Cal North carries rich history into new year

Division's four teams all date to circuit's 1940s, '50s beginnings

Merced's Billy Hebert (l), Wally Westlake and Tony Ferrera played in the Cal League's first All-Star Game. (Courtesy of Michael Rinehart)

By Josh Jackson | January 28, 2019 10:00 AM ET

The California League North Division features four teams that have origins in the circuit's earliest days, when World War II shook up baseball.

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Adell to continue climb at Angels camp

Top prospects Canning, Marsh also get big league invitations

Jo Adell participated in the All-Star Futures Game last summer at the age of 19. (vpbowers.com)

By Daren Smith | January 25, 2019 8:51 PM ET

Top prospect Jo Adell's meteoric rise through the Angels' system continued Friday with an invitation to Major League camp at Spring Training.

Daren Smith is an editor for 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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Duplantier gets D-backs camp invitation

Top prospect posted 2.55 ERA in 16 Double-A starts in 2018

Jon Duplantier gets his first invitation to big league camp, a season after right biceps tendinitis limited him to 74 innings. (Jackson Generals)

By Gerard Gilberto | January 23, 2019 7:39 PM ET

D-backs right-hander Jon Duplantier headlines a group of non-roster invitees to big league Spring Training that includes five ranked prospects.

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A's Murray opts to enter NFL draft

Heisman Trophy winner, No. 4 prospect may stick with football

Kyler Murray passed for 4,361 yards, ran for 1,001 and totaled 54 touchdowns for Oklahoma this past season. (Jeff Chiu/AP)

By Chris Bumbaca | January 9, 2019 11:10 PM ET

The A's reportedly are preparing for Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, their fourth-ranked prospect and 2018 first-round pick, to enter the NFL Draft and continue his football career.

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Cal League selling caps for a cause

Proceeds from firefighter-themed hats to support relief efforts

December 3, 2018 10:14 AM ET

The eight California League teams are selling limited-edition firefighter-themed caps, with proceeds going toward relief efforts in the wake of devastating wildfires.

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Bolt caps breakout year with AFL stint

A's No. 30 prospect looks to maintain consistency with Solar Sox

Skye Bolt put together his best pro season in 2018, hitting 19 homers and stealing 19 bases. (Shawn E. Davis/MiLB.com)

By Vincent Lara-Cinisomo | October 12, 2018 10:32 AM ET

After an aggressive approach and increased strength led to his best season as a pro, Athletics prospect Skye Bolt his ready to shine with the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League.

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Quakes ride long ball to Cal League title

Dodgers affiliate caps sweep with four blasts, Anderson's gem

Rancho Cucamonga led all California League teams with 13 homers in the postseason. (Jerry Espinoza/MiLB.com)

By Gerard Gilberto | September 15, 2018 2:48 AM ET

Rancho Cucamonga captured its third Cal League championship on the strength of four homers and a one-hit gem by Dodgers prospect Isaac Anderson, completing a sweep of Visalia with a 9-1 win.

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Ghani named top Cal League umpire

28-year-old Californian is ninth recipient of the Doug Harvey Award

September 13, 2018 4:38 PM ET

The California League, the only full-season league in Minor League Baseball to honor an umpire, announced its award for 2018 Umpire of the Year.

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Thomas, Quakes go home with 2-0 lead

Dodgers prospect belts grand slam in California League Finals

Cody Thomas is batting .385 with six extra-base hits and seven RBIs in six playoff games. (Jerry Espinoza/MiLB.com)

By Tyler Maun | September 13, 2018 2:40 AM ET

Dodgers prospect Cody Thomas belted a grand slam and tripled as Rancho Cucamonga roared past Visalia, 9-3, to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 Cal League Championship Series.

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

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Quakes win Game 1 on Walker's homer

Dodgers prospect hammers go-ahead shot Cal League Finals

Jared Walker was 0-for-12 in the postseason before his go-ahead homer in the ninth inning Tuesday. (Jerry Espinoza/MiLB.com)

By Tyler Maun | September 12, 2018 2:25 AM ET

Jared Walker smacked a go-ahead solo homer in the ninth inning on Tuesday, giving Rancho Cucamonga a 5-4 victory over Visalia in Game 1 of the best-of-5 California League Championship Series.

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

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