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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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Shortstop Jake Hager and catcher Mac James, both in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, are the latest players to take a few moments of their off-season to discuss winter jobs, their off-season program, and what they're doing for a little... Continue reading
In the first installment of an off-season series on minor league players winter jobs and interests, top Tampa Bay Rays pitching prospect Brent Honeywell is in the spotlight. Winter Work: "I help out with lessons with my dad. And then... Continue reading
A few years ago, during a spring training game between the Cardinals and Mets, a player needed to be identified. Often, players in the minor leagues aren't easily recognized. A decision was made about that dilemma that would make the... Continue reading
During his 2015 stint with the High-A Tampa Yankees, Dustin Fowler showcased the mix of skills he's continuing to polish in the Arizona Fall League. Fowler actually split his time between Class-A Charleston and Tampa, finishing the season going .298/.334/.394,... Continue reading
Earlier this week, MiLB announced the Diversity Symposium being held on November 6th-7th, which, according to the official press release will address, in part, “an eye-opening introduction to the career” in the minor league baseball industry. On the heels of... Continue reading
On Monday, sports anchor/Chicago Cubs blogger Julie DiCaro shared a story about her experiences with sports fans who made horrific, misogynistic comments to her recently, when she covered a story on Patrick Kane, the Chicago Blackhawks player accused of rape... Continue reading
The 2015 minor league baseball season has been one of great peaks and great uncertainty for me. I had prior writing and blogging experience, but reporting from the clubhouse and the field was brand new. From the start of my... Continue reading
Cody Decker finally got a call-up to the majors by the Padres on September 13th. It was, for many baseball fans, not just the Padres faithful, long overdue and incredibly exciting. Decker, 27, has played his entire career in the... Continue reading
Jared Mortensen experienced big highs in 2015, including a promotion to Triple-A Durham, and now participating in the Double-A Southern League Playoffs with the Montgomery Biscuits. Mortensen returned from a 2-game stint with the Durham Bulls, earning a win in... Continue reading
Florida - The Montgomery Biscuits head into the best of five semi-finals with several players on their roster that are brand new to Double-A. That includes starting pitcher Austin Pruitt. Pruitt confirmed that he’ll pitch Saturday’s home game against the... Continue reading
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