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Minor League Player Spotlight: Nats' James Wood

MLB's No. 5 prospect hitting .462 with a 1.608 OPS in past week
@RobTnova24
3:17 PM EDT

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.

Richmond's Bericoto catching on-- in the outfield 

Giants' former backstop showing pop, and 'best is yet to come'
12:44 PM EDT

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
@benweinrib
1:50 AM EDT

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
@BensBiz
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, 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 on Apple Podcasts. The podcast is also available via Spotify, Megaphone and other

Brennen Davis flips power switch on for I-Cubs

Chicago's No. 23 prospect regaining his swing and momentum
@JoeTrezz
May 16, 2024

Just two years ago, Brennen Davis was the star of the Cubs’ farm system and one of the most highly regarded prospects in all of baseball. But it’s been a difficult couple of years for Davis, whose career stalled was slowed by injuries and inconsistencies. That makes his current hot

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

Kjerstad homers on first pitch back at Norfolk

O's No. 4 prospect launches 11th Triple-A homer of the season
@JoeTrezz
May 15, 2024

Heston Kjerstad needed only one swing to herald his return to Triple-A -- with that loud, distinctive thwack of bat hitting ball destined for the seats. Optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk after a three-week stint in the Majors, MLB's No. 23 prospect wasted no time. Kjerstad homered on the first

M-Braves' new dynamic duo twirls pair of gems

Waldrep, Schwellenbach both dominate in Double-A twin bill
May 16, 2024

If Wednesday night's Mississippi doubleheader is any indication, the future on the Braves' hill looks scary good. As in the opposition should be scared. Two of Atlanta's top three prospects, Hurston Waldrep and Spencer Schwellenbach, dominated their respective starts en route to the Double-A Braves' sweep of visiting Biloxi at

Wanna see Fletcher get K's with a knuckleball?

Veteran INF Fletcher gets funky, strikes out the side at Triple-A
@JesseABorek
May 16, 2024

The late innings of lopsided contests are often times for things to get weird. But David Fletcher slinging unhittable knuckleballs? You can add that to the completed part of your baseball-watching bucket list. With Triple-A Gwinnett having played a doubleheader Tuesday and falling behind 10-2 through seven-and-a-half frames just hours

Omaha, MiLB, MLB partner for tornado relief auction

Auction proceeds will be shared among affected MiLB community relief efforts
May 15, 2024

PAPILLION, NEB. – The Omaha Storm Chasers, in conjunction with Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball, are proud to announce the start of an online auction to aid relief and rebuilding efforts in the Omaha Metro and the broader impacted communities. The auction, which will run May 15 to

Here are the top switch-hitters in the Minors

Check out these 11 handy prospects (with one more to grow on)
@benweinrib
May 14, 2024

In an era that places a premium on platoon advantages, switch-hitters can be the most versatile members of a lineup -- even if they've become increasingly hard to find. Over the past four seasons, the number of switch-hitting batters in the Majors has slowly ticked down from 10.7 percent in

'The Martian' doesn't waste time in first rehab start

Domínguez singles on the very first pitch he sees as DH for Tarpons
@JoeTrezz
May 14, 2024

“The Martian” is back. Healthy again, Jasson Domínguez got back in the batter's box for the first time since last September. MLB's No. 32 overall prospect grounded a single to right field on the first pitch he saw from former Yankees starter Domingo Germán, a 90.9 mph four-seam fastball. Domínguez

Road to The Show™: Cardinals' infielder Saggese

MLB's No. 88 prospect fueled by confidence in ability to reach bigs
@RobTnova24
May 14, 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 second-ranked Cardinals prospect Thomas Saggese. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. Since entering pro ball in 2021, Thomas Saggese has

Snell both immaculate, perfect in San Jose start

Giants rehabbing ace twirls 9-K first, sets next nine down too
@JoeTrezz
May 12, 2024

Ever wonder how dominant a reigning Cy Young Award winner could look if he was transported back to Single-A? Blake Snell did just that – and it was as unfair as you might expect. On a rehab assignment with Single-A San Jose as he eyes a return to San Francisco

Well done: Texas affiliate debuts Hub City identity

Spartanburgers set to debut in Carolina League for 2025 season
@BensBiz
May 11, 2024

Spartanburg’s nickname is the Hub City, the people who live there are known as Spartanburgers and, hey, come to think of it, who doesn’t love a good burger? Add it all up and you have the name of the South Carolina metropolis’ new Minor League Baseball team: the Hub City

Shell games: Turtle makes mad dash across outfield

St. Lucie, Bradenton interrupted by curious crawling visitor
@allisonmast13
May 11, 2024

It’s typically the hare that comes up short against the tortoise in fables, but on Saturday night, neither the St. Lucie Mets nor the Bradenton Marauders stood a chance against a turtle. In the top of the second inning at LECOM Park, the Single-A St. Lucie (Mets) were at-bat with

Bringing the Wood for Rochester in bunches

Nats' No. 2 prospect enjoys second two-homer game of the week
@JoeTrezz
May 11, 2024

It's become glaringly clear over the past few years that the future in the nation’s capital is bright. The Nationals took a step forward in 2023 and are improving again this year with a young core led by CJ Abrams and MacKenzie Gore. Not to mention that Washington has a

FCL Phillies throw first no-no of Complex League

Righties Segura, Peralta and Garcia combine on milestone feat
May 11, 2024

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The first no-hitter of the 2024 Florida Complex League came on Saturday, as Enrique Segura and a pair of relievers -- Adilson Peralta and Josbel Garcia -- held the FCL Tigers without a hit, leading the FCL Phillies to a 5-0 win at the Carpenter Complex. "It's

On the other hand, Rainiers' Diaz gets the out

Seattle lefty throws out runner at first with non-throwing hand
@thevandalorian
May 11, 2024

With a runner barreling towards first base, Jhonathan Diaz made an unorthodox decision. As the Triple-A Tacoma starter followed through in his delivery in the bottom of the sixth inning Friday night, the left-handed pitcher scampered to his right halfway up the third-base line and fielded a ground ball with

Ben's Biz: An evening with the (little) Giants

San Francisco's prospects start their pro journeys in San Jose
@BensBiz
May 10, 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: Ben returns from California adventure

Ben returns from road trip with plenty of California tales
May 10, 2024

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

Wood Ducks' Figuereo on path to carving legacy

Rangers' No. 25 prospect was molded by former All-Star pitcher
May 10, 2024

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- Gleider Figuereo grew up in Las Matas de Farfán, Dominican Republic, with two former Rangers pitchers as his role models: his dad, Victor, and former Major Leaguer Edinson Volquez. Unlike his dad or Volquez, Figuereo showed potential at the plate and a love for playing the infield,

Isotopes strike a chord with latest Copa victory

Three-time champion makes donation to local arts organization
@Gerard_Gilberto
May 10, 2024

The Isotopes understand the role that art plays in connecting with the local Albuquerque community. “If you talk to people in New Mexico, they won't really tell you that they're artists. It's just sort of in the soil here. Everyone is in some way connected to art,” said Ana Romero,