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2021 MiLB playoffs preview: High-A

Luciano, Eugene travel to Spokane; Hot Rods face 'Hoppers
September 21, 2021

Following the lost season in 2020 and the sweeping changes made throughout Minor League Baseball, representatives from each of the three High-A leagues will go straight to the Finals to decide its 2021 champion with best-of-5 series, starting Tuesday. This is a departure from past procedures, when each of the

2021 MiLB playoffs preview: Low-A

Dominguez, Tampa host Bradenton; Veen, Fresno travel to San Jose
September 21, 2021

Minor League Baseball! After the 2020 Minor League season was canceled due to COVID-19, baseball returned to the Minors in 2021, albeit under a different structure. Low-A went from two leagues (Midwest and South Atlantic) to three (East, Southeast, West), and the representatives from each will go straight to the

The Show Before the Show: Episode 324

Hot Rods' Martin shares story of lost bet, RiverDogs tattoo
September 3, 2021

Check out the latest episodes of The Show Before the Show,'s official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review "Minor League Baseball podcast" on iTunes. The podcast is also available via Spotify,

Turbo up to new tricks in Bowling Green

Hot Rods GM Leach describes training for bat dog's 2021 debut
August 26, 2021

It was only a matter of time before baseball's sticky stuff issue made it to the Minor Leagues. But it’s incredibly unlikely that many people expected pine tar or other grip-enhancing substances to be of extreme detriment to a fan favorite: The bat dog. Fortunately for Turbo -- the yellow

The Show Before the Show: Franco, broadcasting

Top prospect's bow, #DemoCritiqueDay discussed in two episodes
June 24, 2021

Check out the latest episodes of The Show Before the Show,'s official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review "Minor League Baseball podcast" on iTunes. The podcast is also available via Spotify,

Toolshed: Spring Training camps to watch

Ten groups worth following as top prospects showcase talents
February 24, 2021

Pitchers and catchers have been in Arizona and Florida a while. Position players have officially joined them in earnest. Look around you. It's decidedly spring. To celebrate the official opening of Spring Training and return of full-squad workouts, Toolshed presents 10 camps across the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues that prospect

Red Sox acquire catcher Hernandez from Rays

Former Top-100 prospect fills position of need in Boston system
February 17, 2021

Red Sox pitchers and catchers are scheduled to hold their first Spring Training workouts on Thursday. On Wednesday, the organization added one new backstop to the group. Boston acquired Ronaldo Hernandez along with infield prospect Nick Sogard from Tampa Bay on Wednesday in a trade that sent pitchers Chris Mazza,

Winter ball roundup: Mexican Pacific League

Tigers prospect Paredes rides showing to Caribbean Series berth
February 3, 2021

Without a Minor League season in 2020, top prospects headed to various locations across the globe for offseason work. Over the next few weeks, will look at the highlights from winter ball seasons worldwide. First up was the Dominican Winter League, now the Mexican Pacific League. Season summary The

Rays invite Franco to Spring Training camp

Top overall prospect headed to Major League side in Port Charlotte
February 1, 2021

The defending American League champs will have a big name in their Spring Training camp, and he isn't even out of his teenage years just yet. The Rays have invited top overall prospect Wander Franco to Major League Spring Training as a non-roster player, the club announced Monday. This will

Rays’ Franco repeats as top overall prospect

Tampa Bay boasts league-high eight players in's Top 100
January 28, 2021

For the second consecutive year, the Rays reign supreme in the prospect world. Led by consensus No. 1 overall prospect Wander Franco, Tampa Bay boasts a Major League-high eight prospects on's Top 100 list, released Thursday night. Following Franco at the top are the No. 1 overall picks in

Toolshed: Hunt preparing to catch on with Rays

After Snell trade, backstop ready to show pop, defensive chops
January 22, 2021

James McCann signed a four-year, $40.6-million contract with the Mets this offseason. Prior to his age-29 season in 2019, he had produced just a 76 OPS+ over his first five years with the Tigers and was subsequently non-tendered. The still-unsigned J.T. Realmuto's first All-Star appearance didn't come until he was

2021 Prospect Projections: AL East rookies

How Steamer600 views O's, Sox, Yanks, Rays, Jays rookies
January 13, 2021

This is the first in a six-part Toolshed series that uses FanGraphs' Steamer600 projections to look at how prospects would fare over a full Major League season in 2021. The system bases its forecast on 600 plate appearances for position players, 450 plate appearances for catchers, 200 innings for starting

The Road to The Show™: Xavier Edwards

Speedy infielder trying to carve out role in loaded Rays system
January 4, 2021

Each week, 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 Tampa Bay Rays infielder Xavier Edwards. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

Patiño headlines crop headed to Rays in Snell deal

Padres also sending Wilcox, Hunt, Mejia to reigning AL champions
December 28, 2020

The Rays have made a deal for some important future batterymates. The reigning American League champions finalized a trade on Tuesday to acquire No. 23 overall prospect Luis Patiño from the Padres along with fellow right-hander Cole Wilcox, catching prospect Blake Hunt and big league backstop Francisco Mejia in exchange

State of the System: Tampa Bay Rays

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

Starting in October and running through the end of the year,'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.

Rays add three prospects in trade for Lowe

Rangers send Basabe, Hernandez, Ovalles for infielder, Guenther
December 10, 2020

Trade season is in full effect for the Rays and Rangers. Tampa Bay acquired prospects Osleivis Basabe, Heriberto Hernandez and Alexander Ovalles in exchange for Nate Lowe, Jake Guenther and a player to be named later, the clubs announced on Thursday.

Rays' Franco to miss rest of winter league

No. 1 prospect should be ready for spring after offseason injuries
December 3, 2020

Thursday brought good news to the Rays organization and fans and bad news to anyone hoping to see the game's top overall prospect on the field this winter. Wander Franco was diagnosed with shoulder soreness and biceps inflammation, Tampa Bay announced after the shortstop met with doctors in St. Petersburg,

Wander leaves winter team with sore shoulder

Top overall prospect returning to Tampa area to undergo tests
November 25, 2020

Baseball’s top prospect is headed back to the States after injuring his shoulder in the Dominican Winter League. Wander Franco, the Rays’ star youngster and MLB Pipeline's No. 1 overall prospect, left the Leones Del Escogido this week to return to Tampa Bay for tests, the team announced Wednesday.

Rays' Brujan displays wily trickery

No. 41 overall prospect steals an out in Dominican Winter League
November 24, 2020

Vidal Brujan seems to have an excellent handle on the elusive sixth tool. The third-ranked Rays prospect made a subtle fib and stole an out in the eighth inning of his winter league debut as Toros Del Este edged Leones Del Escogido, 3-2, in the first game of a doubleheader

Arozarena belts parting shot in World Series

Tampa Bay's No. 19 prospect caps postseason with 10 home runs
October 28, 2020

In what turned out to be the season’s final night, Randy Arozarena took a bow. Though it wasn’t enough to extend the World Series, Tampa Bay’s No. 19 prospect became the first player in Major League history with 10 homers in the postseason, blasting a solo shot in the first

Arozarena sets postseason hit record

Rays No. 19 prospect notches 27th knock in World Series Game 5
October 26, 2020

Randy Arozarena again separated himself in playoff lore. The 19th-ranked Rays prospect set the postseason hits record with an RBI single in the third inning of a 4-2 loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The record-setting

Arozarena sets postseason homer record

Rays No. 19 prospect hits ninth in Game 4 of World Series
October 25, 2020

Randy Arozarena’s phenomenal postseason run already was historic. Now, again, he stands alone in the record books. The Rays’ No. 19 prospect homered in the fourth inning of Game 4 of the World Series, setting a Major League record with nine big flies this postseason and providing one of several

Rays' Arozarena claims two more playoff records

No. 19 prospect passes Jeter, ties Bonds with World Series homer
October 24, 2020

With one swing, Randy Arozarena tacked two records onto his historic playoff tear. The No. 19 Rays prospect’s ninth-inning home run in Game 3 of the World Series gave Arozarena 23 hits this postseason, eclipsing Derek Jeter’s 1996 mark for the most by a rookie. And because the knock left

The Show Before the Show: Episode 281

Debating which World Series club is better set up for long term
October 22, 2020

Check out the latest episode of The Show Before the Show,'s official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review "Minor League Baseball podcast" on iTunes. The podcast is also available via Spotify,

Toolshed: MiLB playoff tales for Dodgers, Rays

World Series stars could lean on early postseason experience
October 20, 2020

The Minor League regular season is all about development. The Minor League postseason, well, that's about getting a ring (and, sure, continuing to develop). While MiLB playoffs can serve as a reward at the end of a 140-plus-game slog, they also allow players to gain experience in tense situations in