News From The MinorsFriday May 29, 2020

Did you know? Eastern League edition
In the third installment of a weekly series, Benjamin Hill unearths one unique fact about each of the Eastern League's 12 teams. Idiosyncrasy abounds.(2020/05/19)
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Toolshed: 2016 Draft retrospective
Uncertainty with the top picks defined the 2016 First-Year Player Draft at the time. Now it's known for a deep Dodgers haul and mid-round stars like Shane Bieber.(2020/05/19)
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Emeralds create 'Eugene United' to help community
With the Minor League Baseball season on pause as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, teams have been hard at work finding ways to help their communities. What started as a small sewing project for the Eugene Emeralds became a larger initiative to make an impact.(2020/05/18)
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The Road to The Show™: Gavin Lux
Top Dodgers prospect Gavin Lux has made a meteoric rise through the Minor Leagues, ending with a callup to the big leagues at the end of the 2019 season.(2020/05/18)
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Best streams of 2019: Top offensive performances
From a four-homer game to a record-setting power display in the Pacific Coast League, here are four top offensive performances from the 2019 season to stream on the MiLB.TV free preview.(2020/05/18)
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Swaggerty gets perspective from mom
With his mom working as a nurse on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, sixth-ranked Pirates prospect Travis Swaggerty has gained a whole new outlook with baseball on pause.(2020/05/18)
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Toolshed: Cron could be powerful D-backs DH
D-backs No. 26 prospect Kevin Cron led the Minors in homers last season, but was optioned back to Triple-A this spring. He could get another Major League shot if the DH comes to the NL in 2020.(2020/05/15)
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Taking a look at the impact of ¡Adiós Lupus!
In 2018, Minor League Baseball and its Copa de la Diversión initiative began a partnership with the Lupus Foundation of America to develop the ¡Adiós Lupus! campaign, designed to raise awareness of lupus among Hispanic communities and the entire MiLB fan base.(2020/05/15)
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The Show Before the Show: Episode 257
Fourth-ranked Rockies prospect Ryan Vilade joins the podcast to talk about his improved hitting in 2019. Also, Benjamin Hill brings PCL facts, and Josh Jackson dives into the history of the Miami Sun Sox.(2020/05/14)
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Sun Sox lit up Miami in early 1950s
Given a fighting spirit by manager and World Series hero Pepper Martin, the Miami Sun Sox usually outshone the competition in the Florida International League from 1949-54.(2020/05/14)
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Take me out: another concessions roundup
Minor League teams across the country are selling signature concession items on a to-go basis. For the second week running, Ben Hill provides an overview.(2020/05/14)
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Downs embracing uncertainty with Red Sox
Acquired in February, top Red Sox prospect Jeter Downs is embracing the current shutdown by spending more time with family while staying ready to return to the field as quickly as possible.(2020/05/13)
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Did you know? Pacific Coast League edition
In the second part of a weekly series, MiLB.com's Ben Hill unearths one unique fact about each of the Pacific Coast League's 16 teams. Idiosyncrasy abounds.(2020/05/12)
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Toolshed: 2015 Draft retrospective
Five years later, the 2015 First-Year Player Draft stands out for the large Astros class led by Alex Bregman and Walker Buehler's fall to the Dodgers late in the first round.(2020/05/12)
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The Road to The Show™: Wander Franco
Top overall prospect Wander Franco's Road to The Show reached the Class A Advanced level in the Rays system -- well before the shortstop's 19th birthday.(2020/05/11)
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Best streams of 2019: Memorable rehabs
From an emotional return in Akron to a powerful display in Corpus Christi, here are four of the most memorable rehab appearances from the 2019 season to stream on the MiLB.TV free preview.(2020/05/11)
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Before 'The Show' tunes: Hitting the right notes
Following looks at Minor League Baseball in pop culture in movies, TV, documentaries and books, we tune in to the eclectic musicians and songs embodying life on the farm.(2020/05/11)
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Toolshed: Braves' Ball caught right Draft
Braves No. 21 prospect Bryce Ball was close to going to back to college before breaking out in the pros as a 2019 24th-round pick. This year in a limited Draft, his slot is unlikely to even be an option.(2020/05/08)
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The Show Before the Show: Episode 256
Ninth-ranked Giants prospect Sean Hjelle discusses what he's done to climb the heights of the San Francisco system on this week's episode of The Show Before the Show.(2020/05/07)
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Is that an alligator in the dugout?
More and more Minor League teams are introducing bat dogs as part of the nightly ballpark experience. But animals like snakes, alligators, skunks, opossum and goats have been uninvited guests.(2020/05/07)
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Concessions in a time of concessions
Nothing beats a hot dog at a ballgame. Until then, Minor League teams across the country are selling signature concession items on a to-go basis. Ben Hill takes a look.(2020/05/07)
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Dalkowski was the original 'Wild Thing'
Former Baltimore Orioles prospect Steve Dalkowski never got a chance to pitch in the Majors, but he will go down as one of the most electric - and enigmatic - hurlers in baseball history.(2020/05/06)
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Former prospects getting started in KBO
The spring got a little more normal this week as the 10-team Korea Baseball Organization kicked off its 2020 campaign with rosters featuring a host of former top Minor League prospects.(2020/05/06)
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Toolshed: Lessons of dream lineups
After forming the best possible prospect sets for each age groups, Toolshed looks at what those lineups can teach us about the current batch of Minor League talent.(2020/05/05)
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Did you know? International League edition
In the first installment of a series, MiLB.com's Ben Hill unearths one unique fact about each of the International League's 14 teams. Idiosyncrasy abounds.(2020/05/05)
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Best MiLB.TV streams of 2019: Dynamic debuts
From Mike Soroka and Casey Mize's hitless outings to Leo Crawford's 11 K's to Luis Robert's seven RBIs, here are four impressive debuts available to stream on MiLB.TV.(2020/05/04)
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The Road to The Show™: Dylan Carlson
Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken to reach the brink of realizing his Major League dream. Here's a look at Cardinals outfielder Dylan Carlson.(2020/05/04)
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Mets' Wilson finding his own spotlight
Mets right-hander Tommy Wilson sports a family connection to the pop-culture touchstone Back to the Future through his father, Thomas Wilson, who portrayed infamous bully Biff Tannen in the film.(2020/05/04)
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Indians' Clase suspended 80 games
Indians No. 15 prospect Emmanuel Clase has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for the performance-enhancing substance Boldenone, MLB announced Friday.(2020/05/01)
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Toolshed: Gonzales a reminder of Cape effect
New Mexico State infielder Nick Gonzales used an MVP campaign on Cape Cod to shoot up Draft boards. With the league canceled in 2020, it might be a while until another like him follows.(2020/05/01)
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