News From The MinorsFriday February 22, 2019

Angels' Tucker, free agent Payne suspended
Angels prospect Bo Tucker and former Mets Minor Leaguer Joshua Payne were handed 50-game suspensions on Friday after both tested positive for banned substances.(2019/02/22)
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Tigers' Mize makes Spring Training debut
Making his Spring Training debut, No. 17 overall prospect Casey Mize gave up one earned run on three hits and struck out two over two innings in a Detroit Tigers exhibition against Southeastern University.(2019/02/22)
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Toolshed: KC's Melendez rounding out skills
Third-ranked Kansas City Royals prospect MJ Melendez enters his second Spring Training hoping to mold himself into an increasingly rare breed: a catcher who's a strong all-around player.(2019/02/22)
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The Show Before the Show: Episode 197
Nationals prospect Sterling Sharp talks about life as a sinkerballer and his dunk contest dreams on the latest Minor League Baseball podcast.(2019/02/21)
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Let the gains begin: MiLB's most improved
Which Minor League teams posted the biggest attendance gains in 2018, and why? From the Oklahoma City Dodgers to the Lake Elsinore Storm to the Greeneville Reds, Ben Hill takes a look.(2019/02/21)
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Ambassadors for Change: Thyran Nowden
Throughout Black History Month, Minor League Baseball will spotlight the people and programs that champion diversity and inclusion in the industry. This edition features Akron RubberDucks Account Executive Thyran Nowden.(2019/02/21)
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Farm System Rankings: Pitchers (10-1)
With Opening Day just around the corner, MiLB.com takes a look at the state of all 30 farm systems. Here are organizations 10-1 based on pitching strength.(2019/02/20)
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Basabe to miss time with broken hamate
White Sox outfield prospect Luis Alexander Basabe needs surgery to repair a broken hamate bone in his left hand and won't return to game action for 12 weeks, according to reports Tuesday.(2019/02/19)
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Farm system rankings: Pitchers (20-11)
With Opening Day just around the corner, MiLB.com takes a look at the state of all 30 farm systems. Here are organizations 20-11, based on pitching talent and depth.(2019/02/19)
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Toolshed: Spring invitees to follow in NL
Cardinals catcher Andrew Knizner and Phillies left-hander JoJo Romero are two of the exciting National League prospects going to Spring Training as non-roster invitees.(2019/02/19)
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Minor League Baseball reveals full schedule of games and date of Unveiling Day for 2019 Copa de la Diversión
Minor League Baseball has unveiled the 397-game schedule for its second annual Copa de la Diversión event series, taking place during the 2019 season.(2019/02/18)
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Farm System Rankings: Pitchers (30-21)
With Opening Day just around the corner, MiLB.com takes a look at the state of all 30 farm systems. Here are organizations 30-21 based on the strength of pitchers.(2019/02/18)
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Heinemans apply magic touch in community
Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Tyler Heineman and his brother, Rangers prospect Scott Heineman have always felt a sense of giving back and have done so with a local California charity, leading a poker night that raised $80,000.(2019/02/18)
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MiLB mourns passing of Artiaga
Salomon B. "Sal" Artiaga, who served as Minor League Baseball President from 1988-91, died on Friday night in Palm Harbor, Florida. He was 72.(2019/02/17)
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Toolshed: Spring invitees to follow in AL
Detroit Tigers outfielder Daz Cameron and Los Angeles Angels second baseman Jahmai Jones are two of the many exciting American League prospects headed to spring camp as non-roster invitees.(2019/02/15)
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The Show Before the Show: Episode 196
Blue Jays prospect Kevin Smith calls into the show from Dunedin to talk about Spring Training, Tyler and Sam go over Kyler Murray's decision and Ben has more details on Hartford's peanut ban.(2019/02/14)
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Yard Goats take peanuts out of the ballgame
The Hartford Yard Goats have banned peanuts from Dunkin' Donuts Park, becoming the first professional sports team to prohibit the increasingly common allergen.(2019/02/14)
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Ambassadors for Change: Andrea Williams
Throughout Black History Month, Minor League Baseball will spotlight the people and programs that champion diversity and inclusion in the industry. This edition features Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp director of community relations Andrea Williams.(2019/02/14)
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Peoria groundskeeper growing 'Super' career
The career of Mike Reno -- head groundskeeper for the Class A Peoria Chiefs -- has taken him from the Minor Leagues to the Super Bowl, and around the world.(2019/02/13)
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Farm system rankings: Position players 10-1
With Opening Day just around the corner, MiLB.com takes a look at the state of all 30 farm systems. Here are organizations 10-1, based on the strength of position players.(2019/02/11)
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Nats' Kieboom, Garcia score spring invites
The Washington Nationals extended non-roster invites to Major League Spring Training to No. 25 overall prospect Carter Kieboom and No. 75 Luis Garcia, the club announced Tuesday.(2019/02/12)
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Farm system rankings: Position players 20-11
With Opening Day just around the corner, MiLB.com takes a look at the state of all 30 farm systems. Here are organizations 20-11, based on strength in position players.(2019/02/12)
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Toolshed: 2019 Spring Training preview
Top-100 prospects like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Blue Jays), Eloy Jimenez (White Sox) and Nick Senzel (Reds) will head to Spring Training camps prepared to push for Major League looks.(2019/02/12)
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A's Murray chooses football, commits to NFL
The A's lost their No. 4 prospect before he even stepped on the field. Kyler Murray, due to report to Spring Training with Oakland this Friday, announced on Twitter that he was committing to a career as a quarterback in the NFL.(2019/02/11)
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Seelinger, Dunn at home in Long Island gym
Mariners starter Justin Dunn is a top prospect. Rays right-hander Matt Seelinger is a late-round pick and a reliever. They trade pitching tips during an offseason workout.(2019/02/11)
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Farm system rankings: Position players 30-21
With Opening Day of the 2019 season just around the corner, MiLB.com takes a look at the state of all 30 farm systems. Here are organizations 30-21 based on strength of position players.(2019/02/11)
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May, Lux among Dodgers' non-roster invitees
The Dodgers have extended non-roster Major League Spring Training invitations to No. 69 and 70 overall prospects Dustin May and Gavin Lux, the organization announced Friday.(2019/02/08)
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The Show Before the Show: Episode 195
Tyler and Sam break down the big trade that sent Sixto Sanchez to the Marlins and J.T. Realmuto to the Phillies while Ben brings news from a big week in promo announcements.(2019/02/08)
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Toolshed: Feltman prepping to provide relief
Durbin Feltman, a 2018 third-round Draft pick, is moving up the Red Sox ladder fast. With a need in the Boston bullpen, he may soon be at Fenway Park.(2019/02/08)
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Lewis, Kirilloff ticketed for big league camp
Top Twins prospects Royce Lewis and Alex Kirilloff have received non-roster invitations to Major League Spring Training. It's the first time for both.(2019/02/09)
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