Cron claims 2019 Joe Bauman Home Run Award

Aces slugger hit 39 home runs in just 84 Minor League games

Kevin Cron hit 39 homers in just 84 Minor League games in 2019. (Reno Aces)

September 16, 2019 2:58 PM ET

Reno Aces infielder Kevin Cron launched 39 home runs to claim the Joe Bauman Award as Minor League Baseball's 2019 home run king.

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A simple truth: New parks equal big gains

Five teams played an outsized role in 2019 attendance increase

By Benjamin Hill | September 16, 2019 11:03 AM ET

Minor League Baseball attendance increased by over one million fans in 2019. Ben Hill looks into this gain, and finds that new parks played a big role.

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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Bastidas brings Latino leadership to Caballeros

Charlotte's Latino marketing outreach coordinator shares journey

Rafael Bastidas (right) during an interview at a Los Caballeros de Charlotte game.

By Chanel Zapata | September 16, 2019 10:11 AM ET

As part of Copa de la Diversión, we're profiling Minor League teams' Latino staff members. This edition spotlights Rafael Bastidas, Latino marketing outreach coordinator for Los Caballeros de Charlotte.

Chanel Zapata 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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Tolbert, Henry lift Chukars to Pioneer title

Royals prospects total five hits, five runs scored in clincher

The Chukars join Lexington, Wilmington and the Dominican League Royals in winning championships this year. (Kevin Johnson/Ogden Raptors)

By Katie Woo | September 15, 2019 11:08 PM ET

Royals prospects Tyler Tolbert and Isaiah Henry combined for five hits and five runs scored as Idaho Falls won the Pioneer League Championship, beating Ogden, 10-8, in Game 3 of the Finals.

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

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Generals command Southern League again

Vargas helps Jackson wrap up third championship in four years

Jackson became the first Southern League team to win back-to-back titles since Mobile in 2011-12. (Chris Dishman/Jackson Generals)

By Joe Bloss | September 15, 2019 10:32 PM ET

Arizona D-backs righty Emilio Vargas allowed one run over seven frames as Double-A Jackson topped Biloxi, 6-2, in decisive Game 5 for its third title in four years.

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

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Trammell, Poodles win Texas League title

Padres No. 2 prospect hits go-ahead grand slam in ninth inning

Taylor Trammell is greeted at home plate after his ninth-inning grand slam in Game 5 of the Texas League Finals. (Tim Campbell/MiLB.com)

By John Tranchina | September 15, 2019 7:27 PM ET

Padres No. 2 prospect Taylor Trammell hit a grand slam in the ninth inning as Amarillo stunned Tulsa, 8-3, to win the Texas League championship in its inaugural season.

John Tranchina 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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Thomas socks Rawhide to Cal League title

Top D-backs prospect ropes a walk-off double in the 10th inning

Visalia had been 10-34 in the Championship Series since its last title, falling three times in the past five years. (Visalia Rawhide)

By Duane Cross | September 15, 2019 2:19 AM ET

Top Arizona D-backs prospect Alek Thomas belted a walk-off double in the 10th inning to give Class A Advanced Visalia the California League crown with a 4-3 win over Lake Elsinore.

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

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Aplin's timely hitting keeps Chukars alive

Royals prospect plates clutch runs in Game 2 of Pioneer Finals

Rhett Aplin posted a .310/.410/.502 regular-season slash line with 10 home runs in the Pioneer League. (Idaho Falls Chukars)

By Shlomo Sprung | September 15, 2019 12:18 AM ET

Kansas City Royals prospect Rhett Aplin plated two clutch runs as Rookie Advanced Idaho Falls defeated Ogden, 6-2, to force a decisive Game 3 in the Pioneer League Finals.

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Reed, Poodles knot Texas League Finals

Padres No. 25 prospect homers to force Game 5 with Drillers

Buddy Reed is batting .308 with two homers and three RBIs in the Texas League Championship Series. (John Moore/Amarillo Sod Poodles)

By Duane Cross | September 14, 2019 11:37 PM ET

San Diego Padres No. 25 prospect Buddy Reed homered as Double-A Amarillo blanked Tulsa, 3-0, to force Game 5 in the Texas League Championship Series.

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

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Blue Rocks roll to first Mills Cup since '99

Lugo, other young Royals arms stay dominant through Game 5

Wilmington captured its fifth Carolina League title since 1994 and first of the 21st century. (Wilmington Blue Rocks)

By Bob Sutton | September 14, 2019 11:31 PM ET

Rito Lugo and young Kansas City Royals arms stayed dominant as Class A Advanced Wilmington beat Fayetteville, 2-0, in a decisive Game 5 of to win the Mills Cup.

Bob Sutton 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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