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Smokies scorch way to first outright title in 45 years

Horton dominates once again as Cubs affiliate wins Southern crown
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With Cade Horton on the mound Tuesday, the Cubs' Double-A affiliate had reason to be confident about their prospects of winning the franchise's first outright Southern League title in 45 years. And once the Tennessee Smokies scored four runs in the first three innings, it felt like that was very

That's 20-20 vision! Minors set record in 2023

33 prospects met or exceeded 20-HR, 20-SB plateau this year
September 26, 2023

The decade of the 2020s is turning out to be the decade of the 20/20s. Thirty-three Minor League players met or exceeded the 20-homer, 20-steal plateau during the 2023 season, beating out the previous record (since data first became available in 1958) total of 27 set just last year. Most

The 2023 Double-A All-Stars and award winners

Yankees' Domínguez, Rays' Caminero made debuts in The Show
September 26, 2023

As summer ebbs into fall, Minor League Baseball has started to reveal its end-of-season award winners and All-Star teams. Last week it was the three Single-A and High-A circuits. Now it's time to reveal this year's Double-A honors, as voted on by league managers. In the Eastern League, Baltimore's Coby

Road to the Show: Big names in new places

Draft picks, traded prospects make their presence felt quickly
September 26, 2023

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at the Top 100 prospects that made the biggest impact on their new organization. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. Each

Who will be MiLB Hitting Prospect of the Year?

O's Holliday, Dodgers' Busch, Rays' Caminero finalists for award
September 24, 2023

The nominations continue. Last week, we announced the three finalists for the MiLB Pitching Prospect of the Year. Now, it’s time to turn our attention to the batters, with three Hitting Prospect of the Year candidates. These finalists were determined by MLB Pipeline staff, which considered many worthy performers from

Tides ride latest Holliday bash to victory

MLB's top-ranked prospect homers, plates four runs in cycle bid
September 23, 2023

Jackson Holliday's expeditious rise through the Minors made its fourth stop of the season on Sept. 5, when he was promoted to Triple-A Norfolk. And for the fourth time, his talent is evident. Baseball's No. 1 prospect has tallied seven multihit performances in 17 games with the Tides, his most

Tiedemann comes up aces in Triple-A debut

Top-ranked Blue Jays prospect strikes out six in four strong innings
September 22, 2023

Nearing the end of a season that has featured a frustrating recurrence of injuries, Ricky Tiedemann made his long-awaited Triple-A debut on Friday night, and it didn’t disappoint. The Blue Jays’ No. 1 prospect and MLB’s No. 31 overall prospect pitched four innings, affording just one unearned run while striking

Rumble Ponies, Patriots ride the Subway Series

Top Mets, Yankees prospects meet up in Eastern League semifinals
September 22, 2023

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. -- It’s been 23 years since the last Subway Series led to the ultimate trophy. While the next one may still be some time away as both the Mets and Yankees made moves toward the future this season, fans of both organizations had a chance to glimpse what

The 2023 High-A All-Stars and award winners

Orioles' Holliday, Yankees' Thorpe primed for more accolades
September 20, 2023

Award season is in full swing in the Minors. On Wednesday, Minor League Baseball announced the High-A end-of-season award winners and All-Star rosters, as voted on by the managers of the three leagues. In the Midwest League, MVP went to Twins outfielder Kala'i Rosario, Ian Bedell of the Cardinals locked

Player of the Week Spotlight: Nationals' Wood

MLB's No. 7 prospect happy to be playing baseball close to home
September 19, 2023

James Wood comes from a basketball family -- his father played at the University of Richmond and his sister, Sydney, was an All-Big 10 Conference selection at Northwestern University -- but the massive 6-foot-6, 240-pound outfielder couldn't be happier to be playing baseball close to home -- and it shows.

The 2023 Single-A All-Stars and award winners

Orioles' Basallo, Phillies' Crawford each pick up two major honors
September 19, 2023

As summer ebbs into fall, Minor League Baseball has started to reveal its end-of-season award winners and All-Star steams. First up are the three Single-A circuits, encompassing 30 teams, as voted on by league managers. There's no shortage of top prospects, noteworthy names and some under-the-radar players who made their

The Road to The Show™: Blue Jays’ Martinez

No. 88 prospect quietly ranks among Minors’ premier power bats
September 19, 2023

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at Blue Jays’ second-ranked prospect Orelvis Martinez. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. The Blue Jays’ tremendous eye for talent on

Jobe puts six zeros on board in SeaWolves debut

Tigers' top pitching prospect scatters four hits and strikes out six
September 17, 2023

Facing Double-A hitters for the first time, Jackson Jobe put together arguably the best start of his pro career so far. The Tigers’ top pitching prospect scattered four hits over six scoreless innings, fanning six without issuing a walk in Erie's 1-0 loss to Richmond on Sunday at UPMC Park.

Fearsome Frisco duo: Leiter, Langford flash skillsets

Rangers first-rounders, Top 5 prospects help pace RoughRiders win
September 17, 2023

With the Minor League offseason on the horizon, players are striving to finish the regular season on a positive note. Two prospects who have already checked that box are Jack Leiter and Wyatt Langford, both of whom had standout performances on Saturday night.

Miller's smash lifts Clearwater into FSL Finals

No. 4 Phils prospect, '23 first-rounder makes first pro dinger count
September 15, 2023

Twenty-three games into his professional career, Aidan Miller was searching for his first home run. He hardly could have picked a better game when he finally connected on Friday night. Miller, the Phillies' 2023 first-round pick and fourth-ranked prospect, socked a decisive two-run homer to left field in Single-A Clearwater's

Tides turn, Holliday knocks first Triple-A homer

Baseball's No. 1 prospect gets aboard four times in slugfest win
September 14, 2023

In a year full of milestones, Jackson Holliday can cross one more accomplishment off his list: his first Triple-A home run. MLB's No. 1 prospect went deep for the first time with Norfolk in Thursday's 12-10 win over Memphis at Harbor Park. The solo homer was part of an offensive

Frisco's Langford lassos first two-homer game

MLB's No. 13 prospect continues hot-hitting ways for RoughRiders
September 14, 2023

The 2023 MLB Draft’s No. 4 overall pick -- Wyatt Langford -- has yet to find a Minor League level that has consistently proven to challenge him. Langford powered Double-A Frisco with the first multihomer game of his professional career Wednesday, leading to a 10-1 win at HODGETOWN. A night

Reading ace delivers a more-than-Abel effort

No. 2 Phillies prospect notches eight strikeouts in five innings
September 13, 2023

In what could be his final start of the 2023 season, Phillies No. 2 prospect Mick Abel dazzled, delivering one of the most impressive outings of his second full pro campaign. The hard-throwing right-hander silenced the Rumble Ponies' offense Wednesday, whiffing eight batters while yielding just one run on three

Langford's first RoughRiders roundtripper a rocket

No. 2 Rangers prospect continues to rake in first taste of pro ball
September 13, 2023

Being the fourth overall pick can come with a lot of pressure, though based on the production that Wyatt Langford has delivered since entering the Rangers' organization, you'd never know.

The Road to The Show™: Rockies’ Amador

No. 21 prospect can stay on fast track with clean bill of health
September 12, 2023

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at top Rockies’ prospect Adael Amador. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here.

Crow-Armstrong's grand week gets even grander

Top Cubs prospect launches second slam of the week for I-Cubs
September 10, 2023

So far this season, Pete Crow-Armstrong has ascended to the top level of the Minor Leagues and posted a 20-20 season. And, oh yeah, MLB's No. 12 overall prospect also has launched four grand slams -- two in the past week. Crow-Armstrong went 4-for-5 with a double and three runs

Williams, Isaac spark Hot Rods' engine

Top 100 prospects each go deep twice, combine for six RBIs
September 10, 2023

What’s better than a multihomer game? Two multihomer performers in the same contest. On Saturday, Carson Williams and Xavier Isaac went deep twice to propel Bowling Green to an 11-4 win over Greensboro at Bowling Green Ballpark. The pair tallied three knocks apiece and combined for six RBIs to rev

Bashing Basallo walks it off for Aberdeen

No. 5 Orioles prospect goes deep for fifth time in five games
September 8, 2023

Orioles No. 5 prospect Samuel Basallo is on a home run heater at High-A. The 19-year-old slugger has crushed five home runs in as many games, but his latest trot around the bases meant a little more than the others. The highly touted prospect -- who has seen time behind

Evan Almighty! Rangers bring Carter to The Show

MLB's No. 8 prospect set for big league debut in Lone Star State
September 7, 2023

ARLINGTON -- Evan Carter said back in July that he didn’t just want to be a top prospect. He wanted to be a big leaguer. Now he is. The Rangers announced on Thursday that they are calling up Carter, the club’s No. 1 prospect, to debut on Friday against Oakland.

Erie's Jung doubles up on dingers in two straight

Tigers' No. 4 prospect racks up fifth multihomer game of season
September 7, 2023

It's safe to say Jace Jung is in the zone. MLB's No. 68 overall prospect launched two homers for the second straight game for Double-A Erie during Wednesday's 5-4 loss in 10 innings to Somerset at TD Bank Ballpark. Jung plated three runs a night after setting a career high