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Trio of Mets pitching prospects slay competition

Scott, Tidwell, Sproat making their pitches for stardom in Queens
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April 17, 2024

A franchise known for developing some of the game's best pitchers over the past half-century hasn't uncovered many gems -- hidden or otherwise -- in recent years. But that might be starting to change. While we might not see comparisons drawn to the likes of homegrown aces Tom Seaver, Dwight

All systems go for Rocket City homer celebrations

Angels' Double-A affiliate incorporating space ties into dugout fun
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April 11, 2024

Trash Pandas, go for launch! One of the more popular Minor League monikers, Double-A Rocket City combined a pair of nicknames during its relocation from Mobile to Huntsville, Ala., following the 2019 season.

Crews kicks season into high gear at Double-A

Nats' top prospect hits first Harrisburg homer on 4-hit, 4-RBI night
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April 9, 2024

It took Dylan Crews one at-bat to equal his hit output from his first three games of the season. It took him two plate appearances to surpass it ... and MLB's No. 7 prospect didn't stop there. Crews hammered his first Double-A homer during a four-hits and four-RBI night in

Holliday leads off season opener with a home run

MLB's top prospect needed just 4 pitches to do damage for Tides
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March 29, 2024

That's No. 1 for No. 1. Jackson Holliday served notice his torrid Spring Training with the Orioles was no mirage. MLB's top overall prospect needed just four pitches to make an impact, leading off the bottom of the first inning with a 103 mph homer that ignited an offensive onslaught.

Minor Leagues fueled Strawberry's meteoric rise

Coaches, teammates and experience guided 'Straw' to stardom
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February 21, 2024

Darryl Strawberry doesn't lament where the circuitous route of life has ultimately brought him. He doesn't look back with regret. He does, however, wonder what might have been. His tale is well-known. From high school phenom in Los Angeles to the top of the sports world in New York, the

Nuts don't crack en route to Cal League crown

'23 first-rounder Emerson leads way with 4 hits, 4 RBIs in finale
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September 20, 2023

It's time to get Nuts! Thanks to an unrelenting offense that averaged more than 10 runs per game in the playoffs, Single-A Modesto finished off a perfect postseason on Tuesday night with a championship-clinching 14-8 win over Rancho Cucamonga at LoanMart Field. Colt Emerson led the way with four hits

The 2023 Single-A All-Stars and award winners

Orioles' Basallo, Phillies' Crawford each pick up two major honors
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September 19, 2023

As summer ebbs into fall, Minor League Baseball has started to reveal its end-of-season award winners and All-Star steams. First up are the three Single-A circuits, encompassing 30 teams, as voted on by league managers. There's no shortage of top prospects, noteworthy names and some under-the-radar players who made their

First ever MiLB Awards Show to air on MLB Network on Oct. 2

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September 12, 2023

Catching a glimpse of the stars of tomorrow has never been easier. MLB Network will showcase the best of what Minor League Baseball has to offer with the inaugural MiLB Awards Show. Highlighting some of the best prospects, performances and moments of the 2023 season, the show will air live

Yep, Chourio's got 20-20 vision with Shuckers

Top Brewers prospect marks power-speed milestone for first time
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August 31, 2023

Only Jackson Chourio and his optician know for sure, but it appears MLB Pipeline's No. 2 overall prospect has perfect 20/20 vision. Although it will take a flourish to eclipse last year's record 27 20-homer, 20-stolen base campaigns, Chourio is certainly doing his part. The top-ranked Brewers prospect joined the

Birthday boy Carter racks up 4 hits in Express debut

Top Rangers prospect celebrates turning 21 with big night at plate
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August 30, 2023

Who says you can't have your cake and eat it, too? Barely 24 hours after his promotion to Triple-A, Evan Carter gave himself an unforgettable 21st birthday present ... four, to be exact. MLB Pipeline's No. 8 overall prospect equaled a career high with four hits in his Triple-A debut

Merrill manufactures runs in ways great, small

No. 2 Padres prospect launches 13th tater of year, steals home
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August 18, 2023

With each passing day, Jackson Merrill is proving to be one of the most dynamic players in the Minors. MLB Pipeline's No. 9 overall prospect left the yard and also swiped home for Double-A San Antonio, which fell to Midland, 9-4, on Thursday night at Nelson Wolff Stadium. The performance

To Brooklyn, with love: Clifford shows out in debut

Mets' new No. 6 prospect goes yard in his first at-bat for Cyclones
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August 3, 2023

You only get one chance to make a good first impression. Consider the Mets impressed. Two days after he was traded in the deal that sent Justin Verlander back to Houston, Ryan Clifford introduced himself to his new organization, teammates and a rabid fan base the best way he knew

Horton gets heavy-handed with unhittable start

Second-ranked Cubs prospect whiffs five over four hitless innings
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July 27, 2023

One errant pitch was all that separated Cade Horton from a perfect outing. Nevertheless, his performance on Thursday night was a not-so-subtle reminder how easily MLB Pipeline's No. 45 prospect can dominate a game. Horton rebounded from a pair of rough outings by twirling four no-hit innings to lead High-A

Squeezers play rolls Tides into the summer

Norfolk will celebrate local drink by changing team name again
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June 16, 2023

The Squeezers are back, just in time for summer. After a successful debut last year, Triple-A Norfolk once again will morph from the Tides to the Squeezers on Saturday, a play on the popular local cocktail Orange Crush. Not to be confused with the soda of the same name, an

Lansing expecting a mad rush ... for Rush

A's High-A affiliate ready to crank tunes in 'The Spirit of Radio'
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June 15, 2023

There's nothing like a night at the ballpark, where making memories is part of the fun. The Lansing Lugnuts plan to do their part in that regard on Saturday, hosting a special Rush Tribute Night. Yes, that Rush, the Canadian rock band formed in the late 1960s who actively toured

Augusta dials long distance 4 times in unique win

Braves' Single-A club collects four runs on four hits -- all homers
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June 13, 2023

Four swings, four runs and a win. Easy, right? In a game that might otherwise be classified as a run-of-the-mill June contest, Single-A Augusta not only matched a club record, it put itself in some rare company in the sport itself. Buoyed by four solo homers -- two each from

17 and slugging: Storm's Salas swats first homer

Third-ranked Padres prospect goes deep in sixth professional game
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June 7, 2023

Call it a belated birthday present for Ethan Salas, who is doing things on a professional stage at an age when most kids are preparing to graduate high school. Competing in just his sixth game for Single-A Lake Elsinore, baseball's No. 86 overall prospect connected on his first career homer

Bats all, folks! De La Cruz sends one into orbit

MLB's No. 4 prospect clears scoreboard with 117.7 mph homer
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May 25, 2023

Elly De La Cruz hit a ball over the entire State of New York. Now lest anyone think an overactive imagination is involved, MLB Pipeline's No. 4 prospect actually did slug a baseball over New York, albeit the Empire State-shaped scoreboard in left-center-field at Triple-A Syracuse's NBT Bank Stadium. Nevertheless,

Mayer's latest career first powers Drive's offense

Top-ranked Red Sox prospect swats his way to multihomer game
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May 23, 2023

All that Marcelo Mayer accomplished during his first full professional season in 2022 proved why he's regarded as one of baseball's best young talents. But as impressive as his performance was last year, it pales in comparison to what he's done through the first seven weeks of 2023. Baseball's No.

Player of the Week Spotlight: Orioles' Colton Cowser

No. 3 Orioles prospect continues to pound on door to the Majors
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May 16, 2023

Colton Cowser isn't just knocking on the door to the bigs, he's dismantling it. For the second time in the first six weeks of the season, MLB's No. 31 overall prospect was named Minor League Player of the Week in the International League. Highlighted by his second multihomer performance of

Bats all! Encarnacion-Strand hits 471-foot homer

No. 6 Reds prospect matches second-longest Triple-A dinger in '23
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May 11, 2023

If competition does indeed breed success, Triple-A Louisville is in good hands. After Elly De La Cruz smoked a 118.8 mph double before popping two lengthy homers on Tuesday, it was Christian Encarnacion-Strand's turn in the spotlight. The No. 6 Reds prospect did not miss.

Home cooking: Holliday treat for IronBirds faithful

No. 2 Orioles prospect leaves the yard in first Aberdeen home game
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May 9, 2023

More than two weeks and 11 games later, Jackson Holliday finally got a chance to suit up in front of the home fans at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium. Baseball's No. 10 overall prospect didn't disappoint. Holliday capped his third consecutive multihit game with a solo homer to put an

Hendriks 1, cancer 0: Hurler aces 1st rehab outing

All-Star closer returns to mound for Charlotte with perfect inning
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May 5, 2023

Liam Hendriks already defeated the most dangerous opponent he'll ever face. A Minor League rehab assignment? That's nothing but another day at the office ... even if it was anything but. Pitching in live game action for the first time in 214 days and two weeks removed from announcing he

Barriera comes up aces in professional debut

No. 2 Blue Jays prospect strikes out six over four hitless innings
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May 4, 2023

As college freshman across the country begin cramming for final exams, Brandon Barriera was busy acing a test of a different sort on Wednesday night. Toronto's No. 2 prospect twirled four hitless frames and struck out six in his professional debut for Single-A Dunedin, which held on to defeat Fort

Lawlar slugs, dashes, wows for Calf Fries

Top-ranked Arizona prospect goes yard, shows off on defense
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April 15, 2023

A special night in Double-A Amarillo got a little added juice thanks to the talents of Jordan Lawlar. Baseball's No. 9 prospect homered, made a slick defensive play and swiped his fourth base of the year to lead the Sod Poodles, er, Calf Fries, to a 5-3 win over the