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Encarnacion-Strand notches first Wind Surge cycle

Minnesota's No. 24 prospect's hot Double-A start makes history
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July 17, 2022

Only four days into his Double-A tenure, Christian Encarnacion-Strand is holding himself to a high standard. “Today, honestly, the focus was just honestly to have a better day than I did yesterday,” Encarnacion-Strand said. “Yesterday, I didn’t have really good day, didn’t have any hits yesterday, so today I just

Smokies combine on second no-no of 2022

Quartet of Cubs prospects combine to silence Rocket City
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June 28, 2022

The Tennessee Smokies had to wait nearly nine full years between their last two no-hitters. The wait for their next wasn’t even two months. Starting pitcher Anderson Espinoza set the tone, and relievers Samuel Reyes, Bryan King and Nicholas Padilla combined to go the rest of the way as Double-A

Russell picks up where he left off for BlueClaws

Phillies right-hander fans 12 over eight innings in resumed start
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June 15, 2022

On May 1, Matt Russell got off to a good start. Six weeks later, he finished the job. In a quirk of scheduling, Russell got to pick up his own outing from a weather-suspended game and nearly went the distance -- combining for a wild line in the box score

Shorebirds' Bellony powers way to natural cycle

Orioles outfield prospect notches career high with five-hit day
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May 29, 2022

Isaac Bellony punched a single back up the middle in his first at-bat. He instantly knew it would be a good day. The Baltimore outfield prospect amassed a natural cycle in his first four at-bats, adding a walk and another single late to lead Single-A Delmarva’s big offensive day in

McKenna leaves yard three times for Tides

Outfielder hadn't homered this season before breakout showing
@tylermaun
May 11, 2022

Ryan McKenna hadn’t put one over the wall through 18 big league games or six back at Triple-A this season. On Wednesday night, he liked being reintroduced to the feeling so much, he did it three times. McKenna belted his first three homers of the season and drove in four

Stallings, McSweeney combine on Baysox no-no

Pair of righties deal seven untouchable frames to open twin bill
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May 8, 2022

Before most of the country could even finish Mother’s Day brunch, the Double-A Bowie Baysox put themselves in the franchise record book. Baltimore prospect Garrett Stallings went six stellar innings, and Morgan McSweeney was perfect in the seventh, as the duo combined to no-hit visiting Harrisburg in a 4-0 Bowie

Kerry making big splash with Trash Pandas

Angels righty downing hitters, affording fans beer opportunities
@tylermaun
May 4, 2022

Trash Pandas fans should want to get to Toyota Field for Brett Kerry’s starts just based on his early season success. They might get to take part in something sudsier too. For the second time in his three home starts this year, a foul ball off a Kerry pitch resulted

Everett's Dillon delivers 2,000th radio broadcast

Radio voice has called AquaSox games since Opening Day 1998
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April 27, 2022

“We mark the time with numbers,” Pat Dillon said. This week's digits add up to something special and unique. As High-A Everett hosted Spokane on Wednesday night at Funko Field, AquaSox radio voice Dillon was behind the mic for his 2,000th game. That's a milestone for any broadcaster, let alone

PCL gets new logo alongside restored name

Triple-A circuit honors geographic landscape with redesigned mark
@tylermaun
March 16, 2022

The Pacific Coast League’s hallowed name is back, and with it comes an all-new look. Along with the return of the historic league names across the Minors for 2022, the reborn PCL unveiled a new logo that pays tribute to its nearly 125-year history and the places it calls home.

Tides' identity rolls along for Norfolk

Orioles affiliate has sported moniker since 1960s in Sally League
@tylermaun
March 3, 2022

Triple-A baseball has counted Norfolk, Virginia, among its ranks since 1969. But the Norfolk team's identity predates that by nearly a decade. After a six-year absence following the folding of the Piedmont League in 1955, professional baseball returned to Norfolk in 1961 with an entrant into the South Atlantic League.

Drillers' identity links Tulsa's past and future

Double-A club has mined moniker since moving in late 1970s
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February 17, 2022

Baseball in Tulsa existed under one name almost exclusively for the first three quarters of the 20th century. Sure, the Tulsa Railroaders (Western Association, 1911), Terriers (Oklahoma State League, 1912) and Producers (Western Association, 1915-17) came and went, but for baseball fans in Tulsa, one name reigned supreme: Oilers. When

Liftoff: Space Cowboys take flight in Sugar Land

Triple-A Astros affiliate launch new identity with ties to parent club
@tylermaun
January 29, 2022

Sugar Land’s baseball team is now home on the range and among the stars. The Astros' Triple-A club will enter its second year in affiliated ball with a new identity -- Sugar Land Space Cowboys -- which team officials unveiled Saturday afternoon at their home of Constellation Field, located some

Balkovec to be first female skipper in Minors

Yankees tab 34-year-old to manage Low-A Tampa Tarpons
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January 9, 2022

Rachel Balkovec has made history throughout her career. In 2022, she’ll do it again. Balkovec is set to be named manager of the Tampa Tarpons, the Low-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. The initial report from Lindsey Adler of The Athletic was confirmed by Balkovec late Sunday night. The

IronBirds soaring into 2022 with updated look

Longtime Orioles affiliate launches new logo ahead of 20th season
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November 18, 2021

The Aberdeen IronBirds are going back to the future. Entering their 20th season, the High-A IronBirds unveiled a new look for 2022 that takes a page from the franchise’s original identity while creating a fresh image for the next generation of Aberdeen baseball. “We call him Ace the Jet, and

New tricks: RockHounds roll out logo refresh

Double-A Midland drops regional elements into team identity
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November 17, 2021

Of all the teams in the Double-A Central, the Midland RockHounds sported the oldest look in 2021. Starting next season, the circuit’s old dogs will have some new tricks. For the first time in over two decades, the RockHounds will take the field with a fresh set of logos. “We

Blue Jays' Palmer deals no-hitter -- again

Righty follows up Aug. 19 feat with another one for Dunedin
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September 15, 2021

Trent Palmer had the kind of night pitchers dream of on Aug. 19 for Low-A Dunedin. Less than a month later, he had another one. The right-handed Toronto prospect tossed his second seven-inning no-hitter in four weeks, striking out nine while walking just two as Dunedin silenced visiting Clearwater, 3-0.

Ghosts of the Minors: Petersburg Goobers

Petersburg team helped launch career of future Hall of Famer Rice
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September 13, 2021

Every week on The Show Before The Show, the official podcast of Minor League Baseball, MiLB.com’s Josh Jackson explores little known teams from the game’s colorful history in his segment “Ghosts of the Minors.” Periodically, we’ll explore these teams more in-depth here on MiLB.com. Be sure to subscribe, rate, review

River Cats quartet combines on no-hitter

Starter Gudino leads way in Sacramento's historic victory
@tylermaun
September 4, 2021

No-hitters happen with some frequency in Minor League Baseball. During the last full season in 2019, teams across the game combined for 31 of them, the vast majority going nine innings or even longer. Over the Sacramento River Cats' entire history dating back to 2000, the franchise had never had

Ghosts of the Minors: Kittridge's Kittens

Former big leaguer inspired moniker for 1910 Class D Illinois club
@tylermaun
August 25, 2021

Every week on The Show Before The Show, the official podcast of Minor League Baseball, MiLB.com’s Josh Jackson explores little known teams from the game’s colorful history in his segment “Ghosts of the Minors.” Periodically, we’ll explore these teams more in-depth on MiLB.com. Be sure to subscribe, rate, review and

Koss powers Greenville with three-homer game

Resurgent Red Sox infield prospect accounts for all the offense
@tylermaun
August 6, 2021

Christian Koss entered Thursday night with six homers for the season. He’ll head into Friday with 50 percent more. The Boston infield prospect belted three long balls out of the leadoff spot, accounting for all his team’s runs as High-A Greenville blanked visiting Rome, 4-0. “I think the big thing

Broadcasters navigating unique path in 2021

Radio voices embrace challenges raised because of the pandemic
@tylermaun
August 3, 2021

When Minor League Baseball returned to fields in May, it also came back to a place it feels almost as much at home on -- the radio. In doing so, broadcasters across the baseball landscape have had to adapt to new ways of doing things. With limited travel opportunities and

Destino leaves yard three times for Dash

White Sox prospect drives in four runs for second straight game
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July 30, 2021

Alex Destino had seven home runs through the season’s first two months. After a monster night on Thursday, he’s got more than that in July alone. The White Sox outfield prospect posted the first three-homer game of his career as part of a 4-for-5 night with four RBIs as High-A

Scouting report: Rangers' Justin Foscue

Texas' 2020 first-rounder surging since return from injury
@tylermaun
July 27, 2021

MiLB.com's Scouting Report series spotlights players who are just starting their professional careers, focusing on what the experts are projecting for these young phenoms. Here's a look at second-ranked Pirates prospect Nick Gonzales. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

Scouting report: Pirates' Nick Gonzales

Pittsburgh's top 2020 Draft pick already surging in MiLB debut
@tylermaun
June 15, 2021

MiLB.com's Scouting Report series spotlights players who are just starting their professional careers, focusing on what the experts are projecting for these young phenoms. Here's a look at second-ranked Pirates prospect Nick Gonzales. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

Scouting report: Rockies' Zac Veen

First-round pick in 2020 could move quickly in Colorado system
@tylermaun
May 18, 2021

MiLB.com's Scouting Report series spotlights players who are just starting their professional careers, focusing on what the experts are projecting for these young phenoms. Here's a look at top-ranked Rockies prospect Zac Veen. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here. The Colorado Rockies needed to