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Bohm's big night not enough for Philadelphia

No. 28 overall prospect part of back-to-back-to-back home runs
@katiejwoo
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
@BensBiz
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
@tylermaun
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
@tylermaun
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
@BensBiz
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
@SamDykstraMiLB
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
@MavalloneMiLB
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
@jtbloss
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, MiLB.com 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
@tylermaun
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
@tylermaun
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
@jtbloss
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.

Toolshed: Tribe's Miller talks tools of trade

Infield prospect discusses place in Cleveland-San Diego blockbuster
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 11, 2020

Where do you begin when discussing a prospect trade in "these times?" Maybe start with the fact that the Trade Deadline was Aug. 31, one week before the Minor League season would have traditionally ended on Labor Day. Or maybe with the post-trade transition that consisted of two days of

Podcast: Amarillo's Wellman recalls postseason

Amarillo's Wellman recalls Texas League title, traded prospects
September 11, 2020

Check out the latest episode 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 "Minor League Baseball podcast" on iTunes. The podcast is also available via Spotify,

Royals' Singer all but unhittable for eight innings

No. 58 overall prospect gives up two-out single in eighth, fans eight
@katiejwoo
September 10, 2020

In just his ninth Major League start, Brady Singer nearly carved out his name in the record books. He settled for carving his way through the Indians' batting order. The third-ranked Royals prospect carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning, allowing a lone single and two walks while striking out

Dalbec smacks way into history with Red Sox

Red Sox No. 3 prospect fastest rookie to go yard in five straight
@brianjstultz
September 10, 2020

Bobby Dalbec already had announced his presence to Major League Baseball with authority. On Thursday, the third-ranked Red Sox prospect made sure the message was loud and clear. Dalbec homered in his fifth straight game en route to Boston's 4-3 win over Tampa Bay. With that shot, the infielder became

Rangers calling up Huff for MLB debut

Texas adding No. 75 overall prospect following Trevino injury
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 10, 2020

The catching position is about to get a whole lot bigger in Texas. The Rangers are adding No. 75 overall prospect Sam Huff to the Major League roster prior to Thursday's game against the Angels, the club announced. Outfielder Scott Heineman was optioned to the alternate training site to make

Lexington and Florence travel the Bourbon Trail  

Season on the rocks results in neat Kentucky baseball partnership
@BensBiz
September 10, 2020

Brandon Phillips is a member of the Lexington Legends. Ordinarily, this would sound absurd, and perhaps it still does. What set of circumstances would lead a 39-year-old Cincinnati Reds icon with more than 2,000 hits at the Major League level to come out of retirement to play for the Legends,

O's Mountcastle posts first four-hit game in Majors

No. 99 overall prospect delivers first four-hit game in big leagues
@AndrewAtBatt
September 10, 2020

Since his promotion to the Majors last month, Ryan Mountcastle has quickly become a force in the middle of the Orioles lineup. On Wednesday, he had his best game yet. One night after ripping two hits, the fifth-ranked O's prospect set a career high with four knocks, driving in one