this week with teenage infield prospect Fabian Pertuz, who is participating in the sixth annual Major League Baseball International Prospect Showcase, and he's looking for the right fit for the young player.
More»Perez wraps up Day 1 of International Showcase|
|The mystique of the talented Cuban national team returns in this year's World Baseball Classic. And while the names on the backs of the jerseys have changed since the country's first appearance in 2006 -- and the relationship between the United States and Cuba continues to evolve -- one thing remains the same: Cuba expects to win the World Baseball Classic.
More» Tomas puts Cuba on the board with deep homer|
|The Caribbean Series has secured a spot in Cooperstown.
More»Idelson on attending Caribbean Series|
|Puerto Rico is one victory away from winning its first Caribbean Series title in almost two decades. Puerto Rico's Criollos de Caguas defeated Venezuela's Aguilas de Zulia, 9-6, in the first semifinal Monday. Puerto Rico will face either Mexico.
|The big league dream for young Carlitos Urias doesn't stop when he wakes up each morning. Urias, the 14-year-old brother of Dodgers phenom Julio Urias, is one of 45 prospects in the inaugural class of Major League Baseball's new academy in the Tres Rios sector of the city.
More»Baseball Academy in Culiacan, Mexico is thriving|
|Sergio Romo found his mojo in Mexico, and he'll leave the country with a big league opportunity. Romo, 33, is expected to finalize a one-year deal with the Dodgers this week. He also hopes to return to the U.S. with a Caribbean Series title.
More»Romo excited to play for Mexico in Caribbean Series|
|Dereck Rodriguez, who is pitching for the Criollos de Caguas in the Caribbean Series this week, grew up in clubhouses across the Major Leagues and around some of the biggest names. Now, he's determined to make a name for himself.
More»Ivan Rodriguez's son, Dereck, on Caribbean Series|
|Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario stepped into the batting cage behind the home dugout at Estadio Tomateros, and the chirping from his Puerto Rico teammates started immediately.
More»Rosario playing in Caribbean Series to stay in shape|
|The Caribbean Series began Wednesday in Culiacan, Mexico, with games between Cuba and the Dominican Republic during the afternoon, and a Mexico-Puerto Rico matchup in the nightcap.
|The bright orange wrist bands, the blue socks pulled up high, and the way he looked down at the grass and strutted back to his position in the outfield were the first clues. Yoelkis Cespedes Maceo's face, especially those eyebrows, looked young, but familiar. And that throwing arm -- the one he used to double off a runner at first base after a running catch in right in the bottom of the third inning -- was the final hint.
More»Yoelkis Cespedes talks playing in Caribbean Series|
|Julio Urias has become a local hero, but he's the same guy who signed with the Dodgers back in 2012.
More»Dodgers youngster increases offseason training|
|Astros first-year bench coach Alex Cora will lead Criollos de Caguas from Puerto Rico into the Caribbean World Series, which begins on Wednesday in Culiacan, Mexico.
More»Sanchez updates on 2017 Caribbean Series, Classic|
|Luis Navarro is the first prospect from Mexico to compete in the annual International Prospect League showcase. He probably won't be the last.
More»Team Mexico manager on attending IPL showcase|
|Pedro Martinez Jr. is one of 120 prospects showcasing their talents in the International Prospect League International Showcase. The son of Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez is expected to command a six-figure signing bonus.
More»Pedro Martinez on his son at prospect showcase|
|Eric Pardinho, the growing teen who turned 16 last week, is emerging as a baseball star in a nation where the sport is gaining in popularity. Young right-hander has low 90s fastball and dreams of playing in the Major Leagues.
More»Pardinho hopes to help baseball grow in Brazil|