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Toolshed: Recent noteworthy SAL seasons

Martinez, Gallo showed slugging ways; Edwards, Corry shoved
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 22, 2020

This space started honoring the short-season leagues after their respective campaigns were delayed in June. Now, following the cancellation of all Minor League Baseball in 2020, we've turned it into an appreciation of the full-season circuits as well. So Toolshed has been revisiting the 10 most notable individual seasons put

Lexington and Florence travel the Bourbon Trail  

Season on the rocks results in neat Kentucky baseball partnership
@BensBiz
September 10, 2020

Brandon Phillips is a member of the Lexington Legends. Ordinarily, this would sound absurd, and perhaps it still does. What set of circumstances would lead a 39-year-old Cincinnati Reds icon with more than 2,000 hits at the Major League level to come out of retirement to play for the Legends,

RiverDogs, area nonprofit give Charleston Hope

MiLB CommUNITY grant will benefit efforts at Title 1 schools
@jtbloss
August 26, 2020

Chris Singleton had a good feeling after he submitted Charleston Hope as a possible recipient of one of Minor League Baseball’s five CommUNITY grants. So the Charleston RiverDogs’ director of community outreach texted Emily Kerr, Charleston Hope’s founder and executive director, to pass along that the nonprofit had a strong

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

Drive making impact in South Carolina

Unique food creation, distribution plan garners June Promotion of the Month
July 14, 2020

Summer nights at Fluor Field in Greenville, South Carolina, have the feel of a large neighborhood gathering with the beautiful 15-year-old facility serving as the “front porch” of the Greater Greenville and Upstate South Carolina area. And while the coronavirus pandemic has prevented local fans from being able to support

Did you know? South Atlantic League edition

Unique facts for each of the 14 teams on the Class A circuit
@BensBiz
July 7, 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 10th installment in a 14-part series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique,

Not just passing through: Tourists endure

Asheville's unique nickname dates back more than a century
@tylermaun
May 20, 2020

With so much focus year after year on the newest and wildest rebranding projects in Minor League Baseball, MiLB.com 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 South

A puzzling development in Charleston

RiverDogs go down and across for Crossword Night promotion
March 3, 2020

When it comes to what the Charleston RiverDogs have planned for April 26, you'll have to fill in the blanks. That Sunday, a 5:05 p.m. ET contest against the Augusta GreenJackets, will be Crossword Puzzle Night at the RiverDogs' home of Joseph P. Riley Jr. Ballpark. The Class A New York

Legends to become Royals with cheese

Kansas City affiliate unveils spreadable beer-based identity
February 26, 2020

Start spreading the booze. On Wednesday, the Lexington Legends revealed their first-ever alternate food identity. From Aug. 13-15, the Class A Kansas City Royals affiliate will suit up as the Kentucky Beer Cheese at their home of Whitaker Bank Ballpark. 

Delmarva named MiLB Team of Year for 2019

Rodriguez, Fenter helped lift Shorebirds to 90 Sally League wins
November 9, 2019

As the year winds down, the MiLB.com staff is looking back at the best teams, farm system, games and individual performances from a memorable 2019 Minor League season. For the first installment of the series, we've combed through every domestic level of the Minors to select the top 10 teams

It's lit: Kannapolis becomes Cannon Ballers

Sally League team launches new name ahead of ballpark move
October 23, 2019

The Kannapolis Cannon Ballers have burst on to the scene. The Class A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox was previously known as the Intimidators. The fuse was lit for a franchise overhaul in February, when the long-running South Atlantic League franchise announced it would change its name in advance of

Orioles honor Mountcastle, Rodriguez

Top prospects named Minor League Player, Co-Pitcher of Year
September 21, 2019

Ryan Mountcastle picked up another award on Saturday.Less than a month after he was named International League MVP, MLB.com's No. 65 overall prospect was honored by the Orioles as the Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year.

Legends walk off with another SAL title

On Friday the 13th, Rohlman wins it with two-run shot in 13th
September 13, 2019

The 13th inning on Friday the 13th is when Lexington became legendary. Reed Rohlman walloped a two-run, walk-off homer as the Legends won their second straight South Atlantic League championship with a 3-1 victory over Hickory at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. 

Reed's big night keeps Crawdads alive

Rangers prospect drives in three runs to fend off elimination
September 12, 2019

Tyreque Reed got Hickory started, then supplied the insurance. And the team's season was extended because of it.Facing elimination in the best-of-5 South Atlantic League Championship Series, the Rangers first base prospect homered and drove in three runs to power the Crawdads to a 5-1 win over Lexington on Thursday

On the Road: Shagging in Hagerstown

Suns co-owner Dahbura found 'key to happiness' on field
September 12, 2019

Hagerstown Suns co-owner Tony Dahbura holds a prestigious position at Johns Hopkins University, assists with his family's printing and commercial real estate businesses and freelances as a data analytics consultant. He's a man of many hats and thus goes by many names, be it Dr. Dahbura, Tony or his given

Hernandez puts Legends on brink of title

Royals No. 13 prospect fans six over five scoreless innings
September 10, 2019

Carlos Hernandez did more than enough in his first postseason appearance to bring Lexington within one win of another South Atlantic League title.The Royals' No. 13 prospect threw five two-hit innings as the Legends blanked Hickory, 7-0, to take a commanding two games to none lead in the best-of-5 Championship Series

Rave turns up late-inning heat for Legends

Royals No. 22 prospect caps Sally Finals Game 1 rally in ninth
September 9, 2019

Kids dream about ninth-inning postseason heroics. Few, however, get to experience it -- especially only three months after being drafted.But John Rave, a fifth-round pick by Kansas City this year, was able to keep the Class A Legends' undefeated postseason rolling with some Monday night.Kansas City's No. 22 prospect delivered

Jaquez helps Legends complete sweep

Royals prospect homers, scores twice in Sally semifinal clincher
September 6, 2019

A night removed from scoring one of two runs in Class A Lexington's Game 1 semifinal victory, Rubendy Jaquez played hero again on Friday.The Royals infield prospect went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and two runs scored as the Legends beat Augusta, 4-2, to complete a sweep of the best-of-3

Heasley Legend-ary in Sally semis opener

Kansas City prospect takes no-no into seventh, strikes out six
September 4, 2019

Jon Heasley was nearly perfect to start the postseason.The Kansas City right-handed prospect didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning, eventually giving up one run over a career-long seven innings as Class A Lexington edged Augusta, 2-1, in Game 1 of the best-of-3 South Atlantic League semifinals Wednesday night

Power's Then unhittable in season finale

No. 16 Seattle prospect faces two over minimum in five frames
September 2, 2019

Juan Then's final start of the season was another reminder of how glad the Mariners must be to have the right-hander back in their system.Seattle's No. 16 prospect tossed five hitless innings Monday in Class A West Virginia's 2-0 defeat of Greensboro at Appalachian Power Park. Then walked two batters

RiverDogs' Contreras throws one-hit gem

Yankees No. 13 prospect fans eight over six shutout innings
September 1, 2019

It's been a tale of two halves for Roansy Contreras, who concluded a dominant stretch on Sunday.The Yankees' No. 13 prospect gave up one hit and struck out eight over six innings as Class A Charleston cruised past Greenville, 8-0, at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Ballpark.

Koch completes hat trick for Grasshoppers

Pirates catching prospect turns three full counts into solo shots
August 30, 2019

Grant Koch arrived at Appalachian Power Park on Friday night for his 92nd game this season. He carried a .193 average and four home runs with him, numbers he had posted in 326 at-bats. Past performance, though, does not dictate present production.So, the Pirates catching prospect blasted three solo shots

Crawdads' Crouse lands on injured list

No. 3 Rangers prospect finished August with three victories
August 30, 2019

With the South Atlantic League playoffs just around the corner, Hans Crouse has landed on the shelf.The third-ranked Rangers prospect, who's expected to undergo elbow surgery after the season, was placed on the seven-day injured list Friday by Class A Hickory. 

SAL notes: Yankees' Breaux coming up big

Charleston backstop showing powerful bat despite missing time
August 30, 2019

If Josh Breaux has learned anything over the past few years, it's patience. Whether it was the path he had to take to receive a chance to play professional baseball or the way things have unfolded over the last two seasons, the Class A Charleston catcher has hurdled the road

Rodriguez continues unhittable trend

No. 2 Orioles prospect allows run in six innings for Shorebirds
August 29, 2019

Big events may come in threes, and so apparently do hitless outings for the Class A Delmarva starting rotation. Second-ranked Orioles prospectGrayson Rodriguez became the third straight Shorebirds pitcher to not allow a hit in his start, giving up a run on a walk with seven strikeouts over six innings to