It's lit: Kannapolis becomes Cannon Ballers

Sally League team launches new name ahead of ballpark move

After 19 seasons as the Intimidators, Kannapolis' South Atlantic League team will be known as the Cannon Ballers.

By Benjamin Hill | October 23, 2019 7:28 PM ET

In advance of moving to a new ballpark, the Class A Chicago White Sox team revealed its new name -- the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers. MiLB.com's Ben Hill has the details.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter @bensbiz. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Orioles honor Mountcastle, Rodriguez

Top prospects named Minor League Player, Co-Pitcher of Year

Ryan Mountcastle led the International League with 162 hits and 274 total bases. (David Monseur/MiLB.com)

By Daren Smith | September 21, 2019 9:01 PM ET

The Orioles honored two of their top prospects, naming Ryan Mountcastle the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year and Grayson Rodriguez the Jim Palmer Co-Pitcher of the Year.

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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Legends walk off with another SAL title

On Friday the 13th, Rohlman wins it with two-run shot in 13th

Lexington is the first team to win back-to-back South Atlantic League championships since 2009-10. (Lexington Legends)

By Chris Bumbaca | September 13, 2019 11:15 PM ET

Reid Rohlman hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 13th inning as Lexington won its second straight South Atlantic League championship with a 3-1 victory over Hickory.

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Reed's big night keeps Crawdads alive

Rangers prospect drives in three runs to fend off elimination

Tyreque Reed is 5-for-18 (.278) with two homers and four RBIs in five playoff games. (Hickory Crawdads)

By Joe Bloss | September 12, 2019 10:45 PM ET

Rangers prospect Tyreque Reed homered and drove in three runs as Hickory avoided a sweep with a 5-1 win over Lexington in Game 3 of the South Atlantic League Championship Series.

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On the Road: Shagging in Hagerstown

Suns co-owner Dahbura found 'key to happiness' on field

In addition to being a Hagerstown Suns co-owner, Tony Dahbura has spent 17 seasons as the team's batting practice ball shagger.

By Benjamin Hill | September 12, 2019 11:34 AM ET

Tony Dahbura is not just part of the Hagerstown Suns ownership group. He's also a Minor League schedule-maker and a veteran ball-shagger. Ben Hill reports.

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Hernandez puts Legends on brink of title

Royals No. 13 prospect fans six over five scoreless innings

Carlos Hernandez pitched at three levels during the regular season, going 3-3 with a 3.50 ERA for Lexington. (Lexington Legends)

By Shlomo Sprung | September 10, 2019 10:51 PM ET

Royals No. 13 prospect Carlos Hernandez gave up two hits over five innings as Lexington moved within one win of their second straight South Atlantic League championship with a 4-0 blanking of Hickory.

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Rave turns up late-inning heat for Legends

Royals No. 22 prospect caps Sally Finals Game 1 rally in ninth

Illinois State product John Rave was a fifth-round pick by the Royals in this year's First-Year Player Draft. (Clinton Riddle)

By Duane Cross | September 9, 2019 10:35 PM ET

Kansas City Royals prospect John Rave drove in two runs in the ninth inning as Class A Lexington downed Hickory, 6-4, in Game 1 of the South Atlantic League Championship Series.

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Jaquez helps Legends complete sweep

Royals prospect homers, scores twice in Sally semifinal clincher

Lexington has a chance to become the first South Atlantic League repeat champion in nine years. (Lexington Legends)

By Dan Stokes | September 6, 2019 10:39 PM ET

Royals prospect Rubendy Jaquez went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and two runs scored as Lexington returned to the South Atlantic League Finals with a 4-2 win over Augusta.

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Heasley Legend-ary in Sally semis opener

Kansas City prospect takes no-no into seventh, strikes out six

Jon Heasley registered his first scoreless start since Aug. 18 against Kannapolis. (Lexington Legends)

By Shlomo Sprung | September 4, 2019 11:46 PM ET

Kansas City Royals right-hander Jon Heasley didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning as Class A Lexington edged Augusta, 2-1, in Game 1 of the South Atlantic League semifinals.

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Power's Then unhittable in season finale

No. 16 Seattle prospect faces two over minimum in five frames

Juan Then allowed four runs on seven hits over 16 innings in the South Atlantic League this season. (Eden Douglas/West Virginia Power)

By Joe Bloss | September 2, 2019 5:38 PM ET

Seattle Mariners No. 16 prospect Juan Then didn't allow a hit over five innings to lead Class A West Virginia past Greensboro, 2-0, on Monday afternoon.

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