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The Show Before the Show: Episode 307

Opening Day Megacast features predictions, promo previews
May 4, 2021

Check out the latest episode of The Show Before the Show, MiLB.com's official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review "Minor League Baseball podcast" on iTunes. The podcast is also available via Spotify,

Fans' guide to Minor League Opening Day 2021

What to do, when to do it as Minor League Baseball finally returns
May 4, 2021

The count was 2-2, no runners on, two outs in the ninth. Sacramento left-handed reliever Steven Okert twirled a breaking ball toward the outside corner against Columbus right-handed batter Mark Mathias, who swung through the pitch. Sacramento River Cats 4, Columbus Clippers 0. The crowd at Memphis’ AutoZone Park cheered

May makes Dodgers history in baseball's return

L.A.'s No. 2 prospect first rookie to start club's opener since '81
@RobTnova24
July 24, 2020

It was May Day in Los Angeles on Thursday. After ace Clayton Kershaw was scratched just hours before his scheduled Opening Day start due to back stiffness, the Dodgers called on rookie Dustin May to take the hill against the Giants, and the 22-year-old -- who was reassigned earlier in

A message from Pat O'Conner

MiLB president/CEO: Opening Night will be worth wait
April 9, 2020

Dear Minor League Baseball fans,For many of us, Opening Night is one of our favorite days of the year, and we count down the days with great anticipation until its arrival.Seeing the perfectly manicured grass, hearing the crack of the bat, catching a whiff of hot dogs and enjoying a

Minor League Baseball to delay Opening Day

March 12, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Minor League Baseball (MiLB) issued the following statement today:"In light of the current coronavirus outbreak, and after consultation with medical professionals and our partners at Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball will delay the start of the 2020 Championship Season. We will continue to monitor the

Photos: Scenes from Opening Week 2019

Walk-off wins, high-profile rehabs highlight first days of season
April 9, 2019

Baseball returned to ballparks across the country this past week, with the bright colors of Copa de la Diversión highlighting a few teams' start to spring. Take a look at what some of our MiLB.com photographers captured during Minor League Baseball's Opening Week. Want to see more? Follow @MiLB on Instagram.

Toolshed: Who's being pushed, who's not

Whitley, Waters get aggressive assignments; Bohm not so much
April 5, 2019

Opening Day assignments are always a good reminder of a maxim common among coaches and front office personnel: player development is not linear.No matter how closely you follow Minor League Baseball and think you have a hold on exactly where certain players will be on the first day of the

May dazzles for Drillers in season debut

Dodgers No. 3 prospect strikes out nine in five scoreless frames
April 4, 2019

The Dodgers have a lot of pitching depth in their system. On Opening Night, Dustin May showed a sample of just how good it is.MLB.com's No. 68 overall prospect allowed two hits and struck out nine over five scoreless frames. May walked one and hit a batter, but didn't factor

MiLB Opening Day begins with surprise

Allegiant Airlines gifts hometown team hats to passengers
April 4, 2019

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Minor League Baseball employees did more than give a tip o' the cap to fans on Thursday. To celebrate MiLB Opening Day, hundreds of Allegiant passengers were gifted hats at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport."Is that a Mud Hens hat?!" Jim Essig, a Toledo native and Mud Hens

Vlad Jr. beginning rehab stint with Dunedin

Top overall prospect bouncing back from strained left oblique
April 4, 2019

It's almost like he was never really gone.After suffering a strained left oblique earlier this month that ended his Spring Training early, top overall prospectVladimir Guerrero Jr. has been assigned to the Class A Advanced Dunedin Opening Night roster and will begin his 2019 season with the Florida State League

Minor League Baseball's 2019 A to Z Guide

From mascots to theme nights and more, it's 'Fun to Be a Fan'
April 4, 2019

The 2019 Minor League Baseball season kicks off today at 2:05 p.m. ET with a pair of International League contests. Here are some things to keep an eye on this spring and summer.

The Minors' most intriguing teams in 2019

MiLB.com staff selects one key ballclub in each farm system
April 4, 2019

With 120 full-season Minor League clubs starting their seasons this week, the MiLB.com staff selects one intriguing team to follow in each farm system.NL East

Promo Preview: 10 to keep an eye on in 2019

Season highlights include Stud Muffins, Uncle Phil, Lollygaggers
April 4, 2019

The Minor League Baseball season begins Thursday, with 120 teams taking the field for the first time. These 120 teams will collectively host 8,400 games in 2019. Therefore, there are 8,400 opportunities to stage an attention-getting promotion, and this doesn't even count the efforts of the 40 short-season teams that

Fans' guide to MiLB Opening Night 2019

Getting Minor League fans prepared for the season's first day
April 3, 2019

It's here. It's finally here!One of the most exciting days on the baseball -- or any -- calendar comes Thursday when 118 Minor League teams begin their 2019 seasons, all on the same day. (Erie and Trenton open Friday.) To get fans fully prepared for the the first 24 hours

Toolshed: Where prospects will open 2019

IL, PCL, FSL looking most prospect-packed to begin season
April 2, 2019

All right, Major League Baseball, you've had your time in the spotlight. Time to make room for the little brothers on the diamond.Minor League Opening Night is coming, and over the past week, rosters across all four full-season levels have sharpened into focus with MLB.com's Top-100 prospects spreading out across the

Twins' Kirilloff to open season on IL

No. 9 overall prospect has wrist injury, expected to return in April
April 1, 2019

The good news: Alex Kirilloff is likely to make his 2019 debut with Double-A Pensacola. The bad news: that season debut will be delayed.The No. 9 overall prospect will open the season on the injured list with a minor wrist injury that he sustained late in Spring Training, the Southern

Under-the-radar prospects for 2019

MiLB.com staff predicts big seasons for lesser-known players
April 1, 2019

There are a host of great players who don't get the same attention as top-ranked prospects like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Royce Lewis. Here the MiLB.com staff picks one relatively unheralded player from each system poised to excel in 2019.

MiLB announces pace-of-play rules for 2019

March 29, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Minor League Baseball today announced rule and procedure changes that will be implemented with the start of the 2019 Minor League Baseball season on April 4.The procedures, created in partnership with Major League Baseball, aim to reduce the amount of downtime taken by mid-inning pitching changes

Top prospects opening 2019 in the Majors

Tatis, Jiménez, Robles lead large crop on MLB's Opening Day
March 28, 2019

Are the tides turning?This is perhaps the most aggressive teams have been in pushing top prospects to the Major Leagues in recent memory. In 2018, nine of MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects found themselves on Major League Opening Day rosters. This year -- when 28 of the game's 30 clubs will

Marking Minors' momentous '19 milestones

Teams celebrate significant anniversaries with logos and promos
March 27, 2019

Every Minor League Baseball offseason brings with it a cornucopia of new logos, from rebrandings and new primary logos to alternate food-based monikers to Copa de la Diversión identities. But not to be overlooked is the annual crop of anniversary logos released by teams that are celebrating milestone seasons.This article

Toolshed: Rookie of the Year candidates

Jays' Vlad Jr., Nats' Robles lead 2019 contenders for hardware
March 26, 2019

All right, we'll let the Major Leagues take the limelight for once.For most clubs, Major League Baseball's Opening Day is Thursday -- the A's and Mariners played in Japan last week -- and before first pitches are thrown across the continent, many more people will toss out their predictions for

Marlins Prospect Primer: On the upswing

Recent acquisitions Mesa, Sanchez look to revive Miami system
March 25, 2019

Some players are on the verge of stardom, others are entering a crucial phase of their development and still others are getting their first tastes of full-season ball. With the 2019 season approaching, MiLB.com takes a look at the most intriguing prospects from each MLB organization.Shining star: Sixto Sanchez, RHPThe

Astros Prospect Primer: Whitley shows focus

Alvarez, Toro among Houston youngsters set to make noise in '19
March 14, 2019

Some players are on the verge of stardom, others are entering a crucial phase of their development and still others are getting their first tastes of full-season ball. With the 2019 season approaching, MiLB.com takes a look at the most intriguing prospects from each MLB organization.Shining star:Forrest Whitley, RHPThe 2016

Photos: Scenes from Opening Week in MiLB

Flyovers, snowfall and a missing glove highlight baseball's return
April 10, 2018

Baseball -- weather permitting -- returned to ballparks across the country this past week, bringing a glimpse of summer to an otherwise chilly start to spring. Take a look at what some of our MiLB.com photographers captured during Minor League Baseball's Opening Week. Want to see more? Follow @MiLB on

Abreu homers twice in JetHawks' opener

Rockies No. 27 prospect plates four in perfect Cal League debut
April 6, 2018

Willie Abreu entered the season with 20 career homers. Never before had he hit two in the same game.The Rockies' No. 27 prospect decided Opening Day would be an opportune time for his first multi-homer game, hammering a pair of two-run shots to power Class A Advanced Lancaster to a