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State of the System: Kansas City Royals

Kowar, Lynch look to follow lead of fellow hurlers Singer, Bubic
October 28, 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. Much was made of the previous generation

Arozarena belts a parting shot in World Series

Tampa Bay's No. 19 prospect caps postseason with 10 home runs
@tylermaun
October 28, 2020

In what turned out to be the season’s final night, Randy Arozarena took a bow. Though it wasn’t enough to extend the World Series, Tampa Bay’s No. 19 prospect became the first player in Major League history with 10 homers in the postseason, blasting a solo shot in the first

Toolshed's best of the decade: Offensive players

Reviewing, ranking 2010s MiLBY winners for work with the bat
@SamDykstraMiLB
October 27, 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

Black Broadcaster Grant finds an audience  

Detailing the rapid growth of a game-changing diversity effort
@BensBiz
October 27, 2020

Five months ago, the Black Play-By-Play Broadcaster Grant was little more than an idea. Heading into November, it is now a full-fledged and rapidly expanding initiative poised to have a tangible impact on the racial makeup of broadcast booths across America. Established by Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders broadcaster Adam Giardino, the

State of the System: Baltimore Orioles

Organization boasts Rutschman, robust crop of pitchers
October 26, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's new State of the System series evaluates 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. On the surface, the 2020 season was

The Road to The Show: Cardinals' Gorman

Cards third base prospect is among Minors' most powerful sluggers
October 26, 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 St. Louis Cardinals infielder Nolan Gorman. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

Records remain powerless against Arozarena

Rays No. 19 prospect notches 27th knock in World Series Game 5
@RobTnova24
October 26, 2020

Randy Arozarena again separated himself in playoff lore. The 19th-ranked Rays prospect set the postseason hits record with an RBI single in the third inning of a 4-2 loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The record-setting

Another record eclipsed by Rays' Arozarena

Rays No. 19 prospect hits ninth in Game 4 of World Series
October 25, 2020

Randy Arozarena’s phenomenal postseason run already was historic. Now, again, he stands alone in the record books. The Rays’ No. 19 prospect homered in the fourth inning of Game 4 of the World Series, setting a Major League record with nine big flies this postseason and providing one of several

State of the System: Arizona D-backs

Robinson, Thomas, Carroll lead impressive crop of outfielders
@katiejwoo
October 23, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's new State of the System series evaluates 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.

Arozarena claims two more postseason records

No. 19 prospect passes Jeter, ties Bonds with World Series homer
@jtbloss
October 24, 2020

With one swing, Randy Arozarena tacked two records onto his historic playoff tear. The No. 19 Rays prospect’s ninth-inning home run in Game 3 of the World Series gave Arozarena 23 hits this postseason, eclipsing Derek Jeter’s 1996 mark for the most by a rookie. And because the knock left

Toolshed: Prospects with World Series connections

Top-100 talents have ties to Fall Classic, even away from Arlington
@SamDykstraMiLB
October 23, 2020

This is not a World Series for the prospect lover. Then again, not many World Series are. Sure, there are two ranked prospects left -- both from the Rays roster -- and they have their own stories to tell. No. 19 Tampa Bay prospect Randy Arozarena has been one of

Minor League promos of the decade: 2011

Braden's belly and ballpark belles, in 3D: A look back at year's best
@BensBiz
October 22, 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. Today marks the second article in a series, a year-by-year chronicling of

Marichal began blazing trails in Midwest League

'Dominican Dandy' dominated in '58 pro debut with Michigan City
@JoshJacksonMiLB
October 22, 2020

On paper, Juan Marichal coasted through the Minor Leagues. In reality, beginning with his first professional assignment to the Michigan City (Indiana) White Caps in 1958, he was navigating uncharted waters. “When he signs with the Giants, there is no star Latino pitcher and no Dominican pitcher for sure," said

Minors podcast discusses World Series systems

Debating which World Series club is better set up for long term
October 22, 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,

Shore thing: BlueClaws adopt beachy keen look 

Lakewood club shifts to 'Jersey Shore' moniker, unveils fresh logos
@BensBiz
October 21, 2020

New Jersey's Lakewood Township Minor League Baseball team isn't going anywhere. In 2021, as in every season since their inaugural 2001 campaign, the Phillies' Class A affiliate will still be named the BlueClaws and operate out of FirstEnergy Park. Nonetheless, next year marks the official start of a new era

Minors legend Shoals couldn't quit Appy League

Slugger spent a third of his career with Johnson City, Kingsport
@jtbloss
October 21, 2020

Throughout the 1946 season, fans of the Kingsport Cherokees -- one of eight teams in the Class D Appalachian League -- voted for a team MVP. The leading vote-getter at season’s end was awarded an Elgin watch. The runner-up received a Schick electric razor. Leo “Muscle” Shoals was the team’s

State of the System: Boston Red Sox

Infield remains strength, needed pitching help on way to Fenway
@SamDykstraMiLB
October 21, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's new State of the System series evaluates 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. It has not been an ideal 2020

Toolshed: MiLB playoff tales for Dodgers, Rays

World Series stars could lean on early postseason experience
@SamDykstraMiLB
October 20, 2020

The Minor League regular season is all about development. The Minor League postseason, well, that's about getting a ring (and, sure, continuing to develop). While MiLB playoffs can serve as a reward at the end of a 140-plus-game slog, they also allow players to gain experience in tense situations in

33 in the books: PawSox say goodbye to McCoy

In absence of farewell campaign, team stages epic Grand Finale
@BensBiz
October 20, 2020

In 2021, the Pawtucket Red Sox will move across state lines, some 45 miles to the northwest, and become the Worcester Red Sox. 2020, then, has marked this International League entity's 50th and final year at historic -- and much beloved -- McCoy Stadium. This milestone year came, and has

Report: Padres' Campusano arrested in Georgia

No. 46 overall prospect charged with felony marijuana possession
October 20, 2020

Padres catcher Luis Campusano was arrested and charged with felony marijuana possession over the weekend, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. Ranked as San Diego's No. 4 prospect and No. 46 overall, Campusano was pulled over by police near his hometown of Augusta, Georgia, around 5 a.m. on Oct. 17

State of the System: Detroit Tigers

Torkelson leads next wave while Mize brings rebuild to Majors
@Kelsie_Heneghan
October 19, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's new State of the System series evaluates 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 Tigers missed the playoffs for the

The Road to The Show: Mariners' Gilbert

Mariners righty has all the tools to become a staff ace
October 19, 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 Seattle Mariners right-hander Logan Gilbert. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

Arozarena powers way to ALCS MVP honors

Rays No. 19 prospect also breaks rookie postseason homer record
October 17, 2020

Randy Arozarena did it again. The Rays’ No. 19 prospect clubbed a two-run homer in the first inning of Saturday’s Game 7 contest between Tampa Bay and Houston, setting the tone early as the Rays went on to defeat the Astros 4-2 and advance to the World Series for the

Braves' Pache has two-way day in Game 5

Atlanta's top prospect collects RBI, robs homer in Game 5 loss
@jtbloss
October 17, 2020

It wasn’t yet enough to send the Braves to their first World Series since 1999, but Cristian Pache continued to show on Friday night why it was best to thrust him into the lineup when injury shook up the Atlanta outfield at the worst time. The top Braves prospect produced

State of the System: Texas Rangers

Huff, Taveras among those with valuable big league time in 2020
@tylermaun
October 16, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's new State of the System series evaluates 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 Rangers opened up Globe Life Park