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Roman's Empire features first 2 taters of 2024

No. 2 Red Sox prospect goes deep in both legs of Double-A DH
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When Roman Anthony earned a promotion to Double-A Portland last year as a 19-year-old, it was the first time he realized that everyone around him was much older, bigger, stronger than him. With that in mind, the second-ranked Red Sox prospect made it a mission over the offseason to bulk

Mitchell squares up first pro homer for Columbia

No. 1 Royals prospect gets 'first one out of the way' at Single-A
April 13, 2024

Blake Mitchell knew he just missed. In the bottom of the sixth inning in Single-A Columbia’s game against Myrtle Beach on Saturday night, the Royals’ 2023 first-round Draft pick saw back-to-back offerings in the sweet spot of the strike zone. Kansas City’s No. 1 prospect took a mighty swing, but

'Felt it off the bat': Senators' Morales slugs 1st HR

Nationals' No. 4 prospect breaks through in second leg of DH
April 13, 2024

Through his first five games of the season, Yohandy Morales didn’t connect on a hit for extra bases. The Nationals’ No. 4 prospect had three hits in 17 at-bats, but it took one swing in the back end of a doubleheader for Double-A Harrisburg on Saturday to break that drought.

MiLB Player of the Week Spotlight: Kjerstad

Orioles No. 4 prospect set a Minor League franchise record
April 12, 2024

Few people are having more fun right now playing the game of baseball than Heston Kjerstad, who has found a way to stand out among a team of standouts on the Norfolk Tides. So what's the key to his success? Just being himself. Kjerstad was named Minor League Player of

Eight's enough: Skenes sets career high in strikeouts

MLB's top pitching prospect twirls third straight scoreless outing
April 13, 2024

Paul Skenes unleashed his signature four-seam fastball in the bottom of the second inning against Justice Bigbie but failed to find the strike zone, issuing the first four-pitch walk of his young professional career. There shouldn’t have been a reason for concern at this point in the game. MLB’s No.

Montgomery dials long distance for Charlotte

Top White Sox prospect leaves the yard for first Triple-A dinger
April 12, 2024

Colson Montgomery, the No. 1 White Sox prospect and No. 9 overall, according to MLB Pipeline, launched his first home run for Triple-A Charlotte during a 7-5 loss at Jacksonville Friday. The shortstop connected on the first pitch he saw in the eighth inning from Declan Cronin, who was a

Sugar Land slugger: Loperfido's out of this world

Astros' No. 6 prospect slugs three homers, collects seven RBIs
April 13, 2024

Prior to Friday night, Joey Loperfido sat atop professional baseball’s home run leaderboard alongside three-time American League MVP Mike Trout, among others. Just a few hours and three big swings later, the 24-year-old slugger has sole possession of pole position with nine home runs for Triple-A Sugar Land. In Sugar

Ben's Biz: 2024 Minor League ballpark road trips

Ben is headed back to Cali, the Rickwood Game and more!
April 12, 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. Over the past 13 seasons I’ve witnessed more than 300 games at 186 Minor League

Podcast: Rings, road trips, Holliday's debut

Erie's Coleman talks '23 championship rings; Ben previews trips
April 12, 2024

Check out the latest episodes of The Show Before the Show,'s official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review on Apple Podcasts. The podcast is also available via Spotify, Megaphone and other

Wood launches first two homers for Red Wings

No. 14 overall prospect collects season-high four hits, four RBIs
April 11, 2024

Truth be told, James Wood would much rather go yard twice than hit for the cycle. So everything worked out just fine for MLB's No. 14 overall prospect on Thursday in the end. Wood teed off on his first two long balls of the year, racking up season highs with

All systems go for Rocket City homer celebrations

Angels' Double-A affiliate incorporating space ties into dugout fun
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.

A grand entrance for RockHounds' Wilson

Top A's prospect introduces himself in style with go-ahead slam
April 12, 2024

"Jacob Wilson, how do you do?!” That was the greeting from longtime Double-A Midland broadcaster Bob Hards to the A’s top prospect late Thursday night over the airwaves from Momentum Bank Ballpark. A fitting intro, given how Wilson had just introduced himself to the team in grand style.

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

Velazquez muscles way to first career 2-HR night

Guardians No. 4 prospect accomplishes feat in 10th pro game
April 11, 2024

For 26 minutes, Single-A Lynchburg first baseman Ralphy Velazquez watched Fredericksburg put up 10 runs in the first inning of Wednesday night’s game. It may have lasted less than a half-hour, but it felt much longer for the Guardians' No. 4 prospect. Eight consecutive batters reached base to start the

Holliday gets called up for MLB debut

Baseball's No. 1 prospect is headed to Orioles for debut
April 9, 2024

The Jackson Holliday era is set to begin in Baltimore. The Orioles called up the 20-year-old infielder, MLB Pipeline’s No. 1 overall prospect, from Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday. To make room on the roster for Holliday, infielder/outfielder Tony Kemp was designated for assignment. Holliday, who will be the first O's

Crews kicks season into high gear at Double-A

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

Don't sleep on these loaded MiLB teams

It didn't take long for these squads to get in the swing of things
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

Road to The Show™: Rockies’ outfielder Beck

No. 76 prospect brings plus raw power to Major Leagues’ doorstep
April 9, 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 fourth-ranked Rockies prospect Jordan Beck. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. It’s been just a little more than a week

Minor League clubs celebrate solar eclipse with fans

Ballparks in path of totality open their doors for rare celestial event
April 8, 2024

As a change in the sky caught the attention of most of the country Monday, Minor League franchises in the path of totality made sure everyone felt included. From Triple-A Round Rock to Triple-A Syracuse, teams from all levels took part in the festivities of watching the solar eclipse with

Salas, Lesko form formidable duo on and off field

Padres prospects at home as TinCaps roommates, batterymates
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.

Buehler stacks up half a dozen K's for OKC

Dodgers RHP finds groove in second Triple-A rehab start of '24
April 7, 2024

Coming off his first rehab start, Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler continued to make strides in his recovery process Saturday night in Oklahoma City's 4-3 win over Albuquerque at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The right-handed pitcher provided a sneak peak into his performance at full health, retiring the first nine batters he

Braves' Kilpatrick waddles in new era of Rome baseball

Atlanta's outfield prospect unleashes new Emperors celebration
April 6, 2024

Fans of the Braves' High-A affiliate in Rome, Georgia, got to see a brand new franchise take the field at AdventHealth Stadium in Friday's 4-0 season-opening victory -- and with that, a brand new on-the-field celebration. Previously known as the Rome Braves, the club unveiled its new identity as the

Stripers seal victory -- with a successful ABS challenge

Gwinnett had a ball call reserved to strike three for the final out
April 6, 2024

Grant Holmes hooked the breaking ball into the corner of the strike zone. The umpire didn’t think so. Sandy León, Holmes’ catcher with Triple-A Gwinnett, had faith. León used an Automated Ball-Strike (ABS) challenge, which showed the curveball touching the zone on the upper-outside edge. With a technological assist on

Dollander delivers a dandy debut for Spokane

Rockies No. 2 prospect, '23 first-round pick dazzles in pro debut
April 6, 2024

After pitching a quick inning during the inaugural MLB Spring Breakout last month, Chase Dollander was eager to return to the bump and officially start his career in professional baseball. The No. 2 Rockies prospect didn’t let his excitement overtake him as he twirled five hitless innings, striking out eight