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Road to The Show™: Pirates’ Skenes

No. 3 overall prospect displays dominance in first full season
@Gerard_Gilberto
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Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at top Pirates prospect Paul Skenes, who will be spotlighted each month as a Nationwide Road to The Show "featured player" in 2024. For more stories about players

Padres' De Vries heading to Lake Elsinore

Top '24 international prospect bumped up at 17 years old
@SamDykstraMiLB
April 21, 2024

The Padres signed the top prospect of his international class. They brought him over stateside in his first professional spring, and his Minor League debut will come at a full-season level. Sound familiar?

Black does a little of everything for Sounds

Brewers No. 4 prospect caps big game with highlight-reel catch
@Jesus_Cano88
April 21, 2024

Tyler Black loves playing in Triple-A Nashville. So when he had the chance of ending Sunday's game and sending the Sounds faithful home with a victory, MLB's No. 42 prospect risked it all to record the final out. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Omaha’s Cam

Bisons' Martinez still steering toward The Show

Jays No. 2 prospect caps scorching week with another home run
@thevandalorian
April 21, 2024

Forcing the hand of the organization might come into play for Orelvis Martinez. As the Toronto Blue Jays sit in the middle of the pack of the American League East a month into the season, a not-so-far-away contributor has put up videogame-like numbers for Triple-A Buffalo. MLB's No. 81 prospect

Manzardo hitting like a Guardian of the Galaxy

Cleveland's No. 2 prospect collects third homer in two games
@brendan_samson
April 21, 2024

Kyle Manzardo had himself a weekend. The Guardians No. 2 prospect launched three homers and amassed five extra-base hits in three games for Triple-A Columbus, capping off a nine-game stretch in which the lefty slugger has been firing on all cylinders at the dish.

From Single-A to The Show, Chourio bros teeing off

Jackson, Jaison slug homers on same day for first time in pro ball
@Jesus_Cano88
April 20, 2024

Plenty of memories have been created by the Chourio brothers, Jackson and Jaison, throughout their lives. On Saturday, the dynamic duo added another one when they both homered on the same day for the first time in their professional careers. Jackson hit a go-ahead home run in the fourth inning

Minor League Player Spotlight: Carson Williams

MLB's No. 18 prospect led the Southern League with a 1.380 OPS
@RobTnova24
April 20, 2024

Carson Williams entered the season with a focus on building and being dedicated to his own routine and process -- both mentally and physically. He wanted to emphasize techniques he picked up during his climb of three levels of the Minors last season and his time at big league camp

K-OK: Dollander, Palmquist rack up the strikeouts

Rockies hurlers combine for 22 whiffs in Double-A, High-A outings
April 20, 2024

As inclement weather postponed the Rockies’ series opener with the Mariners on Friday, two of the club’s top prospective pitchers battled no elements en route to tearing up the Minor Leagues. No. 2 prospect Chase Dollander and No. 15 prospect Carson Palmquist combined for double-digit strikeouts in their respective starts,

Williams turns up heat further with 2-HR game

Reigning Southern League Player of Week delivers for Biscuits
@JoeTrezz
April 19, 2024

You’ve heard how important it is for any player to get off to a hot start. Carson Williams has definitely bought into that philosophy. Few, if any, prospects have started the season stronger than MLB's No. 18 overall prospect. And Williams is showing no signs of slowing down. The latest

Stellar Skenes fans 8, extends scoreless streak

Top Pirates prospect ties career high in strikeouts for Indians
@SamDykstraMiLB
April 18, 2024

INDIANAPOLIS -- Thursday night brought another Paul Skenes start, and that meant more triple-digit heat, more strikeouts, more zeros in the runs column … and another relatively abbreviated outing for the top pitching prospect in baseball. In his fourth outing of the young season, MLB Pipeline’s No. 3 overall prospect

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

The keys to Leiter's rise through the Minors

Rangers call up No. 2 overall pick in 2021 Draft for big league debut
@JesseABorek
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

The Road to The Show™: Angels’ Joyce

Club's No. 4 prospect continues to light up radar guns
@RobTnova24
April 16, 2024

Each week, MiLB.com 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

Tigers' Clark gets real kicks out of his art

MLB's No. 13 prospect's cleats reflect both optimism, doubters
@benweinrib
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
@thevandalorian
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
@benweinrib
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

Mitchell squares up first pro homer for Columbia

No. 1 Royals prospect gets 'first one out of the way' at Single-A
@Jesus_Cano88
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

Eight's enough: Skenes sets career high in strikeouts

MLB's top pitching prospect twirls third straight scoreless outing
@Jesus_Cano88
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

MiLB Player of the Week Spotlight: Kjerstad

Orioles No. 4 prospect set a Minor League franchise record
@RobTnova24
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
@JoeTrezz
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
@brendan_samson
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
@SamDykstraMiLB
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
@MavalloneMiLB
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