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Hits just keep on coming for Rays' Arozarena

Tampa Bay's No. 19 prospect posts fifth multi-hit effort of playoffs
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October 13, 2020

His team may be seven wins shy of a World Series title, no one would blame Randy Arozarena for wanting the 2020 season to go on forever. Buoyed by two more hits from one of baseball's hottest hitters, Tampa Bay doubled up Houston, 4-2, on Monday to take a 2-0

Rays' Arozarena a hit in postseason play

Club's No. 19 prospect goes yard, ties career high with three hits
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October 5, 2020

Randy Arozarena might have been a relative unknown to Tampa fans even a month ago. That's not the case anymore. The No. 19 Rays prospect homered, singled twice and scored two runs, but it wasn't enough to overcome the four Yankee home runs that propelled the Bronx Bombers to a

Red alert: Stephenson walks it off for Cincinnati

Club's No. 4 prospect belts pinch-hit homer in opener of double dip
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September 14, 2020

A run-of-the-mill home run just isn't enough for Tyler Stephenson. The No. 4 Reds prospect slugged a pinch-hit walk-off homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead Cincinnati past visiting Pittsburgh, 3-1, in the first game of Monday's doubleheader. The two-run blast was Stephenson's second roundtripper as a

Puk shut down with shoulder soreness

Oakland's top pitching prospect was on road back to the Majors
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September 8, 2020

A.J. Puk was slated to be a key component of Oakland's march toward the 2020 postseason. That expectation has gotten slimmer with each passing day. On the Injured List since July 20, the newly crowned top A's prospect has suffered another apparent setback in his recovery from a left shoulder

Murphy rewriting report card for Athletics

Top Oakland prospect goes yard as part of three-RBI performance
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September 8, 2020

Sean Murphy entered Monday night on the verge of losing his status as a prospect. He made sure to celebrate that graduation in style. The now-former top A's prospect homered for a second straight game, singled and drove in a season-high three runs to help down the Astros, 6-0, at

MiLB spawns more than future big leaguers

Diversity initiatives spur former interns to Emmy-winning success
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September 4, 2020

Minor League Baseball graduates more than just athletes. Since MiLB's Fostering Inclusion Through Education and Leadership Development (FIELD) Program took flight in 2016 to "engage the next generation of diverse leaders in sports business," it's done that and then some -- placing dozens of college students and graduates in positions

Carlson finds his wings with Cardinals

Baseball's No. 18 prospect snaps slump with first big league homer
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August 23, 2020

Pilots aren't the only ones who earn their wings. Dylan Carlson reached the seats for his first Major League homer to provide some breathing room as the Cardinals moved over the .500 mark with a 6-2 victory over the visiting Reds on Sunday. St. Louis' top prospect also singled three

Youth is served with Garcia's home run

Nats No. 2 prospect is first big leaguer born in 2000s to go deep
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August 17, 2020

With apologies to actor Bernie Mac of "Mr. 3000" fame, Luis Garcia has first dibs on "Mr. 2000." The No. 2 Nationals prospect slugged his first Major League homer in his first at-bat of Monday's 7-6 loss to the Braves at Truist Park. Garcia's two-run blast off right-hander Touki Toussaint

Romano sharp as Majors return to Buffalo

Jays No. 30 prospect has yet to allow a hit in eight innings in '20
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August 11, 2020

The wait was well worth it. Hosting a Major League game for the first time in 105 years, Triple-A Buffalo’s Sahlen Field experienced a little bit of everything Tuesday night. With a number of former Bisons competing in their former home, the Blue Jays bounced back from a late Marlins

Luzardo all aces in first Major League start

Top A's prospect tosses five scoreless innings, strikes out five
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August 5, 2020

Class was in session Tuesday night at the Oakland Coliseum. Delivering the lecture was Jesús Luzardo, who took his final step back after a COVID-19 diagnosis delayed his arrival at Summer Camp and entry into the Oakland rotation. The top A's prospect struck out five over five scoreless innings in

Robert celebrates his birthday in style

No. 3 overall prospect reaches base three times, scores twice
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August 3, 2020

A seemingly never-ending flow of young talent continues to infiltrate the White Sox lineup. Luis Robert is among them, although his early results seem more reminiscent of a perennial All-Star. Chicago’s top prospect celebrated turning 23 by reaching base three times, scoring twice and stealing two bases in Monday night's

Waful left lasting impression in Central New York

Lifelong Syracuse resident, former team president was a local icon
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July 29, 2020

It was a life well lived and one that touched tens of thousands in the Syracuse area. When Don Waful died last September at the age of 103, he left a legacy of charity, friendship and charm that will far supersede his century on this Earth. Born in Newark, New

Peterson apple of Mets' eye in debut

No. 10 prospect notches victory in first Major League start
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July 29, 2020

David Peterson woke up Tuesday morning not knowing if he'd make his Major League debut that night. The 10th-ranked Mets prospect will go to bed with his first Major League win. Peterson bent but never broke over 5 2/3 effective innings and the Mets pulled away late to beat the

Cream of the crop opening 2020 in the Majors

Best Minors has to offer ready to take their shots in the bigs
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July 23, 2020

The kids are all grown up. Some of the best and brightest prospects baseball has to offer have found their way onto Major League rosters for the opening of the 2020 season. In a sport in which players are conditioned to pace themselves for a six-month marathon, the 60-game schedule

Prospects in the Mariners' 2020 player pool

Reloaded system has Seattle excited, ready for this year and beyond
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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

The Road to The Show™: Nate Pearson

Young hurler has inched closer to leaving Jays nest for the bigs
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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

Prospects in the Athletics' 2020 player pool

Talented Oakland system ready to fill the gaps when needed
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July 3, 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 Rangers' 2020 player pool

Jung, Huff lead talented contingent of prospects hoping for a shot
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July 2, 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

Two-time cancer survivor Orze ready to shine

Mets fifth-rounder overcomes fight of his life to achieve dream
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July 1, 2020

Eric Orze has made a habit of snapping off hellacious curveballs. Having some thrown his way? That’s another story. At an age when most worry what type of fun will be had on the weekends, Orze faced two of the nastiest curves life can offer. But instead of striking out,

Reds' Gutierrez suspended for 80 games

Dodgers' Aleaziz, Idrogo and Twins' Rosario also receive bans
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June 28, 2020

Vladimir Gutierrez was one of four Minor Leaguers suspended for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Major League Baseball announced Sunday. The No. 15 Reds prospect received an 80-game suspension after he tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance Stanozolol. Dodgers prospects Reza Aleaziz and Juan Idrogo and

2020 Draft recap: Oakland Athletics

Oakland hopes it aced picks with Soderstrom, college pitchers
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June 26, 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: Seattle Mariners

Seattle hopes Hancock will be the emerald of strong Draft
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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.

2020 Draft recap: Texas Rangers

Following Foscue in first round, Texas turns to prep talent
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June 17, 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.

Outta here: Not all ejections are created equal

Players and managers aren't the only ones who get the heave-ho
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June 12, 2020

The home run, the strikeout, the beer and the hot dog -- all staples of baseball. As is the ejection. Why does a screaming, dirt-kicking, expletive-laced argument provide so much enjoyment for the masses who witness it? Whatever the cause, the spectacle of an ejection has woven itself seamlessly into

Best streams of 2019 games: Wild strikeouts

Thunder's Garcia whiffs 15; Travelers' Crismatt is immaculate
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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