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Cal League series still baffling 13 years later

Lake Elsinore, Lancaster alumni recall wild weekend in 2007
February 26, 2020

Matt Antonelli had played in a baseball game each of the last 10 days. The prior night's win back home in Lake Elsinore ended at 9:39 local time. Account for maybe an hour to shower and load up the bus, and the Storm didn't depart for Lancaster until sometime around 11.

Betts trade official with addition of Downs

No. 44 overall prospect, Wong going from Dodgers to Red Sox
February 8, 2020

Baseball's blockbuster trade is finally official with the key addition of Dodgers' shortstop Jeter Downs. Downs, MLB.com's No. 44 overall prospect, and catcher Connor Wong were added to the deal that sends 2018 American League MVP Mookie Betts, left-hander David Price and cash from the Red Sox to the Dodgers. The trade was finalized

Toolshed: Burrell knows way to San Jose

Former Major Leaguer preparing for role as Giants hitting coach
January 24, 2020

At some point -- perhaps many points -- during the 2020 season, Pat Burrell is going to enter a Minor League dugout and have to introduce himself. He could lead with his status as a 12-year Major Leaguer. The 292 career homers. The top-20 National League MVP finishes in 2002

Simmons sped through Minors before Hall

Catcher: 'I just felt like I couldn't make an out' at lower levels
December 9, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- Ted Simmons learned a lesson pretty quickly at the start of his professional baseball career. It's a lesson prospects such as Wander Franco, Luis Robert and another switch-handed catcher in Adley Rutschman pick up to this day.In the Minor Leagues, have bat, will travel. Simmons' next stop:

Rawhide announce new ownership

December 7, 2019

VISALIA, California -- First Pitch Entertainment, LLC is set to become the new owners of the Visalia Rawhide, subject to final approval of Major League Baseball. After a long, successful stewardship in Visalia, Top of the Third Inc., representing the Seidler-O'Malley family ownership group, is selling the team to another

Rays get Edwards from Padres in Pham deal

No. 72 overall prospect accompanies Renfroe to Tampa Bay
December 6, 2019

Two of the best farm systems in baseball are swapping assets.The Padres on Friday sent infield prospect Xavier Edwards, outfielder Hunter Renfroe and a player to be named to the Rays for outfielder Tommy Pham and two-way prospect Jake Cronenworth.

Thomas socks Rawhide to Cal League title

Top D-backs prospect ropes a walk-off double in the 10th inning
September 15, 2019

Rest in peace, Chopper. Visalia broke the curse of Joe Charboneau's long-dead pet alligator to claim the 2019 California League championship.Top-ranked Arizona prospectAlek Thomas stroked a walk-off double in the 10th inning to propel Class A Advanced Visalia over Lake Elsinore, 4-3, on Saturday at Recreation Park. With the Game

Basabe puts Rawhide on brink of Cal title

D-backs infield prospect collects three RBIs in Game 3 win
September 14, 2019

The Rawhide are one win from their first California League championship since 1978. They got there on the back of Luis Alejandro Basabe.The D-backs infield prospect went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs as Visalia topped Lake Elsinore, 4-2, on Friday at Recreation Park, grabbing a 2-1 lead in the

Yanqui, Bartlett propel Rawhide in Game 2

D-backs prospects help even Cal League Championship Series
September 11, 2019

Yoel Yanqui and Cole Bartlett came up clutch as Visalia reduced the California League Championship Series to a best-of-3 affair.Yanqui singled in the go-ahead run in the fifth and Barlett gave up two hits over three innings of scoreless relief as the Rawhide edged Lake Elsinore, 2-1, in Game 2

Ornelas leads Storm in Cal Finals opener

No. 12 Padres prospect reaches base four times in Game 1
September 11, 2019

Tirso Ornelas found a groove down the stretch of the regular season that followed him all the way to the California League Championship Series. San Diego's No. 12 prospect finished 2-for-2 with two walks, an RBI and a run scored to propel Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore to a 5-2 Game

Martinez, Storm surge to Cal League Finals

Padres prospect hurls five shutout innings, offense pulls away
September 8, 2019

Adrian Martinez pitched well in the one regular-season start he made in the California League as Lake Elsinore hunted for a playoff spot. On an even more dramatic stage on Saturday, he was better than ever.The right-hander dealt five scoreless frames of one-hit ball in his postseason debut to pilot

Perdomo, Rawhide cap Cal League sweep

D-backs No. 7 prospect drives in four runs, hits .462 in series
September 7, 2019

On Wednesday, Geraldo Perdomo -- hitter of eight home runs in three Minor League seasons -- crushed the first pitch of Visalia's California League semifinal series with San Jose. He hit it so far, Rawhide manager Shawn Roof said, that the 19-year-old shortstop was a little startled. And it counted

Ornelas rallies Storm in extra-inning thriller

Padres No. 12 prospect delivers California League comeback
September 6, 2019

The Quakes and Storm weathered punch after punch and, ultimately, it took 10 innings to settle Game 2 of the best-of-5 California League South Division playoff series.No. 12 Padres prospectTirso Ornelas lofted a sacrifice fly to score Jalen Washington with the game-winner as Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore rallied for

Vernia flirts with perfection for Rawhide

D-backs prospect retires first 18 batters in playoff opener
September 5, 2019

Justin Vernia was nearly unhittable for Visalia on Wednesday night. In fact, he was nearly perfect.Making his Minor League postseason debut, the D-backs prospect carried a perfect game into the seventh inning as the Rawhide shut down San Jose, 3-1, in Game 1 of the best-of-5 California League North Division

Lake Elsinore storms back for magical win

Cal League club erased 10-run deficit with two outs in the ninth
August 30, 2019

Two outs in the ninth. Down 10 runs. Most of the fans already departed. Things were looking bleak for the Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore Storm against the JetHawks on Aug. 14 in Lancaster.The historic comeback that ensued defied odds, and the eyes of everyone there.

Rodriguez drives Cal League pitchers Nuts

Third-ranked Mariners prospect goes 5-for-5, plates four runs
August 29, 2019

Consistency. That's what has stuck out to Class A Advanced Modesto skipper Denny Hocking about Julio Rodriguez since the 18-year-old's promotion to the Nuts on Aug. 15.Seattle's third-ranked prospect has been consistent in preparation, attitude, approach -- and as he showcased Wednesday -- his results as well.Rodriguez went 5-for-5 with

Cal notes: Weiss no stranger to adversity

D-backs righty leans on family, friends, faith after losing parents
August 26, 2019

Visalia right-hander Ryan Weiss debuted in the California League with a scoreless outing on Aug. 6 against Stockton. He allowed two hits and two walks while striking out five over six innings in no-decision."It all kind of happened quick," Weiss said of his promotion from Class A Kane County. "This

Hawkins nets hat trick in San Jose rout

Giants outfielder goes 5-for-6, drives in career-high six runs
August 26, 2019

Class A Advanced San Jose has one more game in Stockton this season, but Courtney Hawkins probably won't want to leave.The 25-year-old outfielder tied team records for hits and homers in a game, going 5-for-6 with three long balls and a career-high six RBIs, as the Giants pounded the Ports,

Storm score in every inning in slufgest

Lake Elsinore becomes third Cal League team to achieve feat
August 25, 2019

It was an offensive night for the ages for Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore.The Storm became the third team in California League history to score in all nine innings, getting four hits apiece from Eguy Rosario and Padres No. 14 prospectTirso Ornelas, en route to a 16-12 victory over Lancaster

Nuts' Rizzo perfect in first five-hit game

M's No. 20 prospect boosts average seven points to .294
August 25, 2019

It's been a career year for Joe Rizzo, whose average has jumped more than 50 points in his second season with Class A Advanced Modesto. But with a little over a week left in the regular season, it seems as though he may be saving his best for last.The Mariners'

Campusano, Castro lead Cal honorees

Storm catcher, JetHawks first baseman named co-MVPs
August 21, 2019

The California League is known as a hitter's league, and it should come as no surprise that two sluggers will leave the Class A Advanced circuit with the biggest pieces of hardware.Lake Elsinore catcher Luis Campusano and Lancaster first baseman Luis Castro are 2019 Cal League co-MVPs, the league announced

Phillips hurls one-hit shutout for San Jose

Giants right-hander allows one baserunner, strikes out eight
August 18, 2019

After a pair of rough outings, Aaron Phillips turned in a solid bounceback performance in his last start. On Sunday, he took it to another level -- and went the distance in the process.The Giants right-hander tossed nine almost spotless innings in Class A Advanced San Jose's 4-0 win over

M's Rodriguez hit on forearm, exits game

No. 52 overall prospect had five hits in two Cal League contests
August 18, 2019

In a season that's already been impacted by injury, Julio Rodriguez had another scary incident on Saturday night. The second-ranked Mariners prospect was hit by a pitch on the left foream in the third inning of Class A Advanced Modesto's game against Lancaster. He stayed in the game but was replaced

Storm's Arias dazzles with four-hit night

Padres No. 16 prospect triples twice, falls double shy of cycle
August 17, 2019

Gabriel Arias put on nothing short of a hitting clinic on Saturday night.The Padres' No. 16 prospect went 4-for-4 with a homer, two triples, three RBIs and a pair of runs scored in Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore's 7-2 win over Stockton at The Diamond.