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Eight's enough: Skenes sets career high in strikeouts

MLB's top pitching prospect twirls third straight scoreless outing
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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

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

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

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

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

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

Get ready to declare an MLB Holliday! 

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

The Road to The Show™: Rockies’ 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

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.

Dollander delivers a dandy outing 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

Indy's ace in the hole: Skenes on top of his game

Top Pirates prospect whiffs six in second straight scoreless start
April 5, 2024

If you thought Paul Skenes' starts were appointment viewing last year, when he reached Double-A after being the top overall pick in the Draft by the Pirates, you would be right. But this year, every time the Pirates' top prospect takes the mound, it’s even more of a must-see experience.

Crow-Armstrong mashes and dashes for I-Cubs

Cubs' top prospect swats first homer of 2024, showcases speed
April 5, 2024

Heading into Thursday night, Pete Crow-Armstrong had yet to hit a home run in 2024, a streak spanning Spring Training, Minor League games on the back fields and Triple-A play. Despite the lack of power display, the 22-year-old felt no pressure over his home run drought. However, a chat with

Everything you need to know about 3 Opening Days

It's time for Double-A, High-A, Single-A to get underway in 2024
April 5, 2024

Major League Opening Day? Check. Triple-A Opening Day? Check. Next up? The rest of the Minors. Baseball fans get a three-for-one eruption of action on the diamond Friday when the Double-A, High-A and Single-A seasons get underway, signaling the official green light of an exhilarating summer ahead. While the players

Top prospects power Tides to record-setting night

Kjerstad's 10 RBIs, three Stowers' homers highlight Norfolk victory
April 4, 2024

A lot of Baltimore talent has come through Triple-A Norfolk over the past four years. Three overall No. 1s, among a dozen Top 100 prospects, have played for the Tides -- by far the most in the Minors. But no previous team or game went quite like this one.

Matos socks pair of homers atop Sacramento order

No. 2 Giants prospect Luciano adds trio of hits, duo logs 7 RBIs
April 4, 2024

Luis Matos and Marco Luciano would be everyday contributors at the Major League level in some organizations. But with the shoring up of the Giants' roster toward the end of Spring Training, the two Latino players started the season in Triple-A. Both of them will get their chances in San

11 reasons we're excited about the 2024 season

On the field or off, there's a lot to look forward to in the Minors
April 3, 2024

It is all happening in Minor League Baseball. Every organization’s quest for a World Series title and every future star’s journey to big league greatness is built here. It’s where new fans are made and baseball lifers congregate in dugouts, front offices, press boxes and the stands. It’s where wild,

Bold prospect predictions -- 1 for each system

From Anthony to Young, we can't help looking forward to season
April 3, 2024

We’re in the midst of multiple Opening Days at this stage of early April. The latest will come Friday when Double-A, High-A and Single-A leagues begin their regular seasons across the country in Minor League Baseball. But it’s never too early or too late to make a few fun predictions

Holliday aims to power up ... and connects for Tides

MLB's No. 1 prospect swats his second leadoff homer in four games
April 3, 2024

Jackson Holliday felt good entering Triple-A Norfolk’s series against Charlotte on Tuesday. It was a balmy 79 degrees at first pitch with the wind blowing out, and MLB’s No. 1 prospect had a fun batting practice at Truist Field, one of the best hitters' ballparks in the Minors. He had

Where Top 100 prospects are set to open 2024

26 players on the list will begin the season at Minors' highest level
April 2, 2024

The past week has been filled with exciting announcements identifying which young stars will take the next step in their careers. From Texas manager Bruce Bochy delivering the good news to Wyatt Langford to Pittsburgh skipper Derek Shelton messing with Jared Jones about inning limits, a total of 15 Top

Whisenhunt's season debut proves short but sweet

Giants' No. 3 prospect strikes out six in three innings for River Cats
March 31, 2024

The Giants are already loaded with a starting rotation consisting of Logan Webb, Blake Snell, Jordan Wicks and Kyle Harrison, but a young arm is strong-arming his way toward San Francisco. In his 2024 debut, Carson Whisenhunt struck out six batters while allowing just one hit over three scoreless innings

Holliday leads off season opener with a home run

MLB's top prospect needed just 4 pitches to do damage for Tides
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.

Mets' Gilbert, Acuña rocket back-to-back homers

N.Y.'s No. 2, 3 prospects hit first Triple-A homers consecutively
March 29, 2024

The future is bright in Flushing largely because the Mets’ farm system is deeper and more robust than it’s been in a long time. And once the 2024 Triple-A season opened Friday, two of their top prospects didn’t waste any time proving that point. The future was plain to see

Baseball's top prospects to open at Triple-A

Here are 30 big names to watch at the Minors' highest level
March 27, 2024

What's better than one Opening Day this week? Two Opening Days! Nearly all 30 Major League clubs will take the field Thursday (weather permitting) in what will be the first game action for everyone but the Dodgers and Padres, who split two contests in Seoul last week. The next day,