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All-Star Futures Game, Skills Showcase FAQs

A need-to-know guide for this weekend's prospect-laden events
@brendan_samson
July 11, 2024

Forty-nine of MLB’s top prospects will compete at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on Saturday in the All-Star Futures Game. This year’s iteration, which marks the 25th anniversary of the contest, will feature the first-ever Futures Skills Showcase, a three-challenge event that will test participants’ precision and power at

The weirdest MiLB stats, plays from June

The bizarre and bombastic happenings from around the Minors
@BensBiz
July 11, 2024

Welcome to Crooked Numbers, a monthly column dedicated to Minor League Baseball on-field oddities and absurdities. The June edition features a doubles deluge, oppositional surnames, way too many walks and, of course, much more. Keeping track of this type of thing is a team effort, so get in touch if

Storm coming: De Vries flashes pop, tees off twice

Padres' No. 4 prospect, just 17, posts career-best night at Single-A
@allisonmast13
July 6, 2024

Leo De Vries has perhaps never deserved his nickname of “El Mutante” more than on Friday night when he left the yard twice for the first multihomer game of his very young pro career. But that’s not where his otherworldly abilities end -- the 17-year-old homered from both the right

Stormy weather: De Vries swats first pro homer

Youngest player in full-season affiliated ball goes yard in 36th game
@thevandalorian
June 26, 2024

It took 36 games, but Leodalis De Vries connected on his first professional home run at age 17. MLB’s No. 78 prospect received an aggressive assignment to Single-A Lake Elsinore after signing with the Padres in January as the top-ranked international free agent. He racked up a four-RBI performance in

Player of the Week Spotlight: Padres' Mondou

29-year-old farmhand posted a 1.400 OPS in 5 games with El Paso
@RobTnova24
June 13, 2024

Nate Mondou is a grinder. The eight-year pro vet has suited up for three different organizations since being selected by the Athletics in the 13th round of the 2016 Draft, but while the threads have changed over the years his mentality has not: grind every at-bat, every game and do

Trevor Hoffman's son gets thisclose to closer status

Padres prospect finishes up Single-A Storm's rout on the mound
@JesseABorek
June 13, 2024

When Trevor Hoffman used to jog in from the bullpen ahead of the ninth inning at home, AC/DC's “Hells Bells” boomed out of the speakers and batters knew they had a tall task ahead of them. When Wyatt Hoffman, son of the Hall of Famer, took the mound Wednesday night

Bark for chaos: El Paso completes 14-run comeback

Chihuahuas embrace PCL madness, erase 15-1 deficit in epic win
@thevandalorian
June 9, 2024

The Pacific Coast League has been characterized as different compared to its Minor League Baseball counterparts, and the El Paso Chihuahuas’ victory Saturday is a prime example why. El Paso accomplished a feat that seemingly looked impossible at Southwest University Park. Trailing by 14 runs in the fourth inning, the

These are the best June ballpark promos

Steamed Cheeseburgers, a night at 'The Office' on tap in MiLB
@BensBiz
June 3, 2024

Welcome to Promo Preview, a monthly round-up of Minor League Baseball promotions to look forward to. June highlights include iconic socks, bipedal cows, regional food battles and, of course, much more. Dive in.

Road to The Show™: Padres’ Lesko

No. 71 overall prospect showing his talent was worth the wait
@Gerard_Gilberto
May 28, 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 third-ranked Padres prospect Dylan Lesko. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. Dylan Lesko seems to finding his footing in professional

TinCaps shine a light on mental health issues

Fort Wayne focuses on 'striking out the stigma' in annual promotion
@JoeTrezz
May 22, 2024

Back in 2022, the High-A Fort Wayne TinCaps front office posted a sign on the clubhouse wall. It featured a simple, but unusual request: Would any players want to speak publicly about mental health? The front office was not obligating anyone to do anything, and couldn’t predict what kind of

Salas 'rewarded' with first homer for TinCaps

Top Padres prospect, 17, working hard as youngest High-A player
@JoeTrezz
May 21, 2024

Since signing Ethan Salas for $5.6 million out of Venezuela as the prize of the 2023 international signing period, the Padres have had no problem challenging him with aggressive assignments. It's been a challenge at times this year for the game’s No. 6 overall prospect in High-A Fort Wayne, where

Here are the top switch-hitters in the Minors

Check out these 11 handy prospects (with one more to grow on)
@benweinrib
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

The weirdest MiLB stats, plays from the past month

Triple-A seems to have monopoly on wackiness early in '24 season
@BensBiz
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

Ben's Biz: Weird memories from ballpark road trips

A collection of the most bizzare instances over 13 seasons of travel
@BensBiz
April 26, 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. Last month, a newsletter reader named Karen emailed the following question: “What is the most

De Vries picks up first 4 RBIs of young career

MLB's No. 1 international prospect in '24 heats up with Storm
@JesseABorek
April 26, 2024

It’s often said to not let a shooter on the basketball court see one go through the net, lest they heat up and find their rhythm. That might be an apt analogy for Leodalis De Vries, the No. 1 international prospect in the 2024 class, who excelled on the basketball

A Storm's a-brewin: De Vries collects first two hits

Padres' teenage phenom reaches safely three times in second game
@JoeTrezz
April 24, 2024

In recent years, the Padres have shown they are not afraid to push their top prospects. For the second straight season, they are starting a 17-year-old No. 1 international prospect at Single-A Lake Elsinore rather than in rookie ball, and in turn, challenging him from the moment he enters the

Padres' De Vries heading to Lake Elsinore

Top '24 international prospect bumped up at 17 years old
@SamDykstraMiLB
April 21, 2024

The Padres signed the top prospect of his international class. They brought him over stateside in his first professional spring, and his Minor League debut will come at a full-season level. Sound familiar?

Don't sleep on these loaded MiLB teams

It didn't take long for these squads to get in the swing of things
@SamDykstraMiLB
April 9, 2024

Following last Friday’s second Opening Day, all four full-season levels of Minor League Baseball are officially playing their 2024 regular seasons. That has given us a few days to take in and digest rosters across Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Single-A to determine the best of the best. Some are loaded

Salas, Lesko form formidable duo on and off field

Padres prospects at home as TinCaps roommates, batterymates
@benweinrib
April 7, 2024

When Ethan Salas and Dylan Lesko learned they were going to begin the 2024 season together at High-A, they quickly decided to room together. One start into the season and that relationship between two of the top Padres prospects is already paying off.

Chihuahuas, Isotopes combine for 14 runs in ninth

Triple-A Padres, Isotopes end weekend with a lot of late fireworks
@benweinrib
March 31, 2024

Minor League games are known for the strange, remarkable and wacky, but some games even exceed those expectations. Enter the El Paso Chihuahuas and Albuquerque Isotopes.

These 10 hats took the crown in 2023

Minor League clubs create fan favorites with fun, fashion
@Kelsie_Heneghan
January 12, 2024

From historic to anthropomorphic, Minor League hats are something else. They can represent the city, the culture, the cuisine, and they look good doing it. For the sixth straight season, MiLB celebrates National Hat Day by looking at some of the top-selling Minor League caps per New Era and MiLBStore.com.

This season's most improved farm systems

Six organizations that made the biggest leap in 2023
@SamDykstraMiLB
December 27, 2023

We talk about breakout prospects all the time, like Ethan Salas going from being a 16-year-old new signee to a Double-A player in just a few months or Junior Caminero starting the season outside the Top 100 and ending it at No. 6 (and likely higher by the time of

These prospects rebounded in a big way in 2023

A dozen players got their careers back on track with big seasons
December 25, 2023

Some prospects never struggle on their way to the Major Leagues. For example, the first two guys on our Top 100 Prospects list, Orioles shortstop Jackson Holliday and Brewers outfielder Jackson Chourio, have yet to taste failure in pro ball. They're the exceptions, however. Most prospects face adversity at some

See the ol' ballgame in a new way at these parks

These six Minor League teams offer up different sights and sounds
@BensBiz
December 20, 2023

Looking for a respite from the sameness of the seat and the banality of the berm? Then consider visiting these six Minor League ballparks. You can watch the game from a unique and memorable location at each one. - Ballpark Guides Presented by Wyndham for EVERY Minor League team -

Ben's Biz MiLB roundup: New logos unveiled

Rome, Lake Elsinore, Erie, Winston-Salem & IronPigs refresh looks
@BensBiz
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.