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Indy's Skenes breaks down his wicked arsenal

MLB's No. 3 prospect dives into what makes his pitches so filthy
April 21, 2024

INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul Skenes was a national champion at LSU. He became a No. 1 overall pick with the Pirates in 2023. He’s been the Minors’ most dominant pitcher at Triple-A Indianapolis to begin 2024. And in many ways, he still thinks like that catcher calling pitches for Air Force

Bisons' Martinez still steering toward The Show

Jays No. 2 prospect caps scorching week with another home run
April 21, 2024

Forcing the hand of the organization might come into play for Orelvis Martinez. As the Toronto Blue Jays sit in the middle of the pack of the American League East a month into the season, a not-so-far-away contributor has put up videogame-like numbers for Triple-A Buffalo. MLB's No. 81 prospect

Trio of Mets pitching prospects slay competition

Scott, Tidwell, Sproat making their pitches for stardom in Queens
April 17, 2024

A franchise known for developing some of the game's best pitchers over the past half-century hasn't uncovered many gems -- hidden or otherwise -- in recent years. But that might be starting to change. While we might not see comparisons drawn to the likes of homegrown aces Tom Seaver, Dwight

The keys to Leiter's rise through the Minors

Rangers call up No. 2 overall pick in 2021 Draft for big league debut
April 16, 2024

It’s time to officially add another member of the Leiter lineage to the ranks of Major League Baseball. When Rangers skipper Bruce Bochy announced Tuesday morning that Jack Leiter, whom the club chose with the second overall pick in the 2021 Draft, would be making his big league debut Thursday

Sugar Land slugger: Loperfido's out of this world

Astros' No. 6 prospect slugs three homers, collects seven RBIs
April 13, 2024

Prior to Friday night, Joey Loperfido sat atop professional baseball’s home run leaderboard alongside three-time American League MVP Mike Trout, among others. Just a few hours and three big swings later, the 24-year-old slugger has sole possession of pole position with nine home runs for Triple-A Sugar Land. In Sugar

Eight's enough: Skenes sets career high in strikeouts

MLB's top pitching prospect twirls third straight scoreless outing
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.

Montgomery dials long distance for Charlotte

Top White Sox prospect leaves the yard for first Triple-A dinger
April 12, 2024

Colson Montgomery, the No. 1 White Sox prospect and No. 9 overall, according to MLB Pipeline, launched his first home run for Triple-A Charlotte during a 7-5 loss at Jacksonville Friday. The shortstop connected on the first pitch he saw in the eighth inning from Declan Cronin, who was a

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

Top Pirates prospect whiffs six in second straight scoreless start
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.

Top prospects power Tides to record-setting night

Kjerstad's 10 RBIs, three Stowers' homers highlight Norfolk victory
April 4, 2024

A lot of Baltimore talent has come through Triple-A Norfolk over the past four years. Three overall No. 1s, among a dozen Top 100 prospects, have played for the Tides -- by far the most in the Minors. But no previous team or game went quite like this one.

Matos socks pair of homers atop Sacramento order

No. 2 Giants prospect Luciano adds trio of hits, duo logs 7 RBIs
April 4, 2024

Luis Matos and Marco Luciano would be everyday contributors at the Major League level in some organizations. But with the shoring up of the Giants' roster toward the end of Spring Training, the two Latino players started the season in Triple-A. Both of them will get their chances in San

Indy's Skenes electric in perfect Triple-A debut

MLB's No. 3 overall prospect fanned five over three frames
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.

Baseball's top prospects to open at Triple-A

Here are 30 big names to watch at the Minors' highest level
March 27, 2024

What's better than one Opening Day this week? Two Opening Days! Nearly all 30 Major League clubs will take the field Thursday (weather permitting) in what will be the first game action for everyone but the Dodgers and Padres, who split two contests in Seoul last week. The next day,

Fun facts about Triple-A championships

From the Little World Series to the national title game
November 13, 2023

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

The 2023 Triple-A All-Stars and award winners

Cards' Baker, Winn, Dodgers' Busch rise above the rest all year
October 4, 2023

With the completion of the Triple-A Championship Game, the Minor League season is officially over. And even though the MiLB Awards show aired on MLB Network on Monday night, there are still a few more honorees to recognize at the Minors' highest level. Minor League Baseball already revealed its end-of-season

Tides nab Triple-A National Championship crown

No. 2 Orioles prospect Cowser slugs decisive slam, wins MVP
October 1, 2023

LAS VEGAS -- Colton Cowser stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and his team down by a run in the top of the seventh. This scenario was nothing new for MLB’s No. 14 overall prospect, who has been optioned from the Majors twice in the past two months,

Norfolk vs. OKC in Triple-A National Championship

Orioles, Dodgers talent clash for crown at the Minors' highest level
September 29, 2023

LAS VEGAS -- At Triple-A, the only constant is change. With hundreds of transactions a season, the roster can be a revolving door. But when a club is a part of one of the best farm systems in baseball, it’s a lot of top prospects replacing top prospects. As affiliates

Female ump to work HP for Triple-A championship

Pawol the first woman to umpire at Minors' highest level in 34 years
September 29, 2023

The Triple-A National Championship game is a way for fans to see future stars on the mound and at the plate. But it’s also a chance to see those behind the plate before they reach The Show. Jen Pawol, who earlier this season became the first woman to umpire at

2023 International League playoffs coverage

Highly touted O's prospects lead Tides to first crown since 1985
September 29, 2023

Championship Series Sept. 28

Mayo, Holliday lead Tides to first IL title in 38 years

Highly touted Orioles prospects make all the difference in Game 3
September 29, 2023

On the same night the big league club clinched its first AL East crown since 2014 with its 100th victory of the season, the Triple-A Norfolk Tides put an exclamation mark on their winningest season by capturing the International League championship for the first time in 38 years. Norfolk captured

2023 Pacific Coast League playoffs coverage

Seasoned Dodgers prospects lead Oklahoma City to Finals sweep
September 28, 2023

Championship Series Sept. 27

Seasoned Oklahoma City sweeps to PCL crown

Busch, Stone play huge roles in Triple-A Dodgers' championship
September 28, 2023

The Oklahoma City Dodgers roster has undergone a lot of change throughout the 2023 season. Key players have been promoted to the Majors, and some have returned. But all of that big-game experience paid off as the Triple-A club swept the best-of-3 Pacific Coast League Championship Series against the Round

What Lavender learned from backing up at Major League camp

In 40 games at the upper Minors, Lavender has produced a 2.75 ERA with 81 strikeouts over 52 1/3 innings
September 19, 2023

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Manzardo mashes first Clippers clout

No. 2 Guardians prospect takes a southpaw deep at Triple-A
September 9, 2023

For the first time since joining the Guardians' organization, Kyle Manzardo got a chance to show off the impactful power that's been part of his calling card in the Minors. MLB Pipeline's No. 58 overall prospect (Guardians' No. 2) hit his first home run with Triple-A Columbus in the sixth

Gelof has the best hand in Vegas' 22-run deluge

No. 3 Athletics prospect notches first multihomer outing of season
May 17, 2023

The hits came early, often and with considerable sizzle for Triple-A Las Vegas during a 22-run deluge Wednesday afternoon in Salt Lake City. The most prolific afternoon belonged to No. 3 Athletics prospect Zack Gelof, who reached base in all six of his plate appearances and amassed his first multihomer

Naylor's two-homer night the wind in Clippers' sails

No. 4 Guardians prospect rips 2nd homer 452 ft. in comeback win
May 14, 2023

Triple-A Columbus was down 9-2 during the top of the sixth Saturday with Andrew Abbott, the Minors' strikeout leader, on the mound. With a 1-1 count with two on, Guardians No. 4 prospect (MLB No. 54) Bo Naylor swung at a high pitch. And it just kept going. “Pretty much