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Thomas, Perdomo at top of the class for D-backs

Arizona standouts make immediate impact at system's upper levels
@Gerard_Gilberto
October 25, 2021

Each offseason, MiLB.com goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their system. We start our 2021 Organization All-Stars series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Though the D-backs are just two years removed from

Duran showcasing multiple tools at plate in AFL

No. 7 Rangers prospect collects third consecutive three-hit game
October 25, 2021

Surprise 16, Mesa 15 In what can only be described as an old-fashioned slugfest, Ezequiel Duran continued his scorching AFL campaign. The No. 7 Rangers prospect fell a homer shy of the cycle and drove in two runs while increasing his average to .478 in 23 Fall League at-bats. Hitting

Spokane, Air Force base arrange unique partnership

High-A club aids veterans, community with ‘Operation Fly Together’
@Gerard_Gilberto
October 25, 2021

It’s an important and common practice for Minor League clubs to contribute to the communities they call home. High-A Spokane decided its philanthropic efforts were better accomplished in partnership with other community leadership. In 2017, the club joined forces with the City of Spokane for the "Redband Rally" campaign, which

Vilade scorches four hits to lead Rafters

No. 5 Rockies prospect reached base five times, drove in a pair
October 24, 2021

Salt River 8, Scottsdale 1 Ryan Vilade had himself a night after reaching base five times – collecting four knocks, including a double, and a walk – driving in a pair of runs and scoring. The fifth-ranked Rockies prospect posted his first multihit performance over nine games in the AFL

Yepez, Nootbaar continue to rake in desert

Cardinals outfielder, first baseman each homer, combine for 7 RBIs
October 23, 2021

Glendale 9, Surprise 2 A pair of top St. Louis talents, Lars Nootbaar and Juan Yepez, led the charge for the Desert Dogs with a homer and a double apiece. Nootbaar launched a 463-foot three-run to right field in the eighth and led off the game for Glendale with a

Wells, Duran power Surprise's offense in rout

Yankees catcher launches homer, Rangers infielder drives in five
October 22, 2021

Surprise 17, Scottsdale 2 It was all Surprise from the get-go in a dominant victory for the Saguaros. Led by three-hit games from Ezequiel Duran (TEX 7) and Austin Wells (NYY 6), Surprise scored three or more runs in four different innings to put up a season-best 17 runs, the

Podcast: Fresno's Taco Truck Throwdown returns

Fresno holding 10th edition of popular Taco Truck Throwdown
October 22, 2021

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 "Minor League Baseball podcast" on iTunes. The podcast is also available via Spotify,

Velazquez, Haake turning heads in AFL

Cubs outfielder scores four times, Royals hurler tosses blanks
October 21, 2021

Mesa 11, Scottsdale 9 Nelson Velazquez is enjoying his first week in the Arizona Fall League. The No. 29 Cubs prospect snapped a brief 1-for-10 skid by reaching base three times and scoring four runs for the Solar Sox on Wednesday. Velazquez stroked his third double of the fall campaign

Luciano, Rosario break out in the desert

Giants shortstop flexes twice, Padres infielder dazzles on both sides
October 19, 2021

Scottsdale 12, Glendale 4 Marco Luciano broke out in a big way for the Scorpions – homering twice and plating four runs during a 3-for-5 game. MLB Pipeline’s No. 5 overall prospect launched a three-run blast to left in the opening frame, crushed a solo shot to the same spot

Prospect season in review: Marlins' righty Meyer

No. 30 overall prospect reaches Triple-A in dominant first campaign
@Gerard_Gilberto
October 19, 2021

MiLB.com's Prospect Season in Review series spotlights players who shined brightest during the 2021 campaign. Here's a look at third-ranked Marlins prospect Max Meyer. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here. There were few pitchers in the Minors that were as consistently dominant as Max

Baty, Rodriguez rake at Arizona Fall League

Mets prospect stays red-hot, White Sox infielder has grand stand
October 19, 2021

Salt River 7, Scottsdale 6 Brett Baty's scorching start in the desert continued with another pair of tagged balls that went off the bat at over 102 mph -- one dropping for a two-bagger. MLB Pipeline’s No. 45 overall prospect led off the sixth inning with a double to left-center

Top prospects shine on Day 4 of Fall League

Wallner, Wiemer show pop; Donovan continues to rake in desert
October 17, 2021

Scottsdale 8, Peoria 2 Matt Wallner found the seats for the first time in the Fall League with an opposite-field two-run blast to open the scoring for the Scorpions. The 14th-ranked Twins prospect, who missed roughly two months during the season with a right wrist injury, was limited to 68

Torkelson, Mead, Criswell highlight AFL Day 3

Mead, Tork bring hot bats to desert; Criswell deals on hill
October 16, 2021

Scottsdale 4, Glendale 3 Curtis Mead brought his scorching bat from the regular season with him to the desert as the 20-year-old connected on a go-ahead three-run dinger in the seventh inning to provide the difference for the Scorpions. It was the first Arizona Fall League long ball for the

Copa de la Diversión an instant hit in three new markets

Clubs flourish in first foray into MiLB’s Hispanic-outreach initiative
@Gerard_Gilberto
October 15, 2021

For the three clubs that debuted new identities in Copa de la Diversión this season, the success of the initiative was built upon the program’s core concept of community outreach. Minor League Baseball’s celebration of the Latinx community set records in participation and attendance that already figure to be broken

Podcast: MiLBY Awards are back in 2021!

Tyler, Sam review nominees from all eight MiLBY categories
October 15, 2021

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 "Minor League Baseball podcast" on iTunes. The podcast is also available via Spotify,

Baty's bat, White's arm highlight Day 2 of the AFL

White dazzles on the mound, Baty stays hot with the bat in AFL
October 15, 2021

Surprise 1, Salt River 0 Owen White turned in the best pitching performance in the early going, tossing five scoreless innings on two hits and two walks while striking out five to lead the Saguaros. The No. 29 Rangers prospect generated 10 swing-and-misses among his 73 pitches, which included 46

Gorman goes yard in Arizona Fall League debut

Gorman, Torkelson, Gore headline return of Arizona Fall League
October 14, 2021

Glendale 4, Scottsdale 3 It's no secret that Nolan Gorman can hit for power. The 21-year-old has long been considered a slugger, but he was sent to the Arizona Fall League to get more defensive reps at second base and to further refine his overall offensive approach. Through one night,

Marvel, MiLB clubs forging their own origin story

New three-year partnership promises a universe of possibilities
@SamDykstraMiLB
October 13, 2021

Captain America sprinting up the line. Thor bringing the hammer at the plate. Spider-Man providing web gems. Hawkeye showing impeccable control. Rocket Raccoon entering from the mound for comic relief. Black Panther protecting home forever. Defenders of the Diamond, assemble. Minor League Baseball and Marvel Entertainment announced a promotional three-year

MiLB, Marvel Entertainment announce partnership

Storytelling giant to develop content for teams and ballparks across the United States
October 13, 2021

Minor League Baseball has announced a three-year partnership with Marvel Entertainment, one of the world’s most prominent storytelling brands, for an exciting event series that will play out in ballparks across all levels of MiLB starting in 2022. Today’s announcement was made at the “Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes” exhibit

From player to usher, with 40 years in-between

Williams, member of 1980 Alexandria Dukes, now FredNats staffer
@BensBiz
October 13, 2021

FREDERICKSBURG, Virginia -- In 1980, right-handed pitcher Wesley Williams played his third and final Minor League Baseball season as a member of the Alexandria Dukes. Forty-one years later, he is again employed by that very same franchise. The Dukes, established in 1978, relocated from Alexandria to Woodbridge, Virginia in 1984.

Prospect season in review: D-backs' Alek Thomas

No. 40 prospect tears up Triple-A pitching after promotion to Reno
@Gerard_Gilberto
October 12, 2021

MiLB.com's Prospect Season in Review series spotlights players who shined brightest during the 2021 campaign. Here's a look at third-ranked D-backs prospect Alek Thomas. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here. Throughout the final month of the 2021 season, Alek Thomas simply crushed everything at

Anime to actuality: Wu travels unique baseball path

Nanning, China native furthers career in Fredericksburg front office
@BensBiz
October 6, 2021

FREDERICKSBURG, Virginia -- Zhancheng Wu, director of production for the Low-A Fredericksburg Nationals, was a key part of the front office during the team's inaugural season at FredNats Ballpark. He created graphics, helped produce the livestream broadcast and assembled a wide variety of original video content, often with his dog,

MiLB announces Players of the Month for September

Winners come from 17 organizations; Dodgers lead with four
October 5, 2021

Minor League Baseball has announced the Player and Pitcher of the Month Award winners for September in each of the 14 leagues in Major League Baseball’s player development system. Triple-A East Buffalo Bisons (Blue Jays) outfielder Gregory Polanco led the league in home runs (nine) and total bases (68) and