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Hot Rods capture South Atlantic League crown

Strong pitching leads Bowling Green to second consecutive title
@Steph_Sheehan
September 22, 2022

For the second year in a row, the Bowling Green Hot Rods have taken home a title. The Rays’ High-A affiliate bounced back from a big defeat in Game 2 and shut down the powerful Aberdeen offense en route to a 4-0 victory in a decisive Game 3 to claim

St. Lucie completes sweep to win FSL title

Perfect in playoffs, Mets affiliate wins first crown since 2006
@Steph_Sheehan
September 21, 2022

The St. Lucie Mets needed an improbable home run to take Game 1 of the Florida State League Championship Series. On Tuesday, though, they took full control of their destiny. New York's Single-A affiliate took home a league title for the first time since 2006, defeating Dunedin, 6-3, at Clover

RailRiders' Volpe belts first two Triple-A homers

Top Yankees prospect hits 20-HR mark for second straight year
@Steph_Sheehan
September 8, 2022

It’s only Anthony Volpe’s sixth game at Triple-A, but from the way he’s been swinging the bat, you’d think he’d already be in pinstripes. MLB’s No. 5 overall prospect cranked his first two home runs at the Minors’ highest level -- one to left-center field, one to right-center -- in

'It was really special:' Toglia slugs three homers

Colorado's No. 14 prospect gives 'Topes homers in 17 straight
@Steph_Sheehan
August 28, 2022

Triple-A Albuquerque has been hitting a lot of home runs lately. Michael Toglia was the latest player to join the long ball party with a milestone performance on Saturday that not only secured a pair of personal records, but a team mark as well. Colorado’s No. 14 prospect clubbed the

OKC's Outman seals cycle with walk-off homer

Dodgers' No. 13 prospect finished 5-for-5 with six RBIs
@Steph_Sheehan
August 27, 2022

The 2022 season has been nothing short of a whirlwind for James Outman. He started the year in Double-A, made his Major League debut with the Dodgers in July, homered in his first at-bat and was optioned back to Triple-A six games later. But in a season full of firsts,

Englert extends hitless streak to 14 1/3 innings

Texas righty adds six no-hit frames as Hickory takes bid into 9th
@Steph_Sheehan
August 18, 2022

Though High-A Hickory fell two outs short of their third no-hitter of the season, Mason Englert is still in the midst of an unprecedented stretch of his own. The Rangers prospect extended his hitless streak to 14 1/3 innings, scattering a walk and two hit batsmen across six scoreless frames

Alvarez earns win as Lansing's first female manager

Trailblazing coach has worked in Athletics organization since 2019
@Steph_Sheehan
August 18, 2022

The High-A Lansing Lugnuts had never had a woman serve on their coaching staff before, let alone manage a game. Veronica Alvarez broke those barriers in one fell swoop. Filling in for manager Phil Pohl while he’s on vacation, Alvarez earned her first affiliated baseball managerial victory with the Athletics’

On July 4th, Bisons honor 100-year-old veteran

After missing tryout 80 years ago, Kinyon becomes part of team
@Steph_Sheehan
July 4, 2022

For 100-year-old Roy Kinyon, it was a night 80 years in the making. In 1942, the high school baseball star was set to try out for the Buffalo Bisons, but he turned them down to join the U.S. Navy and fight in World War II. On Monday, the Blue Jays’

Great Lakes' De Jesus hits for the cycle

Dodgers prospect completes feat he just missed out last season
@Steph_Sheehan
June 17, 2022

On Sept. 5, 2021, Alex De Jesus finished a triple shy of the cycle. Then with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, the Dodgers infield prospect wound up on third base for what was ruled a double with an error that allowed him to advance. He finished the game with a homer, two

Greenville's Northcut smacks three home runs

Red Sox prospect collects career-high eight RBIs in the effort
@Steph_Sheehan
June 10, 2022

Nicholas Northcut is always confident in his swing. In a way, it wasn’t a surprise that the 22-year-old slugger crushed three home runs in a game for the first time in his pro career. But it didn’t stop his excitement about it. “It felt pretty good,” Northcut said. “It’s always

Saints' Steer notches first three-homer game

Twins' No. 9 prospect has clubbed four long balls in past two games
@Steph_Sheehan
June 5, 2022

Spencer Steer entered Sunday’s contest with three home runs in 12 Triple-A games. By game’s end, he had doubled that total. The ninth-ranked Twins prospect smacked three long balls and drove in five runs in St. Paul’s 16-7 win over Iowa, marking the first time the 24-year-old has hit for

Sacramento's Dean belts three home runs

River Cats slugger hits the trifecta for first time in 10-year career
@Steph_Sheehan
May 15, 2022

It was a prodigious display of power for Austin Dean on Sunday afternoon. For the first time in his 10-year professional career, the 28-year-old belted three home runs in a single game in Triple-A Sacramento's 11-8 comeback win over El Paso. It also marked the first time since July 16,

Trio of Smokies pitchers combines for no-hitter

Remy, Correa, Ramos combine on club's first no-no since 2013
@Steph_Sheehan
May 11, 2022

Peyton Remy has known Danis Correa and Eury Ramos since the three of them started out in Rookie ball nearly five years ago. On Wednesday, the trio of righties combined on a milestone – a no-hitter for Double-A Tennessee in its 5-0 victory over Montgomery. It was the Cubs affiliate's

Varland brothers square off in 'emotional' pitching matchup

'It’s one of those games we’ll remember for the rest of our lives'
@Steph_Sheehan
May 6, 2022

Gus and Louie Varland have played baseball with each other their entire lives, from Little League to high school to college together at Concordia-St.Paul in Minnesota. The brothers pitched against each other on Opening Night in April – Gus with Double-A Tulsa and Louie with Double-A Wichita – but Louie

Bello tosses seven-inning no-no for Sea Dogs

No. 5 Red Sox prospect works around run, three walks in milestone
@Steph_Sheehan
May 5, 2022

Brayan Bello had only thrown seven innings once in his four-year professional career prior to Thursday night. When he did it for the second time in Double-A Portland’s 3-1 win over Reading in Game 2 of a doubleheader, he did it in emphatic fashion – namely a 96-pitch, seven-inning no-hitter.

Sacramento's Padlo parks three home runs

River Cats slugger matches career high with six-RBI afternoon
@Steph_Sheehan
May 1, 2022

Kevin Padlo has hit six home runs this season, three of them on Sunday. All six of them have been at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque. But Padlo does not play for the Isotopes. The 25-year-old infielder has played for two different teams in the young season. He posted a two-homer

Bulls' Boldt surprised by first three-homer game

Rays outfield prospect finishes career night with four hits, five RBIs
@Steph_Sheehan
April 28, 2022

Ryan Boldt hadn't hit a home run since Sept. 12, 2021. That all changed with a vengeance Thursday night. Donning a slick throwback jersey for Triple-A Durham, the left fielder hit the trifecta in a 4-for-4, five-RBI performance en route to the Bulls' 8-2 win over Memphis at the Durham

'It was a blast': Kerry fans career-high 12

Righty allows just one hit over five frames for Trash Pandas
@Steph_Sheehan
April 14, 2022

What’s better than setting a career high in strikeouts to start the season? Breaking that record the very next start. That’s what Brett Kerry did Thursday night. The right-handed Angels prospect fanned 12 while allowing one run on one hit over five innings in Double-A Rocket City's 5-3 loss to

Then and now: Midwest League

Everything old new again after last year's bump to High-A
@Steph_Sheehan
March 30, 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: Southern League

Long after Aaron broke boundaries, circuit adding to its legacy
@Steph_Sheehan
March 23, 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. Take a tour of the Double-A Southern League, where baseball

Lugnuts honor dominant Page Fence Giants

Lansing will continue to pay homage to successful 1890s squad
@Steph_Sheehan
February 7, 2022

The Page Fence Giants only existed for four years, but they were one of the most dominant Black baseball teams of all time. Founded in 1894 in Adrian, Michigan, by Bud Fowler and Grant “Home Run” Johnson because of the color barrier, the Giants won over 100 games in each