Head of the Class: Double-A

D-backs' Varsho broke out with bat; O's lefty Lowther starred

Daulton Varsho batted .301/.378/.520 with 18 homers and 21 stolen bases in 108 games with Jackson. (Danny Parker/MiLB.com)

By Tyler Maun | October 2, 2019 10:22 AM ET

D-backs catcher Daulton Varsho crushed Southern League pitching in a breakout season at the plate, while Orioles left-hander Zac Lowther dominated Eastern League hitters.

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Head of the Class: Class A Advanced

Padres' Campusano breaks out bat; Astros' Garcia brings heat

Luis Campusano batted .325 for Lake Elsinore, leading all Class A Advanced batters this season. (Jerry Espinoza/MiLB.com)

By Joe Bloss | September 30, 2019 10:15 AM ET

Padres catcher Luis Campusano and Astros right-hander Luis Garcia delivered strong campaigns in 2019, while Blue Jays righty Simeon Woods Richardson impressed in a brief Florida State League stint.

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Rays name Franco 2019 Player of Year

Top prospect hit .327 in first full season; Ryan also honored

Wander Franco has posted a career .336 average through 175 games in the Minor Leagues. (Mark LoMoglio/MiLB.com)

By Sam Dykstra | September 23, 2019 3:50 PM ET

The Rays named top overall prospect Wander Franco their 2019 Minor League Player of the Year on Monday. Right-hander Joe Ryan was honored as Pitcher of the Year.

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Bulls sweep way to Governors' Cup Finals

Kelly plates four, scores four times; Coats also gets four RBIs

Triple-A Durham will have a shot to win its seventh Governors' Cup title in the last 22 seasons. (Durham Bulls)

By Chris Bumbaca | September 7, 2019 10:18 PM ET

Triple-A Durham completed a three-game sweep of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with an all-around offensive effort, including three RBIs apiece from Rocky Gale and Jason Coats, in the 17-2 win.

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On Pache power, Stripers stay alive in IL

No. 10 overall prospect drills grand slam, knocks in five runs

Cristian Pache batted .278/.340/.474 in Double-A before being promoted to the International League. (Chris Robertson/MiLB.com)

By Chris Bumbaca | September 6, 2019 10:49 PM ET

Braves top prospect Cristian Pache drilled a grand slam and plated five runs in Triple-A Gwinnett's 10-6 victory over Columbus in Game 3 of the Governors' Cup semifinals.

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Sullivan powers Biscuits to Game 1 win

Rays catching prospect homers twice in support of Campbell

Brett Sullivan is 14-for-28 (.500) with seven RBIs in his last eight games, dating to the regular season. (Danny Parker/MiLB.com)

By Katie Woo | September 5, 2019 1:29 AM ET

Rays prospect Brett Sullivan recorded his first multi-homer game in four years as Montgomery blanked Jackson, 4-0, in Game 1 of the best-of-5 Southern League semifinals on Wednesday.

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Jones' two-run shot powers Renegades

Ninth-ranked Rays prospect hits go-ahead two-run shot in fifth

Greg Jones batted .335 with 13 doubles and 39 runs scored in 48 games during the regular season. (Sandy Tambone/MiLB.com)

By Brian Stultz | September 4, 2019 10:14 PM ET

Ninth-ranked Tampa Bay Rays prospect Greg Jones hit a go-ahead two-run homer to lead Class A Short Season Hudson Valley past Brooklyn, 5-4, in Game 1 of the New York-Penn League semifinals.

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2019 International League playoff preview

RailRiders try to halt Bulls' run; Stripers, Clippers battle it out

Jake Cronenworth looks to lead Durham to a third straight title; Drew Waters has been a boost for Gwinnett. (Brian McLeod, Chris Robertson)

By Bob Sutton | September 4, 2019 10:08 AM ET

The Triple-A Durham Bulls seek a three-peat. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders will try to stop them first, while the Gwinnett Stripers duel with the Columbus Clippers in the other semifinal series.

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Southern League playoff preview

Biscuits, struck by tragedy, battle Jackson; Biloxi faces Pensacola

Drew Ellis (left) and the Generals take on Montgomery, while Patrick Leonard and Biloxi clash with Pensacola. (Danny Parker, Brian McLeod)

By Brian Lester | September 3, 2019 11:33 AM ET

If the 2019 Southern League playoff field looks familiar, it's because the same four teams from last season are back in it again, including reigning champion Jackson.

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Renegades' Jones has monster night at dish

Rays No. 9 prospect records first five-hit game, drives in three

Greg Jones is batting .360 with 33 runs scored in 37 games since the end of June. (Gordon Donovan/MiLB.com)

By Dan Stokes | August 31, 2019 9:50 PM ET

Rays No. 9 prospect Greg Jones went 5-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored to lead Class A Short Season Hudson Valley to a 9-1 romp over Aberdeen on Saturday.

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