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Prospect Q&A: Astros outfielder Dirden

Houston’s No. 12 prospect discusses his plan at the plate
@Gerard_Gilberto
September 22, 2022

The shortened Draft in 2020 created some unique circumstances for players like Justin Dirden. The Astros' No. 12 prospect was in the midst of a breakout senior season at Southeast Missouri State before the shutdown, batting .414 with nine homers and 26 RBIs in 17 games. He was in a

The Road to The Show™: Rockies’ Tovar

No. 28 overall prospect proving to be wise beyond his years
@Gerard_Gilberto
September 20, 2022

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 second-ranked Rockies prospect Ezequiel Tovar. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. At the start of the season, many would have

Somerset contest brings fans out of their seats

Front office inside joke evolves into popular in-game promotion
@Gerard_Gilberto
September 20, 2022

What started as an inside joke between members of the Double-A Somerset front office turned into a unique opportunity to connect with fans. For the past few years, Hal Hansen, the Patriots’ director of marketing, has decided what songs are played during postgame fireworks shows at TD Bank Ballpark. Eventually,

Prospect Q&A: Dodgers outfielder Pages

No. 69 overall prospect reflects on season, video game prowess
@Gerard_Gilberto
September 15, 2022

Nearly five years since he signed with the Dodgers, Andy Pages seems to be the next in a line of excellent Cuban prospects to climb the Minor League ladder. The 21-year-old has an innate ability to find gaps and hit the ball over the fence, and he’s done just that

The Road to The Show™: Nationals’ Wood

No. 35 overall prospect thriving since blockbuster deadline deal
@Gerard_Gilberto
September 13, 2022

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 third-ranked Nationals prospect James Wood. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. The success of the Nationals’ rebuild will be determined

Prospect Q&A: Angels right-hander Joyce

Hard-throwing reliever discusses first MiLB action, viral fame
@Gerard_Gilberto
September 8, 2022

In the early part of the college baseball season, the world was introduced to Ben Joyce. A hard-throwing reliever at the University of Tennessee, Joyce became an internet sensation after his first few appearances for the Vols. Clips of a 6-foot-5, 225-pound reliever reaching fastball velocities as high as 105

The Road to The Show™: Cardinals’ Burleson

No. 92 overall prospect proves to be a quick study in the Minors
@Gerard_Gilberto
September 6, 2022

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 fifth-ranked Cardinals prospect Alec Burleson. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. There was never really much doubt about Alec Burleson’s

Prospect Q&A: Padres shortstop Merrill

No. 88 prospect discusses return from injuries, wild Deadline
@Gerard_Gilberto
September 2, 2022

In many ways, Jackson Merrill is something of a last man standing in what was once a loaded Padres’ farm system. San Diego managed to hold on to MLB Pipeline’s No. 88 overall prospect after a very busy, and potentially franchise-altering, Trade Deadline.

The Road to The Show™: Rangers’ Carter

No. 59 prospect evolves from Draft mystery to scouting coup
@Gerard_Gilberto
August 30, 2022

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 third-ranked Rangers prospect Evan Carter. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. There aren’t many ways to better illustrate a scouting

Prospect Q&A: A’s outfielder Clarke

Oakland’s No. 11 prospect discusses search for consistency
@Gerard_Gilberto
August 26, 2022

In just a short time in professional baseball, Denzel Clarke has done incredible things to make his name jump off the page. Earlier this month, the A’s No. 11 prospect became the first player in professional baseball history to hit an inside-the-park homer in consecutive games for High-A Lansing. This

The Road to The Show™: Yankees' Domínguez

No. 42 prospect grows in shadow of otherworldly expectations
@Gerard_Gilberto
August 23, 2022

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 second-ranked Yankees prospect Jasson Dominguez. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. When a young prospect’s talent and athleticism conjures images

Prospect Q&A: Mariners righty Hancock

Seattle’s No. 2 prospect discusses injury rehab, strong season
@Gerard_Gilberto
August 18, 2022

In the early part of his professional career, it seems Emerson Hancock’s greatest challenge has been remaining on the field. The 23-year-old right-hander has been limited to 27 starts since being drafted by the Mariners with the No. 6 overall selection in 2020. Despite the small sample, Hancock has been

The Road to The Show™: Dodgers catcher Cartaya

No. 12 overall prospect at full strength, showing elite potential
@Gerard_Gilberto
August 16, 2022

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 top Dodgers prospect Diego Cartaya. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. As a Venezuelan catcher in the Dodgers system, Diego

Prospect Q&A: Giants southpaw Harrison

No. 23 overall prospect making a point to maintain control
@Gerard_Gilberto
August 11, 2022

After a terrific professional debut last year, Kyle Harrison has taken a step forward and established himself as the game’s top left-handed pitching prospect. Ranked No. 2 in the Giants system, Harrison has tallied the most strikeouts per nine innings, 15.16, among all Minor League pitchers to complete at least

The Road to The Show™: Astros righty Brown

No. 80 overall prospect moving quickly for a late bloomer
@Gerard_Gilberto
August 9, 2022

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 top Astros prospect Hunter Brown. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. After years of compiling one of the game’s best

Prospect Q&A: Twins outfielder Wallner

Minnesota native showed off power stroke at Futures Game
@Gerard_Gilberto
August 4, 2022

A long drive to right at Dodger Stadium provided fans with a glimpse of Matt Wallner’s difference-making power. The Twins’ seventh-ranked prospect bashed a two-run homer off Giants lefty Kyle Harrison in last month's Futures Game that helped the American League squad to a 6-4 victory. Wallner’s blast wasn’t out

The Road to The Show™: A’s infielder Gelof

No. 79 overall prospect among fastest-moving Minor Leaguers
@Gerard_Gilberto
August 2, 2022

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 A’s No. 4 prospect Zack Gelof. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. It’s really difficult to slow down Zack Gelof.

Getting the call: Omaha’s Jake Eisenberg

Storm Chasers’ broadcaster stepping up for Mets, Royals
@Gerard_Gilberto
August 1, 2022

In the Minors, it’s not just the players and coaches who are grinding toward a big league opportunity. This "Getting the call" series tells the story of Minor League broadcasters receiving their own Major League experience this season. Check out the first edition, featuring Birmingham’s Curt Bloom, here. Next up,

Prospect Q&A: Rangers outfielder Thompson

Back at full strength, Texas’ No. 27 prospect keeps it simple
@Gerard_Gilberto
July 28, 2022

Throughout the early part of his Minor League career, consistent at-bats were few and far between for Bubba Thompson. The Rangers’ No. 27 prospect was limited by a series of injuries after being drafted in 2017, only to recover in time for a season lost to the pandemic. Thompson, who

Getting the call: Barons' Curt Bloom

Birmingham broadcaster to make White Sox debut in 31st season
@Gerard_Gilberto
July 22, 2022

In the Minors, it’s not just the players and coaches who are grinding toward a big league opportunity. This series tells the story of Minor League broadcasters getting their own Major League experience this season. First up, Double-A Birmingham broadcaster Curt Bloom. Advice that originated from Bear Bryant is usually

Prospect Q&A: Orioles infielder Henderson

No. 5 overall prospect on approach, Baltimore’s loaded system
@Gerard_Gilberto
July 21, 2022

Even as the Orioles graduate some of the game’s best prospects to the Majors, players like Gunnar Henderson still provide star power in a stacked farm system. At just 21 years old, Henderson has climbed to No. 5 in MLB Pipeline’s overall prospect rankings and forced a quick promotion to

The Road to The Show™: Reds' De La Cruz

Shortstop enjoying meteoric rise while showing off improved power
@Gerard_Gilberto
July 21, 2022

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 Reds No. 2 prospect Elly De La Cruz. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. Baseball has seen its fair share

Minor League coaches pitching in at Futures Game

Tuiasosopo, Ramos on NL staff for upcoming prospect showcase
@Gerard_Gilberto
July 15, 2022

There are some mysteries that are better left unsolved. Last month, Cesár Ramos had a typical call with Phillies farm director Preston Mattingly about an atypical topic. Mattingly’s chat with the Triple-A Lehigh Valley pitching coach wasn’t to check in on a member of the IronPigs’ pitching staff, but gauge

Prospect Q&A: Rockies catcher Romo

No. 76 overall prospect on learning about himself, pitching staffs
@Gerard_Gilberto
July 14, 2022

In his second full season, Drew Romo is proving that his game is not one dimensional. Coming out of the Draft in 2020, the consensus opinion of Romo was that the Rockies had selected a glove-first catcher whose bat needed to catch up with his defensive talents. But Colorado’s third-ranked

The Road to The Show™: Guardians' Valera

No. 33 overall prospect finally able to put full talents on display
@Gerard_Gilberto
July 12, 2022

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 Guardians No. 2 prospect George Valera. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. Although it’s been five years since he first