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Mets' Peterson steps up, fans career-high 10

12th-ranked prospect registers career-best 10 strikeouts
32 minutes ago

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
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,'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
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
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
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.

They are the champions: MiLB's winningest clubs

A league-by-league overview of the teams that have the most titles
September 17, 2020

This is the time of year when Minor League championships are won. But the absence of a Minor League Baseball season has meant the absence of playoffs, which has meant the absence of championships. You, of course, already knew this. So enough talk about absence. This article is about those

Royals' Singer leaves prospect status behind in style

Righty tosses six scoreless innings in final start as a prospect
September 17, 2020

Brady Singer looked every bit a top pitching prospect in his final start as one. As he eclipsed his eligibility for inclusion on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 list, the No. 57 overall prospect allowed two hits and struck out eight over six innings in the Royals' 4-0 blanking of the

Former No. 1 pick Moniak promoted by Phillies

Injury brings top pick in 2016 Draft to Major Leagues for debut
September 16, 2020

Beset by injuries, the Phillies are bringing 2016's No. 1 overall pick to the Major Leagues. Outfielder Mickey Moniak was called up ahead of Wednesday's game against the Mets. Philly's No. 13 prospect was not in the starting lineup.

El Paso continues to honor innovative Diablos

Throwback identity still resonates with passionate fan base
September 16, 2020

When it launched fully in 2018, Minor League Baseball’s Copa de la Diversión initiative was based on a mission of community service, inclusiveness and engagement with Latinx fans across the MiLB landscape. In some markets, that’s been a critical thread in franchise identities for decades. In the Southwest, teams have

Houck dominates, strikes for charity in Sox debut

Boston's No. 10 prospect fans seven over five scoreless innings
September 15, 2020

Prior to his Major League debut Tuesday, Tanner Houck made it known that he wanted his first appearance on the mound to be about more than just baseball. He came through. Boston’s No. 10 prospect tossed five stellar innings in his first big league start, notching seven strikeouts -- and

5-7-5: River Cats' broadcaster pens book of haiku

Doskow's 'Goodnight Em' getting to go deep, three lines at a time
September 15, 2020

This past March, Johnny Doskow's long-established baseball routines were completely upended by COVID-19. This was the case for everyone, of course, but Doskow used his newfound free time in a particularly unique manner. The longtime voice of the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats penned and summarily self-published his debut book of

Toolshed: Recent noteworthy MWL seasons

Bichette, Tatis, Trout battle for top spot among Midwest standouts
September 15, 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're turning it into an appreciation of the full-season circuits as well. So Toolshed is revisiting the 10 most notable individual seasons put together

Red alert: Stephenson walks it off for Cincinnati

Club's No. 4 prospect belts pinch-hit homer in opener of double dip
September 14, 2020

A run-of-the-mill home run just isn't enough for Tyler Stephenson. The No. 4 Reds prospect slugged a pinch-hit walk-off homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead Cincinnati past visiting Pittsburgh, 3-1, in the first game of Monday's doubleheader. The two-run blast was Stephenson's second roundtripper as a

Combs brought major smiles to Minors

Former Pirates prospect lost battle with ALS this month
September 14, 2020

Paul Stabile felt like entering professional baseball meant starting life over. He was born in Brooklyn, went 33-0 as a high schooler on Staten Island and was selected in the eighth round of the 1987 Draft, thanks to a 202-strikeout season at a community college in Northern New Jersey. Beginning

The Road to The Show: Cubs' Amaya

Cubs No. 3 prospect has skills, mind-set to thrive behind plate
September 14, 2020

Each week, 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 Chicago Cubs catcher Miguel Amaya. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

Revenge: Sixto beats Phils in first complete game

Top Marlins prospect tosses three-hitter, beats Phillies
September 13, 2020

In his first chance to square off with the organization that signed him as an amateur in 2015 and traded him away four years later, Sixto Sanchez made it count. MLB Pipeline's No. 22 overall prospect twirled his first career complete game, a three-hitter over seven stellar innings, as the

Phillies prospect Howard placed on 10-day IL

Second-ranked prospect left Saturday start with shoulder stiffness
September 13, 2020

On Saturday night, top Phillies pitching prospect Spencer Howard left his start due to a shoulder issue. A day later, he went on the shelf. With two weeks left in the regular season, MLB Pipeline's No. 32 overall prospect was placed on the 10-day Injured List on Sunday with right

Anderson makes history with latest gem for Braves

No. 38 overall prospect first on team to go seven innings in '20
September 13, 2020

The Braves had gone the entirety of the shortened 2020 season without a starting pitcher making it through seven innings. Ian Anderson changed that on Saturday in Washington. MLB Pipeline's No. 38 overall prospect dealt seven scoreless frames to pilot Atlanta to a 2-1 victory over the Nationals in just

Phils' Howard pulled from start with stiff shoulder

Twins prospect Rooker suffers fractured right forearm
September 13, 2020

For a while on Saturday, it looked like Spencer Howard was on the way to his best start as a Major Leaguer. Now it's uncertain whether the Phillies' top pitching prospect will make his next start. Howard exited in the fourth inning of Philadelphia's 12-6 win at Miami with stiffness

Royals' Bubic picks up first Major League win

Royals No. 7 prospect follows Singer with another gem
September 12, 2020

The Royals’ rotation of the future is looking good -- now. One night after No. 58 overall prospect Brady Singer took a no-hitter into the eighth inning, Royals No. 7 prospect Kris Bubic picked up his first Major League win in a 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh. Bubic allowed a career-best

A's southpaw Puk to undergo shoulder surgery

No. 59 overall prospect was shut down earlier this week
September 11, 2020

Left-hander A.J. Puk's season is over before it ever began. The top A's prospect will undergo shoulder surgery next week, manager Bob Melvin announced before Friday night's game at Texas.

Beloit embracing change with new name, ballpark

Midwest League team puts five potential monikers up for fan vote
September 11, 2020

Between its under construction ballpark and name-the-team contest, things are going to look a lot different in Beloit, Wisconsin, next year. Now it's up to fans to decide whether that new downtown stadium will be full of cheese, polka music or something else entirely.