Winston-Salem's Weil named Broadcaster of the Year

Dash's second-year voice honored by his peers

October 8, 2019 12:45 PM ET

Joe Weil, the play-by-play broadcaster for the Winston-Salem Dash, has earned the Carolina League's eighth-annual Broadcaster of the Year award. Weil received the most votes among the league's lead broadcasters and broadcast assistants.

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Blue Rocks roll to first Mills Cup since '99

Lugo, other young Royals arms stay dominant through Game 5

Wilmington captured its fifth Carolina League title since 1994 and first of the 21st century. (Wilmington Blue Rocks)

By Bob Sutton | September 14, 2019 11:31 PM ET

Rito Lugo and young Kansas City Royals arms stayed dominant as Class A Advanced Wilmington beat Fayetteville, 2-0, in a decisive Game 5 of to win the Mills Cup.

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Cox hurls gem, keeps Blue Rocks alive

Royals No. 21 prospect throws six one-hit innings in Game 4

Austin Cox has recorded 14 strikeouts in 12 innings during the Carolina League playoffs. (Wilmington Blue Rocks)

By Andrew Battifarano | September 13, 2019 9:36 PM ET

Royals No. 21 prospect Austin Cox allowed one hit over six innings as Wilmington blanked Fayetteville, 2-0, to force a decisive fifth game in the Mills Cup Finals on Friday.

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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Toolshed: Hicklen more than raw talent

No. 15 Royals prospect adding power to impressive speed

A seventh-round pick in 2017, Brewer Hicklen smacked eight of his 14 home runs this season in August. (Ken Inness/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | September 13, 2019 10:15 AM ET

No. 15 Royals prospect Brewer Hicklen wants to be known as more than simply a well-rounded athlete, and in pursuit of his second title in two full seasons, he's begun to look like a late-blooming baseball star.

Sam Dykstra is a reporter for MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Rodriguez gets Woodpeckers closer to title

Astros No. 26 prospect fans seven over six innings in Game 3

Nivaldo Rodriguez has recorded three starts of at least six innings this season. (Joseph Dwyer/Fayetteville Woodpeckers)

By Andrew Battifarano | September 12, 2019 9:30 PM ET

Astros No. 26 prospect Nivaldo Rodriguez struck out seven and allowed a run on three hits over six innings as Fayetteville edged Wilmington, 2-1, to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-5 Mills Cup Finals.

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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Melendez delivers in clutch for Blue Rocks

Royals No. 9 prospect's RBI single helps even Mills Cup Finals

MJ Melendez collected 34 extra-base hits and 54 RBIs for Wilmington during the regular season. (Ken Inness/MiLB.com)

By Michael Avallone | September 11, 2019 11:20 PM ET

Kansas City Royals No. 9 prospect MJ Melendez delivered a tiebreaking single as Class A Advanced Wilmington rallied past Fayetteville, 5-4, to even the Mills Cup Finals at a game apiece.

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

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Hensley lofts Fayetteville to early lead

Astros infielder belts first playoff tater in Mills Cup Finals opener

In 28 regular-season games for the Woodpeckers, Hensley batted .327 with 18 RBIs and 10 runs scored. (Lance Carter/MiLB.com)

By Dan Stokes | September 10, 2019 10:54 PM ET

Astros prospect David Hensley went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer as Fayetteville edged the Wilmington, 2-1, in Game 1 of the best-of-5 Mills Cup Finals.

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Blue Rocks cap comeback, advance

Wilmington to play for Mills Cup after Lugo strikes out 10

Wilmington celebrates after securing its first Mills Cup Finals berth since 2015. (Brad Glazier/Wilmington Blue Rocks)

By Dan Stokes | September 8, 2019 6:19 PM ET

Royals prospect Rito Lugo struck out 10 over six innings as Wilmington reeled off its third straight win, 6-3 over Salem to advance to the Carolina League Championship Series.

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Hill's walk-off hit buoys Blue Rocks

Wilmington nips Salem, forces Game 5 in Mills Cup semis

Tyler Hill, a 19th-round pick by the Red Sox in the 2014 Draft, joined Wilmington on Aug. 9. (Ken Inness/MiLB.com)

By Duane Cross | September 7, 2019 11:28 PM ET

Royals prospect Tyler Hill singled home the winning run in the 10th inning as Wilmington edged Salem, 5-4, to force a decisive fifth game in the Carolina League semifinals.

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

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Hicklen delivers Blue Rocks from brink

Royals No. 15 prospect stuns with walk-off bunt in semifinals

Brewer Hicklen tied for fourth in the Carolina League with 14 homers during the regular season. (Ken Inness/MiLB.com)

By Duane Cross | September 6, 2019 11:54 PM ET

Royals No. 15 prospect Brewer Hicklen delivered a walk-off bunt as Wilmington nipped Salem, 3-2, to avoid a sweep in the best-of-3 Carolina League semifinals.

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

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