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Around the Minors: The week of May 23

Sights and sounds from action across Minor League Baseball
8:01 PM EDT

Reaching all the same heights Three days after matching his career-best five RBIs, Vinnie Pasquantino did it again, this time also matching a career high in hits. The Royals' No. 4 prospect belted two homers -- including a grand slam -- and doubled twice while going 5-for-7 and scoring four

Boston's Krall a pioneer twice over for Sea Dogs

@JoshJacksonMiLB
11:08 AM EDT

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
11:30 AM EDT

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

Road to The Show: Giants infielder Luciano

No. 13 overall prospect continuing to play up to competition
@Gerard_Gilberto
May 17, 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 Giants prospect Marco Luciano. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. There have been times during his young career that

Four San Antonio pitchers combine on no-hitter

Bachar, Lugo, Belen, Kopps delivers milestone against Travelers
@JoeTrezz
May 15, 2022

To see Kevin Kopps react, it looked like the end of any other game. His teammates let him hear about the lack of emotion afterward, after they’d spilled out of the home dugout in elation, engulfed their closer in the center of Nelson Wolff Stadium, and later as the clubhouse

Sacramento's Dean belts three home runs

River Cats slugger hits the trifecta for first time in 10-year career
@Steph_Sheehan
May 15, 2022

It was a prodigious display of power for Austin Dean on Sunday afternoon. For the first time in his 10-year professional career, the 28-year-old belted three home runs in a single game in Triple-A Sacramento's 11-8 comeback win over El Paso. It also marked the first time since July 16,

Wings and Finns: Growing the game in Rochester

Finnish Baseball president, head coach visit Nats' Triple-A affiliate
@BensBiz
May 12, 2022

Jukka Ropponen, president of the Finnish Baseball and Softball Federation, is on a lifelong mission to grow the game in his home country. Last week, in service of this goal, he visited a Minor League Baseball team located over 4,000 miles away. Ropponen and Finnish National Baseball team head coach