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Valdez clubs trifecta for Space Cowboys

Astros infield prospect third player in club history to achieve feat
@RobTnova24
June 16, 2022

Enmanuel Valdez has been with Triple-A Sugar Land for exactly one week, but he's already established a reputation in his new clubhouse -- and a legendary one at that. After notching a multihomer game in his debut, the Astros infield prospect clubbed three home runs for the first time in

Louisville's Okey hits for the cycle

The backstop claims the seventh cycle in Bats history
@RobTnova24
June 4, 2022

Chris Okey already had a single, a home run and a triple in the game when he was on-deck with two outs in the ninth inning on Saturday night. The backstop had already driven in three runs and scored twice, and Triple-A Louisville had a sizeable lead on the scoreboard.

Loons notch first triple play of the year

Five Great Lakes players combine to achieve the feat in wild fashion
@RobTnova24
June 4, 2022

It's been 60 days since the Minor League season kicked off, and if you're a fan of milestones, you haven't been disappointed so far. There have been multiple three-homer games by prospects, many exciting no-hitters across the league and a few cycles also sprinkled in to this point. However, the

Tarpons' Calderon twirls no-hitter in season debut

Yankees righty whiffs seven over seven frames in twinbill's nightcap
@RobTnova24
May 25, 2022

As Tampa's Yorlin Calderon faced Lakeland's Roberto Campos with two outs in the seventh inning of Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader, the right-hander had an opportunity to seal a milestone. And it was the only chance he was going to get to go the distance and finish the feat himself.

Missions notch second no-no in less than a week

Lillie, Baez, Hernandez, Fox combine for feat against RockHounds
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May 19, 2022

As the great Yogi Berra said, "It's like déjà vu all over again." And for the Missions, it certainly feels that way. For the second time in three games, Double-A San Antonio had four pitchers combine on a no-hitter. Ryan Lillie, Michel Baez, Osvaldo Hernandez and Mason Fox delivered the

Pelicans flip offense on, and it doesn't shut off

Myrtle Beach sends 58 to plate, scores 24 runs, notches 22 hits
@RobTnova24
May 5, 2022

When Wednesday's game between Single-A Myrtle Beach and Salem was over, the box score showed 24 runs on 22 hits -- and that was just one side of it. The Pelicans offense delivered a Minor League season high in runs during the 24-6 romp over the Red Sox at Haley

Indy nearly twirls second no-no of season

Four Pirates pitching prospects wind up combining on one-hitter
@RobTnova24
April 27, 2022

After laying claim to the first no-hitter of the year, Triple-A Indianapolis came within two outs of the second one. Instead, the Indians settled for a most unconventional one-hit shutout.

18 up, 18 down for Chaidez in first pro start

Astros righty made six career relief appearances coming into game
@RobTnova24
April 21, 2022

It had been three years since Adrian Chaidez took the hill to start a game. But the Astros organization decided last week it was time to stretch the 22-year-old out. So Chaidez got the ball for High-A Asheville on Wednesday, and he responded with authority -- and perfection.

De Jong, Indy deliver first no-no of season

Relievers Brice, De Los Santos finish off milestone for the Indians
@RobTnova24
April 14, 2022

The first no-hitter for the 2022 season is in the books, and it belongs to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Then and now: Carolina League

Game’s brightest stars left lasting legacy in baseball hotbed
@RobTnova24
April 4, 2022

Following Major League Baseball's announcement that historical league names are returning to the Minors in 2022, MiLB.com provides a refresher on each of the 11 circuits from Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Single-A -- including past champions, famous alumni and more.

Then and now: International League

With 20 teams, largest loop in the Minors boasts storied history
@RobTnova24
March 17, 2022

Following Major League Baseball's announcement that historical league names are returning to the Minors in 2022, MiLB.com provides a refresher on each of the 11 circuits from Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Single-A -- including past champions, famous alumni and more. Retrace the first steps of baseball’s integration, hail to the

Saints celebrate barnstorming Colored Gophers

St. Paul also pays respects to 'Daddy,' the club's legendary founder
@RobTnova24
February 14, 2022

Before the first National Negro League was formed in 1920, Black baseball teams were making substantial strides to grow their popularity across the country. One of those teams is not widely regarded in the history books, possibly because it was only around for four years, but the legacy of the

Big Papi stole derby spotlight with Timber Rattlers

Ortiz outslugged Griffey, A-Rod in first full season in Minor Leagues
@RobTnova24
January 25, 2022

This story was originally published in 2020. It's being resurfaced now in the light of David Ortiz's election into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Luciano, Murphy lead next wave bound for Bay

Shortstop, righty on track to help Giants sustain winning ways
@RobTnova24
January 4, 2022

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.

Varland, Sabato provide hope for the Twin Cities

Dominant hurler, big-time slugger impress with flashy campaigns
@RobTnova24
December 1, 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.

Veen, Romo provide Rocky Mountain hope

Colorado's rebuild shows lots of promise at lower levels of system
@RobTnova24
November 10, 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.

Ashcraft ready to recharge Big Red machine

Righty leading the next wave of young talent headed to Cincinnati
@RobTnova24
November 5, 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.

Hot Rods force Game 5 in High-A East Finals

Qsar, Williams set stage for winner-take-all finale with 'Hoppers
@RobTnova24
September 28, 2021

There was no tomorrow for Bowling Green, and the Hot Rods played like it.

Emeralds claim third championship in 5 seasons

Murphy, Luciano sparkle for Eugene in title-clinching victory
@RobTnova24
September 25, 2021

After missing a chance to sweep the High-A West Championship Series on Thursday, the Eugene Emeralds took care of business on Friday.

Beauchamp, Withrow in league of their own

Women not only head groundskeepers, but ground breakers as well
@RobTnova24
September 21, 2021

It’s one of the game's lesser-known exclusive clubs, and Caroline Beauchamp and Leah Withrow are honored to be a part of it. But they hope it expands -- and soon. Out of 120 teams in Minor League Baseball, the pair are the only women serving as head groundskeepers. To expand

Minor League Baseball's Labor of Love

Triple-A West takes center stage during the nation's day off
@RobTnova24
September 7, 2021

Barbecues, beach days and baseball. What more is there to Labor Day? As grills were fired up across the nation and the aroma of hot dogs and burgers filled backyards everywhere, clubs across Minor League Baseball took a moment to acknowledge the day in which employees are honored by taking

Red-hot Bailey coming back strong from injury

No. 8 Giants prospect delivers homer, two doubles for San Jose
@RobTnova24
August 26, 2021

Welcome back, Patrick Bailey.

Quakes executive, family try out new game

Pope finds appearing on NBC show to be a lot like workplace
@RobTnova24
August 17, 2021

It was a dream come true. Chris Pope, an executive for the Low-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, has been a fan of game shows his entire life. So when a casting company reached out to him at work about potentially participating on a new show with a team of four family

Trio of hurlers twirl first no-no in FredNats history

Chu, Willingham and Strom combine to complete seven-inning feat
@RobTnova24
August 15, 2021

It was history with a dash of dominance.

Conine stays step ahead of Melendez in power race

Pensacola outfielder hits his 30th; catcher homers in Omaha debut
@RobTnova24
August 12, 2021

In a race that has traversed three levels with a number of lead changes, Griffin Conine and MJ Melendez continued to duel -- and flex -- for the top spot in the Minor Leagues' home run column this season.