Appy notes: Wilson embraces relief role

Braves righty settling into pro ball after shining at plate in college

By Bob Sutton | July 17, 2018 10:55 AM ET

Danville right-hander Brooks Wilson is settling nicely into his bullpen role in the pros after shining at the plate in college.

Bob Sutton is a contributor to MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Rays' Franco, Braves' Higginbotham named July 9-15 Players of the Week

By Betsy Haugh | July 16, 2018 1:47 PM ET

REDINGTON SHORES, Fla. - Princeton Rays shortstop Wander Franco and Danville Braves pitcher Jake Higginbotham have been named Appalachian League Players of the Week for July 9-15, as announced by Minor League Baseball Monday.

The Appalachian League is a Rookie (Advance) league in Minor League Baseball that consists of 10 teams across North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The league was established in 1911, and the modern Appalachian League began play in 1957. For more information about the Appalachian League, please visit appyleague.com or follow the league on Twitter (@AppyLeague). This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Princeton's Franco completes first cycle

Rays No. 7 prospect belts two homers, plates career-best six

By Andrew Battifarano | July 14, 2018 10:30 PM ET

Rays No. 7 prospect Wander Franco hit for the cycle, belting two homers and driving in a career-best six runs to power Rookie-level Princeton to a 13-1 thumping of Pulaski on Saturday.

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Nine Appy League alums to play in 2018 Futures Game

By Betsy Haugh | July 14, 2018 4:44 PM ET

Nine former Appalachian League players will take part in the 2018 Futures Game as part of the MLB All-Star Game festivities in Washington D.C. The Futures Game will take place at 4 p.m. on July 15 at Nationals Park and will be broadcast live on MLB Network.

The Appalachian League is a Rookie (Advance) league in Minor League Baseball that consists of 10 teams across North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The league was established in 1911, and the modern Appalachian League began play in 1957. For more information about the Appalachian League, please visit appyleague.com or follow the league on Twitter (@AppyLeague). This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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India busts out in big way for Greeneville

Reds' first-round selection bucks 0-for-12 start with first hit, homer

By Vincent Lara-Cinisomo | July 12, 2018 10:22 PM ET

Reds' first-round pick Jonathan India homered, doubled and singled after going 0-for-12 at the start of his career as Rookie-level Greeneville beat Kingsport, 5-4.

Vince Lara-Cinisomo is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @vincelara. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Willems hits for the cycle in Reds' loss

Infield prospect matches career highs with three RBIs, three runs

By Michael Avallone | July 10, 2018 11:03 PM ET

Reds prospect Jonathan Wilhelm doubled in the eighth inning to complete the cycle and his first career four-hit game, but Rookie-level Greeneville fell to Kingsport, 13-12, on Tuesday.

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Rays' Qsar, Reds' Gray named July 2-8 Players of the Week

By Betsy Haugh | July 9, 2018 2:48 PM ET

REDINGTON SHORES, Fla. - Princeton Rays outfielder Jordan Qsar and Greeneville Reds pitcher Josiah Gray have been named Appalachian League players of the week for July 2 through July 8 by Minor League Baseball, as announced Monday.

The Appalachian League is a Rookie (Advance) league in Minor League Baseball that consists of 10 teams across North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The league was established in 1911, and the modern Appalachian League began play in 1957. For more information about the Appalachian League, please visit appyleague.com or follow the league on Twitter (@AppyLeague). This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Gorman shows off power again for Cardinals

No. 19 overall Draft selection homers for fifth time in five games

By Andrew Battifarano | July 6, 2018 12:41 AM ET

Cardinals first-round pick Nolan Gorman homered for the fifth time in five games, but the Rookie-level Johnson City Cardinals dropped a 6-3 decision to the Bristol Pirates on Thursday.

Andrew Battifarano is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter, @AndrewAtBatt. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Greeneville's Gray unhittable for five

Reds' supplemental second-rounder fans five in third pro start

By Vincent Lara-Cinisomo | July 3, 2018 10:17 PM ET

Cincinnati Reds supplemental second-rounder Josiah Gray struck out five in his third pro start as Rookie-level Greeneville defeated Johnson City, 8-2.

Vince Lara-Cinisomo is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @vincelara. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Appy notes: Jays' Danner catching on

Young backstop is no stranger to playing well under the spotlight

By Bob Sutton | July 3, 2018 10:19 AM ET

Blue Jays catching prospect Hagen Danner will get plenty of attention with Rookie-level Bluefield this year, but the 2017 second-round Draft pick is already accustomed to playing under the spotlight.

Bob Sutton is a contributor to MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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