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Broadcaster Farber chases his dream to NBA

Former Minors commentator now voice of Charlotte Hornets
January 6, 2021

If life in the Minor Leagues teaches a broadcaster anything, it’s this -- learn to roll with the punches. Sam Farber spent years absorbing that lesson, and now, having reached one of the dream destinations of a sportscasting career, he’s grateful for it. All of it. After ascending through the

Cubs nab ranked quartet from Padres

Shortstop Preciado leads prospect haul in deal for Darvish, Caratini
December 28, 2020

The San Diego Padres keep fueling the hot stove, and the Chicago Cubs are adding a haul of prospect talent. What was first reported Monday is now official. Chicago has acquired four ranked prospects from San Diego in shortstops Reginald Preciado and Yeison Santana along with outfielders Owen Caissie and

State of the System: Los Angeles Dodgers

Champs aim to continue dominance with talented reinforcements
December 23, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year,'s State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlighting prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offering a peek at 2021. Finally. After more than three decades of

State of the System: Miami Marlins

Glut of top prospects propelled Miami to playoffs in 2020
November 25, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year,'s State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021. The Major League season was barely underway

Rangers' Crouse on track for 2021 return

Sixth-ranked prospect had elbow surgery following '19 season
November 12, 2020

The Rangers got positive returns from a lot of highly regarded prospects on the field at their alternate training site during baseball’s off-kilter 2020 season. One of Texas’ top talents wasn’t included in that group, but he's still been progressing in the offseason. Sixth-ranked Rangers prospect Hans Crouse has become

State of the System: New York Mets

Top prospects Mauricio, Alvarez got valuable time at alternate site
November 5, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year,'s State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021. The offseason is barely a week old

Arozarena belts parting shot in World Series

Tampa Bay's No. 19 prospect caps postseason with 10 home runs
October 28, 2020

In what turned out to be the season’s final night, Randy Arozarena took a bow. Though it wasn’t enough to extend the World Series, Tampa Bay’s No. 19 prospect became the first player in Major League history with 10 homers in the postseason, blasting a solo shot in the first

State of the System: Texas Rangers

Huff, Taveras among those with valuable big league time in 2020
October 16, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year,'s new State of the System series evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021. The Rangers opened up Globe Life Park

Anderson posts zeros again for Braves

Club's No. 3 prospect turns in third straight scoreless playoff start
October 13, 2020

It might not have been pretty, but it was effective. In the postseason, the latter is all that counts. Baseball’s No. 34 overall prospect Ian Anderson continued his team's dominant trend on the mound with four scoreless innings as Atlanta seized a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 National League Championship

This time, Arozarena's power pays off for Rays

Tampa Bay's No. 19 prospect homers on another multi-hit night
October 7, 2020

Randy Arozarena keeps hitting, and Tuesday's effort helped pull his team even in the series. A night after homering in a three-hit performance, Tampa Bay’s No. 19 prospect belted another long ball and added a single to help lead the Rays to a 7-5 win over the Yankees, leveling their

Yanks turn to Garcia for ALDS Game 2 start

Righty set to be youngest playoff starter in franchise history
October 5, 2020

On Tuesday, Deivi Garcia gets to weave his name into the fabric of the most historic franchise in sports. At just 21 years old, baseball’s No. 87 overall prospect is set to start Game 2 of the American League Division Series and, in doing so, will become the Yankees' youngest

San Juan Marlins burned brightly, briefly in Minors

Puerto Rico club entertained fans in International League in 1961
October 1, 2020

Tales of ballplayers who arrive on United States shores from across Latin America are well documented. A teenage player from a baseball hotbed signs a contract or heads to school and makes his way to the Draft. He journeys to far-flung destinations with the ultimate goal of big league ball

Cubs summon southpaw Marquez to Majors

No. 64 overall prospect makes debut in regular-season finale
September 27, 2020

With the National League Central Division title already sealed and steaming toward the postseason, the Cubs have welcomed their top prospect to the North Side. Brailyn Marquez, MLB Pipeline's No. 64 overall prospect, was promoted to the Major Leagues on Sunday and entered the Cubs’ regular-season finale in the eighth

In spot duty, Wilson leads Atlanta to playoffs

Fifth-ranked prospect tosses five scoreless to clinch division
September 22, 2020

Pressed into starting duty by an injury-ravaged rotation, Bryse Wilson stepped up and pitched his team to the postseason. Atlanta’s No. 5 prospect dealt five scoreless innings, striking out seven while allowing just three hits and one walk as the Braves clinched their third straight National League East title with

2020 Arizona Fall League season canceled

Prospect showcase circuit was due to open campaign Thursday
September 21, 2020

Autumn in Arizona usually means the start of the Arizona Fall League. This year, that won’t be the case. The AFL’s 2020 campaign has been scrapped, MLB chief baseball development officer Tony Reagins confirmed to Baseball America first reported the season’s cancellation.

Houck dominates Yankees in Fenway debut

10th-ranked Red Sox prospect takes no-hitter into sixth inning
September 20, 2020

Tanner Houck introduced himself to Red Sox fans last week with a strong -- and charitable -- Major League debut. On Sunday, he introduced himself to Fenway Park with an even better performance against his team’s archrival. Houck took a no-hitter into the sixth and ended up allowing an unearned

El Paso continues to honor innovative Diablos

Throwback identity still resonates with passionate fan base
September 16, 2020

When it launched fully in 2018, Minor League Baseball’s Copa de la Diversión initiative was based on a mission of community service, inclusiveness and engagement with Latinx fans across the MiLB landscape. In some markets, that’s been a critical thread in franchise identities for decades. In the Southwest, teams have

Houck strikes for charity in Red Sox debut

Boston's No. 10 prospect fans seven over five scoreless innings
September 15, 2020

Prior to his Major League debut Tuesday, Tanner Houck made it known that he wanted his first appearance on the mound to be about more than just baseball. He came through. Boston’s No. 10 prospect tossed five stellar innings in his first big league start, notching seven strikeouts -- and

Sixto goes distance against former team

Top Marlins prospect tosses three-hitter, beats Phillies
September 13, 2020

In his first chance to square off with the organization that signed him as an amateur in 2015 and traded him away four years later, Sixto Sanchez made it count. MLB Pipeline's No. 22 overall prospect twirled his first career complete game, a three-hitter over seven stellar innings, as the

Phillies righty Howard placed on 10-day IL

Second-ranked prospect left Saturday start with shoulder stiffness
September 13, 2020

On Saturday night, top Phillies pitching prospect Spencer Howard left his start due to a shoulder issue. A day later, he went on the shelf. With two weeks left in the regular season, MLB Pipeline's No. 32 overall prospect was placed on the 10-day Injured List on Sunday with right

Lux leaves yard twice to loft Dodgers to win

Second-ranked overall prospect breaks out on five-RBI night
September 9, 2020

Gavin Lux hadn’t circled the bases yet this season. On Tuesday night, he did it twice. MLB Pipeline's No. 2 overall prospect belted a pair of homers on a three-hit night, driving in his first five runs of the season as the Dodgers held on to beat the D-backs, 10-9,

Padres' Campusano sidelined with wrist sprain

After homering in debut, No. 51 overall prospect placed on IL
September 6, 2020

Luis Campusano got his first big league call and belted his first big league homer for the Padres on Friday. He’ll have to wait a bit for his next big moment. MLB Pipeline's No. 51 overall prospect was placed the 10-day Injured List on Sunday afternoon with a sprained left

Howard picks up first win for Phillies

Baseball's No. 35 prospect allows two runs over five solid innings
August 31, 2020

In his first three Major League starts, Spencer Howard had shown some flashes of his tremendous promise. On Monday, he put it all together. Baseball’s No. 35 overall prospect worked five solid innings, giving up two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and two walks as the Phillies took

Runneth over: Cup collectors get creative

Longtime friends united by baseball, passion for souvenirs
August 31, 2020

This month we’re profiling Minor League Baseball fans across the country. These fans go to impressive lengths to show their love of the game in creative ways, staying connected to their favorite teams even when the action on the field is on hold. Do you think you can stake your

Mountcastle goes yard twice for Orioles

No. 5 prospect continues torrid start with first two homers
August 30, 2020

Since being promoted to the Major Leagues, Ryan Mountcastle has been hitting the ball with authority. The one thing he was missing heading into Sunday's matinee was a big league homer. So he hit two.