LIFT eases path up for women in baseball

Mentorship program connects professionals across the Minors

Donna Kirby, Amanda Medlin and Samantha Fletcher are among the participants in MiLB's LIFT mentorship program in 2019.

By Josh Jackson | March 11, 2019 11:27 AM ET

Through Minor League Baseball's LIFT Program, women in front offices across the country are developing mentor-mentee relationships. The inaugural class runs through 2019.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @JoshJacksonMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Salem making history in broadcast booth

Cool, Newman to form baseball's first all-female radio team

Suzie Cool (left) and Melanie Newman were two of the four women broadcasting in the Minor Leagues in 2018.

By Tyler Maun | March 7, 2019 10:09 AM ET

When Suzie Cool and Melanie Newman take their places behind the microphones in April for the Class A Advanced Salem Red Sox, they'll be the first all-female broadcast team in baseball history.

Tyler Maun is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylerMaun. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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D-backs' Thomas ready for next challenge

White Sox director of conditioning has trained son since infancy

Alek Thomas posted a .325/.394/.431 slash line in the Arizona League last summer. (Freek Bouw/Phrake Photography)

By Chris Bumbaca | March 4, 2019 10:28 AM ET

D-backs No. 7 prospect Alek Thomas has been preparing to be a Major Leaguer his whole life, thanks to his dad, White Sox director of conditioning Allen Thomas.

Chris Bumbaca is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @BOOMbaca. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Giants' Webb may skip one dream for another

California native looking forward to 2019 season on many levels

Logan Webb logged a 1.82 ERA over 74 frames in the Cal League last season before a promotion to Double-A. (Jerry Espinoza/MiLB.com)

By Rob Terranova | February 27, 2019 10:32 AM ET

Set to start the season at Double-A Richmond, Giants right-hander Logan Webb's next promotion will fulfill one childhood dream or another.

Rob Terranova is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter, @RobTnova24. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Angels' Walsh seeks two-way path to Majors

Following his best pro campaign, slugger also taking up pitching

Jared Walsh, who belted 29 homers across three Minor League levels last season, is trying his hand at relieving, too. (Chris Carlson/AP)

By Michael Avallone | February 25, 2019 10:05 AM ET

Coming off his best season as a pro, Angels outfield prospect Jared Walsh is following a two-way path he hopes will lead to the Majors, working on becoming a pitcher without giving up his potent bat.

Michael Avallone is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @MavalloneMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Heinemans apply magic touch in community

D-backs, Rangers prospects raise more than $80,000 for charity

Tyler (left) and Scott Heineman grew up and still train in Pacific Palisades, California. (Bobby Stevens/Jim Redman/MiLB.com)

By Andrew Battifarano | February 18, 2019 10:07 AM ET

Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Tyler Heineman and his brother, Rangers prospect Scott Heineman have always felt a sense of giving back and have done so with a local California charity, leading a poker night that raised $80,000.

Andrew Battifarano is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter, @AndrewAtBatt. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Peoria groundskeeper growing 'Super' career

Chiefs' Reno was seen catching field goal during Super Bowl LIII

Head groundskeeper Mike Reno joined Peoria in 2011 after stints in college and the National Football League. (Dennis Siever/Peoria Chiefs)

By Tyler Maun | February 13, 2019 10:42 AM ET

The career of Mike Reno -- head groundskeeper for the Class A Peoria Chiefs -- has taken him from the Minor Leagues to the Super Bowl, and around the world.

Tyler Maun is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylerMaun. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Seelinger, Dunn at home in Long Island gym

Rays, M's prospects trade tips, workout routines at local facility

The Mariners' Justin Dunn (left) and the Rays' Matt Seelinger learn from each other during the offseason. (Chris Bumbaca/MiLB.com)

By Chris Bumbaca | February 11, 2019 10:23 AM ET

Mariners starter Justin Dunn is a top prospect. Rays right-hander Matt Seelinger is a late-round pick and a reliever. They trade pitching tips during an offseason workout.

Chris Bumbaca is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @BOOMbaca. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Legend of Stanton's Suns homer lives on

Yankees slugger may have smacked longest blast in Minors

Giancarlo Stanton led the Minors with 21 home runs when he was called by the Marlins on June 8, 2010. (Scott Jontes/MiLB.com)

By Rob Terranova | February 6, 2019 10:02 AM ET

Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton quickly developed a reputation for tape measure dingers in the big leagues, but his longest may have come as the Marlins' top prospect in 2010.

Rob Terranova is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter, @RobTnova24. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Brewers' Ray taps into power and speed

Second-ranked prospect making waves from the ground up

Corey Ray posted the highest Power-Speed number in the Minor Leagues last season at 31.22. (Danny Parker/MiLB.com)

By Gerard Gilberto | February 4, 2019 11:26 AM ET

Brewers No. 2 prospect Corey Ray showed off his two best tools last season, hitting 27 homers and stealing 37 bases for the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers.

Gerard Gilberto is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @GerardGilberto4. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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