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Ben's Biz MiLB roundup: New logos unveiled

Rome, Lake Elsinore, Erie, Winston-Salem & IronPigs refresh looks
November 25, 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.

Justin Crawford, Wen-Hui Pan Named Florida State League All-Stars

Crawford Also Named MVP, Top MLB Prospect
September 19, 2023

The Clearwater Threshers had two players named to the 2023 Florida State League All-Star team: Outfielder Justin Crawford, and reliever Wen-Hui Pan. Crawford was also named League MVP and Top MLB Prospect. Though both All-Stars were promoted to High-A Jersey Shore in August, they played the majority of their games

Miller's smash lifts Clearwater into FSL Finals

No. 4 Phils prospect, '23 first-rounder makes first pro dinger count
September 15, 2023

Twenty-three games into his professional career, Aidan Miller was searching for his first home run. He hardly could have picked a better game when he finally connected on Friday night. Miller, the Phillies' 2023 first-round pick and fourth-ranked prospect, socked a decisive two-run homer to left field in Single-A Clearwater's

Reading ace delivers a more-than-Abel effort

No. 2 Phillies prospect notches eight strikeouts in five innings
September 13, 2023

In what could be his final start of the 2023 season, Phillies No. 2 prospect Mick Abel dazzled, delivering one of the most impressive outings of his second full pro campaign. The hard-throwing right-hander silenced the Rumble Ponies' offense Wednesday, whiffing eight batters while yielding just one run on three

Raylin Heredia Wins FSL Player of the Week

Heredia is Fifth Thresher to Win Player of the Week Award in 2023
September 12, 2023

Threshers outfielder Raylin Heredia claimed the final Florida State League Player of the Week Award of the 2023 Regular Season, going 10-17 with four extra-base hits and five RBIs in four games against the Palm Beach Cardinals. Heredia turned in four multi-hit games in Palm Beach, including three hits in

Remembering the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons 

Original PA announcer John Davies reflects on Triple-A team's years as Philadelphia affiliate
September 8, 2023

MOOSIC, Pa. -- April 26, 1989 was an auspicious day for northeast Pennsylvania baseball fans, as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons played their first home game at Lackawanna County Multi-Purpose Stadium. This marked the return of Minor League Baseball to the region after a 35-year absence, and 11,000 fans packed the

Ben's Biz gets into a scrapple with the IronPigs

Bacon sticks, smoked turkey legs and more with Lehigh Valley
September 1, 2023

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From field to screen: IronPigs stringer explains job

Cory Chryst transmits game data from Coca-Cola Park press box
August 31, 2023

ALLENTOWN, PENN. -- Within a ballpark press box, many of the job titles are self-explanatory. The broadcasters broadcast the game, the scorers score it and the writers write about it. Similarly, the stringers string it. This last position, crucial and therefore ubiquitous, isn't as widely understood as the press box's

Clemens launches home run trifecta for IronPigs

Phillies farmhand has seven dingers in nine games this month
August 11, 2023

Kody Clemens went off like a rocket three times Thursday night. Not "The Rocket," mind you. Just a garden-variety home run machine. The son of Roger Clemens launched three homers totaling 1,225 feet en route to Triple-A Lehigh Valley's 17-6 win over Rochester at Innovative Field. The 27-year-old has seven

Hot Dogs steam Burgers in foodie showdown

Reading tops Hartford in battle of scrumptious alternate jerseys
August 7, 2023

Hot dogs vs. hamburgers is an age-old American debate. Last Tuesday, two teams tried to settle it in Minor League Baseball's version of a cookoff when Double-A Reading and Hartford donned alternate identities in yummy fashion at Dunkin' Park. For one night, the Reading Hot Dogs faced off against the

Danny Wilkinson Named Phillies Pitcher of the Month for July

The Left-Hander is Third Thresher to win the Award in 2023.
August 3, 2023

Left-Handed Pitcher Danny Wilkinson claimed the Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month Award for July after allowing one run in eight relief appearances, finishing the month on a 14.1-inning scoreless streak. He joins fellow bullpen arms Orion Kerkering (April) and Wesley Moore (May) as the third Thresher to claim

The Road to The Show™: Phillies’ Crawford

No. 88 overall prospect displays familiar skill set in first full season
July 4, 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 Phillies prospect Justin Crawford. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. Growing up, Justin Crawford struggled to find success while

Wesley Moore Earns Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May

June 2, 2023

Clearwater left-handed pitcher Wesley Moore has been named Phillies Minor Pitcher of the Month for May. The 23-year-old Moore made eight relief appearances for single-A Clearwater in May, allowing only two earned runs in 13.2 innings pitched. The 6-foot-2 rookie struck out 22 of the 59 batters he faced (37.3%)

Catching Up With: Mick Abel

The Rapid Rise to Stardom of Phillies #2 Prospect Mick Abel
March 30, 2023

The Phillies have recently been associated with strong hitting, the power of Kyle Schwarber and Bryce Harper, the five-tool guys like JT Realmuto and now Trea Turner. However, if you take a close look at their minor league system, that narrative may soon change. All three of their top three

Camp Recap, March 24th: Viars’ Late Grand Slam Seals Victory

March 24, 2023

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Jordan Viars hit a towering grand slam in the eighth inning to help the Phillies minor leaguers take down the Yankees 7-2 at the Carpenter Complex on Friday afternoon. Philadelphia’s minor league camp faces the Blue Jays on Saturday morning. Pitching was strong at the start for

The Road to The Show™: Phillies righty Abel

No. 54 overall prospect holding up his end of winning combo
November 29, 2022

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at second-ranked Phillies prospect Mick Abel. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. Coming into the season, Mick Abel seemed to be

Painter, veteran bats bring the noise for Phillies

Young ace headlines All-Stars list alongside experienced sluggers
November 21, 2022

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 2022 Organization All-Stars series are the Philadelphia Phillies.

'Dream come true': Brito returns to Rochester

Phillies Minor Leaguer reunites with life-saving medical staff
September 16, 2022

Four hundred and eleven days later, Daniel Brito walked out onto the field where he collapsed with a brain hemorrhage. He gripped a baseball in his right hand. He was smiling. On July 31, 2021 Brito started at second base for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on the road at Frontier Field

Phillies' Harper goes Mutts in Lehigh Valley

Rehabbing MVP shines as IronPigs host dog adoption event
August 25, 2022

Tuesday was already set up to be a special night at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa. The hometown Lehigh Valley IronPigs transformed into the IronMutts and partnered with a dozen local rescue organizations in an effort to encourage adoptions of non-purebred dogs. Bryce Harper’s involvement was icing on the cake.

Phillies' Harper provides the heroics

Rehabbing Harper hits a walk-off two-run double in the bottom of the 9th
August 24, 2022

(Allentown, PA) – Bryce Harper hit a walk-off two-run double against Michael Tonkin (5-2) in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (66-53) a 6-5 win over the Gwinnett Stripers (58-61). The IronPigs rallied from four runs down to win the game. Donny Sands started

Painter draws up six zeros in Double-A debut

Pitching at third level in '22, top Phillies prospect whiffs eight
August 21, 2022

It might be reasonable to question how a 19-year-old pitcher, of any pedigree, would fare at the Double-A level, but Andrew Painter is cut from a different cloth. Though instead of wiping away watercolors, this one is mopping up opposing batters. Painter, the Phillies’ top-ranked prospect and No. 25 in

Minor League coaches pitching in at Futures Game

Tuiasosopo, Ramos on NL staff for upcoming prospect showcase
July 15, 2022

There are some mysteries that are better left unsolved. Last month, Cesár Ramos had a typical call with Phillies farm director Preston Mattingly about an atypical topic. Mattingly’s chat with the Triple-A Lehigh Valley pitching coach wasn’t to check in on a member of the IronPigs’ pitching staff, but gauge

Prospect Q&A: Phillies catcher O’Hoppe

Club’s No. 5 prospect discusses strong AFL, work with pitchers
April 7, 2022

Last season, Logan O’Hoppe learned that it’s never too late to make a name for yourself. O’Hoppe was the recipient of the Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award for his work with Peoria in the Arizona Fall League. The backstop was constantly praised by pitchers and coaches alike for the way he

Scouting report: Phillies righty Painter

2021 first-rounder may help form one of Minors’ best pitching duos
March 8, 2022'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 Phillies prospect Andrew Painter. The Phillies’ farm system isn’t looked upon as favorably as others, but a strong first full season

Stott, O'Hoppe swiftly ascend Phillies' system

No. 2 prospect, rising catcher reach Triple-A in full-season debuts
December 20, 2021

Each offseason, goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization. Click here to locate your favorite club. Over the past couple seasons, the Phillies have gotten closer to playoff contention,