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State of the System: Chicago Cubs

Amaya, Marquez form near future for the NL Central champs
@brianjstultz
December 4, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021. The Chicago Cubs are at a crossroads

Toolshed: Dunand making most of Dominican return

Marlins infielder off to strong start after missing camps in 2020
@SamDykstraMiLB
December 4, 2020

Joe Dunand played 11 games for Leones del Escogido in the Dominican Winter League (Liga de Beisbol Dominicano) last offseason. As of Thursday, he had once again played in exactly 11 games in LIDOM's 2020 iteration. In 2019, he went 4-for-26 (.154) with no homers. This time around, he leads

Rays' Franco to miss rest of winter league

No. 1 prospect should be ready for spring after offseason injuries
@SamDykstraMiLB
December 3, 2020

Thursday brought good news to the Rays organization and fans and bad news to anyone hoping to see the game's top overall prospect on the field this winter. Wander Franco was diagnosed with shoulder soreness and biceps inflammation, Tampa Bay announced after the shortstop met with doctors in St. Petersburg,

Knights' office space rental a suite deal

'Work from Home (Plate)' initiative provides break from daily grind
@BensBiz
December 3, 2020

In normal times, spending a weekday at the ballpark often meant that one had found a way to escape the office. In these abnormal times, however, the reverse is true: the ballpark itself is the office, providing the opportunity to escape from home. That's the premise behind the Charlotte Knights'

Cubs first-rounder Howard visits MiLB podcast

Chicago native Howard shares stories about start to Cubs career
December 3, 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,

State of the System: New York Yankees

Schmidt, Garcia lead arms race for perennial contenders
@RobTnova24
December 2, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021.

Minor League Promos of the Decade: 2015

Fresno Tacos highlight another season of theme jersey innovation
@BensBiz
December 1, 2020

The lack of a 2020 Minor League Baseball season meant the lack of gameday promotions. While there may not be any to look back on this year, there are still plenty of promotions upon which we can reminisce. This marks the sixth article in a year-by-year series chronicling of the

Toolshed's best teams of the decade

Ranking the top award-winning Minor League clubs of the 2010s
@SamDykstraMiLB
December 1, 2020

There was no Minor League season in 2020 and, unfortunately, that means there will be no MiLBY Awards this year either. In their stead, Toolshed is taking the next couple weeks to look back at MiLBY winners from the major categories in the 2010s. The series will rank all the

MLB Draft League set to open in 2021

Four NYPL clubs, Trenton to be founding members of new circuit
@SamDykstraMiLB
November 30, 2020

A new league is set to become the next proving ground for some of baseball's best prospects before they begin their professional careers. The Mahoning Valley Scrappers, State College Spikes, Trenton Thunder, West Virginia Black Bears and Williamsport Crosscutters will serve as inaugural members of the MLB Draft League, set

Pioneer League becoming MLB 'Partner League'

Eight teams transferring to newly independent circuit for 2021
@SamDykstraMiLB
November 30, 2020

A new brand of baseball is coming to the Mountain time zone in 2021. The Pioneer League has been designated a "Partner League" of Major League Baseball, both the circuit and MLB announced Monday. The move will transform the Rookie Advanced loop into an independent league and comes as part

State of the System: Toronto Blue Jays

Pearson, Martin soaring among balanced group of prospects
@AndrewAtBatt
November 30, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021.

The Road to The Show: Giants' Ramos

Giants' No. 3 prospect rising quickly with blend of power, speed
November 30, 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 San Francisco Giants outfielder Heliot Ramos. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

Virtual roundtable: Female leaders in MiLB

Front office executives reflect on their careers, state of the industry
@Kelsie_Heneghan
November 25, 2020

Earlier this month, the Miami Marlins named Kim Ng the first female general manager in the Major Leagues, joining a growing list of inspiring executives in affiliated baseball. In the wake of that historic news, six senior leaders from Minor League clubs came together virtually to exchange stories, celebrate Ng’s

Doyle emerging for Rockies despite downtime

No. 13 Colorado prospect impresses at fall instructional camp
@AndrewAtBatt
November 25, 2020

When Brenton Doyle hit the field for instructional camp with his fellow Rockies prospects, he knew the layoff from competitive action that lasted from spring to early fall amounted to the longest time away from baseball he could remember. Getting into the batter's box against a pitcher intent on getting

State of the System: Miami Marlins

Glut of top prospects propelled Miami to playoffs in 2020
@tylermaun
November 25, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021. The Major League season was barely underway

Rays' Brujan displays trickery in winter league

No. 41 overall prospect steals an out in Dominican Winter League
November 24, 2020

Vidal Brujan seems to have an excellent handle on the elusive sixth tool. The third-ranked Rays prospect made a subtle fib and stole an out in the eighth inning of his winter league debut as Toros Del Este edged Leones Del Escogido, 3-2, in the first game of a doubleheader

Toolshed: Reasons for NL systems to give thanks

Steps forward taken for farms' top tiers; more coming in 2021
@SamDykstraMiLB
November 24, 2020

Thanksgiving comes to the United States on Thursday. While there was no Minor League season in 2020, there are still plenty of reasons prospect fans can give thanks over the coming week. This concludes a two-part series in which Toolshed explains what fans of each of the 30 farm systems

Home plates: Jumbo Shrimp offer team-logo tags

Jacksonville's charity-driven license initiative travels a long road
@BensBiz
November 24, 2020

Earlier this month, the Double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp unveiled an initiative that, if successful, would be a first in Florida and a rarity throughout Minor League Baseball. The long-running Sunshine State franchise, in partnership with local environmental non-profit St. Johns Riverkeeper, is offering specialty license plates featuring the Jumbo Shrimp

State of the System: Cincinnati Reds

Greene, Lodolo aim to be kings of the hill in the Queen City
@MavalloneMiLB
November 23, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021.

The Road to The Show: Indians' Jones

Top Tribe prospect excels with patient approach, strong work ethic
November 23, 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 Cleveland Indians third baseman Nolan Jones. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

Top prospects protected from Rule 5 Draft

Top Minor Leaguers earning roster spots before Friday deadline
November 20, 2020

Friday marks the biggest day yet in the careers of some of the most prominent prospects in baseball. Others might be left wondering what comes next. The deadline by which eligible players must be added to 40-man rosters or else qualify for the Rule 5 Draft is Friday, 6 p.m.

Udder glory: Wisconsin wins Alter Ego Challenge

Timber Rattlers add to accolade collection for bovinic pseudonym
@JoshJacksonMiLB
November 20, 2020

At this point, the success of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers' alternative identity has become udderly re-moo-cow-ble. On Friday, the Wisconsin Udder Tuggers were named the winners of the Alter Ego Challenge, a fan-voted contest featuring a field of 28 teams. The sometime moniker of the Milwaukee Brewers' Class A affiliate

Toolshed: Reasons for AL systems to give thanks

Well-rounded systems, new faces in new places worth celebrating
@SamDykstraMiLB
November 20, 2020

Thanksgiving comes to the United States next Thursday. While there was no Minor League season in 2020, there are still plenty of reasons prospect fans can give thanks over the coming week. This begins a two-part series in which Toolshed explains what fans of each of the 30 farm systems

Angels' Rodriguez joins MiLB podcast

Angels' Rodriguez discusses road back from major back injuries
November 20, 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,

State of the System: St. Louis Cardinals

Tide turns as strong hitters follow pitching talent to the Majors
November 20, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlight prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offer a peek at 2021. The Cardinals were dealt a punishing schedule