Minoring in Twitter: Uncovering the mystery of Mississippi’s elevator

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

The Jacksonville Suns got stuck in an elevator this week, but they actually looked pretty content considering:

Until it got a little old. I think he means “Wants to kill” but you get the idea:

OK, now here’s where things get interesting. I’m no detective, but you may recall a previous Minoring in Twitter that featured another Southern League team, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, also getting stranded in an elevator:

That was April 8, when Pensacola was at Mississippi. Jacksonville’s photo was from May 25, when they were playing in? Mississippi.

And look at the same wood paneling in both elevator photos:

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Are the Mississippi Braves trying to sabotage visiting teams by trapping them inside elevators before games?

Todd Van Steensel weighed in, calling out a typo:

Among the best #MiLBProblems tweets I’ve seen:

Here’s a bunch of goats with red noses:

Minor League Bus Tweet of the Week

Don’t even bother trying to top this one:

Bryce Denton has some serious forearms:

What do you do if you’re a Minor Leaguer, you’re hungry and your hotel doesn’t have crummy frozen bagels or generic Cherrios for breakfast?

You find someone to make you breakfast — that’s what Astros Minor Leaguer Cy Sneed did. Sneed’s Twitter bio begins “I love my smokin hot wife, a lot” … even more now that she evidently whipped up this meal for the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks right-hander:

Here’s another gem from Sneed:

Seriously, he really loves his wife’s cooking skills:

Here’s more from our favorite Twins prospect, TVS, who shares his growing adoration for “Beauty and the Beast” and takes us for a ride through the team’s Fort Myers complex:

We also got a look into his locker:

Bus fun:

Here’s some Memorial Day cleats, although to my knowledge, no branch of the military uses this camo pattern:

Here’s a young(er) Terry Collins:

 

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

We’re back after Minor Leaguers went silent for two weeks on Chipotle:

Although Josh Ockimey isn’t loyal to Chipotle, as evidenced by this tweet earlier in the month:

Minoring in Twitter: Helicopters, kangaroos, BBQ and a Benjie flashback

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

How awesome is this? Durham had a helicopter fly over and dry the infield ahead of Thursday’s game:

Creative way to dry the field in Durham.

A video posted by @josh_whetzel on

That time Nashville’s Matt Olson made a new friend:

When does Bryce Denton stop grinding? We ask ourselves this question almost daily. Finally, this week, we got the answer:

Charlotte’s Tim Anderson shows off his little one:

Fort Myers is hosting a couple Major League rehabbers, and that means one thing to Todd Van Steensel:

I guess Richmond’s Jake Smith got some early birthday gifts? He turns 26 on June 2:

Jacksonville’s Tyler Higgins should turn off his phone and conserve the battery:

J.P. Crawford, baseball’s top offensive prospect, was promoted to Triple-A:

Things could be worse though, right?

Akron’s Adam Plutko wears yoga pants on his days off:

Hungry?

Bengie Molina checking in with a Midwest League flashback:

Of course there was this GIF that made it around the internets:

Here’s some guys with purple skin:

One perk of working in ballparks? Free food:

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

Second straight week without a Chipotle mention on Twitter. Sorry. Don’t blame me.

 

Giolito on pitching coach Katz

By Josh Jackson / MiLB.com

This week’s Cal League notebook recounts how Ethan Katz went from looking for his next pro contract to working with some of the country’s most elite high school and college arms to serving as a pitching coach in the Minor League systems of the Angels and the Mariners.

Lucas Giolito, who worked under Katz as a high school student at Los Angeles’ Harvard-Westlake, had lots to say about his former mentor, with whom he keeps in touch.

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“He really introduced a lot of things to me about the work ethic that comes with being a pitcher at a high level. We worked a lot on repeating delivery. We did so many drills, so many drills to be able to repeat your mechanics well and put balls where you want them.”

“He always cares about his pitchers so much. He has an intense desire to see his pitchers have success. He works as hard as he can to make sure that happens, when it comes to all sorts of things. I remember him charting bullpens with pen and paper, which is not something you see very often.”

“I haven’t used him so much during the season, because I’ve got coaches and coordinators who are seeing me every day here…. Every once in a while I can always contact him about something I’m doing wrong, or what I’m feeling mechanically or mentally when I’m pitching. It’s a great relationship we’ve built over many years, especially when I went through Tommy John rehab, which is something he went through in his career, too. He’s a great resource to turn to.”

Minoring in Twitter: Space cadets, dogs, a turkey and time travel

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Brett Phillips’ three-homer game was out of this world:

Speaking of space cadets:

Jeff Hoffman‘s life is pretty good. He was a first-round pick two years ago, he received $3 million to sign, he’s the Rockies’ No. 4 prospect, he can throw a 99 mph fastball, he’s already reached Triple-A and he comes home to a pair of smiling faces:

Indians prospect Dace Kime was by far the ugliest baby that Indians prospect Dace Kime has ever seen:

It’s been a while since we caught up with Dace. What’s he been up to? Same ol’, sounds like:

Todd Van Steensel needs some quiet time:

All the Rays’ Kyle McKenzie wanted to do was watch some TV while he got his tires rotated, but this guy had another idea:

Yankees right-hander Matt Wotherspoon owns a 0.78 ERA this season out of the bullpen, but he’s evidently even more effective vs. turkeys:

Astros third base prospect Marc Wik could really go for some hot wings:

You know who probably also loves buffalo wings? Jim Thome. Has anyone ever seen Marc Wik and Jim Thome together? Am I wrong?

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You heard it here first:

Our favorite rapping Cubs prospect is back again this week with another passenger seat hit:

Phillies top prospect J.P. Crawford now has three dogs, in case you’ve lost track:

Visit Fort Myers!

Wait. Where am I?  Do they have a Waffle House here?

Who somehow forgets Emmanuelle Chriqui and hates Will Ferrell?

What happened to Dodgers prospect Zach Walters?

Only he knows, I guess:

Chipotle Tweet of the Week

Nothing. If you can find a Minor Leaguer who tweeted about Chipotle this past week, send it along. I’m disappointed.

I will take this opportunity, though, to point out that Chipotle almost never has a full supply of fajita veggies to add to your burrito bowl. There’s always, like, three slices of green pepper left and they can’t even pick it out of the container. Fix it, Chipotle.

You know I’m not making this up; I  literally just googled “chipotle fajita veggies empty” and found this photo:

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Minoring in Twitter: Cubs prospect Williamson breaks out rap skills

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

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Cubs prospect John Williamson was a 23rd-round pick in last year’s Draft out of Rice, and he’s appeared in six games this season at Class A. That’s all well and good … but did you know the South Bend Cub owns some major freestyling skills and, well, watch and listen for yourself:

Yahoo actually wrote a story on his clubhouse rapping, noting the left-hander from Houston “released an album under his rap name Swilson on iTunes back in February.”

Swilson? In this video he seems to call himself “J-Willy, the freestyle pro.”

CSN Chicago chimed in, calling Williamson’s rap “the freshest thing you’ll hear all day.” Barstool Sports asked, “This is actually good. It’s good, right? I don’t really know.”

Here’s another of Williamson going hard in the passenger seat:

So yeah, support your local Cubs prospect on iTunes:

The Durham Bulls were quick to poke fun at Donald Trump’s Cindo de Mayo taco tweet on Thursday:

Meanwhile, on Cinco de Mayo in Chattanooga:

Mmmm … four pounds of nachos in a batting helmet…

Marlins right-hander Tyler Higgins admitted he had an addiction problem with Mountain Dew:

You know Mountain Dew, the green beverage that includes brominatated vegetable oil, a substance similar to what is used in pesticides, disinfectants, flame retardants and swimming pool cleaners.

Iowa Cubs infielder Kris Negron considered wearing Spiderman socks on Thursday:

Minor Leaguers tweet their girlfiends

Minor Leaguers are also gearing up for Mother’s Day this weekend:

Minor League bus drama

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

Dedication:

Cal notes extra: San Jose’s Frickles Melt

By Josh Jackson / MiLB.com

With MiLB.com’s Food Fight in full swing, this week welcomed a very special edition of the California League notebook. In addition to the inside scoop on Rancho Cucamonga’s Loaded Tremor Tots and High Desert’s Dude Burrito and Stockton’s Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos, we’ve got the story of San Jose’s Frickles Melt from the team’s food and beverage supervisor, Tara Tallman.

The Frickles Melt is a sandwich containing deep-fried pickles from Frickles — a company based in Angels Camp, California —  white cheddar cheese, sharp cheddar cheese and garlic butter spread toasted on garlic sourdough bread.

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MiLB.com: A grilled cheese isn’t exactly rare, but it’s not a standard ballpark item, and the Frickles Melt goes beyond a normal grilled cheese. How did you guys come up with it?

Tallman: We decided to join in on the recent grilled cheese craze and create a grilled cheese stand at the ballpark. Who doesn’t love a good grilled cheese sandwich? We have been serving Frickles at Municipal Stadium for years now, in support of a local vendor and longtime San Jose Giants friend and fan, and when he heard we were going to be serving grilled cheese sandwiches he shared one of his favorite recipes with us: the Frickles Melt! We fell in love with the idea and decided to make it happen.

MiLB.com: How long have you guys been serving the sandwich?

Tallman: This is our first season serving Frickle Melts. We just opened our grilled cheese stand this season.

MiLB.com: Are Frickles Pickles big in San Jose? Sourdough is obviously iconic to the Bay Area.… Are there other local ingredients or parts of the melt that come from local businesses? Gilroy garlic, or anything like that?

Tallman: Frickles are quickly gaining popularity in the Bay Area as a whole, and we are excited to be one of the biggest venues where they are sold. The bread we use is also from a local bakery, and while the garlic spread we use for the bread doesn’t come from a local vendor, we are continuously looking for ways to support the local economy and are hoping to find a garlic spread that fits our “homegrown” theme and compliments the Frickles Melt at the same time.

MiLB.com: What do you believe makes it a great candidate for Food Fight?

Tallman: We were very excited to start serving Frickles Melts this season, and because it is something that most people hadn’t heard of, we thought it would be perfect.

MiLB.com: It’s one of the few non-dessert vegetarian friendly options in Food Fight. Was that an intention decision? Say, not to add bacon or a slice of ham or some such?

Tallman: We believe in this case that less is more. Between the flavors of the Frickles and both the white and sharp cheddar cheeses, along with the crunch of the garlic buttered bread, there is plenty going on to keep your taste buds happy!

MiLB.com: You have the iconic sourdough, and garlic. Was adding another iconic California ingredient — avocado — ever discussed? Any other alternative ingredients?

Tallman: We have not discussed adding avocado, but as the season continues I’m sure we will try adding different toppings to our standard grilled cheese sandwiches. However, we believe the Frickle Melt is perfect as is!

MiLB.com: Where in the ballpark can fans find them?

Tallman: They can find the Frickle Melts at the Santa Clara Valley Brewing stand, along with our delicious grilled cheese sandwiches.

MiLB.com: What does one cost?

Tallman: $9.50. It’s a steal!

Cal notes extra: Stockton’s special nachos

By Josh Jackson / MiLB.com

With MiLB.com’s Food Fight in full swing, this week welcomed a very special edition of the California League notebook. In addition to the inside scoop on Rancho Cucamonga’s Loaded Tremor Tots, High Desert’s Dude Burrito and San Jose’s Frickles Melt, we’ve got the story of Stockton’s new Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos from Ports director of marketing Taylor McCarthy.

The Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos are corn tortilla chips covered in jalapeno cheese sauce, deep-fried onion straws, chives, sour cream and pulled pork.

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MiLB.com: Nachos are a ballpark staple, and pulled pork sandwiches aren’t a way-out-there item, but how did you guys come up with the hybrid that is the Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos?

McCarthy: We were doing sampling one night for pulled pork sandwiches and we ran out of buns, so we decided to throw them on tortilla chips to see how they tasted. The focus group who sampled it really enjoyed it. Once they liked it, we decided to add a few extra ingredients and introduce it to the fans.  

MiLB.com: Is there anything that makes these nachos a no-brainer item for Stockton? Are there any local ingredients that come from local businesses?

McCarthy: Here in the Central Valley, we have a large Hispanic population, so a dish like this we felt was something our fan base could really get behind. We also have local ingredients — Mi Rancho is a local business in the area, and we use their tortilla chips for this dish.

MiLB.com: Was adding avocado — an ingredient that would further California-ize that Carolina flavor — ever discussed?

McCarthy: Yes, they were discussed, but ultimately it increased the price to the customers. We wanted to keep the price down for them, so that it was a better value and more affordable.

MiLB.com: What do you guys think makes the Carolina BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos a great candidate for Food Fight?

McCarthy: It’s definitely very unique and unlike most nacho dishes you will find. When you think of nachos you typically think of cheese sauce, jalapenos and salsa, but this really takes it a step further by adding a BBQ twist with the pulled pork. On top of that, the dish still features your authentic nacho ingredients like sour cream, cheese sauce and the corn tortilla chips. Additions like the chives and the deep-fried onion straws just take it a step further and really bring out the flavor.

Are you guys encouraging fans at the ballpark to go online and vote for your nachos?

McCarthy: Yes, very much so. We have a very strong social media following (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) that we are pushing this hard on right now on top of other in-house marketing efforts like our website and email newsletters. It’s been helpful that we are in the middle of a seven-game home stand right now as well, so we’ve been promoting on our videoboard to correspond with our in-game Public Address announcements. We’ve also included the information and how to vote in our game day magazines (game programs given to fans for free each game).

MiLB.com: Where in the ballpark can fans find them?

McCarthy: Fans can find these out in center field in our new Centerfield Micro Pub.

MiLB.com: What does an order of them cost?

McCarthy: $9.00 

Minoring in Twitter: Life in the Minors, featuring leaky buses, pharmacy dining and dirty laundry

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

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Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and sometimes it rains inside the Minor League team bus you’re riding in for a series in Buffalo:

Cody Reed wants as much Chick-fil-A as he can fit into his mouth, but just remember, not on Sundays:

Cardinals 2015 second-round pick Bryce Denton says he ain’t scared of nobody:

Who among us hasn’t worn the same boxers for two weeks?

Who among us hasn’t enjoyed some fine dining at a CVS Pharmacy?

Hey, you don’t need to be a Minor Leaguer to enjoy highway traffic:

Okay then…

Time to find a new hotel. Or sleep on the bus:

Twins prospect Todd Van Steensel is apparently the type of guy who considers $78 T-shirts:

The Snappers read to little kids — a lot of them:

Alex Bregman wants you to buy his baseball card, which features him Photoshopped into an Astros helmet and jersey:

Same for Andrew Benintendi:

Here’s the uniform he was really wearing:

Four fans stuck around to watch the Salt Lake-El Paso game Tuesday:

The Double-A Arkansas Travelers avoided some twisters:

After seeing himself on a baseball card, Alex Bregman cooled off in this comfortable ice bath:

Twins top pitching prospect Jose Berrios got called up to Minnesota for his debut on Wednesday:

Don’t sleep on a Minor League bus:

Minor Leaguers love long, relaxing bus rides:

Pretty sweet thunderstorm clouds here:

Visalia manager J.R. House had a nice hike this week:

 

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

Yankees Minor League outfielder Lane Adams speaks for all of us when he called upon Chipotle to get in line with Qdoba and Moe’s and offer up some delicious, hot, gooey queso cheese:

Queso is free at Qdoba. Just saying.

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And finally,

Rangers’ Gallo discusses Profar’s reemergence

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Jurickson Profar is slashing .328/.394/.438 through his first 15 games. (Jamie Harms/MiLB.com)

By Tyler Maun/MiLB.com

It’s understandably hard to believe that former top Rangers prospect Jurickson Profar made his Major League debut all the way back in Sept. 2012 or that he’s seen action in 94 big league games already. Coming into 2016, Profar had played in just 12 Minor League games and 20 Arizona Fall League contests over the last two years due to shoulder instability that robbed him of the 2014 season and surgery to repair a torn labrum that cost him all but a handful of games last year.

With all that, maybe the hardest thing to comprehend is that he’s still just 23 years old.

The former top overall prospect in baseball may have fallen off many radar screens, but he’s experiencing a resurgence with Triple-A Round Rock to kick off the 2016 season. Profar extended his hitting streak to nine games with a 3-for-6 performance Monday night that included his first home run of the season. More importantly, the shortstop is healthy and has committed just one error this season while getting good reviews with his defensive work.

Top Texas prospect and MLB.com’s No. 7 overall prospect Joey Gallo, fresh off his latest multi-homer game, spoke about Profar’s strong start to the season Monday night:

“I never really got to play with him before he was injured. He was always a lot of levels ahead of me. When I first got drafted, I think I was in low-A when he was making his debut in the big leagues, so I never actually played with him. With the injuries, we’ve gotten to catch up now, but he’s a great player.

“From what I’ve seen, I don’t think before he could’ve been any better than he is right now. He looks fantastic at short. His arm looks good. He’s swinging the bat. He’s starting to find his power again. I was kind of talking to him about it today. He’s starting to find his swing again. He’s starting to find a groove. It takes a while after two years, but for me, I’m extremely happy to have that guy with me, playing right next to me and on the same team. It’s awesome.”

Minoring in Twitter: Players mourn Prince; Decker tweets trade; Bregman shares dinner

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

He might be a little before their time, but Prince’s sudden death sent Minor Leaguers to Twitter on Thursday:

Of course, there’s also Padres Royals Rockies slugger Cody Decker, who for some reason once (or probably more than once, who are we kidding) dressed up as Prince. I don’t even think this was Halloween:

The Rays should be a little concerned about right-hander Kyle McKenzie. Another shower incident could land him on the DL:

What’s going on here?

Where the heck was Chattanooga’s Dalton Hicks eating? Plywood benches?

NASCAR’s Joey Logano suited up for Charlotte on Wednesday:

Check out Indians No. 2 prospect Clint Frazier breaking his bat over his knee:

We saw Cody Decker above as Prince. But that was only part of his week — the infielder was traded from the Royals to the Rockies for cash on April 20 and of course tweeted the process. First, he thanked the Royals and Triple-A Omaha:

Then he showed off his chest hair and purple attire in celebration of joining Colorado:

And then he periscoped himself drawing on his cleats:

Top notch clubhouse chairs in the Minors:

Jimmy John’s offered $1 sandwiches from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Thursday, and of course I went in an attempt to secure lunch for me and MiLB.com’s Kelsie Heneghan. Instead, I found a line wrapped down around the block. No good. It seems Minor Leaguers met a similar reality:

Was there a fire in Fort Myers?

How much food did Orioles prospect David Hess order?

Joey Pankake may sound like he’s made for breakfast-timed games, but apparently not so:

Injured righty Logan Bawcom planted some flowers on Thursday:

The verdict on this napping head brace? Not cool, says Dodgers right-hander Seth Frankoff:

Astros top prospect Alex Bregman eats steak with a very large knife:

Royals No. 3 prospect Ashe Russell thinks his tweets are worth $300K. OK then.

Showing off the leather:

The Isotopes know about carpooling:

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

You know what never fails? Unless it gets you deathly ill from E. coli? Chipotle.

And wow, really good news for Blue Jays right-hander and former Buffalo Bisons ace Marcus Stroman, who scored a lifetime of free burritos from Chipotle. How awesome is that, you ask? #ExtraGuac says it all:

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