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Phillies' Simmons testing progress in ABL

No. 26 prospect altered swing with help from ROY Lewis
@jtbloss
10:25 AM EST

At some point between Spring Training and Summer Camp in 2020, the baseball field at Dominion Christian northwest of Atlanta transformed from a high school diamond into a professional sandlot. Some of the area’s best talent gathered to stay sharp while the sport charted a course for playing through a

2021 Prospect Projections: NL East

How Steamer600 views Braves, Fish, Mets, Phils, Nats prospects
@SamDykstraMiLB
10:00 AM EST

This is the second in a six-part Toolshed series that uses FanGraphs' Steamer600 projections to look at how prospects would fare over a full Major League season in 2021. The system bases its forecast on 600 plate appearances for position players, 450 plate appearances for catchers, 200 innings for starting

No spin zone: Phil Niekro's Minor League career

Knuckleballer's journey began in Wellsville, ended in Cooperstown
@BensBiz
January 19, 2021

Phil Niekro, 300-game winner and Hall of Famer, passed away on Dec. 26 at the age of 81. He was the best knuckleball pitcher in baseball history. Niekro, often referred to by his knuckleball-referencing nickname of Knucksie, spent 24 seasons (1964 through 1987) in the Major Leagues and pitched until

Head headlines big prospect package for Pirates

Cruz, Bednar, Fellows, Rodriguez sent in megadeal for Musgrove
@RobTnova24
January 18, 2021

The Padres have flexed the strength of their farm system in recent weeks to acquire high-end Major League talent, and the organization went to the well again Monday to bolster its team at the top. San Diego sent four prospects to Pittsburgh -- headlined by the club's No. 7 prospect,

Modern marvels: Hessman wears homer crown

Slugger belted an American-record 433 long balls over 19 seasons
January 18, 2021

MiLB.com staff combed through decades of stats to uncover Minor League hitting and pitching leaders among players active for at least one season in the 21st century. In "Modern marvels," we present their stories. Read about the hits leaders and the strikeouts leaders in previous editions. It should come as

Phillies pick up prospect Chatham from Red Sox

No. 14 prospect headed to Philly to clear way for Pérez signing
@SamDykstraMiLB
January 18, 2021

Dave Dombrowski joined the Phillies front office in December, and one month later, the new president of baseball operations has pulled off a deal with his former organization. The Phillies acquired middle infielder C.J. Chatham from the Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash, both clubs

The Road to the Show: Red Sox slugger Casas

No. 2 Red Sox prospect becomes of Minors' most powerful sluggers
January 18, 2021

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken to reach the brink of realizing his Major League dream. Here's a look at Boston Red Sox infielder Triston Casas. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

MLB international signing period roundup

Where top 30 prospects are signing after Jan. 15 opening
January 15, 2021

They may not be the biggest free-agent signings of the day, but in a few years they could be stars. Jan. 15 brings a delayed opening to the 2021 Major League international signing period and with it the official start of many professional baseball careers. The traditional date of July

Top hats: 2020's most popular caps

These 10 designs were among the best-selling looks last year
@Kelsie_Heneghan
January 15, 2021

Minor League fans love a good ballcap. Even when they can’t go to the ballpark. In a year without games, fans from all over showed support for their favorite Minor League clubs with hat purchases. Whether it be the local ties, the bright colors or the head-turning designs, baseball caps

Toolshed: Now arriving, international signings

Previewing which players, systems to follow from Jan. 15 forward
@SamDykstraMiLB
January 15, 2021

Jan. 15 isn't typically a big day on the baseball calendar. It's another step toward Spring Training, sure. Another number to rip off of the daily countdown to the arrival of pitchers and catchers, but often little more. The big headlines last Jan. 15 were the free-agent signings of Alex

Taking a walk through Lasorda's playing days

Legendary Dodgers skipper spent parts of three decades in Minors
@BensBiz
January 14, 2021

Tommy Lasorda enjoyed one of the longest careers in professional baseball history, one that spanned from 1945 to his death at age 93 on Jan. 7. Of course, he will be best remembered as the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a post he held from 1976 through 1996. Lasorda's

Pirates' Crowe visits Minors podcast

Pirates' Crowe breaks down trade from Nats, 2020 MLB debut
January 14, 2021

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 "Minor League Baseball podcast" on iTunes. The podcast is also available via Spotify,

Modern marvels: Figueroa is Minors' K king

Righty baffled hitters in career that included 17 seasons on farm
@brianjstultz
January 13, 2021

MiLB.com staff combed through decades of stats to uncover Minor League hitting and pitching leaders among players active for at least one season in the 21st century. In "Modern marvels," we present their stories. Learn about the hits leaders here.

2021 Prospect Projections: AL East

How Steamer600 views O's, Sox, Yanks, Rays, Jays rookies
@SamDykstraMiLB
January 13, 2021

This is the first in a six-part Toolshed series that uses FanGraphs' Steamer600 projections to look at how prospects would fare over a full Major League season in 2021. The system bases its forecast on 600 plate appearances for position players, 450 plate appearances for catchers, 200 innings for starting

Modern marvels: Wood's hits unmatched

Infielder's 1,840 knocks most among players active this century
@RobTnova24
January 12, 2021

MiLB.com staff combed through decades of stats to uncover Minor League hitting and pitching leaders among players active for at least one season in the 21st century. This is the first installment of a new series called "Modern marvels." It’s been 12 years since Jason Wood stepped to the plate

RIP: Paying tribute to beloved gameday employees

A remembrance of Minor League Baseball's unsung ballpark heroes
@BensBiz
January 12, 2021

From April until September, Opening Night through the playoffs, first pitch to final out, gameday employees are always there. These largely unsung individuals are part of the fabric of the Minor League Baseball experience, whether they're taking your ticket, guiding you to a seat or catering suites. If you attend

Smith bringing singular focus, drive to Red Sox

29-year-old becomes pro baseball’s first Black female coach
January 11, 2021

There's no exact road map to the Major Leagues. But, in baseball, those who do the work often benefit. Bianca Smith did the work. And then she worked some more. It's paid off. Last week, the Red Sox announced the 29-year-old will become the first Black woman to hold a

The Road to The Show: Blue Jays' Groshans

Blue Jays infield prospect blends skill and aggression at plate
January 11, 2021

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken to reach the brink of realizing his Major League dream. Here's a look at Toronto Blue Jays infielder Jordan Groshans. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

Toolshed: 2021 NL farm system resolutions

Prospect goals, aspirations for senior-circuit pipelines in new year
@SamDykstraMiLB
January 8, 2021

Be healthy. That is the biggest resolution for everyone, in and out of Minor League Baseball, as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. But we can't write that 30 times. Instead, Toolshed is taking this first full week of 2021 to lay out New Year's resolutions for all 30 farm systems.

Nationals righty Cavalli visits Minors podcast

Nats' Cavalli shares stories of first year in pro ball on podcast
January 8, 2021

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 "Minor League Baseball podcast" on iTunes. The podcast is also available via Spotify,

Cleveland nabs prospects Wolf, Greene in Lindor deal

Indians acquire two prospects plus Gimenez, Rosario in blockbuster
@SamDykstraMiLB
January 7, 2021

On Thursday, the Mets pulled off a blockbuster worthy of the Big Apple. New York acquired All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and former Cy Young contender Carlos Carrasco from Cleveland, sending prospects Josh Wolf and Isaiah Greene along with Major League infielders Andrés Giménez and Amed Rosario the other way. Wolf

Heads up: A National Bobblehead Day celebration

From singers to swingers to snowmen, these giveaways get the nod
@BensBiz
January 7, 2021

Think the holidays are over? Think again. Today is National Bobblehead Day. National Bobblehead Day, spearheaded by the Milwaukee-based National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, was first observed in 2015. Thursday marks its seventh iteration. Minor League Baseball teams and fans are among National Bobblehead Day's most committed celebrants,

Broadcaster Farber chases his dream to NBA

Former Minors commentator now voice of Charlotte Hornets
@tylermaun
January 6, 2021

If life in the Minor Leagues teaches a broadcaster anything, it’s this -- learn to roll with the punches. Sam Farber spent years absorbing that lesson, and now, having reached one of the dream destinations of a sportscasting career, he’s grateful for it. All of it. After ascending through the

Toolshed: 2021 AL farm system resolutions

Junior-circuit clubs' goals, desires for prospects in new year
@SamDykstraMiLB
January 6, 2021

Be healthy. That is the biggest resolution for everyone, in and out of Minor League Baseball, as the coronavirus pandemic rages on. But we can't write that 30 times. Instead, Toolshed is taking this first full week of 2021 to lay out New Year's resolutions for all 30 farm systems,

Choosing the decade's best Minor League promos

After much deliberation, veteran scribe unveils his 2010's Top 10
@BensBiz
January 5, 2021

Over the past three months, MiLB.com's Ben Hill provided a year-by-year overview of Minor League Baseball's top promotions of the 2010s. Today, he chooses his 10 favorite promos of the entire decade. This series will conclude Thursday -- National Bobblehead Day -- with a look at the decade's best bobbleheads.