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Smith notches cycle in career night for Las Vegas

Oakland infielder collects 5 hits, homers twice in PCL slugfest
September 18, 2022

Kevin Smith wanted the third home run, something he had never done in a game as a pro. But leading off the bottom of the ninth with his team trailing by two, he knew the right play was to just put the ball in play. As it turned out, that

A's trades net both former Lugnuts and top pitching prospects

March 16, 2022

When the 99-day lockout was lifted, the Oakland Athletics launched into a series of moves that reshaped both the A's MLB roster and the MiLB prospect depth. - On Saturday, March 12, the A's dealt staff ace Chris Bassitt to the New York Mets for minor league pitchers J.T. Ginn

Toronto talents took off during flights north

Martinez, Taylor among Blue Jays' top MiLB performers in '21
January 5, 2022

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.

Trio of former Lugnuts named Triple-A All-Stars

October 5, 2021

Three former Lansing Lugnuts — 2011-2012 catcher Carlos Pérez, 2015 first baseman/designated hitter Ryan McBroom and 2018 shortstop Kevin Smith — were named 2021 Triple-A All-Stars on Tuesday, as voted on by the Triple-A East's and Triple-A West's broadcasters and executives. Pérez, the Lugnuts' star catcher for the famed Lansing

Bisons blast Red Wings, 20-3, to move one step away from division title

Kevin Smith has five hits, Cavan Biggio drives in five runs and scores four times
September 15, 2021

With the 2021 season nearing a close, the Bisons still had time to post their most dominate performance of the year. Nearing their first division title since 2005, the Herd took an emphatic step towards a Northeast Division championship with a 20-3 thumping of the Rochester Red Wings on Wednesday

The Show Before the Show: Episode 196

Jays' Smith calls from Dunedin to talk spring, breakout 2018
February 14, 2019

Check out the latest episode of The Show Before the Show,'s official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review "The Show Before the Show" on iTunes. The podcast is also available via

Blue Jays system ready to make an impact

Top prospects Guerrero, Bichette build strong case for The Show
December 18, 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.The Blue Jays were a distant fourth in the American League East this year, finishing 17

Jays' Smith wins third weekly award of 2018

Toronto prospect continues breakout season with first FSL honor
July 2, 2018

Kevin Smith has been here before, and based on the way things are going, it might be a safe bet he'll be back again. The Blue Jays' No. 18 prospect has been named Florida State League Offensive Player of the Week after going 12-for-29 (.414) with a homer, triple, three

Prospect Roundup: Games of June 11

Cards' Sosa, Marlins' Harrison, Rangers' Calhoun show off pop
June 12, 2018

Theme of the dayPlaying to their strengths:Alex Wells throws a ton of strikes. Jorge Guzman chucks high heat. Peter O'Brien has a lot of raw power. All of those skill sets were on display Monday night. Wells struck out nine and allowed three hits and no walks in eight innings

Amaya HR ruins Logue's gem, 1-0

May 23, 2018

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - In a game played in one hour, 56 minutes, the South Bend Cubs (19-25) defeated the Lansing Lugnuts (29-17), 1-0, on Wednesday night at Four Winds Field.Miguel Amaya 's leadoff home run in the eighth inning supplied the game's only run.

Big fifth drives Cubs past Lugnuts, 9-1

May 22, 2018

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The South Bend Cubs (18-25) broke a 1-1 tie with a five-run fifth inning, rolling to a 9-1 victory over the Lansing Lugnuts (29-16) on Tuesday afternoon at Four Winds Field.Kevin Smith and Ryan Noda each went 2-for-4 for Lansing, with Smith scoring the Nuts' only

Lugnuts edge Cubs, 2-1

May 21, 2018

LANSING, Mich. - Behind a sterling effort from three pitchers, opportunistic offense from Kevin Smith , and one tremendous catch from Chavez Young , the Lansing Lugnuts (29-15) opened a four-game series with a 2-1 victory over the South Bend Cubs (17-25) on Monday night at Four Winds Field.AUDIO: Young's

Nuts score early, stop Hot Rods late

May 19, 2018

LANSING, Mich. - Kevin Smith swatted a two-run homer in a three-run first inning, and the Lansing Lugnuts (28-14) held off the Bowling Green Hot Rods (25-16), 3-2, on Saturday night at Cooley Law School Stadium.The win restored the Lugnuts' 2 ½-game lead over the Hot Rods atop the Eastern

Lugs' 8th straight win comes in 12-2 blowout

May 16, 2018

LANSING, Mich. - The Lansing Lugnuts (26-13) won their eighth consecutive game, scoring five runs in both the fifth and the sixth innings to thump the Dayton Dragons (18-18), 12-2, on a Winning Wednesday at Cooley Law School Stadium.The Lugnuts improved to 7-0 against the Dayton Dragons in the season

Smith locked in at plate with Lansing

Blue Jays No. 19 prospect ties season high with five-RBI night
May 16, 2018

Wednesday night might have seemed like deja vu for Kevin Smith.Toronto's No. 19 prospect matched his season high with five RBIs to lead Class A Lansing to its eighth straight win with a 12-2 rout of Dayton at Cooley Law School Stadium.

Mr. Smith steals the show: ties game in 8th, wins it in the 9th

May 14, 2018

LANSING, Mich. - Kevin Smith came through with a game-tying home run in the eighth inning followed by a game-winning single with two outs in the ninth, lifting the Eastern Division-leading Lansing Lugnuts (24-13) to a thrilling 4-3 victory over the Dayton Dragons (18-16) on Monday night at Cooley Law

P-Nats' Kieboom cruises to weekly award

No. 85 overall prospect stays hot with 15 hits over seven games
May 14, 2018

The Carolina League's Player of the Week award isn't going to Juan Soto -- the 19-year-old phenom took his hot bat to Double-A Harrisburg last week -- but that doesn't mean it's leaving the Potomac Nationals' clubhouse.Washington's No. 3 prospect Carter Kieboom captured his circuit's weekly honor for the period

Lugnuts win 5th straight, sweep Snappers

May 12, 2018

BELOIT, Wisc. - Following a 45-minute rain delay, the Eastern Division-leading Lansing Lugnuts (23-13) sent Beloit strikeout machine Wyatt Marks to an early exit and held off the Snappers (13-17), 8-6, on Saturday afternoon at Pohlman Field.The victory concluded a three-game sweep of the Snappers. The Nuts went 5-1 on

Lugs ride Larkins/Spraker tandem to 5-3 win

May 12, 2018

BELOIT, Wisc. - Turner Larkins started, Graham Spraker finished, and the Lansing Lugnuts' (22-13) offense took care of the rest in a 5-3 victory over the Beloit Snappers (13-16) on Friday night at Pohlman Field.Second baseman Kevin Vicuña added a solo home run, the first roundtripper of his professional career,

Comeback Lugs strike again in 4-3 win

May 11, 2018

BELOIT, Wisc. - The Lansing Lugnuts (21-13) scored three runs in the eighth inning, topping the Beloit Snappers (13-15), 4-3, on Thursday night at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.The Lugnuts' victory, rallying from a late 2-1 deficit, came the night after the Nuts turned a 4-0 deficit at

Lugnuts end skid with 11-4 laugher

May 8, 2018

APPLETON, Wisc. - Kevin Smith notched four hits, Yeltsin Gudino drove in four runs, and the Lansing Lugnuts (19-13) enjoyed an 11-4 victory over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (13-18) on Tuesday afternoon at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.The win ended a season-high four-game Lugnuts losing streak.The Nuts put

Rattlers walk off Lugnuts, 6-5

May 7, 2018

APPLETON, Wisc. - The Lansing Lugnuts (18-13) took leads of 3-0 and 5-3, only to see the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (13-17) tie the game in the eighth and win it in the ninth, 6-5, on a throwing error by pitcher Ty Tice , opening a three-game series on Monday night at

Bandits rough up Diaz, rout Lugnuts

May 5, 2018

LANSING, Mich. - The Quad Cities River Bandits (15-12) enjoyed early offense for the second straight night, romping to a 9-2 win over the Lansing Lugnuts (18-11) on Saturday night at Cooley Law School Stadium.Lansing starter Yennsy Diaz (Loss, 3-1) entered the game having allowed only six hits and four

Lugs belt three more HRs, but can't overcome Bandits

May 4, 2018

LANSING, Mich. - The Quad Cities River Bandits (14-12) built an early seven-run lead and then held on for dear life, closing out the Lansing Lugnuts (18-10), 8-7, before a season-high crowd of 8,556 at Cooley Law School Stadium on Friday night.The game featured a combined eight doubles and five

Swinging in the Rain

Lugnuts rally to top Cougars, 6-5
May 3, 2018

LANSING, Mich. - The Lansing Lugnuts (18-9) rallied from two different deficits, scoring three runs in a rainy sixth inning to knock off the Kane County Cougars (11-12), 6-5, on Thursday night at Cooley Law School Stadium.The Lugnuts won two of three games in the series, the only regular season