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The weirdest MiLB stats, plays from the past month

Triple-A seems to have monopoly on wackiness early in '24 season
May 7, 2024

After a multi-season hiatus, Crooked Numbers returns with a heaping portion of Minor League Baseball on-field oddities and absurdities. This edition, covering the start of the season through the end of April, has a disproportionate number of items from the Triple-A level. As for why that is, who knows? Maybe

Alvarez goes wild with five K's in one inning

Rawhide right-hander equals record for strikeouts in a single frame
April 24, 2024

In a sport full of statistical oddities and eye-opening achievements, Jhosmer Alvarez found a unique path to etch his name in the annals of the game. Entering the game for Single-A Visalia in the seventh inning of an eventual 4-3 win, the right-handed Arizona prospect unleashed one of the quirkier

Road to The Show™: D-backs’ Troy

No. 74 overall prospect plays through injury in impressive pro debut
February 6, 2024's Road to the Show Scouting Report series spotlights players who are just starting their professional careers, focusing on what the experts are projecting for these young phenoms. Here's a look at second-ranked D-backs’ prospect Tommy Troy. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here. Tommy

These prospects rebounded in a big way in 2023

A dozen players got their careers back on track with big seasons
December 25, 2023

Some prospects never struggle on their way to the Major Leagues. For example, the first two guys on our Top 100 Prospects list, Orioles shortstop Jackson Holliday and Brewers outfielder Jackson Chourio, have yet to taste failure in pro ball. They're the exceptions, however. Most prospects face adversity at some

Lawlar, Saalfrank lead D-backs' Organization All-Stars

Duo dominated in Minors before helping team reach World Series
December 14, 2023

Each offseason, goes position by position across each organization and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in each farm system. Next up in our 2023 Organization All-Stars series are the Arizona Diamondbacks. 2023 organization summary: Triple-A Reno: 88-62 Double-A

Ben's Biz eats: Best of the Pacific Northwest

Tasty delights of Eugene, Hillsboro, Tacoma and Vancouver
November 3, 2023

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE. Subscribe HERE.

Ben's Biz: Title winners ranked for '23

Based on how long it had been since they last won a crown
October 27, 2023

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE. Subscribe HERE.

Sod Poodles win second TL crown in five years

Duzenack's grand slam sets stage for D-backs affiliate's victory
September 28, 2023

Amarillo set up shop as a Double-A affiliate five years ago, and the Sod Poodles have scored two Texas League championships in that time. The second one was secured by D-backs affiliate in grand fashion Wednesday night. Behind a bases-loaded homer by Camden Duzenack, the Amarillo Sod Poodles routed the

Duzenack begins must-see double play for Amarillo

D-backs infielder helps give new meaning to pitcher's best friend
September 20, 2023

Tuesday night brought one of the craziest double plays that you’ll ever see in professional baseball. In a Texas League semifinal game at Hodgetown Stadium in Amarillo between Double-A Amarillo (D-backs) and San Antonio (Padres), Amarillo shortstop Camden Duzenack started a seemingly impossible play that you have to see with

Hops live out dream with Copa mascot

D-backs affiliate's Bacaanda celebrates area's Latin community
September 11, 2023

An alebrije is a spirit animal in Mexican culture, one with a predilection for dreams. And so with High-A Hillsboro's new Copa de la Diversión mascot, an alebrije named Bacaanda, the Hops -- whose Copa identity is the Soñadores, or "Dreamers" -- are paying homage to all their fans who

Get a Lawlar! D-backs calling up top prospect

Shortstop will join team ahead of Thursday's game vs. the Cubs
September 6, 2023

PHOENIX -- Jordan Lawlar will be making his long-awaited arrival to the Major Leagues. The D-backs called up their top prospect from Triple-A Reno after their 12-5 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday afternoon. He will join the team in Chicago, where Arizona will play the Cubs in a crucial

Lawlar's latest firsts: Multihomer game, playing 3rd

Top D-backs prospect plates three, holds down hot corner for Aces
September 6, 2023

Two home runs in the span of three innings, all while fielding an unfamiliar position. That's just the latest installment in the tale of Jordan Lawlar's tear through the upper Minors. When MLB's No. 10 overall prospect was promoted to Triple-A Reno in mid-August, Lawlar hit the ground running --

Druw Jones goes ahead and hits first homer

No. 2 D-backs prospect wallops solo shot to key Visalia victory
August 25, 2023

Just over 13 months removed from when the D-backs made him the second overall pick in the 2022 Draft, Druw Jones has his first professional home run. MLB’s No. 35 prospect notched the milestone in style. With Single-A Visalia knotted in the top of the ninth inning, Jones got an

Easier for Lawlar to play for Reno than to get there

MLB's No. 10 overall prospect homers, plates 4 in Triple-A debut
August 16, 2023

After spending his summer demolishing Texas League pitching for Double-A Amarillo, Jordan Lawlar headed west to Triple-A Reno and wasted no time making an impression, swatting his first Aces home run in his second at-bat during the club’s 17-12 win at Greater Nevada Field on Tuesday night. Just over hours

D-backs' Lawlar ready to come up Aces (source)

Baseball's No. 10 overall prospect heading to top level of Minors
August 13, 2023

Two summers ago, Jordan Lawlar was drafted sixth overall by the D-backs as a promising 18-year-old shortstop from Texas. Now he's only one call away from The Show. MLB Pipeline’s No. 10 ranked prospect has been promoted to the Triple-A Reno Aces, a source told's Steve Gilbert on Sunday.

Lawlar, Lee show out in Texas League tilt

Sod Poodles, Wind Surge shortstops collect three hits apiece
July 20, 2023

The stars were big and bright in Amarillo, Texas, as the Double-A Sod Poodles and Wind Surge faced off Wednesday in a game with a combined seven Top 30 prospects from the D-backs and Twins organizations, including each club's top-ranked player. Arizona's No. 1 prospect Jordan Lawlar and Minnesota's top-ranked

Melendez brings long ball streak home to Texas

No. 7 D-backs prospect goes yard for the fourth straight game
July 19, 2023

Ivan Melendez can’t stop mashing in the Yellow City. The seventh-ranked D-backs prospect, who has homered in all of his last four games, went yard twice Tuesday night en route to Double-A Amarillo's 10-7 win over Wichita at HODGETOWN. But Melendez was reaching the fences before the All-Star break …

Sod Poodles celebrate 527-foot homer in style

Amarillo gives away t-shirts to honor historic dinger hit last year
July 5, 2023

On July 16, 2022, Leandro Cedeño of the Amarillo Sod Poodles took a mighty hack at a 3-0 pitch in his third trip to the plate. Instantly, knowing he had crushed it, he sauntered out of the box and took a well-earned trot around the bases. Little did he know,

MiLB Player of the Week Spotlight: Melendez

The No. 7 D-backs prospect hit the Hops' first home cycle
June 28, 2023

If there were any questions about why Ivan Melendez was nicknamed the "Hispanic Titanic" coming out of Texas, those were answered -- with an exclamation point -- last week. The seventh-ranked D-backs' prospect pulverized the ball over six games for High-A Hillsboro en route to being named the Minor League

The Road to The Show™: Futures Game rosters

Holliday, Lawlar among stars to watch at prospect showcase
June 27, 2023

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. A marquee event on the baseball calendar has come into focus with Monday’s announcement of the 2023 SiriusXM

Meet the 2023 Road to The Show Ambassadors

D-backs' Lawlar, Pirates' Johnson, Rockies' Veen, Yanks' Domínguez
June 13, 2023

The Nationwide Road to the Show™ Ambassadors series, which provides fans an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at four of the best prospects in Minor League Baseball, returns for a third season in 2023.

Rawhide record two outs ... on a double?!

Visalia executes a rare 9-4-2 double play with perfect relay
June 10, 2023

Some might call it your typical, run-of-the-mill, 9-4-2 double play. But it wasn't even that. Single-A Visalia didn't just record two outs on the play, the outs were made on what was officially scored a double and both players were tagged out at home plate. This was special. D-backs' prospects

Lawlar hits one to Sod Poodles' parking lot

Top D-backs prospect launches fifth home run of year 471 feet
May 9, 2023

Someone might have a windshield to replace in Amarillo. Jordan Lawlar crushed a 1-0 fastball from A's left-hander David Leal to lead off the fourth inning of Double-A Amarillo's 11-9 loss to Midland and sent it flying an estimated 471 feet to center and into the parking lot at 105

Hillsboro, Vancouver woman coaches make history

Gajownik, Stephenson take field opposite each other for 1st time
May 3, 2023

On paper, it was the start of a typical six-game series between the Hillsboro Hops and the Vancouver Canadians. On the field, it was anything but typical -- at least for now. For the first time at the High-A level, two women coaches faced off against each other when Ronnie

Hager, Reno offense come up Aces in rout

Shortstop plates 8 as D-backs affiliate falls a run shy of club record
April 28, 2023

Not a single batter in Triple-A Reno's lineup went hitless on Thursday. And Jake Hager, well, he was just powerful perfection at the plate. Keyed by the shortstop's five-hit, eight-RBI night, the Aces racked up a 24-2 victory over visiting Sugar Land. Reno ended up one run short of the