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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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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
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Big Performance: Ryan Merritt – Merritt entered the 2015 season ranked as the 20th best Cleveland Indians prospect by MLB.com, 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
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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
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via twitter.com 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
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via twitter.com 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
Minor league players have received a ton of fan and media support for a lawsuit filed last year against Major League Baseball. That support has extended to the muscle of union workers. Big League Stew writer Mark Townsend reported today... Continue reading
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via twitter.com Ryan Westmoreland's story is as well-known as his seemingly endless positive attitude. In 2010 the top Red Sox prospect, who was drafted in the 5th round of the 2008 MLB Draft, underwent brain surgery. He committed to rehabilitation... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 25, 2015 at Heels On The Field: A Minor League Blog
If you write about prospects and the minor leagues, keeping your coverage well-rounded is important. Prospect lists and awards are a popular part of any minor league website. But ask yourself why you want to contribute those types of stories.... Continue reading
The professional baseball dream began, but not with a lot of turbulence for Brent Honeywell. After being drafted in the 2nd round by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2014 out of Walters State Community College (Tennessee), the righty pitcher was... Continue reading
This week is #NOMOREWeek, devoted to raising awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault and it's also the start of mandated education by Major League Baseball on the issue of domestic abuse. This spring marks the first year that MLB... Continue reading
facebook twitter googleplus tumblr pinterest Email Gmail Yahoo Mail Outlook Native Client Replacing a Yankees icon like Derek Jeter is no easy task, but Didi Gregorius isn't going to let it affect his preparation for the upcoming season. “I am... Continue reading
Reblogged Mar 2, 2015 at Heels On The Field: A Minor League Blog
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A lot of writers focus on prospects these days and you’ll often see ‘Scouting Reports’ listed on their blog or site. Scouting reports are completely specific. And unless you’re a scout, you’re not writing one. Why label something inaccurately, when... Continue reading
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via twitter.com As Spring Training begins, some of the best minor league player tweets will be featured here on Fridays. Gonna be hard to top this one. Can we get stickers made of this thing? So they can be put... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 20, 2015 at Heels On The Field: A Minor League Blog
Access Coming through the door cocky and competitive is the absolute wrong approach. It is no approach at all. You will learn nothing about the craft or business, and you won’t develop relationships with colleagues and industry contacts, all of... Continue reading