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MiLB.TV is back with new teams, more games

Vancouver, Visalia, St. Lucie join lineup; rule changes on display
April 4, 2022

MiLB.TV is back for the 2022 season and it comes at a perfect time for fans, prospect enthusiasts and those eager to get a look at some of the new experimental rules. Minor League Baseball's live streaming service added three teams to its broadcast roster for 2022. The Vancouver Canadians,

MiLB.TV is back for the 2022 season and it comes at a perfect time for fans, prospect enthusiasts and those eager to get a look at some of the new experimental rules.

Minor League Baseball's live streaming service added three teams to its broadcast roster for 2022. The Vancouver Canadians, the Toronto Blue Jays' High-A affiliate and MiLB's only franchise north of the border, the Visalia Rawhide (Single-A, D-backs) and St. Lucie Mets (Single-A, Mets) begin broadcasting home games on MiLB.TV, with St. Lucie joining Bradenton to boost coverage in the Florida State League.

MiLB.TV returns at the yearly price of $49.99, offering fans thousands of games live and on-demand -- from Opening Day's first pitch to the final out of the season. Fans can expect to see more than 6,500 games streamed in 2022, and 95 percent of them will be offered in HD. Full archives of games are included and available on-demand for subscribers, who also have the option of signing up on a monthly basis for $12.99.

All available playoff games are included and fans can tune into the action on their computers and via the MiLB First Pitch mobile app, which is available as a free download for Android and iOS devices.

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Want to watch both the Blue Jays and Canadians? Maybe flip between the Mets of Queens and the Mets of St. Lucie? Fans can again bundle their MiLB.TV subscription for a discounted price when purchasing MLB.TV -- just select the option at checkout and add to your innings.

Featuring the top prospects in Major League Baseball, MiLB.TV presents home games from more than 90 Minor League clubs across all four classifications. Affiliates from every Major League organization are represented, and all games are available live and on-demand, so you’ll never miss a pitch, a prospect or a promotion.

Who to watch on MiLB.TV

Speaking of prospects, the start of the 2022 season has no shortage of intriguing storylines as top-ranked talents like Adley Rutschman, Grayson Rodriguez, Gabriel Moreno, Francisco Álvarez and a host of others figure to start the year at the upper levels. Rutschman, the Orioles' No. 1 prospect as ranked by MLB Pipeline, is likely to return to Triple-A Norfolk after recovering from a tricep strain and pair with Rodriguez, the No. 1 pitching prospect in baseball, as the duo seeks a ticket to Baltimore. Orioles fans last summer watched on MiLB.TV as Rutschman, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 Draft, put up huge numbers at Double-A Bowie and Norfolk -- the catcher hit .312 with 20 RBIs in 43 games after his promotion to the Tides in August.

Last season, fans got an up-close look at baseball's current No. 1 prospect, Bobby Witt Jr., as the 2019 No. 2 overall pick hit .290 with 33 homers and 97 RBIs and finished the season at Triple-A Omaha. MiLB.TV was also the window into the rise of other recent top-ranked prospects such as Wander Franco with Triple-A Durham last year and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. with Triple-A Buffalo in 2019. Moreno hopes to rekindle the Vlad power at Buffalo this spring after dipping his toes into the Triple-A waters last fall. He enters the season as the No. 7 overall prospect and fans can see him with the Bisons on Opening Day, April 5, against Iowa.

Yankees fans will be eager to see how top New York prospect Anthony Volpe handles the move up to Double-A Somerset after the shortstop ascended two levels in 2021, hitting .294 with 27 homers and 86 RBIs. The 20-year-old Volpe was born and raised in New Jersey, so this spring figures to be a memorable homecoming for the 2019 first-round pick. The Patriots begin the season on the road at Reading on April 8 on MiLB.TV before their home opener against Erie on April 12.

Padres fans could get a solid look at CJ Abrams if he starts the season with Triple-A El Paso. MLB's No. 9 prospect missed 42 games last year with a fractured left tibia and sprained MCL but the 2019 first-round pick is back and healthy for 2022. Abrams can run -- he's stolen 28 bases in 76 games -- and will be on a mission to prove he's ready to join San Diego's roster sooner than later after Fernando Tatis Jr. underwent wrist surgery in March and will miss at least three months. San Diego will roll with Ha-seong Kim to start, but Abrams will be banging on the door, beginning April 5 at Round Rock on MiLB.TV.

How about Rangers top pitching prospect Jack Leiter? The son of Major League veteran Al Leiter will finally make his debut this month on MiLB.TV with Double-A Frisco after Texas made him the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 Draft out of Vanderbilt. Leiter, 21, tossed a 16-strikeout no-hitter last March with Vandy, but didn't throw a pitch in a Rangers uniform last year after the organization agreed to let him continue attending college classes in the fall. He pitched in the Rangers' first Cactus League game this spring and you've got to figure the RoughRiders will pencil him in as their Opening Day starter on April 8 vs. Arkansas.

Shiftless baseball and bigger bases

In addition to top prospects and big names, "robot umps," supersized bases and the death of the defensive infield shift with be on full display in the Minors. Check out the new experimental rules on MiLB.TV.

All full-season leagues will use pitch clocks and larger bases -- increased from 15 to 18 inches -- in 2022 while every league below Triple-A will no longer be able to employ a shift in the infield and teams must have a minimum of four defensive players on the infield when their pitcher delivers a pitch, with at least two infielders on either side of second base. The ABS, or automated balls-and-strikes system, will aim to improve accuracy and reduce controversies when it's rolled out to Triple-A circuits and the Florida State League this year, and you can watch the drama unfold on MiLB.TV. (Those who are fans of good old-fashioned drama can also enjoy our delightful collection of MiLB.TV ejections here.)

Bottom line, if you want to watch the stars of tomorrow today, the place to do it is MiLB.TV. Subscribe now to get Minor League Baseball all season long.

Danny Wild is an editor for