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Road to The Show™: Padres’ righty Lesko

No. 71 overall prospect showing his talent was worth the wait
11:33 AM EDT

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at third-ranked Padres prospect Dylan Lesko. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. Dylan Lesko seems to finding his footing in professional

Palm Beach's Giulianelli throws screwy screwball

Cardinals right-hander baffling FSL hitters with mystifying pitch
8:33 PM EDT

It’s the screwball seen ‘round the world. Cardinals pitching prospect Ettore Giulianelli has one of the funkiest breaking balls in Minor League Baseball, and one such pitch in particular has caught the internet’s attention.

Take your dog on an MiLB road trip this summer

Here are some itineraries for the next three months of the season
May 27, 2024

Minor League Baseball is going to the dogs. In just about every corner of the country, you can find a team with a Bark at the Park night on the calendar. If MiLB and your dog sounds like a pretty good combo, add in another classic summertime tradition: the road

It's a grand night of firsts for Drillers' Rushing

Bases-loaded homer highlights his career-high five-RBI night
12:15 AM EDT

With two swings, Dalton Rushing marked off two career milestones on Monday. And with the second one, he added something he hadn't yet done this season. MLB's No. 51 prospect brought early fireworks to Double-A Tulsa's 12-3 win at ONEOK Field. Rushing -- who entered the game with six home

'The Martian' launches into orbit for Somerset

Yankees' top prospect slugs first homer of '24 in three-hit night
May 25, 2024

Jasson Domínguez checked off another box while rehabbing with the Double-A Somerset Patriots on Saturday night. MLB's No. 31 prospect crushed a fastball off New Hampshire right-hander Trent Clifton, sending the ball over the steel fence at Delta Dental Stadium for a two-run homer, his first long ball of 2024

Yard Goats' Amador busts out with career day

Top Rockies prospect collects five hits, with a pair of home runs
May 25, 2024

In a game that contained 29 runs on 33 hits -- including 13 for extra bases -- Adael Amador stood out among the rest on Saturday. The top Rockies prospect balled out for a career day for Double-A Hartford as he collected five knocks -- including a pair of dingers

Fayetteville's Santander pulls double duty

Astros first baseman has two hits, twirls perfect frame to earn save
May 25, 2024

After putting his team within a run of tying the game, Juan Santander had much more to offer Single-A Fayetteville on Friday night. The Woodpeckers trailed the Red Sox by five runs entering the top of the fifth inning, but by the bottom half, the Astros’ affiliate found itself down

Band of Horses, RiverDogs unite for unique merch

Rays' Single-A affiliate gets rocking new look in limited line collab
May 24, 2024

Every collaboration has a thread that binds two entities or ideas together, and for one iteration of the MiLB x Music Capsule Collection, that theme might be No One’s Gonna Love the Charleston RiverDogs More Than Band of Horses Does. The Charleston-based rock band partnered with Official League on a

Ben's Biz discovers The Force with the Stockton Ports

An evening at Stockton's Banner Island Ballpark on May 4
May 24, 2024

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. The following ballpark road trip recap is presented by Wyndham, proud sponsor of Minor League

Knights' Kuhl makes the most emotional start of career

Right-hander pitches in honor of his wife on breast cancer night
May 24, 2024

In his 11-year professional career, Chad Kuhl has pitched in 239 games, from the lower level of the Minors to the Majors. None of them held the same significance as his May 17 start for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights. Kuhl took the mound for Charlotte against Durham in a pink-sleeved

Podcast: Penrod shares long journey to Double-A

Penrod shares journey from indy ball to Double-A Portland
May 24, 2024

Check out the latest episodes of The Show Before the Show,'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, Megaphone and other

Rodriguez gets into great routine with Wind Surge

Twins No. 3 prospect homers off Snelling, makes tough OF catch
May 24, 2024

Emmanuel Rodriguez has always believed he has the tools to become a dominant player. That’s why he spent countless hours during the offseason perfecting his swing and working on reading the strike zone. Well-rounded performances like the one MLB’s No. 32 prospect delivered in Double-A Wichita's 8-0 win over San

Trash Pandas fans go off menu to eat cicadas?!?

Rocket City broadcasters taken aback by insect consumption
May 22, 2024

No matter how much or how little time you’ve spent around the game of baseball, you surely know the refrain: “Take me out to the ballgame … buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack.” Eating a cicada is never mentioned. But on Tuesday night at Toyota Field, they seemed to

Walk doesn't tarnish Matthews' astonishing K run

Twins prospect fans 49 before giving up first base on balls of '24
May 23, 2024

Limiting free passes from the mound depends on control, command and precision. And then there is the type of surgical precision Zebby Matthews has displayed -- the kind one usually finds in an operating room. Coming into the season, there wasn’t a pitcher in the Twins system with better command

Player of the Week Spotlight: Rays' Carson Williams

MLB's No. 16 prospect posted a 1.787 OPS in 5 games with Biscuits
May 22, 2024

Carson Williams is coming into his own. At 20 years old and playing at the Double-A level, Williams understands that he's not a polished product just yet -- still learning and developing into the player that will produce at the big league level. But if the first two months of

TinCaps shine a light on mental health issues

Fort Wayne focuses on 'striking out the stigma' in annual promotion
May 22, 2024

Back in 2022, the High-A Fort Wayne TinCaps front office posted a sign on the clubhouse wall. It featured a simple, but unusual request: Would any players want to speak publicly about mental health? The front office was not obligating anyone to do anything, and couldn’t predict what kind of

Sometimes it's a zoo out there at the ballpark

Animals on field entertaining distractions on Minors' landscape
May 23, 2024

With bat dogs a popular fixture for teams in the Minor Leagues, it's not unusual to encounter a good boy or girl when you visit a Minor League ballpark. But other species are a different story. Here are some examples of unusual animals finding their way onto the field:

Here are some forward-thinking throwback promos

These must-catch events for all 30 parent clubs honor the past
May 21, 2024

On the field, Minor League Baseball is all about the future: See tomorrow’s stars, today. This forward-looking mentality is often combined with ballpark celebrations of past eras, via salutes to defunct teams, retired players and beloved pop culture properties. Jump in the way-back machine and join us as we explore

Salas 'rewarded' with first homer for TinCaps

Top Padres prospect, 17, working hard as youngest High-A player
May 21, 2024

Since signing Ethan Salas for $5.6 million out of Venezuela as the prize of the 2023 international signing period, the Padres have had no problem challenging him with aggressive assignments. It's been a challenge at times this year for the game’s No. 6 overall prospect in High-A Fort Wayne, where

Home Run Derby X to hit four MiLB parks in 2024

Stops will include Fort Wayne, Albuquerque, Nashville, Durham
May 21, 2024

If home runs, diving catches, and nonstop baseball action are your thing, then you're in luck: MLB's Home Run Derby X is returning to four new cities for 2024. The three-on-three home run derby has gone around the country and the world and will now stop at some of the