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Ben's Biz: Weird memories from ballpark road trips

A collection of the most bizzare instances over 13 seasons of travel
April 26, 2024

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE. Last month, a newsletter reader named Karen emailed the following question: “What is the most

De Vries picks up first 4 RBIs of young career

MLB's No. 1 international prospect in '24 heats up with Storm
April 26, 2024

It’s often said to not let a shooter on the basketball court see one go through the net, lest they heat up and find their rhythm. That might be an apt analogy for Leodalis De Vries, the No. 1 international prospect in the 2024 class, who excelled on the basketball

A Storm's a-brewin: De Vries collects first two hits

Padres' teenage phenom reaches safely three times in second game
April 24, 2024

In recent years, the Padres have shown they are not afraid to push their top prospects. For the second straight season, they are starting a 17-year-old No. 1 international prospect at Single-A Lake Elsinore rather than in rookie ball, and in turn, challenging him from the moment he enters the

Padres' De Vries heading to Lake Elsinore

Top '24 international prospect bumped up at 17 years old
April 21, 2024

The Padres signed the top prospect of his international class. They brought him over stateside in his first professional spring, and his Minor League debut will come at a full-season level. Sound familiar?

Don't sleep on these loaded MiLB teams

It didn't take long for these squads to get in the swing of things
April 9, 2024

Following last Friday’s second Opening Day, all four full-season levels of Minor League Baseball are officially playing their 2024 regular seasons. That has given us a few days to take in and digest rosters across Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Single-A to determine the best of the best. Some are loaded

Salas, Lesko form formidable duo on and off field

Padres prospects at home as TinCaps roommates, batterymates
April 7, 2024

When Ethan Salas and Dylan Lesko learned they were going to begin the 2024 season together at High-A, they quickly decided to room together. One start into the season and that relationship between two of the top Padres prospects is already paying off.

Chihuahuas, Isotopes combine for 14 runs in ninth

Triple-A Padres, Isotopes end weekend with a lot of late fireworks
March 31, 2024

Minor League games are known for the strange, remarkable and wacky, but some games even exceed those expectations. Enter the El Paso Chihuahuas and Albuquerque Isotopes.

These 10 hats took the crown in 2023

Minor League clubs create fan favorites with fun, fashion
January 12, 2024

From historic to anthropomorphic, Minor League hats are something else. They can represent the city, the culture, the cuisine, and they look good doing it. For the sixth straight season, MiLB celebrates National Hat Day by looking at some of the top-selling Minor League caps per New Era and

This season's most improved farm systems

Six organizations that made the biggest leap in 2023
December 27, 2023

We talk about breakout prospects all the time, like Ethan Salas going from being a 16-year-old new signee to a Double-A player in just a few months or Junior Caminero starting the season outside the Top 100 and ending it at No. 6 (and likely higher by the time of

These prospects rebounded in a big way in 2023

A dozen players got their careers back on track with big seasons
December 25, 2023

Some prospects never struggle on their way to the Major Leagues. For example, the first two guys on our Top 100 Prospects list, Orioles shortstop Jackson Holliday and Brewers outfielder Jackson Chourio, have yet to taste failure in pro ball. They're the exceptions, however. Most prospects face adversity at some

See the ol' ballgame in a new way at these parks

These six Minor League teams offer up different sights and sounds
December 20, 2023

Looking for a respite from the sameness of the seat and the banality of the berm? Then consider visiting these six Minor League ballparks. You can watch the game from a unique and memorable location at each one. - Ballpark Guides Presented by Wyndham for EVERY Minor League team -

Ben's Biz MiLB roundup: New logos unveiled

Rome, Lake Elsinore, Erie, Winston-Salem & IronPigs refresh looks
November 25, 2023

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Salas, Snelling highlight Padres' Organization All-Stars

San Diego's teen stars usher in the new era headed to Petco Park
October 19, 2023

Each offseason, 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 San Diego Padres. 2023 organization summary: Triple-A El Paso:

The Show Before the Show: Episode 428

Padres' Pauley chats AFL start, 2023 breakout season
October 13, 2023

Check out the latest episodes of The Show Before the Show,'s official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review on Apple Podcasts. The podcast is also available via Spotify, Megaphone and other

Double trouble: Marsee turns up the power

No. 12 Padres prospect leads long ball barrage with two homers
October 6, 2023

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Jakob Marsee quickly has made a name for himself in pro ball, going from a sixth-round pick out of Central Michigan in 2022 to a prospect whom clubs asked the Padres about in trade talks this summer. Marsee is a well-rounded player yet not particularly known for

Copa celebrations bring la Diversión

Modesto, Columbia celebrate Latin culture with ballpark festivities
September 8, 2023

Each month, spotlights an aspect of Copa de la Diversión, Minor League Baseball's Hispanic fan engagement initiative sponsored by Nationwide, the program's official insurance partner. This edition celebrates the unique ballpark entertainment that lives up to the spirit of the Copa program. Check out our look at the similar

Snelling, Salas team up for five hitless frames

No. 3 Padres prospect fans 9 with 17-year-old as his backstop
August 31, 2023

In the past couple of weeks, the news surrounding the Padres' affiliate in San Antonio revolved around Ethan Salas becoming the youngest Double-A player since 2014. On Wednesday night, Robby Snelling entered the conversation, one that did still feature Salas. The No. 3 left-handed pitching prospect in baseball per MLB

Road to The Show™: Prospects' postseason push

Holliday, Salas among biggest names impacting playoff picture
August 29, 2023

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. While many clubs are battling for the final postseason spots, others have already booked their playoff tickets with

Walk-off caps teen Salas' first Double-A game

Top Padres prospect doubles to give Missions victory in the 10th
August 23, 2023

By virtue of merely suiting up for Double-A San Antonio on Tuesday night, Ethan Salas made history by becoming the first player to appear at the level at 17 years old since 2014. But Salas didn’t just put on his gear -- he ripped a walk-off double in the 10th

17-year-old Salas heading to Double-A (report)

Top Padres prospect will move up to his third level of the year
August 20, 2023

Ethan Salas won’t turn 18 years old until June 2024. But the Padres' top prospect continues to rise up the Minor League ranks. Salas, MLB Pipeline’s No. 5 prospect, has been promoted to Double-A San Antonio, according to multiple reports. The club has not confirmed the news. The 17-year-old catcher

Merrill manufactures runs in ways great, small

No. 2 Padres prospect launches 13th tater of year, steals home
August 18, 2023

With each passing day, Jackson Merrill is proving to be one of the most dynamic players in the Minors. MLB Pipeline's No. 9 overall prospect left the yard and also swiped home for Double-A San Antonio, which fell to Midland, 9-4, on Thursday night at Nelson Wolff Stadium. The performance

The Road to The Show™: Padres’ Snelling

No. 76 overall prospect shows dominance in first taste of pro ball
August 8, 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 Padres fourth-ranked prospect Robby Snelling. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. With multiple options in front of him coming out

Summer of Salas sweeping Cal League circuit

No. 2 Padres prospect delivers first pro four-hit outing for Storm
July 27, 2023

From the moment the Padres inked Ethan Salas to a professional contract in January, the preternaturally gifted catcher has carried lofty expectations. His first foray into the affiliate ball ranks has proven that not only can the 17-year-old carry his own, he’s lapping any preconceived notions of how quickly a

Merrill still mashing, but now on a Mission

After three-hit game, top Padres prospect batting .321 at Double-A
July 21, 2023

Jackson Merrill has officially brought his sweet-swinging ways to Alamo City. MLB’s No. 9 overall prospect launched his first Double-A home run -- his 11th dinger of the year -- as part of his second straight three-hit effort in the San Antonio Missions’ 10-3 loss. The 20-year-old has hit safely

Add HR streak, multihomer game to Salas' resume

Padres' 17-year-old prospect racking up milestones with the Storm
July 7, 2023

It's only 28 games into the career of 17-year-old Ethan Salas, but he's already living up to the advance billing. On Thursday, the second-ranked Padres prospect added a couple more superlatives to his burgeoning resume. First, Salas extended his home run streak to three straight games for Single-A Lake Elsinore.