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Miracle morph into the Mighty Mussels

New Fort Myers name, logos revolve around brawny bivalves
December 3, 2019

After 28 seasons as the Miracle, Fort Myers' Florida State League team is coming out of its shell. The Mighty Mussels have washed ashore. The Fort Myers Mighty Mussels name was unveiled to the public during a ballpark news conference Tuesday morning, alongside a logo set featuring the titular brawny bivalves

Twins' Costello found dead in New Zealand

Infield prospect was set to play in Australian Baseball League
November 18, 2019

Minnesota Twins infield prospect Ryan Costello died overnight in Auckland, New Zealand, his Australian Baseball League team announced early Monday. He was 23.

Larnach caps season with Twins' honor

No. 78 overall prospect starred at two levels in first full season
September 29, 2019

Trevor Larnach burned his way through two Minor League levels in his first full professional season, capturing midseason and end-of-season All-Star recognition as well as the Florida State League's MVP award. With the campaign in the books, he added to his haul Sunday.The Twins named's No. 78 overall prospect their 2019

Larnach, Romero grab top FSL awards

Miracle slugger, Crabs righty lead end-of-season All-Stars
August 29, 2019

The Florida State League may be known as a pitchers' league, but the biggest names on this year's list of honorees are reserved for those on the hitting side.Twins outfielder Trevor Larnach (Fort Myers) and Rays right-hander Tommy Romero (Charlotte) were named Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, as

Balazovic puts up five zeros for Miracle

Twins No. 4 prospect takes no-no into fifth, strikes out nine
August 28, 2019

Jordan Balazovic put an exclamation point on a breakout regular season.The fourth-ranked Twins prospect gave up two hits and struck out nine over five scoreless innings Wednesday, but Class A Advanced Fort Myers dropped a 2-1 decision to Dunedin in the first game of a doubleheader at Jack Russell Memorial Stadium.

Orimoloye Shell-Shocks the Tortugas with Two Home Runs in Win and Jimenez Records Second Save

Orimoloye accounts for four of five RBI in the game
August 21, 2019

Clearwater- Maximo Castillo had a strong beginning to the game allowing just two hits through the first two innings. The offense helped out in a big way with a Reggie Pruitt double to begin the game. A walk by Ryan Noda set the table for Demi Orimoloye. For the second

Late comeback falls short in 7-5 loss to Miracle

Franco reaches base four times in defeat
August 21, 2019

FORT MYERS, Fla. (August 21, 2019) - Wander Franco reached base four times and the Stone Crabs mounted a late comeback, but the Fort Myers Miracle held on for a 7-5 win at Hammond Stadium.With Charlotte (77-50, 42-19) trailing 7-3 entering the ninth inning, Zac Law singled to start the

Marauders' Swaggerty goes deep twice

Pirates No. 4 prospect records first career multi-homer game
August 17, 2019

Travis Swaggerty is having the best month of his career. The latest proof -- his first multi-homer game as a pro, which pushed Class A Advanced Bradenton past Lakeland, 3-2, on Saturday night at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium -- was the most emphatic power surge he's displayed since

Crabs' Franco posts season-high four hits

Top overall prospect sprays four singles, scores three times
August 11, 2019

The top of the lineup was menacing for the Stone Crabs on Sunday afternoon, and Wander Franco was in the center of it's top overall prospect notched his first four-hit game of the season and scored three times as Class A Advanced Charlotte romped past Tampa, 9-0, at George

Jays' Woods Richardson makes new home

Hurler becomes No. 7 Toronto prospect after Stroman trade
August 8, 2019

Simeon Woods Richardson was in the car with his parents on the way to report to the Mets' Class A Advanced affiliate in Port St. Lucie -- ready for his promotion to the Florida State League -- when he got word from his agent that he should stay close to

Rays' Ryan notches career-high 13 K's

Tampa Bay's No. 16 prospect tosses seven one-hit frames
August 7, 2019

Joe Ryan wasn't just good on Wednesday afternoon. He was close to being perfect.The Rays' No. 16 prospect struck out a career-high 13 batters and allowed just one hit over seven innings before Class A Advanced Charlotte bested Bradenton, 2-0, in the eighth frame of a seven-inning game at Charlotte

Schmidt posts zeros in longest pro start

Yankees No. 5 prospect scatters three hits over seven innings
August 5, 2019

The last time Clarke Schmidt took the hill in Lakeland, he was unhittable over five frames in his Florida State League debut.The fifth-ranked Yankees prospect found a way to outdo himself in his first appearance back Monday.Schmidt turned in a career-long seven innings -- scattering three hits and three walks

Twins promote Lewis to Double-A

No. 7 overall prospect hit .273 in July in Florida State League
July 27, 2019

Royce Lewis is staying in Florida, he's just moving about 600 miles northwest to the panhandle.After showing steady improvement over 140 games with Class A Advanced Fort Myers, spanning two seasons, the top Twins prospect was promoted to Double-A Pensacola of the Southern League, the team announced Saturday.

Stephan cruises in Tarpons' no-no

Yanks No. 8 prospect completes first Tampa gem in 11 months
July 26, 2019

Trevor Stephan says it's been a "funky" season for him, but things have felt like they're heading in the right direction, especially after his last outing. On Friday, he continued to progress with a historic gem.The Yankees' No. 8 prospect spun a seven-inning no-hitter as Class A Advanced Tampa topped

Stone Crabs' Romero spins two-hitter

Rays right-hander fans nine in second game of doubleheader
July 22, 2019

The nightcap of Monday's doubleheader marked the Class A Advanced Stone Crabs' fifth game in the past three days, and over that time, they burned through 11 pitchers. So when Tommy Romero took the mound at the start of Game 2 against Jupiter, his mission was simple."I kind of knew

Mitchell slams his way to a career day

Pirates No. 6 prospect homers with bases loaded, plates seven
July 21, 2019

The Marauders kept on putting runners on base and Cal Mitchell made sure to drive them in.Pittsburgh's sixth-ranked prospect racked up a career-high seven RBIs as Class A Advanced Bradenton romped over Tampa, 13-2, at George M. Steinbrenner Field. He smacked a grand slam and a double and scored twice

Stewart nearly Hammers down no-hitter

Marlins No. 21 prospect loses bid with two outs in ninth inning
July 20, 2019

Twice at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium on Saturday night, Will Stewart got mad. The second time came after his 108th and final pitch, the only one that landed for a hit. He had recorded 26 outs by that point, three of which were Bryce Denton's doing -- a strikeout and

For twins, all's well that ends Wells

Brothers hurl six scoreless innings in FSL, EL games
July 20, 2019

The Wells brothers may have been 900 miles apart, and 9,000 miles from their home in Australia, but their outings on Saturday were in the same ballpark.As Lachlan Wells was throwing six innings of shutout ball for Class A Advanced Fort Myers, twin brother and Orioles No. 25 prospect Alex Wells was matching

Pfeifer provides fire on mound for Frogs

Braves left-hander strikes out 17 over eight scoreless innings
July 18, 2019

After spending the bulk of his professional career in the bullpen, the Braves decided to change course with Philip Pfeifer midway through this season and put him back into the starting rotation.The early returns on the decision were fairly consistent ... until he picked it up a notch Thursday.Pfeifer turned

Howard puts up more zeros for Threshers

Phils No. 5 prospect deals five hitless frames, strikes out seven
July 14, 2019

Spencer Howard has been virtually unhittable since returning from the injured list.The Phillies' No. 5 prospect tossed five hitless innings Sunday, striking out seven and issuing one walk, in Class A Advanced Clearwater's 4-0 loss to Florida at Spectrum Field.

Larnach continues to set pace in FSL

Twins No. 4 prospect delivers four hits, three RBIs for Miracle
July 13, 2019

Trevor Larnach is on a roll, hitting .378 this month to push his average to a Florida State League-leading .316.On Saturday night,'s No. 93 overall prospect went 4-for-6 with three RBIs in Class A Advanced Fort Myers' 6-5, 11-inning loss to Bradenton at LECOM Park.