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All-Star Futures Game, Skills Showcase FAQs

A need-to-know guide for this weekend's prospect-laden events
July 11, 2024

Forty-nine of MLB’s top prospects will compete at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday in the All-Star Futures Game. This year’s iteration, which marks the 25th anniversary of the contest, will feature the first-ever Futures Skills Showcase, a three-challenge event that will test participants’ precision and power at

Player of the Week Spotlight: Yankees' Jones

Confident Yankees No. 2 prospect excited about Futures Game
July 2, 2024

Confidence is a buzzword for Spencer Jones, and for good reason. The 6-foot-6 outfielder is fresh off a week where he walloped three big flies and four doubles to close out a scorching June. The week, which culminated in a .333/.345/.815 slash line, earned Jones MiLB Player of the Week

'The Martian' shows out on big day for RailRiders

Top Yankees prospect homers in second straight in four-hit game
June 9, 2024

Extraterrestrial activity is on the rise in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and it’s all thanks to Jasson Domínguez. After homering in a two-hit game Saturday, "The Martian" upped the ante on Sunday with another jack and four knocks in the Triple-A RailRiders' 12-11 extra-inning win over the Norfolk Tides at PNC Field. The

Broadcaster 'ejects' young Blue Wahoos fan

Fan interferes with ball that negates a Pensacola home run
June 6, 2024

By the letter of the law, fan interference in a ballgame can lead to that fan’s ejection. But it doesn’t expand on what that ejection entails. On Wednesday night, in Double-A Pensacola’s 14-6 loss to Mississippi, this rule came into effect. The fan’s punishment, as levied by the home team's

Waldrep strikes out 11 in return to Gwinnett

Braves No. 2 prospect posts career high in K's over six frames
June 2, 2024

Two batters into the first Triple-A start of the season for Hurston Waldrep, it looked like it would be a day to forget. Five innings later, that could not have been further from the truth. The Braves' No. 2 prospect, who made one start at Triple-A Gwinnett last September, fanned

Cards' Hence, Chiefs' Mathews rack up K's in droves

St. Louis pitching prospects display merits across system Saturday
May 19, 2024

It was a good night for Cardinals prospects -- pitchers, to be exact. In a Saturday Minor League slate that featured Top 30 prospect starting pitchers for three of the four St. Louis affiliates, the trio delivered on their rankings and then some. Tink Hence (Double-A), Quinn Mathews (High-A) and

Skenes allows first pro HR, still sports 0.99 ERA

MLB's No. 3 prospect has fanned 45 in 27 1/3 innings for Indy
May 5, 2024

With growth comes growing pains, even for the top pitching prospect in baseball. Pitching on four days' rest for the first time as a professional, Paul Skenes allowed his first home run since the Pirates selected him with the No. 1 overall Draft pick last July, but he limited the

McDermott spearheads Tides' combined no-hitter

O's No. 8 prospect, two relievers twirl club's first no-no since 2010
May 4, 2024

The Norfolk Tides staff may not have been perfect Friday night, but they were pretty darn close. The club spun a three-man combined no-hitter, fanning a whopping 13 batters in the process. The 2-0 win over Nashville at First Horizon Park marked the Orioles affiliate's first no-no since Chris Tillman’s

Indy's Skenes allows first run at Triple-A level

MLB's No. 3 prospect still whiffs seven over 4 1/3 frames
April 24, 2024

Five starts and 14 1/3 scoreless innings into his 2024 campaign, Paul Skenes allowed his first run of the year for Triple-A Indianapolis in the team's 7-4 victory over Omaha at Werner Park. The run marked the first blemish to his previously perfect ERA, but the rest of the outing,

Manzardo hitting like a Guardian of the Galaxy

Cleveland's No. 2 prospect collects third homer in two games
April 21, 2024

Kyle Manzardo had himself a weekend. The Guardians No. 2 prospect launched three homers and amassed five extra-base hits in three games for Triple-A Columbus, capping off a nine-game stretch in which the lefty slugger has been firing on all cylinders at the dish.

Wood launches first two homers for Red Wings

No. 14 overall prospect collects season-high four hits, four RBIs
April 11, 2024

Truth be told, James Wood would much rather go yard twice than hit for the cycle. So everything worked out just fine for MLB's No. 14 overall prospect on Thursday in the end. Wood teed off on his first two long balls of the year, racking up season highs with

Where Top 100 prospects are set to open 2024

26 players on the list will begin the season at Minors' highest level
April 2, 2024

The past week has been filled with exciting announcements identifying which young stars will take the next step in their careers. From Texas manager Bruce Bochy delivering the good news to Wyatt Langford to Pittsburgh skipper Derek Shelton messing with Jared Jones about inning limits, a total of 15 Top

Triple-A title game returns to Las Vegas Ballpark

Oakland affiliate to host championship for third consecutive season
March 12, 2024

On March 14, fans will be flocking to LECOM Park in Bradenton, Fla., to watch Orioles prospects Jackson Holliday (No. 1), Colton Cowser (No. 3), Coby Mayo (No. 4) and Connor Norby (No. 7) in the inaugural Spring Breakout showcase. Just five months ago, that same group took home the

Weeks made pit stop in Minors during rapid rise

Legendary college career led Brewers' associate manager to pros
February 1, 2024

It was the spring of 2001. Rickie Weeks Jr. had just posted a 1.351 OPS in his freshman campaign for Southern University and the best players in the country were flocking to Arizona to compete with Team USA after the collegiate season. Most of the players that is. Weeks --

Busch, Quintero showcase deep Dodgers system

Lefty slugger, Venezuelan outfielder top Organization All-Stars
December 18, 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 Los Angeles Dodgers.

Johnston leads Marlins' Organization All-Stars

First baseman's 20-20 season among top Miami performances
November 29, 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 Miami Marlins.

Wood, House headline Nats' Organization All-Stars

Top prospects provide hope for bright future in Washington
November 17, 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 Washington Nationals.

Arizona Fall League set for Opening Day

What to expect from the 31st season of AFL action in the desert
October 1, 2023

October is here, and while that means postseason baseball in the bigs, it also signals the start of the 31st Arizona Fall League season. Over the next six weeks, prospects from all 30 organizations will have the chance to build off their Minor League campaigns.

Curve honor 'worst baseball player of all time'

Altoona brings story of John Gochnaur to Peoples Natural Gas Field
September 29, 2023

Throughout MLB history, over 20,000 players have taken the diamond. A common debate among fans is who is the best of this group, Babe Ruth? Barry Bonds? Willie Mays? The list goes on. However, a rarely explored topic is who is the worst player of all time? Never fear, we

Forget last year: Erie wins its first EL crown

Hurter, Holton help SeaWolves cap their perfect postseason run
September 27, 2023

Last season was bittersweet for Detroit's Double-A affiliate. The Erie SeaWolves made it to the Eastern League Championship Series, but were no-hit in a winner-take-all Game 3 15-0 loss to the Somerset Patriots. This season was a completely different story. Erie won all four of its playoff games, capping the

Tides ride latest Holliday bash to victory

MLB's top-ranked prospect homers, plates four runs in cycle bid
September 23, 2023

Jackson Holliday's expeditious rise through the Minors made its fourth stop of the season on Sept. 5, when he was promoted to Triple-A Norfolk. And for the fourth time, his talent is evident. Baseball's No. 1 prospect has tallied seven multihit performances in 17 games with the Tides, his most

The 2023 High-A All-Stars and award winners

Orioles' Holliday, Yankees' Thorpe primed for more accolades
September 20, 2023

Award season is in full swing in the Minors. On Wednesday, Minor League Baseball announced the High-A end-of-season award winners and All-Star rosters, as voted on by the managers of the three leagues. In the Midwest League, MVP went to Twins outfielder Kala'i Rosario, Ian Bedell of the Cardinals locked

Sauer tallies Somerset's third '23 immaculate inning

Yankees' No. 25 prospect follows such frames by Gomez, Barclay
September 17, 2023

The word "immaculate" doesn't come into play a lot in baseball. For an immaculate inning, a pitcher must be perfect to the utmost degree, fanning all three batters on three pitches each. In MLB history, only 114 immaculate innings have been notched in recorded history, but at Double-A Somerset this

Fearsome Frisco duo: Leiter, Langford flash skillsets

Rangers first-rounders, Top 5 prospects help pace RoughRiders win
September 17, 2023

With the Minor League offseason on the horizon, players are striving to finish the regular season on a positive note. Two prospects who have already checked that box are Jack Leiter and Wyatt Langford, both of whom had standout performances on Saturday night.

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