Patrick Ellington Jr.

Novelist/Journalist/Screenwriter

United States

Sports journalist with a concentration on baseball, screenwriter, & author.

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MLB.com
'Professor' Rocchio a quick study in Minors

Shortstop Brayan Rocchio, who was promoted to Triple-A Columbus on Saturday, patterns his game after a few of the greatest shortstops to ever suit up for Cleveland. If all goes according to his plan, the organization's No. 4-ranked prospect hopes to have a similar career one day. "Growing up I

MLB.com
Knight living childhood dream in Braves' front office

Ron Knight knew he wanted to wear an MLB team's logo on a polo shirt rather than a baseball jersey from a young age. The Director of Minor League operations for the Atlanta Braves was around 10 when the realization occurred, and he still remembers the moment like it was

MLB.com
Valera's Futures Game nod a childhood dream fulfilled

The Bronx is home to Yankee Stadium, while San Pedro de Macoris, in the Dominican Republic, is the birthplace of countless baseball players who have worn an MLB uniform. They are two of the most important spots in the game. Guardians prospect George Valera, who was raised in both places,

MLB.com
The Guardians duo carrying Jamaica's baseball legacy

CLEVELAND -- Guardians starting pitcher Triston McKenzie and first baseman Josh Naylor are at the epicenter of the youth movement at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario. Together, they are working to establish themselves as valuable pieces for the franchise. They have also bonded over their shared Jamaican heritage along

Society for American Baseball Research(SABR)
04/14/2022
My review of Ken Burns' Jackie Robinson Documentary

Robinson’s tale serves as such ripe material for creatives because of how singular and inspiring it is. Over time, those creative representations have shaped the story of Jackie Robinson, taking him beyond his true, complicated personhood and elevating him to an inspirational symbol. The only other American athlete to ascend to the level of folklore is Babe Ruth, a son of immigrants whose “rags to riches” journey resonated with the hopes of early twentieth century Americans. Robinson’s tale,...

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06/03/2022
The Latest Chapter of an Ignored Legacy

When Satchel Paige became the first Black pitcher to record an appearance in a game in the AL as a swingman for Cleveland's pitching staff in 1948, he joined a ball club that had already cultivated a reputation and history for finding great starters.

Baseballamerica
Athletics Executive Billy Owens Is A Student Of The Game

In the 75 years since Jackie Robinson integrated Major League Baseball, six Black people have held the de facto title of MLB general manager. One of the few individuals with a tangible chance to increase the number to seven is Billy Owens, the Athletics' director of player personnel and assistant general manager.

Overtime Heroics
01/17/2021
Francisco Lindor Trade: Assessing the Damage in Cleveland

The long-rumored Francisco Lindor trade has finally happened, as the New York Mets acquired the four-time All-Star shortstop and starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco from the Cleveland Indians on January 7th, 2021. I will be focusing on the trade package Cleveland got in return and why they decided to move on from Lindor and Carrasco.

Overtime Heroics
03/16/2021
2021 Cleveland Indians: The Amed Rosario Experiment

In case you have not heard the news, Amed Rosario may be patrolling centerfield for the 2021 Cleveland Indians on Opening Day. Rosario is a 25-year-old shortstop who was acquired by the Cleveland Indians from the New York Mets in the Francisco Lindor trade.

Medium
05/19/2021
The Show Notes

Editor's note: Sorry to keep intruding on your quality time reading Pat's excellent writing, but I wanted to introduce his re-revamped role here at Unculture. This is the first edition of his new weekly MLB column. You can expect excellent coverage of the happenings in baseball, including the upshot in both leagues, from his unique perspective and voice.

Guardians Baseball Insider

Indians Baseball Insider
08/13/2021
Xzavion Curry Feature Interview

Xzavion Curry is a 23-year-old starting pitcher in the Cleveland Indians organization from Atlanta, Georgia. Cleveland drafted Curry in the seventh round of the 2019 MLB Draft out of Georgia Tech University in Atlanta, Georgia. 2021 is the former shortstop's first professional season, and he has performed with a 2.21 ERA in 69 innings between the Cleveland Low-A and High-A affiliates. Curry currently plays for the Cleveland Indians High-A affiliate Lake County Captains.

Indians Baseball Insider
09/13/2021
Captains Game Report 9/12/21: Lake County finds a way to make important comeback

Photo credit: TCP Photography/Courtesy Lake County Captains Lake County Captains 7, Dayton Dragons 5 Mason Hickman was the starter for the Lake County Captains and had a very up and down outing. He deployed his whole arsenal, keeping opposing hitters off-balance from the first pitch. He worked the fastball to the edges of the zone...

Clubhouse Conversations Interview Series

Unculture
05/19/2021
Clubhouse Conversations 1: P Justin Lewis, Arizona Diamondbacks Double-A Affiliate

The first featured guest of the Clubhouse Conversations interview series is Justin Lewis, a twenty-five-year-old pitcher in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization from Gwinnett County, Georgia. Justin Lewis is a graduate of Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. Lewis was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 12th round of the 2018 MLB Draft out of Kentucky University, and currently plays for the Diamondbacks' Double-A affiliate Amarillo Sod Poodles.

Unculture
05/19/2021
Clubhouse Conversations 2: 3B DJ Gladney, Chicago White Sox Low-A Affiliate

The featured guest of the second Clubhouse Conversations interview series is DJ Gladney, a nineteen-year-old third baseman in the Chicago White Sox organization from Chicago, Illinois. Gladney was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 16th round of the 2019 MLB Draft out of Illiana Christian High School in Lansing, Illinois. Gladney currently plays for the Chicago White Sox Low-A affiliate Kannapolis Cannon Ballers in the Low-A East League.

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05/19/2021
Clubhouse Conversations 3: OF Quin Cotton, Cincinnati Reds High-A Affiliate

This is the third Clubhouse Conversations interview in a series that is produced and hosted by Unculture’s Senior Baseball Contributor Patrick Ellington Jr. This episode features Quin Cotton, a 23-year-old outfielder in the Cincinnati Reds organization from Aurora, Colorado. Cotton was drafted by the Reds out of Grand Canyon University in the 8th round(234th overall) of the 2019 MLB Draft. Cotton currently plays for the Cincinnati Reds High-A affiliate Dayton Dragons.

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05/26/2021
Clubhouse Conversations 4: Director/Editor/Writer Randy Wilkins

This is the fourth Clubhouse Conversations interview in a series that is produced and hosted by Unculture’s Senior Baseball Contributor Patrick Ellington Jr. This episode features Randy Wilkins (@pamsson on Twitter), a three-time Emmy Award-winning director and editor from the Bronx, NY.

Unculture
05/28/2021
Clubhouse Conversations 5 : 1B Mahki Backstrom, Atlanta Braves Complex Roster

This is the fifth Clubhouse Conversations interview in a series that is produced and hosted by Unculture’s Senior Baseball Contributor Patrick Ellington Jr. This episode features Mahki Backstrom, a 19-year-old first baseman in the Atlanta Braves organization from Los Angeles, California.

Unculture
07/22/2021
Clubhouse Conversations 7: OF Trey Harris, Atlanta Braves Double-A Affiliate

This series's seventh installment features Trey Harris, an outfielder in the Atlanta Braves organization from Powder Springs, Georgia. Harris was drafted by the Braves in the 32nd round of the 2018 MLB Draft out of the University of Missouri and currently plays for the Braves Double-A affiliate.

Unculture
07/22/2021
Clubhouse Conversations 8: 2B/OF Glenallen Hill Jr., Arizona Diamondbacks Low-A Affiliate

The eighth installment of this interview series features Glenallen Hill Jr., a 20-year-old second baseman and outfielder who plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks Low-A affiliate Visalia Rawhide. He was selected by the D-Backs in the 4th round of the 2019 MLB Draft directly out of high school and forewent his college commitment to become a professional baseball player. He is the son of Glenallen Hill Sr., a former MLB player with a 13-year career in the big leagues and a 13-year career as a...

Black MLB Players Article Series

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05/22/2021
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #1: Ozhaino Albies

Ozhaino "Ozzie" Albies is a 23 year old second baseman for the Atlanta Braves from Willemstad, Curaço. Curaçao is a Caribbean island in the Southern Caribbean Sea. Curaçao, Aruba, and the other small islands in the Caribbean that were colonized by the Dutch are known as the Dutch Caribbean.

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06/01/2021
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #2: Luis Severino

Luis Severino is an Afro-Latino starting pitcher from Sabana de la Mar, a small town in the Dominican Republic that plays for the New York Yankees. Severino originally agreed to sign with the Colorado Rockies during the 2011 J2 signing period at the age of 18 for $225,000 dollars USD, but a Yankees scout persuaded him to sign with the team he grew up a fan of for the same amount of money.

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05/22/2021
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #3: Ronald Acuña Jr.

Ronald Acuña Jr. is a 22 year-old outfielder from La Guaira, Venezuela. Acuña Jr. belongs to a family that has an extensive history with professional baseball. His grandfather and father played in the minor leagues, and he has one uncle and four cousins that played in the MLB at one point or another as well.

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12/31/2020
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #4: Franmil Reyes

Franmil Reyes is a 24 year old outfielder from Sabana Grande de Palenque, Dominican Republic that plays for the Cleveland Indians. He originally signed with the San Diego Padres on November 1st, 2011 at the age of 16.

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12/31/2020
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #5: Josh Bell

Josh Bell is a 27 year old first baseman from Dallas, Texas that plays for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He committed to The University of Texas at Austin to play baseball with a full scholarship, being one of the most lauded high school baseball players of his class.

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11/14/2020
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #6: Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson is a shortstop from Tuscaloosa, Alabama that plays for the Chicago White Sox. He is 6'1'', 195 pounds, bats/throws right handed, and is lean and wiry. Anderson has been labeled as a great teammate on & off the field, leading by example and garnering the respect of his teammates through vocal leadership.

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12/31/2020
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #7: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is a twenty one year old third baseman that plays for the Toronto Blue Jays. H is the son of former MLB outfielder Vladimir Guerrero Sr., who was recently inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 2018. Vlad Jr. was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada but was raised in the Dominican Republic.

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12/31/2020
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #8: Yordan Alvarez

Yordan Alvarez is a left fielder, first baseman, and designated hitter for the Houston Astros. He is 22 years old, stands at 6'5'', and weighs 225 pounds. Yordan is from Las Tunas, Cuba and played for the Cuban National Series team located in Las Tunas from 2013-2015.

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12/31/2020
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #9: Touki Toussaint

Touki Toussaint is a pitcher for the Atlanta Braves from Broward County, Florida who is of Haitian and Kenyan descent. Born in the United States but raised in Haiti as the son of a Haitian politician until the age of six, Touki has a unique background compared to most baseball players.

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12/31/2020
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #10: Randy Arozarena

Randy Arozarena is a 25 year old Afro-Cuban from Arroyos de Mantua, Cuba, a small town about four an a half hours away from Havana. He bats and throws right handed, and is an outfielder. He grew up a huge soccer fan, but started playing pro baseball at the age of 18 in the Cuban National Series(CNS), for the team located in Pinar Del Rio.

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08/01/2021
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #12: Triston McKenzie

Triston McKenzie is a 23 year old starting pitcher for the Cleveland Baseball Club from Royal Palm Beach, Florida. He is 6'5'', 165 pounds, and throws right handed. His love for the game of baseball was nurtured by his father, an immigrant from Jamaica with a similarly deep love for the game.

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01/01/2021
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #13: Sixto Sanchez

Sixto Sanchez Encarnacion is a twenty two year old starting pitcher from San Cristóbal, a city in th Dominican Republic, who currently plays for the Miami Marlins. Growing up, he played shortstop, but was converted to a pitcher because of his strong throwing arm and lack of offensive production.

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12/31/2020
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #14: Jack Flaherty

Jack Flaherty is a twenty five year old starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals from Burbank, Clifornia. He is biracial, but identifies as black and is very vocal about being acknowledged as a black person on and off the field.

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01/01/2021
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #15: Juan Soto

Juan Soto is a twenty-two year old left-fielder from Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Repblic. He plays for the Washington Nationals, the team that he signed with as an international free agent at the age of sixteen during the 2015 J2 signing period for amateur free agents from foreign countries.

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11/14/2020
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #16: Eloy Jiménez

Eloy Jiménez is a twenty three year old leftfielder from Santo Domingo, the capital and largest cityin the Dominican Republic. Eloy began playing baseball at the age of nine, primarily as an infielder. When he was fourteen he moved to the outfield, and has played there ever since.

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11/19/2020
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #17: Jordan Hicks

Jordan Hicks is a twenty-four year old relief pitcher from Houston, Texas that plays for the St. Lous Cardinals. He was a standout pitcher in high school, being ranked in the top 250 for high school baseball players across the country in the 2015 graduating class.

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11/25/2020
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #18: Dominic Smith

Dominic Smith is a twenty-five year old first baseman/leftfielder from Los Angeles, California who pays for the New York Mets. Dominic Smith grew up playing baseball in Southern California, one of the most talented regions for high school baseball in the whole world.

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11/30/2020
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #19: Kyle Lewis

Kyle Lewis is a twenty-five year old outfielder from Snellville, Georgia, a suburb forty five minute outside of Atlanta. He plays for the Seattle Mariners, and was drafted by the Mariners after a prodigious college baseball career at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.

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03/18/2021
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #20: Luis Robert

Luis Robert is a twenty-three-year-old centerfielder from Guantanamo, Cuba who plays for the ChicagoWhite Sox. He has been a professional baseball player since he was fifteen years old, playing for the Tigres de Ciego de Avila in the Cuban National Series(CNS) for four years before defecting and becoming an international free agent at the age of 18.

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12/09/2020
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #21: Rafael Devers

Rafael Devers is a twenty four year old third baseman that plays for the Boston Red Sox, he is from S ánchez, a central region of the Dominican Republic. Devers was a top international amateur free agent, and was seen as the best left handed hitter amongst his peers in the 2013 J2 class.

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01/03/2021
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #22: Adalberto Mondesi

Adalberto Mondesi is a twenty-five year old Dominican shortstop who plays for the Kansas City Royals. He was born in Los Angeles, California, but was raised in San Cristobal, a city in the Dominican Republic. He is the son of former major leaguer Raúl Mondesi, who played 13 years in the MLB.

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03/11/2021
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #23: Ke'Bryan Hayes

Ke'Bryan Hayes is a 24-year-old third baseman from Tomball, Texas that plays for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Hayes is the son of former professional baseball player Charlie Hayes, who had a 13 year career in Major League Baseball.

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04/03/2021
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About

My original intent for writing the "Black MLB/MiLB Players" series was to introduce up-and-coming Black baseball players to casual fans of the game and people that don't pay attention to baseball.

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04/27/2021
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #25: Emmanuel Clase

Emmanuel Clase(pronounced CLAH-say) is a twenty-three-year-old relief pitcher from Rio San Juan, Dominican Republic who plays for the Cleveland Baseball Team. Clase's path to professional baseball started in 2015 when he signed as an amateur free agent with the San Diego Padres, receiving a 125,000 dollar signing bonus.

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05/08/2021
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #26: Jazz Chisholm

Jasrado "Jazz" Chisholm is a twenty-three-year-old Afro-Bahamian from Nassau, Bahamas who plays for the Miami Marlins. Chisholm's path to professional baseball started when he was scouted and signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks organization as an international amateur free agent during the 2015 J2 Signing Period, receiving a 200,000 dollar signing bonus after he put his signature on the dotted line.

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07/18/2021
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #27: Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton is a thirty-one-year-old outfielder/designated hitter that plays for the New York Yankees. Stanton grew up in the Greater Los Angeles area and was drafted straight out of high school by the Florida Marlins in the 2nd round of the 2007 MLB Draft.

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07/25/2021
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #28: Akil Baddoo

Akil Baddoo is a twenty-two-year-old first-generation American of Ghanaian and Trinidadian descent fom Atlanta, Georiga who plays for the Detroit Tigers. His father is from Ghana and his mother is from Trinidad & Tobago, and they nurtured his love for baseball at a very young age.

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08/03/2021
Black MLB Players You Need To Know About #29: Francisco Lindor

Puerto Rican shortstop Francisco Lindor is one of baseball's premier superstars with a vibrant personality to match. A bilingual Afro-Latino superstar playing in NYC, you're going to see Lindor's face and name everywhere in New York for the next decade.

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02/18/2022
Black MLB Players #30: Cedric Mullins

Cedric Mullins is a 26-year-old centerfielder that plays for the Baltimore Orioles, the organization that drafted him in the 13th round of the 2015 MLB Draft out of Cambell University in North Carolina. He is from the greater Atlanta area, graduating from Brookwood High School in Snellville, Georgia.

Black MiLB Players Article Series

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02/06/2021
Black MiLB Players You Need To Know About #1: Kristian Robinson

Kristian Robinson is a twenty-year-old Afro-Caribbean outfielder from Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas. Robinson became a professional baseball player when he was 16 years old, signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 2017 J2 signing period for international amateur free agents.

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03/17/2021
Black MiLB Players You Need To Know About #3: Vidal Bruján

Vidal Bruján is a 23-year-old second baseman in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. He is a Haitian-Dominican from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, one of two cities in the Dominican Republic that have a large concentration of individuals of Haitian descent.

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04/30/2021
Black MiLB Players You Need To Know About #4: Tahnaj Thomas

Tahnaj Thomas is a twenty-one-year-old starting pitcher from Freeport, Bahamas. Thomas is a prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization but was signed by the Cleveland Baseball Team in December 2016 as an international amateur free agent, receiving a 200,000 dollar signing bonus.

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05/15/2021
Black MiLB Players You Need To Know About #5: Estevan Florial

Estevan Florial is a twenty-three-year-old Haitian-Dominican centerfielder in the New York Yankees organization. Florial's place of birth on the island of Hispaniola has many conflicting reports due to his background. Legislation in the Dominican Republic was also passed that stripped Haitians that were born and raised in the Dominican Republic of their Dominican citizenship.

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05/17/2021
Black MiLB Players You Need To Know About #6: Michael Harris II

Michael Harris II is a twenty-year-old outfielder in the Atlanta Braves organization from DeKalb, Gergia. Harris was drafted by the Braves in the third round(98th overall) of the 2019 MLB Draft out of Stockbridge High School and was ecstatic to be selected by the Braves as he grew up a Braves fan.

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08/15/2021
Black MiLB Players You Need To Know About #8: Zavier Warren

Zavier Warren is a twenty-two-year-old catcher in the Milwaukee Brewers organization from Detroit, Michigan. He played high school baseball at Groves High School in Beverly Hills, Michigan, where he made the varsity baseball team all four years as the starting catcher that saw time at the other infield positions, winning All-District and All-State honors along the way.

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08/15/2021
Black MiLB Players You Need To Know About #9: Bo Naylor

Noah "Bo" Naylor is a twenty-one-year-old catcher in the Cleveland Indians organization from Toronto Canada. The Naylor family has MLB bloodlines as Bo's older brother Josh currently plays for the Cleveland Indians major league ball club. The youngest brother Myles is expected to be a pick in an MLB Draft directly out of high school like his two older siblings.

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08/29/2021
Black MiLB Players You Need To Know About #10: Julio Rodríguez

Julio Rodríguez is an immensely talented Afro-Latino outfielder from the Dominican Republic with a special ability to hit for contact and power. He has one of the strongest cases to be the best prospect from anywhere in the African diaspora in professional baseball.

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09/11/2021
Black MiLB Players You Need To Know About #11: Richie Palacios

Richie Palacios is a twenty-four-year-old second baseman and outfielder from Brooklyn, New York who plays in the Cleveland Guardians organization. He comes from a family that has produced multiple professional baseball players across multiple generations.

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10/10/2021
Black MiLB Players You Need To Know About #12: Jeter Downs

Jeter Downs is a twenty-three-year-old Afro-Colombian shortstop/second baseman in the Boston Red Sox organization that was born and raised in Colombia until he was four and then moved to Southern Florida with his family, where he grew up. Downs is named after Derek Jeter, as the Yankees Hall of Fame shortstop is his mother's favorite player.

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10/10/2021
Black MiLB Players You Need To Know About #13: Jordan Walker

Jordan Walker is a nineteen-year-old third baseman in the St. Louis Cardinals organization from Atlata, Georgia. He was selected in the 1st round(21st overall) of the 2020 MLB Draft out of Decatur High School, where he was one of the best high school baseball players in the entire country.

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10/12/2021
Black MiLB Players You Need To Know About #14: Andre Jackson

Andre Jackson is a 25-year-old starting pitcher in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization from Tuscon, Arizona. He is a part of a group of talented Black pitchers in professional baseball that were converted to full-time pitchers along with Xzavion Curry, Tahnaj Thomas., etc.

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10/12/2021
Black MiLB Players You Need To Know About 15: Simeon Woods Richardson

Simeon Woods Richardson is a 20-year-old pitcher in the Minnesota Twins organization from Sugar Land Texas, a suburb of Houston, Texas. Kempner High School was where he started as a 5'6'' second baseman who grew to be a two-way phenom as a 6'4'' starting pitcher with four legit pitches by his senior year of high school that could post .300/.400/.500 slash lines at will.

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10/13/2021
Black MiLB Players You Need To Know About #16: Royce Lewis

Royce Lewis is a high-variance shortstop prospect for the Minnesota Twins with a lot of pathways to a productive MLB career. His ability to harness his top-tier athleticism into productivity on the field is what separates him from his peers.

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02/16/2022
Black MiLB Players #17: Xavier Edwards

Xavier Edwards is a 22-year-old middle infielder in the Tampa Bay Rays organization from Broward County, Florida. He was drafted out of North Broward Prep High School with the 38th overall pick of the 2018 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres as one of the top high school prospects in his class.

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02/21/2022
Black MiLB Players #18: Oneil Cruz

Oneil Cruz is a 23-year-old Dominican shortstop who plays in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization from Nizao, Dominican Republic. He is the son of a former MiLB player named Rafael Cruz who spent three years in the Braves farm system before a career in Japan playing professional baseball.

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03/02/2022
Black MiLB Players #19: Canaan Smith-Njigba

Canaan Smith-Njigba is a 22-year-old outfielder of Sierra Leonean descent in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization from Dallas, Texas. He comes from an athletic family, as his younger brother is a star wide receiver at The Ohio State University.

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10/05/2022
Black MiLB Players #20: Tink Hence

Markevian "Tink" Hence is a 20-year-old starting pitcher in the St. Louis Cardinals organization from Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Drafted by St. Louis in the 2nd round (54th overall) of the 2020 MLB Draft directly out of high school, he forewent a commitment to Arkansas' Division I baseball program to start his professional baseball career.