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Around the Minors: The week of May 23

Sights and sounds from action across Minor League Baseball
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May 29

How sweet it is: Sugar Land baseball evolves

From indy to Astros, Skeeters to Space Cowboys, a busy two years
@BensBiz
May 27, 2022

SUGAR LAND, TEXAS -- Located approximately 20 miles to the southwest of Houston, Sugar Land was originally established as Imperial Sugar’s company town. First incorporated as a city in 1959, it has evolved over the decades into a master-planned community of over 110,000 people. Sugar Land’s recent growth -- in

Podcast: Nuts' Hernandez on making history

Modesto's Hernandez shares road to becoming first Latina GM
May 27, 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

WooSox, Timlin taking on ALS on Lou Gehrig Day

May 27, 2022

The Mary Beth Benison Foundation, The ALS Association of Massachusetts, The Angel Fund for ALS Research, and UMass Chan Medical School All To Be Recognized at Polar Park

No keeping up with Jones in Travelers' no-no

Texas League Pitcher of the Week twirls seven-inning no-hitter
May 26, 2022

Connor Jones hasn't been scored upon for 22 innings spanning his last three starts for Double-A Arkansas. On Thursday, he added unhittable to the mix. The reigning Texas League Pitcher of the Week made history by delivering a seven-inning no-hitter in the Travelers' 6-0 victory in a doubleheader opener with

Prospect Q&A: Mets' Mangum on approach, Dudy Noble

Club’s No. 22 prospect on hitting approach, Dudy-Noble lore
@Gerard_Gilberto
May 26, 2022

It’s been a good week for Jake Mangum. The Mets' No. 22 prospect received his first promotion to Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday and collected four hits in his first seven at-bats at the Minors’ highest level. Mangum opened the year with Double-A Binghamton and batted .283 with a .353 on-base

Tarpons' Calderon twirls no-hitter in season debut

Yankees righty whiffs seven over seven frames in twinbill's nightcap
@RobTnova24
May 25, 2022

As Tampa's Yorlin Calderon faced Lakeland's Roberto Campos with two outs in the seventh inning of Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader, the right-hander had an opportunity to seal a milestone. And it was the only chance he was going to get to go the distance and finish the feat himself.

Boston's Krall a pioneer twice over for Sea Dogs

@JoshJacksonMiLB
May 25, 2022

Katie Krall has a little magic trick. In pregame meetings with Double-A Portland hitters, the player development coach doesn’t just offer information on the day’s opposing starting pitcher. She also forecasts exactly which arms the Sea Dogs will see out of the bullpen. “The guys think that I’m a prophet

Knights, Kaulig Racing team up for NASCAR event

Noah Gragson to Pilot the No. 16 Charlotte Knights Camaro ZL1 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 25, 2022

LEXINGTON, N.C. (May 25, 2022) – Kaulig Racing and the Charlotte Knights have teamed up for this Sunday's NASCAR race, which is one of the most historic events on the circuit. The Charlotte Knights, a Triple-A, Minor League Baseball team of the International League (MiLB) and affiliate of the Chicago

Stowers, Gorski, Nootbaar tally trifecta of trifectas

Tides, Redbirds, Grasshoppers outfielders all belt way to milestone
@MavalloneMiLB
May 22, 2022

With hockey playoffs in full swing, it's only appropriate baseball put together its own version of a hat trick. Or more appropriately, a hat trick of a hat trick. Kyle Stowers, Matt Gorski and Lars Nootbaar all homered three times Sunday, turning their respective contests into their own personal home

Tacoma's Ponce de Leon fans first nine of game

Right-hander tallies 12 strikeouts over five shutout innings
May 22, 2022

There’s no better feeling than starting a game off strong. Just ask Daniel Ponce de Leon, as he had one of the hottest starts to a game baseball has ever seen. The 30-year-old righty started his outing for Triple-A Tacoma in the best way possible on Saturday, striking out the

Podcast: Ben checks in from Texas trip

Ben details Texas-sized travels; ABS system comes to PCL
May 20, 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

Around the Minors: The week of May 16-22

Sights and sounds from action across Minor League Baseball
May 22, 2022

May 22

Prospect Q&A: Reds' Abbott on strikeout artistry

Club’s No. 13 prospect discusses strikeout artistry, facing Votto
@Gerard_Gilberto
May 19, 2022

Andrew Abbott’s uncanny ability to strike out batters in droves dates back to his amateur career. Now ranked as the No. 13 Reds prospect, Abbott has continued to rack up punchouts in high quantities. The six-foot, 180-pound left-hander sports a 14.3 K/9 in his first six appearances between High-A Dayton

Missions notch second no-no in less than a week

Lillie, Baez, Hernandez, Fox combine for feat against RockHounds
@RobTnova24
May 19, 2022

As the great Yogi Berra said, "It's like déjà vu all over again." And for the Missions, it certainly feels that way. For the second time in three games, Double-A San Antonio had four pitchers combine on a no-hitter. Ryan Lillie, Michel Baez, Osvaldo Hernandez and Mason Fox delivered the

Louisville adds robo-mower to groundskeeping staff

Louisville the first pro baseball team in North America to use device
@BensBiz
May 18, 2022

One week prior to the start of the 2022 season, the Louisville Bats announced an unorthodox new hire. Now working for the grounds crew, the Husqvarna CEORA. In a press release touting their new, non-human addition, the Cincinnati Reds’ Triple-A affiliate declared that “With the low noise, emission-free CEORA robotic

Rafaela hits for first cycle in Drive history, naturally

Red Sox No. 27 prospect's feat follows Hitter of the Month honors
@JoeTrezz
May 18, 2022

Natural cycles are the rarest type of cycle. They’re also the most dramatic, allowing the player to punctuate his achievement with a roundtripper and then celebrate with a jog. Ceddanne Rafaela lived that reality Tuesday, hitting for a natural cycle in High-A Greenville’s 11-6 win over Hickory. The No. 27