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Ben's Biz eats: From Tennessee to Ohio

Nashville, Bowling Green, Louisville, Indianapolis and Columbus
December 8, 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.

The Road to The Show™: Reds’ Phillips

No. 68 prospect carries advanced arsenal into big league debut
November 28, 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 fourth-ranked Reds prospect Connor Phillips. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. The unique circumstances surrounding Connor Phillips’ first start in

Some of the Minors' most popular jerseys

These threads turned heads and flew off the shelves in 2023
November 3, 2023

Jerseys can be gateways. And in the Minor Leagues, there’s plenty to explore. The kit can represent the town, a favorite food, the local culture, an important issue. And with longer affiliation partnerships, more teams have used them to connect with their parent clubs. Not to mention, they’re nice to

De La Cruz leads Reds' Organization All-Stars

McClain among quartet of graduates helping turn the page in Cincy
November 2, 2023

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 2023 Organization All-Stars series are the Cincinnati Reds. 2023 organization summary: Triple-A Louisville: 75-73 Double-A

Born in England, Oxley now right at home with Bats

Triple-A Louisville graphic designer is guided by his love of baseball
October 30, 2023

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Max Oxley lives in Kentucky and loves baseball and country music. That’s not exactly a unique character profile, except for this: He grew up in England. Oxley was hired by the Louisville Bats as a graphic designer this past June, joining on with the Cincinnati Reds Triple-A

Ben's Biz: A swing through Louisville Slugger Field

Mashers, fried bologna and an up close look at the Zooperstars!
October 6, 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.

Lookouts' Dunn has perfect 20-50 vision

Reds prospect joins exclusive club with 20-homer, 50-steal season
September 13, 2023

This story was excerpted from Mark Sheldon’s Reds Beat newsletter. To read the full newsletter, click here. And subscribe to get it regularly in your inbox.

Ramos slugs second-longest '23 Triple-A homer

Reds farmhand launches one for the ages 495 feet at 108 mph
August 11, 2023

Henry Ramos has hit a lot of homers in his professional career -- 115, to be exact, between the Majors (one), Minors (89) and foreign leagues (25). But certainly none are like the one he shot into the St. Paul, Minn., sky in Thursday night's 8-5 loss to the Saints.

Lookout for runs! Chattanooga sets SL record

Reds' Double-A affiliate plates 29 runs in complete performance
July 7, 2023

If you were to Google "complete offensive performance," the Chattanooga Lookouts might well have earned the top result. The Reds' Double-A affiliate put on an absolute clinic on Thursday, scoring more runs than it recorded outs, in a 29-3 drubbing of Rocket City. By the second inning, they had already

A Hinds HR a day keeps Lookouts' opponents at bay

No. 16 Reds prospect ups tater streak to six in a row at Double-A
June 18, 2023

It has been an entire week since Double-A Chattanooga played a baseball game in which Rece Hinds didn’t go deep. Just think about that. For seven consecutive days, six games, Hinds has left the yard for the Lookouts.

Lookouts, Barons celebrate the Negro Leagues

Chattanooga, Birmingham honor historic Choo-Choos, Black Barons
June 11, 2023

For the second straight season, Double-A Chattanooga celebrated Negro League Appreciation Weekend. The event started on Friday and continued Saturday night as the Lookouts hosted the Barons at AT&T Field. For both games, the two clubs donned commemorative uniforms. The Lookouts suited up as the Chattanooga Choo-Choos to honor the

Big Red Machine! De La Cruz rips 117.3 mph double

Top-ranked Reds prospect laces 4th-hardest ball in Triple-A of 2023
June 4, 2023

Thirty-two balls have been hit at least 116 mph this year at the Major League and Triple-A levels. Seven of those came from Elly De La Cruz's bat. The only other batters to break 116 multiple times this season are: Giancarlo Stanton (4), Jake Burger, Jo Adell and Ronald Acuña

Louisville lightning: Elly wows with speed, power

Bats' De La Cruz activates record burners on RBI knock
June 2, 2023

Top-ranked Reds prospect Elly De La Cruz's game is defined by speed. MLB Pipeline’s No. 4 overall prospect, De La Cruz boasts high exit velocities off the bat, zips the baseball from the left side of the infield to first inexplicably fast and also can get around the bases quicker

Elly De La Crush: The walk-off edition

Cincinnati's top prospect crushes a 432 foot homer for Louisville
May 31, 2023

The streak that Elly De La Cruz is on is starting to feel like a tall tale you might hear from your grandparents, hard to believe and most likely embellished. But the only thing tall about this tale is EDLC's height: 6-foot-5.

The Road to The Show™: Who’s up next?

Reds' De La Cruz, Mets' Mauricio knocking on door to Majors
May 30, 2023

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. For top prospects throughout the Minors, two months of play can go a long way toward revealing which

Elly's massive May rolls on with two-homer night

MLB's No. 4 prospect socks two more homers, has nine this month
May 26, 2023

Reds fans far and wide entered 2023 envisioning the day when top prospect Elly De La Cruz would reach Cincinnati. That day might be rapidly approaching. It’s hard to find a hitter hotter than De La Cruz, the fourth-ranked prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline, who has spent the month

Bats all, folks! De La Cruz sends one into orbit

MLB's No. 4 prospect clears scoreboard with 117.7 mph homer
May 25, 2023

Elly De La Cruz hit a ball over the entire State of New York. Now lest anyone think an overactive imagination is involved, MLB Pipeline's No. 4 prospect actually did slug a baseball over New York, albeit the Empire State-shaped scoreboard in left-center-field at Triple-A Syracuse's NBT Bank Stadium. Nevertheless,

De La Cruz caps another big week with loooong ball

Top Reds prospect demolishes a 465 foot home run for Louisville
May 21, 2023

Remember last June when Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz got called up and seemed to break a Statcast record in every game he played? Well, this season in Triple-A, top Reds prospect Elly De La Cruz has picked up where Oneil left off. De La Cruz recorded three hits over 116

Lookout! Marte's homers are twice as nice

No. 2 Reds prospect goes deep twice and for seventh time in May
May 20, 2023

Double-A Chattanooga is on a roll, and there’s no surprise that Noelvi Marte is at the center of it all. On Friday night, the Lookouts extended their win streak to four games with a 6-4 victory over the Biloxi Shuckers. Marte, the MLB's No. 23 overall prospect, went deep twice

The Show Before the Show: Episode 407

Reds' Robinson checks in about hot start, catching in Triple-A
May 19, 2023

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, Stitcher and other

Bats ready to get all worked up over 'Nothing'

Reds' Triple-A affiliate's night showcasing game in purest form
May 16, 2023

Fans who make their way to Louisville Slugger Stadium on Tuesday night can count on one thing -- baseball and nothing else. The Triple-A Bats will be doing their best impression of “Seinfeld” with a "Nothing Night" when they host the Jumbo Shrimp. Famously a show about nothing, Jerry Seinfeld's

Bats all! Encarnacion-Strand hits 471-foot homer

No. 6 Reds prospect matches second-longest Triple-A dinger in '23
May 11, 2023

If competition does indeed breed success, Triple-A Louisville is in good hands. After Elly De La Cruz smoked a 118.8 mph double before popping two lengthy homers on Tuesday, it was Christian Encarnacion-Strand's turn in the spotlight. The No. 6 Reds prospect did not miss.

When Elly connects with Bats, exit velocity follows

Top Reds prospect rips two homers, 118.8 mph double for Louisville
May 10, 2023

Every time Triple-A Louisville plays Elly De La Cruz does something extraordinary, and his secret to it all is sleep, lots of it. The No. 8 prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline made the fastest infield throw (99.2 mph) of any Triple-A or MLB player this year on Friday. He

A 99.2 mph throw Elly's latest elite Louisville feat

Reds' top prospect De La Cruz tosses fastest infield throw of season
May 6, 2023

When the radar guns were brought out to Werner Park on Saturday, they lit up as an impressive 99.2 mph toss crossed not home plate but first base. Top-ranked Reds prospect Elly De La Cruz delivered a perfect throw for an out in Triple-A Louisville's 6-2 loss to Omaha, adding

Look out! Marte walks it off for Chattanooga

No. 2 Reds prospect leaves the yard for third time in two days
May 6, 2023

Watch out, world: Noelvi Marte is swinging a white-hot bat. The latest trick for MLB’s No. 25 overall prospect? A walk-off, two-run homer for Double-A Chattanooga, his third dinger in two games. The Reds’ second-ranked prospect broke out of a power drought with a two-homer performance on Thursday, the sixth