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Crowe, Yean heading to Pirates in Bell deal

Two right-handers may brighten future for Pittsburgh rotation
@brianjstultz
December 24, 2020

The Pittsburgh Pirates did a little late shopping on Christmas Eve and brought home a pair of talented pitching prospects. In sending All-Star first baseman Josh Bell to Washington, Pittsburgh acquired third-ranked Nationals prospect Wil Crowe and sixth-ranked Eddy Yean, according to an announcement by Pirates general manager Ben Cherington.

MLB Draft League opening in 2021

Four NYPL clubs, Trenton to be founding members of new circuit
@SamDykstraMiLB
November 30, 2020

A new league is set to become the next proving ground for some of baseball's best prospects before they begin their professional careers. The Mahoning Valley Scrappers, State College Spikes, Trenton Thunder, West Virginia Black Bears and Williamsport Crosscutters will serve as inaugural members of the MLB Draft League, set

Minor League caps tell stories for fans

Hat enthusiasts spark conversation with choices, collections
@tylermaun
August 10, 2020

This month we’re profiling Minor League Baseball fans across the country who go to impressive lengths to show their love of the game in creative ways and stay connected to their favorite teams even when the action on the field is on hold. Do you think you can stake your

Crooked Numbers: Looking back at the weirdness

A rollicking compendium of strange-but-true on-field occurrences
@BensBiz
July 23, 2020

One of the greatest things about baseball -- perhaps the very best thing -- is that you never know when you're going to see something that you've never seen before. Every pitch, every swing and every moment is imbued with the potential of the unprecedented. That's where Crooked Numbers comes

Did you know? Northwest League edition

Unique facts about the Class A Short Season circuit's eight teams
@BensBiz
July 21, 2020

When it comes to size, scope and longevity, few, if any, sporting bodies can rival Minor League Baseball. With 160 teams in nearly as many markets, there are innumerable nooks and crannies to explore. This marks the 12th installment in a 14-part series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique,

Did you know? New York-Penn League edition

Unique facts about the Class A Short Season circuit's 14 teams
@BensBiz
July 14, 2020

When it comes to size, scope and longevity, few, if any, sporting bodies can rival Minor League Baseball. With 160 teams in nearly as many markets, there are innumerable nooks and crannies to explore. This marks the 11th installment in a 14-part series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique,

Fans share what MiLB means to them

Minors have given families, friends moments to cherish
@jtbloss
July 13, 2020

The question was simple. The answers were anything but. After it was revealed two weeks ago that this would be the first year without Minor League Baseball since 1901, we took to Twitter to ask, “What does Minor League Baseball mean to you and your loved ones?” In hundreds of

MiLB teams celebrate 2020 invincibility

'Undefeated' T-shirts put positive spin on difficult times
@BensBiz
July 9, 2020

At 5 p.m. on June 30, the news that many had feared finally became official: there would be no 2020 Minor League Baseball season. Amid the immediate and inevitable outpouring of sadness for the present and anxiety for the future, the Bowie Baysox found a silver lining. The Baysox, the

The Road to The Show™: Nate Pearson

Young hurler has inched closer to leaving Jays nest for the bigs
@MavalloneMiLB
July 6, 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 Jays right-hander Nate Pearson. Toronto's top prospect is a prime example why wins and losses are a devalued statistic to many, particularly in

Shots in the dark: MiLB fireworks memories

As the Fourth looms, scribe shares his pyrotechnic recollections
@BensBiz
July 2, 2020

The most popular promotion in Minor League Baseball? Year after year, the answer is the same -- fireworks. Absurd bobbleheads and regional food-based theme nights might get all the attention, but fireworks are the backbone of promo schedules. Friday Night Fireworks are a common occurrence at all levels of play,

Toolshed: What MLB's return means for prospects

How 60-man player pools, early expanded rosters will affect youth
@SamDykstraMiLB
June 26, 2020

We have at least some answers about Major League Baseball's planned return after the league announced this week it will adhere to the March 26 agreement and pay players prorated salaries for a 60-game schedule set by Commissioner Rob Manfred. We have the when. July 1 for pitchers and catchers.

Toolshed: Recent noteworthy NWL seasons

Recalling Class A Short Season circuit's memorable performances
@SamDykstraMiLB
June 23, 2020

Short-season campaigns across the Minor Leagues were scheduled to begin last week. Like everything else in affiliated ball, those seasons have been put on indefinite hold due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But that doesn't mean we can't celebrate the short-season leagues right now anyway. The New York-Penn, Northwest, Appalachian

Toolshed: Recent noteworthy NYPL seasons

Remembering singular hitting, pitching performances from 2010s
@SamDykstraMiLB
June 16, 2020

Short-season campaigns across the Minor Leagues were set to begin this week, as early as Wednesday in the case of the Northwest League. Like everything else in affiliated ball for the time being, those seasons have been put on indefinite hold due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But that doesn't

Calling for change in the broadcast booth

Black Play-By-Play Broadcaster Grant assists new voices
@BensBiz
June 11, 2020

When it comes to effecting change in America, you can talk about it or you can be about it. Adam Giardino chose the latter approach. Giardino, a broadcasting professional with 10 years experience who works for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, is the driving force behind the Black Play-by-Play Broadcaster Grant.

Toolshed: Previewing the 2020 MLB Draft

Five-round format, Torkelson's Tiger ties should stand out this week
@SamDykstraMiLB
June 9, 2020

Every Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft is different. Different Draft order. Different players being drafted. Different signing bonus pools available to clubs and players. This one, well, this one is considerably more different than others. The 2020 Draft will take place June 10-11 with the first round and Competitive

Toolshed: 2018 Draft retrospective

Mize's move to Motor City, Royals' run on pitchers stand out
@SamDykstraMiLB
June 2, 2020

The 2020 First-Year Player Draft is coming, and without regular-season baseball being played yet due to the coronavirus pandemic, it will be the first big Major League Baseball event of the summer. The 2020 edition will take place June 10-11 and be limited to five rounds this year, but it

The Show Before the Show: Episode 259

Dodgers' Gray discusses 2020 prep, Division II two-way past
May 28, 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,

Toolshed: 2017 Draft retrospective

High-school trio at top, Pearson's move up north still stand out
@SamDykstraMiLB
May 26, 2020

The 2020 First-Year Player Draft is coming, and without regular-season baseball being played yet due to the coronavirus pandemic, it could be the first big Major League Baseball event of the summer. The 2020 edition is likely to take place on June 10 and be as little as five rounds,

Best streams of 2019 games: Wild strikeouts

Thunder's Garcia whiffs 15; Travelers' Crismatt is immaculate
@MavalloneMiLB
May 25, 2020

Outside of the home run, the strikeout is the singular moment in a game that elicits raw emotion. It's why Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez are etched in baseball lore. The ability to blow a 100-mph heater past a hitter or drop in a knee-buckling breaking ball resonates

AquaSox 2019 Coaching Staff Named

José Moreno returns as manager for third consecutive season
January 14, 2019

Everett, WA - The Everett AquaSox are proud to announce their coaching staff for the 2019 Northwest League season. José Moreno returns for his fifth season as manager; Ari Ronick joins the staff as the pitching coach; Joe Thurston as the hitting coach; athletic trainer is Amanda Lee and performance

Three Frogs Named NWL All-Stars

Andres Torres, David Banuelos, Joseph Rosa Join NWL Squad
July 26, 2017

Everett, WA - Andres Torres, David Banuelos and Joseph Rosa have been named to the Northwest League All-Team on Wednesday, July 26. Rosa has been announced as a probable starter for the third-ever NWL vs. Pioneer League All-Star Game.