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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
June 29, 2020

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

Mariachis hit high note as Greatest Gorra

After sweeping Copa de la Diversión, Albuquerque wins cap vote
@Kelsie_Heneghan
June 12, 2020

Strike up the band because the Minors has a new dinastía. After taking the first two iterations of Copa de la Diversión (or “Fun Cup”), Triple-A Albuquerque’s Mariachis de Nuevo México have added to their accolades by winning the Greatest Gorra tournament as the fans’ favorite cap. "We’ve kind of

Looking back at Weaver's stingy 2017 season

Cards righty's award-winning May jump-started MLB career
@Kelsie_Heneghan
May 28, 2020

Luke Weaver has gone from rising Cardinals prospect to D-backs breakout hurler. But in the spring of 2017, he was just trying to get back from injury. After making his Major League debut the previous August, Weaver was limited to two innings in April due to a hand injury suffered

Copa de la Diversión caps compete for top bill

Fans to vote among colorful logos, culturally meaningful designs
@Kelsie_Heneghan
May 26, 2020

Migrant workers, urban legends, churros. In its third iteration, Copa de la Diversión or “Fun Cup” continues to celebrate the culture and values of Hispanic/LatinX communities. Ninety-two Minor League teams created culturally relevant on-field identities, and now it’s your turn to pick the best! Register and vote here! The contest

Best MiLB.TV streams of 2019: Dynamic debuts

Soroka, Mize, Crawford dominate on hill; Robert homers twice
@Kelsie_Heneghan
May 4, 2020

A player debut -- be it season, level, club or organization -- comes with a variety of emotions. Faced with unfamiliar surroundings, prospects often admit to being nervous or anxious while being geared up to prove themselves in front of new coaches and teammates. Of course, sometimes they're just exhausted

Prospects stay sharp, competitive at home

Padres' Gore, Cubs' Alzolay find mounds; Rays' Fleming shares hot takes
@Kelsie_Heneghan
May 1, 2020

A typical April would include the Minor Leagues celebrating Opening Night, players getting adjusted to their new teams and maybe a few rainouts.This was not a typical April.While baseball has been put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic, prospects are trying to find ways to stay sharp and keep a

Best streams of 2019: Back-and-forth games

RailRiders, Mets battle for playoff spot; Decker walks off, retires
@Kelsie_Heneghan
April 27, 2020

There's nothing like a good old-fashioned back-and-forth ballgame.Both squads score early and often, giving the scoreboard operator a real workout. Then, someone comes up with late heroics to get that final edge. All wins count the same on a scorecard, but some take an extra gear to secure.Below are four

With historic K's, Mitchell carved own legend

Teenage girl pitches for Lookouts, whiffs Yanks' Ruth, Gehrig
@Kelsie_Heneghan
April 2, 2020

There are many legends surrounding Babe Ruth and his mighty bat, his larger-than-life persona that commanded every ballpark and every camera. But this tale is about the Great Bambino striking out and the pitcher who maybe fooled him.This is a story about a girl named Jackie.

Prospects keep busy while staying safe

Players practice social distancing with video games, golf and more
@Kelsie_Heneghan
March 20, 2020

Putting the safety of players, fans and employees first, Major League Baseball (and subsequently Minor League Baseball) joined the rest of the sports world by halting play, in this case by suspending Spring Training and delaying Opening Day in an effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. While the decision is

Walker, Jeter learned from Minor struggles

Path to Hall of Fame paved with lessons for newest inductees
@Kelsie_Heneghan
January 22, 2020

NEW YORK -- In 1995, Derek Jeter found himself heading back to Triple-A Columbus with then-failed starter Mariano Rivera.  "He had a bad game and they sent us both down the same day," Jeter said of his first Major League stint. "So I thank Mariano for the only time getting

Hats off to these 10 popular caps in 2019

Bright colors, crazy characters drive online Minor League sales
@Kelsie_Heneghan
January 15, 2020

From a city's initials to a snarling animal with a bat, baseball caps are a quick way to make a statement and even tell a story. Of course, they can also just look really cool.Over the years, Minor League hats have evolved to feature updated logos, the return of the