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MLB Pipeline‘s Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minors from the past week. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list is eligible.

After homering five times in six games to earn recognition on MLB Pipeline’s final Prospect Team of the Week in 2017, Tyler O’Neill has picked up right where he left off. The Cardinals outfielder bashed two homers in the second game of this season and has four in 10 contests, claiming a spot on our inaugural PTOW of 2018.

MLB Pipeline‘s Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minors from the past week. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list is eligible.

After homering five times in six games to earn recognition on MLB Pipeline’s final Prospect Team of the Week in 2017, Tyler O’Neill has picked up right where he left off. The Cardinals outfielder bashed two homers in the second game of this season and has four in 10 contests, claiming a spot on our inaugural PTOW of 2018.

Each week, we’ll pick an all-star team of prospect performers. For this edition, we included the first 11 days of the Minor League season, which began April 5.

A year ago, Rockies shortstop Brendan Rodgers led all players with four PTOW honors in 21 weeks, helping Colorado top all organizations with 13 total mentions. Cubs catcher Victor Caratini, Phillies second baseman Scott Kingery, Royals first baseman Ryan O’Hearn and Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker each made the PTOW three times. The Astros, Braves, Padres and White Sox had 12 nominees, while the Cardinals and Nationals tied for last with three each.

Here’s the complete PTOW squad for games from April 5-15:

C: Connor Wong, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Class A Advanced)
(Dodgers’ No. 15 prospect)
.361/.439/.889, 9 G ,13 R, 13 H, 4 2B, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 4 BB, 17 K, 2 SB, 1 CS

It took Wong just nine games to match his home run total from 2017, his pro debut. He homered in each of his first two games and twice on Sunday, when he showed off his athleticism and versatility by playing second base. Wong is tied with Colton Welker (see below) for the Minor League lead in runs, and he sits atop the California League in homers, extra-base hits (nine), totals bases (32), slugging percentage and RBIs.

1B: Josh Naylor, San Antonio Missions (Double-A)
(Padres’ No. 16 prospect)
.472/.545/1.000, 10 G, 10 R, 17 H, 1 2B, 6 HR, 14 RBI, 7 BB, 5 K, 1 SB, 1 CS

Naylor’s massive power potential led the Marlins to draft him 12th overall in 2015, but it didn’t translate into huge production during his first three pro seasons as he homered just 23 times in 261 games. That may be starting to change, as Naylor (sent to the Padres in a 2016 trade for Andrew Cashner) already has two multihomer games to his credit, paces the Minors in homers and total bases (36) and is tied for the lead in hits.

Watch: Naylor’s sixth homer

2B: Nick Solak, Montgomery Biscuits (Double-A)
(Rays’ No. 12 prospect)
.429/.538/.607, 9 G, 5 R, 12 H, 3 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 9 BB, 6 K, 3 SB, 2 CS

Sent from the Yankees to the Rays in the three-team Brandon Drury trade in February, Solak has made a nifty first impression with his new organization. He placed no worse than third in his league in hitting and on-base percentage in each of his first two seasons, and he has reached base in all nine of his games in 2018. He’s hit safely in eight of them. A potential leadoff man, Solak is tied for the Southern League lead with nine walks and is tied for sixth with three steals.

3B: Colton Welker, Lancaster JetHawks (Class A Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale  Advanced)
(Rockies’ No. 4 prospect)
.455/.578/.848, 10 G, 13 R, 15 H, 4 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 11 BB, 7 K

The Hangar in Lancaster may be the most hitter-friendly ballpark in the Minors, and Welker took advantage of seven home games to open the season by batting .522/.600/.870 prior to going 3-for-10 with a homer in three road contests. Welker is now a career .348/.401/.519 in two-plus years as a pro and could boost those numbers if he spends the bulk of 2018 in the California League. He leads the league in batting average, on-base percentage Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey , OPS (1.426) and is tied for first in runs scored.

Video: Top Prospects: Colton Welker, 3B, Rockies

SS: Joe Dunand, Jupiter Hammerheads (Class A Advanced)
(Marlins’ No. 18 prospect)
.372/.429/.628, 10 G, 12 R, 16 H, 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 5 BB, 7 K

Reminiscent of his uncle, Alex Rodriguez, Dunand is a shortstop packed with plenty of raw power. He finished his 2017 pro debut with a three-game cameo with Class A Advanced Jupiter, and has thrived there at the start of this season. He paces the Florida State League in total bases (27) and hits while being tied for first in runs. It’s a small 18-game sample size, but Dunand now has a .371/.446/.643 slash line as a pro.

OF: Khalil Lee, Wilmington Blue Rocks (Class A Advanced)
(Royals’ No. 1 prospect)
.387/.513/.742, 9 G, 6 R, 12 H, 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 8 BB, 13 K, 3 SB

Though some clubs liked him as a left-handed pitcher with a low-90s fastball and an intriguing slider, the Royals made Lee a full-time outfielder after drafting him in the third round in 2016. He since has blossomed into their top prospect and has done nothing to diminish that status with a hot start that has him atop the Carolina League leaderboards in on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS (1.255).

Video: Top Prospects: Khalil Lee, OF, Royals

OF: Tyler O’Neill, Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A)
(Cardinals’ No. 4 prospect/MLB No. 94)
.410/.405/.821, 10 G, 10 R, 16 H, 2 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 1 BB, 10 K

The son of a former Canadian national bodybuilding champion, O’Neill looks the part and is known best for his pop. He started slowly with just five homers in the first two months of 2017, then reclaimed his power stroke with 26 long balls in the final three months (including 12 in 37 Triple-A games after the Mariners traded him to the Cardinals for Marco Gonzales). Since going 0-for-5 in his ’18 season opener, O’Neill went deep four times in the next three games and has hit safely in nine straight.

Watch: O’Neill crushes two-run homer

OF: Juan Soto, Hagerstown Suns (low Class A)
(Nationals’ No. 2 prospect/MLB No. 29)
.361/.489/.861, 10 G, 7 R, 13 H, 2 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 19 RBI, 10 BB, 7 K, 2 SB

The highest-ranked prospect on this week’s PTOW, Soto had his 2017 full-season debut marred by right ankle, right hamate and hamstring injuries, but batted .360/.427/.523 in the 23 games he managed to play in the South Atlantic League. Soto has done even more damage in the SAL this year, with games of four and six RBIs that have him atop the Minors with 19 overall. He is tied for the league lead in homers and paces the SAL in extra-base hits (eight), total bases (31), slugging percentage and OPS (1.350).

Watch: Soto doubles in two more RBIs

LHP: Zac Lowther, Delmarva Shorebirds (low Class A)
(Orioles’ No. 17 prospect)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 GS, 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 13 K, 0.17 WHIP

Though his fastball usually resides in the upper 80s, Lowther was a strikeout machine in college at Xavier. The southpaw’s heater plays well above its velocity thanks to the deception and extension in his delivery, not to mention the running life it creates and his ability to command the pitch. After whiffing 75 batters in 54 1/3 innings in his 2017 pro debut, he fanned 13 and allowed just one baserunner (a walk) over six innings in his first outing this year.

Watch: Lowther punches out 13 in six

RHP: Shane Bieber, Akron RubberDucks (Double-A)
(Indians’ No. 8 prospect)
1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 GS, 13 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey 7 K, 0.46 WHIP

Bieber led the Minors with a miniscule walk rate of 0.5 per nine innings in his 2017 full-season debut, notching as many wins as he gave up free passe Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey s (10) in 28 starts. He’s back at it again, with one victory and no walks in his first two starts in ’18. Bieber has yet to give up a run in 13 innings either, lowering his career ERA in pro ball to 2.40.

Watch: Bieber’s eighth strikeout

RP: Lou Trivino, Nashville Sounds (Triple-A)
(Athletics’ No. 27 prospect)
0.00 ERA, 3 G, 1 SV, 4 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 0.00 WHIP

The lowest-ranked prospect on this PTOW, Trivino has advanced steadily to Triple-A since the A’s made him an 11th-round choice out of Slippery Rock (Pa.) in 2013. Left unprotected in last year’s Rule 5 Draft, he went unpicked despite his mid-90s fastball and solid cutter, and he has responded by retiring all 13 hitters he has faced so far, eight via strikeout.

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Horns blared. Methodical claps filled Hiram Bithorn Stadium. Lights from cell phones dotted the stands. And when Francisco Lindor stepped into the batter’s box in the fifth inning on Tuesday night, the crowd began chanting his last name.

The kid called “Paquito” here in Puerto Rico did not disappoint his audience.

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Horns blared. Methodical claps filled Hiram Bithorn Stadium. Lights from cell phones dotted the stands. And when Francisco Lindor stepped into the batter’s box in the fifth inning on Tuesday night, the crowd began chanting his last name.

The kid called “Paquito” here in Puerto Rico did not disappoint his audience.

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With two outs, Lindor lifted a full-count pitch from Twins starter Jake Odorizzi deep to right field and mayhem swept through the stadium during Cleveland’s 6-1 triumph. The ball carried just over the wall for a two-run home run, inciting a deafening roar from the fans who have been waiting for this day. Major League Baseball was back in San Juan and one of the island’s native sons delivered in heroic fashion.

Video: Extended Cut of Lindor’s big game in Puerto Rico

“This is where I grew up,” Lindor said. “These are my people. It’s extremely special.”

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When the ball left Lindor’s bat, there was a collective gasp from the crowd, which seemed to hold its breath as it arched high over the outfield. Twins right fielder Robbie Grossman kept drifting, approaching the warning track, and with each step he took, the fans’ cheers grew in anticipation. Grossman jumped, the ball disappeared over the wall and the audible eruption would have had a home in any classic October contest.

The home run gave the Tribe a 2-0 lead and the club never looked back. As Lindor tore around first, the Indians’ energetic shortstop gave an emphatic salute to first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. — one in a long line of famous Puerto Rico-born catchers. As Lindor rounded third base, he pumped his arms in the direction of his teammates and the crowd, urging them to increase the ballpark’s decibel level.

Video: CLE@MIN: Lindor on homer in 6-1 win in Puerto Rico

“I’m in Puerto Rico in front of my family, in front of my friends, in front of this beautiful Puerto Rican crowd,” Lindor said. “I’m just excited. I touched second base and looked in the dugout. Everybody’s hands are up, so I put my hands up. I looked around the stadium, everybody’s are up, so I keep putting my hands up and running.”

As Lindor sprinted home, he searched the stands for his mother, Maria Serrano, and pointed in her direction.

“I’m sure she cried,” he said with a smile. “She cries for everything.”

Maria was on her feet, arms hoisted in the air just like her son.

She knew Lindor had been looking forward to this day, but this moment?

Video: CLE@MIN: Lindor’s mother on her son’s homer in PR

“To go and make a home run, no, not even,” Maria told FS1 through a translator. “It’s just really exciting. It’s really emotional.”

It was only one day earlier that Lindor, joined by his mother, traveled to Gurabo to visit Escuela Villa Marina, his old grammar school. They strolled the courtyard together, looking at the children’s drawings of Lindor that covered the outer walls of each classroom. They heard the young boys and girls there join together in high-pitched chants of his name. They ran around on his old baseball field, getting covered in dirt just like he did so many years ago.

Those chants took on a much louder form inside Puerto Rico’s most famous stadium.

After Lindor shook manager Terry Francona’s hand and disappeared into a mob of teammates inside the dugout, the crowd was not satisfied. They wanted Lindor to soak in the moment once more. The chants of “Lindor! Lindor! Lindor!” escalated and the shortstop listened for a few seconds before emerging from the bench.

Video: Must C Classic: Lindor homers in native Puerto Rico

Lindor moved up to the dugout’s top step, faced the crowd, removed his helmet and raised both arms skyward. The fans in attendance — many of whom suffered great loss when Hurricane Maria rav Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale aged the island in September — shook Estadio Hiram Bithorn in response.

“That’s a moment he’ll never forget,” Indians catcher Yan Gomes said. “It’s one thing coming out here and getting a couple hits, but he got the biggest hit of the day and gave us the lead. Getting a curtain call like that was pretty cool for him, I’m sure.”

After the win, Lindor did multiple on-field interviews — some in English and others in Spanish. He then made his way through the ballpark to the podium, where he had the crowd of reporters enjoying quotes in both languages. Over the past 48 hours, Lindor has been pulled in every direction. Appearances. Charity events. Interviews.

Video: Lindor goes deep in first game of Puerto Rico series

Lindor embraces being a role model and ambassador for the game — both for Major League Baseball and for his native Puerto Rico — but that can lead to an exhausting schedule. Lindor has handled every request and all the demands as smoothly as a ground ball in the hole.

Video: CLE@MIN: Francona, Lindor on winning in Puerto Rico

“He’s mature beyond his years,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He’s one of the better players, not just on our team, but probably in the league. Defensively, h Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey e’s tremendous. Offensively, he can beat you in a lot of different ways. And he’s a genuinely nice kid. That’s a good package. We’re thrilled that he’s ours.”

On Tuesday night, all of Puerto Rico was thrilled that Lindor is thei Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey rs, too.

Video: CLE@MIN: Indians crush four home runs in Puerto Rico

His celebration around the bases said it all.

“What they call me here, Paquito,” Lindor said, “I’m doing Paquito. That’s me.”

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.

Alex Verdugo may not be known for his power, but he’s showing plenty of it early this season with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.

Alex Verdugo may not be known for his power, but he’s showing plenty of it early this season with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Verdugo, the Dodgers’ No. 2 prospect (No. 33 overall), delivered a clutch homer for a third straight game, hitting a solo shot in the fifth inning against New Orleans that helped set the stage for Oklahoma City’s 10-9, walk-off victory in extra innings.

Verdugo’s streak of heroic homers began Saturday when the 21-year-old outfielder blasted a game-tying, two-run home run in his first three-hit performance of the season. He was scheduled for a routine day off on Sunday, but ultimately came off the bench in extra-innings to hit a walk-off, three-run shot in his only at-bat.

Verdugo is now halfway to his 2017 home run total — which he achieved in 117 games with OKC — through 10 games after going deep on Monday as part of a 2-for-4 performance. He’s batting .341/.357/.610 on the season, with 14 hits, nine runs and eight RBIs.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Monday

No. 11 overall prospect Francisco Mejia (Indians’ No. 1) home Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap red for a second straight day, connecting on a three-run shot in his first at-bat as Triple-A Columbus fell to Pawtucket, 9-6. He would finish 2-for-5 at the plate, giving the 22-year-old switch-hitter at least one hit in each of his past three games and an RBI in four straight.

Mejia hits a homer

No. 15 overall prospect Mitch Keller (Pirates’ No. 1) was sharp in his second start for Double-A Altoona. Working 5 2/3 innings, the 22-year-old righty permitted one earned run on three hits with two walks and five strikeouts. He also induced seven ground-ball outs in the outing, throwing 55 of his 87 pitches for strikes. Keller has allowed just five hits in 11 2/3 innings between his first two starts, good for a .125 opponents’ average.

No. 52 overall prospect Keibert Ruiz (Dodgers’ No. 3) launched a pair of two-run shots, his first two home runs this season, and DJ Peters (No. 6) went deep for a second straight game as Double-A Tulsa edged Midland, 6-4. Will Smith (No. 9) also swung the bat well, logging a double, a walk and a hit by pitch in a 3-for-3 performance that boosted his average to .364.

Ruiz’s second homer

On the mound, right-hander Dennis Santana (No. 10) was nearly untouchable in his third start for the Drillers. Throwing 48 of his 73 pitches for strikes, Santana allowed one hit and one walk while recording 10 of his 13 outs via the strikeout in 4 1/3 innings.

No. 90 overall prospect Carter Kieboom’s (Nationals’ No. 3) one hit was a big one, as he connected on a grand slam to cap a seven-run fourth inning in Class A Advanced Potomac’s win over Salem. The homer was the 20-year-old shortstop’s fourth this season and second during his current four-game hitting streak, during which he’s accrued eight RBIs on just five hits.

Kieboom hits a grand slam

No. 94 overall prospect Tyler O’Neill (Cardinals’ No. 4) reclaimed a share of the Minor League home run lead (six) with a two-homer game for Triple-A Memphis. The 22-year-old slugger connected on two-run shots in his first two at-bats before finishing 3-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBIs. O’Neill is hitting a robust .432 this season, with hit Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey s in 10 straight games after an 0-for-5 performance on Opening Day.

O’Neill goes yard

Max Schrock (No. 10) also had a big game, going 3-for-5 with a double and two runs, while Oscar Mercado (No. 13) started the scoring for Memphis with a leadoff home run, his first of the year. They are batting .408 and .341 this season, respectively.

Angels No. 24 prospect David Fletcher went 3-for-6 with four RBIs and fell a double short of hitting for the cycle in Triple-A Salt Lake’s loss against Albuquerque. The Bees’ leadoff man opened the game with his first home run, cleared the bases with a triple in the fourth and added a single in the following frame. The 23-year-old middle infielder has 10 hits in his past four games after going 0-for-18 in his five previous contests.

A’s No. 15 prospect Kevin Merrell came a home run away from hitting for the cycle in Class A Advanced Stockton’s 6-1 win over Modesto. The speedy shortstop opened the game with a triple, singled in his second at-bat before adding a fifth-inning double. He would groun Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey d out in his next at-bat before capping his game with another single to finish with a career-high four hits.

Braves No. 12 prospect Kyle Muller tossed five innings of one-run, two-hit ball en route to his first full-season win as Class A Rome defeated Asheville 9-6. A 6-foot-6 left-hander whom Atlanta drafted in the second round in 2016, Muller recorded four strikeouts, five ground-ball outs and did not issue a walk in the outing, throwing 48 of his 67 pitches for strikes. Rome was led offensively by designated hitter Drew Lugbauer (No. 30), who delivered a solo home run as well as a two-run shot in his fourth career multi-homer game. He finished with three hits, three runs and three RBis.

Brewers No. 7 prospect Corey Ray has at least one extra-base hit in eight of his past nine games after going 3-for-5 with a triple and a double for Double-A Biloxi. The 23-year-old outfielder is off to a strong start in his first Double-A campaign, hitting .362/.400/.660 through 11 games. More importantly, Ray has been driving the ball Custom Angels Jersey  consistently — a notion supported by his nine extra-base hits in that span. Troy Stokes Jr. (No. 22) also had a big game for the Shuckers, hitting a pair of doubles and a triple in a 3-for-4 performance.

Marlins No. 12 prospect Edward Cabrera showcased his front-of-the-rotation ceiling over six hitless innings as three Class A Greensboro hurlers combined to throw a one-hit shutout against Lakewood. The 20-year-old flame-thrower compiled two walks and three strikeouts before departing the game after 68 pitches (37 strikes). He’s allowed just one hit in 11 innings (.030 BAA) to begin his first full season.

Phillies No. 11 prospect Ranger Suarez matched a pair of career bests as he struck out 10 over eight  Custom Angels Baseball Jersey scoreless innings to lead Double-A Reading past Harrisburg, 6-0. He scattered six hits and did not issue a walk in the outing while finding the strike zone with 69 of his 99 offerings. The 22-year-old has been sharp in back-to-back turns, allowing two runs in his past 14 innings after being tagged for seven runs and nine hits in his Double-A debut.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

RBI game kicks off MLB P Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey uerto Rico Series

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Roberto Perez dreamed of playing in Hiram Bithorn Stadium when he was a kid. The Indians catcher grew up in Mayaguez, on the western coast of Puerto Rico, and he never had the opportunity to travel across the island to take the field at San Juan’s famous ballpark in his youth.

“That’s the big league stadium. That’s what we called it,” Perez said. “The Dream Team used to play there. Great baseball players have played there.”

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Roberto Perez dreamed of playing in Hiram Bithorn Stadium when he w Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap as a kid. The Indians catcher grew up in Mayaguez, on the western coast of Puerto Rico, and he never had the opportunity to travel across the island to take the field at San Juan’s famous ballpark in his youth.

“That’s the big league stadium. That’s what we called it,” Perez said. “The Dream Team used to play there. Great baseball players have played there.”

On Monday night, the lights of Hiram Bithorn Stadium came on, and a group of aspiring big leaguers took the field on the eve of the 2018 Puerto Rico Series between the Indians and Twins. In royal blue was RBI Aguadilla and in black-and-yellow uniforms was RBI Carolina, a pair of 17-and-up teams from Puerto Rico’s RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria — which knocked out power for more than 3 million people after it made landfall on Sept. 20 last fall and has left sections of the United States territory severely damaged seven months later — the game gave the young men on the field another chance to dream.

“This is a good opportunity for the players,” said Eddie Rodriguez, the director of Puerto Rico’s RBI program, “because tomorrow they might be the shortstop. When they play today, they are thinking about ‘Francisco Lindor‘s going to play tomorrow at this same position.’ Today, they are there. It’s very important for them. It’s very good.”

Video: Indians, Twins excited to take part in P.R. Series

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Indians and Twins will face each other in a pair of regular-season games. Perez and Lindor, who is a native of Gurabo, will take the field for Cleveland. Puerto Rican-born players Eddie Rosario and Jose Berrios will be on the other side with Minnesota.

During Monday’s off-day, Lindor visited his former grammar school and Rosario went to Guayama for an appearance at his former high school. The Indians’ players announced that they donated a postseason share from last season to hurricane-relief efforts in the communities of both Lindor and Perez. Both teams are also involved in a variety of other programs this week.

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“That’s very important,” Rodriguez said. “We need the people to talk to the guys, to the players and everybody, because the hurricane was terrible here. So that’s very important for the people here.”

Javier Candelario, a coach for RBI Aguadilla, echo Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale ed that sentiment, noting that the players involved in Monday’s game also come from low-income situations.

“This type of program focuses on the communities that have struggled,” Candelario said through an interpreter. “And after Hurricane Maria, these kids need something that will inspire them. Being here is like the perfect situation for them.”

And after they have a chance to taste the big league dream under Hiram Bithorn’s lights, they can watch the Major Leaguers take the same field over the next two days.

“We’re very thankful to have been invited to be here today,” Candelario said, “especially being the opening act for these Major League games. We’ve been working very hard with all these kids, and there’s a lot of really talented kids, so we hope they’re inspired by it.”

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previou Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey sly covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — When  Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap the Indians received their playoff shares after last season, the players decided to put one aside to aid hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Cleveland officially announced the plans for the donations during its current trip to the United States territory.

On Monday morning, Francisco Lindor visited his old grammar school in the municipality of Gurabo, where he presented a check to Ana Yris Guzman, the executive director for Nuestra Escuela, which is a high school in Caguas, Puerto Rico. The money will be used to help reinstate the school’s sports program and refurbish the playing fields damaged by Hurricane Maria in September.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — When the Indians received their playoff shares after last season, the players decided to put one aside to aid hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Cleveland officially announced the plans for the donations during its current trip to the United States territory.

On Monday morning, Francisco Lindor visited his old grammar school in the municipality of Gurabo, where he presented a check to Ana Yris Guzman, the executive director for Nuestra Escuela, which is a high school in Caguas, Puerto Rico. The money will be used to help reinstate the school’s sports program and refurbish the playing fields damaged by Hurricane Maria in September.

Lindor receives hero’s welcome at school in PR

Former Indians pitcher Joe Colon attended Nuestra Escuela and Lindor lived in the area during his childhood.

“It’s a very important donation,” said Guzman, who was surrounded by a group of her student-athletes. “We are going to re-establish the sports program. We lost the place where we practiced in a park. We are going to make the place available again for the students. It’s very important for our kids, espec Custom Angels Jersey ially because we have many students that are very interested in baseball.”

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A donation also went to Extra Bases, Inc., which is an independent nonprofit organization founded by former Major Leaguer Carlos Delgado. The former All-Star plans on allocating the entire donation to the Albergue Jesus de Nazaret, a home for abused children in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, which is where Tribe catcher Roberto Perez was raised. The money will go toward rebuilding a baseball field, fence repair and sports equipment.

Video: Perez, Lindor excited to play at Hiram Bithorn

“Not surprising,” Indians manager Terry Francona said of his players’ donation. “That’s one of things that I probably get most proud about, is the guys want to give back and share. We’re so lucky. Most of us, including myself, aren’t capable of doing much else, and since we’re in this game, we get treated really well, especially financially. So to help out other people, I think is awesome.”

Video: Francona on upcoming series in Puerto Rico

Worth noting

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• Due to their two-game series being outside the continental United States, the Indians and Twins are permitted to carry a 26th player on their respective rosters. Cleveland brought center fielder Greg Allen from Triple-A Columbus to provide insurance for the outfield and speed and defense off the bench.

“Just having the chance to be a part of this,” Allen said, “playing in Puerto Rico, being in this city, especially after all the devastation that they experienced in the p Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale ast few months, I think just having the chance to be here and experience that and be a part of that, it’s very special.”

• The Indians’ rotation order has undergone a facelift in light of the rainouts against the Blue Jays on Saturday and Sunday, combined with off-days this week on Monday and Thursday. Corey Kluber (Tuesday) and Carlos Carrasco (Wednesday) will start against the Twins, with Trevor Bauer (Friday), Mike Clevinger (Saturday), Kluber (Sunday) and Carrasco (Monday) going against Baltimore. Righty Josh Tomlin will move to the bullp Custom Angels Baseball Jersey en until his next scheduled turn on April 24 against the Cubs.

• With Kluber pitching on Tuesday, Francona decided to have Yan Gomes start behind the plate. Perez, who will have family and friends in attendance for the games at Hiram Bithorn Stadium this week, is slated to start Wednesday’s game. Francona said he “wrestled with” that decision, but wanted to keep the Kluber-Gomes tandem together.

• In addition to the donated postseason share, the Cleveland Indians Wives Association made a donation to assist in relief and rebuilding efforts. The organization, which consists of spouses of club uniform personnel, presented a check for $4,000 on Monday to Casa Protegida Julia de Burgos, which is an institution for abused women in Puerto Rico.

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar scanned the outfield at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on Monday afternoon, saw hundreds of kids running around the field as part of Major League Baseball’s Play Ball initiative and imagined his younger self running along with them.

Maybe an 8-year-old Alomar would have hit way too many homers to count in the home run derby station. He  Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey probably would have owned the ground-ball and popup drills. But most importantly, he would have had fun, and Monday at the ballpark was all about fun.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar scanned the outfield at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on Monday afternoon, saw hundreds of kids running around the field as part of Major League Baseball’s Play Ball initiative and imagined his younger self running along with them.

Maybe an 8-year-old Alomar would have hit way too many homers to count in the home run derby station. He probably would have owned the ground-ball and popup drills. But most importantly, he would have had fun, and Monday at the ballpark was all about fun.

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“All I did was play baseball as a kid, and I would have loved this,” said Alomar, who works as a cons Custom Angels Baseball Jersey ultant for Major League Baseball. “Every time I see young kids, I see myself. I was a kid once and all of the time I spent playing baseball when I was young helped me become the player I was. Maybe this can help these kids like that, too.”

The latest edition of the Play Ball activation featured more than 450 participants from all over Puerto Rico. In addition to hitting and fielding drills, activities included baserunning and agility workouts. All participants on Monday received a bat-and-ball set along with a Play Ball T-shirt and wristbands.

“With the hurricane, the damage and all of the tragedy they have endured, we want this to be a bright spot for the kids,” said Tony Reagins, Major League Baseball’s executive vice president of baseball and softball development. “We want to shine a light on the kids and give them something they can remember forever. It’s about creating smiles and a positive experience for our game.”

The Play Ball activation capped a busy day for Major League Baseball on the island. The morning began with a golf tournament to benefit the Boys & Girls Club and Habitat for Humanity. Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor visited his old elementary school in Gurabo, while Twins pitcher Jose Berrios and teammates visited San Jorge Children’s Hospital. Later in the afternoon, Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario ran a clinic for 75 students at his former high school in Guayama.

There are more activities scheduled Tuesday and Wednesday before the night games at Hiram Bithorn Stadium.

Video: Alomar discusses upcoming Puerto Rico Series

“Baseball has looked at this opportunity for sometime now, and with what the island has gone through, this has an even greater impact,” Reagins said. “We are excited to bring our youth activation here and get the young people engaged on a Major League field and provide a connection to our game and a great experience.”

Alomar was joined on the field by former Major League player Carlos Baerga. Together, the Puerto Rican baseball legends helped out with drills and shared some advice with the young participants.

“It was important for me at that age to see Major League players come back to help and I want to do the same thing for the next generation,” Baerga said. “This isn’t ju Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale st about baseball. I’m here to tell them about life, the importance of education, respecting people and things like that. Part of being a good player is being a good person.”

Play Ball launched in June 2015 and has operated events in h Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey undreds of cities across the United States. The program continues to increase in numbers.

“We are little over 2 1/2 years in and the interest level continues to grow,” Reagins said. “We continue to go into communities around the country that need it and that we want to engage. It’s important to our overall strategy, in terms of a Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap ccess to our game, and hopefully we can create lifelong fans as a result of this.”

Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook.


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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Indians and Twins both have Puerto Rican stars on their teams and now is their time to shine on their native island in a two-game series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium that begins Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET. It’s the first regular-season Major League action in Puerto Rico since 2010, with FS1 broadcasting Tuesday’s game and ESPN airing Wednesday’s game. Both games will also be available on MLB.TV.

Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, a native of Caguas, is a two-time All-Star looking to make an impact in front of sold-out crowds at the stadium, while the Twins counter with left fielder Eddie Rosario, who is from Guayama and is coming off a breakout year that saw him rack up 27 homers and 33 doubles. Cleveland catcher Roberto Perez hails from Mayaguez but won’t be behind the plate until Wednesday, while Minnesota right-hander Jose Berrios, a Bayamon native, gets the start on Wednesday opposite right-hander Carlos Carrasco.

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Indians and Twins both have Puerto Rican stars on their teams and now is their time to shine o Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey n their native island in a two-game series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium that begins Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. ET. It’s the first regular-season Major League action in Puerto Rico since 2010, with FS1 broadcasting Tuesday’s game and ESPN airing Wednesday’s game. Both games will also be available on MLB.TV.

Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, a native of Caguas, is a two-time All-Star looking to make an impact in front of sold-out crowds at the stadium, while the Twins counter with left fielder Eddie Rosario, who is from Guayama and is coming off a breakout year that saw him rack up 27 homers and 33 doubles. Cleveland catcher Roberto Perez hails from Mayaguez but won’t be behind the plate until Wednesday, while Minnesota right-hander Jose Berrios, a Bayamon native, gets the start on Wednesday opposite right-hander Carlos Carrasco.

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‘Blessed to be here’: Lindor returns to old school

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“Fans are going to go Custom Angels Jersey  crazy,” Rosario said Men’s Authentic Personalized Any Name Any Number Los Angeles Angels Home White Jersey . “Everyone is going to cry and be so happy. It’s going to be so much fun.”

Lindor, one of baseball’s biggest rising stars, figures to get a hero’s welcome at the stadium where he grew up watching games before he moved to Florida as a teenager.

Puerto Rico Series schedule of events

“I have said many times that playing in Puerto Rico is a dream come true,” Lindor said. “I can’t wait to take the field in front of the fans in my homeland. I’m sure it is going to be a moment that I’ll never forget.”

Along with seeing some of their players lifted emotionally by returning home, the Indians and Twins are doing their part to help those affected by Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico hard in September. Berrios and many of his teammates visited patients at San Jorge Children’s Hospital in San Juan on Sunday night, while the Indians decided to donate a full postseason share from last year to Nuestra Escuela, a high school in Caguas.

Video: CLE@MIN: Kluber set to duel Odorizzi in Puerto Rico

Tuesday features a strong pitching matchup led by two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber (1-1, 1.57 ERA), while the Twins will start right-hander Jake Odorizzi (1-0, 2.20 ERA), who is off to a strong start since being traded from the Rays in Spring Training.

“I’m excited,” Odorizzi said. “It might be a hostile crowd when you’re facing the local guys, but that’s OK. This is going to be a really cool event.”

Video: Lindor hosts clinic at his old grammar school

Weather has affected both clubs early in the season, as the Twins haven’t played since Thursday, while the Indians saw their games on Saturday and Sunday postponed.

Pitching in PR exciting, significant to Odorizzi

Cleveland originally had Josh Tomlin slated to start on Wednesday, b Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale ut Carrasco will take the mound instead, while the Twins made sure to get Berrios a start in Puerto Rico despite several members of the rotation, such as Lance Lynn and Kyle Gibson, getting extended breaks because of the postponed games.

Video: Jose Berrios talks about the Puerto Rico series

Berrios has looked like an ace in the early going with a shutout in his first outing and 11 strikeouts in his last outing against the White Sox on Thursday.

“I’m extremely anxious right now,” Berrios said. “I get to step on the mound in front of my fans and my family and my country, and I’m looking forward to it.”

Berrios’ emergence a boon for Twins, P.R.

Perez will also get the chance the play in front of his home fans on Wednesday when he catches Carrasco. And Indians first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. also gets the opportunity to go home as well.

Video: Morosi previews Indians-Twins in Puerto Rico Series

“For Frankie, Roberto and Sandy, it will be really special,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “Again, you’ve got to remember that they’re not exhibition games, because sometimes you get [distracted] in that atmosphere. But, I think it’s good for baseball, and I think our guys will enjoy it.”

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.


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GURABO, Puerto Rico — A group of boys stood near the entrance to Escuela Villa Marina in anticipation of Francisco Lindor‘s appearance on Monday morning. When a crowd began to form outside the school’s brown metal gate, they craned their necks to see if the Indians star was actually here.

One of the boys jumped repeatedly, caught a glimpse of Lindor, then turned around and flashed a thumbs up to a group of girls leaning over a teal blue second-floor balcony. The pride of their elementary school — where Lindor attended in his youth — had arrived. High-pitched screams of joy soon filled the courtyard and were quickly replaced by chants of “Lindor! Lindor! Lindor!”

GURABO, Puerto Rico — A group of boys stood near the entrance to Escuela Villa Marina in anticipation of Francisco Lindor‘s appearance on Monday morning. When a crowd began to form outside the school’s brown metal gate, they craned their necks to see if the Indians star was actually here.

One of the boys jumped repeatedly, caught a glimpse of Lindor, then turned around and flashed a thumbs up to a group of girls leaning over a teal blue second-floor balcony. The pride of their elementary school — where Lindor attended in his youth — had arrived. High-pitched screams of joy soon filled the courtyard and were quickly replaced by chants of “Lindor! Lindor! Lindor!”

The boys who had bounced around moments earlier now stood still, starstruck in Lindor’s presence. A few boys in the courtyard carried baseballs with them as they trailed behind the shortstop. Lindor shook their hands and offered fist bumps. As he walked toward the baseball field where his big league dreams began, Lindor looked up, smiled and waved to the group that refused to stop chanting.

In the distance, a few tattered Puerto Rican flags blew in the morning’s steady wind. Many trees surrounding the school remained bent and twisted in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island in September. A handful of neighboring buildings still had blue tarps covering rooftops. Sections of the sch Personalized Angels Baseball Jersey ool’s roof also suffered cracks and leaks. T Men’s Authentic Customized Los Angeles Angels Alternate Red Baseball Jersey Cheap he canopy of the basketball court was damaged. Chips of paint are constant on the walls of the cement baseball stands and the classrooms.

Inti Santiago, the school’s principal, became emotional when talking about the damage. He noted that 18 families who had students at Escuela Villa Marina were displaced by Hurricane Maria. His school was fortunate. There are plenty of others that were destroyed and shuttered.

Lindor’s visit not only injected a heavy dose of joy for people affected by the hurricane, but it gave them a walking, breathing success story. The Indians shortstop used to play in that same courtyard, throwing baseballs against the cement walls. Miriam Fernandez Rosa — the school’s secretary for the past 26 years — flashed a smile and laughed when asked if she remembered little “Paquito.”

“He was really active,” she said through an interpreter. “He was always running around this courtyard. This was his playground.”

Video: Lindor talks about some of his childhood idols

Lindor joked that he was covered in dirt and sweat before it was even lunchtime.

“That was me,” said Lindor, motioning to the kids running around his old baseball field. “I was just like them, crazy and running around and wild.”

With the Indians in Puerto Rico this week for a two-game series against the Twins on Tuesday and Wednesday, Lindor wanted to take advantage of a rare trip back to his hometown. His trip to his former school, which has more than 250 children from kindergarten through fifth grade, was a part of the “Players Going Home” program that is a part of the Youth Development Foundation.

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Lindor spent a few hours touring his old school, walking through his former classrooms and visiting with the kids who look up to the shortstop as “nuestro orgullo” — our pride. Each class was recently given baseball-themed assign Custom Angels Baseball Jersey ments ahead of Lindor’s visit. The outer walls of the buildings were covered with projects and drawings related to Lindor’s youth and rise to Major League stardom.

Lindor left Puerto Rico with his father when he was 12 years old, attended Monteverde Academy in Florida — where his old high-school team plays on Francisco Lindor Field — and was a first-round pick by Cleveland in the 2011 Draft. He reached the big Custom Angels Jersey  leagues by 2015 and has since jettisoned to stardom. Lindor, a two-time American League All-Star, has won an AL Gold Glove Award, the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award, an AL Silver Slugger Award, has played Los Angeles Angels Custom Jersey  in a World Series.

It started on the all-dirt infield behind the beige buildings at Escuela Villa Marina.

Maybe Lindor gave a high-five to baseball’s next superstar during his visit.

Video: Perez, Lindor excited to play at Hiram Bithorn

“This is a real little island, but there’s a lot of people with big dreams,” Lindor said. “There’s a lot of people that want to accomplish big things in life.”

One large yellow banner hung by the students included the title, “Lindor 100% Energia” in large red letters. Indians fans are familiar with Lindor’s high level of energy on the field, but he has been that way since he was a little kid in Miss Haddock’s science class. Miss Haddock (her given name is Evelyn Hernandez) said Lindor, following his running around, used to pick a seat close to the window so he could cool off.

Tweet from @MLBastian: Each class had baseball and Lindor-themed assignments to display for his visit to Villa Marina, Francisco���s old grammar school. pic.twitter.com/8NsIlSTW8d

All that energy paid dividends.

“I’m extremely proud of him,” Hernandez said. “They’re super excited to have him here. He really serves as a motivation for these kids to maintain their discipline and persevere, and kind of reach for their goals. He’s an example of that for them.”

Next to the schoolyard is the baseball field where Lindor played as a child. He joked that “you better have quick feet and quick hands,” or the rocks in the infield will send the baseball to your face. For the majority of his visit, Lindor went to a variety of baseball stations set up around the outfield and infield, helping out with drills for the kids. The shortstop was presented with gifts: a personalized card table, a plaque honoring his accomplishments and a portrait drawn by one of the students.

While Lindor made his way around the baseball field, Lucy de Leon looked on Men’s Authentic Custom Stitched Los Angeles Angels Road Gray Baseball Jersey Sale  with a big smile from her backyard next to the school.

“He might not remember me, but I remember him,” de Leon said through an interpreter. “It brings us a lot of pride for Gurabo.”

Tweet from @MLBastian: Lucy de Leon, who just turned 80, lives next door to Lindor’s old school. She watched with a big smile as he played baseball with the kids today. “He might not remember me, but I remember him. It brings us a lot of pride for Gurabo.” pic.twitter.com/6iK3MAPIl3

At the end of his visit, Lindor and his mother, Maria, walked from classroom to classroom, examining all the artwork inspired by the shortstop. A pack of children was on their heels as they stopped to read all the words written in pencil and marker about Maria’s son. He used to dream of becoming Roberto Alomar. Now, these children dream of becoming Lindor.

“We knew that he was a good player,” Maria said through an interpreter. “We knew he was a good player when he was young, but just like every mom, I would just take him to the field so that he could play and kind of stay out of trouble. That’s what we started with. I never thought that he would be here.”

Now, Lindor hears his name chanted as part of a hero’s welcome.

“It’s a dream,” Lindor said. “It’s something that I don’t take for granted. I take in every single second of it.”

Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook.


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Carlos Beltran will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 of the two-game Puerto Rico Series between the Indians and the Twins at the historic Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, which begins Tuesday.

“I threw out the first pitch in Houston on the day of the World Series ring ceremony, and I have to admit, I was kind of nervous,” Beltran said. “Let me tell you something, since I retired, I have not picked up a bat or played catch, but I think I can still throw a little bit if I warmed up right.”

Carlos Beltran will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 1 of the two-game Puerto Rico Series between the Indians and the Twins at the historic Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, which begins Tuesday.

“I threw out the first pitch in Houston on the day of the World Series ring ceremony, and I have to admit, I was kind of nervous,” Beltran said. “Let me tell you something, since I retired, I have not picked up a bat or played catch, but I think I can still throw a little bit if I warmed up right.”

Beltran’s biggest public offering, however, comes from a much deeper place. The nine-time All-Star wants to remind everyone that while Hurricane Maria devastated his homeland last fall, the storm didn’t topple the people’s resolve, crush the island’s spirit or diminish its people’s love of baseball. He’s happy that Major League Baseball is returning to the island in full force.

MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Asso Women’s Nike Green Bay Packers Bart Starr Elite Team Color Jersey Green ciation will be in San Juan this week to play two regular-season games, while giving back to an island that has played an important role in the sport’s history.

“We always want to come back to Puerto Rico and have great games, and showcase our great players, and it’s my understanding the games are sold out, which shows the people’s passion for the game, but we are also here to give back,” said Tom Brasuell, vice president of community affairs for MLB. “There’s a long history of being involved in Puerto Rico, and our players have been very community-minded here for many years. We want people to see what is going on in the island in terms of restoration and relief and recovery, and see that it has always been a fantastic place for people to go and it’s open for business.”

Video: St. Peter excited for Twins-Indians series in P.R.

Starting Monday and continuing through Wednesday, MLB and MLBPA will team up to commemorate the Puerto Rico Series with special http://www.aaronrodgersuniforms.com/Bart-Starr-Jersey  events, ceremonies, project unveilings, school visits by the players and more. The busy week offers yet another sign that Puerto Rico, while still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Maria, remains one of the most attractive destinations in the Caribbean.

La isla del encanto, the enchanted island, is back in business.

“Being in Puerto Rico and understanding the situation and what the island has gone through in the last seven or eight months, it’s good to see baseball back on the island,” said Beltran, who is in the process of building 200 homes in Puerto Rico through his foundation. “I’m happy MLB is trying to make the most of the two games by helping people and letting them know they care and are not forgotten.”

The week’s events begin early Monday morning with the Puerto Rico Series Golf Invitational, hosted by Major League Baseball Charities and featuring Hall of Famers Cal Ripken Jr. and Roberto Alomar, along with former players Ed Figueroa, Orlando Merced, Joe Nathan and Dickie Thon. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico and Habitat for Humanity.

Later Monday morning, Indians All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor will host a clinic for approximately 250 students at Escuela Villa Marina, his former grammar school in Gurabo, as part of the “Players Going Home” program. 

Video: Lindor looking forward to playing in Puerto Rico

On Monday afternoon, Twins starter Jose Berrios and a group of his Twins teammates will visit patients at San Jorge Children’s Hospital in San Juan. Berrios’ teammate Eddie Rosario will run a clinic for 75 students at Escuela Dr. Rafael Lopez Landon, his old high school in Guayama, later in the afternoon.

Monday’s events wrap up with a “Play Ball” event, free and open to young people throughout Greater San Juan at Hiram Bithorn Stadium, and a special 17U matchup of Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) teams from Aguadilla and Carolina.

Tuesday morning begins with a celebration of the expansion of a Boys & Girls Club facility at the Ramos Antonini Housing Complex in the Río Piedras area of San Juan. Special guests include Commissioner Rob Manfred, former Major Leaguer Carlos Delgado and several Boys & Girls Clubs of America officials, including Jim Clark, president and CEO, and Eduardo Carrera, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico.

A few hours later, players from the Twins and Indians, along with representatives from Habitat for Humanity, will unveil new mobile response units — a cargo van and a truck — to support home construction and repairs across the island. MLB financed the outfitting and stocking of the vehicles with supplies. Manfred, Rosario, Lindor and Indians catcher Roberto Perez are scheduled to attend the event. Tjada McKenna, the CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, and Amanda Silva, the executive director of Habitat /for Humanity Puerto Rico, will also be special guests.

Major League Baseball will also honor eight first responders, who put their lives at risk during Hurricane Maria, in a pregame ceremony before the first game of the Puerto Rico Series on Tuesday night.

On Wednesday morning, officials from MLB, the family of Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente, along with Indians and Twins players and other special guests will attend a special ceremony to reveal a memorial marker in honor of Clemente. The marker will be placed at the shoreline near the Bart Starr Jersey Mitchell and Ness  waters where Clemente’s plane crashed on Dec. 31, 1972, following the ceremony.

Before the second game of the series, MLB, Berrios and Perez will participate in a special pregame ceremony in support of Little Leaguers on the island. MLB provided new equipment and apparel to 150 Little League youth softball and baseball teams, reaching a total of more than 2,000 players. MLBPA’s Players Trust will also present a check to Feeding America before the second game of the series.

Video: Jose Berrios talks about the Puerto Rico series

Other events include a pair of Leadership Cleveland volunteer projects, two Twins employee volunteer events and a Twins luncheon for approximately 50 youth from Cardinal PR Sports. Additionally, MLB will offset the carbon impact of the players’ travel to and from San Juan through Bonneville Environmental Foundation.

“We are extremely happy to be coming to Puerto Rico to showcase the greatest players in the world, some of whom are playing in front of their families for the first time as Major Leaguers, and give back,” Brasuell said. “We urge people to come and see all the great Puerto Rico has to offer.”

Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook.


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Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Saturday.

Jesus Sanchez put his early struggles behind him on Saturday as he delivered his first home run this season along with a pair of doubles to help power Class A Advanced Charlotte past Lakeland, 7-4.

Here’s MLB Pipeline’s roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Saturday.

Jesus Sanchez put his early struggles be http://www.aaronrodgersuniforms.com/Bart-Starr-Jersey hind him on Saturday as he delivered his first home run this season along with a pair of doubles to help power Class A Advanced Charlotte past Lakeland, 7-4.

Sanchez, MLB Pipeline’s No. 57 overall prospect (Rays’ No. 4), hit a ground-rule double in his first at-bat, connected on a solo shot in his next trip to the plate and added his  Mitchell and Ness 15 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Authentic Team Color Throwback Jersey 1969 second double in the top of the eighth inning to finish 3-for-4 with two runs.

After recording just one extra-base hit in his first eight games, Sanchez, a 20-year-old outfielder, raised his average from .179 to .250 with his second multi-hit effort in three games for the Stone Crabs. In 2017, Sanchez slashed .305/.348/.478 with 15 home runs and 29 doubles in 117 games with Class A Bowling Green.

Video: Top Prospects: Jesus Sanchez, OF, Rays

Also standing out in the victory were shortstop Lucius Fox (No. 7) and center fielder Josh Lowe (No. 11), as the 20-year-old duo combined for four hits, four RBIs, three runs and three steals from the top of Charlotte’s order.

Fox went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs out of the leadoff spot, also reaching twice via a walk and notching a pair of steals in the contest. Lowe, meanwhile, showcased his impressive power-speed combo as he connected on his second home run and stole his fourth base before finishing 2-for-5. The 2016 first-rounder has been on a tear to open the season, recording hits in eight of nine games while slashing .364/.436/.667.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Saturday:

No. 3 overall  prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays’ No. 1) posted his third straight two-hit game with at least one RBI and Bo Bichette (Blue Jays’ No. 2, No. 13 overall) extended his hitting streak to eight games as Double-A New Hampshire beat Hartford, 5-2. Guerrero, 19, went 2-for-3 with two RBIs to improve his average to .361. Bichette, meanwhile, owns a .350 average after finishing 1-for-3 with two runs and two walks. On the mound, Sean Reid-Foley (Blue Jays’ No. 10) carried a no-hit bid into the sixth inning en route to completing 6 1/3 frames of two-run ball. The 22-year-old righty permitted five hits and one walk with three strikeouts as he recorded his second straight victory over the Yard Goats.

Guerrero delivers two-run hit

No. 5 overall prospect Gleyber Torres (Yankees’ No. 1) hit a pair of doubles and finished with a season-high three RBIs as Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rallied to defeat Charlotte, 10-5. The 21-year-old infielder pushed across the go-ahead run with his first two-bagger in the sixth inning, while his two-run double in the eighth provided the RailRiders with key insurance runs. He’s batting .389 on the young season and has multiple hits in  Mitchell and Ness 15 Bart Starr Green Bay Packers Authentic Team Color Throwback Jersey 1969 four of his past five games.

Torres smacks an RBI double

No. 10 overall prospect Michael Kopech (White Sox No. 2) worked six strong innings, scattering five hits and allowing one earned run in a no-decision for Triple-A Charlotte. The hard-throwing righty netted just three strikeouts but recorded 11 ground-ball outs in his second start for the Knights. Daniel Palka (No. 30) hit a two-run shot in the loss, marking his third home run Bart Starr Jersey  in as many games.

No. 11 overall prospect Francisco Mejia picked a good time to hit his first home run, as the (Indians’ No. 1) prospect’s sixth-inning solo shot tied the game and ultimately set up walk-off victory for Triple-A Columbus. The 22-year-old switch-hitter also doubled in the contest to finish 2-for-4 in his third multi-hit game this season. He’s plated a run in three straight for the Clippers.

Mejia hits first Triple-A homer

No. 33 overall prospect Alex Verdugo (Dodgers’ No. 2) collected three of Triple-A Oklahoma City’s six hits, though none were bigger than his game-tying home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. The homer, a two-run shot, was the first of the season for the 21-year-old outfielder, who also doubled in the contest before finishing 3-for-4.

No. 43 overall prospect Taylor Trammell (Reds’ No. 3) hit his first home run of the season, connecting on a solo shot in the eighth inning of Class A Advanced Daytona’s 18-13 loss to Jupiter. The two teams combined to hit 11 home runs in the contest to establish a new Florida State League record. Catcher Tyler Stephenson (No. 9) didn’t leave the yard but still had a strong all-around game, going 3-for-3 with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs, while also reaching twice via a walk. He’s slashing .448/.568/.724 with six extra-base hits through nine games, while Trammell checks in with a .314 average so far after finishing Saturday’s contest 2-for-4 with three runs.

No. 51 overall prospect Ian Anderson (Braves’ No. 5) fired five scoreless innings but took a no-decision as Class A Advanced Florida fell to Palm Beach, 6-5, in 10 innings. The 2017 first-rounder (No. 3 overall) permitted one hit, walked three and notched five strikeouts before departing the game after 78 pitches (48 strikes). Brett Cumberland (No. 24), Anderson’s battery-mate, continued his hot start by going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles.

No. 53 overall prospect Willie Calhoun (Rangers’ No. 2) went 3-for-5 with three RBIs in his first multi-hit game this season. All three of his hits were singles, while Calhoun’s three RBIs proved the difference in Triple-A Round Rock’s 8-6 win over Colorado Springs. The 23-year-old slugger has tallied hits in eight of nine games for the Express.

Calhoun plates a pair

• After connecting on his third home run for Class A Advanced Potomac, No. 90 overall prospect Carter Kieboom (Nationals’ No. 3) is now one-third of the way towards his 2016 total through just 10 games. The 20-year-old shortstop was plagued by injuries last season but still managed to hit nine homers in 61 games. 2017 second-rounder Wil Crowe (No. 8) picked up his second win in as many starts, tossing five innings of one-run ball to lead the P-Nats past Frederick, 6-2. The big right-hander fanned four and generated another seven outs via ground balls while throwing 40 of his 56 offerings for strikes.

Padres No. 20 prospect Edward Olivares hit a leadoff homer and then collected three more hits to finish 4-for-5 in Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore’s win over Lancaster. The home run was the second this season for the 22-year-old outfielder, who also paced the Storm’s offense with three runs. Right-hander Pedro Avila (No. 26) was lights-out in his second 2018 start, yielding just one hit in seven scoreless innings. He compiled four strikeouts against three walks while throwing 51 of 82 pitches for strikes.

• After failing to escape the second inning in his season debut, Cardinals No. 21 prospect Conner Greene fired on all cylinders for Double-A Springfield en route to his first 2018 win. Starting game one of a doubleheader, the 23-year-old right-hander allowed one hit over six scoreless innings to lead the Cardinals past Midland, 5-0. He posted eight strikeouts against one walk in the stellar performance, throwing 52 of his 83 pitches for strikes.

Greene’s eighth strikeout

Pirates No. 28 prospect Brandon Waddell allowed one unearned run on two hits in six innings as Double-A Altoona edged Erie, 5-4, in 11 innings. The 23-year-old recorded six strikeouts and 11 ground-ball outs, throwing 48 of his 80 pitches for strikes in the walk-less performance. He’s permitted just one earned run and six hits while compiling 13 strikeouts and one walk in 11 2/3 innings (two starts) for the Curve.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.