Cougars' philanthropy is a grand slam

Kane County Baseball Foundation lauded at Winter Meetings

Kane County was honored last month on the Nasdaq MarketSite Tower that looms over Times Square in midtown Manhattan. (Nasdaq)

By Michael Avallone | January 13, 2020 11:20 AM ET

The Kane County Cougars, Class A affiliate of the D-backs, have made charitable endeavors as much a focus of their persona and reputation as on-field success in the Midwest League.

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Reds invite Lodolo, India to big league camp

Top prospects, former No. 1 picks among 16 non-roster invitees

The Reds selected Nick Lodolo seventh overall in last year's Draft out of Texas Christian. (Dayton Dragons)

By Jordan Wolf | January 10, 2020 8:33 PM ET

The Reds announced Friday that left-hander Nick Lodolo and infielder Jonathan India, two of their top three prospects, are among 16 non-roster players invited to big league Spring Training.

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

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Cardinals deal for Rays lefty Liberatore

2018 first-round pick has racked up 113 whiffs in 111 pro frames

Matthew Liberatore held foes to a .237 average in 78 1/3 innings for Bowling Green in 2019. (Chris Robertson/KZONE images)

By Kelsie Heneghan and Joe Bloss | January 9, 2020 7:59 PM ET

The St. Louis Cardinals nabbed 2018 first-rounder Matthew Liberatore, catcher Edgardo Rodriguez and a 66th overall pick from the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielders Randy Arozarena, Jose Martinez and a 38th overall pick.

Kelsie Heneghan is a reporter for MiLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @Kelsie_Heneghan. Joe Bloss 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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Thompson spins South Bend atop Midwest

Cubs No. 13 prospect fans 10 in five hitless in sweep to crown

South Bend captured its first Midwest League championship since becoming a Cubs affiliate. (Paul Gierhart/MiLB.com)

By Jordan Wolf | September 14, 2019 10:23 PM ET

Chicago Cubs No. 13 prospect Riley Thompson struck out 10 over five hitless innings to lead Class A South Bend to a 5-0 win over Clinton and a three-game sweep for the Midwest championship.

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Cubs walk off with 2-0 series lead

Roederer scores on wild pitch in 10th in Midwest League Finals

South Bend is one win away from its first Midwest League championship since 2005. (South Bend Cubs)

By Curt Rallo | September 13, 2019 2:04 AM ET

Cole Roederer scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the 10th inning as South Bend topped Clinton, 3-2, to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 Midwest League Championship Series.

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LumberKings to play for Midwest crown

No. 10 Marlins prospect Misner scores three times in clincher

Clinton outscored its opponents, 29-9, in the five games it took to reach the Midwest League Finals. (Clinton LumberKings)

By Joe Bloss | September 9, 2019 11:53 PM ET

Miami Marlins No. 10 prospect Kameron Misner helped Class A Clinton earn a spot in the Midwest League Championship Series with a 6-2 win over Cedar Rapids.

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Cubs secure spot in Midwest Finals

Davis sparks South Bend to second straight playoff sweep

The top four batters in South Bend's lineup combined to go 9-for-18 with six RBIs in Game 2. (South Bend Cubs)

By Joe Bloss | September 8, 2019 9:48 PM ET

With two hits and RBI from third-ranked Cubs prospect Brennen Davis, South Bend beat Great Lakes, 7-2, on Sunday to sweep its best-of-3 Midwest League semifinal series.

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Roberson's gem leads LumberKings

Marlins righty whiffs career-best 10 over five scoreless frames

Josh Roberson has recorded 25 strikeouts over his last four starts with Clinton. (Paul R. Gierhart/MiLB.com)

By Andrew Battifarano | September 7, 2019 11:38 PM ET

Marlins prospect Josh Roberson fanned a career-high 10 and allowed three hits over five innings as Class A Clinton blanked Cedar Rapids, 4-0, on Saturday at NelsonCorp Field in Game 1 of the Midwest League semifinals.

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Lewis lifts off twice in Loons' clincher

Fourth-rounder drives in four runs, helps Great Lakes advance

The Loons celebrate after earning a Midwest League semifinal matchup with South Bend. (Alex Seder/Great Lakes Loons)

By Chris Bumbaca | September 6, 2019 11:27 PM ET

Dodgers prospect Brandon Lewis homered twice and drove in four runs as Great Lakes blanked Lake County, 5-0, on Friday to advance to the Midwest League semifinals.

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Clinton sweeps behind unhittable Walters

Marlins right-hander doesn't allow a hit for second straight start

In 19 games with the LumberKings, Walters went 7-4 mark with a 2.35 ERA and 87 whiffs over 92 innings. (Paul R. Gierhart/MiLB.com)

By Dan Stokes | September 6, 2019 1:17 AM ET

Miami Marlins righty Jake Walters tossed seven hitless frames for the second straight start to propel Class A Clinton to a 10-1 win over Kane County and a berth in the Midwest League semifinals.

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

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