Ynoa headed to Braves in Garcia deal

Twins send No. 22 prospect to Atlanta in three-player trade

By Sam Dykstra | July 24, 2017 6:01 PM ET

The heavily rumored on-again, off-again Jaime Garcia-to-the-Twins deal is officially on again, and a pitching prospect is going the other way. 

The Braves have acquired No. 22 Twins prospect Huascar Ynoa in the deal that sent Garcia and catcher Anthony Recker to Minnesota, both clubs announced Monday. The Twins will also receive cash considerations in the deal.

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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Rucker again reels in Pitcher of the Week

Myrtle Beach righty struck out 17 across two scoreless starts

By Danny Wild | July 24, 2017 4:21 PM ET

Michael Rucker's third straight scoreless outing helped him earn his second straight award.

The Cubs prospect turned in a pair of gems last week to earn his second Carolina League Pitcher of the Week honor in as many opportunities.

Danny Wild is an editor for MiLB.com. Follow his MLBlog column, Minoring in Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Yanks' Cave leads Offensive Players of the Week

Outfielder boosts resume by going 15-for-26 (.577) for RailRiders

By Sam Dykstra | July 24, 2017 4:21 PM ET

Jake Cave has seen former teammates Aaron Judge and Clint Frazier take off as rookies in the Bronx. He's seen good friend and former pinstriped prospect Ben Gamel prove himself to be an impressive Major League hitter in Seattle. After some mechanical adjustments and changes to his approach, Cave is heating up and hoping his chance is next.

The Yankees' No. 29 prospect was named International League Offensive Player of the Week after going 15-for-26 (.577) with two homers, two doubles and eight RBIs over a seven-game stretch for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. His .607 on-base percentage last week was tops among Triple-A hitters, while his 15 hits were tied for the most among all Minor Leaguers.

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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Prospect Roundup: Games of July 23

Schrock rolls during doubleheader; Cody continues to add zeros

By Sam Dykstra | July 24, 2017 1:06 PM ET

Athletics 2B Max Schrock, Double-A Midland: 5-for-7, HR, 2B, 5 RBI, 3 R, 2 BB, K in doubleheader -- Oakland's No. 18 prospect has a big hit tool, and he showed it Sunday. Schrock matched a season high with four hits in the first game of a doubleheader against visiting Corpus Christi -- going 4-for-4 with a homer, double and three RBIs -- and reached base three more times in the nightcap. The 22-year-old second baseman, a career .323 hitter over three Minor League seasons, ranks fourth in the Texas League with a .314 average through 72 games in 2017 and has the circuit's second-lowest strikeout rate at 9.4 percent. There isn't a ton of power on his resume as Sunday's homer was his sixth of the season, but the left-handed-hitter puts the ball in play enough to provide plenty of value. After acquiring him from the Nationals last August, the A's should be pleased with the 2013 15th-rounder's continued development in his first full season with the organization.

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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Nationals promote top prospect Robles

Washington moves 20-year-old outfielder to Double-A Harrisburg

By Danny Wild | July 24, 2017 12:52 PM ET

The Nationals promoted top prospect Victor Robles to Double-A Harrisburg on Monday.

Robles, a 20-year-old outfielder, was a Carolina League All-Star with Class A Advanced Potomac, where he hit .289 with seven homers, 33 RBIs and 16 stolen bases in 77 games through July 22. The Nats also promoted right-handers Dakota Bacus and Kyle Schepel to Harrisburg, according to Potomac.

Danny Wild is an editor for MiLB.com. Follow his MLBlog column, Minoring in Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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MiLB launches Hispanic-focused initiative
'Es Divertido Ser Un Fan'

Multicultural fan engagement program includes new team identities, specialty uniforms, ballpark experiences

July 24, 2017 11:58 AM ET

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- Minor League Baseball® (MiLB™) today launched Es Divertido Ser Un Fan, a new multicultural fan engagement platform aimed at specifically connecting with Hispanic/Latino baseball fans in 160 markets throughout the U.S. and Canada. The program will debut this August in select MiLB markets, including Las Vegas, Charlotte, North Carolina; Kane County, Illinois; and Visalia, California, with a national expansion planned for 2018.

The Es Divertido Ser Un Fan initiative expands MiLB's fan-centric marketing campaign It's Fun to be a Fan, unveiled in March. The Spanish-translated campaign provides teams with an additional option to better connect with and engage fans in culturally-relevant ways.

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Hops lock up first-half NWL division title

D-backs affiliate gets help from Tri-City to clinch playoff berth

By Andrew Battifarano | July 24, 2017 2:33 AM ET

It took some external help, but the Class A Short Season Hillsboro Hops are returning to the postseason. 

With Tri-City's 4-0 victory over Eugene on Sunday, the Hops clinched the Northwest League South Division first-half title with a 22-16 record. Even though Hillsboro fell, 5-3, to Spokane earlier in the day, it did not spoil the team's celebration.

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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Top M's prospect Lewis swats two more homers

Outfielder has gone yard three times over three games since return

By Josh Jackson | July 24, 2017 1:48 AM ET

Let there be no doubt about it: Kyle Lewis is healthy.

Seattle's top prospect slugged two home runs and collected four RBIs in Class A Advanced Modesto's 13-12 loss to Stockton in 10 innings Sunday. The pair of jacks gave him three since returning to the California League on Thursday.

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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Quakes' Bray faces minimum in one-hitter

Dodgers prospect perfect but for third-inning single in shutout

By Josh Jackson | July 24, 2017 12:20 AM ET

There was no shortage of things for Adam Bray to be proud of after his start on Sunday. He tossed a nine-inning complete game. And a one-hitter. And a shutout. And on fewer than 99 pitches -- a "Maddux."

The thing he found most satisfying though?

"The fact that it was probably my best start in pro ball -- that really hit me," the Dodgers right-hander said. "And just that my parents and my family could watch this game [on MiLB.TV] and celebrate along with me." 

Turning in his first professional complete game and Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga's first complete-game shutout in more than two years, Bray faced the minimum. He allowed a lone single and struck out eight in a 5-0 win at San Jose. 

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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Voyagers blast back-to-back-to-back homers

Nunez smacks slam, Cooper and Nolan follow with taters in third

By Andrew Battifarano | July 23, 2017 11:46 PM ET

Two years into his professional career and Nate Nolan can check an item off his bucket list with Rookie-level Great Falls. 

The White Sox catcher followed the lead of 23rd-ranked prospect Amado Nunez and Jacob Cooper as the trio blasted back-to-back-to-back home runs in third inning Sunday, but it was not enough as the Voyagers fell to the Orem Owlz, 12-9, at Brent Brown Ballpark.

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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