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Rodriguez gets into great routine with Wind Surge

Twins No. 3 prospect homers off Snelling, makes tough OF catch
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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
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
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
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
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
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
May 21, 2024

Each week, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Ben's Biz gets crackin' with the Modesto Nuts

Road to the Emerald City begins at the club's Single-A affiliate
May 17, 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

Podcast: Fort Wayne puts emphasis on mental health

Fort Wayne's Nutter details club's focus on mental health
May 17, 2024

Check out the latest episodes 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 on Apple Podcasts. The podcast is also available via Spotify, Megaphone and other