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Here are the top switch-hitters in the Minors

Check out these 11 handy prospects (with one more to grow on)
May 14, 2024

In an era that places a premium on platoon advantages, switch-hitters can be the most versatile members of a lineup -- even if they've become increasingly hard to find. Over the past four seasons, the number of switch-hitting batters in the Majors has slowly ticked down from 10.7 percent in

FCL Phillies throw first no-no of Complex League

Righties Segura, Peralta and Garcia combine on milestone feat
May 11, 2024

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The first no-hitter of the 2024 Florida Complex League came on Saturday, as Enrique Segura and a pair of relievers -- Adilson Peralta and Josbel Garcia -- held the FCL Tigers without a hit, leading the FCL Phillies to a 5-0 win at the Carpenter Complex. "It's

Baseball America's top 2024 prospects to watch in the Florida Complex League

Phillies' No. 5 prospect among the young players to keep an eye on as FCL returns
May 9, 2024

Phillies shortstop Starlyn Caba enters the 2024 season as the top player to watch in the Florida Complex League according to Baseball America, headlining the Rookie-level circuit as it returns for another summer in the Sunshine State. Caba, who is ranked as the Phillies' No. 5 prospect by, was

Miller putting it all together with Threshers

Phillies No. 3 prospect has career night with HR, 4 hits, 4 RBIs
May 9, 2024

Already in the midst of a breakout season, Aidan Miller turned in his best game yet as a professional Wednesday night. As Phillies Minor League infield coordinator Adam Everett sees it: "It's all falling into place."

The weirdest MiLB stats, plays from the past month

Triple-A seems to have monopoly on wackiness early in '24 season
May 7, 2024

After a multi-season hiatus, Crooked Numbers returns with a heaping portion of Minor League Baseball on-field oddities and absurdities. This edition, covering the start of the season through the end of April, has a disproportionate number of items from the Triple-A level. As for why that is, who knows? Maybe

Watch for these 10 Complex league prospects

Eight position players making U.S. debuts in Rookie-level ball
May 7, 2024

The Rookie-level Arizona Complex and Florida Complex leagues began play Saturday, a month earlier than they did a year ago. The changes mean that the circuits will be populated more by players making the jump from the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League the season before and less by guys coming out

Miller shows off raw power with first '24 homer

Phillies No. 3 prospect goes yard in 5th game of year for Threshers
April 11, 2024

Heading into his first full season of pro ball, it was only a matter of time before Aidan Miller would show off the raw power that has turned so many heads early in his young career. MLB Pipeline's No. 56 overall prospect managed just one extra-base hit through his first

Start planning NOW for these MiLB promotions

From Chili Buns to Skenes Bobblestache/head, don't get eclipsed
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

Check out these five MiLB alternate identities

Hype Hens, Beach Chickens, Grits and more for the new season
March 29, 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 season is imminent and yet new alternate identities just keep on coming. Here are

Crawford, Abel lead Phillies' Organization All-Stars

Philadelphia's top prospects ready to get club back to Fall Classic
December 8, 2023

Each offseason, 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 Philadelphia Phillies. 2023 organization summary: Triple-A Lehigh Valley: 80-66

Cuellar, McDaniel win Coolbaugh, Bender Awards

Dodgers, Phillies execs honored for player development service
December 5, 2023

Minor League Baseball announced the selection of Los Angeles Dodgers Special Assistant to Player Development Bobby Cuellar as the recipient of the 15th annual Mike Coolbaugh Award and Philadelphia Phillies Director of Minor League Operations Lee McDaniel as the 15th winner of the Sheldon “Chief” Bender Award. The Mike Coolbaugh

Ben's Biz eats: Best of NY and PA

Most delightful Empire eats and Keystone concessions
December 1, 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 MiLB roundup: New logos unveiled

Rome, Lake Elsinore, Erie, Winston-Salem & IronPigs refresh looks
November 25, 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.

Justin Crawford, Wen-Hui Pan Named Florida State League All-Stars

Crawford Also Named MVP, Top MLB Prospect
September 19, 2023

The Clearwater Threshers had two players named to the 2023 Florida State League All-Star team: Outfielder Justin Crawford, and reliever Wen-Hui Pan. Crawford was also named League MVP and Top MLB Prospect. Though both All-Stars were promoted to High-A Jersey Shore in August, they played the majority of their games

Miller's smash lifts Clearwater into FSL Finals

No. 4 Phils prospect, '23 first-rounder makes first pro dinger count
September 15, 2023

Twenty-three games into his professional career, Aidan Miller was searching for his first home run. He hardly could have picked a better game when he finally connected on Friday night. Miller, the Phillies' 2023 first-round pick and fourth-ranked prospect, socked a decisive two-run homer to left field in Single-A Clearwater's

Reading ace delivers a more-than-Abel effort

No. 2 Phillies prospect notches eight strikeouts in five innings
September 13, 2023

In what could be his final start of the 2023 season, Phillies No. 2 prospect Mick Abel dazzled, delivering one of the most impressive outings of his second full pro campaign. The hard-throwing right-hander silenced the Rumble Ponies' offense Wednesday, whiffing eight batters while yielding just one run on three

Raylin Heredia Wins FSL Player of the Week

Heredia is Fifth Thresher to Win Player of the Week Award in 2023
September 12, 2023

Threshers outfielder Raylin Heredia claimed the final Florida State League Player of the Week Award of the 2023 Regular Season, going 10-17 with four extra-base hits and five RBIs in four games against the Palm Beach Cardinals. Heredia turned in four multi-hit games in Palm Beach, including three hits in

Remembering the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons 

Original PA announcer John Davies reflects on Triple-A team's years as Philadelphia affiliate
September 8, 2023

MOOSIC, Pa. -- April 26, 1989 was an auspicious day for northeast Pennsylvania baseball fans, as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons played their first home game at Lackawanna County Multi-Purpose Stadium. This marked the return of Minor League Baseball to the region after a 35-year absence, and 11,000 fans packed the

Ben's Biz gets into a scrapple with the IronPigs

Bacon sticks, smoked turkey legs and more with Lehigh Valley
September 1, 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.

From field to screen: IronPigs stringer explains job

Cory Chryst transmits game data from Coca-Cola Park press box
August 31, 2023

ALLENTOWN, PENN. -- Within a ballpark press box, many of the job titles are self-explanatory. The broadcasters broadcast the game, the scorers score it and the writers write about it. Similarly, the stringers string it. This last position, crucial and therefore ubiquitous, isn't as widely understood as the press box's

Clemens launches home run trifecta for IronPigs

Phillies farmhand has seven dingers in nine games this month
August 11, 2023

Kody Clemens went off like a rocket three times Thursday night. Not "The Rocket," mind you. Just a garden-variety home run machine. The son of Roger Clemens launched three homers totaling 1,225 feet en route to Triple-A Lehigh Valley's 17-6 win over Rochester at Innovative Field. The 27-year-old has seven

Hot Dogs steam Burgers in foodie showdown

Reading tops Hartford in battle of scrumptious alternate jerseys
August 7, 2023

Hot dogs vs. hamburgers is an age-old American debate. Last Tuesday, two teams tried to settle it in Minor League Baseball's version of a cookoff when Double-A Reading and Hartford donned alternate identities in yummy fashion at Dunkin' Park. For one night, the Reading Hot Dogs faced off against the

Danny Wilkinson Named Phillies Pitcher of the Month for July

The Left-Hander is Third Thresher to win the Award in 2023.
August 3, 2023

Left-Handed Pitcher Danny Wilkinson claimed the Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month Award for July after allowing one run in eight relief appearances, finishing the month on a 14.1-inning scoreless streak. He joins fellow bullpen arms Orion Kerkering (April) and Wesley Moore (May) as the third Thresher to claim

The Road to The Show™: Phillies’ Crawford

No. 88 overall prospect displays familiar skill set in first full season
July 4, 2023

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at third-ranked Phillies prospect Justin Crawford. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. Growing up, Justin Crawford struggled to find success while

Wesley Moore Earns Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May

June 2, 2023

Clearwater left-handed pitcher Wesley Moore has been named Phillies Minor Pitcher of the Month for May. The 23-year-old Moore made eight relief appearances for single-A Clearwater in May, allowing only two earned runs in 13.2 innings pitched. The 6-foot-2 rookie struck out 22 of the 59 batters he faced (37.3%)