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The Road to The Show™: Sam Huff

Power-hitting catcher blasted his way through Rangers system
March 29, 2021

Each week, 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 Texas Rangers prospect Sam Huff. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show click here. There was a time not so

Johnson's big personality lit up Minors ballparks

Baseball world mourns COVID-related loss of beloved manager
February 11, 2021

Over the bulk of the last three decades, Ron Johnson had such an overwhelming and sunny presence as a Minor League manager that he could practically change the weather. "He just lit up a room," said Heather McKeating, who was the Triple-A Norfolk Tides' director of community relations for the

Mets landing Lee in three-team Benintendi deal

Red Sox get Cordero from Royals, righty Winckowski from Mets
February 10, 2021

Last year at this time, Khalil Lee was preparing for his first taste of big league Spring Training. On Wednesday, he found out he'll be preparing for his first taste of a whole new system. According to executive reporter Mark Feinsand, the 22-year-old outfielder is headed from the Royals

Mets net trio of arms from Jays for Matz

Righties Diaz, Winckowski, Reid-Foley head to New York in swap
January 27, 2021

A little over a week after the Mets parted with Endy Rodriguez to acquire big league hurler Joey Lucchesi, a trio of young arms are joining the system. The Blue Jays announced a trade Wednesday night sending No. 26 Toronto prospect Yennsy Diaz, No. 27 Josh Winckowski and fellow right-hander

PCL's historic Oaks reclaimed glory under Stengel

Charter club climbed back to top before graduating skip to Yankees
January 25, 2021

By the time Casey Stengel became manager of the Oakland Oaks for the 1946 season, the franchise already had nearly a half-century of backstory. Sometimes it stood tall and strong among Pacific Coast League competitors, but often seeming overshadowed by the San Francisco Seals, whose city was about five times

Braves made Minors history in Greenville

Mainstay for decades, team romped way to 100 wins in 1992
January 4, 2021

Any Minor League franchise that sticks around for a while is bound to run into a good season or two, maybe even a championship. For the Greenville Braves, though, the 1992 campaign was more a matter of alchemy than statistical probability. “It was an unbelievable team we had from the

Reports: Padres ink South Korean star Kim

San Diego will have to find a spot for shortstop with power, speed
December 28, 2020

Hours after settling a deal that will bring Blake Snell to San Diego, the Padres agreed to terms with South Korean shortstop Ha-seong Kim on Monday, according to multiple reports. The 25-year-old slugger is widely regarded as the top available international free agent of the offseason, as well as one

After baseball, Johnson making mark on canvas

Former MiLB steals leader innovating and inspiring in new career
December 17, 2020

In 2013, Micah Johnson led all of professional baseball with 84 stolen bases. In 2015, he batted .315 in 78 Triple-A games and got his first big league experience. In 2017, he reached the Major Leagues for the third time. More than any other season, though, 2016 was the year

Udder glory: Wisconsin wins Alter Ego Challenge

Timber Rattlers add to accolade collection for bovinic pseudonym
November 20, 2020

At this point, the success of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers' alternative identity has become udderly re-moo-cow-ble. On Friday, the Wisconsin Udder Tuggers were named the winners of the Alter Ego Challenge, a fan-voted contest featuring a field of 28 teams. The sometime moniker of the Milwaukee Brewers' Class A affiliate

Verdi's Minor League career had staying power

IL Hall of Famer was in affiliated ball dirt or dugout for five decades
November 12, 2020

A host of players have piled up astonishing accomplishments over long professional careers on the diamond without making a lasting impression on the game's most celebrated stage. Monsters of the Minors provides introductions to Minor League legends sometimes overlooked by fans of baseball history.

Mascots pitch in on Real Men Wear Pink campaign

Clubs get creative in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October 30, 2020

In any given October, Minor League mascots find themselves free of the demands of the past season and turn their attention to a more serious matter. They raise research funds and awareness for a disease that affects well over 250,000 families in the United States annually, harnessing the support of

Marichal began blazing trails in Midwest League

'Dominican Dandy' dominated in '58 pro debut with Michigan City
October 22, 2020

On paper, Juan Marichal coasted through the Minor Leagues. In reality, beginning with his first professional assignment to the Michigan City (Indiana) White Caps in 1958, he was navigating uncharted waters. “When he signs with the Giants, there is no star Latino pitcher and no Dominican pitcher for sure," said

Erie's Aguirre celebrates his roots through Copa

'Piñatas' represent youthful dreams of Mexican-American owner
October 5, 2020

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Lunes de Legacy, presented by Nationwide, shines a spotlight on Hispanic, Latino, Latina and Latinx stories throughout MiLB of those who have forged an impressive path and left a legacy in their wake. These individuals have inspired a new generation, currently writing their own

Jolley gave smiles to generations of Minors fans

Slugger set records in PCL, hit for average and power over 20 years
September 9, 2020

A host of players have piled up astonishing accomplishments over long professional careers on the diamond without making a lasting impression on the game's most celebrated stage. Monsters of the Minors, presented by Uncle Ray's, provides introductions to Minor League legends sometimes overlooked by fans of baseball history.

Multi-focused Montgomery earns industry honor

Director of diversity and inclusion recognized as Game Changer
August 24, 2020

For the last few years, Belicia Montgomery has been working to improve the lay of the land in Minor League Baseball and beyond. On Monday, she was recognized for her vision and imprint by the Sports Business Journal as part of its 10th annual class of Game Changers, recognizing women

For Caputo, trips to Minors parks are sweet rides

Colorado man enjoys collection of about 300 ice cream helmets
August 6, 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

Minor Leagues mourn passing of Schwechheimer

Baseball visionary made mark on three teams since interning in '78
July 30, 2020

Lou Schwechheimer, an executive who played an outsized role in shaping the landscape of Minor League Baseball in the 21st century, died on Wednesday of complications due to the COVID-19 virus. “The passing of Lou Schwechheimer is devastating to the Wichita Wind Surge and Minor League Baseball family," Minor League

Minors seeking to be leaders on disability inclusion

#MiLBUnlimited push was to bust open 2020, inspires hope for '21
July 22, 2020

The cancellation of the 2020 Minor League season delayed a lot of things: Wander Franco stepping in for his first Double-A at-bat; MacKenzie Gore's followup to a breakout campaign; a lifelong fan's first game with her grandchildren; a puppy's first bark in the park. But #MiLBUnlimited, an industry-wide initiative designed

Minors clubs to light up Fourth with charity efforts

Without baseball, teams looking to make Independence Day count
July 3, 2020

In a season without precedent, it's still possible to make tradition count for something. This Independence Day weekend, several teams across the Minors are finding safe ways to enjoy the holiday with their respective communities as part of #MiLBFunOnThe4th, all the while contributing to local nonprofit organizations during a time

CommUNITY First prioritizes feeding the hungry

National campaign enables MiLB teams to contribute locally
June 24, 2020

Baseball may place more emphasis on individual performance than any other team sport, but people who work in the game know the difference a group effort can make. Case in point: when Katie Batista saw an opportunity for the Greenville Drive to do some good through Minor League's Baseball CommUNITY

Kratz gets callup during All-Star Game

IL catcher learns in fourth inning he's headed to Pittsburgh
July 14, 2010

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Pirates farmhand Erik Kratz flied out to center field in his only at-bat of Wednesday's Triple-A All-Star Game. But he couldn't have asked for a better night at the ballpark. Indianapolis Indians manager Frank Kremblas, a coach on the International League team, pulled Kratz aside in the