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The I's have it: Iowa Cubs become Caucuses again

Alternate identity honors state's first-in-the-nation voting status
@BensBiz
11:03 AM EDT

A version of this story originally ran on MiLB.com in 2019, at the time of the I-Cubs' inaugural appearance as the Caucuses. On Sunday, the Iowa Cubs are assuming an identity that checks off all the boxes. The Cubs, a Des Moines-based Pacific Coast League entity, are celebrating their state's

Certified fresh: The RubberDucks of Akron

"All Out 90s" night celebrated in front of packed house
@brendan_samson
12:41 AM EDT

Now this is a story all about how the Akron RubberDucks were flipped-turned upside down, so please take a minute and sit right there and I’ll tell you how Akron honored “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." On Saturday night, Double-A Akron hosted “All Out 90s” night with a special appearance

Fort Wayne tips cap to historic women's Daisies club

Monument dedicated to female pro team Daisies unveiled
@Steph_Sheehan
June 3, 2023

On a warm June night in northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne's Parkview Field was full of daisies. The Daisies of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, to be exact. The High-A TinCaps honored the city's AAGPBL team on Saturday, wearing replica jerseys and unveiling a monument dedicated to the club that

Soderstrom homerin' away again for Aviators

Top-ranked A's prospect swats two taters in Margaritaville threads
@JesseABorek
2:09 AM EDT

Welcome to Margaritaville, where it’s always 5 o’clock, the jerseys (and vibes) are crisp and apparently, Tyler Soderstrom is launching baseballs into orbit. The top-ranked Athletics prospect was homerin’ away again in an 11-8 Aviators victory on Saturday at Las Vegas Ballpark, as the club gave a nod to the

Louisville lightning: Elly wows with speed, power

Bats' De La Cruz activates record burners on RBI knock
@EvanKDesai
June 2, 2023

Top-ranked Reds prospect Elly De La Cruz's game is defined by speed. MLB Pipeline’s No. 4 overall prospect, De La Cruz boasts high exit velocities off the bat, zips the baseball from the left side of the infield to first inexplicably fast and also can get around the bases quicker

Ben's Biz: A night of High-"Eh" baseball in Vancouver

Ben Hill goes north of the border to majestic British Columbia
@BensBiz
June 2, 2023

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE. Subscribe HERE.

Podcast: Honoring AAGPBL's Daisies in Fort Wayne

TinCaps set to honor local AAGPBL club, the Fort Wayne Daisies
June 2, 2023

Check out the latest episodes 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 on Apple Podcasts. The podcast is also available via Spotify, Stitcher and other

Copa de la Diversión goes beyond the ballpark

Monarcas among clubs making connections beyond the ballpark
@Gerard_Gilberto
May 31, 2023

Copa de la Diversión is a multi-faceted fan engagement platform focused on embracing the cultures and values that resonate most with local Latino/a communities. Indeed, some of the greatest success stories within Copa -- sponsored by Nationwide, the platform's official insurance partner -- relate to each club’s ability to make

Cartaya starts June like he ended May, with a HR

No. 1 Dodgers prospect goes yard in fourth consecutive game
@EvanKDesai
June 2, 2023

Diego Cartaya, the top-ranked prospect in the Dodgers' organization, has been as potent offensively as advertised over his last eight outings with Double-A Tulsa. While he may have started the season with a .190/.288/.337 slash line in 26 contests, he showed up to Riverfront Stadium for Thursday night's tilt at

Wood introduces power early in Senators' tenure

Top Nats prospect's first Double-A extra-base hit is 9th HR of year
@Steph_Sheehan
June 1, 2023

James Wood is moving on up, and moving on up with style. The top Nationals prospect clubbed his first Double-A home run on Thursday, his first extra-base hit since being promoted on May 28. Wood sports 60-grade power -- tied with his speed for his highest-graded tool -- and he

Walker, Winn find seats together for first time in '23

Cards' top two prospects go deep in same contest to spur rally
@memheller
June 1, 2023

The Triple-A Memphis Redbirds delivered a 1-2 punch to the Omaha Storm Chasers Wednesday night, with the top two Cardinals prospects each going yard. Jordan Walker, the top prospect in baseball, and MLB No. 38 Masyn Winn hit their fourth and six homers, respectively, at the level on the season.

Jays' Spain goes from US hockey to Canadians baseball

Blue Jays prospect grew up on ice, now takes the field in Vancouver
@BensBiz
May 30, 2023

Garrett Spain grew up playing hockey in the United States, where baseball is the national pastime. These days, he's playing professional baseball in Canada. It's funny how life works out. Spain, an outfielder selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 15th round of the 2021 Draft, is currently in

Teen sensation Salas lives up to billing in his pro debut

Padres phenom doubles, singles and scores Storm's go-ahead run
@Steph_Sheehan
May 31, 2023

Ethan Salas doesn't even have a learner's permit yet, but the 16-year-old phenom already has a license to hit. The Padres’ No. 3 prospect skipped over the Rookie-level Complex League entirely and was assigned to Single-A to begin his professional career. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Salas scored the

Elly De La Crush: The Louisville walk-off edition

Cincinnati's top prospect crushes a 432 foot homer for Louisville
@brendan_samson
May 31, 2023

The streak that Elly De La Cruz is on is starting to feel like a tall tale you might hear from your grandparents, hard to believe and most likely embellished. But the only thing tall about this tale is EDLC's height: 6-foot-5.

Road to The Show™: Forecasting next promotions

Reds' De La Cruz, Mets' Mauricio knocking on door to Majors
@Gerard_Gilberto
May 30, 2023

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. For top prospects throughout the Minors, two months of play can go a long way toward revealing which

Durham's Pride Night celebrates baseball for all

Bulls kick off Pride Month by hosting LGBTQ+ advocate groups
@brendan_samson
May 29, 2023

It's time to take Pride in the Minor Leagues. Pride Month will begin Thursday with Triple-A Durham's second annual Pride Night, kicking off the run of Pride-related promotions throughout the Minor Leagues. Durham Bulls Athletic Park will be decked out with a rainbow flag in center field and other special

The best of the Marlins' Minor League ballparks

From Jupiter to Jacksonville, affiliates packed with enthusiasm
@JesseABorek
May 29, 2023

The Minor League Ballpark Guides series brings all the most fun features of Minors ballparks across America (and one in Canada!) onto your desktop, tablet or mobile device, whether you're interested in taking a virtual tour from where you sit or planning a trip to catch some games. Here, we

Scorching May drives Boston's Mayer to Sea Dogs

Boston's top prospect slashed .290/.366/.524 with Greenville
@memheller
May 28, 2023

Marcelo Mayer is officially too hot for the South Atlantic League. Baseball's No. 5 overall prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, has been promoted to Double-A Portland after tearing the cover off the ball with High-A Greenville. The news was reported first by the Boston Globe's Alex Speier and confirmed by

Clippers and Indians set to salute Negro Leagues

Columbus, Indianapolis will take the field as the Blue Birds, ABCs
@RobTnova24
May 28, 2023

When Columbus and Indianapolis take the field at Huntington Park on Sunday, it won't be as the Clippers and the Indians. Instead, the clubs will pay homage to the Negro Leagues as they kick off the Negro Leagues Summer Series as the Blue Birds and the ABCs. As part of

Jumbo-sized night: Triple play, 20 runs ... and a wedding?

Jacksonville pulls out all the stops in action-packed victory
@Steph_Sheehan
May 27, 2023

A lot of things happened at the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp game on Saturday. It started with a triple play to escape a jam in the first inning and ended with the Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate hitting two grand slams and putting up 20 runs in a home game for the first

Baker's barrel? To third. The ball? Over the wall

Memphis masher reclaims International League HR lead in style
@memheller
May 27, 2023

With a crack of the bat -- literally -- Luken Baker reclaimed the lead in the International League home run title race. Although it's how he did so that was notable. The 15th homer of the year for the Cardinals prospect at Triple-A Memphis came off a broken bat, yet

Double-A Springfield cash-ews in on local cuisine

First alternate identity honors chicken dish created in Missouri
@Steph_Sheehan
May 27, 2023

The Springfield Cardinals have always been, in the words of general manager Dan Reiter, a very traditional franchise. The Double-A team had never assumed an alternate identity before, but the tradition was broken this week. For the first time in the club’s history, they didn't take the field as the

Slump no more! Chourio ends O-fer emphatically

No. 1 Brewers prospect snaps extended hitless streak with walk-off
@brendan_samson
May 27, 2023

Jackson Chourio snapped his 0-for-21 slump in dramatic fashion on Friday night. The No. 2 prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline, stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the 10th in prime position to flip the script and end his dry spell. The stage was set with Double-A