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Trevor Hoffman's son gets thisclose to closer status

Padres prospect finishes up Single-A Storm's rout on the mound
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When Trevor Hoffman used to jog in from the bullpen ahead of the ninth inning at home, AC/DC's “Hells Bells” boomed out of the speakers and batters knew they had a tall task ahead of them. When Wyatt Hoffman, son of the Hall of Famer, took the mound Wednesday night

Meet Rickwood's Black Barons and Gray Sox

Birmingham, Montgomery will take the field as these teams June 18
June 12, 2024

On Wednesday, Minor League Baseball revealed the jerseys for MiLB at Rickwood Field, which will feature the host Double-A Birmingham Barons playing as the Black Barons and the Montgomery Biscuits playing as the Gray Sox on June 18. The game is on the second of four days of events --

Holy Toledo! Jung goes yard twice for Mud Hens

Tigers No. 3 prospect posts his first multihomer game of season
June 11, 2024

Jace Jung is swinging like he’s trying to hit every pitch all the way to Detroit. That’s just where he might find himself sooner rather than later. MLB Pipeline's No. 46 overall prospect keeps knocking on the door from Triple-A Toledo. The latest example came Tuesday when Jung posted his

Lawlar makes a bid for the cycle in Aces return

Top D-backs prospect picks up where he left off with Triple-A Reno
June 12, 2024

Jordan Lawlar came up Aces in his return to Triple-A. With his rehab assignment complete following a seven-game stint in the Rookie-level Arizona Complex League, MLB's No. 8 prospect picked up where he left off with Reno last year prior to his Major League debut. Lawlar homered, doubled and drove

Minor Leagues mourn broadcasting great Klauke

Beloved longtime voice of Triple-A Salt Lake also called MLB games
June 11, 2024

The Minor League Baseball community is in mourning. Steve Klauke, the longtime voice of the Salt Lake Bees, has died at the age of 69 after being struck by a car on Monday night. The Bees, Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels, were established in 1994. Klauke was there

Road to The Show™: Dodgers’ catcher Rushing

No. 50 overall prospect develops into a more well-rounded hitter
June 11, 2024

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at top Dodgers prospect Dalton Rushing. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. Dalton Rushing is the product of two very successful

The weirdest MiLB stats, plays from May

The wild and the wacky during the last month in the Minors
June 10, 2024

Welcome to Crooked Numbers, a monthly column dedicated to Minor League Baseball on-field oddities and absurdities. This edition, covering the month of May, features reptile cameos, offensive explosions, oppositional surnames and, of course, much more. Keeping track of this type of thing is a team effort, so get in touch

'The Martian' shows out on big day for RailRiders

Top Yankees prospect homers in second straight in four-hit game
June 9, 2024

Extraterrestrial activity is on the rise in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and it’s all thanks to Jasson Domínguez. After homering in a two-hit game Saturday, "The Martian" upped the ante on Sunday with another jack and four knocks in the Triple-A RailRiders' 12-11 extra-inning win over the Norfolk Tides at PNC Field. The

Crawford finding swing with BlueClaws

Phillies No. 4 prospect goes yard on four-hit afternoon
June 9, 2024

Justin Crawford has long been known for his elite bat-to-ball skills. The Phillies' No. 4 prospect became a 2022 first-round pick largely on the strength of his blazing speed and impressive bat control, although he hadn't been able to fully capitalize on his hard contact as a pro. Crawford had

Bark for chaos: El Paso completes 14-run comeback

Chihuahuas embrace PCL madness, erase 15-1 deficit in epic win
June 9, 2024

The Pacific Coast League has been characterized as different compared to its Minor League Baseball counterparts, and the El Paso Chihuahuas’ victory Saturday is a prime example why. El Paso accomplished a feat that seemingly looked impossible at Southwest University Park. Trailing by 14 runs in the fourth inning, the

Quartet of alternate identities joins MiLB landscape

Dodgers, White Sox and Phillies affiliates unveil their new looks
June 7, 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. Wednesday, May 29, turned out to be an unexpectedly above-average day for fans of Minor

Yankees sluggers flex up and down farm system

Ramirez's three-homer night highlights prospects' power surge
June 7, 2024

These Yankees prospects are aiming to become Bronx Bombers. That much was plain to see Friday, as prospects up and down the Yankees' system put their power on display on a homer-happy night down on New York’s farm. The most striking example came from Agustin Ramirez, who launched three homers

Podcast: Designing a fake MiLB team name for '24

Picking, designing a fake Minor League club: 2024 edition
June 7, 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

Holliday, Domínguez trade Triple-A taters

Top O's, Yankees prospects show the future of the AL East is strong
June 8, 2024

You can expect to see this in the American League East for years to come. It's easy to foresee Orioles top prospect Jackson Holliday and Yankees top prospect Jasson Domínguez having plenty of head-to-head matchups in one of MLB's most competitive divisions going forward. This weekend they competed against one

Clippers duo combines for FOUR homers in ninth

Rodriguez hits trifecta over final two frames, Lavastida adds two
June 7, 2024

They say home runs come in bunches, but what Triple-A Columbus did Thursday night was next level. Powered by Johnathan Rodriguez and Bryan Lavastida , the Guardians' Triple-A affiliate put on a power display in the final innings of a 23-5 rout of host Indianapolis at Victory Field. The Clippers

MiLB pays homage to the Negro Leagues in June

Rickwood Field is one of the many celebrations across the Minors
June 6, 2024

On June 18, America's oldest professional ballpark will host a Double-A game between the Montgomery Biscuits and Birmingham Barons with MiLB at Rickwood Field: A Tribute to the Negro Leagues. This game, with Montgomery suiting up as the Gray Sox and Birmingham playing as the Black Barons, will kick off

Pensacola broadcaster 'ejects' young Blue Wahoos fan

Fan interferes with ball that negates a Pensacola home run
June 6, 2024

By the letter of the law, fan interference in a ballgame can lead to that fan’s ejection. But it doesn’t expand on what that ejection entails. On Wednesday night, in Double-A Pensacola’s 14-6 loss to Mississippi, this rule came into effect. The fan’s punishment, as levied by the home team's

Just how he Drew it up: Thorpe on top of his game

White Sox No. 3 prospect boasts 1.35 ERA through first 11 starts
June 5, 2024

A lot has changed in the last calendar year for Drew Thorpe. After MLB Pipeline named Thorpe its Pitching Prospect of the Year following his pro debut in 2023, Thorpe was traded from the Yankees to the Padres as part of the Juan Soto deal in December. Three months later,

Double-checking Garcia's historic night for Tourists

Astros prospect is first-known player with five doubles in one game
June 6, 2024

Over 20,000 people have suited up in the Majors, but none of them have been verified to have accomplished what Astros prospect John Garcia did for the High-A Asheville Tourists on Wednesday night. The 23-year-old collected five doubles in a single game en route to an 18-8 win over Bowling

Nats' Wood headlines May's Players of the Month

Mariners, Red Sox among 17 organizations represented in May
June 5, 2024

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