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Toolshed: Handicapping NL Rookie of the Year race

Cronenworth, Bohm, Williams lead crowded field on senior circuit
@SamDykstraMiLB
10:00 AM EDT

Sunday brings the end of the 2020 Major League regular season already, meaning potential award contenders have one final weekend to prove themselves to BBWAA voters. Without a Minor League season, most prospect fiends only have had the Rookie of the Year races in the American and National Leagues to

Fresno's Young motivated to empower others

Latina leader knows 'there's space for us' in sports industry
10:15 AM EDT

During Minor League Baseball’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and #ForTheLoveOfBéisbol from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, Más Allá del Diamante will feature a Hispanic, Latino, Latina and Latinxs leader from an MiLB community. In this edition, we visit with Jazzmine Young, partnership services manager for the Fresno Grizzlies (Fresno

Carlson starting to soar at plate for Cardinals

Baseball's No. 15 overall prospect goes deep, drives in three runs
@AndrewAtBatt
12:33 AM EDT

On the night Yadier Molina collected his 2,000th career hit, the next generation in the form of Dylan Carlson also stepped up for the Cardinals in their playoff push. Two days after recording his first three-hit game in the Majors, the top St. Louis prospect posted another multi-hit game with

The Show Before the Show: MiLB's Biggest Fan

Jodi Compton shares memories as MiLB's Biggest Fan winner
September 24, 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,

Mariners prospects reading for a cause in Tacoma

Players inspiring discussion of social issues with area school kids
@katiejwoo
September 24, 2020

The Seattle Mariners are hopeful that their promising Minor League pipeline will boost the big league club in the near future. In the meantime, players at their alternate training site in Tacoma are aiming to make a difference in society at large.

Chronicling Copa, from coast to coast

Traveling MiLB scribe details 'Fun Cup' ballpark experiences
@BensBiz
September 24, 2020

Team names and logos often tell a regionally specific story, and this is especially true in the sprawling and eccentric world that is Minor League Baseball. Copa de la Diversión, an ever-growing Hispanic fan engagement initiative, has made it possible for many more stories to be told. Copa de la

Arozarena homers twice in Rays' AL East clincher

No. 19 prospect homers twice; Tampa Bay locks up AL East
@katiejwoo
September 24, 2020

On the verge of clinching their first division title since 2010, the Tampa Bay Rays were looking for a celebration. Randy Arozarena was the perfect party planner.

The Road to The Show: Twins' Kirilloff

Twins No. 2 prospect has become one of Minors' best pure hitters
September 23, 2020

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 Minnesota Twins outfielder/first baseman Alex Kirilloff. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

On the spot: Wilson powers Braves to playoffs

Fifth-ranked prospect tosses five scoreless to clinch division
@tylermaun
September 22, 2020

Pressed into starting duty by an injury-ravaged rotation, Bryse Wilson stepped up and pitched his team to the postseason. Atlanta’s No. 5 prospect dealt five scoreless innings, striking out seven while allowing just three hits and one walk as the Braves clinched their third straight National League East title with

Report: Pirates' Cruz involved in deadly collision

Shortstop 'cooperating fully' with authorities in Dominican Republic
September 22, 2020

Pirates prospect Oneil Cruz was involved in a traffic collision that killed three people on Monday, according to a report out of the Dominican Republic. Cruz, the Bucs' No. 3 prospect and No. 60 overall, was the driver of a vehicle that struck a motorcycle on the Sanchez Highway near

Welcome, citizens: I-Cubs tradition carries on

Des Moines club hosts annual on-field naturalization ceremony
@BensBiz
September 22, 2020

A pandemic, social upheaval and myriad natural disasters during a tumultuous presidential election cycle may obscure the point, but nonetheless: The United States of America is a desirable place to live. Every year, the Triple-A Iowa Cubs stage a unique ballpark event that makes this sentiment abundantly clear. Since 2009,

Fun facts about Triple-A championships

From the Little World Series to the national title game
@Kelsie_Heneghan
September 22, 2020

A championship by any other name would still be as sweet to win. And at the Triple-A level, there have been a lot of names. From the first Little World Series in 1904 to the Triple-A National Championship Game fans know today, hundreds of prospects and farmhands have played for

Toolshed: Recent noteworthy SAL seasons

Martinez, Gallo showed slugging ways; Edwards, Corry shoved
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 22, 2020

This space started honoring the short-season leagues after their respective campaigns were delayed in June. Now, following the cancellation of all Minor League Baseball in 2020, we've turned it into an appreciation of the full-season circuits as well. So Toolshed has been revisiting the 10 most notable individual seasons put

Sun sets on Arizona Fall League season for 2020

Prospect showcase circuit was due to open campaign Thursday
@tylermaun
September 21, 2020

Autumn in Arizona usually means the start of the Arizona Fall League. This year, that won’t be the case. The AFL’s 2020 campaign has been scrapped, MLB chief baseball development officer Tony Reagins confirmed to MiLB.com. Baseball America first reported the season’s cancellation.

Kirk powers Blue Jays with perfect night at plate

Sixth-ranked Jays prospect homers, doubles in first multi-hit game
@brianjstultz
September 21, 2020

Alejandro Kirk hadn't played above Class A Advanced before he was brought up on Sept. 12. The sixth-ranked Toronto prospect had two hits in the Majors heading into Monday's game. By the end of the night, he had tripled that number. Kirk went a perfect 4-for-4 -- smacking a homer

El Paso's Rodriguez a model of success, inspiration

Manager has led teams in Minors, Majors, World Baseball Classic
September 21, 2020

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Lunes de Legacy, presented by Nationwide, shines a spotlight on Hispanic, Latino, Latina and Latinx stories throughout MiLB of those who have forged an impressive path and left a legacy in their wake. These individuals have inspired a new generation, currently writing their own

Houck ends Yankees' hex in Fenway Park debut

10th-ranked Red Sox prospect takes no-hitter into sixth inning
@tylermaun
September 20, 2020

Tanner Houck introduced himself to Red Sox fans last week with a strong -- and charitable -- Major League debut. On Sunday, he introduced himself to Fenway Park with an even better performance against his team’s archrival. Houck took a no-hitter into the sixth and ended up allowing an unearned

Mets' Peterson steps up, fans career-high 10

12th-ranked prospect registers career-best 10 strikeouts
September 20, 2020

A bout with shoulder fatigue was a speed bump for David Peterson as he blossomed into one of the few stable arms in the Mets’ ailing rotation. But he seemed to jump back in without missing a beat Saturday night. The 12th-ranked Mets prospect recorded a career-high 10 punchouts over

Carlson rejoins Cards, homers to cap comeback

No. 16 overall prospect returns from alternate site with a bang
September 19, 2020

Dylan Carlson didn’t take long to make an impact after returning from the Cardinals' alternate training site. St. Louis’ top-ranked prospect went 2-for-3 and crushed a three-run homer in his first start since being sent to Springfield, capping a late comeback effort as the Cardinals completed a sweep of the

White Sox call up 2020 first-rounder Crochet

No. 11 overall pick becomes first member of class to reach MLB
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 18, 2020

It didn't take long for the 2020 Draft to make an impact on Major League Baseball. The White Sox are calling 2020 No. 11 overall pick Garrett Crochet up to the Majors, general manager Rick Hahn announced Friday. Crochet will be the first player from the 2020 Draft class to

Podcast: White Sox exec Getz talks prospects

White Sox exec Getz discusses prospect contributions, alt site
September 18, 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,

Rangers' Vanasco to undergo elbow surgery

No. 18 Texas prospect likely to miss 2021 after elbow procedure
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 18, 2020

Ricky Vanasco wasn't able to pitch in a Minor League game in 2020. It's unlikely he will be able to do so in 2021 either. The Rangers' No. 18 prospect will undergo Tommy John surgery, Texas announced Friday. The elbow procedure will be performed by Dr. Keith Meister next Monday

Toolshed: Mets' Allan back in Brooklyn

Righty returns to MCU Park one year after playoff perfection
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 18, 2020

Maybe he hasn't been around long enough to settle a debate on whether Di Fara or L&B Spumoni Gardens serves the best pizza. He may not have yet developed his own power ranking on each of the borough's neighborhoods. Heck, because of pandemic-related closures, he hasn't even gotten to ride

Modesto's Hernández is Minors role model

How Modesto's Hernández became a Minor League role model
September 18, 2020

During Minor League Baseball’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and #ForTheLoveOfBéisbol from Sept. 15 - Oct. 15, Más Allá del Diamante will feature a Hispanic, Latino, Latina or Latinx leader from a MiLB community. In this edition, we visit with Verónica Hernández, director of marketing and promotions for the Modesto

Bohm's big night not enough for Philadelphia

No. 28 overall prospect part of back-to-back-to-back home runs
@katiejwoo
September 17, 2020

Alec Bohm showed Philadelphia the benefits of having him bat between Bryce Harper and Didi Gregorius on Thursday night. Philadelphia's top-ranked prospect fit right in with the seasoned veterans, hitting the middle long ball of a back-to-back-to-back sequence as the Phillies fell to the Mets, 10-6, at Citizens Bank Park.