We’re back for another week of MiLB.TV on MLB.TV.
We explained how this operation works last month when it was created, but here’s a refresher:
Select minor league games will be available to stream on MLB.TV this season. MLB.TV subscribers can watch some of the game’s top prospects through this service at no additional cost. If you like what you see there, all available Minor League games are shown on MiLB.TV, and you can add it to your existing MLB.TV subscription. for only $25.
Here’s the Minor League slate MLB.TV subscribers can look forward to this week:
Tuesday, May 3, 11:05 a.m. ET — New Hampshire Fisher Cats (TOR) @ Somerset Patriots (NYY)
We started our MLB Pipeline Game of the Month series at TD Bank Ballpark in Somerset last Thursday, and the Patriots broadcast returns to MLB.TV five days later.
The Yankees’ top prospect, Anthony Volpe, who turned 21 on Thursday, is warming up in his first round at the Double-A level. The shortstop owns a .273/.457/.546 line with two home runs, six interceptions and an 8/12 K/BB ratio in his last 10 games for Somerset. The New Jersey native told MLB Pipeline last week that he’s felt his timing return since struggling to get out of the Eastern League gate, and the numbers back it up as he marries some power with an improved contact rate.
Volpe won’t be the only major shortstop prospect on Tuesday morning.
New Hampshire’s roster is expected to include No. 36 prospect Orelvis Martinez. The 20-year-old Blue Jays infielder was the second-youngest player on the Eastern League Opening Day roster to start the 2022 season and held his own when it came to slugging. Despite his youth, Martinez is tied for third in the EL with six home runs and ranks 10th among 90 qualifiers with a .304 sniping percentage. He also made six starts at third base in an effort to get out of the shadow of Bo Bichette at six.
Saturday, May 7, 7:35 p.m. ET – Arkansas Travelers (SEA) @ Frisco RoughRiders (TEX)
No. 17 overall prospect Jack Leiter kicked off the MiLB.TV series on MLB.TV nearly two weeks ago, and as Frisco’s designated starter on Saturday, the former Vanderbilt star returns to the spotlight. this week-end.
The 22-year-old right-hander showed flashes of what makes him one of the most promising arms in the minor leagues with a 2.84 ERA and 19 strikeouts in four starts (12 2/3 innings) in his first taste of Double-UN. However, he has walked nine in that same span and is yet to get past the fourth inning as Rangers watch his early workload.
Frisco’s home game on Saturday could work well as a potential doubleheader for Texas fans since the Rangers are scheduled for a daytime game at 1:05 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium.
Regardless of who takes the mound for Arkansas — and that could include Mariners No. 3 prospect George Kirby — Saturday could be a pitching duel between the two teams. Traveling pitchers lead the Texas League with 214 strikeouts and rank second in the league with a 4.13 collective ERA and 1.35 WHIP.
Sunday, May 8, 10:35 p.m. ET — Hillsboro Hops (ARI) @ Eugene Emeralds (SFG)
End your weekend in the Northwest League listening to the beautiful sounds of Marco Luciano’s lasers from the start.
The Giants’ top prospect got off to a strong start on his return to Eugene with a .328/.380/.578 line and four homers in 18 games, entering Monday. His .958 OPS ranks third in the High-A circuit at this point — a marked improvement from his .577 mark in the category over a 36-game stretch late last season. Luciano, who has plus-plus raw power, reduced his NWL strikeout rate from 37.2% in 2021 to 22.5, which helped his level turnaround.