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Minor League Baseball Innovators Summit goes virtual

July 29, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) today announced that the MiLB Innovators Summit™, originally scheduled to be held in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, will be held online Sept. 29–30, 2020. The premier idea-sharing event in professional sports, the Innovators Summit will shift from an exclusive four-day in-person gathering to

Did you know? Appalachian League edition

Unique facts about the Rookie Advanced circuit's 10 teams
@BensBiz
July 28, 2020

When it comes to size, scope and longevity, few, if any, sporting bodies can rival Minor League Baseball. With 160 teams in nearly as many markets, there are innumerable nooks and crannies to explore. This marks the penultimate installment in a 14-part series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique,

Edgar Varela, former Bristol player and manager, makes MLB debut as hitting coach for the Minnesota Twins

July 24, 2020

It won’t have all the pomp and circumstance of a traditional opening day. Instead of more than 40,000 spectators in the stands, there will be zero. It’s occurring in late July instead of late March. Yet, the significance and magnitude of tonight’s road game against the Chicago White Sox has

'Mains' event: Harold and Mike go into Appy Hall together

July 17, 2020

ELIZABETHTON — Any true local baseball fan cannot go to Joe O’Brien Field and not know Harold and Mike Mains. The father-and-son duo have spent many a muggy, summer night at an Elizabethton Twins baseball game, but Thursday night stood out as the pair were formally inducted into the Appalachian

Prospects in the Blue Jays’ 2020 player pool from the Appalachian League

July 15, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Calfee Park voted best rookie-level ballpark in America

Pulaski Yankees ballpark wins fan vote in annual Ballpark Digest competition
July 15, 2020

For the second consecutive year, Motor Mile Field at Calfee Park has earned the title of best rookie-level ballpark in America. “Even without baseball, the love and appreciation fans across the country have for Calfee Park is evident,” said Pulaski Yankees General Manager Betsy Haugh. “We are proud of our

Prospects in the Twins’ 2020 player pool from the Appalachian League

July 13, 2020

After surpassing the 100-win mark for the first time in 54 years last year, it seemed the Twins would be able to emerge from their postseason drought. But another first-round sweep has the club seeking its first playoff series win since 2004. Alex Kirilloff, OF (Elizabethton Twins 2016): When the

Prospects in the Rays' 2020 player pool from the Appalachian League

In loaded system, Franco among prospects knocking on the door
July 13, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Greeneville Reds Alum Jonathan India in Cincinnati Reds Player Pool

July 10, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Toolshed: Astros' Whitley (Greeneville Astros 2016) ready, standing by 

Top prospect preparing for potential MLB role after 2019 bumps
July 10, 2020

Prior to Wednesday, the last time Forrest Whitley stepped on the mound at Houston's Minute Maid Park was March 25, 2019 in a late-spring exhibition game against the Pirates. That three-inning outing was meant to provide the Astros faithful with a promising glimpse of the future. A lot has happened

Prospects in the Pirates' 2020 player pool from the Appalachian League

July 8, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Prospects in the Yankees' 2020 player pool from the Appalachian League

July 7, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Prospects in the Braves' 2020 player pool from the Appalachian League

July 6, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Prospects in the Royals' 2020 player pool from the Appalachian League

July 6, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Toolshed: Recent noteworthy Appy League seasons 

Elizabethton, teenage hitters dominated Rookie Advanced circuit
July 3, 2020

Short-season campaigns across the Minor Leagues were scheduled to begin last month. Like all other leagues in the Minors, those seasons were officially canceled earlier this week. But that doesn't mean we can't celebrate the short-season leagues right now anyway. The New York-Penn, Northwest, Appalachian and Pioneer leagues represent the

2020 Draft recap: St. Louis Cardinals

Cards strike balance with Draft-high seven selections
July 1, 2020

Following the five-round 2020 MLB First-Year Player Draft, MiLB.com takes an organization-by-organization look at each pick with help from team scouting executives. In a draft where college picks were the story, the Cardinals were content to look further out. St. Louis snagged high schoolers with its first three of a

Appalachian League elects 18 to Hall of Fame 

Rick Ankiel, Mike Shildt and David Wright highlight class of new inductees
July 1, 2020

July 1, 2020 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Appalachian League today announced 18 new members have been elected to the Appalachian League Hall of Fame. The 2020 HOF Class is highlighted by Rick Ankiel, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt and New York Mets standout David Wright. Ankiel, Shildt and

2020 Draft recap: New York Yankees 

Yankees stick to formula, despite having only three picks
June 30, 2020

Following the five-round 2020 MLB First-Year Player Draft, MiLB.com takes an organization-by-organization look at each pick with help from team scouting executives. Despite being faced with all the obstacles brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, as well as being limited to three selections for the first time, the Bronx Bombers

Holland officially inducted into Appalachian League Hall of Fame 

June 30, 2020

Princeton — Jim Holland’s familiar smile was on full display again on Monday as the hard-working former baseball administrator was inducted into the new Appalachian League Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place at the Vietnam Veterans of America building in Princeton, the city in which Holland spent 24 successful

2020 Draft recap: Tampa Bay Rays 

June 29, 2020

Following the five-round 2020 MLB First-Year Player Draft, MiLB.com takes an organization-by-organization look at each pick with help from team scouting executives. While Tom Brady might be the most notable athletic addition to the Tampa Bay area this year, the Rays’ Draft class provides plenty to be excited about. Tampa

Top prospects named to 60-man player pools 

June 29, 2020

The return of baseball is mere days away, and fans across the sport are getting an idea of what their big league team could look like in the unique campaign that 2020 will be. Major League teams submitted their 60-man player pools on Sunday, and a wealth of top prospects

Lifelong Bluefield Baseball fan, employee inducted into Appalachian League Hall of Fame 

June 28, 2020

BLUEFIELD, VA (WVNS) — Lifelong Bluefield Blue Jay fan and employee, George McGonagle, was inducted into the Appalachian League Hall of Fame on Friday, June 26, 2020. He has been the President of the Bluefield Baseball Club since 1988, and involved with the club for more than 50 years. He

Source: Top prospect Franco to be in TB player pool

June 27, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG -- Wander Franco (Princeton 2018), the game’s top prospect per MLB Pipeline, continuously says the goal is to make his Major League debut in 2020, and there’s still a chance of that happening. When the Rays announce their 60-man player pool on Sunday, Franco will be one of

2020 Draft recap: Atlanta Braves 

Atlanta sticks with trend from 2019, adds more college talent
June 26, 2020

Following the five-round 2020 MLB First-Year Player Draft, MiLB.com takes an organization-by-organization look at each pick with help from team scouting executives. There were limitations on every team involved in the 2020 Draft, but with just four picks this year, the Braves looked to maximize their choices, especially without a

2020 Draft recap: Minnesota Twins 

Twins stock up on power as next gen Bomba Squad forms
June 26, 2020

Following the five-round 2020 MLB First-Year Player Draft, MiLB.com takes an organization-by-organization look at each pick with help from team scouting executives. Specific Draft classes seldom match the personality of the big league squad. Often, players selected by a given team could have contrasting tools that might help plug some