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Ben's Biz: Dancing like a chicken in Memphis

Ben watches the Chicks at AutoZone Park with the Redbirds
@BensBiz
3:16 PM EDT

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

All-Star Futures Game, Skills Showcase FAQs

A need-to-know guide for this weekend's prospect-laden events
@brendan_samson
July 11, 2024

Forty-nine of MLB’s top prospects will compete at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday in the All-Star Futures Game. This year’s iteration, which marks the 25th anniversary of the contest, will feature the first-ever Futures Skills Showcase, a three-challenge event that will test participants’ precision and power at

The weirdest MiLB stats, plays from June

The bizarre and bombastic happenings from around the Minors
@BensBiz
July 11, 2024

Welcome to Crooked Numbers, a monthly column dedicated to Minor League Baseball on-field oddities and absurdities. The June edition features a doubles deluge, oppositional surnames, way too many walks and, of course, much more. Keeping track of this type of thing is a team effort, so get in touch if

Clifford Rumbles forward for Binghamton

Mets' No. 4 prospect slugs grand slam in two-homer, six-RBI night
@Jesus_Cano88
July 11, 2024

Ryan Clifford's introduction to Double-A in mid-June began with a 1-for-20 slump. But ever since the calendar flipped to July, MLB’s No. 71 prospect has been hard to keep off the bases. That was the case in Double-A Binghamton’s 8-5 win over New Hampshire on Wednesday night at Delta Dental

Ranking the best tools in the Futures Game

Who's got the biggest bats, toughest arms, etc.? We know!
July 10, 2024

Since its 1999 debut at Fenway Park, the All-Star Futures Game has showcased baseball's best prospects. Joe Mauer will become the first Futures Gamer inducted into the Hall of Fame in a couple of weeks. Mookie Betts, Miguel Cabrera, Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw, Mike Trout, Justin Verlander and many others

How did this Phillies catcher actually catch that?

Rosario makes unreal play behind plate in Florida Complex League
July 10, 2024

Just how did Guillermo Rosario catch that fouled-off pitch? You can watch the video dozens of times and still not be sure. It seems like a glorious combination of luck, skill and reflexes.

Road to The Show™: Cubs’ outfielder Caissie

No. 34 overall prospect powers up the Minor League ladder
@Gerard_Gilberto
July 9, 2024

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at third-ranked Cubs prospect Owen Caissie. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. There’s not much more that the prospect experience has

MiLB, Joe Torre Safe at Home partner for eighth season

Initiative to reach more than 45 ballparks in eighth season
July 9, 2024

For the eighth year, Minor League Baseball and Joe Torre Safe At Home have teamed up to raise awareness about violence and abuse and to empower fans at MiLB ballparks to join them in building a safer, braver world together. More than 45 MiLB teams will participate in this year’s

These are the best ballpark promos in July

Sizzling Minor League promotions hit right at summer's peak
@BensBiz
July 8, 2024

Welcome to Promo Preview, a monthly roundup of Minor League Baseball promotions to look forward to. Incendiary Independence Day ballpark spectacles are now in the rearview mirror, but July has plenty more in store. Highlights include meaty aromas, computer-generated jerseys and taking it easy on the water. Jump in.

Sea Dogs' partnership improves accessibility

Aira app delivers interpretation services to low-vision community
@JoshJacksonMiLB
July 7, 2024

PORTLAND, Maine -- Randy and Sarah Bellavance love coming to Double-A games here at Hadlock Field. This year -- the second year the diehard Portland Sea Dogs fans have had season tickets -- their local ballpark feels more welcoming than ever. The Bellavances, a married couple who are both blind,

Munoz in stable condition following injury exit

July 6, 2024

TUESDAY UPDATE: Yeuni Munoz has been discharged from the hospital and is in MLB Concussion protocol. Blue Jays outfielder Yeuni Munoz is being evaluated at a local hospital and is in stable condition Saturday night following an injury suffered in the bottom of the fifth inning of a game between

Clark takes it to the max with first Lakeland slam

Tigers' top prospect plates career-high five, follows Jung's HR lead
@thevandalorian
July 7, 2024

The tools are galore for Max Clark, and on Saturday, he showed off his upside from the plate. MLB’s No. 10 prospect tallied a career-high five RBIs for Single-A Lakeland. The 19-year-old drove four of those runs in on his first professional grand slam, en route to a 9-2 victory

Ben's Biz: An evening with the Trash Pandas

A propulsive experience from start to finish in Rocket City
@BensBiz
July 6, 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

Storm coming: De Vries flashes pop, tees off twice

Padres' No. 4 prospect, just 17, posts career-best night at Single-A
@allisonmast13
July 6, 2024

Leo De Vries has perhaps never deserved his nickname of “El Mutante” more than on Friday night when he left the yard twice for the first multihomer game of his very young pro career. But that’s not where his otherworldly abilities end -- the 17-year-old homered from both the right

Jobe casts an Erie shadow in Double-A return

MLB's top-ranked pitching prospect hits 99 mph, strikes out eight
@JoeTrezz
July 5, 2024

Baseball’s newest top pitching prospect is Jackson Jobe, and it had been a while since he toed the rubber at Double-A. When the 21-year-old right-hander returned to the level on Friday night, it was as if he’d never left. Jobe pitched like he hadn’t missed a beat in Erie’s 6-1

Round 1: Former Gators both get bragging rights

Goats' Thompson finds the fences, but Ponies' Sproat earns win
@JoeTrezz
July 5, 2024

As Sterlin Thompson rounded the bases after smacking a seventh-inning homer off Brandon Sproat, the highly touted right-hander gave his former Gators teammate a little nod. Sproat and Thompson played together at the University of Florida from 2021-22 before the Rockies selected Thompson 31st overall in the 2022 Draft and

Lucky 13: FCL Marlins nab just that many bases

Feat puts Rookie-level team in rare company for Minors AND bigs
July 4, 2024

On the Fourth of July, the proverbial fireworks were on the basepaths in Florida. The Marlins’ Rookie-level Florida Complex League team stole a staggering 13 bases in Thursday's 7-3 win over the FCL Mets at the Roger Dean Stadium complex. Eight players had at least one steal with 19-year-olds Jose

Cubs' Triantos among June's Players of the Month

Mariners, Rockies among 20 organizations represented in June
July 3, 2024

Minor League Baseball announced the Player and Pitcher of the Month Award winners for June in Major League Baseball’s player development system.

Player of the Week Spotlight: Yankees' Jones

Confident Yankees No. 2 prospect excited about Futures Game
@brendan_samson
July 2, 2024

Confidence is a buzzword for Spencer Jones, and for good reason. The 6-foot-6 outfielder is fresh off a week where he walloped three big flies and four doubles to close out a scorching June. The week, which culminated in a .333/.345/.815 slash line, earned Jones MiLB Player of the Week

The Fourth of July is poppin' off at the ballpark

Here's one Independence Day celebration from every farm system
@JoshJacksonMiLB and @BensBiz
June 25, 2024

Have you made plans for the Fourth yet? If not, we're here to help. If so, change 'em! There's no better way to celebrate America's Independence Day than taking in a baseball game amid your compatriots.

Crews, Mayer headline All-Star Futures Game

Here's the list of all 54 prospects who will compete in the event
July 2, 2024

The All-Star Futures Game annually puts more of baseball's top prospects on one field than any other event, and this year's edition is no exception. The 25th annual showcase -- along with the inaugural Futures Skills Showcase -- will feature 39 members of MLB Pipeline's recently updated Top 100 Prospects

This road trip will give you the spirit of '76

Revolutionary sojourn salutes General George Washington
@JoshJacksonMiLB
June 26, 2024

Because there's no better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than getting out to a ballgame, earlier in the week we presented a breakdown of must-catch Minor League games with Independence Day celebrations, with one entry for each farm system. But let's say you're not satisfied with one Independence

Road to The Show™: Mariners’ outfielder Montes

No. 53 overall prospect making waves with huge power bat
@Gerard_Gilberto
July 2, 2024

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at fourth-ranked Mariners prospect Lazaro Montes. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. Lazaro Montes fits the mold of the large, uber-powerful