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Jesse & Jaksa's Question Quartet: Playoffs, MLB Debuts, Breakouts, HRs

April 8, 2024

Throughout this season, Lugnuts broadcasters Jesse Goldberg-Strassler and Adam Jaksa will tackle topics big and small in a brisk weekly Q&A. Email your questions to [email protected]. 1. Who will be the first Lugnut to make his MLB debut this year? Jesse: Griffin Conine, Miami Marlins. The slugger is with Triple-A

Pérez, Fulton flash potent stuff for Marlins

Premier crop of hurlers, shortstops headline Miami’s future
November 18, 2022

Each offseason, goes position by position across each organization and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in each farm system. Next up in our 2022 Organization All-Stars series are the Miami Marlins.

Prospect Q&A: Marlins outfielder Conine

Miami's No. 24 prospect looking for efficiency after powerful year
June 30, 2022

Even after establishing himself as one of the best power hitting prospects in the Minors, Griffin Conine put a lot of thought into what would make him a more complete hitter. Last year, Conine provided fans with an exciting race for the Minor League home run crown. His 36 long

Meyer, Eder make big splash for Marlins

Pitching duo dominated Double-A in first professional seasons
November 29, 2021

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. The Marlins’ cycle of building and trading away premier talent at the Major

Conine stays step ahead of Melendez in power race

Pensacola outfielder hits his 30th; catcher homers in Omaha debut
August 12, 2021

In a race that has traversed three levels with a number of lead changes, Griffin Conine and MJ Melendez continued to duel -- and flex -- for the top spot in the Minor Leagues' home run column this season.

Murray, Conine carry changing Jays system

After star prospects graduate, others emerge to lead solid group
December 18, 2019

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.The Blue Jays began the season with four players on's list of Top-100 prospects, with

Head of the Class: Full-season Class A

Jays' Conine flexes muscle; Giants' Corry consistently dominant
September 26, 2019

With another Minor League season in the books, members of the staff are looking back at some of the most notable performers from the 2019 campaign for each level. We looked at Triple-A, Double-A, Class A Advanced, Class A Short Season and Rookie Advanced. Here, we turn our attention to the

Wymer CG completes Lugnuts' season

September 2, 2019

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Sean Wymer tossed an 85-pitch nine-inning complete game and the Lansing Lugnuts (36-34, 68-71) wrapped up their 24th season with a 3-1 victory over the Fort Wayne TinCaps (29-41, 62-76) on Monday afternoon at Parkview Field.One game remains in the calendar year for the Lugnuts: the

Lugs beat the rain, mash out 7-3 victory

August 29, 2019

LANSING, Mich. - Behind a gem from Fitz Stadler and four home runs, the Lansing Lugnuts (34-32, 66-69) sailed to a brisk 7-3 win over the West Michigan Whitecaps (25-41, 46-89) on Thursday night at Cooley Law School Stadium.The game was completed in two hours, 24 minutes, with the tarp

Lugnuts continue dominance of Whitecaps

August 28, 2019

LANSING, Mich. - The Lansing Lugnuts (33-32, 65-69) maintained their mastery of the West Michigan Whitecaps (25-40, 46-88), taking the opener of a three-game series, 8-6, on Wednesday night at Cooley Law School Stadium.The Nuts improved to 10-4 in the season series against their longtime archnemesis, winning for the ninth

Nuts draw 12 walks in 12-9 loss to Loons

August 27, 2019

LANSING, Mich. - The Great Lakes Loons (36-28, 79-52) hit three home runs and overcame four ejections to defeat the Lansing Lugnuts (32-32, 64-69), 12-9, on Tuesday night at Cooley Law School Stadium.The game lasted three hours and 40 minutes, featuring 358 pitches, 21 runs, 25 hits, 14 walks and

Lugnuts' Conine and Finfrock named to Midwest League Post-Season All-Star Team

August 23, 2019

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Lansing Lugnuts right fielder Griffin Conine and closer Cre Finfrock were named to the 2019 Midwest League Post-Season All-Star Team in a vote of the league's managers, MWL President Dick Nussbaum announced this afternoon.Conine, 22, was honored among the three outfielders on the team, while Finfrock,

In final Copa de la Diversión game, Locos surprise Dragons, 9-6

August 18, 2019

LANSING, Mich. - Held to two hits and one run through six innings, the Lansing Locos (29-26, 61-63) roared to life in a six-run seventh, defeating the Dayton Dragons (23-32, 51-74), 9-6, on a Sunday afternoon at Cooley Law School Stadium.Lansing improved to 4-1 while wearing the Locos' jewel blue

Nuts set team record for margin of victory in 19-1 steamrolling

August 16, 2019

LANSING, Mich. - Griffin Conine , Ryan Gold and Rafael Lantigua each crushed two-run homers and the Lansing Lugnuts (28-25, 60-62) rolled up the largest margin of victory in franchise history in a 19-1 rout of the Fort Wayne TinCaps (22-31, 55-66) on Friday night at Cooley Law School Stadium.The

Rodriguez, Conine power 10-6 victory

August 11, 2019

DAYTON, OH - Yorman Rodriguez and Griffin Conine delivered consecutive run-scoring extra-base hits in the fifth and seventh innings, and the Lansing Lugnuts (25-24, 57-61) slugged their way to a 10-6 win over the Dayton Dragons (21-28, 49-70) on Sunday afternoon at Fifth Third Field.The Lugnuts have won three straight

Nearly perfect Lugnuts shut out Dragons

August 10, 2019

DAYTON, OH - Only Miles Gordon's sixth-inning triple prevented a trio of Lansing Lugnuts (24-24, 63-53) pitchers from combining on a perfect game, settling instead for a 6-0 shutout of the Dayton Dragons (21-27, 49-69), 6-0, on Saturday night at Fifth Third Field.The Lugnuts have tossed only two no-hitters in

Debuting Rodriguez spurs Lugnuts romp

August 9, 2019

LANSING, Mich. - First baseman Yorman Rodriguez finished a home run short of the cycle in his Midwest League debut, going 4-for-5 with three runs and three RBIs, and the Lansing Lugnuts (23-24, 55-61) routed the South Bend Cubs (25-22, 62-53), 12-2, in front of a Friday night crowd of 8,009

Lugnuts two-hit Hot Rods, 3-1

August 3, 2019

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Griffin Conine slammed his 17th home run of the year and Juan De Paula , Marcus Reyes and Cre Finfrock combined on a dominating pitching performance, helping the Lansing Lugnuts (20-21, 52-58) win the opener of a four-game series, 3-1, over the Bowling Green Hot Rods

Split Decision: Caps top Lugs in finale

August 2, 2019

EASTLAKE, OH - The Lansing Lugnuts (19-21, 51-58) split their fourth four-game series of the year with the Lake County Captains (22-18, 62-47), dropping a 5-1 Friday night season series finale on Friday night at Classic Park.The Lugnuts won the season series, 10-9, winning two of three in the lone

Captains edge Lugnuts, 5-4

August 1, 2019

EASTLAKE, OH - Griffin Conine belted a two-run homer in the first inning and Johnny Aiello swatted a two-run homer in the ninth, but the Lansing Lugnuts (19-20, 51-57) came up just short in a 5-4 loss to the Lake County Captains (21-18, 61-47) on Thursday night at Classic Park.The

Brodt, Conine go deep in 13-4 loss

July 28, 2019

LANSING, Mich. - Jake Brodt swatted his 11th home run of the year and Griffin Conine blasted his 14th, but the Lansing Lugnuts (17-18, 49-55) fell to the South Bend Cubs (18-17, 55-48), 13-4, on Sunday afternoon at Cooley Law School Stadium.Andy Weber went 4-for-6, Fidel Mejia finished 3-for-5, and

Conine powers early offense in 5-4 win

July 18, 2019

LANSING, Mich. - Griffin Conine slugged a monstrous two-run homer and added an RBI double, helping the Lansing Lugnuts (14-12, 46-49) build a five-run lead before pulling out a 5-4 victory over the Burlington Bees (11-15, 50-46) before a crowd of 6,308 on Thursday night at Cooley Law School Stadium.The

Lugnuts come up a touchdown short, 14-7

July 15, 2019

CEDAR RAPIDS, Ia. - Griffin Conine , Johnny Aiello and Otto Lopez each connected on a home run, but the Lansing Lugnuts (13-11, 45-48) were outslugged by the Cedar Rapids Kernels (14-10, 53-41), 14-7, in a Monday matinee at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium.The Kernels hit six home

Miller, Lugnuts continue Chiefs' woes

July 10, 2019

PEORIA, Ill. - Troy Miller set career highs with seven innings pitched and eight strikeouts, and the Lansing Lugnuts (10-9, 42-46) extended the Peoria Chiefs' (3-16, 33-55) losing streak to ten games with an 8-2 victory on Wednesday night at Dozer Park, opening a three-game series.Rafael Lantigua collected four hits,

Locos walk to win over Picantes in 9th, 3-2

July 7, 2019

EASTLAKE, OH - Johnny Aiello drew a tie-breaking, two-out, bases-loaded walk in the top of the ninth, and the Lansing Locos (9-8, 41-45) defeated los Picantes de Lake County (10-7, 50-36), 3-2, in a Copa de la Diversion Sunday matinee at Classic Park.Lansing has won five of its last six