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State of the System: Arizona Diamondbacks 

Robinson, Thomas, Carroll lead impressive crop of outfielders
@katiejwoo
October 23, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's new State of the System series evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021.

Mariners prospects reading for a cause in Tacoma

Players inspiring discussion of social issues with area school kids
@katiejwoo
September 24, 2020

The Seattle Mariners are hopeful that their promising Minor League pipeline will boost the big league club in the near future. In the meantime, players at their alternate training site in Tacoma are aiming to make a difference in society at large.

Arozarena amazes as Rays clinch division

No. 19 prospect homers twice; Tampa Bay locks up AL East
@katiejwoo
September 24, 2020

On the verge of clinching their first division title since 2010, the Tampa Bay Rays were looking for a celebration. Randy Arozarena was the perfect party planner.

Bohm's big night not enough for Philly

No. 28 overall prospect part of back-to-back-to-back home runs
@katiejwoo
September 17, 2020

Alec Bohm showed Philadelphia the benefits of having him bat between Bryce Harper and Didi Gregorius on Thursday night. Philadelphia's top-ranked prospect fit right in with the seasoned veterans, hitting the middle long ball of a back-to-back-to-back sequence as the Phillies fell to the Mets, 10-6, at Citizens Bank Park.

Singer all but unhittable for eight innings

No. 58 overall prospect gives up two-out single in eighth, fans eight
@katiejwoo
September 10, 2020

In just his ninth Major League start, Brady Singer nearly carved out his name in the record books. He settled for carving his way through the Indians' batting order. The third-ranked Royals prospect carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning, allowing a lone single and two walks while striking out

Knights help Charlotte youth lead the way

Nonprofit selected as one of five CommUNITY grant recipients
@katiejwoo
August 27, 2020

For Charlotte's Megan Smithers, nominating an organization for Minor League Baseball's CommUNITY grant program was a no-brainer, given the team's relationship with and appreciation for the Young Black Leadership Alliance.

Looking back at Voit's astounding August 2016

Yankees slugger showed flashes during Texas League summer
@katiejwoo
August 20, 2020

Yankees fans have gotten used to the power and production Luke Voit provides in the Bronx. But fans of the Double-A Springfield Cardinals got an early look at Voit's talents toward the end of the 2016 campaign.

Rockies recall Rodgers for 2020 debut

Shoulder injury cut last season short for Colorado's top prospect
@katiejwoo
August 19, 2020

Brendan Rodgers is finally headed back to the big leagues.

Pearson heads to IL with elbow problem

Top Blue Jays prospect felt tightness after start on Tuesday
@katiejwoo
August 19, 2020

The Blue Jays suffered a setback Wednesday, placing top prospect Nate Pearson on the injured list with elbow tightness.

San Jose beats odds, historic rivalry to welcome A's

Giants, Athletics, affiliate come together on alternate training site
@katiejwoo
August 19, 2020

Rivalries bring emotion, tension and drama, providing backdrops for some of the most memorable moments in sports. But in the shadow of a global pandemic, two ordinarily adversarial organizations have banded together to add a new dimension to their storied rivalry: partnership.

Best streams of 2019: Riveting rivalries

Regional battles produce runs, make for gripping baseball
@katiejwoo
July 20, 2020

What's not to love about rivalries? They bring an added component of competition and turn up the stakes of each game. Plus, who doesn't enjoy bragging rights? With 160 Minor League teams, rivalries are aplenty. Flash back to these games and fans will be able to dive in to late-inning

Wellman following in father's footsteps 

Managing has become family business for Phillip, Brett
@katiejwoo
July 20, 2020

At first glance, it doesn't seem like much is amiss at HODGETOWN in Amarillo, Texas. There's a baseball game being played on the diamond, complete with scoreboard updates and sound effects. Socially distanced fans are spread throughout the confines or basking in the sun beyond the outfield grass. Even broadcaster

Prospects in the Dodgers' 2020 player pool

Dodgers boast five top-100 prospects on summer roster
@katiejwoo
July 15, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Prospects in the Giants' 2020 player pool 

Up-and-coming talent could gets some looks from San Francisco
@katiejwoo
July 13, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

The Road to The Show™: Spencer Howard

Top Phillies pitching prospect eyes Major League debut
@katiejwoo
July 13, 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 Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Spencer Howard. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

Prospects in the Padres' 2020 player pool 

Gore, Patino, Trammell all ready for Major League action
@katiejwoo
July 8, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Oakland's Luzardo tests positive for COVID-19

Baseball's No. 12 prospect required to self-isolate for two weeks
@katiejwoo
July 7, 2020

Top A's prospect Jesus Luzardo has tested positive for COVID-19 and will need to self-isolate for at least 14 days, per Major League Baseball protocol. Ranked as MLB.com's No. 12 overall prospect, Luzardo was already on the A's 40-man roster and expected to boost a solid big league rotation, along

Gore, Patino ready to battle for roster spots

Top Padres pitching prospects encouraged to 'get after it'
@katiejwoo
July 5, 2020

The Padres have prided themselves on an abundant farm system that bodes well for the future. With two of baseball's top pitching prospects waiting in the wings and a 60-game sprint ahead, that future may be now.

2020 Draft recap: Los Angeles Dodgers 

Dodgers stick with college-level pitching, bolster stellar system
@katiejwoo
June 30, 2020

Following the five-round 2020 MLB First-Year Player Draft, MiLB.com takes an organization-by-organization look at each pick with help from team scouting executives.

2020 Draft recap: San Diego Padres

Padres all in on youth movement with four prep picks
@katiejwoo
June 24, 2020

Following the five-round 2020 MLB First-Year Player Draft, MiLB.com takes an organization-by-organization look at each pick with help from team scouting executives.

Minor Leaguers open up about big league dads

Prospects share stories about favorite times with famous fathers
@katiejwoo
June 21, 2020

To commemorate Father's Day, MiLB.com asked Minor Leaguers whose dads played in the big leagues to share their favorite stories, memories and advice. Some reminisced about childhood, while others recalled moments in their own baseball careers. Some are even dads themselves. All had one thing in common: they consider their

2020 Draft Recap: San Francisco Giants 

Giants surprise with another first-round backstop
@katiejwoo
June 19, 2020

Following the five-round 2020 MLB First-Year Player Draft, MiLB.com takes an organization-by-organization look at each pick with help from team scouting executives.

Whitecaps trainer Derby advocates for acceptance

LGBTQ+ advisory rep passionate about job, changing the narrative
@katiejwoo
June 17, 2020

If there's one thing Cody Derby is confident about, it's his innate ability to help others. The former college baseball player is an athletic trainer for the West Michigan Whitecaps, the Class A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. He's also a regional representative on the LGBTQ+ advisory committee of the

Looking back at Judge's gigantic 2016 season

Yankees slugger turned up the power in June on way to callup
@katiejwoo
June 11, 2020

Before he was out crushing homers at Yankee Stadium, Aaron Judge was perfecting his form at PNC Field -- home of the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. A year after making his International League debut, Judge launched his way to the big leagues, thanks to a stellar first half

Stacking up some of the biggest burgers in MiLB

National Hamburger Day offers reason to dig into team offerings
@katiejwoo
May 28, 2020

On National Hamburger Day, MiLB.com takes a look at the most outrageous burgers served at Minor League ballparks across the country.