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Minor League Baseball statement on player pay raises

February 15, 2020

Minor League Baseball (MiLB) issued the following statement today regarding Major League Baseball's (MLB) plan to increase Minor League player pay starting in 2021:

2020 Prospect Projections: NL West rookies

Lux prepared to make Dodgers impact; Padres' Gore closing in
February 14, 2020

This is the sixth in a six-part Toolshed series that uses FanGraphs' Steamer600 projections to look at how prospects would fare over a full Major League season in 2020. The system bases its forecast on 600 plate appearances for position players, 450 plate appearances for catchers, 200 innings for starting pitchers and

Batting Around: The ballpark name game

Minors stadiums, like teams they host, often switch monikers
February 13, 2020

Rebranding is a big part of the Minor League Baseball offseason, as teams across the country unveil new names and logos. But the rebranding doesn't necessarily stop there. Ballpark names also are subject to change.Ballpark name changes are most often precipitated by the expiration of previously existing naming rights agreements.

NBA's Baynes crosses over with MiLB caps

Suns center making instant connections with vast hat collection
February 12, 2020

Aron Baynes was born in New Zealand, grew up in a small town in Australia and has traveled the world playing basketball on the game's biggest stages. Along the way, he found that through Minor League Baseball, he didn't feel so far from home.In his 12th professional season playing in

Farm system rankings: Position players, 10-1

White Sox stacked with Robert, Vaughn, Madrigal on the way
February 12, 2020

With the 2020 season rapidly approaching, MiLB.com looks at the state of all 30 farm systems and ranks them in several different ways. This first installment, broken into three parts, focuses on position players and considers the quality and quantity of talent in each system. Here are the top 10

Nationals invite Garcia to spring camp

No. 97 prospect looking to make impact with defending champs
February 12, 2020

This spring, the defending World Series champions will get a closer look at one potential piece of their future.The Nationals have invited No. 97 overall prospectLuis Garcia to Major League Spring Training, the club announced Wednesday. Twenty-two players in total received non-roster invitations from Washington.

Ambassadors for Change: Destiny Whitmore

Spotlighting the people and programs that champion diversity and inclusion in MiLB
February 12, 2020

Minor League Baseball has placed diversity and inclusion at the forefront of its growth strategy. We strive to create an industry where all identities are represented, welcomed, valued and empowered to enhance our league's culture, creativity, innovation and comprehensive service to the communities we occupy. We strive to be the

Red Sox add Downs to big league camp

Day after acquisition finalized, top prospect gets spring invite
February 11, 2020

Jeter Downs and Connor Wong have a new employer, and they won't have to wait long to get acquainted.A day after they were included in the finalized blockbuster that sent 2018 American League MVP Mookie Betts to the Dodgers, Downs and Wong were among five non-roster players invited to big

Jays' Pardinho has Tommy John surgery

No. 5 prospect dealt with right elbow soreness last season
February 11, 2020

When Eric Pardinho was placed on the Injured List late last season, it was apparently a precautionary measure after he experienced discomfort in his pitching elbow. Now, just weeks away from the start of Spring Training games, it appears the issue is more serious.The fifth-ranked Blue Jays prospect underwent Tommy John

Farm system rankings: Position players, 20-11

D-backs, Orioles rising up; Pirates, Cardinals continue to excite
February 11, 2020

With the 2020 season rapidly approaching, MiLB.com is looking at the state of all 30 farm systems over the next month and ranking them in several different ways. The first installment, broken into three parts, focuses on position players and considers the quality and quantity of top talent in each

Whalen makes his pitch in return to Mets

Former pitching prospect comes full circle after battling anxiety
February 10, 2020

Rob Whalen knew he was making the right decision. He knew that walking away from the game he loved was necessary. Never mind his passion for baseball, the former prospect needed to get his life back on track.What Whalen didn't expect was how easy the decision had been. That was

Ambassadors for Change: Belicia Montgomery

Spotlighting the people, programs and stories that champion diversity and inclusion in Minor League Baseball
February 10, 2020

Minor League Baseball has placed diversity and inclusion at the forefront of its growth strategy. We strive to create an industry where all identities are represented, welcomed, valued and empowered to enhance our league's culture, creativity, innovation and comprehensive service to the communities we occupy. We strive to be the

Betts trade official with addition of Downs

No. 44 overall prospect, Wong going from Dodgers to Red Sox
February 8, 2020

Baseball's blockbuster trade is finally official with the key addition of Dodgers' shortstop Jeter Downs. Downs, MLB.com's No. 44 overall prospect, and catcher Connor Wong were added to the deal that sends 2018 American League MVP Mookie Betts, left-hander David Price and cash from the Red Sox to the Dodgers. The trade was finalized

Farm system rankings: Position players, 30-21

Witt leads next-gen Royals; Tigers' Greene striving for more
February 10, 2020

With the 2020 season rapidly approaching, MiLB.com looks at the state of all 30 farm systems and ranks them in several different ways. This first installment, broken into three parts, focuses on position players and considers the quality and quantity of top talent currently in each system. So, without further

Righty Pearson flocks to Blue Jays camp

Top prospect headlines 13 non-roster Spring Training invitees
February 7, 2020

Another year, another Top-10 prospect at Blue Jays camp.Following the footsteps of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., No. 8 overall prospectNate Pearson was invited to Toronto's big league camp on Friday, along with 12 other non-roster invitees.

Trammell trotting toward a turnaround

Second-ranked San Diego prospect seeks bounceback season
February 7, 2020

Taylor Trammell learned a lot over the past year. How could he not have? His fourth season of professional ball in Double-A Chattanooga kicked off with a ranking as Cincinnati's top prospect, continued with a trade to San Diego and concluded with a go-ahead grand slam that led Amarillo to

Toolshed: Twins' Larnach cleared for launch

No. 81 overall prospect is preparing to power up in third season
February 7, 2020

The Twins set a Major League single-season record with 307 home runs in 2019, outdoing the previous record (set by the Yankees one year earlier) by 40. Minnesota's full-season Minor League affiliates collectively hit exactly 500 homers, eighth-most among the 30 farm systems and the tops by an organization without

When Minor League promos go wrong

In summing up ballpark failure, the possibilities are endless
February 6, 2020

If you work in a Minor League Baseball front office, then you are intimately acquainted with feelings of failure. Over the course of 70 home games per season, not everything will go as planned.When it comes to promotions, in particular, the awry is inevitable. Theme nights, giveaways, fireworks, celebrity guests

Trash Pandas exceed canned expectations

Southern League team capitalizing on Major League mentality
February 5, 2020

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama -- The T-minus countdown to launch of the 2020 Minor League Baseball season is not raising beads of sweat on the brows of the Rocket City Trash Pandas. Everyone -- from front-office executives to retail merchandise salespeople -- is ready to play ball.In NASA jargon, the franchise's launch

2020 Prospect Projections: AL West rookies

Angels' Adell not quite ready; A's, Astros pitchers should be
February 4, 2020

This is the fifth in a six-part Toolshed series that uses FanGraphs' Steamer600 projections to look at how prospects would fare over a full Major League season in 2020. The system bases its forecast on 600 plate appearances for position players, 450 plate appearances for catchers, 200 innings for starting pitchers and

New ballpark dogs ready to play in 2020

They fetch bats, they carry water ... and they look good doing it
February 4, 2020

Bat dogs stole the baseball spotlight last spring after Finn, of Triple-A Las Vegas, had to work overtime to fetch a bat thrown by a Pacific Coast League umpire. Finn's video went viral and inspired us to track down all the other hardworking dogs of baseball. (You should also probably

Yankees invite Schmidt to spring camp

No. 88 prospect headlines New York's 19 non-roster invitees
February 3, 2020

After a rough start to his career, the good news keeps coming for Clarke Schmidt. The 23-year-old right-handed pitcher, who was named MLB.com's No. 88 overall prospect last month, was one of 19 players to receive a non-roster invitation to Major League Spring Training from the Yankees on Monday.

Twins' Lewis, Kirilloff, Larnach score invites

Nos. 9, 32, 81 overall prospects headed to Major League camp
February 3, 2020

Fresh off their first American League Central division title since 2010, the Twins are about to get a look at the next wave of reinforcements in Fort Myers.Minnesota extended non-roster invites to Major League Spring Training to No. 9 overall prospect Royce Lewis, No. 32 Alex Kirilloff and No. 81