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2020 Minor League Baseball season shelved

PCL President Branch Rickey discusses cancellation
June 30, 2020

Statement from Pacific Coast League President Branch Rickey “Today is a momentous day. The first season cancellation in the 118-year history of the Pacific Coast League. But there is some good to be gleaned from what is obviously an overall very disappointing announcement. “The good that comes to my mind,

A's deal speedster Mateo to Padres

Seventh-ranked prospect was out of options in Oakland
July 1, 2020

In the first move since the Major League roster freeze was lifted last week, the A's shipped their No. 7 prospect, infielder Jorge Mateo, to the Padres for a player to be named or cash considerations. The native of the Dominican Republic is coming off a season in which he

Did you know? Pacific Coast League edition

Sixteen unique facts about the Triple-A circuit, one for each team
May 12, 2020

When it comes to size, scope and longevity, few, if any, sporting bodies can rival Minor League Baseball. With 160 teams in nearly as many markets, there are innumerable nooks and crannies to explore. This marks the second installment in a series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique, weird,

Mask-making operation is all Aces for Reno

Season-ticket holders pitch in to raise funds for local hospitals
April 29, 2020

Eric Edelstein had the impulse to pitch in but wasn't exactly sure how."The idea came from trying to do the most good in this time," the Reno Aces president said. "And the two things that I was bouncing against my thought process was supporting our health care workers -- understanding

For nearly 80 years, Arlett's power stood unmatched

PCL and IL Hall of Famer crushed record 432 Minor League homers
April 17, 2020

A host of players have piled up astonishing accomplishments over long professional careers on the diamond without making a lasting impression on the game's most celebrated stage. This series, Monsters of the Minors, provides introductions to Minor League legends sometimes overlooked by fans of baseball history.In baseball, two-way talents are the

Sounds good: Nashville embraces rich heritage

Team's identity has evolved, name has stuck since 1978 inception
April 15, 2020

With so much focus year after year on the newest and wildest rebranding projects in Minor League Baseball, takes a look at the flip side. This spring and summer, we will be profiling teams with some of the longest continually used nicknames in each league. Next up: the Pacific

Marlins option Harrison, Neidert to Triple-A

Outfielder, right-hander rank among system's top 10 prospects
March 28, 2020

Two of the Marlins' top 10 prospects are heading to Triple-A Wichita.Outfielder Monte Harrison, ranked ninth in the system, and right-hander Nick Neidert (No. 10) have been optioned to the Pacific Coast League, the team announced Saturday.

Top prospects among Marlins re-assignments

Bleday sent to Minors camp; Jazz optioned to Triple-A Wichita
March 10, 2020

The Marlins got an excellent look at the future of the franchise during the first month of Spring Training. But the time has come for some potential stars of tomorrow to head back to the Minor League incubator.Top 100 prospects JJ Bleday, Jazz Chisholm and Jesús Sánchez headline a group

Marlins option Sanchez in first wave of cuts

Top hurler, Guzman optioned to Triple-A; Cabrera sent to Double-A
March 6, 2020

Sixto Sanchez has a bright future ahead, but he'll have to wait a bit to make his first pitch for the Marlins.Miami's top prospect was optioned to Triple-A Wichita along with 19th-ranked Jorge Guzman on Friday as the club made its first 10 roster cuts of Spring Training. Fifth-ranked Edward Cabrera

Adell, Marsh heading back to Angels camp

Top 100 outfield prospects lead group of 19 non-roster invitees
January 31, 2020

A preview of the Angels' outfield of the future could be on display when Cactus League games start in three weeks.Los Angeles on Friday extended Spring Training invitations to 19 non-roster players, including top prospects Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh. It will be the second year in a row the

D-backs acquire Beasley from Angels

No. 18 Halos prospect dealt to Arizona for reliever Andriese
January 14, 2020

The D-backs acquired Angels No. 18 prospectJeremy Beasley in exchange for Major League right-hander Matt Andriese on Tuesday. Los Angeles designated Minor League right-hander Luis Madero for assignment to make room for Andriese on its 40-man roster.Beasley posted a 4.06 ERA and 1.40 WHIP with 102 strikeouts over 108 2/3 innings

Cardinals deal for Rays lefty Liberatore

2018 first-round pick has racked up 113 whiffs in 111 pro frames
January 9, 2020

It may be the middle of winter, but the hot stove has reignited.In the first major trade of the calendar year, the Cardinals acquired 2018 first-rounder Matthew Liberatore from the Rays. Catching prospect Edgardo Rodriguez and a Competitive Balance Round B selection (66th overall) also will head to St. Louis,

Simmons sped through Minors before Hall

Catcher: 'I just felt like I couldn't make an out' at lower levels
December 9, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- Ted Simmons learned a lesson pretty quickly at the start of his professional baseball career. It's a lesson prospects such as Wander Franco, Luis Robert and another switch-handed catcher in Adley Rutschman pick up to this day.In the Minor Leagues, have bat, will travel. Simmons' next stop:

It's a breeze: Wind Surge blow into Wichita

Kansas' only MiLB team, debuting in 2020, unveils name, logos
November 13, 2019

Wichita's current affair is a current of air. The Wind Surge have blown into town.In 2020, after a 12-season absence, Minor League Baseball is returning to Kansas' largest city. As of Wednesday evening, that team has a name: the Wichita Wind Surge -- Triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins --

Dodgers tab Lux top Minor League player

Fourth-ranked Gray named organization's Pitcher of the Year
September 19, 2019

Gavin Lux and Josiah Gray -- two of the Dodgers' premier prospects -- have received player-of-the-year honors from the's No. 2 overall prospect, Lux batted .347/.421/.607 with 26 homers, 99 runs and 76 RBIs across two levels en route to garnering the Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the

Stingy Baragar, Cats take Triple-A crown

Giants southpaw spins five scoreless frames, Maris goes yard
September 17, 2019

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Three and a half weeks ago, Caleb Baragar took a big sigh of relief.His season was done, he got a "good job" from Giants officials and he headed to Arizona to see his girlfriend, Bree. A couple days later, however, it was back to baseball.Sacramento needed him

Giants, River Cats try new approach

GM Zaidi, manager Brundage provide opportunities, analysis
September 17, 2019

As the Trade Deadline drew closer, the baseball world wondered, "Are the Giants buyers or sellers?""It was a crazy few days," Sacramento manager Dave Brundage said. "We weren't sure which way they were going to go at the Trade Deadline."As the Giants' Triple-A affiliate, the River Cats roster was about

Clippers, Cats gear up for final title game

Resilient Indians, Giants prospects seek Triple-A championship
September 17, 2019

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Anything can happen in one game. Early in the postseason, the River Cats found themselves on the brink of elimination. But one game changed everything."Got down to Vegas, 2-1, and came back and won the last two games," said Steven Okert, a reliever in the Giants system.

Avelino, River Cats sweep way to PCL title

Giants No. 28 prospect plates go-ahead runs in eighth inning
September 13, 2019

When the ball came off the bat, it appeared as though Abiatal Avelino had grounded into an inning-ending, rally-killing double play as Sacramento trailed Round Rock by a run in the eighth inning on Friday night. Moments later, it became clear the ball -- and the game -- were heading

Adames puts Cats in PCL driver's seat

Giants infielder hits go-ahead homer for 2-0 lead in Finals
September 12, 2019

The success of Cristhian Adames may not be a surprise -- the 28-year-old has appeared in 166 Major League games -- but his transformation into a power hitter might be, even if it hasn't been by design.The Giants farmhand slugged a tiebreaking homer, doubled and drove in two runs Wednesday

Avelino, River Cats walk off in Game 1

Giants No. 27 drives home winning run in ninth inning
September 11, 2019

In a back-and-forth affair, Abiatal Avelino delivered the final blow for Sacramento.The Giants' No. 27 prospect ripped a walk-off single with two outs in the ninth inning to give the River Cats an 8-7 win over Round Rock in Game 1 of the best-of-5 Pacific Coast League Championship Series on Tuesday at

A's to call up Luzardo from Triple-A

No. 18 overall prospect will join big league club Monday
September 8, 2019

Jesus Luzardo believed he was ready for the Majors. Now the A's do, too.Oakland's top prospect will join the big league club in Houston on Monday. He last pitched Friday for Triple-A Las Vegas. When he debuts, Luzardo will become the first Peruvian-born player to reach the game's highest level.

Ferguson, Express book trip to PCL Finals

Astros outfield prospect homers, drives in three to back Whitley
September 8, 2019

It was the most gut-wrenching series of manager Mickey Storey's career but the next stop for his Triple-A Express: the Pacific Coast League Championship Series.Houston outfield prospect Drew Ferguson bashed a homer and drove in three runs as Round Rock doubled up Iowa, 10-5, on Sunday at Principal Park to

Houchins helps River Cats hold off Aviators

Infielder homers on two-hit night as Sacramento forces Game 5
September 8, 2019

The River Cats had their backs against the wall coming into Saturday's game. Thanks to a key offensive showing from Zach Houchins, they evened the playing field.Sacramento jumped out to an early lead against Las Vegas and never looked back, defeating the Aviators, 5-3, at Las Vegas Ballpark and forcing

Bolt goes yard again to give Aviators edge

A's No. 16 prospect homers in third consecutive playoff game
September 7, 2019

Every postseason team needs a hero. Skye Bolt is hammering his way into that role for Las Vegas.The A's No. 16 prospect bashed his third homer in as many games on Friday, propelling the Aviators to an 11-4 victory over the Sacramento and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-5 Pacific Coast