When Trevor Clifton takes the hill at Smokies Stadium, it really is a home game. The Cubs No. 7 prospect is from nearby Maryville, Tennessee, and watched games at the ballpark as a kid.
One of the top shortstop prospects in baseball, Nick Gordon is showing off his offense tools while also seeing time at second base in his Double-A debut with Chattanooga.
A self-taught calligraphist, Mobile manager and former big leaguer Sal Fasano takes great care when filling out his lineup cards. "I always believed being in the lineup was special," he said.
After leaving his Opening Day outing early, Braves No. 8 prospect Max Fried put injury concerns behind him and tossed six strong innings in his second start for Mississippi.
Right-hander Michael Kopech (White Sox) and southpaw Stephen Gonsalves (Twins) are among a number of exciting young players scheduled to start 2017 in the Southern League.
After realizing he had to take a less aggressive approach at the plate, Tyler O'Neill has turned himself into one of the Minors' most dangerous hitters and one of the Mariners' top prospects.