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Hats all folks: Top MiLB caps at the Futures Game

Seven of the best hats top prospects wore during All-Star Weekend
@JoshJacksonMiLB
6:56 PM EDT

This year's Futures Game featured more old-fashioned, Minor League-style fun than ever, and the most visible addition was one fans could see at every moment. Each of the 45 players who appeared in the game wore on his head the cap of his Minor League team. As a result, some

Road to The Show™: Mets’ righty Sproat

No. 96 overall prospect among Minors’ fastest rising hurlers
@Gerard_Gilberto
July 16, 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 sixth-ranked Mets prospect Brandon Sproat. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. There are few players in the Minor Leagues who

Collier's clout leads to Futures Game MVP Award

MLB's No. 84 prospect slugs long homer to lead National League
July 13, 2024

ARLINGTON -- As Cam Collier rounded second base in the third inning of Saturday’s All-Star Futures Game, he spotted his family in the crowd, pointing at them after his solo home run had accounted for the game’s first run. “To look in the stands as I rounded the bases was

Prospect-by-prospect look at the Futures Game 

Here’s how all 30 teams’ players performed in Saturday's contest
July 13, 2024

The next generation took a turn in the spotlight in Saturday's All-Star Futures Game. An American League team hosted the festivities at Globe Life Field, but it was the National League that pulled out the 6-1 victory behind the big bats of the game's Most Valuable Player Cam Collier and

Futures Skills Showcase hits a home run in debut

No. 2 Red Sox prospect Anthony overall winner of inaugural event
July 13, 2024

ARLINGTON -- First things first, MLB Pipeline's No. 14 overall prospect Roman Anthony would like to apologize to Double-A Portland manager Chad Epperson. After failing to score points via the bunt in the first round and finding himself in sixth entering the third and final challenge of the inaugural Futures

Top moments from the 2024 All-Star Futures Game

From homers to high heat, there was action aplenty at showcase
July 13, 2024

The 25th annual MLB All-Star Futures Game took place at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday with the National League earning a 6-1 victory over AL prospects. This year’s contest was followed by the inaugural Futures Skills Showcase, a three-round hitting challenge inspired by fan-favorite baseball video games,

Mascots, Minor League fun part of Futures Game

Swamp Possum, Dizzy the dog among those in attendance at event
July 13, 2024

ARLINGTON -- In case you haven’t noticed, Globe Life Field is BIG. It measures 1.8 million square feet. The distance from the playing field to the highest point of the 5.5-acre retractable roof is 278 feet. Each exterior side measures 785 by 815 feet. There isn’t just a “third deck,”

All-Star Futures Game to have distinctly MiLB flair

Ballpark dogs, mascots and more: 25th anniversary goes big on fun
July 12, 2024

The All-Star Futures Game is the biggest stage on which top prospects from around the Minor Leagues have the opportunity to demonstrate their talent and give us a glimpse of baseball’s future. It has been played annually each summer since 1999. But this year’s event, which takes place on Saturday

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

Ben's Biz: Dancing like a chicken in Memphis

Ben watches the Chicks at AutoZone Park with the Redbirds
@BensBiz
July 12, 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

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

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.

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.

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

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