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Indy's Skenes breaks down his wicked arsenal

MLB's No. 3 prospect dives into what makes his pitches so filthy
April 21, 2024

INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul Skenes was a national champion at LSU. He became a No. 1 overall pick with the Pirates in 2023. He’s been the Minors’ most dominant pitcher at Triple-A Indianapolis to begin 2024. And in many ways, he still thinks like that catcher calling pitches for Air Force

Aviators' Finn the bat dog calls it a career

Beloved black Labrador has been with Las Vegas since 2016
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One of the most beloved members of the Minor League Baseball community -- a very good boy -- called it a career on Friday night. Finn, bat dog of the Triple-A Las Vegas Aviators, officially retired from his bat retrieving and fan engagement duties and was given a fitting farewell

Padres' De Vries heading to Lake Elsinore

Top '24 international prospect bumped up at 17 years old
April 21, 2024

The Padres signed the top prospect of his international class. They brought him over stateside in his first professional spring, and his Minor League debut will come at a full-season level. Sound familiar?

Black does a little of everything for Sounds

Brewers No. 4 prospect caps big game with highlight-reel catch
April 21, 2024

Tyler Black loves playing in Triple-A Nashville. So when he had the chance of ending Sunday's game and sending the Sounds faithful home with a victory, MLB's No. 42 prospect risked it all to record the final out. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Omaha’s Cam

Bisons' Martinez still steering toward The Show

Jays No. 2 prospect caps scorching week with another home run
April 21, 2024

Forcing the hand of the organization might come into play for Orelvis Martinez. As the Toronto Blue Jays sit in the middle of the pack of the American League East a month into the season, a not-so-far-away contributor has put up videogame-like numbers for Triple-A Buffalo. MLB's No. 81 prospect

Manzardo hitting like a Guardian of the Galaxy

Cleveland's No. 2 prospect collects third homer in two games
April 21, 2024

Kyle Manzardo had himself a weekend. The Guardians No. 2 prospect launched three homers and amassed five extra-base hits in three games for Triple-A Columbus, capping off a nine-game stretch in which the lefty slugger has been firing on all cylinders at the dish.

From Single-A to The Show, Chourio bros teeing off

Jackson, Jaison slug homers on same day for first time in pro ball
April 20, 2024

Plenty of memories have been created by the Chourio brothers, Jackson and Jaison, throughout their lives. On Saturday, the dynamic duo added another one when they both homered on the same day for the first time in their professional careers. Jackson hit a go-ahead home run in the fourth inning

Minor League Player Spotlight: Carson Williams

MLB's No. 18 prospect led the Southern League with a 1.380 OPS
April 20, 2024

Carson Williams entered the season with a focus on building and being dedicated to his own routine and process -- both mentally and physically. He wanted to emphasize techniques he picked up during his climb of three levels of the Minors last season and his time at big league camp

Podcast: Skenes' hot start; Chili Buns details

Chatting about Skenes in Indianapolis; Chili Buns details
April 19, 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

Ben's Biz: Minor League promos for mid-April

Hockey Day, Awful Night, Chili Buns and so much more
April 19, 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 pomp and circumstance of Opening Day is in the rearview mirror and the world

K-OK: Dollander, Palmquist rack up the strikeouts

Rockies hurlers combine for 22 whiffs in Double-A, High-A outings
April 20, 2024

As inclement weather postponed the Rockies’ series opener with the Mariners on Friday, two of the club’s top prospective pitchers battled no elements en route to tearing up the Minor Leagues. No. 2 prospect Chase Dollander and No. 15 prospect Carson Palmquist combined for double-digit strikeouts in their respective starts,

Stellar Skenes fans 8, extends scoreless streak

Top Pirates prospect ties career high in strikeouts for Indians
April 18, 2024

INDIANAPOLIS -- Thursday night brought another Paul Skenes start, and that meant more triple-digit heat, more strikeouts, more zeros in the runs column … and another relatively abbreviated outing for the top pitching prospect in baseball. In his fourth outing of the young season, MLB Pipeline’s No. 3 overall prospect

Riggio goes Renegade during acrobatic double play

Yankees No. 18 prospect keys rather unconventional sequence
April 19, 2024

In the scorebook, the top of the seventh inning of Thursday’s contest between High-A Aberdeen and Hudson Valley concluded on a flyout to the shortstop, who threw back to the first baseman to complete a double play. But this was so much more.

Williams turns up heat further with 2-HR game

Reigning Southern League Player of Week delivers for Biscuits
April 19, 2024

You’ve heard how important it is for any player to get off to a hot start. Carson Williams has definitely bought into that philosophy. Few, if any, prospects have started the season stronger than MLB's No. 18 overall prospect. And Williams is showing no signs of slowing down. The latest

RailRiders' Gómez focused on return to The Show

No. 17 Yankees prospect refining five-pitch arsenal with SWB
April 18, 2024

Yoendrys Gómez’s heart felt like it was beating out of his chest, but completing his warmup routine soothed him. He tuned out the crowd at Toronto’s Rogers Centre as he made his way from the bullpen to the mound. The right-handed pitcher was making his Major League debut. “There are

Fisher launches three homers for Tourists

Tourists Best the Emperors 15-12 at McCormick Field
April 17, 2024

ASHEVILLE- The Asheville Tourists First-Baseman, Cam Fisher, made some history on Wednesday night in Asheville’s 15-12 win over the Rome Emperors. Fisher became just the third Tourists player in the last two decades to hit three Home Runs in a single game. Scott Schreiber accomplished the feat in 2021 while

Bisons' Martinez crushes 469-foot grand slam

Second-ranked Blue Jays prospect sends homer onto second deck
April 17, 2024

TORONTO -- Orelvis Martinez has the power to hit baseballs where they aren’t supposed to land. The Blue Jays’ No. 2 prospect launched a Statcast-projected 469-foot grand slam in the 10th inning Wednesday for Triple-A Buffalo, tilting the game late to give the Bisons a 12-9 win over Columbus, a

FredNats' Glasser shatters uber-rare game stat

Nationals prospect notches four-hit, four-RBI, three-SB game
April 18, 2024

It’s often said that you never know when you’re going to see history when you walk into a ballpark. That much was true for those in attendance at Virginia Credit Union Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, and it was the kind of history that could go easily unnoticed, particularly in the

Trio of Mets pitching prospects slay competition

Scott, Tidwell, Sproat making their pitches for stardom in Queens
April 17, 2024

A franchise known for developing some of the game's best pitchers over the past half-century hasn't uncovered many gems -- hidden or otherwise -- in recent years. But that might be starting to change. While we might not see comparisons drawn to the likes of homegrown aces Tom Seaver, Dwight