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Bowling Green rolls to High-A East crown

Five-run fourth lifts Hot Rods to second title in three years
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September 29, 2021

Very few things rival a winner-take-all contest, so it was only appropriate the High-A East Championship Series went the distance. In a season best described as a long-distance race, it's appropriate a team named after an automobile came out on top. Buoyed by a five-run fourth inning, High-A Bowling Green

Quad Cities celebrates High-A Central crown

Four hurlers toss two-hit shutout for club's first title since 2017
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September 27, 2021

With no margin for error and its season on the brink, High-A Quad Cities managed to keep its championship hopes alive with a walk-off victory on Saturday. There was far less drama a day later, but the celebration proved to be even sweeter. Four hurlers combined on a two-hitter and

Wu-Yelland's debut ends in a combined no-hitter

Red Sox 2020 4th-rounder spearheads first Drive no-no since '18
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September 2, 2021

As first impressions go, Jeremy Wu-Yelland couldn't have asked for much more. Boston's first-year hurler struck out a career-high nine over five hitless innings and three High-A Greenville relievers finished off the historic 6-0 victory over Asheville at Fluor Field at the West End on Thursday night. Jose Espada, Oddanier

Erie's Policelli finds calling as a jack of all trades

Tigers prospect is using super utility role as a beeline to the Majors
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August 30, 2021

Labeled a super utility player in the Minors may not conjure up images of future big league stardom, but those within the game know better. For most prospects, a path to the Majors is rarely linear. That includes Brady Policelli, who embraced a suggestion from a former manager to carve

Baltimore's Rutschman, Rodriguez take flight

Orioles, Royals, Marlins soar in updated prospect rankings
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August 19, 2021

Birds of a feather apparently do flock together, at least in MLB Pipeline's Top 100 midseason rankings. Led by top overall prospect Adley Rutschman and No. 8 Grayson Rodriguez, the Orioles can claim ownership of the top position and top pitching prospects in the sport. It's only the second time

Aberdeen's Jack Graham finds way in 'retirement'

IronBirds alum now oversees operations as club's general manager
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August 9, 2021

It didn't take Jack Graham long to realize his dream of playing professional baseball, although once realized, it didn't go far. A catcher during his prep and collegiate career, Graham was the 1,152nd player selected in the 2012 Draft, going in the 38th round to the Orioles. After 58 at-bats

Scouting report: Nick Yorke of the Red Sox

Boston's 2020 first-round pick has talent, confidence to match
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July 13, 2021

MiLB.com's Scouting Report series spotlights players who are just starting their professional careers, focusing on what the experts are projecting for these young phenoms. Here's a look at eighth-ranked Red Sox prospect Nick Yorke. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

On a mission:  Sod Poodles' Tabor twirls no-no

No. 22 D-backs prospect makes history with seven-inning gem
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July 12, 2021

Two outs away from making history, Matt Tabor saw his chances sinking along with a ball that seemed destined to touch the outfield grass. Yet fate -- with the help of a sparkling catch -- stayed on his side, and one pitch later, his historic feat was complete. With the

Scouting report: Mariners' Emerson Hancock

Seattle's 2020 first-round pick has the stuff to be a future ace
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June 22, 2021

MiLB.com's Scouting Report series spotlights players who are just starting their professional careers, focusing on what the experts are projecting for these young phenoms. Here's a look at third-ranked Mariners prospect Emerson Hancock. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here. The Mariners have been lauded

Pitcher hit in head with line drive, hospitalized

Bulls' Zombro carried off on stretcher; game called in eighth inning
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June 3, 2021

Triple-A Durham pitcher Tyler Zombro was hit in the head with a line drive in the eighth inning of Thursday night's game, taken off the field on a stretcher and transported by ambulance to a hospital. The Bulls' game against Norfolk at Durham Bulls Athletic Park was called. On Friday,

Scouting report: Padres' Robert Hassell III

Last year's eighth overall pick gifted with talent, plate awareness
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May 25, 2021

MiLB.com's Scouting Report series spotlights players who are just starting their professional careers, focusing on what the experts are projecting for these young phenoms. Here's a look at fourth-ranked Padres prospect Robert Hassell III. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here. It wasn't a matter

Scouting report: Tigers' Spencer Torkelson

No. 3 overall prospect will begin his pro career back at third base
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April 20, 2021

MiLB.com introduces a new series spotlighting players who are just starting their professional careers, focusing on what the experts are projecting for these young phenoms. Here's a look at top Tigers prospect Spencer Torkelson. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here.

The Road to The Show™: Oneil Cruz

Pirates slugger standing tall on his journey to the Majors
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March 26, 2021

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 Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Oneil Cruz. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show click here. The Pirates look forward to the

Allen's final days in Minors marked by fear, racism

Future MVP took lessons learned from Jim Crow South to Majors
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February 16, 2021

It's easy to forget that less than 20 years separated Jackie Robinson's integration of affiliated baseball in 1946 and Dick Allen's Triple-A debut in 1963. Between the time Robinson set foot in Ebbets Field on April 15, 1947 as the first Black man to play in the Majors and Allen's

Greene dials up the heat to help less fortunate

No. 2 Reds prospect has taken his philanthropy to another level
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January 26, 2021

The passion Hunter Greene has for philanthropy dates back as far as his love for the game he plays for a living -- a simple truth that raises an interesting question. Which is more impressive: his ability to spot a 100-mph fastball on the black or the cognizance he has

State of the System: Tampa Bay Rays

Arozarena brings the thunder while Rays await Franco's debut
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December 21, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021.

State of the System: Cincinnati Reds

Greene, Lodolo aim to be kings of the hill in the Queen City
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November 23, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021.

State of the System: Washington Nationals

Rutledge, Cavalli hoping to follow in footsteps of Nats aces
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October 30, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021. A championship hangover? A blip in an

Hits just keep on coming for Rays' Arozarena

Tampa Bay's No. 19 prospect posts fifth multi-hit effort of playoffs
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October 13, 2020

His team may be seven wins shy of a World Series title, no one would blame Randy Arozarena for wanting the 2020 season to go on forever. Buoyed by two more hits from one of baseball's hottest hitters, Tampa Bay doubled up Houston, 4-2, on Monday to take a 2-0

Rays' Arozarena a hit in postseason play

Club's No. 19 prospect goes yard, ties career high with three hits
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October 5, 2020

Randy Arozarena might have been a relative unknown to Tampa fans even a month ago. That's not the case anymore. The No. 19 Rays prospect homered, singled twice and scored two runs, but it wasn't enough to overcome the four Yankee home runs that propelled the Bronx Bombers to a

Red alert: Stephenson walks it off for Cincinnati

Club's No. 4 prospect belts pinch-hit homer in opener of double dip
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September 14, 2020

A run-of-the-mill home run just isn't enough for Tyler Stephenson. The No. 4 Reds prospect slugged a pinch-hit walk-off homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead Cincinnati past visiting Pittsburgh, 3-1, in the first game of Monday's doubleheader. The two-run blast was Stephenson's second roundtripper as a

Puk shut down with shoulder soreness

Oakland's top pitching prospect was on road back to the Majors
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September 8, 2020

A.J. Puk was slated to be a key component of Oakland's march toward the 2020 postseason. That expectation has gotten slimmer with each passing day. On the Injured List since July 20, the newly crowned top A's prospect has suffered another apparent setback in his recovery from a left shoulder

Murphy rewriting report card for Athletics

Top Oakland prospect goes yard as part of three-RBI performance
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September 8, 2020

Sean Murphy entered Monday night on the verge of losing his status as a prospect. He made sure to celebrate that graduation in style. The now-former top A's prospect homered for a second straight game, singled and drove in a season-high three runs to help down the Astros, 6-0, at

MiLB spawns more than future big leaguers

Diversity initiatives spur former interns to Emmy-winning success
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September 4, 2020

Minor League Baseball graduates more than just athletes. Since MiLB's Fostering Inclusion Through Education and Leadership Development (FIELD) Program took flight in 2016 to "engage the next generation of diverse leaders in sports business," it's done that and then some -- placing dozens of college students and graduates in positions

Carlson finds his wings with Cardinals

Baseball's No. 18 prospect snaps slump with first big league homer
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August 23, 2020

Pilots aren't the only ones who earn their wings. Dylan Carlson reached the seats for his first Major League homer to provide some breathing room as the Cardinals moved over the .500 mark with a 6-2 victory over the visiting Reds on Sunday. St. Louis' top prospect also singled three