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Toolshed: Twins' Larnach cleared for launch

No. 81 overall prospect is preparing to power up in third season
February 7, 2020

The Twins set a Major League single-season record with 307 home runs in 2019, outdoing the previous record (set by the Yankees one year earlier) by 40. Minnesota's full-season Minor League affiliates collectively hit exactly 500 homers, eighth-most among the 30 farm systems and the tops by an organization without

IronPigs win 2019 Larry MacPhail Award

October 24, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) announced today that the Lehigh Valley IronPigs of the Triple-A International League are the recipients of the 54th annual Larry MacPhail Award, symbolizing the top promotional effort in Minor League Baseball.

Orioles honor Mountcastle, Rodriguez

Top prospects named Minor League Player, Co-Pitcher of Year
September 21, 2019

Ryan Mountcastle picked up another award on Saturday.Less than a month after he was named International League MVP, MLB.com's No. 65 overall prospect was honored by the Orioles as the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year.

Stingy Baragar, Cats take Triple-A crown

Giants southpaw spins five scoreless frames, Maris goes yard
September 17, 2019

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Three and a half weeks ago, Caleb Baragar took a big sigh of relief.His season was done, he got a "good job" from Giants officials and he headed to Arizona to see his girlfriend, Bree. A couple days later, however, it was back to baseball.Sacramento needed him

Clippers, Cats gear up for final title game

Resilient Indians, Giants prospects seek Triple-A championship
September 17, 2019

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Anything can happen in one game. Early in the postseason, the River Cats found themselves on the brink of elimination. But one game changed everything."Got down to Vegas, 2-1, and came back and won the last two games," said Steven Okert, a reliever in the Giants system.

Bastidas brings Latino leadership to Caballeros

Charlotte's Latino marketing outreach coordinator shares journey
September 16, 2019

¡Ser un fan! is a content series designed to spotlight and embrace the people, programs, culture and stories that champion Copa de la Diversión's community impact and further advance Minor League Baseball's continuous efforts to diversify the game and business of baseball.As part of the second edition of Minor League

Clippers claim 11th Governors' Cup

Zimmer, Johnson, Tom homer to finish three-game sweep
September 12, 2019

DURHAM, N.C. -- One powerful swing was another example of Bradley Zimmer looking more and more like a big leaguer again.The Indians outfielder -- more than a year removed from shoulder surgery -- hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning as Columbus captured its 11th Governors' Cup by

Lavarnway puts Clippers a win from IL crown

Indians catching farmhand belts two long balls, drives in six runs
September 11, 2019

Ryan Lavarnway's tenure with Triple-A Columbus only encompasses a handful of games, but his impact has been enormous. The Indians catcher blasted two homers and tied a career high with six RBIs on Wednesday to power the Clippers to a 7-4 win at Huntington Park for a 2-0 series lead over

Tom blasts Clippers to Game 1 win

Indians prospect goes deep, plates three in IL Finals opener
September 10, 2019

Ka'ai Tom looks back to his up-and-down April as a turning point this year. It got him to focus on the mechanical portions of his swing in May, and he's reaping the benefits of those adjustments in the Governors' Cup Finals.The Cleveland outfield prospect blasted his second playoff homer --

Bulls sweep way to Governors' Cup Finals

Kelly plates four, scores four times; Coats also gets four RBIs
September 7, 2019

Going for a sweep, Triple-A Durham had to be feeling confident in its chances. It's not often a former Cy Young Award winner starts a potential clincher in the Minors. In his first start rehabbing from an elbow injury, the Rays' Blake Snell wasn't long for Game 3, but his Bulls

On Pache power, Stripers stay alive in IL

No. 10 overall prospect drills grand slam, knocks in five runs
September 6, 2019

A winning formula -- especially in the playoffs -- is to lean on the team's best players.Triple-A Gwinnett did just that in its 10-6 victory over Columbus in Game 3 of the Governors' Cup semifinals Friday, keeping its season alive in the best-of-5 series. Top Braves prospectCristian Pache drilled a

Johnson puts Clippers on brink of IL Finals

Indians No. 16 prospect delivers two run-scoring hits in Game 2
September 5, 2019

Sometimes the best way to handle a challenging situation is the less-is-more approach. Count Daniel Johnson among those who subscribe to that theory.Cleveland's No. 16 prospect doubled, singled and drove in two runs as Triple-A Columbus defeated Gwinnett, 7-3, in Game 2 of the International League Governors' Cup semifinals on

Bradley steers Clippers to IL semifinal lead

Seventh-ranked Indians prospect plates two runs in Game 1 win
September 4, 2019

After arguably the best overall season of Bobby Bradley's career, the slugger took advantage of the opening of the playoffs.Cleveland's No. 7 prospect doubled, singled and drove in two runs to help Columbus edge Gwinnett, 5-4, on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the International League Governors' Cup semifinals. 

2019 International League playoff preview

RailRiders try to halt Bulls' run; Stripers, Clippers battle it out
September 4, 2019

Even after playing their last game of the regular season, the Durham Bulls weren't sure they'd be in the Governors' Cup playoffs.But the two-time defending champions received a little help and so they'll go for the three-peat when the International League postseason begins Wednesday night."Now it's playoff baseball," said utility

RailRiders punch ticket with big comeback

Yankees farmhands post 13 late runs to win Game 141 vs. Mets
September 3, 2019

The Triple-A RailRiders found themselves six outs away from the end of their season. But with patience and power, the boys in pinstripes claimed the final ticket to the International League postseason.Driven by an eight-run eighth inning, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rallied to edge Syracuse, 14-13, in the IL North Division tiebreaker game

Sturgeon cracks career-high three homers

With walk-off, Red Sox outfielder ties personal best of four hits
September 2, 2019

Cole Sturgeon will always remember the way he ended the 2019 season at Triple-A Pawtucket.The Red Sox outfielder smacked a career-high three homers, including a two-run walk-off shot, while racking up a season-high four hits and four RBIs to lead his team over Lehigh Valley, 5-4, in 10 innings.

Knights' Madrigal slaps career-high five hits

White Sox No. 4 prospect hit .311 across three levels this year
September 2, 2019

After a fantastic offensive season in which he soared to Triple-A, it was only fitting that Nick Madrigal ended the year with one of his best performances.The fourth-ranked White Sox prospect set a career high with five hits -- all singles -- driving in two runs and scoring twice in

Gonzalez, Altherr push Mets into tiebreaker

Syracuse to play Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with division on the line
September 2, 2019

The Mets had no choice but to win on Monday. They'll face a similar challenge on Tuesday.Harol Gonzalez delivered five strong innings and Aaron Altherr drove home four runs to send Triple-A Syracuse past Rochester, 8-4, and into a tiebreaker game Tuesday afternoon against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.The Mets, who tied the RailRiders

Twins add top pitching prospect Graterol

No. 54 overall prospect posted 1.92 ERA across three levels
September 1, 2019

Brusdar Graterol is officially in the bigs.The Twins called up their third-ranked prospect from Triple-A Rochester on Sunday as Major League rosters expanded. He appeared in four International League games following an Aug. 19 promotion from Double-A Pensacola.

McKay placed on seven-day injured list

Rays No. 2 prospect suffering from fatigue in his left shoulder
August 26, 2019

In the midst of a sensational season that included his first taste of the Majors, Brendan McKay was a good bet to return to Tampa at the end of Triple-A Durham's season. Chances are he still will, but he's addressing an issue first.The No. 2 Rays prospect was placed on

With homer, Robert joins rare company

Top White Sox prospect pairs 30th blast with 36 stolen bases
August 24, 2019

If these end up as Luis Robert's final days in the Minor Leagues, MLB.com's No. 5 overall prospect  is leaving on a high note.Robert blasted his 30th homer of the season in Triple-A Charlotte's 8-2 loss to Norfolk in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader at BB&T Ballpark. With 36 stolen

Tribe's Hayes posts another four-hit game

Pirates No. 2 prospect raises August batting average to .306
August 23, 2019

As a 22-year-old at the Minors' highest level, Ke'Bryan Hayes has battled through highs and lows this year, including a broken finger that sidelined him for about three weeks. Healthy again and in the homestretch of the season, he's putting it all together at the plate.The second-ranked Pirates prospect recorded his

Jays' Pearson spins gem in Triple-A debut

No. 14 overall prospect hurls seven shutout innings for Bisons
August 20, 2019

On the mound at the Minors' highest level on his 23rd birthday, Nate Pearson gifted himself a personal-best start. In his International League debut, Toronto's second-ranked prospect twirled a career-best seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out three, but Triple-A Buffalo dropped a 4-1 decision to Rochester on Tuesday

Tides' Mountcastle homers in third straight

Orioles No. 4 prospect goes yard again, collects three more hits
August 20, 2019

Ryan Mountcastle started the year hot and stormed into the summer the same way. As the season approaches its final stretch, he's not slowing down.MLB.com's No. 68 overall prospect homered for the third straight game as part of a three-hit night on Tuesday, helping Triple-A Norfolk to a 5-1 win