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Hats all folks: Top MiLB caps at the Futures Game

Seven of the best hats top prospects wore during All-Star Weekend
@JoshJacksonMiLB
July 18, 2024

This year's Futures Game featured more old-fashioned, Minor League-style fun than ever, and the most visible addition was one fans could see at every moment. Each of the 45 players who appeared in the game wore on his head the cap of his Minor League team. As a result, some

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.

Lucky 13: FCL Marlins nab just that many bases

Feat puts Rookie-level team in rare company for Minors AND bigs
July 4, 2024

On the Fourth of July, the proverbial fireworks were on the basepaths in Florida. The Marlins’ Rookie-level Florida Complex League team stole a staggering 13 bases in Thursday's 7-3 win over the FCL Mets at the Roger Dean Stadium complex. Eight players had at least one steal with 19-year-olds Jose

The weirdest MiLB stats, plays from May

The wild and the wacky during the last month in the Minors
@BensBiz
June 10, 2024

Welcome to Crooked Numbers, a monthly column dedicated to Minor League Baseball on-field oddities and absurdities. This edition, covering the month of May, features reptile cameos, offensive explosions, oppositional surnames and, of course, much more. Keeping track of this type of thing is a team effort, so get in touch

Broadcaster 'ejects' young Blue Wahoos fan

Fan interferes with ball that negates a Pensacola home run
@brendan_samson
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

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

Newest Sky Carp Meyer stymies, K's 6 in club debut

Marlins' No. 1 prospect follows in flock path of No. 3 talent, White
@allisonmast13
June 2, 2024

They say it’s better to be a big fish in a small pond, but for the second time in the past two days, one of the top Marlins prospects joined a larger talent pool in the form of High-A Beloit. Noble Meyer, the organization’s top prospect, made his first start

Jupiter's Meyer drops hammer, K's career-high 9

Marlins' No. 1 prospect strong in return to scene of Single-A debut
@alyssam_gomez
May 5, 2024

Just 41 days after being drafted, Noble Meyer made his Single-A debut with Jupiter at Clover Park last August. Now, 259 days later, the 19-year-old returned to St. Lucie to record a career-best outing. In Jupiter’s 4-0 victory over the St. Lucie Mets on Saturday, the top Marlins prospect twirled

Road to The Show™: Marlins’ Mesa Jr

Miami’s No. 4 prospect building toward big league debut at Triple-A
@Gerard_Gilberto
April 30, 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 fourth-ranked Marlins prospect Victor Mesa Jr. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. It seems as though Victor Mesa Jr. is

Ben's Biz: Minor League promos for mid-April

Hockey Day, Awful Night, Chili Buns and so much more
@BensBiz
April 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. The pomp and circumstance of Opening Day is in the rearview mirror and the world

Start planning NOW for these MiLB promotions

From Chili Buns to Skenes Bobblestache/head, don't get eclipsed
@BensBiz
April 5, 2024

Ninety Minor League Baseball teams open up Friday, joining the 30 Triple-A squads that kicked off the 2024 campaign on March 29. And with every Minor League season comes Minor League promotions, the vast array of theme nights and giveaways taking place on a nightly basis as supplements to the

Party on! Pensacola celebrates Monterrey series

Marlins affiliate, Mexican team reach out to community together
@JoeTrezz
April 3, 2024

Technically, the Minor League season at non-Triple-A affiliates doesn’t begin until Friday. But at Double-A Pensacola, things got off to a bright and colorful start.

Johnston thinks fast when ball gets lodged in mitt

Jumbo Shrimp first baseman tosses his glove to pitcher for an out
@thevandalorian
March 31, 2024

Looking at the laces on his glove before Sunday's Triple-A Jacksonville game, Troy Johnston noticed they were loose. The Marlins' No. 18 prospect planned to tighten them, but then he made an eye-catching snare and an unconventional throw. When Gwinnett's J.P. Martínez pounded a hard-hit grounder toward first base with

Ben's Biz: Triple-A promotional night highlights

Cosmic showdown, legends night, mystery egg rolls and more
@BensBiz
March 15, 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.

Triple-A Jacksonville celebrates public domain

Marlins' affiliate Jumbo Shrimp set to host theme night free-for-all
@BensBiz
February 23, 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.

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

Marlins tab Balkovec for player development

Trailblazer, former Tarpons skipper hired as farm system director
January 16, 2024

MIAMI -- Rachel Balkovec has agreed to become the Marlins' director of player development, Miami announced on Tuesday, a week after the news broke. Balkovec's hiring was made official in conjunction with the hiring of Gabe Kapler as the assistant general manager, Vinesh Kanthan as the director of baseball operations

Johnston leads Marlins' Organization All-Stars

First baseman's 20-20 season among top Miami performances
@brendan_samson
November 29, 2023

Each offseason, MiLB.com 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.

Ben's Biz eats: Best of the South

A taste of Biloxi, Birmingham, Montgomery and Pensacola
@BensBiz
November 17, 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.

Ben's Biz: Title winners ranked for '23

Based on how long it had been since they last won a crown
@BensBiz
October 27, 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.

Jupiter hammers down first FSL championship

Pitching, small ball complete turnaround by Marlins affiliate
@EvanKDesai
September 20, 2023

It took a first-year manager to steer the Jupiter Hammerheads, the Marlins' Single-A affiliate, to their first Florida State League championship. After going 35-31 in both the first and second halves of the season, Nelson Prada's Hammerheads were a model of consistency in the East Division this season. And Jupiter

Hammerheads blank Blue Jays, clinch 2023 playoffs

Jupiter to take on Palm Beach in FSL East series Sept. 12-15
September 6, 2023

Jupiter is heading back to the Florida State League playoffs after a 5-0 victory over Dunedin on Tuesday night. The first-place Hammerheads (66-61) clinched the second-half of the FSL's East Division with the win, setting the stage for the team's first postseason appearance since 2012. Jupiter will take on Palm

Meyer flashes otherworldly repertoire for Jupiter

Second-ranked Marlins prospect spins 3 scoreless in Single-A debut
@EvanKDesai
August 19, 2023

Next up in the Marlins' pitching pipeline: Noble Meyer. The 2023 first-round Draft pick (No. 10 overall) took the mound for the first time with Single-A Jupiter on Saturday in a 5-4 win at Clover Park, and flashed a repertoire that showcased why he was the first prep arm off

Who needs hits? Jupiter's Lewis steals 5 bases

Marlins prospect's feat only done 8 times in Minors since 2005
@JesseABorek
August 16, 2023

At first, it looks like a misprint. Five steals on zero hits? How can that be? What Ian Lewis accomplished for Single-A Jupiter on Wednesday night was so rare it’s been done just once in AL/NL history dating back to 1901. (The lone big leaguer to pull off the five-steal,