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Smokies scorch way to first outright title in 45 years

Horton dominates once again as Cubs affiliate wins Southern crown
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With Cade Horton on the mound Tuesday, the Cubs' Double-A affiliate had reason to be confident about their prospects of winning the franchise's first outright Southern League title in 45 years. And once the Tennessee Smokies scored four runs in the first three innings, it felt like that was very

Canadians stake claim to fifth NWL crown

High-A Blue Jays prospects log timely hits, strong pitching in Finals
September 17, 2023

After coming tantalizingly close to winning a title last season, the Vancouver Canadians were able to reclaim the Northwest League crown on Saturday night in manager Brent Lavallee's second season at the helm. The Blue Jays' High-A affiliate won in convincing fashion, mounting an early lead on the Everett AquaSox

Miller's smash lifts Clearwater into FSL Finals

No. 4 Phils prospect, '23 first-rounder makes first pro dinger count
September 15, 2023

Twenty-three games into his professional career, Aidan Miller was searching for his first home run. He hardly could have picked a better game when he finally connected on Friday night. Miller, the Phillies' 2023 first-round pick and fourth-ranked prospect, socked a decisive two-run homer to left field in Single-A Clearwater's

Tides turn, Holliday knocks first Triple-A homer

Baseball's No. 1 prospect gets aboard four times in slugfest win
September 14, 2023

In a year full of milestones, Jackson Holliday can cross one more accomplishment off his list: his first Triple-A home run. MLB's No. 1 prospect went deep for the first time with Norfolk in Thursday's 12-10 win over Memphis at Harbor Park. The solo homer was part of an offensive

That's Nuts: Peete's first two homers are slams

No. 10 Mariners prospect keys Modesto rally with grand dingers
August 28, 2023

Despite just turning 18 this month, Tai Peete has already played in a lot of important baseball games. He starred in the 2018 Little League World Series and played on the Team USA circuit before the Mariners drafted him 30th overall in July. But none of those games can compare

Smokies' slugger Caissie sizzling in Southern League

No. 3 Cubs prospect unlocks power potential with new approach
August 12, 2023

Owen Caissie has long been on scouts' radars. A second-round pick in 2020 from the Canadian prep ranks, he has a sweet left-handed swing with 65-grade power that helped make him a key component of the Cubs' return in the Yu Darvish trade. Caissie has put together solid Minor League

Ramos slugs second-longest '23 Triple-A homer

Reds farmhand launches one for the ages 495 feet at 108 mph
August 11, 2023

Henry Ramos has hit a lot of homers in his professional career -- 115, to be exact, between the Majors (one), Minors (89) and foreign leagues (25). But certainly none are like the one he shot into the St. Paul, Minn., sky in Thursday night's 8-5 loss to the Saints.

Five at-bats, three homers for OKC's Busch

Dodgers' No. 2 prospect has three multihomer games in 15 outings
August 10, 2023

As the summer months grow hotter, Michael Busch's bat does too. The Dodgers' No. 2 prospect has been on a power surge lately, highlighted by three home runs over the course of five plate appearances for Triple-A Oklahoma City, two of which came in Wednesday's 6-4 loss to Tacoma at

Dam Breakers, Shantymen get back to nature

West Michigan, Wisconsin lean into fan appreciation for outdoors
August 8, 2023

Teams in the Midwest League share one thing beyond geography -- fan bases with a passion for the outdoors. Two such High-A clubs showed off their natural sides with alternate identities on July 29, as the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers became the Lake Winnebago Shantymen and the West Michigan Whitecaps played

Hot Dogs steam Burgers in foodie showdown

Reading tops Hartford in battle of scrumptious alternate jerseys
August 7, 2023

Hot dogs vs. hamburgers is an age-old American debate. Last Tuesday, two teams tried to settle it in Minor League Baseball's version of a cookoff when Double-A Reading and Hartford donned alternate identities in yummy fashion at Dunkin' Park. For one night, the Reading Hot Dogs faced off against the

Hit, run, wallop: Holliday's skill on display for Bowie

MLB's No. 1 prospect draws rave reviews from Double-A skipper
August 6, 2023

Jackson Holliday put up his best game yet at Double-A Bowie on Saturday. The shortstop went 4-for-5 with a home run and a pair of infield singles in a 9-4 win over Portland -- all as the youngest player in the Eastern League at 19 years old.

Voit slugs his way into Syracuse record books

First player in recorded club history to homer in 6 straight games
July 29, 2023

Luke Voit may have led the Majors in home runs in 2020, but on Friday, he accomplished a new long ball feat. The slugger is in perhaps the hottest stretch of his career, as he went deep for the sixth straight game in the Triple-A Syracuse Mets' 6-3 win over

Augusta suited for rally with 15 unanswered runs

Braves affiliate sets season-high scoring output in just two frames
July 28, 2023

There are comebacks, and then there are comebacks in Minor League Baseball, where no lead is safe. Look no further than the Carolina League, where Single-A Augusta scored 15 unanswered runs, all in the last two innings, to stun Charleston in a 15-8 win on Thursday night at Joseph P.

Montgomery making a mad Dash for stardom

Top White Sox prospect on offensive tear since return from injury
July 24, 2023

Colson Montgomery headed into the 2023 season feeling good. The 2021 first-round pick made it to Double-A in his first full season of pro ball at just 20 years old and earned an invite to big league Spring Training camp. But with things trending in the right direction, earning him

Frelick sounding better on career night at plate

Second-ranked Brewers prospect posts six RBIs in Nashville win
July 21, 2023

Fully recovering from an injury means more than just returning to the field. For Sal Frelick, working his way back from thumb surgery in April has been an extended process. The No. 17 prospect in all of baseball, per MLB Pipeline, hit well upon his return to Triple-A Nashville in

Mann's homer reignites 'What's a catch' debate

Dodgers prospect gets long ball help from an unexpected source
July 16, 2023

"What is a catch?" has been a simple, yet crucial question bedeviling sports fans for years. It's one of the most basic plays in sports -- both baseball and football -- but its subjective nature makes for some controversial calls and bizarre plays. The latest entry into the "What is

Nashville becomes Hot Chickens for a weekend

Brewers' Triple-A affiliate brings city's famous food to life
July 7, 2023

Nashville, Tennessee, is best known for country music. The city's Minor League team, the Sounds, owes its name to the subgenre of country music that became popular in the 1950s. But if there's a close second, it's Nashville hot chicken. The Sounds' mascot, Booster, is a red rooster referencing the

Lookout for runs! Chattanooga sets SL record

Reds' Double-A affiliate plates 29 runs in complete performance
July 7, 2023

If you were to Google "complete offensive performance," the Chattanooga Lookouts might well have earned the top result. The Reds' Double-A affiliate put on an absolute clinic on Thursday, scoring more runs than it recorded outs, in a 29-3 drubbing of Rocket City. By the second inning, they had already

Omaha has a Bahl with returning softball star

Storm Chasers welcome local legend Jordy back to Nebraska
July 2, 2023

Jordy Bahl was one of the most decorated players in college softball when she announced her transfer to Nebraska in mid-June after winning back-to-back national championships at Oklahoma. The reason was simple enough -- she wanted to return home for her final two years of college. So it was fitting

Shewmake earns stripes with Gwinnett's first cycle

Braves' No. 5 prospect hits milestone after tweaking his mechanics
June 28, 2023

Braden Shewmake had been struggling at the plate. The fifth-ranked Braves prospect was not playing up to his usual standard and his body continued to bark at him. In need of some changes, he worked with Atlanta hitting coordinator Chris Antariksa and special assistant Greg Walker. They helped Shewmake fix

Patriots lean heavily into Revolutionary history

Yankees affiliate will mix history with baseball on Revelry Night
June 23, 2023

Ever wonder how the Somerset Patriots got their name? The Double-A Yankees affiliate hopes to teach fans some history while hosting New Hampshire for Revolutionary Revelry Night on Saturday. Continuing a tradition that has gone on for more than a decade, the Patriots are combining forces with the Heritage Trail

Tourists crash party to celebrate Costner character

Astros affiliate paying tribute to film's anniversary with Davis Night
June 22, 2023

The Durham Bulls may be the Minor League team most often associated with the “Bull Durham,” but they’re not the only one from North Carolina with ties to the 1988 rom-com. Main character Crash Davis ends the movie playing 224 miles west of Durham with the Asheville Tourists, where he

Feeling fresh, Frelick wallops first 2023 tater

Top-ranked Brewers prospect has enjoyed torrid return to Nashville
June 18, 2023

Tearing a ligament in his left thumb could have been a moment to derail Sal Frelick's season. But after returning from surgery in just seven weeks, the Brewers' second-ranked prospect is hitting better than ever. In just his third game back with Triple-A Nashville, Frelick hit his first homer since

Chourio's not shucking marquee prospect ranking

Youngest player in Double-A ties career high during four-hit night
June 14, 2023

Jackson Chourio is hitting his stride with Double-A Biloxi. Chourio, the No. 2 prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline, tied a career high with four hits on Tuesday -- the first four-hit game for any Shucker this season -- including two doubles and a critical three-run homer. With his big

Force strong as Star Wars Night jerseys unveiled

R2-D2, Baby Yoda grace promotional MiLB uniforms, diamonds
June 11, 2023

What kind of Star Wars fan are you? Did you line up to see it over and over again in theaters in 1977? Or are you just here for the Baby Yoda memes? It may not be May the Fourth -- aka Star Wars Day -- anymore, but Minor League