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Looking back at Voit's astounding August 2016

Yankees slugger showed flashes during Texas League summer
August 20, 2020

Yankees fans have gotten used to the power and production Luke Voit provides in the Bronx. But fans of the Double-A Springfield Cardinals got an early look at Voit's talents toward the end of the 2016 campaign.

Recent noteworthy Texas League performances

From Tatis to Trout, Lone Star State didn't lack for talent in 2010s
August 18, 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're turning it into an appreciation of the full-season circuits as well. So Toolshed is revisiting the 10 most notable individual seasons put together

Dudley Field played home to historic outburst

Diablos, Golden Gators set Texas League records in 35-21 slugfest
July 30, 2020

No place in Minor League Baseball history provided the spectacle that El Paso's Dudley Field did regularly in its heyday. At an elevation of more than 4,000 feet, the dry desert air and constant high winds combined with quirky outfield dimensions made the stadium a launching pad for baseballs. Throw

A well-trodden road: Travelers pass test of time

Texas League's longest-tenured team name dates back to 1901
July 24, 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 Texas

Wellman following in father's footsteps 

Managing has become family business for Phillip, Brett
July 20, 2020

At first glance, it doesn't seem like much is amiss at HODGETOWN in Amarillo, Texas. There's a baseball game being played on the diamond, complete with scoreboard updates and sound effects. Socially distanced fans are spread throughout the confines or basking in the sun beyond the outfield grass. Even broadcaster

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

Did you know? Texas League edition

Eight unique facts about the Double-A circuit, one for each team
June 2, 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 fourth installment in a series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique, weird,

Fort Worth Cats became legends of the game

Texas League franchise thrived throughout first half of 20th century
April 29, 2020

Some of the names you know. You can picture their faces: Rogers Hornsby. Duke Snider. Sparky Anderson. Maury Wills. Dick Williams. Others are perhaps less familiar, but they're also a part of baseball history: Bobby Bragan. Billy Hunter. Danny Ozark.The Fort Worth Cats were mainstays of the Texas League for

Hoskins broke barriers in Texas League

Right-hander continued integration of Minor League Baseball
April 13, 2020

April 15, 1947 might be baseball's moment to cherish, but the historical significance of that date transcends the sport. When Jackie Robinson stepped onto the diamond on a chilly spring afternoon at Brooklyn's Ebbets Field as a member of the Dodgers, he left an indelible mark not only on the

Update from Texas League president Tim Purpura

Double-A circuit details news on COVID-19 outbreak in U.S.
March 17, 2020

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas - In response to the COVID-19 outbreak across the country and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization's (WHO) recent declarations, the start of the 2020 Minor League Baseball season, which includes the Double-A Texas League of Professional Baseball Clubs, has been delayed.

Betts trade official with addition of Downs

No. 44 overall prospect, Wong going from Dodgers to Red Sox
February 8, 2020

Baseball's blockbuster trade is finally official with the key addition of Dodgers' shortstop Jeter Downs. Downs,'s No. 44 overall prospect, and catcher Connor Wong were added to the deal that sends 2018 American League MVP Mookie Betts, left-hander David Price and cash from the Red Sox to the Dodgers. The trade was finalized

Ex-'Riders broadcaster blazing new path

Rouillard left dream job in baseball to pursue firefighting career
January 27, 2020

Growing up, Ryan Rouillard often heard from his mother that life is like a book. It contains many pages, characters and plot points, all of which come together to form metaphorical chapters representing the stages of one's personal story. All things considered, Rouillard's book has been pretty kind to him

Amarillo's Ensor named 2019 Texas League Executive of Year

October 3, 2019

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Amarillo Sod Poodles' President and General Manager Tony Ensor has been selected as the 2019 Bill Valentine Texas League Executive of the Year, according to an announcement made by TL President Tim Purpura.The award, which recognizes a successful season in the areas of leadership, attendance, marketing

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

Trammell, Poodles win Texas League title

Padres No. 2 prospect hits go-ahead grand slam in ninth inning
September 15, 2019

TULSA, Okla. -- Amarillo had squandered its share of opportunities but wasn't about to let another one pass them by with the Texas League championship on the line.After loading the bases with nobody out in the fifth inning and coming away empty, then loading them again and scoring just once

Reed, Poodles knot Texas League Finals

Padres No. 25 prospect homers to force Game 5 with Drillers
September 14, 2019

There will be a winner-take-all Game 5 for the Texas League banner.No. 25 San Diego prospectBuddy Reed went yard as Double-A Amarillo blanked Tulsa, 3-0, on Saturday night at ONEOK Field in Game 4 of the Championship Series.

Wong drives Drillers one win from crown

Dodgers No. 28 prospect hits two-run shot in Game 3 victory
September 13, 2019

Offense dominated the first two games of the Texas League Championship Series, but the outcome of Game 3 was determined by one swing of the bat.Dodgers No. 28 prospectConnor Wong hammered a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning, powering Tulsa to a 2-0 win over Amarillo on

Tulsa evens TL Finals on Downs' trifecta

Dodgers No. 6 prospect rakes four hits, Casey adds two homers
September 11, 2019

Jeter Downs set the tone for the Double-A Drillers with a milestone night. The sixth-ranked Dodgers prospect smacked three solo homers, reached base six times and scored five runs as Tulsa outslugged Amarillo, 18-9, in Game 2 of the Texas League Championship Series at Hodgetown. Donovan Casey added two dingers,

Olivares steps up for Poodles in Game 1

Padres No. 17 prospect smacks go-ahead three-run double
September 10, 2019

Edward Olivares came through Double-A Amarillo in a big way Tuesday night.San Diego's No. 17 prospect delivered a go-ahead three-run double in the eighth inning as the Sod Poodles pulled away for a 13-6 victory over Tulsa at Hodgetown in Game 1 of the best-of-5 Texas League Championship Series. Olivares

Trammell propels Amarillo to Texas Finals

First-year Sod Poodles hold on after seven-run second inning
September 8, 2019

In their first year of existence, the Amarillo Sod Poodles are headed to the Texas League Finals.Second-ranked Padres prospectTaylor Trammell went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored as Amarillo built an early lead and held on to beat Midland, 7-5, in the deciding Game 5 of the semifinals

Lewis' heroics help keep Travelers alive

Mariners No. 10 prospect hits decisive homer to extend series
September 7, 2019

With Arkansas' season hanging in the balance, Kyle Lewis helped extend it with one swing of the bat.The 10th-ranked Mariners prospect hit a go-ahead solo homer and singled as the Travelers forced a decisive fifth game in the Texas League semifinals with a 4-1 triumph over Tulsa on Saturday night at

Trammell, Sod Poodles extend TL semis

Padres No. 2 prospect bangs out three base hits in Game 3
September 6, 2019

Double-A Amarillo had its back against the wall coming into Friday's game against Midland, and it didn't help when the RockHounds went up 1-0 in the first inning. But Taylor Trammell and the Sod Poodles weren't going to go down that easy.The Padres' No. 2 prospect went 3-for-5 with an

Deichmann provides power for Midland

No. 17 A's prospect homers twice, gives RockHounds 2-0 lead
September 5, 2019

Greg Deichmann and Double-A Midland have spent the last 11 days on the road, but he hasn't needed any home cooking to keep his end-of-year power surge going.The No. 17 Athletics prospect mashed two home runs and collected three RBIs to guide the RockHounds to a 4-1 victory over Amarillo

Raleigh, bullpen pace Arkansas in semis

No. 7 Mariners prospect draws key walk, hurlers spin late zeros
September 4, 2019

Cal Raleigh didn't record a hit in the Texas League semifinals opener, but he helped Double-A Arkansas take the edge in the series. The seventh-ranked Mariners prospect walked and scored the winning run in the eighth inning and the Travelers bullpen posted four hitless innings in Arkansas' 2-1 victory over Tulsa