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The Road to The Show™: Spencer Howard

Top Phillies pitching prospect eyes Major League debut
@katiejwoo
10:00 AM EDT

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 Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Spencer Howard. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

Prospects in the Twins’ 2020 player pool

Lewis, Kirilloff could realize MLB dream in shortened season
10:55 AM EDT

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Best streams of 2019: Marathon madness

Late offense makes for exciting extra-inning contests
10:40 AM EDT

Over the past two seasons, a series of new rules was implemented to keep Minor League games from getting out of hand in extra innings. Sometimes, however, chaos can’t be contained. While these rules have been added to the 60-game Major League season in 2020, these highlighted contests are certainly

Prospects in the Giants' 2020 player pool 

Up-and-coming talent could gets some looks from San Francisco
@katiejwoo
11:00 AM EDT

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Fans share what MiLB means to them

Minors have given families, friends moments to cherish
@jtbloss
10:30 AM EDT

The question was simple. The answers were anything but. After it was revealed two weeks ago that this would be the first year without Minor League Baseball since 1901, we took to Twitter to ask, “What does Minor League Baseball mean to you and your loved ones?” In hundreds of

Prospects in the Rays' 2020 player pool

In loaded system, Franco among prospects knocking on the door
@Kelsie_Heneghan
10:50 AM EDT

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

White Sox: Kopech opts out of '20 season

No. 3 White Sox prospect has not pitched since 2018
@AndrewAtBatt
July 10, 2020

It's been two years since Michael Kopech pitched in an official game, but White Sox fans will have to wait a while longer to see the team's third-ranked prospect. The hard-throwing right-hander has opted out of playing this season, general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement Friday. “Michael Kopech

Prospects in the Angels’ 2020 player pool

Los Angeles relies upon quality over quantity in shortened season
July 10, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Prospects in the Reds' 2020 player pool

Lodolo, Santillan lead group of powerful arms for Reds
@brianjstultz
July 10, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Toolshed: Astros' Whitley ready, standing by

Top prospect preparing for potential MLB role after 2019 bumps
@SamDykstraMiLB
July 10, 2020

Prior to Wednesday, the last time Forrest Whitley stepped on the mound at Houston's Minute Maid Park was March 25, 2019 in a late-spring exhibition game against the Pirates. That three-inning outing was meant to provide the Astros faithful with a promising glimpse of the future. A lot has happened

Prospects in the Indians' 2020 player pool

Young bunch will mostly play at alternate site in Lake County
July 10, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

MiLB teams celebrate 2020 invincibility

'Undefeated' T-shirts put positive spin on difficult times
@BensBiz
July 9, 2020

At 5 p.m. on June 30, the news that many had feared finally became official: there would be no 2020 Minor League Baseball season. Amid the immediate and inevitable outpouring of sadness for the present and anxiety for the future, the Bowie Baysox found a silver lining. The Baysox, the

Prospects in the 2020 Red Sox player pool

Boston's four top-30 prospects could impact infield in short season
@SamDykstraMiLB
July 9, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Looking back at Semien's 2013 breakthrough

Oakland infielder torched Southern League opponents in July 2013
July 9, 2020

MLB.com listed Marcus Semien as the White Sox's eighth-best prospect in 2013, suggesting that the Cal product might best project "as a utility man, one who can punish left-handed pitching." Things looked a bit different after Semien proved dominant for Double-A Birmingham, ultimately earning Southern League MVP honors for the

Prospects in the Rockies' 2020 player pool

Infielder Rodgers leads group of Colorado reinforcements
@tylermaun
July 9, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Prospects in the D-backs' 2020 player pool

Arizona group stacked with young prospects for shortened season
@tylermaun
July 9, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Mariners phenom Rodriguez visits podcast

Mariners prospect Rodriguez sets Summer Camp expectations
July 9, 2020

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,

Prospects in the Padres' 2020 player pool 

Gore, Patino, Trammell all ready for Major League action
@katiejwoo
July 8, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Legend Ryan left mark in Minors before callup

Hall Of Famer put name in record books during '66 season
@RobTnova24
July 8, 2020

Before the remarkable 27-year Major League career in which he pitched a record seven no-hitters, compiled a record 5,714 strikeouts and earned 324 victories. Before he received the plaque in Cooperstown -- with 98.79 percent of the vote on his first ballot. And before he earned the nickname "The Ryan

Prospects in the Mariners' 2020 player pool

Reloaded system has Seattle excited, ready for this year and beyond
@MavalloneMiLB
July 8, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Oakland's Luzardo tests positive for COVID-19

Baseball's No. 12 prospect required to self-isolate for two weeks
@katiejwoo
July 7, 2020

Top A's prospect Jesus Luzardo has tested positive for COVID-19 and will need to self-isolate for at least 14 days, per Major League Baseball protocol. Ranked as MLB.com's No. 12 overall prospect, Luzardo was already on the A's 40-man roster and expected to boost a solid big league rotation, along

Prospects in the Pirates' 2020 player pool

Bucs balance Major League readiness and development needs
@jtbloss
July 8, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Prospects in the Yankees' 2020 player pool

Quest for 28th title undoubtedly will include club's prospects
@RobTnova24
July 7, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Did you know? South Atlantic League edition

Unique facts for each of the 14 teams on the Class A circuit
@BensBiz
July 7, 2020

When it comes to size, scope and longevity, few, if any, sporting bodies can rival Minor League Baseball. With 160 teams in nearly as many markets, there are innumerable nooks and crannies to explore. This marks the 10th installment in a 14-part series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique,

Prospects in the Tigers' 2020 player pool

Nine of club's top 10 prospects to play in Detroit, Toledo
July 7, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an