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All-Star Futures Game, Skills Showcase FAQs

A need-to-know guide for this weekend's prospect-laden events
@brendan_samson
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

The weirdest MiLB stats, plays from June

The bizarre and bombastic happenings from around the Minors
@BensBiz
July 11, 2024

Welcome to Crooked Numbers, a monthly column dedicated to Minor League Baseball on-field oddities and absurdities. The June edition features a doubles deluge, oppositional surnames, way too many walks and, of course, much more. Keeping track of this type of thing is a team effort, so get in touch if

Ranking the best tools in the Futures Game

Who's got the biggest bats, toughest arms, etc.? We know!
July 10, 2024

Since its 1999 debut at Fenway Park, the All-Star Futures Game has showcased baseball's best prospects. Joe Mauer will become the first Futures Gamer inducted into the Hall of Fame in a couple of weeks. Mookie Betts, Miguel Cabrera, Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw, Mike Trout, Justin Verlander and many others

These are the best ballpark promos in July

Sizzling Minor League promotions hit right at summer's peak
@BensBiz
July 8, 2024

Welcome to Promo Preview, a monthly roundup of Minor League Baseball promotions to look forward to. Incendiary Independence Day ballpark spectacles are now in the rearview mirror, but July has plenty more in store. Highlights include meaty aromas, computer-generated jerseys and taking it easy on the water. Jump in.

Photos: MiLB at Rickwood Field hosts Gray Sox, Black Barons

Birmingham, Montgomery honor Negro Leagues on memorable night in Alabama
June 20, 2024

The Birmingham Barons and Montgomery Biscuits turned back the clock to honor the Negro Leagues on June 18 at Rickwood Field, kicking off a three-day celebration in Alabama that included a celebrity softball game and a Major League contest between St. Louis and San Francisco. The Minor League clubs played

Playoffs! Kannapolis Clinches Playoff Spot for First Time since 2018

Cannon Ballers have clinched the first-half division title in the Carolina League South division in 2024
June 17, 2024

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Backed by a, 6-0, shutout victory in Salisbury, Maryland against the Delmarva Shorebirds and a walk-off extra innings win by the Myrtle Beach Pelicans over the Columbia Fireflies on Sunday, the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers have clinched the first-half division title in the Carolina League South division in

Seven Knights combine to twirl Father's Day no-no

Schoenle, Ellard, Leasure, Barlow, Peralta, Garcia, Coffey do feat
@thevandalorian
June 16, 2024

A lot of dads were gifted a no-hitter Sunday. On Father's Day, the Triple-A Charlotte Knights combined on their third no-hitter in franchise history, but this one came with another milestone. It marked the first International League no-no with seven pitchers and the most hurlers used in a no-hitter in

Quartet of alternate identities joins MiLB landscape

Dodgers, White Sox and Phillies affiliates unveil their new looks
@BensBiz
June 7, 2024

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. Wednesday, May 29, turned out to be an unexpectedly above-average day for fans of Minor

MiLB pays homage to the Negro Leagues in June

Rickwood Field is one of the many celebrations across the Minors
@RobTnova24
June 6, 2024

On June 18, America's oldest professional ballpark will host a Double-A game between the Montgomery Biscuits and Birmingham Barons with MiLB at Rickwood Field: A Tribute to the Negro Leagues. This game, with Montgomery suiting up as the Gray Sox and Birmingham playing as the Black Barons, will kick off

Just how he Drew it up: Thorpe on top of his game

White Sox No. 3 prospect boasts 1.35 ERA through first 11 starts
@JoeTrezz
June 5, 2024

A lot has changed in the last calendar year for Drew Thorpe. After MLB Pipeline named Thorpe its Pitching Prospect of the Year following his pro debut in 2023, Thorpe was traded from the Yankees to the Padres as part of the Juan Soto deal in December. Three months later,

Road to The Show™: White Sox infielder Womack

Norfolk State product making the most of his pro opportunity
@Gerard_Gilberto
June 4, 2024

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at White Sox prospect Alsander Womack, who will be spotlighted each month as a Nationwide Road to The Show "featured player" in 2024. For more stories about players

Knights' Kuhl makes his most emotional start

Right-hander pitches in honor of his wife on breast cancer night
@allisonmast13
May 24, 2024

In his 11-year professional career, Chad Kuhl has pitched in 239 games, from the lower level of the Minors to the Majors. None of them held the same significance as his May 17 start for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights. Kuhl took the mound for Charlotte against Durham in a pink-sleeved

Here are the top switch-hitters in the Minors

Check out these 11 handy prospects (with one more to grow on)
@benweinrib
May 14, 2024

In an era that places a premium on platoon advantages, switch-hitters can be the most versatile members of a lineup -- even if they've become increasingly hard to find. Over the past four seasons, the number of switch-hitting batters in the Majors has slowly ticked down from 10.7 percent in

Montgomery dials long distance for Charlotte

Top White Sox prospect leaves the yard for first Triple-A dinger
April 12, 2024

Colson Montgomery, the No. 1 White Sox prospect and No. 9 overall, according to MLB Pipeline, launched his first home run for Triple-A Charlotte during a 7-5 loss at Jacksonville Friday. The shortstop connected on the first pitch he saw in the eighth inning from Declan Cronin, who was a

Don't sleep on these loaded MiLB teams

It didn't take long for these squads to get in the swing of things
@SamDykstraMiLB
April 9, 2024

Following last Friday’s second Opening Day, all four full-season levels of Minor League Baseball are officially playing their 2024 regular seasons. That has given us a few days to take in and digest rosters across Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Single-A to determine the best of the best. Some are loaded

Check out these five MiLB alternate identities

Hype Hens, Beach Chickens, Grits and more for the new season
@BensBiz
March 29, 2024

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. The season is imminent and yet new alternate identities just keep on coming. Here are

Winston-Salem unveils alternate identity

White Sox High-A affiliate wants you to meet the Beetles
@BensBiz
February 27, 2024

Tobacco Beetles, the Winston-Salem Dash’s new alternate identity, pays tribute to one of the region’s most notorious pests. Smoke ‘em if you’ve got ‘em. The Dash, the High-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, are one of Minor League Baseball’s longest continuously operating teams. The franchise was established in 1945

Road to The Show™: White Sox prospect Gonzalez

Slugging shortstop follows familiar development track to South Side
@Gerard_Gilberto
February 27, 2024

MiLB.com'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 fourth-ranked White Sox prospect Jacob Gonzalez. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

Black Barons made Rickwood hallowed ground

Double-A Birmingham will face Montgomery at historic venue
@JoshJacksonMiLB
February 22, 2024

When the Double-A Birmingham Barons host the Montgomery Biscuits on June 18 at Birmingham’s Rickwood Field, and when the Giants face the Cardinals there on Juneteenth, the games will be played on hallowed ground. Rickwood Field was originally the home of two franchises. Opened in 1910, it was built for

Plan a trip to see MiLB's newest ballparks

Three years ago six new Minor League ballparks debuted
@BensBiz
January 26, 2024

Several Minor League ballparks are currently under construction, and even more are in the planning stages. Nonetheless, 2024 will mark the third straight season in which no new facilities open their doors. But lest we forget: A mere three years ago, a whopping six Minor League ballparks debuted for the

Ben's Biz: Knights host outdoor AHL game

Truist Field plays host to an American Hockey League matchup
@BensBiz
January 19, 2024

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.

This season's most improved farm systems

Six organizations that made the biggest leap in 2023
@SamDykstraMiLB
December 27, 2023

We talk about breakout prospects all the time, like Ethan Salas going from being a 16-year-old new signee to a Double-A player in just a few months or Junior Caminero starting the season outside the Top 100 and ending it at No. 6 (and likely higher by the time of

Minor League ballparks light up for holidays

Ben's Biz explores how six MiLB clubs are decking the halls
@BensBiz
December 15, 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. At Minor League ballparks all over the country, peanuts and Cracker Jack have

Ben's Biz MiLB roundup: New logos unveiled

Rome, Lake Elsinore, Erie, Winston-Salem & IronPigs refresh looks
@BensBiz
November 25, 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.

The Road to The Show™: White Sox's Quero

No. 81 overall prospect finding his place in a new organization
@Gerard_Gilberto
November 21, 2023

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at third-ranked White Sox prospect Edgar Quero. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. The White Sox reloaded their prospect depth at