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The Road to The Show™: Luis Robert

White Sox outfielder climbed three Minors levels in 2019
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Each week, 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 White Sox outfielder Luis Robert.. Signed by the White Sox for $26 million in 2017 after defecting from Cuba the previous fall, Luis Robert

Red Wings take pride in IL's oldest moniker

Rochester franchise adopted name under Cards' ownership in '20s
April 5, 2020

With so much focus year after year on the newest and wildest rebranding projects in Minor League Baseball, takes a look at the flip side. This spring and summer, we will be profiling the team in each league with its longest continually used nickname. First up: the International League's

Nix and Betts build it, so they can train

Padres hurler, Rays catcher work together to craft bullpen
April 3, 2020

For about three years, Jacob Nix had mulled over constructing his own pitching mound. But with access to countless fields, training facilities and bullpens in just about every area of the country, there was never a dearth of places to throw from and the Padres right-hander never felt the need

Toolshed: Numbers of the decade

Revisiting MiLB leaders in major categories from 2010-19
April 3, 2020

We should be focusing on the baseball meant to be coming next week. Instead, this additional layoff gives us even more time to reflect on that baseball that already came.The 2010s was a fascinating decade for the Minor Leagues and prospects across the baseball landscape. The period began with the

Whitecaps use Copa de la Diversión to connect

West Michigan forging closer ties with its sister city in Mexico
April 3, 2020

¡Ser un fan! is a content series designed to spotlight and embrace the people, programs, culture and stories that champion Copa de la Diversión's community impact and further advance Minor League Baseball's continuous efforts to diversify the game and business of baseball.Since the Class A West Michigan Whitecaps' inaugural season

With historic K's, Mitchell carved own legend

Teenage girl pitches for Lookouts, whiffs Yanks' Ruth, Gehrig
April 2, 2020

There are many legends surrounding Babe Ruth and his mighty bat, his larger-than-life persona that commanded every ballpark and every camera. But this tale is about the Great Bambino striking out and the pitcher who maybe fooled him.This is a story about a girl named Jackie.

In it for the long haul: A fan, remembered

An appreciation of Bruce Rogers, passionate High Desert supporter
April 2, 2020

On Dec. 30, 2019, Bruce Rogers died at the age of 79. Rogers, who lived most of his life in Victorville, California, was a husband, father, military veteran and heavy haul trucker who enjoyed a career highlight of sorts when he transported a stolen one-man submarine back to its rightful staffers chart dream road trips

Journeys would cover Minor Leagues across US (and Canada)
April 1, 2020

Recently, staffers pondered our favorite Minor League memories. That got us wondering about going the extra mile -- namely working up our dream road trips. And the results traverse the country, encompassing all levels and organizations of Minor League Baseball.

Working from Home journals: Making adjustments

MiLB front office staffers chronicle life during social distancing
April 1, 2020

Baseball is a game of adjustments. These days, there are a lot of adjustments to be made. Instead of preparing for an imminent Opening Night, many Minor League Baseball team employees are now working from home. They're staying indoors, washing their hands and, to the extent possible, going about business as

Toolshed dream lineup: The 20-year-olds

Kelenic, Patiño lead strong class of those playing at 20 in '20
March 31, 2020

There may be no Minor League Baseball games yet, but that's not going to stop us from dreaming about lineups.In the coming weeks, Toolshed will craft the best possible prospect lineups, sorted by age. The opening edition focused on teenagers. This time, we turn our attention to prospects entering their age-20

Law swings for the fences against coronavirus

Former Minor Leaguer steps to the plate in fight against pandemic
March 30, 2020

Only the uninhabited reaches of the planet have been spared from the coronavirus. What began as a tidbit in the news has morphed into a worldwide pandemic that is stymying medical experts, crippling economies and frightening the nearly eight billion people who call Earth home.Yet in times of crisis, mankind

Buffalo baseball lore gets modern retelling

Overfield revives historian father's greatest work after 35 years
March 30, 2020

In some ways, Jim Overfield picked up his father's work long before it started.Joe Overfield began a day job for a local insurance company in the 1940s. But he published his passion project, "100 Seasons of Buffalo Baseball," in 1985. It was an encyclopedic opus written by a man whose

MiLB offering fans free preview of MiLB.TV

Streams available for 6,500 games from the 2019 season
March 27, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) today announced it is offering a free preview of MiLB.TV ®, its subscription-based streaming service, to all fans during the delay of the 2020 season. New and existing subscribers are invited to stream more than 6,500 games from the 2019 season, beginning

Marlins option Harrison, Neidert to Triple-A

Outfielder, right-hander rank among system's top 10 prospects
March 28, 2020

Two of the Marlins' top 10 prospects are heading to Triple-A Wichita.Outfielder Monte Harrison, ranked ninth in the system, and right-hander Nick Neidert (No. 10) have been optioned to the Pacific Coast League, the team announced Saturday.

Report: Twins' top trio assigned to Minors

Lewis, Kirilloff, Larnach all produced in Grapefruit League play
March 28, 2020

Just before Major League Baseball begins a roster freeze amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the top three prospects in the Twins system were reshuffled.Royce Lewis,'s ninth-ranked overall prospect, No. 32 Alex Kirilloff and No. 81 Trevor Larnach were assigned to Minor League camp, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Friday. The pause in

Toolshed: Dreaming of 2020 debuts

Predicting prospect arrivals under normal circumstances
March 27, 2020

Major League Opening Day was meant to be Thursday, and eight more games were originally scheduled for Friday. We should be spending these days -- two weeks out from the original Minor League Opening Day -- talking about players achieving their dreams of reaching The Show for the first time.

Fans' guide to the best 2019 MiLB.TV games

From Mize to May, 10 standout performances to relive right now
March 26, 2020

No-hitters. One game, one man, four home runs -- and a cycle. Epic entertainment.The 2019 Minor League Baseball season was full of amazing performances by individuals and teams alike. Now you can rewatch all these feats with a free MiLB.TV preview! (Non-subscribers will only need to create a account

White Sox option Kopech to Triple-A Charlotte

No. 20 overall prospect has not pitched since September 2018
March 26, 2020

While there's no timetable for when baseball may resume, Michael Kopech will begin the year in the Minors when it does. The White Sox optioned their third-ranked prospect to Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday. Kopech, who had Tommy John surgery in 2018, made one Spring Training start on March 10 before the

Alone together: Teams forge connections

In time of isolation, Minors clubs across country show creativity
March 26, 2020

If you work in Minor League Baseball, the last week of March is crunch time. Opening Day looms and everyone, no matter their role, is checking last-minute to-do items off of what seems to be an endless list.

Rays option McKay to Triple-A Durham

No. 15 overall prospect returning to Minors when season begins
March 26, 2020

On what was meant to be Major League Opening Day, one of the game's top prospects found out what his opening assignment will be once the 2020 season begins in earnest.The Rays optioned Brendan McKay --'s No. 15 overall prospect -- to Triple-A Durham on Thursday. No. 17 Tampa staffers recall favorite memories

On and off the field, Minor League moments treasured to this day
March 25, 2020

A perfect game, a national anthem performance and a total eclipse. Just some of the Minor League moments that quickly came to mind for the editorial staff when asked to share some favorite memories. And that was just the tip of the iceberg. The following are recollections our staffers

Toolshed dream lineup: The teenagers

Picking best young prospects position by position entering 2020
March 24, 2020

There may be no Minor League Baseball right now. That's not going to stop us from dreaming about lineups.In the coming weeks, Toolshed will craft the best possible prospect lineups, sorted by age groups. This opening edition focuses on teenagers, i.e., those who will be playing at age 17, 18

Minor League teams reminisce about retro logos

Burlington's tweet sparks trip down visual memory lane for clubs
March 24, 2020

Like all of us, Minor League teams across the country are trying to navigate a new normal and figure out how to keep themselves occupied on this strange frontier. Fortunately, social media can be a tool to unite, as the Class A Burlington Bees discovered last week.Burlington invited teams around

Bishop bringing steady head into the future

Giants first-rounder poised for success when baseball resumes
March 23, 2020

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona -- For Hunter Bishop, the last year has been all about learning to stay, in his words, "even-keeled."At 21 years old and in his first Spring Training -- which was cut short when baseball took a back seat to safety with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic --'s

Pirates' Hayes optioned to Triple-A Indy

No. 41 overall prospect to open back in Minors after solid spring
March 20, 2020

Unlike Jerry Seinfeld, Ke'Bryan Hayes actually wants to be a Pirate. Following Friday's news, he'll have to wait a little longer to get that official designation. Pittsburgh optioned's No. 41 overall prospect to Triple-A Indianapolis, the organization announced. Right-handers Geoff Hartlieb, Yacksel Ríos and Edgar Santana, left-hander Sam Howard, infielder Cole Tucker and outfielder Jason