The Show Before the Show: Episode 115

Rockies' Rodgers, D-backs' Jeter join from CAL All-Star Game

June 22, 2017 2:37 PM ET

Check out the latest episode of The Show Before the Show, MiLB.com's official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review The Show Before the Show on iTunes. The podcast is also available via the Stitcher app. Send your questions and feedback to podcast@milb.com. You can follow hosts Tyler Maun (@TylerMaun) and Sam Dykstra (@SamDykstraMiLB) on Twitter.

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Report: Red Sox to promote Chavis to Double-A

Boston's No. 10 prospect joining Devers at third base in Portland

By Danny Wild | June 22, 2017 12:55 PM ET

After a tremendous first half, Michael Chavis is moving a little closer to Fenway Park.

The Red Sox will promote their third base prospect to Double-A Portland ahead of the Sea Dogs' game on Friday, according to the Boston Globe. Chavis is expected to split time at third with the organization's top prospect, Rafael Devers, at least in the short term.

Danny Wild is an editor for MiLB.com. Follow his MLBlog column, Minoring in Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Prospect Roundup: Games of June 21

Nats' Stevenson swipes three bags; Gillaspie collects three hits

By Sam Dykstra | June 22, 2017 12:45 PM ET

Nationals OF Andrew Stevenson, Triple-A Syracuse: 3-for-5, RBI, R, 3 SB -- The Nationals' No. 5 prospect kicked his running game into high gear Wednesday, swiping his sixth, seventh and eighth bags of the season in a 5-2 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. It was the first time he had even attempted to steal multiple bases since he was unsuccessful twice for Double-A Harrisburg on April 9. The reason all this might come as a surprise is that Stevenson had 39 steals a season ago between Harrisburg and Class A Advanced Potomac. (He added nine more over 21 games in the Arizona Fall League.) He's got the plus speed to make that happen and be an asset in center field. Part of the issue this season is that he simply hasn't gotten on base as much. Since joining Syracuse on May 1, he's posted just a .275 on-base percentage over 46 games in the International League. There are signs he's turning it around, however. Stevenson owns a .319/.372/.431 line over 21 games in June, and six of his seven Triple-A steals have come this month. The Nationals would love to have Stevenson's speed available off the Major League bench for a potential playoff run or even have him fill in for the injured Adam Eaton, but he'll need to keep hitting to prove he's worthy of the roster spot right now.

Sam Dykstra is a reporter for MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Appy preview: Perez ready for new challenge

First-year Danville skipper brings experience as player and coach

By Bob Sutton | June 22, 2017 10:10 AM ET

Danville Braves manager Nestor Perez will see the Appalachian League from a different perspective this season, but he's bringing along some trusted players to help him on the journey.

Perez is a former Appy League player and coach, but he's embarking on his first season as manager in the league a year after directing Atlanta's Gulf Coast League affiliate to a division title.

Bob Sutton is a contributor to MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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White Sox's Hickman uses recovery time wisely

Kannapolis righty finishes college following Tommy John surgery

By Alex Kraft | June 22, 2017 10:10 AM ET

Blake Hickman didn't realize at the time the opportunity that would come from the nagging pain in his right elbow.

It was the summer of 2015, and the White Sox had just selected the then-21-year-old in the seventh round of the First-Year Player Draft. In his first season as a full-time college pitcher, the former catcher had flashed promising stuff that spring during his junior year at the University of Iowa.

Hickman signed with Chicago shortly after the Draft. However, the sense that something was off with his arm kept cropping up. 

Alex Kraft is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and chat with him on Twitter @Alex_Kraft21. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Orioles' Hays moving up to Double-A

Outfielder amassed two homers, five hits in last Keys game

By Josh Jackson | June 22, 2017 3:08 AM ET

Austin Hays gave the Carolina League plenty to remember him by, and now the Orioles' No. 7 prospect is moving on up.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @JoshJacksonMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Marsh gets off to hot start with Owlz

Angels No. 3 prospect collects four hits in second pro game

By Gerard Gilberto | June 22, 2017 2:30 AM ET

After more than a year of being unable to play a competitive baseball game, Brandon Marsh is more than ready to put his bat-boy duties behind him. 

The Angels' third-ranked prospect started his professional career with the Rookie-level Owlz on Monday and has made great first and second impressions. He amassed four hits, three runs and two RBIs in doubled, singled three contributed a double, three singles, a pair of RBIs and three runs in Orem's 16-5 rout of Ogden at Lindquist Field on Wednesday.

Gerard Gilberto is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @GerardGilberto4. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Marauders' Hearn hurls five hitless innings

Pirates No. 11 prospect works around four walks, fans four

By Tyler Maun | June 22, 2017 1:09 AM ET

Taylor Hearn didn't have his best complement of pitches working Wednesday night, but opposing batters still found him unhittable.

Pittsburgh's No. 11 prospect tossed five hitless innings with four strikeouts and four walks, but Class A Advanced Bradenton fell to visiting Clearwater, 5-4.

Tyler Maun is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylerMaun. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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IronPigs' Crawford comes through in clutch

Top Phillies prospect belts go-ahead three-run double in ninth

By Michael Peng | June 22, 2017 12:17 AM ET

Frustrating as it may have been to this point, the 2017 season for J.P. Crawford still has some bright moments and the latest one came Wednesday.

In his second game back from a groin injury, the top Phillies prospect tied a season high with four RBIs to spark Triple-A Lehigh Valley to a 6-3 win over Pawtucket at McCoy Stadium.

Michael Peng is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelXPeng. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Solak helps push Tampa to first-half title

Yanks No. 18 prospect collects four hits, three RBIs in clincher

By Michael Leboff | June 21, 2017 11:27 PM ET

Class A Advanced Tampa picked a great time to get hot. 

Behind Yankees No. 18 prospect Nick Solak's four hits and seven solid innings from Brody Koerner (3-1) the Baby Bombers defeated the Florida Fire Frogs, 13-4, for their seventh straight win and clinched the Florida State League North Division first-half title.

Michael Leboff is a contributor to MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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