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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.

 

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:

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,

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:

Minoring in Twitter: Prospects react to Kobe’s last game, Jackie Robinson Day

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

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Minor Leaguers sent their social media farewells to Kobe Bryant on Wednesday when the Lakers legend played his final game:

Well, not all Minor Legauers:

But, mostly, they cared:

Are fake roadblocks any more or less obstructive than real roadblocks?

Royals No. 5 prospect Nolan Watson now has internet, in case you were curious:

Brett Favre Tweet of the Week

Brett Favre tweeting about a Southern League game? You’ve officially made the blog:

Rookie Davis is no longer a crawfish rookie. Or maybe he still is, if this was just one time?

Babe Ruth Reference of the Week

Someone mailed Brewers Minor Leaguer Trey Supak a package of Somersaults crunchy sunflower seed bites in two flavors, in case you’re wondering:

Jackie Robinson Day

Braves top prospect Dansby Swanson was one of many players who showed some appreciation on Jackie Robinson Day on Friday:

Hey, how about Shia Labeouf, huh?

Just going to leave this here:

Braves prospect Matt Marksberry needs a barber:

Austin Gomber is bait:

 

Chipotle Tweet of the Week

Padres third base prospect Ty France makes a bold claim: he can eat Chipotle for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for the rest of his life. First, the tweet:

Let’s crunch some numbers on that — the average life expectancy for an American male is about 78 years, and he’s 21, so let’s say he has (not to be morbid) about 57 more years left. Three Chipotle meals a day over one year is 1,095 burritos, bowls or taco orders, multiplied by 57 years is … 62,415 Chipotle dishes. And nothing else. Assuming nonstop Chipotle wouldn’t affect his life expectancy either.

The Astros released Austin Chrismon a couple weeks ago, and he’s apparently banking on Chipotle coupons to get him through to his next job:

 

Minoring in Twitter: Opening Day snowmen, flat tires and broken elevators

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Opening Day has arrived, which means Minor Leaguers are back on the Minor League diet. No, there’s more than just Chipotle — there’s PB&J and Waffle House!

Forget fast food, how about an Opening Day snowman? Remember this when it’s 98 and humid in July:

Half of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos’ roster got stuck inside an elevator for 45 minutes on Thursday:

Here’s some dancing Grizzlies, enjoy:

For top Astros prospect Alex Bregman, more shoes = fewer doctor visits:

Rockies prospect Josh Fuentes lent his car to teammates and they proceeded to get a flat tire:

Dodgers prospect Jack Murphy, taking a shot at futbol, warns his next HBP may be his last:

Sometimes pitchers aren’t angry with home plate umps:

Country music legend Merle Haggard died on Wednesday, prompting some reactions from the Minors:

Jeremy Barfield isn’t actually in the Minors anymore — it looks like he’s landed in indy ball at the moment — but this tweet is still pretty funny, and we still like him:

This is actually a tweet about sacrifice bunts:

First bus trip of the year!

More championship rings, these from Bowie:

 

Chipotle Tweet of the Week

 

Minoring in Twitter: Coffee, shiny rings, BBQ and Gretzky’s farewell

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Indians lefty Sean Brady shows it’s Starbucks, not Chipotle, that gets him through the spring:

Same for Rookie Davis:

But coffee keeps you awake, and Giants right-hander Jake Smith says that’s the opposite of what you want:

Former Angels and Cubs prospect Trevor Gretzky was released by Los Angeles on March 23 and, to my knowledge, has not signed with another team, so … hopefully, this isn’t the end of the road for one of my favorite Minor Leaguers. He’s been a little quiet on Twitter lately, but he did post this gem of a photo on Instagram last week when the Gretzky family ordered the other pride of Canada, Justin Bieber, as a birthday present for one of the younger kiddies:

🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦 great guy.

A photo posted by Trevor Gretzky (@trevorgretzky) on

The Adelaide Bite, a team in the Australian Baseball League that often features Minor Leaguers in their offseason, tossed out this April Fool’s tweet, but I can’t imagine many fans bought it:

Good luck, Trevor! Come back to us!

Rays No. 9 prospect Jacob Faria shows off his Florida State League championship ring:

And Pirates prospect Brandon Waddell took a shot of his New York-Penn League ring:

Now you’re wondering what a Pioneer League championship ring looks like, right? Here ( you’re welcome):

Tigers prospect Ben Verlander homered off his brother and former Cy Young Award winner:

Speaking of Ben, he’s a little tired of dealing with slow Florida drivers:

Some advice:

Brewers No. 23 prospect Yadiel Rivera is pumped:

Ever wondered who has the weakest thumbs in Minor League Baseball?

Yankees prospect Cale Coshow enjoyed “the best BBQ in Tampa”

Royals prospect Nolan Watson would like these $600 sneakers, if perhaps you want to spend your tax refund on something:

Veteran Minor Leaguer Jeremy Barfield is still unsigned as Opening Day approaches, but come on, we have to include this tweet:

Brewers outfielder and 2014 second-round Draft pick Monte Harrison “tour” his butt cheek and he’ll never forget it. I guess you don’t forget stuff like that:

But he’s done touring and he’s OK:

Mets Triple-A starter Seth Lugo caught a nice bass from his kayak:

Dodgers prospect Walker Buehler needs a gaming partner:

Pirates prospect Trevor Williams stands up to manatee body shaming:

Blake Schmit was released by the Twins this week and thanked the club anyway:

Things are just not going well for Eric Skoglund. I hear you, buddy:

Reds No. 12 prospect Rookie Davis can’t understand why you don’t love all animals, including mosquitoes, snakes, goblin sharks and those horrendously gigantic fuzzy bumble bees that follow you around no matter what:

Twins prospect Todd Van Steensel, profiled this week on MiLB.com, makes a point:

He also told the clowns at Instagram not to change their photo feed. Incidentally, our Q&A with Todd was written by Kelsie Heneghan, who hates clowns:

Yankees prospect Ian Clarkin enjoying the Tampa nightlife:

 

 

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

Well, we’ve got good news and bad news this week. Bad news first — Chipotle ran out of everything #joke

But here’s the good news: Giants prospect Matt Pare has a few gift cards for delicious, free burritos:

Not only that, he scored even more seven days later:

For real😦

Minoring in Twitter: Brewers’ Phillips, Hader battle it out; players react to Brussels attacks

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com

Brewers No. 2 prospect Brett Phillips got destroyed by teammate and top Milwaukee left-hander Josh Hader in MLB the Show, but apparently it wasn’t a total loss — both Minor Leaguers walked away with free PS4 consoles:

Speaking of Hader, he’s been busy hiking Arizona this spring:

Don’t be a Hader just because Josh has been living it up this month:

 

Yankees prospect Jacob Lindgren wants to know if you think he’s a little chunky?

The Triple-A Salt Lake Bees were set to host the parent club Angels in an exhibition on Tuesday, but snow in Utah had other ideas:

Ever seen a real-tree camo baseball glove? No? Ready to see one? No? It appropriately belongs to Buck Farmer:

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs revealed they’ll change their name for a day in June to honor delicious cheesesteaks:

Minor Leaguers also reacted to Tuesday’s terror attacks in Brussels:

Dodgers No. 4 prospect Grant Holmes celebrated his birthday on the field:

Astros top prospect Alex Bregman swears by Chick-fil-A for breakfast:

And he was also a little insulted that it would only take 10 retweets to entice him to take a girl to prom:

Chipotle Tweets of the Week

Why would eating lunch at a chain burrito shop be a sin that not only sent you to hell but warranted a special reserved area of hell? “Why are you here?” “I ate too many burrito bowls.” Of all the fast food chains out there you could be looked down upon for eating at, Chipotle probably isn’t one of them. Their mission statement is “Food with Integrity” and they use GMO-free naturally grown ingredients. Still, Red Sox outfielder and 2013 30th-round Draft pick Nick Longhi is thinking ahead:

And then his teammate, Tyler Hill — whose Twitter name is Lou Will (??) — backed him up a little:

Reds prospect Rookie Davis assures us all, Chipotle — never a sin:

Dodgers prospect Matt Jones lays in bed at night pondering life’s questions and his daily problems, like, if you were to visit a Chipotle, would you get one gigantic burrito or for some reason try to digest two of them at once?

Pirates right-hander and 2013 second-round pick Trevor Williams issued a warning to all:

But hey, everyone makes mistakes:

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Red Sox prospect Jantzen Witte has an idea for the Boston brass: instead of giving players some money to buy meals, why not just hand out Chipotle gift cards?

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