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Game-worn high school jerseys auctioned for families of tragedy
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June 17, 2022

Last month's shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that took the lives of 19 students and two teachers shook the United States to its core. Yet a byproduct of evil inevitably leads to an outpouring of love, support and kindness -- all needed to begin the healing. Sports,

Quakes' Quiroz clobbers three home runs

Dodgers prospect collects six RBIs, four hits in career-high effort
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June 12, 2022

Nelson Quiroz enjoyed hitting his first homer in nearly three years so much he decided to do it again. And then again. The Dodgers prospect went deep three times during his four-hit, six-RBI performance as Single-A Rancho Cucamonga rolled past Stockton, 15-3, on Sunday afternoon at Banner Island Ballpark. Quiroz

Mercedes is magic in first AquaSox no-hitter

M's prospect strikes out career-high 10 in dominant performance
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June 1, 2022

After nearly 30 years and 2,059 regular-season games, High-A Everett finally has a no-hitter to call its own. Juan Mercedes struck out a career-high 10 to complete the seven-inning gem against visiting Eugene, 5-0, on Tuesday night. The no-no was the 12th in the Minors this season and the third

Tilien cracks a trio of homers for St. Lucie

Mets prospect sets club record with first career three-homer game
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May 29, 2022

Playing in just his 14th game in Single-A, Junior Tilien made some history. The Mets infield prospect set a club record with three roundtrippers and drove in five runs to fuel St. Lucie's offense in Sunday's 11-9 win over Dunedin at TD Ballpark. The five RBIs marked a personal best

Stowers, Gorski, Nootbaar tally trifecta of trifectas

Tides, Redbirds, Grasshoppers outfielders all belt way to milestone
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May 22, 2022

With hockey playoffs in full swing, it's only appropriate baseball put together its own version of a hat trick. Or more appropriately, a hat trick of a hat trick. Kyle Stowers, Matt Gorski and Lars Nootbaar all homered three times Sunday, turning their respective contests into their own personal home

Mighty Mussels trio flexes for nine-inning no-no

Festa, Nowlin, McMahon combine on club's fifth such milestone
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May 10, 2022

The pressure of a no-hitter can be such that not realizing one is in progress might be more beneficial than not. And that's how it went for Hunter McMahon, who got the final three outs of Single-A Fort Myers' no-no ... even if he didn't know what he had done.

Pelicans deliver their second no-no in 10 months

Trio of Cubs prospects combine for third no-hitter in club history
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May 1, 2022

As Hall of Famer Yogi Berra once said, it was "déjà vu all over again." For the second time in less than a year, Single-A Myrtle Beach tossed a no-hitter. And for good measure, it came against the same opponent. Three Cubs prospects combined on the franchise's third no-no with

Swiney, Emeralds polish off seven-inning no-hitter

Trio combines on first Eugene no-no since 2015, second in 54 years
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May 1, 2022

With just a single Minor League no-hitter the first month of the season, the time was ripe for another. Nick Swiney and two relievers delivered in the first game of a doubleheader. The No. 17 San Francisco prospect struck out seven over 5 1/3 innings for High-A Eugene en route

Then and now: Florida State League

Single-A circuit continues to carve its place in baseball history
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April 6, 2022

Following Major League Baseball's announcement that historical league names are returning to the Minors in 2022, MiLB.com provides a refresher on each of the 11 circuits from Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Single-A -- including past champions, famous alumni and more.

Then and now: Pacific Coast League

'Third major league' filled with star power from the start
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March 18, 2022

Following Major League Baseball's announcement that historical league names are returning to the Minors in 2022, MiLB.com provides a refresher on each of the 11 circuits from Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Single-A -- including past champions, famous alumni and more. Follow baseball's westward expansion to the Triple-A Pacific Coast League,

Former MiLB president Mike Moore passes away

Tenth head of Minors oversaw big changes during 16-year tenure
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February 3, 2022

Former Minor League Baseball president Mike Moore passed away Thursday after a lengthy illness. He was 80. Moore became the 10th president in Minor League history in 1992 and held the position until 2007. His 16 seasons at the helm marked the third-longest tenure in Minor League history.

Mendoza crafting another career with nifty NFTs

Cardinals prospect's Diamond Dawgs have paid quick dividends
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January 27, 2022

For most 25-year-olds, having the chance to fulfill your childhood dream would provide more than enough satisfaction. But Evan Mendoza has never been someone who focuses on just one thing. Selected by the Cardinals in the 11th round of the 2017 Draft, the North Carolina State product has turned another

Cardinals of the future ready to take flight

Gorman knocking on door to the bigs after power-packed year
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January 3, 2022

Each offseason, MiLB.com 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.

Gonzales primed for future success in Steel City

Bucs' sparkplug second baseman highlights system on the upswing
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December 17, 2021

Each offseason, MiLB.com 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.

Guardians prospect Meléndez passes away at 20

Cleveland backstop spent 2021 season with Low-A Lynchburg
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December 16, 2021

Guardians prospect Andrés Meléndez died suddenly in Miami on Thursday afternoon, the team announced. No cause of death was given for the Venezuela native. Meléndez was 20 years old. As word of the catcher's death circulated Thursday night, former teammates and his organization took to social media with tributes and

Busch, Pages take center stage in Dodgers system

Top 100 prospects leading next generation toward Los Angeles
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November 22, 2021

Each offseason, MiLB.com 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.

Yorke leads next wave of Red Sox stars

Boston's well-balanced system has club set up nicely for future
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November 1, 2021

Each offseason, MiLB.com 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.

Bowling Green rolls to High-A East crown

Five-run fourth lifts Hot Rods to second title in three years
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September 29, 2021

Very few things rival a winner-take-all contest, so it was only appropriate the High-A East Championship Series went the distance. In a season best described as a long-distance race, it's appropriate a team named after an automobile came out on top. Buoyed by a five-run fourth inning, High-A Bowling Green

Quad Cities celebrates High-A Central crown

Four hurlers toss two-hit shutout for club's first title since 2017
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September 27, 2021

With no margin for error and its season on the brink, High-A Quad Cities managed to keep its championship hopes alive with a walk-off victory on Saturday. There was far less drama a day later, but the celebration proved to be even sweeter. Four hurlers combined on a two-hitter and

Wu-Yelland's debut ends in a combined no-hitter

Red Sox 2020 4th-rounder spearheads first Drive no-no since '18
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September 2, 2021

As first impressions go, Jeremy Wu-Yelland couldn't have asked for much more. Boston's first-year hurler struck out a career-high nine over five hitless innings and three High-A Greenville relievers finished off the historic 6-0 victory over Asheville at Fluor Field at the West End on Thursday night. Jose Espada, Oddanier

Erie's Policelli finds calling as a jack of all trades

Tigers prospect is using super utility role as a beeline to the Majors
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August 30, 2021

Labeled a super utility player in the Minors may not conjure up images of future big league stardom, but those within the game know better. For most prospects, a path to the Majors is rarely linear. That includes Brady Policelli, who embraced a suggestion from a former manager to carve

Baltimore's Rutschman, Rodriguez take flight

Orioles, Royals, Marlins soar in updated prospect rankings
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August 19, 2021

Birds of a feather apparently do flock together, at least in MLB Pipeline's Top 100 midseason rankings. Led by top overall prospect Adley Rutschman and No. 8 Grayson Rodriguez, the Orioles can claim ownership of the top position and top pitching prospects in the sport. It's only the second time

Aberdeen's Jack Graham finds way in 'retirement'

IronBirds alum now oversees operations as club's general manager
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August 9, 2021

It didn't take Jack Graham long to realize his dream of playing professional baseball, although once realized, it didn't go far. A catcher during his prep and collegiate career, Graham was the 1,152nd player selected in the 2012 Draft, going in the 38th round to the Orioles. After 58 at-bats

Scouting report: Nick Yorke of the Red Sox

Boston's 2020 first-round pick has talent, confidence to match
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July 13, 2021

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 eighth-ranked Red Sox prospect Nick Yorke. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

On a mission:  Sod Poodles' Tabor twirls no-no

No. 22 D-backs prospect makes history with seven-inning gem
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July 12, 2021

Two outs away from making history, Matt Tabor saw his chances sinking along with a ball that seemed destined to touch the outfield grass. Yet fate -- with the help of a sparkling catch -- stayed on his side, and one pitch later, his historic feat was complete. With the