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These prospects rebounded in a big way in 2023

A dozen players got their careers back on track with big seasons
December 25, 2023

Some prospects never struggle on their way to the Major Leagues. For example, the first two guys on our Top 100 Prospects list, Orioles shortstop Jackson Holliday and Brewers outfielder Jackson Chourio, have yet to taste failure in pro ball. They're the exceptions, however. Most prospects face adversity at some

Marsee, Bliss highlight Fall League award winners

Circuit celebrates top hitters, pitchers and sportsmanship in desert
November 11, 2023

The 31st rendition of the Arizona Fall League has come to a close, and it comes as no surprise that baseball’s best prospects shined in the desert-based circuit. The Fall League has annually given the Joe Black MVP Award to the top performer, and the Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award has

Roberts, Lawlar, Bliss Named Texas League Postseason All-Stars

Trio of Sod Poodles Named Texas League Post-Season All-Stars
September 26, 2023

San Antonio, Texas (September 26, 2023) – Earlier today, Major League Baseball announced full Texas League Postseason All-Stars. Votes were cast by all 10 Texas League Managers with the final decisions determined by the Commissioner’s Office. Caleb Roberts was named an All-Star as an outfielder, Jordan Lawlar was named the

Clase, Bliss provide vaunted power-speed combo

M's prospects reach rarified air with homer, stolen base prowess
September 15, 2023

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DeLo’s big day paces series-opening win

Zach DeLoach: 3-for-3, HR (15), 5 RBI, 2 R, BB
August 8, 2023

Tacoma, WA (8/8/23) – The Tacoma Rainiers (57-52, 20-14) defeated the Oklahoma City Dodgers (72-35, 22-12) 12-9 in an afternoon slugfest at Cheney Stadium on Tuesday, taking the opening game of this weeklong series. The clubs combined for 23 hits and 16 walks, as the Rainiers won their fourth in

Sod Poodles Route RockHounds 12-3

18 Hits Ties Season-High for Amarillo
June 8, 2023

Midland, Texas (June 8, 2023) – Amarillo ran away from Midland in the later innings to win their third straight over their Oil Pan Cup rivals. Entering the seventh inning up by just a run, the Sod Poodles exploded for eight runs in the last three innings and collected 18

Ryan Bliss Named Texas League Player of the Month for May

Second Straight Month Being Named League's Player of the Month
June 5, 2023

Amarillo, Texas (June 5, 2023) – Today, Minor League Baseball announced player and pitcher of the month honorees in each of the 11 full-season leagues for the month of May. For the second consecutive month, Sod Poodles infielder Ryan Bliss was named Texas League Player of the Month. In May,

Sod Poodles Drop Game One In San Antonio

Bliss Collects Another Three Hits
May 23, 2023

San Antonio, Texas (May 23, 2023) – Amarillo dropped Tuesday's series opener against the Missions 14-4 in San Antonio in game one of the six-game series. The Sod Poodles collected eight hits and were paced by Ryan Bliss who tallied three hits in the loss. An Amarillo leadoff triple was

Sod Poodles Muscle in Front of RockHounds Early, Secure Game Two

Amarillo Improves to 6-0 In Game Two of Series in 2023
May 10, 2023

Amarillo, Texas (May 10, 2023) – The Amarillo Sod Poodles clipped the RockHounds, 6-3, and evened their series in game two following dominant outings from the Amarillo pitching staff. The Sod Poodles plugged five of their six runs on five hits in the first two innings. The Soddies tallied their

Amarillo Drops Saturday Matinee 12-7

May 10, 2023

Corpus Christi, Texas (May 6, 2023) – Despite out-hitting the Hooks on Saturday afternoon, Amarillo dropped the Saturday contest 12-7. Corpus Christi used a pair of five-run innings early to jump out in front and hold off Amarillo to take the series lead. The first two batters of the game

7-Run Inning Helps Sod Poodles Even Series In Corpus

Teams Combine For 20 Runs and 24 hits
May 6, 2023

Corpus Christi, Texas (May 5, 2023) – The Sod Poodles plated 12 runs on 15 hits to knot the series at two games a side on Friday night in Corpus Christi. Amarillo hit around in the third, scoring seven runs on eight hits to take command, and never looked back,

Ryan Bliss Named Texas League Player of the Month

D-backs No. 30-rated Prospect Hit .410 in April
May 4, 2023

St. Petersburg, Fla. (May 4, 2023) – Today, Minor League Baseball announced player and pitcher of the month honorees in each of the 11 full-season leagues for April. Sod Poodles infielder, Ryan Bliss, was named Texas League Player of the Month after hitting .410 (34-for-83) in 18 games played. Bliss’

Soddies Sunk in Pitcher's Duel, Drop Game One

Albright Ties Season-High, Fans Seven Batters
May 2, 2023

Corpus Christi, Texas (May 2, 2023) – The Amarillo Sod Poodles fell to the Hooks, 3-1, in a pitcher's duel Tuesday night. RHP Luke Albright shoved on the bump but was unable to get the run support needed to overcome the Hooks with the Soddies logging just five hits. Amarillo

Sod Poodles Top Riders With 11-Run Outburst

Tawa Homers, Bliss Collects a Pair of Doubles
April 30, 2023

Amarillo, Texas (April 29, 2023) – The Amarillo Sod Poodles mashed 12 hits on Saturday night in route to an 11-4 win over the Frisco RoughRiders and took the lead in their six-game set, 3-2. After RHP Deyni Olivero dealt a scoreless top half, the Soddies tallied four in the

Soddies Late-Game Rally Comes Up Short, Fall 12-6

Guzman Notches Three-Hit Night
April 29, 2023

Amarillo, Texas (April 28, 2023) – The Amarillo Sod Poodles dropped their Friday night contest, 12-6, due to an early 10 runs tacked on by Frisco and a late game rally coming up short. The Riders' bats powered through the first inning, plugging six runs before Amarillo could register an

Stellar Pitching Not Enough as Soddies Drop Game Three to Frisco

Bliss Leads Off Game With Opposite Field Home Ru, Collects Three Hits
April 28, 2023

Amarillo, Texas (April 27, 2023) – The Amarillo Sod Poodles dropped game three of the series, 5-1, to the Frisco RoughRiders. Strong pitching performances by both clubs was the main attraction of the contest with an untimely grand slam being the deciding factor for the Riders. Amarillo tallied a run

Sod Poodles Blanked In Springdale, Series Evens

Ryan Bliss Collects Two Hits
April 22, 2023

Springdale, Arkansas (April 21, 2023) – The Amarillo Sod Poodles dropped game four of their six-game series against the NW Arkansas Naturals on Friday night. Five runs in the bottom of the fifth would be the only runs scored as the series evened at two games a piece. Right-hander Jamison

Four Arms Hold Naturals to Two Hits, Jarvis Fans Eight in Win

Sod Poodles Beat Naturals 5-0 for First Shutout Win in 2023
April 20, 2023

Springdale, Arkansas (April 19, 2023) – The Amarillo Sod Poodles came out on top in their first win of their six-game set on Wednesday night, topping the Naturals, 5-0. The Soddies' bullpen built off of RHP Bryce Jarvis' strong start who held the Naturals hitless through 5.0 innings. Jarvis started

Sod Poodles Drop Series Opener in Springdale

Lawlar Leaves the Yard, Bliss Collects Three Knock Night
April 18, 2023

Springdale, Arkansas (April 18, 2023) – Amarillo began their six-game road trip with a 16-6 loss to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals on Tuesday night. The Sod Poodles jumped out early, but were unable to keep pace with the Naturals who collected 15 hits and scored in seven of the eight

Sod Poodles Drop Finale, Split Series With Hooks

English & Vukovich Go Back-to-Back
April 16, 2023

Amarillo, Texas (April 16, 2023) – The opening homestand of the 2023 season came to an end with an 11-5 Amarillo loss to the Corpus Christi Hooks on Sunday afternoon at HODGETOWN. Corpus jumped out to a 4-0 lead after their first three at-bats of the game while the Sod

Sod Poodles Battle Late in 13-10 Loss to Hooks

Tawa, De Los Santos Each Homer
April 15, 2023

Amarillo, Texas (April 14, 2023) – Five late runs weren't enough to overcome an early deficit as the Amarillo Sod Poodles (4-3) dropped their Friday night tilt against the Corpus Christi Hooks (2-5) by a score of 13-10. The Sod Poodles found themselves trailing by nine after the first three

Bryce Carves, Sod Poodles Beat Hooks 5-2

Jarvis' Eight Strikeouts Set Amarillo Season-High
April 14, 2023

Amarillo, Texas (April 13, 2023) – The Amarillo Sod Poodles (4-2) took their second consecutive game over the Corpus Christi Hooks on Thursday night. Bryce Jarvis was impressive from the jump and the Amarillo bats stayed hot as the Sod Poodles beat the Hooks 5-2. Back-to-back Hooks singles to lead

Hill Deals, Amarillo Secures Opening Series Win in Frisco

Caleb Roberts Adds 3-RBI Night
April 9, 2023

Frisco, Texas (April 8, 2023) – The Amarillo Sod Poodles (2-1) will head back to Amarillo with a series win after downing the Frisco RoughRiders 5-3 on Saturday night, wrapping up the opening 3-game road series. Jamison Hill was excellent in his first start this season and was backed by

Albright Shines in Double-A Debut for Amarillo

Amarillo Collects 200th Regular-Season Franchise Win
April 7, 2023

Frisco, Texas (April 7, 2023) – Amarillo (1-1) evened the three-game set against Frisco with a 3-1 victory on Friday night. Amarillo was helped by a strong starting effort from right-hander Luke Albright (1-0) who got all of the run support he would need thanks to a two-RBI triple off

Nine Questions with Ryan Bliss

Bliss reflects on his baseball path as part of MiLB’s “The Nine” program for Black History Month
February 13, 2023

In celebration of Black History Month, 2022 Hop Ryan Bliss reflects on his baseball path and those who helped him along the way. Bliss led the Hops in at-bats (426), plate appearances (484) and runs scored (68) in 2022, all of which are club records. He also had 91 hits,