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With billions of dollars in revenue lost by Major League Baseball and a collective bargaining agreement set to expire following 2021, sweeping changes throughout the sport loom large over the next 12 months. Somewhat coincidentally and entirely unfortunate, MLB is preparing to make grand changes to the landscape of Minor League Baseball, taking over the operation of the minors in an effort to reduce costs, increase revenues and improve the quality of life for prospects. The biggest element of this transformation is the impending plan to reduce 160 teams across MiLB to just 120 through the removal of short-season leagues. Such a decision not only allows a later date for the MLB Draft, but also creates competition between cities and…

Last week, the inevitable announcement was made that the 2020 Minor League Baseball season has been cancelled. Major League Baseball has yet to play a game, and with the MLB Draft drastically reduced to only five rounds coupled with the ongoing pandemic across the entirety of the United States, the seeds of disappointment had been sowing since the sporting world came to a halt in mid-March. In a press release made by Colorado’s Northwest League affiliate Boise Hawks, “Major League Baseball informed Minor League Baseball that it will not be providing its affiliated Minor League teams with players for the 2020 season.” “We planned for an exciting 2020 season and now our organization will do the same for 2021.” said…

On Wednesday, Major League Baseball released the rosters for the six-team Arizona Fall League, the premier extended-season league for all 30 MLB team’s top prospects.  The Salt River Rafters have six Colorado Rockies representatives so far, with room for two more pitchers to eventually be added.  Only 1B Roberto Ramos is at Triple-A, while the other five players are currently...

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With apologies to Rookie level teams Boise and Grand Junction who begin their season after the MLB Draft in June, Thursday marks the first game of the season for four of the Rockies’ minor league affiliates on what Minor League Baseball calls Opening Night. Albuquerque Isotopes (AAA) The most interesting team in the organization is easily the Triple-A club as...

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DENVER – The biggest coaching question this offseason for the Colorado Rockies was centered on Duane Espy’s replacement after his three-year stint as hitting coach. Once Dave Magadan, a veteran of sixteen seasons as a player and seventeen more as a hitting coach, was selected in mid-December, the remaining interest dealt with coaches of the organizations younger players. Since then,...

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DENVER – When Garrett Hampson reported to the Rockies major league camp in Scottsdale in February at the start of the 2018 season, he was a 23-year-old infielder who had never played professional baseball above Class A. By October, he was on Colorado’s playoff roster and a key player off the bench, scoring what would be the final run of...

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SCOTTSDALE – As a 6’5” outfielder with an impressive combination of speed and power, it seems hard to believe that some scouts didn’t believe Sam Hilliard could make it as a hitter. After four progressive seasons in the Rockies organization, featuring All-Star selections each of the past three years, including this season where he was the runner-up in the Double-A...

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