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Sugar Land slugger: Loperfido's out of this world

Astros' No. 6 prospect slugs three homers, collects seven RBIs
April 13, 2024

Prior to Friday night, Joey Loperfido sat atop professional baseball’s home run leaderboard alongside three-time American League MVP Mike Trout, among others. Just a few hours and three big swings later, the 24-year-old slugger has sole possession of pole position with nine home runs for Triple-A Sugar Land. In Sugar

Honoring Black baseball's rich and storied history

Nine Minor League clubs will celebrate Black baseball history in '24
February 27, 2024

When Jackie Robinson made his debut as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in Spring Training of 1946, his jersey number was not the 42 he'd come to be associated with. That spring in Daytona Beach, and throughout the ensuing season with the Triple-A Montreal Royals, he wore number

Minor League ballparks light up for holidays

Ben's Biz explores how six MiLB clubs are decking the halls
December 15, 2023

This is an excerpt from the latest edition of the Ben's Biz Beat Newsletter, bringing Minor League Baseball business and culture news to your inbox each and every Thursday. Check out the full newsletter HERE. Subscribe HERE. At Minor League ballparks all over the country, peanuts and Cracker Jack have

Road to The Show™: Astros’ Melton

Top Houston prospect has power, speed combo worth hanging onto
December 5, 2023

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at top Astros prospect Jacob Melton. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. Although the Astros have been willing to dip into

Space Cowboy belts 477-ft HR to ... new galaxy?

No. 5 Astros prospect León swats fifth-longest Triple-A tater of '23
July 30, 2023

Pedro León did something must-see with a 69.7 mph curveball Saturday night for Triple-A Sugar Land. The No. 5 Astros prospect connected on the slow offspeed pitch, turning it into a 111.2 mph laser that went clear out of Las Vegas Ballpark. Traveling 477 feet, it not only left the

Asheville Blues coast to victory again

Tourists commemorate Blues with reimagined jerseys and caps
July 15, 2023

The Asheville Tourists morphed into the the Asheville Blues on Friday night, and cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Winston-Salem Dash in front of a sellout crowd at McCormick Field. It was a familiar result for the Blues, who were one of the most successful professional Black baseball teams

Copa de la Diversión transforms ballpark fare

Sugar Land, Beloit among clubs taking local flavor to next level
July 6, 2023

Each month, spotlights a particular aspect of Copa de la Diversión, Minor League Baseball's Hispanic fan engagement initiative sponsored by Nationwide, the program's official insurance partner. After focusing on the new on-field identities for 2023 and some of the clubs' community connections, this edition dives into the ballpark food

Batting practice on a boat: Blue Ghost Weekend

Corpus Christi holds annual event honoring the USS Lexington
June 27, 2023

Remember the “Seinfeld” episode where Kramer takes an old bucket of Titleists down to the beach and launches them into the ocean? Imagine that, but make it baseball, that’s how the Corpus Christi Hooks took batting practice during Blue Ghost Weekend. The event, which was held on Memorial Day weekend,

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

Draft Picks: Woodpeckers feature special red beer

Fayetteville, Southern Pines Brewing Co. join to make summer beer
June 5, 2023

This is the third in a series of Draft Picks articles about clubs crafting unique and interesting beers for their respective fan bases. Already profiled: Gwinnett's 6-4-3 Pilsner and Spokane's Redband Tangerine Wheat Beer.

Woodpeckers flying high as Eighty Deuces

Identity pays homage to 82nd Airborne Division's WWII veterans
May 25, 2023

The military community is an integral part of the City of Fayetteville, and on Friday, the Fayetteville Woodpeckers pay tribute to them via the clothes on their very backs. The Astros’ Single-A affiliate took inspiration from the concept of City Connect jerseys to create the Fayetteville Eighty Deuces, an homage

Women thrive in front offices: ‘We just do the job’

Across all levels, nine women have general manager roles in 2023
May 18, 2023

Kristin Call’s approach to her job as Single-A Myrtle Beach general manager is relatable to the ethos of Minor League Baseball. “Everybody in this industry has somebody that they can influence,” Call said. “We've had [seasonal employees] that we've been trying to coach up. … ‘How can we best prepare

The best of the Astros' Minor League ballparks

From North Carolina to Texas, explore all the Houston farm stops
May 8, 2023

The Minor League Ballpark Guides series, presented by Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, brings all the most fun features of Minors ballparks across America (and one in Canada!) onto your desktop, tablet or mobile device, whether you're interested in taking a virtual tour from where you sit or planning a trip

Lee's 6 hits key Space Cowboys' sonic boom

Astros prospects León, Dirden also go deep in 8-HR, 24-run rout
May 7, 2023

To remember a day like he had at the plate on Sunday, Korey Lee said he needs to think back "probably to Little League or high school, or something like that." When they happen at this level, they're hard to forget. "Just from a hitting standpoint, (today) was probably the

Gilbert has got game in first multihomer outing

Top-ranked Astros prospect belts pair of moonshots for Tourists
April 26, 2023

Consider it an achievement unlocked for Gillygoobear. . Who's that? Well, that's the moniker Drew Gilbert uses for his Twitter and Instagram handles, a nickname he created in 2015 when choosing a gamertag for his Xbox. The top Astros prospect has come a long way since then. On Tuesday night,

Lucky 21: Fayetteville sets franchise K record

2022 Astros Draft picks Knorr, Taylor combine for 20 whiffs in 8 IP
April 19, 2023

The last time Andrew Taylor and Michael Knorr pitched in the same game for Single-A Fayetteville, the two combined to strike out 10. This time, they doubled that total. Taylor and Knorr -- the Astros’ No. 15 and No. 25 prospects, respectively -- combined to strike out 20 across eight

The Road to The Show™: Astros’ Barber

Houston’s No. 3 prospect getting closer to lift-off after injuries
April 18, 2023

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at third-ranked Astros prospect Colin Barber. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. A series of injuries has severely limited the beginning

Prospect Primer: American League West

Great Britain's newly crowned royalty working way to Emerald City
March 30, 2023

Some prospects are on the verge of stardom, others are entering a crucial phase of their development and others are getting their first tastes of full-season ball. As the 2023 season approaches, goes through each MLB division to take a look at the most intriguing prospects. Other Prospect Primers:

Loperfido, Brown can help maintain Astros' dynasty

Houston's All-Stars built by mix of youth, World Series contributors
November 23, 2022

Each offseason, goes position by position across each organization and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in each farm system. Next up in our 2022 Organization All-Stars series are the Houston Astros.

Prospect Q&A: Astros outfielder Dirden

Houston’s No. 12 prospect discusses his plan at the plate
September 22, 2022

The shortened Draft in 2020 created some unique circumstances for players like Justin Dirden. The Astros' No. 12 prospect was in the midst of a breakout senior season at Southeast Missouri State before the shutdown, batting .414 with nine homers and 26 RBIs in 17 games. He was in a

Six arms combine on no-no for Fayetteville

Woodpeckers finish off second no-hitter in franchise history
September 8, 2022

Baseball's evolution has brought about the emergence of what has become known as the "bullpen game." Usually an "opener" starts on the hill before giving way to another short-inning arm, and the pattern continues as nine innings are essentially pieced together. It's proven to be effective at the Major League

Lee slugs three home runs for Sugar Land

Seventh-ranked Astros prospect leads club's nine-homer barrage
August 24, 2022

With his club beginning a road trip in Las Vegas on Tuesday night, it's only appropriate Korey Lee hit the jackpot. With a final score befitting a football game, the No. 7 Astros prospect left his mark by homering three times and driving in a career-high five runs to power

The Road to The Show™: Astros righty Brown

No. 80 overall prospect moving quickly for a late bloomer
August 9, 2022

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at top Astros prospect Hunter Brown. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. After years of compiling one of the game’s best

Valdez clubs trifecta for Space Cowboys

Astros infield prospect third player in club history to achieve feat
June 16, 2022

Enmanuel Valdez has been with Triple-A Sugar Land for exactly one week, but he's already established a reputation in his new clubhouse -- and a legendary one at that. After notching a multihomer game in his debut, the Astros infield prospect clubbed three home runs for the first time in

18 up, 18 down for Chaidez in first pro start

Astros righty made six career relief appearances coming into game
April 21, 2022

It had been three years since Adrian Chaidez took the hill to start a game. But the Astros organization decided last week it was time to stretch the 22-year-old out. So Chaidez got the ball for High-A Asheville on Wednesday, and he responded with authority -- and perfection.