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RailRiders' Gómez focused on return to The Show

No. 17 Yankees prospect refining five-pitch arsenal with SWB
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Yoendrys Gómez’s heart felt like it was beating out of his chest, but completing his warmup routine soothed him. He tuned out the crowd at Toronto’s Rogers Centre as he made his way from the bullpen to the mound. The right-handed pitcher was making his Major League debut. “There are

Fisher launches three homers for Tourists

Tourists Best the Emperors 15-12 at McCormick Field
April 17, 2024

ASHEVILLE- The Asheville Tourists First-Baseman, Cam Fisher, made some history on Wednesday night in Asheville’s 15-12 win over the Rome Emperors. Fisher became just the third Tourists player in the last two decades to hit three Home Runs in a single game. Scott Schreiber accomplished the feat in 2021 while

Bisons' Martinez crushes 469-foot grand slam

Second-ranked Blue Jays prospect sends homer onto second deck
April 17, 2024

TORONTO -- Orelvis Martinez has the power to hit baseballs where they aren’t supposed to land. The Blue Jays’ No. 2 prospect launched a Statcast-projected 469-foot grand slam in the 10th inning Wednesday for Triple-A Buffalo, tilting the game late to give the Bisons a 12-9 win over Columbus, a

FredNats' Glasser shatters uber-rare game stat

Nationals prospect notches four-hit, four-RBI, three-SB game
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It’s often said that you never know when you’re going to see history when you walk into a ballpark. That much was true for those in attendance at Virginia Credit Union Stadium on Wednesday afternoon, and it was the kind of history that could go easily unnoticed, particularly in the

Trio of Mets pitching prospects slay competition

Scott, Tidwell, Sproat making their pitches for stardom in Queens
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

Road to The Show™: Angels’ reliever Joyce

Club's No. 4 prospect continues to light up radar guns
April 16, 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 Angels prospect Ben Joyce. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. Ben Joyce became one of the first players selected

The keys to Leiter's rise through the Minors

Rangers call up No. 2 overall pick in 2021 Draft for big league debut
April 16, 2024

It’s time to officially add another member of the Leiter lineage to the ranks of Major League Baseball. When Rangers skipper Bruce Bochy announced Tuesday morning that Jack Leiter, whom the club chose with the second overall pick in the 2021 Draft, would be making his big league debut Thursday

Tigers' Clark gets real kicks out of his art

MLB's No. 13 prospect's cleats reflect both optimism, doubters
April 14, 2024

Max Clark considers himself an artistic person. The only problem -- he can't draw. Instead, MLB's No. 13 overall prospect expresses himself in other ways, such as through his shoes and tattoos. Clark is a massive sneakerhead, bringing about three dozen shoes, along with a growing collection of custom cleats,

That's no double, that's a Crews grand slam!

Upon further review, top Nationals prospect hits second '24 homer
April 14, 2024

Before rounding out a trot for his second home run of the season, Dylan Crews thought he only had a double. Roping a line drive off the top of the wall in left field on Sunday, MLB’s No. 7 prospect came to a stop at second base and watched a

Caminero's bat looks healthy in return from IL

Top Rays prospect homers, doubles, impresses Bulls manager
April 14, 2024

Junior Caminero flexed his home run power in the innings before a late March left hamstring strain sidelined the prized Rays phenom for two weeks. Fittingly, in his first game back from the injured list, MLB's No. 4 overall prospect scorched a three-run homer that proved crucial in Triple-A Durham's

Roman's Empire features first 2 taters of 2024

No. 2 Red Sox prospect goes deep in both legs of Double-A DH
April 14, 2024

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