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Andre Dawson still helping grow the game

Hall of Famer maintains deep connections to Florida A&M, HBCUs
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From a very young age, Andre Dawson knew he wanted to be a Florida A&M Rattler. In elementary school, the future member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame attended the Orange Blossom Classic, where the Rattlers football team played annually in his hometown of Miami. The games were intoxicating

Offseason's no Holliday for baseball's top prospect

Orioles phenom uses elaborate home workout center to prepare
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January 31, 2024

When you're the No. 1 prospect in baseball, what's a day in your life like during the offseason? Well, Jackson Holliday is no regular prospect -- even in the storied history of top prospects. Holliday, the first pick in the 2022 Draft by the Orioles, is the son of seven-time

Lawlar, Saalfrank lead D-backs' Organization All-Stars

Duo dominated in Minors before helping team reach World Series
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December 14, 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 Arizona Diamondbacks. 2023 organization summary: Triple-A Reno: 88-62 Double-A

Dezenzo, Loperfido lead Astros Org. All-Stars

Impressive Minor League crop has Houston in a strong position
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December 11, 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 Houston Astros. 2023 organization summary: Triple-A Sugar Land: 61-89

Keith, Jung headline Tigers' Organization All-Stars

Slugging infielders showed production in advancing to upper levels
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November 13, 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 Detroit Tigers. 2023 organization summary: Triple-A Toledo: 70-78 Double-A

Thorpe hurls way to Prospect Pitcher of Year

Fifth-ranked Yankees prospect led the Minors with 182 strikeouts
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October 2, 2023

When the Yankees selected Drew Thorpe 61st overall in the 2022 MLB Draft, they chose to not have him pitch the rest of the season, instead building him up in the weight room for a debut in 2023. That decision paid off immediately, as the 6-foot-4 right-hander turned in one

Seasoned Oklahoma City sweeps to PCL crown

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

Smokies scorch way to first outright title in 45 years

Horton dominates once again as Cubs affiliate wins Southern crown
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September 27, 2023

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

Canadians stake claim to fifth NWL crown

High-A Blue Jays prospects log timely hits, strong pitching in Finals
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September 17, 2023

After coming tantalizingly close to winning a title last season, the Vancouver Canadians were able to reclaim the Northwest League crown on Saturday night in manager Brent Lavallee's second season at the helm. The Blue Jays' High-A affiliate won in convincing fashion, mounting an early lead on the Everett AquaSox

Miller's smash lifts Clearwater into FSL Finals

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

That's Nuts: Peete's first two homers are slams

No. 10 Mariners prospect keys Modesto rally with grand dingers
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August 28, 2023

Despite just turning 18 this month, Tai Peete has already played in a lot of important baseball games. He starred in the 2018 Little League World Series and played on the Team USA circuit before the Mariners drafted him 30th overall in July. But none of those games can compare

Smokies' slugger Caissie sizzling in Southern League

No. 3 Cubs prospect unlocks power potential with new approach
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August 12, 2023

Owen Caissie has long been on scouts' radars. A second-round pick in 2020 from the Canadian prep ranks, he has a sweet left-handed swing with 65-grade power that helped make him a key component of the Cubs' return in the Yu Darvish trade. Caissie has put together solid Minor League

Ramos slugs second-longest '23 Triple-A homer

Reds farmhand launches one for the ages 495 feet at 108 mph
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August 11, 2023

Henry Ramos has hit a lot of homers in his professional career -- 115, to be exact, between the Majors (one), Minors (89) and foreign leagues (25). But certainly none are like the one he shot into the St. Paul, Minn., sky in Thursday night's 8-5 loss to the Saints.

Five at-bats, three homers for OKC's Busch

Dodgers' No. 2 prospect has three multihomer games in 15 outings
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August 10, 2023

As the summer months grow hotter, Michael Busch's bat does too. The Dodgers' No. 2 prospect has been on a power surge lately, highlighted by three home runs over the course of five plate appearances for Triple-A Oklahoma City, two of which came in Wednesday's 6-4 loss to Tacoma at

Dam Breakers, Shantymen get back to nature

West Michigan, Wisconsin lean into fan appreciation for outdoors
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August 8, 2023

Teams in the Midwest League share one thing beyond geography -- fan bases with a passion for the outdoors. Two such High-A clubs showed off their natural sides with alternate identities on July 29, as the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers became the Lake Winnebago Shantymen and the West Michigan Whitecaps played

Hot Dogs steam Burgers in foodie showdown

Reading tops Hartford in battle of scrumptious alternate jerseys
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August 7, 2023

Hot dogs vs. hamburgers is an age-old American debate. Last Tuesday, two teams tried to settle it in Minor League Baseball's version of a cookoff when Double-A Reading and Hartford donned alternate identities in yummy fashion at Dunkin' Park. For one night, the Reading Hot Dogs faced off against the

Hit, run, wallop: Holliday's skill on display for Bowie

MLB's No. 1 prospect draws rave reviews from Double-A skipper
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August 6, 2023

Jackson Holliday put up his best game yet at Double-A Bowie on Saturday. The shortstop went 4-for-5 with a home run and a pair of infield singles in a 9-4 win over Portland -- all as the youngest player in the Eastern League at 19 years old.

Voit slugs his way into Syracuse record books

First player in recorded club history to homer in 6 straight games
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July 29, 2023

Luke Voit may have led the Majors in home runs in 2020, but on Friday, he accomplished a new long ball feat. The slugger is in perhaps the hottest stretch of his career, as he went deep for the sixth straight game in the Triple-A Syracuse Mets' 6-3 win over

Augusta suited for rally with 15 unanswered runs

Braves affiliate sets season-high scoring output in just two frames
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July 28, 2023

There are comebacks, and then there are comebacks in Minor League Baseball, where no lead is safe. Look no further than the Carolina League, where Single-A Augusta scored 15 unanswered runs, all in the last two innings, to stun Charleston in a 15-8 win on Thursday night at Joseph P.

Montgomery making a mad Dash for stardom

Top White Sox prospect on offensive tear since return from injury
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July 24, 2023

Colson Montgomery headed into the 2023 season feeling good. The 2021 first-round pick made it to Double-A in his first full season of pro ball at just 20 years old and earned an invite to big league Spring Training camp. But with things trending in the right direction, earning him

Frelick sounding better on career night at plate

Second-ranked Brewers prospect posts six RBIs in Nashville win
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July 21, 2023

Fully recovering from an injury means more than just returning to the field. For Sal Frelick, working his way back from thumb surgery in April has been an extended process. The No. 17 prospect in all of baseball, per MLB Pipeline, hit well upon his return to Triple-A Nashville in

Mann's homer reignites 'What's a catch' debate

Dodgers prospect gets long ball help from an unexpected source
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July 16, 2023

"What is a catch?" has been a simple, yet crucial question bedeviling sports fans for years. It's one of the most basic plays in sports -- both baseball and football -- but its subjective nature makes for some controversial calls and bizarre plays. The latest entry into the "What is

Nashville becomes Hot Chickens for a weekend

Brewers' Triple-A affiliate brings city's famous food to life
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July 7, 2023

Nashville, Tennessee, is best known for country music. The city's Minor League team, the Sounds, owes its name to the subgenre of country music that became popular in the 1950s. But if there's a close second, it's Nashville hot chicken. The Sounds' mascot, Booster, is a red rooster referencing the

Lookout for runs! Chattanooga sets SL record

Reds' Double-A affiliate plates 29 runs in complete performance
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July 7, 2023

If you were to Google "complete offensive performance," the Chattanooga Lookouts might well have earned the top result. The Reds' Double-A affiliate put on an absolute clinic on Thursday, scoring more runs than it recorded outs, in a 29-3 drubbing of Rocket City. By the second inning, they had already