Round Rock Express likely to reunite with Texas Rangers, AAA landscape practically set

After the Houston Astros announced they would drop their AAA affiliate Round Rock Express in favour of the then independent Sugar Land Skeeters, the question arose who would fill the void the Astros left. Several sources are saying that the Texas Rangers are close to hammer out a deal with the AAA Pacific Coast League …

2019 Minor League Champions

With the Minor League season over more a bit more than a month, it is time for an overview of the champions of each league, varying from AAA to Advanced Rookie. International League (AAA) With a three-run home run by Brady Zimmer, the Columbus Clippers (Cleveland Indians affiliate) took the lead in the championship clincher …

Today in baseball: Dodgers acquire Robinson’s contract

Today it is exactly 72 years ago that the Brooklyn Dodgers acquired the contract of Jackie Robinson. It would take five more days before Robinson would make his MLB debut. It was during an exhibition game against their AAA team, the Montreal Royals, where Robinson was playing after he signed a contract with the Dodgers …

Blue Jays hire new manager in Montoyo

The Toronto Blue Jays presented their new manager. The Canadian team went to a division rival to get their new skipper. In Charlie Montoyo, the Blue Jays have an experienced manager who guided teams at all levels of the Tampa Bay Rays organization. You may wonder why I pay attention to this news since I …

2018 Minor League Champions overview

The minor league season came to an end yesterday as the Bowling Green HotRods beat the Peoria Chiefs in the fourth game of the Midwest League championship series. Here is an overview of the winners of each affiliated minor league. AAA Both in the International League and the Pacific Coast League last year's champions repeated. …

Minor League Affiliation News

In the last few days, there has been a lot of PDC extensions. The Baltimore Orioles extended the player development contracts with five of their affiliations and the Cincinnati Reds did the same with their Advanced Rookie team of the Pioneer League, the Billings Mustangs. The Baltimore Orioles extended the PDCs with the Norfolk Tides …

Gwinnett Braves turn into Gwinnett Stripers

Finally. After a long wait, the Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta Braves AAA affiliate in the International League) unveiled their new identity today. In an attempt to boost their attendance the club changed its name to Gwinnett Stripers. Remarkably as the name wasn't one of the six names that were on the final six in the name-the-team contest. …

Yale students unveil PawSox ballpark renderings

Even though nothing is engraved in stone yet regarding the location of the future ballpark of the Pawtucket Red Sox, two students of the renowned Yale University have shown their vision on the future ballpark. The two students who are in their third year studying for master’s degrees in architecture presented their conceptual ideas for …

Ozzie Albies earns G-Braves MVP honors

After a successful season in the International League, in which he was named the International League's midseason and postseason All-Star, Ozzie was awarded the MVP honors of the Gwinnett Braves. The 20-year old Albies had an award winning season with Gwinnett. He batted a team-best .285 with 21 doubles, 8 triples, 9 home runs, 67 …

Gwinnett Braves to change name

It was rumored for a while, but now it is official. The Gwinnett Braves will adopt a new moniker in 2018. This news was announced by the Gwinnettdailypost.com. The Gwinnett Braves are the AAA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves in the International League. Like most of the other farm teams, the Gwinnett affiliation is sporting …

Reshuffling AAA baseball, worth a thought?

At the end of last season, two California League teams were moved to the East coast to join the Carolina League. The ten team CAL League shrunk to eight teams, while the Carolina League grew to a ten. The reason for this move was purely financial, as the two teams that were moved, the High …

Move of MuckDogs to Waldorf falls through

Recently you could read here about a possible move of the Batavia Muckdogs (A Short Season, New York-Penn League) to Waldorf in Maryland, where the team would play in the stadium of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. The team would be the first one owned by an Afro-American since the Savannah Cardinals. The owner group …

Mixed results for Dutchy pitchers in MiLB

Today two Dutchies had their season debut at AAA level. Loek van Mil appeared in one game of a double header for the Rochester RedWings (Minnesota Twins) vs the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees), in an International League matchup. In a Pacific Coast League matchup, Juan Carlos Sulbaran took the mound as a starter for …

Hensley Meulens and Charlie Montoyo inducted in IL HOF

Today, the International League announced that current hitting coach of the San Francisco Giants and current third base coach of the Tampa Bay Rays will be inducted to the Hall of Fame in the 2016 class. Meulens was an MVP in the International League in 1990 when playing for the Columbus Clippers. In 1992 Meulens …

Another PDC extension

The last few weeks this blog has reported about several extensions of Player Development Contracts. Today there is another one. The Cleveland Indians and the Columbus Clippers (AAA, International League winner of 2015) announced that they have extended their PDC through the 2018 season. This season the Clippers won the championship of the Intenrational League, …

Loek van Mil returns at AAA

Loek van Mil who returned to the Netherlands after spending the major part of the 2014 season in the minors of the NPB in Japan, has played his first game in the affiliated Minor Leagues since 2013. Yesterday the 30-year old debuted with the Rochester RedWings in a game vs division rival Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. After …

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