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'The Martian' launches into orbit for Somerset

Yankees' top prospect slugs first homer of '24 in three-hit night
@Jesus_Cano88
May 25, 2024

Jasson Dominguezchecked 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 during

Yard Goats' Amador busts out with career day

Top Rockies prospect collects five hits, with a pair of home runs
@RobTnova24
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
@thevandalorian
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
@allisonmast13
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
@BensBiz
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
@allisonmast13
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, 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 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
@Jesus_Cano88
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
@JesseABorek
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
@JoeTrezz
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
@RobTnova24
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
@JoeTrezz
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
@JoeTrezz
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

Road to The Show™: Tigers’ outfielder Clark

No. 13 overall prospect begins to flash five-tool potential
@Gerard_Gilberto
May 21, 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 Tigers second-ranked prospect Max Clark, who will be spotlighted each month as a Nationwide Road to The Show "featured player" in 2024. For more stories about players

He's a Travelin' man: Ford flourishes in leadoff spot

Seattle's No. 2 prospect collects season-high four hits, stolen base
@benweinrib
May 19, 2024

Harry Ford is not your typical catcher. He has rare athleticism behind the plate, with plus speed and an advanced approach that gives him a high offensive ceiling. MLB's No. 28 prospect put that well-rounded profile on display on Sunday with four hits -- the sixth such game of his

Kjerstad caps week in grand fashion for Tides

O's No. 4 prospect plays hero with bases-loaded walk-off homer
@thevandalorian
May 19, 2024

Heston Kjerstad slapped an exclamation point on his return to Triple-A. MLB’s No. 22 prospect clubbed a home run off the first pitch he saw Wednesday and ended his week with an even bigger added roundtripper. Kjerstad -- who had 10 homers in the International League prior to his promotion

Cards' Hence, Chiefs' Mathews rack up K's in droves

St. Louis pitching prospects display merits across system Saturday
@brendan_samson
May 19, 2024

It was a good night for Cardinals prospects -- pitchers, to be exact. In a Saturday Minor League slate that featured Top 30 prospect starting pitchers for three of the four St. Louis affiliates, the trio delivered on their rankings and then some. Tink Hence (Double-A), Quinn Mathews (High-A) and

Giant performance from San Jose's Eldridge

San Francisco's No. 3 prospect belts his first pro slam, logs 6 RBIs
@thevandalorian
May 19, 2024

Bryce Eldridge felt stuck. Returning from a hamstring injury in April, the Giants’ No. 3 prospect and 2023 first-round selection tried gaining his timing back at the plate on the fly. While his swing felt right, his rhythm felt off, as he made late movements toward pitches.

Minor League Player Spotlight: Nats' James Wood

MLB's No. 5 prospect hitting .462 with a 1.608 OPS in past week
@RobTnova24
May 18, 2024

James Wood entered the season with one goal on his mind -- finding consistency in his game. After a bit of a roller coaster season last year, the 21-year-old just wanted to create continued success on the field. Early on in 2024, it's safe to say: so far, so good.

Minor League Baseball partners with RADical Hope

Efforts will address mental health crisis among young adults
May 16, 2024

Minor League Baseball and RADical Hope announced a new partnership aimed at addressing the mental health crisis across the United States by empowering young adults with skills and resources so they are equipped to cope before they reach a crisis point. Beginning in May (Mental Health Awareness Month), select MiLB

Richmond's Bericoto catching on-- in the outfield 

Giants' former backstop showing pop, and 'best is yet to come'
May 18, 2024

RICHMOND, Va. -- Growing up, Victor Bericoto could only imagine what a professional baseball player feels in front of fans. His journey started as a catcher on his family’s team, called Las Vegas, in a stadium near his hometown in Maracay, Venezuela. Now, years later, he knows. “You can feel

All's well with Snell in Sacramento rehab outing

Giants lefty fans 10 over five hitless innings in latest rehab start
@benweinrib
May 18, 2024

In case there was any doubt, Blake Snell's stuff looks in top form and ready to return to the big leagues. The reigning National League Cy Young Award winner tossed his second straight hitless rehab start, this time striking out 10 overmatched hitters across five frames in Triple-A Sacramento's 5-1