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2021 MiLB playoffs preview: Double-A

Wichita set to experience its first taste of postseason action
September 21, 2021

The Double-A playoffs begin with three best-of-five series featuring the top two teams in each league. Montgomery and Mississippi face off in the South, Wichita wrestles with Northwest Arkansas in the Central and Bowie battles Akron in the Northeast. All three series are set to run from Sept. 21-26.

Mets' Walker, Mitchell combine on no-hitter for Binghamton

Rumble Ponies duo allows just one walk in 2-0 win over Reading
June 23, 2021

A pair of Mets lefties left nothing to hit on Tuesday night. Mets southpaws Josh Walker and Andrew Mitchell combined to no-hit Reading in Double-A Binghamton's 2-0 win, sending the Rumble Ponies racing to the mound to celebrate the team's first no-hitter since 2019. Walker (3-1) struck out four and

New ballpark dogs ready to play in 2020

They fetch bats, they carry water ... and they look good doing it
February 4, 2020

Bat dogs stole the baseball spotlight last spring after Finn, of Triple-A Las Vegas, had to work overtime to fetch a bat thrown by a Pacific Coast League umpire. Finn's video went viral and inspired us to track down all the other hardworking dogs of baseball. (You should also probably

Blue Jays' Lebron among three suspended

Mets' Pereyra, Reds' Lantigua handed 72-game punishments
November 8, 2019

NEW YORK -- Blue Jays Minor League pitcher Jackxarel Lebron and a pair of Dominican Summer Leaguers were suspended on Friday after all three tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.Lebron, a 16th-round pick in this year's Draft, received a 52-game suspension after testing positive for Boldenone. The Reds' Israel Lantigua and

Take the leap: AquaSox catch snares MiLBY

Sommerfeld's image of Everett's Perez voted Photo of the Year
November 6, 2019

Shari Sommerfeld turned to track a sinking fly ball to center field on Aug. 11. Through her camera, she could see Miguel Perez racing in.The Seattle prospect playing for Class A Short Season Everett dove at the last moment, his left hand reaching for the ball. It's the classic, familiar,

Gonzalez, Altherr push Mets into tiebreaker

Syracuse to play Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with division on the line
September 2, 2019

The Mets had no choice but to win on Monday. They'll face a similar challenge on Tuesday.Harol Gonzalez delivered five strong innings and Aaron Altherr drove home four runs to send Triple-A Syracuse past Rochester, 8-4, and into a tiebreaker game Tuesday afternoon against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.The Mets, who tied the RailRiders

I-Cubs' Swarmer sharp in combined one-hitter

Wieck, Norwood, Maples come out of bullpen in 12-strikeout gem
August 22, 2019

Matt Swarmer and three relievers combined on a one-hitter Thursday afternoon in the Triple-A Iowa Cubs' 1-0 win over San Antonio at Principal Park.Swarmer (9-10) struck out six, walked two and allowed the Missions' only hit of the day in the second inning when Tyrone Taylor bounced a single into

Pirates' McRae takes no-hitter into seventh

Indianapolis starter perfect for six innings in win over 'Riders
May 9, 2019

Alex McRae walked off the field and into the visiting dugout at PNC Field on Thursday afternoon, his teammates keeping a watchful eye."Holy cow," he said he thought to himself. "I still got it."The Pirates right-hander had it and kept it going, at least into the seventh inning -- McRae

Astros' Alvarez opens May with a bang

Round Rock outfielder goes 4-for-5, raises average to .375
May 1, 2019

Yordan Alvarez put up gigantic numbers in the season's first month, and nothing changed on the first day of May.The Astros' No. 3 prospect, who hit .347 in April, went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and briefly lifted his average to .375 as Triple-A Round Rock breezed past Oklahoma City, 12-5,

Rays' Franco picks up Player of the Week

No. 12 overall prospect streaks his way to Midwest League honor
April 29, 2019

A 12-game hitting streak and three of homers were more than enough to earn Wander Franco even more recognition Monday. Tampa Bay's top prospect was voted Midwest League Player of the Week after he tore up the circuit with a hitting streak that ended April 28.

Faedo, SeaWolves throw no-hitter

Tigers' No. 10 prospect strong over seven; Carlton finishes gem
April 24, 2019

Alex Faedo needed a clean start after one of the worst outings of his career last week. On Wednesday afternoon, he wrote his name into history.Faedo, the Tigers' No. 10 prospect, and reliever Drew Carlton combined on Double-A Erie's first no-hitter in almost 10 years as the SeaWolves blanked Bowie,

Ashby, Rattlers combine on one-hitter

Brewers' No. 9 prospect throws five hitless innings, fans 10
April 23, 2019

Aaron Ashby was unhittable in his third start of the year.The Brewers' No. 9 prospect struck out 10 batters over five hitless innings and combined with two Wisconsin relievers on a one-hitter in a 9-0 victory over Cedar Rapids in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon.Ashby, 20, whiffed

Tigers' Mize captures first weekly award

Top pick in 2018 Draft off to flying start in Florida State League
April 22, 2019

Just three starts into his first full season, Casey Mize has captured his first Minor League accolade. The Tigers' top prospect was named the Florida State League's Pitcher of the Week on Monday after allowing one hit over seven innings for Class A Advanced Lakeland last Wednesday.

Mets' Mauricio enjoys another four-hit day

Columbia leadoff man hitting .346 through first 12 games
April 17, 2019

It's been all or nothing this week for Ronny Mauricio. On Wednesday, all he could do was reach base.The Mets' No. 3 prospect turned in his second four-hit performance in his last four games, going 4-for-5 with a run scored in Class A Columbia's 2-1 win over Rome at State

Manning hurls seven one-hit innings for Erie

Tigers No. 2 prospect matches career high with 10 strikeouts
April 10, 2019

The Eastern League has managed only two hits against Matt Manning this season.The Tigers' No. 2 prospect turned in another strong start Wednesday afternoon, allowing one hit and tying career highs with 10 strikeouts over seven innings in Double-A Erie's 5-1 win over Altoona at UPMC Park.Manning threw 63 of 84

Mariners' Filia gets 100-game suspension

Perrin, Shugart handed 50-game bans for positive drug tests
March 22, 2019

NEW YORK -- Mariners No. 28 prospect Eric Filia was among three Minor Leaguers suspended on Friday for using drugs of abuse.Filia was handed a 100-game suspension while Royals pitcher Jon Perrin and Red Sox right-hander Chase Shugart received 50-game bans ahead of the 2019 season.

Astros Prospect Primer: Whitley shows focus

Alvarez, Toro among Houston youngsters set to make noise in '19
March 14, 2019

Some players are on the verge of stardom, others are entering a crucial phase of their development and still others are getting their first tastes of full-season ball. With the 2019 season approaching, MiLB.com takes a look at the most intriguing prospects from each MLB organization.Shining star:Forrest Whitley, RHPThe 2016

Angels' Tucker, free agent Payne suspended

Lefty to miss first 50 games of 2019 season following violation
February 22, 2019

NEW YORK -- Angels prospect Bo Tucker and former Mets Minor Leaguer Joshua Payne were handed 50-game suspensions on Friday after both tested positive for banned substances.Tucker, 23, and Payne, 24, were cited for their second positive tests for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug

A's Murray chooses football, commits to NFL

Days before Spring Training, Heisman winner decides on career
February 11, 2019

The A's lost their No. 4 prospect before he even stepped on the field.Kyler Murray, due to report to Spring Training with Oakland this Friday, announced on Twitter that he was committing to a career as a quarterback in the NFL.

Frisco's walk-off winner earns photo MiLBY

Epes' image of Andrus' ice bucket celebration voted year's best
October 30, 2018

Rangers prospect Josh Morgan hit a dramatic, two-run walk-off homer on June 15 for Double-A Frisco, and the scene at Dr Pepper Ballpark looked like one from the Majors. Fans rose from their seats, fireworks lit up the Texas sky and veteran big leaguer Elvis Andrus dumped a cooler of

ValleyCats claim New York-Penn crown

Holderbach's hero, Billingsley escapes bases-loaded jam in 12th
September 9, 2018

WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. -- Alex Holderbach lined the most clutch hit of his young professional career Sunday, and only moments later, found himself restless in the dugout. The bases were loaded again, but this time, he could only watch."I was sitting over there, bottom of the inning just pacing because

Reports: Baby Cakes seek move to Wichita

Triple-A club's lease with New Orleans runs through 2021 season
September 6, 2018

The New Orleans Baby Cakes will relocate to Wichita, Kansas, according to the multiple reports and the mayor of the Midwest city.Wichita mayor Jeff Longwell released renderings of a proposed waterfront ballpark on Thursday and said the Triple-A Marlins affiliate had filed an application to leave New Orleans. Neither the

Semple's career day leads to weekly award

Yankees prospect fanned 10 over six frames in Charleston debut
September 4, 2018

Shawn Semple's best game in the Yankees system couldn't have come at a better time. "It's the best I've ever felt," the 22-year-old said last week after his debut with Charleston. "To feel like I could throw any pitch in any count, that was the best feeling all season."

Vlad Jr. bashes his way to weekly award

Top overall prospect takes IL honor in second week on the circuit
August 13, 2018

It didn't take long for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to bring his dominance to the Minors' highest level. Baseball's top prospect dazzled in his second week with Triple-A Buffalo, homering in four consecutive games from Aug. 8-11 en route to International League Player of the Week honors. It is the third

Maitan, Lavigne highlight Pioneer All-Stars

Idaho Falls' undefeated Cloney to start vs. Northwest squad
August 1, 2018

Kevin Maitan may not be starting his first All-Star Game on Aug. 7, but there will be plenty of anticipation to see the Angels prospect emerge at Suplizio Field.Maitan and Rockies prospect Grant Lavigne headline the Pioneer League's 2018 All-Star roster, revealed Wednesday morning ahead of the Pioneer-Northwest League All-Star