Minoring in Twitter: Vegas always wins in airport money prank

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

the prank

After a somewhat depressing look behind the curtain at the bus problems facing Minor Leaguers last week, we switch gears and present the Las Vegas 51s and their dugout prank that ended up fooling every opportunistic airline traveler who walked by. You know the trick: a player connects a baseball to a fishing line or piece of string and tosses it over the dugout roof, only to pull it back from wide-eyed fans. Take a look:

How many people can say they’ve been publicly pranked by an entire team of New York Mets prospects? But Anthony Seratelli also has a softer side — look at his view of Mt. Rainier from the air, after he was done stealing money from old men:

And he also posted this gem from PhotoBooth:

Here’s your sneak peak at the Ninja Turtle uniforms Fresno is making its players wear next month:

Ever wonder if all ballplayers wear sunscreen or are, like, magically immune from getting sunburned, despite being out in the sun every day for seven months?

Free life advice from Rangers prospect Luke Jackson:

Here’s Yadiel Rivera, a shortstop with Double-A Huntsville, showing off his fingers:

The Syracuse Chiefs are now the most mohawked team in the Minors:

Great Falls left-hander Eric Skoglund is documenting the consequences of teammate Eric Stout, who lost some bet or game or whatever and is now toting around a rock that resembles a poorly drawn face:

Uh, what?

How ugly is this couch? It looks like the Duck Dynasty guys should be wearing it:

Louisville’s Kris Negron got some goody bags:

Oakland catcher Nick Rickles hasn’t played this season — we’re assuming you’re just hurt, Nick. But you can appreciate his latest selfie:

Bat Boy Tweet of the Week:

For those of you who enjoy Twitter and Minor Leaguers who use Twitter (that’s why you’re here, right?), you may appreciate this list:

Minor League Bus Drama of the Week

Last week, we covered the various bus-related issues plaguing the Minors, from shredded tires to missing drivers to seven-hour delays. This week, we heard that Hillsboro’s bus broke down en route to Vancouver, a seven-hour drive on a good day. The Hops got in late and played their game on three hours’ sleep, beating the Canadians, 13-3, on July 22.

The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes’ bus broke down in Bakersfield and the team found the most bad-ass truck ever to haul it away. Seriously, how powerful is that truck that it can carry a bus?

It’s not:

Moving on, someone is hungry:

When you’re a first-round pick, you get free stickers mailed to you in the Gulf Coast League. Just ask Cole Tucker:

Clinton’s Isaiah Yates is a gourmet chef:

Here’s more Reds Minor Leaguers invading Party City:

Cole Tucker’s grandma is named “Gooch,” like the nickname of Major League umpire Chris Guccione. And holy smokes, he has 346 unread text messages? What?

Cubs No. 4 prospect C.J. Edwards trying to look cool in Mesa:

Louisville’s Chad Rogers is ready for Shark Week on Discovery:

Bored at his hotel, Jupiter’s Colby Suggs bought a dozen donuts. Did he share them?

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

Surely, Minor Leaguers have helped Chipotle rise to the elite levels of the American restaurant industry. Here’s a pictorial on how to eat Chipotle:

#FACT? #FALSE.

Wow, what’s the world coming to?

Prospect Roundup: Games of July 24

By Jake Seiner / MiLB.com

MiLB.com game stories:

Yankees OF Zoilo Almonte spreads out three-homer effort

Cubs RHP Pierce Johnson snaps skid with six scoreless

Dodgers OF Joc Pederson hits go-ahead grand slam 

Astros RHP Mark Appel goes career-long six innings in win

Indians RHP Toru Murata carries no-hit bid into sixth inning

Angels LHP Nate Smith holds own in pitchers’ duel

Tigers RHP Jonathon Crawford dominates for Whitecaps

Rangers RHP Justin Germano throws three-hitter for Express

Marlins RHP Jacob Smigelski spins one-hit start for Muckdogs

Other top prospect performances:

Cubs SS Javier Baez, Triple-A Iowa: 2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI, R, 2 K — Baez is on another hot streak in Iowa, hitting .366 with three homers in his past 10 games. He also has been making more starts at second base since Arismendy Alcantara was promoted. It’s a bit of a mystery what Chicago is going to do with Baez as far as a timeline for reaching to the Majors, but it wouldn’t be shocking if the Cubs wait until Baez shows he can consistently dominate at Triple-A before the call comes. The team certainly has no reason to rush the 21-year-old.

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Prospect Roundup: Games of July 23

By Jake Seiner / MiLB.com

MiLB.com features:

Stock Watch: Twins RHP Jose Berrios bounding up charts

MiLB.com game stories:

White Sox 1B Andy Wilkins continues powerful tear with Knights

Nationals RHP A.J. Cole stays in command for Chiefs

Cubs 1B Dan Vogelbach goes opposite field twice in D-Cubs’ win

Yankees OF Tyler Austin starting to bring Thunder at plate

Royals OF Bubba Starling flirts with cycle for Blue Rocks

Braves LHP Matt Marksberry marks territory for R-Braves

Phillies LHP Brandon Leibrandt shines with dad in stands

Padres SS Trea Turner collects four hits, raises average to .444

Padres OF Rymer Liriano debuts in Chihuahuas’ wild win

Cardinals RHP Sam Gaviglio bounces back with two-hit outing

Other top prospect performances:

Twins RHP Alex Meyer, Triple-A Rochester: 6 IP, 5 H, 8 K — Meyer had issued four walks in each of his last three starts, so it was a move in the right direction that he allowed no free passes Wednesday. The 6-foot-9 University of Kentucky product has shown flashes of brilliance with bouts of inconsistency sprinkled in, too. The upside is tremendous, but even if his command doesn’t take another step forward, Meyer at least has the look of a shutdown, late-innings reliever. (more…)

Notable Quotables: Soler, Berrios, Turley, Ranaudo

Jorge Soler, Cubs OF: After watching Jorge Soler homer twice and drive in a career-high five runs, Tennessee manager Buddy Bailey ruminated on the Cubs future with Soler, Kris Bryant and Javier Baez all in starring roles. Each has played for Bailey in the last year.

“As an organization we’re fortunate that we have kids like Javy Baez, and now Bryant has come on the scene and now him [Soler]. I don’t know who’s got more or who is going to hit more down the road. I know that all of them have the potential to be really good in the upper tier of a Major League lineup from what I’ve witnessed. It’s a nice little trio as far as that type of hitter.”

Soler has since been promoted to Iowa and is expected to make his Triple-A debut Wednesday night.

Jorge Soler

Roger C. Hoover/Tennessee Smokies

Jose Berrios, Twins RHP: For a player whose fastball can reach 96 mph, the hardest part is taking it down a notch when it’s needed. Especially someone who is having major success with said fastball, as Jose Berrios is this year. (more…)

Prospect Roundup: Games of July 22

By Jake Seiner / MiLB.com

MiLB.com news:

Blue Jays RHP Aaron Sanchez gets call-up to Major Leagues

Padres pick up RHP Rafael De Paula from Yankees for Chase Headley

Cubs promote OF Jorge Soler, Albert Almora

MiLB.com game stories:

Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy rebounds with three-hit outing

Marlins LHP Andrew Heaney carries perfecto into seventh

Pirates RHP Tyler Glasnow gets comfortable, stays scoreless

White Sox 1B Andy Wilkins blasts two more homers for Knights

Mets LHP Blake Taylor deploys new changeup in one-hit outing

Yankees 3B Rob Segedin quickly acclimates to Triple-A

Yankees LHP Manny Banuelos takes the fifth for Trenton

Orem takes first-half Pioneer League South title

Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard adapting to life in PCL

Other top prospect performances:

White Sox 2B Micah Johnson, Triple-A Charlotte: 3-for-5, HR, RBI, R — The speedy Indiana product hasn’t been quite as impactful on the bases this year, swiping 19 bags in 30 tries a year after accruing 84 stolen bases. He has been proficient at the plate, slashing .315/.369/.432 between Double-A and Triple-A. Johnson has an offense-first profile at second that will probably prove more valuable to fantasy owners than to a Major League team, if only because of his stolen-base potential. (more…)

Prospect Roundup: Games of July 21

By Jake Seiner / MiLB.com

MiLB.com news:

Indians SS Francisco Lindor promoted to Triple-A Columbus

Mariners OF Alex Jackson gets X-rays after taking liner off face

MiLB.com game stories:

Twins C Mitch Garver slams three homers for Kernels

Durham manager Charlie Montoyo becomes Bulls’ all-time wins leader

D-backs RHP Aaron Blair bests Reds RHP Ben Lively in debut

Braves RHP Jason Hursh makes adjustment in scoreless start

Blue Jays RHP Taylor Cole takes Minors strikeout lead with 12 K’s

Tigers LHP Kevin Ziomek fans career-high 11 batters for ‘Caps

Spokane clinches NWL North first-half title on last day

Other top prospect performances:

Rays LHP Enny Romero, Triple-A Durham: 6 IP, 6 H, ER, 3 BB, 4 K — Romero entered the year a remarkably raw talent for someone with so much success in the upper Minors, but he’s struggled to repeat his delivery and find the strike zone this year. Montoyo said this was Romero’s best start this season — the 23-year-old repeated his delivery and found the strike zone more often with his mid-90s heater and changeup. The curveball is still a work in progress for Romero, but the ceiling is very high for the lefty, who could still be a year or more away from regular action in the Majors. (more…)

Prospect Roundup: Games of July 20

By Jake Seiner / MiLB.com

MiLB.com games stories:

Cubs SS Addison Russell gets pranked on career day

White Sox RHP Tony Bucciferro comes painfully close to no-no

Suns C Austin Barnes’ power surge boosts Jacksonville

Mets RHP John Gant flirts with no-hitter for Sand Gnats

Cubs SS Javier Baez extends hitting streak to 14 games

Angels RHP Caleb Clay turns in shutout

Reds OF Aristides Aquino slugs two more homers for Mustangs

Phillies RHP Mark Leiter tosses five-hit shutout for Threshers

Giants RHP Jose Reyes goes long into the night for Volcanoes

D-backs RHP Markus Solbach goes the distance for Hawks

Other top prospect performances:

Nationals OF Michael Taylor, Double-A Harrisburg: 3-for-7, HR, 2 RBI, R, 3 K — The homer was Taylor’s 20th on the season, a milestone in a breakout campaign for the 23-year-old. Taylor draws rave reviews for his defensive work in center and offers a rare power/speed combination at the plate. High strikeout rates may limit the utility of those tools at the highest level, but he’s proving this year he can shine despite the whiffs. 

Braves 2B Jose Peraza, Double-A Mississippi: 3-for-5, 3B, 2 R, RBI — The 20-year-old continues to dominate the Southern League and appears nearly ready for a look at a higher level. The Braves say there’s a good chance Peraza will head to the Arizona Fall League at year’s end for some extra reps. If all goes well, you have to figure the speedster could threaten for playing time in Atlanta at some point in 2015.

Cubs OF Albert Almora, Class A Advanced Daytona: 4-for-5, 2 R — After a slow start, Almora has really hit his stride in the Florida State League, hitting .377 with 10 extra-base hits in 16 July games. The 20-year-old hit for the cycle last week and has his triple slash up to .281/.306/.398.

Astros LHP Josh Hader, Class A Advanced Lancaster: 5 IP, 3 H, BB, 7 K — The 20-year-old has dominated California League hitters all season, posting a 2.46 ERA with 105 strikeouts in 95 innings. Perhaps most impressive, the lefty has a 2.88 ERA in 50 innings at home, and Lancaster plays in one of the most hitter-friendly parks in all of baseball.

Red Sox 2B Wendell Rijo, Class A Greenville: 2-for-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R — The 5-foot-11 infielder can generate impressive bat speed for his size. He won’t be a huge power threat but has the ability to drive the ball into the gaps. He’s also shown a willingness to take a walk as a 19-year-old in full season ball and is slashing .265/.351/.423 on the year.

Yankees C Luis Torrens, Class A Short Season Staten Island: 2-for-4, 3B, RBI, R, K — I got to see Torrens in action a couple weeks ago, and the arm strength and athleticism are readily apparent in the 18-year-old Venezuelan. The homer was his first in the New York-Penn League, and he still needs to add strength to his 6-foot frame to hit for any kind of regular power. The upside is an athletic backstop with good defensive tools and a knack for hard contact at the plate, and Torrens is already showing some polish with a .397/.438/.632 triple slash with Staten Island.

Indians C Francisco Mejia, Class A Short Season Mahoning Valley: 3-for-4, HR, 2B, 4 R, 2 RBI, K — Scouting reviews on the switch-hitting catcher coming into this season were stellar, and the 18-year-old has started to back those with outstanding results of late. Mejia is 9-for-21 with five extra-base hits in his past four games and is slashing .264/.324/.380 for the season.

Prospect Roundup: Games of July 19

By Jake Seiner / MiLB.com

MiLB.com game stories

Indians 1B Jerrud Sabourin completes cycle as Mudcats roll

Red Sox C Blake Swihart backs LHP Henry Owens’ gem for Sea Dogs

Orioles 1B Christian Walker makes quick impact with Tides

Cardinals RHP Zach Petrick hurls two-hitter at Sky Sox

Astros RHP Chris Devenski takes no-hitter into seventh

Astros RHP Michael Feliz fans season-high eight

Rangers OF Zach Cone paces attack in Spokane romp

D-backs 2B Garrett Weber continues PCL domination

Yankees LHP Caleb Smith shines in FSL debut with six zeros

Other top prospect performances:

Twins RHP Jose Berrios, Double-A New Britain: 6 IP, 4 H, ER, 5 K — After dominating the Florida State League for 16 starts, the Twins finally bumped Berrios to the Eastern League in early July. This was his second outing, and reports from the team had him up to 101 mph on the stadium gun. That seems almost too high to believe for the 20-year-old Puerto Rican, but the righty can bring some big heat and has made big strides with his pitchability this season.

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Prospect Roundup: Games of July 18

By Jake Seiner / MiLB.com

MiLB.com games stories:

Twins OF Byron Buxton homers, survives hit-by-pitch scare

Nationals RHP Austin Voth puts on another show for P-Nats

Pirates RHP Adrian Sampson takes no-hitter into ninth

Dodgers 1B Justin Chigbogu ties record with three homers

Dodgers OF Joc Pederson hits first home since shoulder injury

Red Sox OF Alex Hassan goes yard in fourth straight for PawSox

Cubs RHP Jen-Ho Tseng stays on fast track with another gem

Giants RHP Kendry Flores outlasts Julio Urias, stays strong of late

Rays 1B Casey Gillaspie plates career-high five runs for Renegades

Other top prospect performances:

Cubs 3B Kris Bryant, Triple-A Iowa: 2-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, R, K — Bryant and teammate Javier Baez both went deep for the second consecutive game. Bryant now has 33 homers for the season, including 11 in 26 Triple-A games. The 22-year-old has a .718 slugging percentage split between Double-A and Triple-A.

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Prospect Roundup: Games of July 17

MiLB.com game stories:

Phillies OF Roman Quinn ends slump, plates five for Threshers

A’s OF Shane Peterson homers three times for River Cats

D-backs 1B Trevor Mitsui hits for cycle in 27th career game

Cubs SS/2B Javier Baez impresses with bat, at new position

Orioles OF Mike Yastrzemski goes 4-for-5 in Bowie debut

Cubs SS Addison Russell’s homer sparks Smokies to win

White Sox 3B Matt Davidson caps homer barrage for Charlotte

Pirates RHP Brandon Cumpton toughs out win for Indy

Marlins RHP Jay Rogers fires first shutout in four years

Mariners RHP Victor Diaz deals dominant stuff for LumberKings

Other top prospect performances:

Cubs 3B Kris Bryant, Triple-A Iowa: 3-for-5, HR, 2B, 2 R, RBI, K — It’s a nice day in the Chicago pipeline when Bryant, Baez, Soler and Russell all homer. The third baseman now has 10 homers in 25 games with the I-Cubs, as the Triple-A level hasn’t slowed his bat at all. It’d be surprising if Bryant doesn’t get a look in Chicago come September, if not before.

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