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Toolshed: Reasons for NL systems to give thanks

Steps forward taken for farms' top tiers; more coming in 2021
@SamDykstraMiLB
29 minutes ago

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
in 42 minutes

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

Minor League promos of the decade: 2014

Outlandish apparel took center stage, courtesy of the theme jersey
@BensBiz
November 19, 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 fifth article in a year-by-year series chronicling of the

State of the System: Houston Astros

Whitley leads developing group of high-potential talent
November 18, 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. This year was an unorthodox one, to

Alter Ego boost: Four teams advance to Finals

Wisconsin, Pensacola, Clearwater and Fresno vying to win it all
@BensBiz
November 17, 2020

Vote in the MiLB Alter Ego Challenge presented by Stouffer’s for your chance to win a Stouffer’s prize pack from their new retail store! Looking for MiLB team merch for your favorite alternate identity? Click here. It's time to take a second look at Minor League Baseball's best second looks.

Toolshed: Rule 5 Draft protection preview

Evaluating which top prospects will be added to 40-man rosters
@SamDykstraMiLB
November 17, 2020

The 40-man roster additions are coming. The 40-man roster additions are coming! As discussed in the last Toolshed, Nov. 20 is a big day on the baseball calendar. It's the deadline at which eligible players must be added to their respective 40-man rosters or they'll be left vulnerable to the

State of the System: Milwaukee Brewers 

Ashby, Williams, Turang taking Brewers system to next level
@katiejwoo
November 16, 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: Tigers' Manning

2016 first-rounder could be gem of Tigers' pitching posse
November 16, 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 Detroit Tigers right-hander Matt Manning. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

Giants' Canario undergoes shoulder surgery

No. 7 prospect tore left labrum during recent instructional camp
@jtbloss
November 14, 2020

Giants outfielder Alexander Canario underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum after dislocating his left shoulder during the final week of the team’s instructional camp in Scottsdale, Arizona. The team's seventh-ranked prospect will return to Arizona soon to begin rehabbing.

State of the System: San Francisco Giants

Bart, Ramos will play major part in ongoing youth movement
@brianjstultz
November 13, 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. Following a decade in which the San

Toolshed: Top 2016 picks meet Rule 5 protection

Gauging which prep selections will be added to 40-man rosters
@SamDykstraMiLB
November 13, 2020

Next Friday will be an important day on any prospect lover's calendar. Nov. 20 is the date by which Major League clubs have to add eligible players to their 40-man rosters or leave them unprotected for this year's Rule 5 Draft, which will take place on Dec. 10. Rule 5-eligible

A's Deichmann visits Minor League podcast

A's prospect Deichmann previews potential 40-man addition
November 13, 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,

Verdi's Minor League career had staying power

IL Hall of Famer was in affiliated ball dirt or dugout for five decades
@JoshJacksonMiLB
November 12, 2020

A host of players have piled up astonishing accomplishments over long professional careers on the diamond without making a lasting impression on the game's most celebrated stage. Monsters of the Minors provides introductions to Minor League legends sometimes overlooked by fans of baseball history.

Trash Pandas attempt world-record food drive

Toyota Field serves as donation site for massive philanthropic event
@BensBiz
November 12, 2020

The Rocket City Trash Pandas recently staged one of the most successful and impactful events in the short history of the franchise. They also fell short of a much-publicized stated goal. Two things can be true at the same time. The Rocket City Trash Pandas, located in the greater Huntsville,

Rangers' Crouse on track for 2021 return

Sixth-ranked prospect had elbow surgery following '19 season
@tylermaun
November 12, 2020

The Rangers got positive returns from a lot of highly regarded prospects on the field at their alternate training site during baseball’s off-kilter 2020 season. One of Texas’ top talents wasn’t included in that group, but he's still been progressing in the offseason. Sixth-ranked Rangers prospect Hans Crouse has become

Royals' Pratto continues to make strides

Royals No. 12 prospect progresses after disappointing 2019 season
November 11, 2020

After watching dozens of his team’s prospects battle it out all summer at the alternate training site and into the fall at two instructional camps, Royals vice president and assistant general manager of player personnel J.J. Picollo didn’t hesitate when asked which player made the biggest jump. "I think if

State of the System: Philadelphia Phillies

Club bullish on pitching talent beyond top prospect Howard
@jtbloss
November 11, 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. There are things to like about where

Determining the Minors' best alternate identity

Caucuses to Corny Dogs, MiLB.com staffers select their favorites
November 10, 2020

Vote in the MiLB Alter Ego Challenge presented by Stouffer’s for your chance to win a Stouffer’s prize pack from their new retail store! Looking for MiLB team merch for your favorite alternate identity? Click here. As vibrant and fanciful as their full-time counterparts, Minor League Baseball’s alternate identities represent