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Prospect Q&A: Marlins outfielder Conine

Miami's No. 24 prospect looking for efficiency after powerful year
@Gerard_Gilberto
June 30, 2022

Even after establishing himself as one of the best power hitting prospects in the Minors, Griffin Conine put a lot of thought into what would make him a more complete hitter. Last year, Conine provided fans with an exciting race for the Minor League home run crown. His 36 long

Presenting top plays by position from the first half

DeLuzio, Abrams, Duzenack made the most of their spot on the field
@Gerard_Gilberto
June 29, 2022

Throughout the first half of the Minor League season, fans were treated to some remarkable, jaw-dropping, eye-popping and show-stopping displays of defensive excellence. We’ve broken down the best of the best in our weekly Top 10 countdown, and brought fans into the conversation with our voting for Plays of the

The Road to The Show™: Rays righty Bradley

No. 63 overall prospect building on breakout 2021 campaign
@Gerard_Gilberto
June 28, 2022

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 Rays No. 3 prospect Taj Bradley. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. The bar is high, but Taj Bradley could

Prospect Q&A: Tigers right-hander Madden

Detroit’s No. 5 prospect discusses pro routines, adding a cutter
@Gerard_Gilberto
June 24, 2022

Ty Madden’s slide in last year’s Draft seems to have been a boon for the Tigers. Detroit’s fifth-ranked prospect was viewed as a top-10 Draft talent by MLB Pipeline after posting a 2.59 ERA over his college career at the University of Texas, but he slid to the competitive balance

Yard Goats celebrate HBCUs, Negro Leagues

Double-A Hartford hosts three-day ‘leveling the playing field’ event
@Gerard_Gilberto
June 22, 2022

While the Hartford Yard Goats were hosting the Akron RubberDucks at Dunkin’ Donuts Park last week, staffer Tiffany Young was spending time away from the stadium, educating the community on institutions that have been essential to the Black experience and history.

The Road to The Show™: Mets catcher Álvarez

No. 7 overall prospect pushing toward Majors with prolific power
@Gerard_Gilberto
June 21, 2022

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 top Mets prospect Francisco Álvarez. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. There has been a wealth of catching talent at

Prospect Q&A: Guardians catcher Naylor

2018 first-rounder on finding consistency in turnaround season
@Gerard_Gilberto
June 16, 2022

In his second season with Double-A Akron, Bo Naylor seems to have turned a corner. The Guardians’ No. 15 prospect has shown a vast improvement in just about every aspect of his offensive game while remaining a terrific contributor behind the plate and working with one of the better rotations

Fans' guide to Minor League playoff procedures

Return of half-seasons to lower levels puts more clinchings in play
@Gerard_Gilberto
June 10, 2022

Believe it or not, it’s already “magic number season” for much of the Minor Leagues. That’s right, there will be playoff berths clinched in June once again thanks to playoff procedures at Double-A, High-A and Single-A that are similar to those pre-pandemic. The Minor Leagues' highest level was in the

Prospect Q&A: Blue Jays lefty Tiedemann

No. 98 prospect on shaping his slider, earning promotion to High-A
@Gerard_Gilberto
June 9, 2022

Throughout the first two months of the season, Ricky Tiedemann has been on a stretch that seems impossible to maintain. The fourth-ranked Blue Jays prospect sports a 1.44 ERA with 68 strikeouts in 44 2/3 frames over nine starts this season, with his two most recent outings coming after a

Mets' Courtney channels 'The Ryan Express' 

Brooklyn reliever helps filmmakers re-create Hall of Fame career
@Gerard_Gilberto
June 8, 2022

For a Hall of Fame career that had to be seen to be appreciated, it took an appearance from a Minor League reliever to help bring some of those stories to life. Over 27 years in the Majors, Nolan Ryan set all-time records for total strikeouts (5,714), no-hitters (seven) and

The Road to The Show™: Marcelo Mayer

Top Red Sox prospect lives up to high billing in full-season ball
@Gerard_Gilberto
June 7, 2022

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 top Red Sox prospect Marcelo Mayer. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. As he rose to the top of MLB

Prospect Q&A: Yankees left-hander Waldichuk

No. 90 overall prospect on the tweaks that led to his success
@Gerard_Gilberto
June 2, 2022

Though he had one of the best seasons among any pitcher in the Minors last season, Ken Waldichuk knew he had a lot of work to get better. Pitching in his first full season in 2021, the fifth-ranked Yankees prospect was fourth in the Minors with 163 strikeouts and ranked

Nationwide Road to The Show™ Ambassador Spotlight: Grayson Rodriguez

@Gerard_Gilberto
June 1, 2022

The Nationwide Road to the Show™ Ambassadors series, which provides fans an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at five of the best prospects in Minor League Baseball. Here's a look at Orioles prospect Grayson Rodriguez. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. Grayson Rodriguez often recounts

Nationwide Road to The Show™ Ambassador Spotlight: Anthony Volpe

@Gerard_Gilberto
May 31, 2022

The Nationwide Road to the Show™ Ambassadors series, which provides fans an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at five of the best prospects in Minor League Baseball. Here's a look at top Yankees prospect Anthony Volpe. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. Anthony Volpe only

Prospect Q&A: Mets outfielder Mangum

Club’s No. 22 prospect on hitting approach, Dudy-Noble lore
@Gerard_Gilberto
May 26, 2022

It’s been a good week for Jake Mangum. The Mets' No. 22 prospect received his first promotion to Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday and collected four hits in his first seven at-bats at the Minors’ highest level. Mangum opened the year with Double-A Binghamton and batted .283 with a .353 on-base

Prospect Q&A: Reds lefty Abbott

Club’s No. 13 prospect discusses strikeout artistry, facing Votto
@Gerard_Gilberto
May 19, 2022

Andrew Abbott’s uncanny ability to strike out batters in droves dates back to his amateur career. Now ranked as the No. 13 Reds prospect, Abbott has continued to rack up punchouts in high quantities. The six-foot, 180-pound left-hander sports a 14.3 K/9 in his first six appearances between High-A Dayton

The Road to The Show™: Marco Luciano

No. 13 overall prospect continuing to play up to competition
@Gerard_Gilberto
May 17, 2022

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 top Giants prospect Marco Luciano. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. There have been times during his young career that

Prospect Q&A: Cardinals shortstop Winn

St. Louis’ No. 5 prospect on adding power, life off the mound
@Gerard_Gilberto
May 12, 2022

The early parts of Masyn Winn’s development as a professional ballplayer can be summarized with one term: addition by subtraction. Winn was selected by the Cardinals with the No. 54 overall pick in the 2020 Draft. By then, the Texas high-schooler was touching 98 mph with his fastball and drilling

The Road to The Show™: Noelvi Marte

No. 11 overall prospect can keep young talent flowing to Seattle
@Gerard_Gilberto
May 10, 2022

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken to reach the brink of realizing his Major League dream. Here's a look at second-ranked Mariners prospect Noelvi Marte. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. The Mariners’ transformation into a

Prospect Q&A: Pirates infielder Peguero

No. 77 overall prospect discusses offseason limbo, excellent start
@Gerard_Gilberto
May 6, 2022

It was a strange offseason for Liover Peguero, but if his early start with Double-A Altoona is any indication, nothing hindered his development. The Pirates’ sixth-ranked prospect, from Higuey, Dominican Republic, signed with the D-backs for $475,000 back in 2017, which meant he would need to be added to the

Zorros de Somerset dart onto the Copa field

Hispanic heritage, Yankees partnership honored with new identity
@Gerard_Gilberto
May 5, 2022

Many Copa de la Diversión identities make reference to a creature of folklore and a moment of significance for a team. In its first year in the program, Double-A Somerset managed to check both boxes. On Saturday, the Patriots took the field as Zorros de Somerset for the first time.

The Road to The Show™: Meet the Ambassadors

Follow Rodriguez, Volpe, Leiter, Davis and Walker during 2022
@Gerard_Gilberto
May 3, 2022

The Nationwide Road to the Show™ Ambassadors series, which provides fans an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at five of the best prospects in Minor League Baseball, returns for a second season in 2022. Orioles hurler Grayson Rodriguez, Yankees infielder Anthony Volpe, Rangers right-hander Jack Leiter, Cubs outfielder Brennen Davis and Cardinals

Prospect Q&A: Cubs outfielder Crow-Armstrong

Chicago's No. 6 prospect discusses rehab, adding power to profile
@Gerard_Gilberto
April 29, 2022

So much has happened to Pete Crow-Armstrong since he was drafted that it’s hard to imagine he’s played in just 20 professional games so far. Crow-Armstrong was selected at No. 19 overall by the Mets in the pandemic-shortened Draft in 2020. He had to wait out the suspended season to

Scouting report: D-backs shortstop Lawlar

Game's No. 23 overall prospect already proving he can do it all
@Gerard_Gilberto
April 26, 2022

MiLB.com's Scouting Report series spotlights players who are just starting their professional careers, focusing on what the experts are projecting for these young phenoms. Here's a look at third-ranked D-backs prospect Jordan Lawlar. Jordan Lawlar was forced to hit the reset button almost immediately in the Minors. After being drafted

Prospect Q&A: Nationals shortstop House

No. 48 prospect discusses swing timing, defensive footwork
@Gerard_Gilberto
April 21, 2022

Ever since he was drafted last year, Brady House has not stopped hitting. The second-ranked Nationals prospect has gotten off to a roaring start with Single-A Fredericksburg. House entered Thursday as the Carolina League leader with 17 hits in his first 46 at-bats (.370 average), and he has a share