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Winter ball roundup: Dominican League

After short stay for top prospect Franco, others shine in LIDOM
January 27, 2021

Without a Minor League season in 2020, top prospects headed to various locations across the globe for offseason work. Over the next few weeks, will look at the highlights from winter ball seasons worldwide. First up: the Dominican Winter League. Season summary Perhaps baseball’s most iconic current winter circuit,

MiLB’s best of the decade: Defensive plays

Accidentally or on purpose, stellar outs turned into viral web gems
December 23, 2020

Win or lose, there are always opportunities for prospects to stand out on defense, to make highlight plays that turn into web gems that ultimately go viral. In the 2010s, there was no shortage of these kinds of feats. There were dazzling displays of athleticism with bodies sacrificed to make

State of the System: Texas Rangers

Huff, Taveras among those with valuable big league time in 2020
October 16, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year,'s new State of the System series evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021. The Rangers opened up Globe Life Park

Texas' Tejeda terrific in big league debut

Rangers No. 7 prospect nets first MLB homer, steal, three RBIs
August 6, 2020

For a prospect who hadn't played above the Class A Advanced level, Anderson Tejeda looked awfully comfortable against Major League competition Thursday. The seventh-ranked Rangers prospect made the most of his first big league game, recording a homer, a single and a stolen base in Texas' 6-4 loss in Oakland.

Prospects in the Rangers' 2020 player pool

Jung, Huff lead talented contingent of prospects hoping for a shot
July 2, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Prospect Roundup: Games of April 14

Phils' Bohm belts first pro homer, Royals' Matias goes deep twice
April 15, 2019

Phillies 3B Alec Bohm, Class A Lakewood: 2-for-3, HR, 3 RBIs -- It took awhile, but Bohm finally has his first professional home run. Last year's No. 3 overall pick sent a two-run shot to left field in the third inning against Delmarva in his 175th career at-bat. The Phils' top

Rangers have strength in foundation

Taveras, Thompson lead prospects showing off at lower levels
December 17, 2018

Each offseason, goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization. Click here to locate your favorite club.Just two years removed from a 95-win season, the Rangers have finished under .500 in consecutive

Dalbec, Dash highlight Carolina All-Stars

Salem slugger wins MVP; Winston-Salem boasts four honorees
September 13, 2018

The Carolina League crowned its champion Tuesday when Buies Creek defeated Potomac, 2-1, in a winner-take-all, one-game Mills Cup Final. Two days later, it's handed out more awards.No. 6 Red Sox prospectBobby Dalbec is Carolina League MVP, No. 5 Nationals prospect Wil Crowe takes home Pitcher of the Year honors

Anderson Tejeda Named Carolina League Year-End All-Star

The infielder finished the season as one of the only players named to both All-Star rosters in the league
September 12, 2018

KINSTON, NC - On Wednesday the Carolina League announced its Year-End All-Star roster and awards for the 2018 season. Down East SS Anderson Tejeda was named as an All-Star on the postseason list for the first time in his career.Tejeda, 20, is also one of only three players in the league

Tejeda's Huge Night Not Enough in Comeback Effort

An early deficit was erased by the Woodies in a wild slugfest, but came up just short
August 29, 2018

ZEBULON, NC - A game of epic proportions featured a comeback, 24 hits, a huge inning, a flurry of strikeouts, and seven different pitchers. The Wood Ducks (23-42, 58-77) ended up on the wrong side of the thriller in a 10-9 defeat to the Mudcats (29-34, 63-70). 

Anderson Tejeda Named Carolina League Player of the Week

The infielder earns his second weekly honor of the season
August 21, 2018

KINSTON, NC - On Monday the Carolina League announced their players of the week for games played August 13th-19th. Down East INF Anderson Tejeda  was named as the Carolina League Player of the Week for the second time this season.Tejeda, 20, connected on two homers in the week which tied for the

Reds' Garcia garners first weekly award

Cincinnati's No. 14 prospect hit .448 with two homers for Dayton
August 20, 2018

Jose Garcia entered the 2018 season as the $5 million man. It's taken some time, but he's starting to show why the Reds paid a high price to sign him out of Cuba in June 2017. Cincinnati's No. 14 prospect has been named Midwest League Offensive Player of the Week

Another Complete Effort From the Woodies Clinches Series with the Mudcats

Taveras led the way with a three-hit night as the Woodies collected 11 total
August 15, 2018

KINSTON, NC - An early attack of offense led the Wood Ducks (17-35, 52-70) in a 6-2 series-clinching win over the Mudcats (23-27, 57-63). Leody Taveras flirted with a cycle and led the offense with a huge night at the plate. 

Wood Ducks Claim Complete Victory Over Pelicans

Weickel was supported by a big-swinging offense to even the series
August 1, 2018

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - The Wood Ducks (12-28, 47-63) used big swings to take a lead that lasted nearly wire-to-wire in am 8-3 victory over the Pelicans (16-23, 50-59) on Wednesday night. The win snaps a six-game losing streak and an eight-game skid against the Pelicans

Wood Ducks Rally to Top the Hillcats

Big nights from Weickel and Tejeda lead the Woodies
July 24, 2018

KINSTON, NC - The Wood Ducks (11-22, 46-57) claimed back-to-back victories for the third time this month in a 5-4 final over the Hillcats (17-15, 46-53). Anderson Tejeda's three-hit night included a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning while Melvin Novoa supplied the game-winning RBI in the eighth.

Tejeda stars in Ducks' defensive showcase

Rangers No. 11 prospect uses quick thinking for wild DP
July 6, 2018

Pop flies along the outfield line are never a guaranteed out, particularly when the ball travels to the opposite field and an area that's home to a bullpen mound and a crowd of relievers, much like the setup at Winston-Salem's BB&T Ballpark.That's the situation that presented itself in the eighth

Wood Ducks Claim Game Three from the Red Sox

Two homers helped, but the pitching took center stage again in the victory
July 2, 2018

KINSTON, NC - A patient approach at the plate paid off for the Wood Ducks (6-6, 41-41) as the drew eight walks and hit two homers in a 6-3 victory over the Red Sox (5-6, 37-42). Anderson Tejeda and Josh Altmann each left the yard with solo shots in a

Wood Ducks Sweep Doubleheader with Blue Rocks

Tuesday marked the second twin-bill sweep of the year for the Woodies
June 12, 2018

KINSTON, NC - The Wood Ducks (34-30) used a combined total of 21 hits in the doubleheader to earn a sweep over the Blue Rocks (28-37) on Tuesday night. Leody Taveras led the way going 5-for-8 on the night with three extra-base hits and three runs scored.

Six Wood Ducks Named to the 2018 Carolina League All-Star Classic

Down East is tied for the most representatives from a single team at this year's game
June 11, 2018

KINSTON, NC - The 2018 Carolina League All-Star Classic rosters were announced on Monday morning and six Down East Wood Ducks have made the southern division team. RHP Edgar Arredondo, INF Andretty Cordero, INF Charles Leblanc, LHP C.D. Pelham, OF Leody Taveras, and INF Anderson Tejeda were named to the

Tejeda Earns Player of the Week Honors

The infielder shredded opponents with an 1.245 OPS this week
May 29, 2018

KINSTON, NC - On Monday the Carolina League announced their players of the week for games played May 21st-28th. Down East INF Anderson Tejeda was named as the Carolina League Player of the Week for the first time this season.Tejeda, 20, smashed three homers in the week highlighted by a two-homer

Down East's Tejeda leads weekly honorees

Rangers No. 11 prospect hit .414 to punctuate impressive May
May 29, 2018

After a forgettable April, Anderson Tejeda turned things around at the plate for Class A Advanced Down East when the calendar flipped to May. The Rangers' No. 11 prospect punctuated his hot month with Carolina League Offensive Player of the Week honors for May 21-27, slashing .414/.452/.793 with three home

Tejeda Leads the Woodies in the Offensive Performance of the Year in Win

The Wood Ducks have not trailed in the three games against the Keys this series
May 27, 2018

KINSTON, NC -Anderson Tejeda had a career day at the plate to lead the Woodies (29-21) in an 11-3 drubbing of the Keys (20-29) on an afternoon that featured two wins for the DEWDs. Tejeda hit two homers and drove in four to be the first in the Carolina League

Wood Ducks Sweep the Dash in Sunday Doubleheader

Winners of six of their last seven series, the Woodies move into first place
May 20, 2018

KINSTON, NC - The Wood Ducks (25-18) swept the Dash (23-19) behind 20 hits and 17 runs scored, all while only allowing three earned runs in the two victories. Down East moves into first place in the south division by a game and a half, and owns the best record

Wood Duck Offense Starts Hot; Weickel Collects First Win of 2018

16 hits from the lineup matches a franchise record in the victory
May 11, 2018

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - The Down East (19-16) offense jumped out to a hot start that proved to be plenty behind Walker Weickel's third consecutive quality start. Blaine Prescott matched a career-high with four hits and six-of-nine starters had multiple hits in the 10-6 victory.The Woodies tagged Dash (20-15) starter Dylan

Matuella Dazzles and Offense Produces in Win

The right-hander finds the right combinations for his first win of 2018
May 10, 2018

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Michael Matuella's career night was supported by nine runs from the Wood Duck (18-16) offense in the series-opening win over the Dash (20-14) by a 9-3 final. Matuella posted career-highs in innings pitched (7.2) and strikeouts (8) in his first win of 2018.Offensively, five different Wood Ducks