Cal notes: Giants' splashiest promo turns 20

Water Awareness Night brings together San Jose community

By Josh Jackson | May 22, 2017 10:12 AM ET

After a certain point, Minor League teams figure out what promotions bring out their fan bases year after year. For the San Jose Giants, there's one you wouldn't necessarily expect.

"Every year, we know we're going to have three really big nights: Opening Day, the Fourth of July and Water Awareness Night," senior vice president of communications and chief marketing officer Juliana Paoli said. "It's one of the biggest nights of our entire year."

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @JoshJacksonMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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MiLB becomes official partner of 'PLAY BALL'

MiLB clubs to support key programs such as 'PLAY BALL Weekend'

May 22, 2017 10:12 AM ET

Major League Baseball today announced that Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) has become an official partner of the 'PLAY BALL' initiative, the sport's largest collective effort to encourage young people to participate in baseball- or softball-related activities. Through this partnership, MiLB will support the second annual 'PLAY BALL WEEKEND,' including spearheading the effort's official launch with the Oklahoma City Dodgers on June 2, as well as 'PLAY BALL SUMMER' with the U.S. Conference of Mayors in hosting more than 200 youth and community-focused events throughout the United States and Puerto Rico this summer (June-August).  

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Mets' Tebow homers, doubles in power show

Fireflies outfielder boosts his OBP to .319 with extra-base knocks

By Josh Jackson | May 21, 2017 11:32 PM ET

After his roughest week at the plate in pro baseball, Tim Tebow flexed some muscles and tallied three extra-base hits over the weekend.

On Sunday, the former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback went 2-for-4 with his third homer and sixth double of the season, also collecting a pair of RBIs in Class A Columbia's 6-3 loss to visiting West Virginia.

Josh Jackson is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @JoshJacksonMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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San Jose's Reynolds collects career-high five hits

No. 3 Giants prospect drives in four runs, falls homer short of cycle

By Andrew Battifarano | May 21, 2017 10:45 PM ET

Trying to deal with some bad luck at the plate this month, Bryan Reynolds decided he would keep his approach simple Sunday.

"I didn't hit it where they were standing this time," the No. 3 Giants prospect said. "I've been doing that a lot recently. I tried to make an adjustment and hit it where they aren't standing."

It paid off, Reynolds recorded a career-high five hits and notched four RBIs to lead Class A Advanced San Jose to a 12-8 win over Modesto at John Thurman Field. He finished a homer shy of the cycle and his five knocks tied the Cal League team's single-game record.

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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Zagunis joins murderer's row in Iowa

Cubs No. 6 prospect homers, doubles twice, scores three runs

By Gerard Gilberto | May 21, 2017 10:22 PM ET

Despite losing Ian Happ, the Cubs' second-ranked prospect, to a big league promotion earlier this month, Triple-A Iowa has not been lacking offensive production.

On Sunday, Mark Zagunis, Jeimer Candelario and Victor Caratini all went deep in the I-Cubs' 8-7 loss to Tacoma at Principal Park. Zagunis, Chicago's No. 6 prospect, also doubled twice and scored three runs, finishing 3-for-5 to bump his average to .252.

Gerard Gilberto is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @GerardGilberto4. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Rays' De Leon heads to Triple-A Bulls

Right-hander posted 2.16 ERA in two rehab starts with Charlotte

By Michael Leboff | May 21, 2017 9:40 PM ET

At long last, Jose De Leon seems set to make his International League debut.

After two successful rehab starts with Class A Advanced Charlotte, Jose De Leon is moving up to Triple-A to join the Durham Bulls' rotation.

Michael Leboff 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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Olson makes sweet music for Sounds

A's prospect collects four hits, homers for sixth time in 11 games

By Michael Avallone | May 21, 2017 9:26 PM ET

Having already reached the Majors, Matt Olson is not lost on the A's list of notable prospects. But producing his best game of the season while playing in Northern California was a pretty good way to get some extra attention.

The A's 15th-ranked prospect went 4-for-4 with a homer, double and three RBIs on Sunday in Triple-A Nashville's 4-0 win over Sacramento at Raley Field. 

Michael Avallone is a contributor to MiLB.com. Followhim 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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Mudcats' Burnes fans career-high 10

Brewers No. 10 prospect posts seven zeros, drops ERA to 1.00

By Kelsie Heneghan | May 21, 2017 8:47 PM ET

While coaching third base, Class A Advanced Carolina manager Joe Ayrault hears some stuff. On Sunday, he heard a whole lot about his starting pitcher, Corbin Burnes.

"The opposing team, their position players are always talking about, 'Man, this guy's nasty, he's got great stuff,'" the skipper said.

Kelsie Heneghan is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @Kelsie_Heneghan. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Brault posts seven zeros for Indianapolis

Pirates No. 8 prospect rolls through longest outing of the season

By Gerard Gilberto | May 21, 2017 8:22 PM ET

Steven Brault has gotten kind of used to performing a high-wire act on the mound, but was even happier to get through a start for Triple-A Indianapolis with some efficiency.

"If you ask my mom or dad -- who have been watching me pitch forever -- that's kind of like my forte: I get myself into jams and that's why my efficiency has never been all that great," the Pirates' No. 8 prospect said.

Gerard Gilberto is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @GerardGilberto4. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Fightins' Kingery goes yard twice ... again

Phils prospect takes Eastern League lead with 12th, 13th homers

By Michael Leboff | May 21, 2017 8:09 PM ET

Please don't call Scott Kingery, the Eastern League's home run leader, a power hitter. 

"Everyone keeps asking me if I'm a home run hitter and I keep telling them no," Kingery said after slugging his 12th and 13th homers in Double-A Reading's 8-7 loss to visiting New Hampshire on Sunday. "I'm honestly just trying to put a good, line drive swing on the ball and for some reason I'm hitting them in the air and they're getting some carry on them. For me, it's not about hitting home runs, but they just happen to be going out right now."

Michael Leboff 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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