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Mayer hitting his stride with first Double-A homer

No. 1 Red Sox prospect taps into power to snap long-ball drought
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Top-ranked Red Sox prospect Marcelo Mayer found his groove Wednesday night with his first Double-A homer. After slashing .130/.222/.174 in his first six games for Portland, he re-introduced himself as the 55-grade power hitter he is with a deep shot to right off of Guardians prospect Jaime Arias. Before Mayer

What's in a date? For Rome, a pair of no-no's

Braves' High-A affiliate logs 9-inning milestone 18 years since last
June 7, 2023

On June 7, 2005, Braves prospects James Parr and Angelo Burrows combined to throw a no-hitter for the Rome Braves against the Savannah Sand Gnats, a then-Mets affiliate. As fate would have it, exactly 18 years later, Atlanta prospects Daniel Martinez and Luis Vargas combined to no-hit the Hickory Crawdads,

It blew up: Eugene embraces the Exploding Whales

A deep dive into an identity with Oregon roots and global appeal
June 7, 2023

EUGENE, ORE – On March 23, when the Eugene Emeralds announced their Exploding Whales alternate identity, they figured it would create some regional buzz. Those expectations were immediately blown out of the water. The Emeralds, High-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, sold out their first batch of Exploding Whales

17 and slugging: Storm's Salas swats first homer

Third-ranked Padres prospect goes deep in sixth professional game
June 7, 2023

Call it a belated birthday present for Ethan Salas, who is doing things on a professional stage at an age when most kids are preparing to graduate high school. Competing in just his sixth game for Single-A Lake Elsinore, baseball's No. 86 overall prospect connected on his first career homer

Delmarv-elous hitting from Young reaches new heights

Orioles' No. 28 prospect goes a perfect 9-for-9 over past 2 games
June 7, 2023

At the beginning of the season, fluctuating batting averages are common. With minimal at-bats under players’ belts, one hit or out can change an average dramatically. Now two months into the 2023 season, big jumps in average are reserved for those being promoted to a new level or rehabbing in

Comás, on coming out: 'I wanted to be that voice'

Prospect hopes to inspire those in LBGTQ+ community to fight for their dreams
June 2, 2023

It has been a few weeks short of four months since Anderson Comás, a Minor League pitcher in the White Sox organization, announced on his personal Instagram account that he is gay. Aside from some upbeat Instagram stories along the way, Comás, 23, has not spoken of the decision. That

Road to The Show™: Twins’ shortstop prospect Lee

No. 23 overall prospect remaining disciplined in first full season
June 6, 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 top Twins prospect Brooks Lee. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. While it seems Brooks Lee’s bat has come back

Draft Picks: Woodpeckers feature special red beer

Fayetteville, Southern Pines Brewing Co. join to make summer beer
June 5, 2023

This is the third in a series of Draft Picks articles about clubs crafting unique and interesting beers for their respective fan bases. Already profiled: Gwinnett's 6-4-3 Pilsner and Spokane's Redband Tangerine Wheat Beer.

DSL Guardians kick off season with 28-run barrage

Rookie-level squad rolls on Opening Day with 13-run frame, 24 hits
June 5, 2023

There is nothing like Opening Day, and the Rookie-level Guardians Blue had one for the ages in the Dominican Summer League on Monday. Cleveland’s DSL affiliate came out of the gate swinging in its inter-organizational opener against the DSL Guardians Red … and swinging, and swinging and swinging. When they

Holliday, Marte headline Players of the Month for May

Dodgers claim four winners among 13 organizations represented
June 5, 2023

Minor League Baseball announced the Player and Pitcher of the Month Award winners for May in each of the 11 full season leagues in Major League Baseball’s player development system.

The best of the Guardians' Minor League ballparks

Prospects explore Virginia, get to know Ohio en route to Cleveland
June 5, 2023

The Minor League Ballpark Guides series presented by Wyndham brings all the most fun features of Minors ballparks across America (and one in Canada!) onto your desktop, tablet or mobile device, whether you're interested in taking a virtual tour from where you sit or planning a trip to catch some

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

New Mayer of Portland breaks out offensively

Baseball's No. 5 overall prospect collects first three Double-A hits
June 4, 2023

Multihit Marcelo Mayer has officially arrived for Double-A Portland. The No. 5 prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline smacked his first hit for the Sea Dogs and followed it up with two more, going 3-for-4 in Portland’s 5-4 loss to Somerset. Mayer was promoted on May 30, but didn’t play

The I's have it: Iowa Cubs become Caucuses again

Alternate identity honors state's first-in-the-nation voting status
June 4, 2023

A version of this story originally ran on in 2019, at the time of the I-Cubs' inaugural appearance as the Caucuses. On Sunday, the Iowa Cubs are assuming an identity that checks off all the boxes. The Cubs, a Des Moines-based Pacific Coast League entity, are celebrating their state's

Certified fresh: The RubberDucks of Akron

"All Out 90s" night celebrated in front of packed house
June 4, 2023

Now this is a story all about how the Akron RubberDucks were flipped-turned upside down, so please take a minute and sit right there and I’ll tell you how Akron honored “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." On Saturday night, Double-A Akron hosted “All Out 90s” night with a special appearance

Fort Wayne tips cap to historic women's Daisies club

Monument dedicated to female pro team Daisies unveiled
June 3, 2023

On a warm June night in northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne's Parkview Field was full of daisies. The Daisies of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, to be exact. The High-A TinCaps honored the city's AAGPBL team on Saturday, wearing replica jerseys and unveiling a monument dedicated to the club that

Soderstrom homerin' away again for Aviators

Top-ranked A's prospect swats two taters in Margaritaville threads
June 4, 2023

Welcome to Margaritaville, where it’s always 5 o’clock, the jerseys (and vibes) are crisp and apparently, Tyler Soderstrom is launching baseballs into orbit. The top-ranked Athletics prospect was homerin’ away again in an 11-8 Aviators victory on Saturday at Las Vegas Ballpark, as the club gave a nod to the

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

Ben's Biz: A night of High-"Eh" baseball in Vancouver

Ben Hill goes north of the border to majestic British Columbia
June 2, 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.

Podcast: Honoring AAGPBL's Daisies in Fort Wayne

TinCaps set to honor local AAGPBL club, the Fort Wayne Daisies
June 2, 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

Copa de la Diversión goes beyond the ballpark

Monarcas among clubs making connections beyond the ballpark
May 31, 2023

Copa de la Diversión is a multi-faceted fan engagement platform focused on embracing the cultures and values that resonate most with local Latino/a communities. Indeed, some of the greatest success stories within Copa -- sponsored by Nationwide, the platform's official insurance partner -- relate to each club’s ability to make

Cartaya starts June like he ended May, with a HR

No. 1 Dodgers prospect goes yard in fourth consecutive game
June 2, 2023

Diego Cartaya, the top-ranked prospect in the Dodgers' organization, has been as potent offensively as advertised over his last eight outings with Double-A Tulsa. While he may have started the season with a .190/.288/.337 slash line in 26 contests, he showed up to Riverfront Stadium for Thursday night's tilt at