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Trio spins Palm Beach's first no-hitter since 2012

Cards No. 11 prospect Hence sets tone with three perfect frames
@Kelsie_Heneghan
June 15, 2022

After a tough May, Single-A Palm Beach is turning things around in June, going 7-3 to start the month. And on Wednesday, the club was given the perfect opportunity to recognize their efforts -- a no-hitter. Cardinals prospects Tink Hence, Jose Moreno and Roy Garcia combined for Palm Beach's first

Ortiz reflects on lessons en route to Hall of Fame

Big Papi grew in Mariners, Twins systems before reaching Red Sox
@Kelsie_Heneghan
January 25, 2022

David Ortiz went from "player to be named later" to "Hall of Famer to be elected immediately." In his first year on the ballot, it was announced Tuesday that the designated hitter was voted by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to enter Cooperstown. “It's a wonderful honor to be

Top billing: These 10 hats captured fans in 2021 

Silly creations, classic lettering among MiLB’s most popular looks
@Kelsie_Heneghan
January 14, 2022

In 2021, Minor League stadiums reopened for players and fans to return to the game we love. And with that came hat purchases. “It was an incredible feeling to be back to baseball in 2021,” said Sierra Hanley, senior manager of retail and marketing for the San Jose Giants. “And

Major Fun returns to Minor League communities

Fans enjoyed the sights, sounds and people that make MiLB special
@Kelsie_Heneghan
December 22, 2021

This article first appeared in the 2021 edition of Major League Baseball's official World Series program.

Stott, O'Hoppe swiftly ascend Phillies' system

No. 2 prospect, rising catcher reach Triple-A in full-season debuts
@Kelsie_Heneghan
December 20, 2021

Each offseason, MiLB.com goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization. Click here to locate your favorite club. Over the past couple seasons, the Phillies have gotten closer to playoff contention,

Wepa! WooSox win Copa de la Diversión

Worcester claims annual 'Fun Cup' with energetic branding
@Kelsie_Heneghan
December 7, 2021

ORLANDO, Florida -- What started as a fan suggestion in 2020 led to a championship in 2021. The Worcester Red Sox were named winners of the Copa de la Diversión event series for their Los Wepas identity, receiving the recognition and the "Fun Cup” at the Baseball Winter Meetings Major

Fisher, Sanchez highlight White Sox rookies

Strong bats with versatile gloves get first tastes of The Show
@Kelsie_Heneghan
November 15, 2021

Each offseason, MiLB.com goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization. Click here to locate your favorite club. Things are heating up on the South Side. For the first time in

Robinson send-off earns Feel-Good MiLBY Award

Rangers' Huff, Marlins' Sims, Rookie the bat dog also snag honors
@Kelsie_Heneghan
November 10, 2021

Drew Robinson prepared for Triple-A Sacramento’s contest on July 20 like it was any other game. And it seemed that way through the pregame and the first two-and-a-half innings. But things changed as he made the walk from the on-deck circle to the batter's box for his first at-bat. “Please

Playoffs return to the Minor Leagues

Postseason best-of-5 series for three levels will start on Sept. 21
@Kelsie_Heneghan
July 1, 2021

Dust off your highest hopes because playoff baseball is returning to the Minor Leagues. After the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the 2020 season and pushed back the start of the 2021 campaign, the postseason was tentatively put on hold. But now, it's back for three levels. At the Double-A, High-A and

For Mahomes family, athleticism began on diamond

Before Patrick reached two Super Bowls, dad Pat shined on mound
@Kelsie_Heneghan
February 5, 2021

Decades before Patrick Mahomes II vied for the privilege to shout, “I’m going to Disney World!” Pat Mahomes Sr. was chasing his own ring in Orlando, Florida. The father of the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback spent 22 years in professional baseball, including stints with six Major League teams and 15

Top hats: 2020's most popular caps

These 10 designs were among the best-selling looks last year
@Kelsie_Heneghan
January 15, 2021

Minor League fans love a good ballcap. Even when they can’t go to the ballpark. In a year without games, fans from all over showed support for their favorite Minor League clubs with hat purchases. Whether it be the local ties, the bright colors or the head-turning designs, baseball caps

State of the System: Minnesota Twins

Lewis, Kirilloff lead batch of top prospects nearing the Majors
@Kelsie_Heneghan
December 14, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's State of the System series is evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlighting prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offering a peek at 2021. After a tough stretch for most of

Rays add three prospects in trade for Lowe

Rangers send Basabe, Hernandez, Ovalles for infielder, Guenther
@Kelsie_Heneghan
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.

Virtual roundtable: Female leaders in MiLB

Front office executives reflect on their careers, state of the industry
@Kelsie_Heneghan
November 25, 2020

Earlier this month, the Miami Marlins named Kim Ng the first female general manager in the Major Leagues, joining a growing list of inspiring executives in affiliated baseball. In the wake of that historic news, six senior leaders from Minor League clubs came together virtually to exchange stories, celebrate Ng’s

Babe Woof howls as Halloweenie winner

Created by fans, furry slugger fetches Applegate mascot victory
@Kelsie_Heneghan
October 30, 2020

This Halloweenie, the fans have spoken and voted for the spookiest Frankenweenie mascot of their own creations! Presented by Applegate, Halloweenie challenged fans to build a fun new Minor League Baseball mascot and then vote on the top three results, all for the chance to win a plush toy replica

State of the System: Detroit Tigers

Torkelson leads next wave while Mize brings rebuild to Majors
@Kelsie_Heneghan
October 19, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's new State of the System series evaluates 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. The Tigers missed the playoffs for the

Anderson stingy again as Braves win

No. 34 overall prospect fans eight over 5 2/3 scoreless frames
@Kelsie_Heneghan
October 7, 2020

Ian Anderson put on a show in his Major League postseason debut last week. On Wednesday, he gave Braves fans an encore. MLB Pipeline’s No. 34 overall prospect worked around three hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings, striking out eight, as the Braves beat the Marlins, 2-0, in

Actor Patterson first starred in Minor Leagues

'Gilmore Girls' actor pitched in Braves, Yankees farm systems
@Kelsie_Heneghan
October 5, 2020

Just before the 1981 season, a prospect made a deal with a legend. Scott Patterson was entering his second professional season in the Braves system and it was time to negotiate his contract with the club’s senior vice president: Hank Aaron. The 22-year-old didn’t have an agent or advisor in

White Sox rookie hurler Crochet exits early

2020 first-round pick suffers left forearm tightness in second
@Kelsie_Heneghan
October 1, 2020

Following the 2020 Draft, White Sox left-hander Garrett Crochet quickly burst onto the scene with an even speedier fastball. But his rookie season has hit a speed bump. Baseball’s No. 89 overall prospect exited early in the second inning of the decisive Wild Card Series 6-4 loss to the A’s

Fun facts about Triple-A championships

From the Little World Series to the national title game
@Kelsie_Heneghan
September 22, 2020

A championship by any other name would still be as sweet to win. And at the Triple-A level, there have been a lot of names. From the first Little World Series in 1904 to the Triple-A National Championship Game fans know today, hundreds of prospects and farmhands have played for

Prospects in the Orioles' player pool

Rutschman, top talent bring fresh vibe to Summer Camp
@Kelsie_Heneghan
July 16, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Prospects in the Rays' 2020 player pool

In loaded system, Franco among prospects knocking on the door
@Kelsie_Heneghan
July 13, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

2020 Draft recap: Baltimore Orioles

More college talent will be joining Rutschman and company
@Kelsie_Heneghan
July 1, 2020

Part of the beauty of sports drafts is that if you’re not performing so well on the field, there’s hope in the future. And for the second year in a row, the Orioles found optimism in an early Draft pick. After selecting catcher Adley Rutschman No. 1 overall in 2019,

Which colleges are most popular on Draft day?

Vandy, Louisville top alma maters among current Minor Leaguers
@Kelsie_Heneghan
July 1, 2020

In the Minors, a lot of the focus is on where a player is going. Is he going up to the next level? To the Majors? On the injured list? To a new team in a trade? But for many, where they’ve been is also important. Currently there are 6,725

2020 Draft recap: Tampa Bay Rays

Best farm system gets even better with pitchers, shortstops
@Kelsie_Heneghan
10:40 AM EDT

Following the five-round 2020 MLB First-Year Player Draft, MiLB.com takes an organization-by-organization look at each pick with help from team scouting executives. While Tom Brady might be the most notable athletic addition to the Tampa Bay area this year, the Rays’ Draft class provides plenty to be excited about. Tampa