Head of the Class: Class A Short Season

Giants' Labour, D-backs' Frias blossomed during the summer

Franklin Labour tallied a 1.030 OPS in 41 Northwest League games. (Jared Ravich/MiLB.com)

By Michael Avallone | September 25, 2019 10:27 AM ET

Giants No. 20 prospect Franklin Labour and D-backs No. 15 Luis Frias dazzled with the bat and on the rubber, respectively, in Class A Short Season competition in 2019.

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Hops capture third NWL championship

January singles in go-ahead run in winner-take-all Game 5

Hillsboro celebrates the third Northwest League championship in its seven-year history. (Jared Ravich/MiLB.com)

By Katie Woo | September 12, 2019 2:55 AM ET

Hillsboro won its third Northwest League championship in seven years, beating Tri-City, 3-1, in a winner-take-all Game 5 as Ryan January singled in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning.

Katie Woo is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiejwoo. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Acosta, Dust Devils stay alive in NWL Finals

Padres prospect homers, helps force decisive Game 5 vs. Hops

Matthew Acosta is 6-for-17 (.353) with four runs scored and two RBIs in six playoff games. (Jared Ravich/MiLB.com)

By Jordan Wolf | September 11, 2019 2:00 AM ET

Padres outfield prospect Matthew Acosta belted a two-run homer and scored twice as Tri-City forced a decisive Game 5 in the Northwest League Finals with a 6-0 victory over Hillsboro on Tuesday.

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English channels dramatic victory for Hops

Ninth-inning homer puts Hillsboro on brink of Northwest crown

Tristin English hit seven home runs during the regular season for Hillsboro. (Jared Ravich/MiLB.com)

By Shlomo Sprung | September 10, 2019 2:35 AM ET

Arizona Diamondbacks infield prospect Tristin English belted with a two-run homer in the ninth inning as Class A Short Season Hillsboro outlasted Tri-City, 2-1, in Game 3 of the Northwest League Finals.

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Homza gets Dust Devils even in NWL

Padres prospect hits first-inning slam in Game 2 of Finals

The slam was Jonny Homza's fourth homer since the Padres took him in the fifth round of the 2017 Draft. (Jared Ravich/MiLB.com)

By Katie Woo | September 9, 2019 12:17 AM ET

Padres prospect Jonny Homza hit a first-inning grand slam, his first homer of the season, as Tri-City beat Hillsboro, 9-1, to even the best-of-5 Northwest League Finals at one win apiece.

Katie Woo is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiejwoo. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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January, Hillsboro continue on in September

Catcher plates three runs as Hops make first Finals since 2015

Hillsboro is headed to the Northwest League Championship Series for the first time in four years. (Hillsboro Hops)

By Katie Woo | September 6, 2019 3:14 AM ET

Arizona D-backs catcher Ryan January plated three runs as Class A Short Season Hillsboro defeated Salem-Keizer, 6-3, to advance to the Northwest League Finals for the first time since 2015.

Katie Woo is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiejwoo. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Peguero puts Hops on brink of NWL Finals

D-backs No. 18 prospect completes late rally with walk-off in ninth

Liover Peguero's walk-off double lifted Hillsboro in Game 1 of its Northwest League semifinal series. (Jared Ravich/MiLB.com)

By Michael Avallone | September 5, 2019 1:15 AM ET

Arizona Diamondbacks No. 18 prospect Liover Peguero stroked a walk-off double that lifted Class A Short Season Hillsboro past Salem-Keizer, 2-1, in Game 1 of the Northwest League semifinals.

Michael Avallone is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @MavalloneMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Olivero, Crim lead Northwest All-Stars

D-backs, Rangers prospects take top honors after big seasons

Deyni Olivero has held opponents to a .214 batting average and walked just 20 batters in 63 2/3 innings. (Jared Ravich/MiLB.com)

By Chris Tripodi | August 29, 2019 4:00 PM ET

Rangers prospect Blaine Crim and D-backs prospect Deyni Olivero have been named Northwest League MVP and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, as the circuit announced its end-of-season All-Star selections Thursday.

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Giants' Luciano, Bishop land on IL

Top prospects shelved by Class A Short Season Salem-Keizer

Marco Luciano is hitting .302/.417/.564 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs in 47 games across two levels. (Jared Ravich/MiLB.com)

By Daren Smith | August 24, 2019 2:53 AM ET

Infielder Marco Luciano and outfielder Hunter Bishop, two of the Giants' top four prospects, were placed on the injured list Friday by Class A Short Season Salem-Keizer.

Daren Smith is an editor for MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Giants promote teen Luciano to NWL

No. 65 overall prospect batted .322, led AZL in RBIs, runs

Marco Luciano slugged seven homers in his first 15 games as a Minor Leaguer. (Zachary Lucy/Four Seam Images)

By Daren Smith | August 11, 2019 7:19 PM ET

The Giants on Sunday promoted 17-year-old shortstop Marco Luciano, their third-ranked prospect, from the Rookie-level Arizona League to Class A Short Season Salem-Keizer.

Daren Smith is an editor for MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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