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Kohlwey corrals cycle that eluded him in June

Padres outfield prospect's triple seals Chihuahuas' fourth cycle
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After falling short of the cycle on June 29 against Triple-A Oklahoma City, Taylor Kohlwey made sure to finish the job this time. In Triple-A El Paso's win over Oklahoma City a couple months ago, the 2016 21st-round selection finished 4-for-5 with a homer, two doubles and a single, along

Ben Hill's MiLB at Field of Dreams gameday journal

A real-time account of a cinematically inspired cornfield contest
@BensBiz
August 9, 2022

DYERSVILLE, Iowa -- "If you write it, they will read." As I traveled into Iowa, marveling at the grandeur of the mighty Mississippi, this sentiment echoed through my head. Whether a ghostly transmission or a convenient manifestation of my subconscious, it matters not. Cinematic inspiration is everywhere today, as the

Cardinals' Koperniak cycles for Springfield

St. Louis prospect registers team's first feat since 2011
@tylermaun
1:16 AM EDT

The last time the Springfield Cardinals had a player hit for the cycle, Matt Koperniak was 13 years old.

Around the Minors: The week of Aug. 8

Sights and sounds from action across Minor League Baseball
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Aug. 9

Road to The Show™: Astros right-hander Brown

No. 80 overall prospect moving quickly for a late bloomer
@Gerard_Gilberto
August 9, 2022

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at top Astros prospect Hunter Brown. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. After years of compiling one of the game’s best

A brief history of the Blue Sox and Bunnies

Teams played significant role in Iowa's storied baseball past
August 9, 2022

As we watch the Davenport Blue Sox (River Bandits) take the field against the Cedar Rapids Bunnies (Kernels) in their classic throwback uniforms at MiLB at Field of Dreams on Tuesday night, we are reminded of the significance these two communities have played in Iowa baseball history. Not long after

Was this the best pro team in Iowa history?

Davenport Blue Sox of 1933 dazzled during the Depression
@JoshJacksonMiLB
August 7, 2022

Al Piechota. Otto Denning. Como Cotelle. They scan more “Moonlight Graham” than “Shoeless Joe Jackson,” but the 1933 Davenport Blue Sox were one of the greatest teams in Minor League history. They also may well be the best team to ever play pro ball in Iowa. When the Quad Cities

Iowa was hot bed for early Minor League action

Meet the Microbes, stand with the Standpatters in circuits of yore
@JoshJacksonMiLB
August 8, 2022

Rocket City Trash Pandas. Albuquerque Isotopes. Montgomery Biscuits. Even the Quad Cities River Bandits and the Cedar Rapids Kernels. It’s easy to assume that attention-grabbing Minor League team names that max out on fun are a modern phenomenon, perhaps even a passing phase.

Around the Minors: The week of Aug. 1-7

Sights and sounds from action across Minor League Baseball
August 8, 2022

Aug. 7

MiLB.com crew traveling to 'Field of Dreams'

Cedar Rapids and Quad Cities facing off in cornfield Tuesday night
@BensBiz
August 5, 2022

Road trip! On Sunday morning, Kelsie Heneghan, Sam Dykstra and myself will set our GPS coordinates for Dyersville, Iowa, home of the inaugural MiLB at Field of Dreams game. This mystical Midwest League contest will take place Aug. 9, two days before the Cubs and the Reds play the MLB

Baty, Hancock headline Players of the Month

Trio of winners in deadline deals, 19 organizations represented
August 5, 2022

Minor League Baseball announced the Player and Pitcher of the Month Award winners for July in each of the 14 leagues in Major League Baseball’s player development system. International League (Triple-A) Columbus Clippers (Guardians) outfielder Will Benson batted .371/.481/.674 and led the league in total bases (60). He was second

Saints announce winners of Jimmy Lee Umpire Awards

August 5, 2022

ST. PAUL, MN -- (August 5, 2022) - Umpires are rarely honored for their hard, often underappreciated work, let alone with an award named for a man as well-respected as the late, great Jimmy Lee. To provide the recognition they so richly deserve, the Saints have introduced an initiative to

Love is in the air: Wind Surge inspire romance novel 

Wichita ballpark employee writes tale of love, murder, mascot races
@BensBiz
August 5, 2022

WICHITA, Kansas -- An internship with a Minor League Baseball team can result in all sorts of unpredictable experiences. For example, Jacob Koch served as the inspiration for the lead protagonist in a romance novella set at the ballpark. The novella in question is Home Run Hunter, written by Cindy

Podcast: Field of Dreams preview, Deadline recap

Previewing Field of Dreams game; Recapping busy Trade Deadline
August 5, 2022

Check out the latest episodes of The Show Before the Show, MiLB.com's official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review on Apple Podcasts. The podcast is also available via Spotify, Stitcher and other

Wacha, 'pen combine on Worcester's first no-no

Rehabbing righty, Politi, Shugart deliver feat vs. first-place Bulls
@JoeTrezz
August 5, 2022

Michael Wacha has come close to experiencing a no-hitter several times in the Majors, but had never seen one come to fruition until Thursday night at Triple-A Worcester. What began as a rehab start for the Red Sox righty ended in historic fashion for the WooSox, who achieved their first