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jessica quiroli
Born and raised in Philadelphia. Home of Rocky.
I'm a minor league baseball writer. Dirt under my fingernails.
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In the player photo on MiLB’s official website, Chad Wallach’s hair is on the long side, making him look a little surfer-esque. He’s got a shorter cut now, making him look somewhat older, giving him a certain air of maturity.... Continue reading
In every baseball writer's career, there's a point where you going from being the scared kid that's overly nice to even the rudest people, to being self-reliant, focused, and genuinely happy with who you are and what you're doing. If... Continue reading
A Tampa Bay Rays scout spoke about the potential of a crop of guys in the system. Here were his thoughts on a few players who've made an impact this season. On catcher Luke Maile (Triple-A Durham): His defense has... Continue reading
“Young lady, you’re distracting all my players.” “Everyone get naked. She’s doing her job.” “You don’t look like a baseball writer. You look like an actress.” “Women aren’t allowed in the clubhouse.” All four of the above statements have been... Continue reading
Big Performance: Brent Honeywell is a repeat featured player on 'Heels Watch', turning in another stellar performance this week for the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Through 6 shutout innings Friday, he allowed just one hit and a walk, striking out 6.... Continue reading
Matt Imhof didn't need much more than his fastball to dominate Lakeland's lineup Thursday. The lefty worked his fastball without feeling the need to mix in much secondary stuff past the 1st inning; through 6 innings, he allowed just 3... Continue reading
You know the old baseball player adage, about 'controlling what I can control'? Well, sometimes that oft-used statement just sums up the situation. For top Pirates prospect, 2013 1st round pick Austin Meadows, that's the only way to view the... Continue reading
Welcome to the 5th annual MiLB Twitter Twenty! Hard to believe that these rankings are turning five. When the list first debuted, there was little attention paid to it. But by year two, that changed and it grew even bigger... Continue reading
In his soft-spoken, deliberate voice, top Tampa Bay Rays pitching prospect Brent Honeywell tries to explain himself as a pitcher. "I'm very self critical," Honeywell said earlier this week. "I can be going through the innings, not giving up hits,... Continue reading
Big Performer - Caleb Smith's seven strikeouts for the Trenton Thunder Thursday night set a season high for the lefty. He scattered 3 runs on 6 hits over six innings of work, and earned the win. In his last outing,... Continue reading
As a young man, Chris Devenski’s father showed him the value of hard work and dedication to becoming a better baseball player. “It’s unbelievable,” he said earlier this week. “It’s motivation for me.” Now in his fifth season in professional... Continue reading
Brent Honeywell, ranked as the 8th best prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays system by Baseball America entering 2015, has been promoted from the Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods to High-A Charlotte. He'll join the Stone Crabs as they begin... Continue reading
In 2013, a tall (make that really tall) guy entered the visiting dugout of the Staten Island Yankees, cracking a few silly jokes that got everyone around him laughing. Later that day, he took the mound and showcased the other... Continue reading
The Gulf Coast League opened its season on June 22nd, and, as always, there was a mixture of rehabbing players combined with recent draftees. The GCL Yankees began their 2015 schedule on the road against the Braves affiliate, winning the... Continue reading
As a Friday night starter for Charleston Southern University this past season, Andrew Tomasovich was pitching himself into the moment he’d prepared for his whole life. He was also closing in on a bit of history. With his brother Alex... Continue reading
South Florida - If you’d been paying attention to the Charlotte Stone Crabs the past few weeks, the Tampa Bay Rays High-A affiliate has been blazing a fire through baseball. No, not just the Florida State League they play in,... Continue reading
In the midst of the thousands of tweets about this week’s MLB Draft, one stood out for its poignancy. “There’s no pain that amounts to the pain you feel when someone else’s name is called in the spot a team... Continue reading
Big Performance: Ryan Merritt – Merritt entered the 2015 season ranked as the 20th best Cleveland Indians prospect by, and he’s shown a lot of what he’s capable of through his last few starts for the Double-A Akron Rubber... Continue reading
Reliever Kyle McKenzie has been a solid part of a solid Charlotte Stone Crabs club (32-14) whose 2.12 ERA leads all of professional baseball. The team is firing on all cylinders, offensively strong, with excellent pitching by the rotation and... Continue reading
Social Spotlight/Defensive Spotlight: It was impossible not to include outfielder Willie Argo in both categories this week. The photo, tweeted by the team, showed a play that looked physically crazy to even attempt. Even crazier was that the attempt was... Continue reading
Big Performers: Eric Jagielo - Jagielo is showing up with power and consistency, and last week was no exception. In six games to start May, the third baseman had 10 hits with 2 home runs. He also collected 3 RBI... Continue reading
Brandon Peterson, a Savage, Minnesota native, grew up going to Twins games with his family. In 2013, he was selected by his hometown team out of Wichita State, in the 13th round of the June MLB Draft. He spent most... Continue reading
Spotlight On… Rays Prospect Jake Bauers Jake Bauers joined the Tampa Bay Rays organization in December 2014 via a trade by the San Diego Padres after being drafted by the team in the 7th round of the 2014 MLB Draft.... Continue reading
via The path to the majors is unpredictable. For some, like CF Mikie Mahtook, the first taste of the big leagues is more of a straight line. For his teammate, 1B Allan Dykstra, that path is full of turns... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 10, 2015 at Heels On The Field: A Minor League Blog
via We know that minor leaguers aren't experiencing all the perks of the majors, but can't a guy get cable? Coshow is pitching for the Class-Charleston RiverDogs to start the season. He split time between SAL, NYPL, and GCL... Continue reading
Reblogged Apr 10, 2015 at Heels On The Field: A Minor League Blog