News From The MinorsSaturday January 18, 2020

Rockies' Lawrence suspended 80 games
Rockies No. 18 prospect Justin Lawrence has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for a banned performance enhancer, Major League Baseball announced Friday.(2020/01/17)
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Toolshed: What deals mean for prospects
Toolshed explores how some of the offseason's biggest transactions influence the potential futures for Top-100 prospects such as Nick Madrigal, Carter Kieboom and Deivi Garcia.(2020/01/17)
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Tigers' spring invitees pitch perfect
The Tigers included three of the franchise's top four prospects -- No. 1 Casey Mize, No. 2 Matt Manning and No. 4 Tarik Skubal -- among the 25 non-roster players invited to Spring Training.(2020/01/17)
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Padres invite Gore, Patiño to spring camp
Top-100 prospects MacKenzie Gore, Luis Patiño, Taylor Trammell and Luis Campusano headline the list of 27 players to receive non-roster invitations to Spring Training from the Padres on Thursday.(2020/01/16)
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Batting Around: News for a new decade
In the first "Batting Around" entry of the new decade, MiLB.com's Ben Hill provides his customary overview of ballpark news across Minor League Baseball.(2020/01/16)
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Purple pros: Dash introduce classic look
The Winston-Salem Dash, Class A Advanced affiliate of the White Sox, unveiled a new primary logo on Wednesday afternoon. The Carolina League club now has a retro aesthetic.(2020/01/15)
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Hats off to these 10 popular caps in 2019
Across 160 teams, Minor League caps provide fans with limitless options to adorn their heads. Take a look at 10 top-selling lids from 2019 and what makes them pop off the digital shelves.(2020/01/15)
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D-backs acquire Beasley from Angels
The D-backs picked up right-hander and Angels No. 18 prospect Jeremy Beasley on Tuesday, sending reliever Matt Andriese to Los Angeles.(2020/01/14)
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2020 Prospect Projections: NL East rookies
The Washington Nationals have an opening at third base following the departure of Anthony Rendon, and top prospect Carter Kieboom should be able to compete for the spot.(2020/01/14)
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Hurlers Singer, Lynch tapped for Royals camp
The Royals extended non-roster invites for big league camp to Brady Singer and Daniel Lynch, along with nine other prospects, on Monday.(2020/01/13)
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Nationals' Segura dies in accident
Nationals right-hander Fausto Segura died over the weekend, the team announced Monday. The 23-year-old was involved in a motorcycle accident, according to local reports.(2020/01/13)
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Phillies invite Bohm, Howard to spring camp
No. 34 overall prospect Alec Bohm and No. 88 Spencer Howard will head to Phillies Major League Spring Training camp as non-roster invitees, the organization announced Monday.(2020/01/13)
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Cougars' philanthropy is a grand slam
The Kane County Cougars, Class A affiliate of the D-backs, have made charitable endeavors as much a focus of their persona and reputation as on-field success in the Midwest League.(2020/01/13)
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Reds invite Lodolo, India to big league camp
The Reds announced Friday that left-hander Nick Lodolo and infielder Jonathan India, two of their top three prospects, are among 16 non-roster players invited to big league Spring Training.(2020/01/11)
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Toolshed: Payton seeing Red as Rule 5 pick
Mark Payton broke out with a career-best 30 home runs in the A's system in 2019, and he starts 2020 with his best Major League chance yet as a Rule 5 pick with the Reds.(2020/01/10)
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Cardinals deal for Rays lefty Liberatore
The St. Louis Cardinals nabbed 2018 first-rounder Matthew Liberatore, catcher Edgardo Rodriguez and a 66th overall pick from the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielders Randy Arozarena, Jose Martinez and a 38th overall pick.(2020/01/10)
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Peterson, Tebow among Mets' invitees
The Mets invited 15 non-roster players to Major League Spring Training, including lefties David Peterson (their No. 7 prospect) and Kevin Smith (No. 11) and 32-year-old outfielder Tim Tebow.(2020/01/09)
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Jacksonville adds up promo puzzle pieces
In the second part of an ongoing series, MiLB.com's Ben Hill speaks with Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp promo director David Ratz about his team's 2020 promo schedule.(2020/01/09)
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Everett's added Pop! a boost for fans
The Everett AquaSox are reaping the benefits of their partnership with a local company, and their Funko Fridays have been a boon for fans and collectors of the iconic Pop! figures.(2020/01/08)
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2020 Prospect Projections: AL East rookies
Two-way Rays prospect Brendan McKay would fit right into his Major League club's starting rotation, according to Steamer600's projections for the 2020 season.(2020/01/07)
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Giants invite Bart to Major League camp
The San Francisco Giants have invited top prospect Joey Bart to Major League Spring Training along with 17 other non-roster players, the organization announced Monday.(2020/01/07)
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Truth about Tigers emerges in pennant race
In 1919, the Pacific Coast League's Vernon Tigers, owned by Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, won the title, but as the club was in a race in 1920, Babe Borton's bribes were exposed.(2020/01/06)
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In PCL of 1919, Tigers were wild, dangerous
The Vernon Tigers were the talk of the PCL in 1919, getting a celebrity owner in Fatty Arbuckle and winning the crown. But slugger Babe Borton put a black mark and an asterisk on the whole season.(2020/01/03)
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White Sox ink Robert to new deal
The White Sox will reportedly sign top prospect Luis Robert to a six-year, $50 million contract, clearing the way for the outfielder to make his Major League debut at the start of the 2020 season.(2020/01/02)
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From intern to owner, a baseball journey
When Ben Hill first met Sam Sigal, he was a Trenton Thunder intern wearing a hot dog suit. Seven years later, he's the co-owner of the California League's Visalia Rawhide.(2020/01/02)
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Toolshed: 19 lessons from the 2019 season
With the calendar year coming to a close, Minor League fans can count out 19 lessons to take away about prospects and farm systems from 2019.(2019/12/23)
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Four Minor Leaguers suspended for drugs
Four Minor League players, including the Pirates' Andy Maldonado and Elih Marrero of the Red Sox, received suspensions Friday for violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.(2019/12/20)
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Minor League ballparks of the decade
Over the course of the past decade, 18 ballparks opened across the Minor League landscape. MiLB.com reporter Ben Hill, who's been to all of them, provides a retrospective.(2019/12/19)
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Kieboom, Cate form next wave for Nats
Infielder Carter Kieboom and left-hander Tim Cate lead the pack of Nationals Organization All-Stars for a club looking to replenish its ranks after building a World Series champion.(2019/12/20)
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Murray, Conine carry changing Jays system
Griffin Conine slugged 22 homers in 80 games and Joey Murray tied for seventh in the Minors with 169 strikeouts to lead the Toronto Blue Jays Organization All-Stars.(2019/12/18)
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