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Eight's enough: Skenes sets career high in strikeouts

MLB's top pitching prospect twirls third straight scoreless outing
@Jesus_Cano88
April 13, 2024

Paul Skenes unleashed his signature four-seam fastball in the bottom of the second inning against Justice Bigbie but failed to find the strike zone, issuing the first four-pitch walk of his young professional career. There shouldn’t have been a reason for concern at this point in the game. MLB’s No.

Indy's ace in the hole: Skenes on top of his game

Top Pirates prospect whiffs six in second straight scoreless start
@JoeTrezz
April 5, 2024

If you thought Paul Skenes' starts were appointment viewing last year, when he reached Double-A after being the top overall pick in the Draft by the Pirates, you would be right. But this year, every time the Pirates' top prospect takes the mound, it’s even more of a must-see experience.

Start planning NOW for these MiLB promotions

From Chili Buns to Skenes Bobblestache/head, don't get eclipsed
@BensBiz
April 5, 2024

Ninety Minor League Baseball teams open up Friday, joining the 30 Triple-A squads that kicked off the 2024 campaign on March 29. And with every Minor League season comes Minor League promotions, the vast array of theme nights and giveaways taking place on a nightly basis as supplements to the

Indy's Skenes electric in perfect Triple-A debut

MLB's No. 3 overall prospect fanned five over three frames
@benweinrib
March 30, 2024

The Pirates sent Paul Skenes to Triple-A Indianapolis to begin the 2024 season in hopes of getting him a little more professional experience before making his MLB debut. One start into the season, the top pitching prospect in baseball (No. 3 overall) looks as dominant as can be.

Ben's Biz: 2024 Double-A promotional night highlights

Great mustaches, Sojourner Truth, hot dog candles and more
@BensBiz
March 22, 2024

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE. Last week, I provided a rollicking round-up of notable 2024 Triple-A promotions. Today, we’ll gingerly

Check out the new Copa de la Diversión identities 

Five teams join in for the first time, three more are rebranding
@BensBiz
March 19, 2024

2024 marks the seventh season of Minor League Baseball's Copa de la Diversión program in which teams assume alternate identities that engage with and celebrate their region's Hispanic fan base. Nighty-eight MiLB teams are participating in Copa de la Diversión this season, the most ever, for a total that represents

Ben's Biz: Triple-A promotional night highlights

Cosmic showdown, legends night, mystery egg rolls and more
@BensBiz
March 15, 2024

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE.

Road to The Show™: Pirates’ Solometo

No. 84 overall prospect maintains the funk amid key adjustments
@Gerard_Gilberto
December 12, 2023

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at fourth-ranked Pirates’ prospect Anthony Solometo. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. There are many ways to describe Anthony Solometo’s delivery,

Ben's Biz eats: From Tennessee to Ohio

Nashville, Bowling Green, Louisville, Indianapolis and Columbus
@BensBiz
December 8, 2023

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE. Subscribe HERE.

Johnson, Solometo headline Pirates' Organization All-Stars

Pittsburgh's infielder, southpaw pacing path toward The Show
@Gerard_Gilberto
November 8, 2023

Each offseason, MiLB.com goes position by position across each organization and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in each farm system. Next up in our 2023 Organization All-Stars series are the Pittsburgh Pirates. 2023 organization summary: Triple-A Indianapolis: 70-78 Double-A

Some of the Minors' most popular jerseys

These threads turned heads and flew off the shelves in 2023
@Kelsie_Heneghan
November 3, 2023

Jerseys can be gateways. And in the Minor Leagues, there’s plenty to explore. The kit can represent the town, a favorite food, the local culture, an important issue. And with longer affiliation partnerships, more teams have used them to connect with their parent clubs. Not to mention, they’re nice to

New logo has Greensboro hopping with excitement

Pirates' High-A affiliate unveils refreshed look entering 20th season
@BensBiz
November 1, 2023

On the cusp of their 20th year as the Grasshoppers, Greensboro’s Minor League team has taken a leap forward. The Grasshoppers, High-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, unveiled refreshed logos and uniforms during a ballpark event on Wednesday evening. The long-running South Atlantic League team, which adopted the Grasshoppers moniker

Indy broadcaster on cusp of 50th anniversary 

Triple-A Indians play-by-play Howard Kellman is a local icon
@BensBiz
October 19, 2023

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- What were you doing 50 years ago? For those who have been around long enough to even consider that question, the answer is probably a bit hazy. Not so for Indianapolis Indians broadcaster Howard Kellman, who can tell you exactly what he was up to: Working tirelessly

Ben's Biz: A victorious evening in Indianapolis

Young Bucs, Rowdie the Bear, Holy Toledo! Dogs and more
@BensBiz
October 13, 2023

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE. Subscribe HERE.

Curve honor 'worst baseball player of all time'

Altoona brings story of John Gochnaur to Peoples Natural Gas Field
@brendan_samson
September 29, 2023

Throughout MLB history, over 20,000 players have taken the diamond. A common debate among fans is who is the best of this group, Babe Ruth? Barry Bonds? Willie Mays? The list goes on. However, a rarely explored topic is who is the worst player of all time? Never fear, we

Ben's Biz hits the road for the final time this year

Here's what is coming soon to a ballpark (that might be) near you
@BensBiz
September 8, 2023

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE. Subscribe HERE.

Pirates end Skenes' season on a high note

MLB's No. 3 prospect goes on Development List after five starts
September 5, 2023

Paul Skenes' pro debut has come to a close. The Pirates announced on Tuesday that Skenes was placed on the Development List and won’t pitch again this season. The main objective was for the No. 1 pick in this year’s Draft to get his feet wet and get an early

Skenes comes up aces in second Double-A start

Baseball's top pitching prospect strikes out three over two innings
@allisonmast13
September 1, 2023

Just like he made the adjustment to superior competition when transferring from mid-major Air Force to LSU, Paul Skenes appears to be doing the same at Double-A. In his second start since his promotion from Single-A, MLB’s No. 3 prospect threw two innings for Altoona, allowing only one hit while

Skenes packs 'em in during Double-A debut

MLB's No. 3 prospect draws record crowd for first Altoona start
August 27, 2023

ALTOONA, Pa. -- John “Smooth” Wilson has been a team assistant with Altoona for roughly a decade and a half. He’s likely seen more Curve baseball than anyone in attendance at Peoples Natural Gas Field on Saturday night. As fans formed a line on Park Avenue three hours prior to

Pirates promote Skenes to Double-A Altoona

No. 1 overall Draft pick scoreless through four pro innings
August 21, 2023

PITTSBURGH -- One month into his professional career, Paul Skenes is already halfway to Pittsburgh. The Pirates announced on Monday that Skenes, the first overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft, has been promoted from Low-A Bradenton to Double-A Altoona and is expected to start against the Akron RubberDucks on

New level, same Skenes: Top pick dazzles in debut

Top Pirates prospect strikes out two in one frame for Marauders
August 15, 2023

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Hundreds of eyes and dozens of cell phone cameras were locked in on Paul Skenes more than an hour before he made his Single-A debut Tuesday night. The crowd lined the wooden boardwalk above the right-field bullpen at LECOM Park to get a glimpse of the No.

Skenes delivers impressive showcase in pro debut

No. 1 overall pick flashes dominance in first inning with FCL Pirates
August 10, 2023

Right-hander Paul Skenes made his first appearance since being selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft, retiring all three batters he faced for the Rookie-level Florida Coast League Pirates on Thursday.

Top pick Skenes to debut with FCL Pirates

Pirates prospect could be limited after throwing 122 2/3 innings with LSU
July 26, 2023

Paul Skenes, the top pick in the 2023 MLB Draft, is expected to begin his professional career with the FCL Pirates this summer. According to MLB.com's Justice delos Santos, Skenes' "career will begin with the Rookie-level Florida Complex League Pirates" after signing for $9.2 million on July 18. “He's been

Draft Picks: Tally an Outfield Assist at Victory Field

Indianapolis Indians, Sun King Brewery partner for signature lager
@brendan_samson
July 25, 2023

This is the sixth in a series of MiLB.com Draft Picks articles about clubs crafting unique and interesting beers for their respective fan bases. Already profiled: Gwinnett's 6-4-3 Pilsner, Spokane's Redband Tangerine Wheat Beer, Fayetteville's Birdy Brew, Kannapolis' Baller Beer and Omaha's Ale Storm.

Forever 21: Curve retire Clemente's number

Iconic Pirate's legacy honored by Altoona with family in attendance
@memheller
July 21, 2023

The Altoona Curve -- the Pirates’ Double-A affiliate -- retired the number of one of Pittsburgh’s all-time greats: Roberto Clemente. The retirement ceremony took place ahead of Friday’s game against Reading. Altoona’s defeat to the Reading Fightin Phils, 4-1, barely put a damper on the day’s festivities. The Curve conducted