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Julien, Wallner provide steady bats for Twins

Upper-level talent shines brightest among Minnesota's All-Stars
@Kelsie_Heneghan
November 16, 2022

Each offseason, MiLB.com goes position by position across each organization and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in each farm system. Next up in our 2022 Organization All-Stars series are the Minnesota Twins.

Durham Bulls claim Triple-A crown once again

OF Madris scores MVP honors after four-hit, four-RBI night
@Kelsie_Heneghan
October 3, 2022

LAS VEGAS -- Not even three weeks ago, Bligh Madris was DFA'd by the Pirates. On Sunday, he became an MVP in the Rays system. The outfielder capped his four-hit, four-RBI night by doubling in the tying run in the Triple-A National Championship, powering Durham to a 10-6 victory over

Fun facts about Triple-A championships

From the Little World Series to the national title game
@Kelsie_Heneghan
October 2, 2022

A championship by any other name would still be as sweet to win. And at the Triple-A level, there have been a lot of names. From the first Little World Series in 1904 to the Triple-A National Championship Game fans know today, hundreds of prospects and farmhands have played for

Bulls parade way to eighth Triple-A title

Durham's Bruján a catalyst in club's 13-0 rout; will face Reno
@Kelsie_Heneghan
October 2, 2022

LAS VEGAS -- Vidal Bruján’s season has been full of ups and downs as he’s moved between the Majors and Triple-A seven times. But one constant has been his bat when he suits up for the Bulls. The Rays infielder raked once again, going 4-for-5 with a walk, two RBIs

Hager's hometown heroics vault Aces to crown

Reno secures second PCL title, set for National Championship
@Kelsie_Heneghan
October 1, 2022

LAS VEGAS -- Jake Hager is right at home in Sin City. The D-backs Minor Leaguer grew up here. He played the better part of three seasons in the visiting dugout at Las Vegas Ballpark. And on Friday, Hager’s affinity for playing in Nevada was on full display as his

Durham, Nashville make for familiar IL title game

Triple-A Rays, Brewers clubs square off for 19th time this year
@Kelsie_Heneghan
September 30, 2022

Durham and Nashville have seen each other 18 times this season. But it all comes down to the 19th matchup. The Rays' and Brewers' Triple-A affiliates will meet in the International League Championship at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday at Las Vegas, as part of the Triple-A Triple Championship. The

Reno, El Paso facing off in PCL title game

Triple-A D-backs, Padres clubs find success through turnover
@Kelsie_Heneghan
September 29, 2022

The only constant on a Triple-A roster is change. Players are sent up to and down from the Majors as well as promoted from lower levels. And through all the movement, it takes a special group to be able to consistently post W’s, no matter the lineup that night. Padres

'Fitzy' connects with fans through clothing line

Triple-A WooSox team up with shortstop for unique merchandise
@Kelsie_Heneghan
September 28, 2022

The first thing many people see when they look at Ryan Fitzgerald is his hair. His flowing, curly brown locks. Or “hockey hair,” as the Red Sox prospect put it. So when it came time to decide a design that would kick off the first-of-its-kind clothing line collab between Triple-A

Dash's Osik hits for cycle in front of family

White Sox prospect's first four-hit game comes in milestone
@Kelsie_Heneghan
August 3, 2022

Although he grew up 78 miles away, Tyler Osik had never been to Coney Island before Tuesday. But after combining for seven knocks in his first two games -- including hitting for the cycle in the second contest -- at High-A Brooklyn’s famed home -- the White Sox prospect was

Trio spins Palm Beach's first no-hitter since 2012

Cards No. 11 prospect Hence sets tone with three perfect frames
@Kelsie_Heneghan
June 15, 2022

After a tough May, Single-A Palm Beach is turning things around in June, going 7-3 to start the month. And on Wednesday, the club was given the perfect opportunity to recognize their efforts -- a no-hitter. Cardinals prospects Tink Hence, Jose Moreno and Roy Garcia combined for Palm Beach's first

Ortiz reflects on lessons en route to Hall of Fame

Big Papi grew in Mariners, Twins systems before reaching Red Sox
@Kelsie_Heneghan
January 25, 2022

David Ortiz went from "player to be named later" to "Hall of Famer to be elected immediately." In his first year on the ballot, it was announced Tuesday that the designated hitter was voted by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to enter Cooperstown. “It's a wonderful honor to be

Top billing: These 10 hats captured fans in 2021 

Silly creations, classic lettering among MiLB’s most popular looks
@Kelsie_Heneghan
January 14, 2022

In 2021, Minor League stadiums reopened for players and fans to return to the game we love. And with that came hat purchases. “It was an incredible feeling to be back to baseball in 2021,” said Sierra Hanley, senior manager of retail and marketing for the San Jose Giants. “And

Major Fun returns to Minor League communities

Fans enjoyed the sights, sounds and people that make MiLB special
@Kelsie_Heneghan
December 22, 2021

This article first appeared in the 2021 edition of Major League Baseball's official World Series program.

Stott, O'Hoppe swiftly ascend Phillies' system

No. 2 prospect, rising catcher reach Triple-A in full-season debuts
@Kelsie_Heneghan
December 20, 2021

Each offseason, MiLB.com goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization. Click here to locate your favorite club. Over the past couple seasons, the Phillies have gotten closer to playoff contention,

Wepa! WooSox win Copa de la Diversión

Worcester claims annual 'Fun Cup' with energetic branding
@Kelsie_Heneghan
December 7, 2021

ORLANDO, Florida -- What started as a fan suggestion in 2020 led to a championship in 2021. The Worcester Red Sox were named winners of the Copa de la Diversión event series for their Los Wepas identity, receiving the recognition and the "Fun Cup” at the Baseball Winter Meetings Major

Fisher, Sanchez highlight White Sox rookies

Strong bats with versatile gloves get first tastes of The Show
@Kelsie_Heneghan
November 15, 2021

Each offseason, MiLB.com goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization. Click here to locate your favorite club. Things are heating up on the South Side. For the first time in

Robinson send-off earns Feel-Good MiLBY Award

Rangers' Huff, Marlins' Sims, Rookie the bat dog also snag honors
@Kelsie_Heneghan
November 10, 2021

Drew Robinson prepared for Triple-A Sacramento’s contest on July 20 like it was any other game. And it seemed that way through the pregame and the first two-and-a-half innings. But things changed as he made the walk from the on-deck circle to the batter's box for his first at-bat. “Please

Playoffs return to the Minor Leagues

Postseason best-of-5 series for three levels will start on Sept. 21
@Kelsie_Heneghan
July 1, 2021

Dust off your highest hopes because playoff baseball is returning to the Minor Leagues. After the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the 2020 season and pushed back the start of the 2021 campaign, the postseason was tentatively put on hold. But now, it's back for three levels. At the Double-A, High-A and

For Mahomes family, athleticism began on diamond

Before Patrick reached two Super Bowls, dad Pat shined on mound
@Kelsie_Heneghan
February 5, 2021

Decades before Patrick Mahomes II vied for the privilege to shout, “I’m going to Disney World!” Pat Mahomes Sr. was chasing his own ring in Orlando, Florida. The father of the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback spent 22 years in professional baseball, including stints with six Major League teams and 15

Top hats: 2020's most popular caps

These 10 designs were among the best-selling looks last year
@Kelsie_Heneghan
January 15, 2021

Minor League fans love a good ballcap. Even when they can’t go to the ballpark. In a year without games, fans from all over showed support for their favorite Minor League clubs with hat purchases. Whether it be the local ties, the bright colors or the head-turning designs, baseball caps

State of the System: Minnesota Twins

Lewis, Kirilloff lead batch of top prospects nearing the Majors
@Kelsie_Heneghan
December 14, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's State of the System series is evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlighting prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offering a peek at 2021. After a tough stretch for most of

Rays add three prospects in trade for Lowe

Rangers send Basabe, Hernandez, Ovalles for infielder, Guenther
@Kelsie_Heneghan
December 10, 2020

Trade season is in full effect for the Rays and Rangers. Tampa Bay acquired prospects Osleivis Basabe, Heriberto Hernandez and Alexander Ovalles in exchange for Nate Lowe, Jake Guenther and a player to be named later, the clubs announced on Thursday.

Virtual roundtable: Female leaders in MiLB

Front office executives reflect on their careers, state of the industry
@Kelsie_Heneghan
November 25, 2020

Earlier this month, the Miami Marlins named Kim Ng the first female general manager in the Major Leagues, joining a growing list of inspiring executives in affiliated baseball. In the wake of that historic news, six senior leaders from Minor League clubs came together virtually to exchange stories, celebrate Ng’s

Babe Woof howls as Halloweenie winner

Created by fans, furry slugger fetches Applegate mascot victory
@Kelsie_Heneghan
October 30, 2020

This Halloweenie, the fans have spoken and voted for the spookiest Frankenweenie mascot of their own creations! Presented by Applegate, Halloweenie challenged fans to build a fun new Minor League Baseball mascot and then vote on the top three results, all for the chance to win a plush toy replica

State of the System: Detroit Tigers

Torkelson leads next wave while Mize brings rebuild to Majors
@Kelsie_Heneghan
October 19, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's new State of the System series evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021. The Tigers missed the playoffs for the