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Pioneer League becoming MLB 'Partner League'

Eight teams transferring to newly independent circuit for 2021
@SamDykstraMiLB
November 30, 2020

A new brand of baseball is coming to the Mountain time zone in 2021. The Pioneer League has been designated a "Partner League" of Major League Baseball, both the circuit and MLB announced Monday. The move will transform the Rookie Advanced loop into an independent league and comes as part

Did you know? Pioneer League edition

Unique facts about the Rookie Advanced circuit's eight teams
@BensBiz
August 6, 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 final installment in a 14-part series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique,

Toolshed: Recent noteworthy Pioneer seasons

Major League regulars, current prospects highlighted Rookie circuit
@SamDykstraMiLB
July 7, 2020

Short-season campaigns across the Minor Leagues were scheduled to begin last month. Like all other leagues in the Minors, those seasons were officially canceled last week. But that doesn't mean we can't celebrate the short-season leagues right now anyway. The New York-Penn, Northwest, Appalachian and Pioneer leagues represent the first

2020 Minor League Baseball season shelved

June 30, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Major League Baseball™ (MLB™) has informed Minor League Baseball™ (MiLB™) that it will not be providing its affiliated Minor League teams with players for the 2020 season. As a result, there will not be a Minor League Baseball season in 2020. "These are unprecedented times for

Dodgers' Aleaziz suspended for 50 games

Dodgers' Aleaziz, Idrogo and Twins' Rosario also receive bans
@MavalloneMiLB
June 28, 2020

Vladimir Gutierrez was one of four Minor Leaguers suspended for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Major League Baseball announced Sunday. The No. 15 Reds prospect received an 80-game suspension after he tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance Stanozolol. Dodgers prospects Reza Aleaziz and Juan Idrogo and

Minor League teams reminisce about retro logos

Burlington's tweet sparks trip down visual memory lane for clubs
March 24, 2020

Like all of us, Minor League teams across the country are trying to navigate a new normal and figure out how to keep themselves occupied on this strange frontier. Fortunately, social media can be a tool to unite, as the Class A Burlington Bees discovered last week.Burlington invited teams around

Reds invite Lodolo, India to big league camp

Top prospects, former No. 1 picks among 16 non-roster invitees
January 10, 2020

Nick Lodolo and Jonathan India both have had solid starts to their careers since being selected in the first round of the Draft in back-to-back years. Now they're sharing the chance to showcase their skills on the top stage for the first time.The Top 100 prospects earned their first invitations to

Giants pick up prospect Wilson from Angels

Fourth-ranked Los Angeles prospect moved during Cozart deal
December 10, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- The Angels cleared some payroll Tuesday in potential anticipation for big-money free-agent signings, and it cost them a notable prospect to do it.Los Angeles traded 2019 first-rounder Will Wilson along with Major League infielder Zack Cozart to the Giants for a player to be named later or

Shore thing: PaddleHeads row into Missoula

D-backs' Pioneer League affiliate unveils aquatic moose identity
November 4, 2019

The moose was let loose.After 21 seasons as the Osprey, Missoula's Pioneer League team announced a name change at a team rebranding event held Monday morning at the Missoula Children's Theater.The Osprey are now the Missoula PaddleHeads, Rookie Advanced affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Head of the Class: Rookie Advanced

Angels' Jackson, Braves' Stallings set the pace in second half
September 23, 2019

With another Minor League season in the books, members of the MiLB.com 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 and Class A Short Season. Here, we turn our attention to players

Tolbert, Henry lift Chukars to Pioneer title

Royals prospects total five hits, five runs scored in clincher
September 15, 2019

After dropping the opening game of the Pioneer League Finals, Idaho Falls needed back-to-back road wins against an Ogden team that tied the league record with 54 regular-season victories.Thanks to some timely hitting by Tyler Tolbert and Isaiah Henry, the Chukars did just that. Tolbert collected three hits and scored three

Aplin's timely hitting keeps Chukars alive

Royals prospect plates clutch runs in Game 2 of Pioneer Finals
September 14, 2019

Facing elimination in the Pioneer League Finals, clutch at-bats from Rhett Aplin gave the Rookie Advanced Chukars the lead not once, but twice Saturday. The second time they kept it.The Kansas City first-base prospect went 2-for-3 with two RBIs as Idaho Falls defeated Ogden, 6-2, at Lindquist Field. The victory

Raptors' Merrill provides relief in Game 1

Six pitchers toss two-hitter in Championship Series opener
September 13, 2019

Corey Merrill had never thrown more than two full innings during his first professional season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He had a career night in a big spot for Ogden on Friday night.The Dodgers prospect struck out seven over three innings of hitless relief as the Raptors beat Idaho

Dungan, Chukars flying high into Finals

Royals ninth-rounder makes difference in Pioneer semifinals
September 12, 2019

Nearly 48 hours from the start of the decisive third game of the Pioneer League semifinals, and with outfield conditions bordering on unplayable, the Pioneer League semifinal series between Idaho Falls and Billings finally concluded.Clay Dungan hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh inning as the Chukars beat the

Colin Simpson Named League MVP

September 6, 2019

Grand Junction Rockies utility player Colin Simpson has added another accolade to his collection for the 2019 season. He has won the Ralph Nelles Award as the MVP for the Pioneer League as announced by the Pioneer League last night.He is hitting .309 and slugging .667 with an OBP of

Rodriguez, Raptors claw way into Finals

Catcher reaches on error in 10th for Pioneer semifinal sweep
September 9, 2019

Ramon Rodriguez went hitless for Rookie Advanced Ogden in Game 2 of the Pioneer League semifinals, but his last trip to the plate sent the Raptors to the Championship Series all the same.With two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, Rodriguez reached on an error and Jorbit Vivas bolted

Henry puts Chukars on Pioneer Finals brink

Royals outfield prospect clubs solo homer in semifinals opener
September 8, 2019

In his first playoff plate appearance, Isaiah Henry made an impact. The 20-year-old outfielder clubbed a solo shot in his fourth straight multihit game, leading Rookie Advanced Idaho Falls to a 2-0 blanking of Billings in the opening game of Pioneer League semifinals Sunday night. 

Jackson, Medrano lead Pioneer All-Stars

Orem's record-setting outfielder, Billings righty among honorees
September 2, 2019

Jeremiah Jackson already had a number of accolades under his belt for his stellar 2019 season. On Monday, the Angels' No. 5 prospect added yet another.Jackson and Billings right-hander Miguel Medrano highlight the 2019 Pioneer League end-of-season All-Stars, the Rookie Advanced circuit has announced.

Jackson makes history in romp by Owlz

Angels No. 5 prospect hits 23rd homer, ties Pioneer record
August 31, 2019

Saturday night was a special one for Jeremiah Jackson.The Angels' No. 5 prospect tied the single-season Pioneer League record with his 23rd homer and matched his career high with five RBIs, powering Rookie Advanced Orem to an 18-5 romp over Ogden at the Home of the Owlz. He went 3-for-5

Pioneer notes: Weems finding his way

White Sox sixth-rounder off to rousing start with Great Falls
August 28, 2019

When Avery Weems went through three years of college undrafted and then had what he plainly felt was a rocky senior season, he feared his number wouldn't get called in 2019.So when he went in the sixth round of the June Draft to the White Sox, he was a bit

Vibes' Lindell seizing his second chance

Brewers righty rebounds from '17 release with rebuilt approach
August 23, 2019

Two years ago, nobody expected Karsen Lindell to be back in professional baseball. In fact, Lindell himself was convinced he'd never play again.But time is a funny thing, and if there's anything he's learned in the interim, it's to never underestimate the power of your own motivation.

Jackson tops himself in three-homer game

Fifth-ranked Angels prospect plates career-high five for Owlz
August 15, 2019

Jeremiah Jackson is letting everything flow -- and it shows.The fifth-ranked Angels prospect hit three long balls -- his second multi-homer game in the past four contests -- and drove in a career-high five runs as Rookie Advanced Orem downed Idaho Falls, 7-4, on Thursday night at Home of the

PIO notes: Brickhouse rebuilding his swing

D-backs prospect works on elevating ball in debut with Osprey
August 14, 2019

Every professional baseball player has a day that doesn't go right. For Missoula's Spencer Brickhouse, July 31 was that day.It was four at-bats, four strikeouts at Idaho Falls for the 6-foot-4, 235-pound first baseman who -- before he was drafted in the seventh round by Arizona in June -- had

Jackson bashes way to Orem record

Fifth-ranked prospect homers twice to set single-season mark
August 12, 2019

Jeremiah Jackson had a night that went down in the Rookie-level Owlz record books.The fifth-ranked Angels prospect went 3-for-6 with a pair of homers and four RBIs as Orem shellacked Idaho Falls, 13-5, on Monday at Home of the OWLZ. With 17 long balls, Jackson set a single-season record for

Raptors' Lewis bashes three homers

Dodgers' fourth-round pick drives in career-high six runs
August 11, 2019

Brandon Lewis' scorching August at the plate continued with more than a quarter-mile's worth of dingers.The 20-year-old third baseman smacked three homers, drove in a career-high six runs and walked twice in Rookie Advanced Ogden's 9-8 loss to Idaho Falls on Saturday night at Lindquist Field.