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Giant performance from San Jose's Eldridge

San Francisco's No. 3 prospect belts his first pro slam, logs 6 RBIs
May 19, 2024

Bryce Eldridge felt stuck. Returning from a hamstring injury in April, the Giants’ No. 3 prospect and 2023 first-round selection tried gaining his timing back at the plate on the fly. While his swing felt right, his rhythm felt off, as he made late movements toward pitches.

Richmond's Bericoto catching on-- in the outfield 

Giants' former backstop showing pop, and 'best is yet to come'
May 18, 2024

RICHMOND, Va. -- Growing up, Victor Bericoto could only imagine what a professional baseball player feels in front of fans. His journey started as a catcher on his family’s team, called Las Vegas, in a stadium near his hometown in Maracay, Venezuela. Now, years later, he knows. “You can feel

All is well with Snell in Sacramento

Giants lefty fans 10 over five hitless innings in latest rehab start
May 18, 2024

In case there was any doubt, Blake Snell's stuff looks in top form and ready to return to the big leagues. The reigning National League Cy Young Award winner tossed his second straight hitless rehab start, this time striking out 10 overmatched hitters across five frames in Triple-A Sacramento's 5-1

Snell both immaculate, perfect in San Jose start

Giants rehabbing ace twirls 9-K first, sets next nine down too
May 12, 2024

Ever wonder how dominant a reigning Cy Young Award winner could look if he was transported back to Single-A? Blake Snell did just that – and it was as unfair as you might expect. On a rehab assignment with Single-A San Jose as he eyes a return to San Francisco

Ben's Biz: An evening with the (little) Giants

San Francisco's prospects start their pro journeys in San Jose
May 10, 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 following ballpark road trip recap is presented by Wyndham, proud sponsor of Minor League

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

Road to The Show™: Giants’ Crawford

Club's No. 8 prospect seeing early results as he focuses on pitching
May 7, 2024

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at Giants prospect Reggie Crawford, who will be spotlighted each month as a Nationwide Road to The Show "featured player" in 2024. For more stories about players on

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

Matos socks pair of homers atop Sacramento order

No. 2 Giants prospect Luciano adds trio of hits, duo logs 7 RBIs
April 4, 2024

Luis Matos and Marco Luciano would be everyday contributors at the Major League level in some organizations. But with the shoring up of the Giants' roster toward the end of Spring Training, the two Latino players started the season in Triple-A. Both of them will get their chances in San

Whisenhunt's season debut proves short but sweet

Giants' No. 3 prospect strikes out six in three innings for River Cats
March 31, 2024

The Giants are already loaded with a starting rotation consisting of Logan Webb, Blake Snell, Jordan Wicks and Kyle Harrison, but a young arm is strong-arming his way toward San Francisco. In his 2024 debut, Carson Whisenhunt struck out six batters while allowing just one hit over three scoreless innings

Ben's Biz: 2024 Double-A promotional night highlights

Great mustaches, Sojourner Truth, hot dog candles and more
March 22, 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 week, I provided a rollicking round-up of notable 2024 Triple-A promotions. Today, we’ll gingerly

Black Barons made Rickwood hallowed ground

Double-A Birmingham will face Montgomery at historic venue
February 22, 2024

When the Double-A Birmingham Barons host the Montgomery Biscuits on June 18 at Birmingham’s Rickwood Field, and when the Giants face the Cardinals there on Juneteenth, the games will be played on hallowed ground. Rickwood Field was originally the home of two franchises. Opened in 1910, it was built for

These 10 hats took the crown in 2023

Minor League clubs create fan favorites with fun, fashion
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

The Road to The Show™: Giants’ Whisenhunt

No. 70 prospect maximizes opportunities with stellar changeup
November 14, 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 Giants prospect Carson Whisenhunt. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. There’s been a lot working against Carson Whisenhunt over

Ben's Biz eats: Best of the Pacific Northwest

Tasty delights of Eugene, Hillsboro, Tacoma and Vancouver
November 3, 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.

Some of the Minors' most popular jerseys

These threads turned heads and flew off the shelves in 2023
November 3, 2023

Jerseys can be gateways. And in the Minor Leagues, there’s plenty to explore. The kit can represent the town, a favorite food, the local culture, an important issue. And with longer affiliation partnerships, more teams have used them to connect with their parent clubs. Not to mention, they’re nice to

Lefty Harrison leads Giants Organization All-Stars

Strikeout artist and OF Meckler shine en route to San Francisco
October 30, 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 San Francisco Giants. 2023 organization summary: Triple-A Sacramento: 67-82

Giants honor life of Minors devotee Lampe

Longtime California League historian remembered in San Jose
August 28, 2023

There are a lot of ways to love baseball. Chris Lampe practiced just about all of them. A passionate fan since he was a kid, he grew up to become part-owner of a Minor League team, then a front office employee and the California League’s official historian -- all on

River Cats reliever rips a double? Let us explain

Sacramento southpaw Wright gets first at-bats since 2019 as LF
August 20, 2023

The advent of the universal designated hitter has made what happened Saturday night in Sacramento something mirroring a lunar-like event: a pitcher digging into the batter’s box. But Chris Wright isn’t just any pitcher, he’s a relief pitcher. To further ramp up the oddity of the moment, for one night

The best of the Giants' Minor League ballparks

From Virginia to NorCal, visit the homes of prospects headed to SF
August 7, 2023

The Minor League Ballpark Guides series presented by Wyndham brings all the most fun features of Minors ballparks across America (and one in Canada!) onto your desktop, tablet or mobile device, whether you're interested in taking a virtual tour from where you sit or planning a trip to catch some

Auerbach's acrobatics reach new heights

Giants prospect soars over dugout railing to make incredible grab
July 22, 2023

Brett Auerbach can play just about anywhere in the field. The Giants’ utility man has manned five positions across two levels in 2023 -- second base, third base, left field, center field, catcher -- and in 29 games with High-A Eugene, he’s only played as a backstop five times. But

Birdsong, Emeralds no-hit Dust Devils 

July 5, 2023

The Eugene Emeralds no-hit the Tri-City Dust Devils and won the ballgame by a final score of 3-0. It was the Emeralds' first no-hitter since August 16th, 2015. The Emeralds move to 39-37 on the season and 5-5 to start the 2nd half. It was an action-packed night full of

Emeralds make themselves at home on the road

High-A Eugene adapts as stadium conflict moves series to Tri-City
June 17, 2023

As the University of Oregon baseball season was winding down, the High-A Eugene staff couldn't help but scoreboard watch. While the Ducks' success didn't directly impact the Emeralds’ standings, there’d be a ripple effect, as the two clubs share PK Park in Eugene, Ore. “It kind of just became more

No more squirreling around offensively for Luciano

San Francisco's No. 2 prospect homers for third time in two games
June 11, 2023

Marco Luciano has been finding his offensive groove with Double-A Richmond, and he’s been far from one-dimensional in doing it. The No. 2 Giants prospect not only enjoyed a streak of eight straight plate appearances where he reached base in his last two outings vs. Altoona, but also clubbed three