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Eco-friendly turf gem of FredNats stadium

Fredericksburg park also features LED, solar-powered lighting
October 12, 2020

When you install a turf system in a brand new stadium, questions of whether or not the players will end up liking it has to be near the top of concerns for the team’s front office staff. Luckily for the Class A Advanced Fredericksburg Nationals, who played host to the

Toolshed: Recent noteworthy Carolina seasons

Gallo's power, Hosmer's bat, McKenzie's K's stood out in 2010s
September 4, 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

The Road to The Show: Keys lefty Hall

No. 4 Orioles prospect shines as one of Minors' best southpaws
August 24, 2020

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken to reach the brink of realizing his Major League dream. Here's a look at Baltimore Orioles left-hander DL Hall. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here. One of the most direct ways

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

MiLB teams celebrate 2020 invincibility

'Undefeated' T-shirts put positive spin on difficult times
July 9, 2020

At 5 p.m. on June 30, the news that many had feared finally became official: there would be no 2020 Minor League Baseball season. Amid the immediate and inevitable outpouring of sadness for the present and anxiety for the future, the Bowie Baysox found a silver lining. The Baysox, the

Did you know? Carolina League edition

Unique facts for each of the 10 clubs on the Class A Advanced circuit
June 16, 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 seventh installment in a series dedicated to such explorations, providing one unique, weird,

Bus driver Timmons made Pelicans go

Team remembers beloved employee gone too soon
May 29, 2020

Myrtle Beach Pelicans manager Steve Lerud always sits in the same seat on the team bus. First row, right of the aisle, kitty-corner from the driver. On most road trips last year, Lerud’s first on the job, his spot gave him a direct line to driver Terrance Timmons. Sometimes they’d

Namesake toasts Woodpeckers on 'Beer Day'

D-backs No. 12 prospect reflects upon his time with Fayetteville
April 7, 2020

April 7 may not be a traditional holiday on a calendar, but it's still celebrated by many.That's because the date marks National Beer Day, a day enjoyed by many baseball fans ... for obvious reasons. 

Purple pros: Dash introduce classic look

Winston-Salem welcomes retro aesthetic in new primary logo
January 15, 2020

New decade, new logo. The Winston-Salem Dash, Class A Advanced affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, unveiled their new primary logo on Wednesday afternoon. The longtime Carolina League franchise has adopted a simpler, cleaner look, featuring an interlocking "WS." This mark offers simultaneous nods to both "Winston-Salem" and "White Sox." 

Carolina League announces 2019 off-the-field awards

Myrtle Beach Pelicans lead the way with three honors
October 14, 2019

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Oct. 14, 2019) - Following another incredibly successful season on and off the field, the Carolina League has announced its honorees for several off-the-field awards:Calvin Falwell Executive of the Year: Myrtle Beach's Ryan MooreFemale Executive of the Year: Myrtle Beach's Kristin CallJohn H. Johnson President's Award Nominee: Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem's Weil named Broadcaster of the Year

Dash's second-year voice honored by his peers
October 8, 2019

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Oct. 8, 2019) - Joe Weil, the play-by-play broadcaster for the Winston-Salem Dash, has earned the Carolina League's eighth-annual Broadcaster of the Year award. Weil received the most votes among the league's lead broadcasters and broadcast assistants.Weil, 26, has been a member of the Dash's broadcast team since

Blue Rocks roll to first Mills Cup since '99

Lugo, other young Royals arms stay dominant through Game 5
September 14, 2019

FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina -- Tad Ratliff would like to make this a habit.The right-handed Kansas City prospect was on the mound for the final pitch of the Carolina League season, completing another pitching masterpiece for the Class A Advanced Blue Rocks."It's just so cool to throw the last pitch of

Cox hurls gem, keeps Blue Rocks alive

Royals No. 21 prospect throws six one-hit innings in Game 4
September 13, 2019

Wilmington had its back against the wall in the Mills Cup Finals, but pitching coach Steve Luebber had no doubt that Austin Cox would come through. Sure enough, the left-hander kept his team alive.The Royals' No. 21 prospect took a no-hitter into his final frame, allowing one knock over six innings,

Toolshed: Hicklen more than raw talent

No. 15 Royals prospect adding power to impressive speed
September 13, 2019

Brewer Hicklen couldn't help but laugh a little. Yes, he knew it would be Saturday in two days. Yes, that meant everyone's attention would be on college football. Yes, he knows he's 23 years old. But..."I still think about it, I'll be honest with you, even at this age," he

Rodriguez gets Woodpeckers closer to title

Astros No. 26 prospect fans seven over six innings in Game 3
September 12, 2019

Nivaldo Rodriguez had already been a boon to the Fayetteville pitching staff down the stretch. On Thursday, he put the Woodpeckers a win away from the Carolina League title. The Astros' No. 26 prospect struck out seven and allowed a run on three hits over six innings as Fayetteville edged Wilmington, 2-1,

Melendez delivers in clutch for Blue Rocks

Royals No. 9 prospect's RBI single helps even Mills Cup Finals
September 11, 2019

With Class A Advanced Wilmington staring at a 2-0 deficit in its best-of-5 Mills Cup Finals, MJ Melendez kicked in the door left ajar by Fayetteville.Kansas City's No. 9 prospect delivered a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning as the Blue Rocks rallied past the Woodpeckers, 5-4, to even the

Hensley lofts Fayetteville to early lead

Astros infielder belts first playoff tater in Mills Cup Finals opener
September 10, 2019

Since his promotion to the Carolina League on Aug. 1, David Hensley has been stringing hits together. On Tuesday, he helped Fayetteville jump out to an early lead in the Mills Cup Finals.The Astros infield prospect went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer as the Woodpeckers edged Wilmington, 2-1, at Frawley

Blue Rocks cap comeback, advance

Wilmington to play for Mills Cup after Lugo strikes out 10
September 8, 2019

If the Carolina League semifinals proved anything, it was that home-field advantage was paramount. After losing the first two games in Salem, Class A Advanced Wilmington completed a comeback for the ages.Royals left-hander Rito Lugo struck out 10 over six innings as the Blue Rocks defeated Salem, 6-3, on Sunday

Hill's walk-off hit buoys Blue Rocks

Wilmington nips Salem, forces Game 5 in Mills Cup semis
September 7, 2019

The Carolina League will feature two winner-take-all games to determine the Mills Cup Finals matchup.In its second straight walk-off win, Wilmington got an RBI single in the 10th inning from Tyler Hill and edged Salem, 5-4, in Game 4 of the best-of-5 semifinal series on Saturday at Frawley Stadium.

Hicklen delivers Blue Rocks from brink

Royals No. 15 prospect stuns with walk-off bunt in semifinals
September 6, 2019

It was a wild night at Frawley Stadium.Wild pitches in the eighth and ninth innings ramped up the excitement before Royals No. 15 prospectBrewer Hicklen delivered a walk-off bunt as Wilmington nipped Salem, 3-2, in Game 3 to stave off elimination in the Mills Cup semifinals.

Esplin's power backs Ward's gem for Salem

Red Sox outfielder homers twice while hurler strikes out seven
September 5, 2019

Tyler Esplin had only a small cup of coffee with Class A Advanced Salem during the regular season, but he came through in a big way in the playoffs on Thursday. The Red Sox outfielder homered twice and drove in three runs to back eighth-rankedThad Ward's six-inning outing as Salem rolled to

Potomac's Teel earns CL Player of the Month award

Left-hander shined as one of MiLB's best pitchers in August
September 5, 2019

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Sept. 5, 2019) - For the first time since August of 2017, the Uncle Ray's Carolina League Player of the Month is a pitcher. Potomac's Carson Teel paced all CL hurlers with a 0.87 earned run average en route to his first professional monthly award, Minor League Baseball

On the Road: A fond farewell to the Pfitz

Potomac fans share memories from venerable Virginia ballpark
September 5, 2019

It's Aug. 28, the penultimate day of the Potomac Nationals' home season. General manager Bryan Holland is sitting at his desk within an office cluttered with the detritus of another long Minor League season. But this year the team commonly referred to as the P-Nats isn't just wrapping up another

Granberg leads Salem in Mills Cup opener

Red Sox outfield prospect collects three hits, plates three runs
September 4, 2019

Devlin Granberg saved his best game in the Carolina League for the most important time of the year. The Red Sox prospect collected three hits, including a home run, and three RBIs to lead Class A Advanced Salem to an 8-3 victory in Game 1 of the best-of-5 Carolina League semifinals.

SDCS foes claim league's final weekly awards

Down East's Martinez, Fayetteville's Dubin honored for big weeks
September 3, 2019

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Sept. 3, 2019) - With Down East and Fayetteville preparing for their Southern Division Championship Series matchup, the Carolina League has honored Wood Ducks outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez as the Player of the Week and Woodpeckers right-hander Shawn Dubin as the Pitcher of the Week for the final