MWL notes: Hansen ready for anything

Astros prospect shining in River Bandits rotation or out of bullpen

Former University of Oklahoma reliever Austin Hansen is 4-1 with a 1.14 ERA in seven appearances for Quad Cities. (Paul R. Gierhart/MiLB.com)

By Curt Rallo | May 23, 2019 11:23 AM ET

When Austin Hansen kicked off his career last year, he reached three innings only three times, but those stints were enough to convince Astros brass that the former college reliever had a future as a starter.

Curt Rallo 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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On the Road: A new era in Lynchburg

Hillcats name remains amid time of reinvention and improvement

Two "Hill City Rockers" season ticket holders -- who used to bring their own chairs -- enjoy a Hillcats game at Lynchburg City Stadium.

By Benjamin Hill | May 23, 2019 10:52 AM ET

When Ben Hill visited the Lynchburg Hillcats, he found a different gameday experience than that which had existed just a few years prior. What changed?

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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No misprint: 'Dogs' Moops Night a winner

Charleston gives nod to 'Seinfeld,' Trivial Pursuit with promotion

Mitchell Robinson got loose in one of the RiverDogs' custom-made Moops jerseys, which were later auctioned. (Emma Dau Photography)

By Jordan Wolf | May 23, 2019 10:38 AM ET

The Charleston RiverDogs hosted Moops Night on Saturday, paying homage to 'Seinfeld' and the 40th anniversary of the Trivial Pursuit board game with a new jersey and in-game promotions.

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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Prospect Roundup: Games of May 23

Yanks' Stowers homers twice; Phils' Haseley knocks three hits

Josh Stowers has four homers and a .536 slugging percentage in 17 games in May. (Charleston RiverDogs)

May 23, 2019 10:21 AM ET

Yankees outfielder Josh Stowers cranked two dingers for Class A Charleston, while Phillies outfielder Adam Haseley delivered three hits and two RBIs for Double-A Reading.

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Ambassadors for Change: Craw

Spotlighting the people, programs and stories that champion diversity and inclusion in Minor League Baseball

Harold Craw serves as the general manager of the Double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

By Benjamin Pereira | May 23, 2019 9:40 AM ET

This series spotlights the people and programs that champion diversity and inclusion and advance the mission of Minor League Baseball. This week we profile Jumbo Shrimp GM Harold Craw.

Benjamin Pereira is an associate with Minor League Baseball. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Turang continues to rake for Timber Rattlers

Brewers No. 3 prospect goes 4-for-4, scores twice, plates a run

Brice Turang leads the Midwest League with a .429 on-base percentage. (Justin Edwards/Wisconsin Timber Ratters)

By Rob Terranova | May 22, 2019 11:18 PM ET

Milwaukee Brewers No. 3 prospect Brice Turang went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI to spark Class A Wisconsin past Peoria, 7-2, on Wednesday.

Rob Terranova is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter, @RobTnova24. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Sneed flirts with perfection for Express

Astros right-hander retires first 22 batters in bid for history

The outing marked the third time in his career that Cy Sneed pitched at least six hitless innings. (Julia Price/Round Rock Express)

By Michael Avallone | May 22, 2019 11:00 PM ET

Houston Astros right-hander Cy Sneed retired the first 22 batters en route to eight one-hit innings as Triple-A Round Rock beat San Antonio, 4-0.

Michael Avallone is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him 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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Biscuits' McKay keeps cruising out of 'pen

Rays No. 3 prospect allows two hits, fans nine over six frames

Brendan McKay has allowed just one earned run in his last seven outings in the Southern League. (Brian McLeod/MiLB.com)

By Chris Bumbaca | May 22, 2019 10:59 PM ET

Tampa Bay Rays No. 3 prospect Brendan McKay allowed two hits and fanned nine over six scoreless innings in Double-A Montgomery's 3-0 victory over Jackson on Wednesday.

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

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Wentz goes seven in Mississippi shutout

Braves No. 11 prospect retires 20 of last 22 hitters he faced

Joey Wentz has allowed four hits over 14 scoreless innings in two starts against Jacksonville this season. (Danny Parker/MiLB.com)

By Andrew Battifarano | May 22, 2019 10:48 PM ET

Braves No. 11 prospect Joey Wentz allowed three hits and struck out five over a career-best seven innings Wednesday, pitching Double-A Mississippi to a 7-0 blanking of Jacksonville.

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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Okey hits the trifecta for Lookouts

Reds No. 30 prospect drives in career-high seven runs

Chris Okey's previous career high in RBIs was six, achieved on May 20, 2017 for Daytona Beach. (Danny Parker/MiLB.com)

By Shlomo Sprung | May 22, 2019 10:37 PM ET

Cincinnati Reds No. 30 prospect Chris Okey plated a career-high seven runs in Double-A Chattanooga's 8-6 win over Birmingham on Wednesday.

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