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Braves made Minors history in Greenville

Mainstay for decades, team romped way to 100 wins in 1992
January 4, 2021

Any Minor League franchise that sticks around for a while is bound to run into a good season or two, maybe even a championship. For the Greenville Braves, though, the 1992 campaign was more a matter of alchemy than statistical probability. “It was an unbelievable team we had from the

Barons advocate for local nonprofit helping Latinos

¡HICA! among well-deserving winners for MiLB CommUNITY grant
August 25, 2020

Adjusting to a new country and language can be rough, even in normal times. Add a worldwide pandemic to the mix and those challenges become more difficult. Enter Hannah Echols, marketing and promotions coordinator for the Birmingham Barons, who knew exactly the group she wanted to nominate for Minor League

Toolshed: Recent noteworthy SL seasons

Goldschmidt's final MiLB season, plenty of Cubs feature on list
August 11, 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

Looking back at emotional month for Woodruff

Brewers righty broke out in July 2016 despite family tragedy
July 23, 2020

July 2016 was a terrible month for Brandon Woodruff and his family. The right-handed Brewers prospect had been pitching for Double-A Biloxi for nearly two months when word came on July 15 that his older brother Blake had died from injuries sustained in an ATV accident. The younger Woodruff went

Looking back at Semien's breakthrough with Barons

Oakland infielder torched Southern League opponents in July 2013
July 9, 2020 listed Marcus Semien as the White Sox's eighth-best prospect in 2013, suggesting that the Cal product might best project "as a utility man, one who can punish left-handed pitching." Things looked a bit different after Semien proved dominant for Double-A Birmingham, ultimately earning Southern League MVP honors for the

Knocking it out of the park on Father's Day

Jeremy Williams visits M-Braves, provides home run heroics
June 25, 2020

Looking for this year's top baseball highlight? Look no further than what happened at the Mississippi Braves' home of Trustmark Park on Sunday. Jeremy Williams, coming through in the clutch, hit a Father's Day home run that will never be forgotten. Williams was one of 26 local dads to sign

If you list it, they will come to Pensacola

Blue Wahoos earn Promo of the Month for Airbnb listing
June 15, 2020

It’s a common activity for people everywhere: finding a home online and imagining what life would be like living at someone else’s place. These days, through rental services like Airbnb, you can spend a night at some of those beautiful and awe-inspiring dwellings, trading in the traditional hotel experience for

Biscuits' burger contest a bang for community

Rays' Double-A affiliate helps raise money for local charities
June 10, 2020

If you had two of the region's top five burger chefs at your disposal, what would you do? That was the pleasant problem facing Montgomery Biscuits general manager Mike Murphy. With the Southern League team’s season on hold, Murphy reached out to a community partner for suggestions on how to

Robert puts on show at All-Star Game

Top White Sox prospect triples, doubles to earn MVP honors
June 18, 2019

BILOXI, Mississippi -- Luis Robert is only 21 years old, but the Birmingham Barons center fielder and top White Sox prospect already is a must-see talent in Minor League baseball.On Tuesday night, he put on a show at the 43rd annual Southern League All-Star Game.

Robert leads loaded Southern All-Star rosters

Seven Top-100 prospects selected for June 18 showcase in Biloxi
June 7, 2019

Luis Robert was the Carolina League's best hitter during his short time with Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. Since his late-April promotion to Double-A Birmingham, he's proven himself as the best hitter in the Southern League -- and now he has an All-Star nod to prove's No. 17 prospect headlines a

Gibbons helps Southern South rally to win

Angels outfielder collects four RBIs, three hits for MVP honors
June 19, 2018

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Tyler Marlette kept a sellout crowd of 8,500 fans from experiencing a draw in the Southern League All-Star Game on Tuesday night. But it was Zach Gibbons who stood above the flock of talent and left with BUSH'S® All-Star MVP honors.The Mississippi first baseman took the first

Gordon, Kopech among Southern All-Stars

Ciuffo, Allard, Cron, Vosler, Bote make end-of-season squad
August 29, 2017

Twins No. 2 prospect Nick Gordon and top White Sox arm Michael Kopech were among those selected to the Southern League's end-of-season All-Star team on Tuesday.The Double-A circuit revealed its roster of honorees selected by managers and local media. The MVP and Pitcher of the Year award winners will be

Rain washes away Wass' All-Star homecoming

Hurting Angels catching prospect also missed Home Run Derby
June 20, 2017

PENSACOLA, Florida -- Wade Wass leaned against a wall in the dugout tunnel at Blue Wahoos Stadium on a rain-soaked Tuesday evening. The Sunshine State clearly wasn't living up to its nickname.The Double-A Mobile BayBears backstop signed autographs for fans while talking with the media after finding out the 41st

Allard, Kopech headline Southern All-Stars

Cron, Walsh bring power bats to North squad; Soroka makes South
June 7, 2017

Top Braves pitching prospects Kolby Allard and Mike Soroka join White Sox righty Michael Kopech among the top-ranked arms headed to Pensacola, Florida, later this month as the Southern League unveiled its 2017 All-Star rosters.Kopech, Chicago's No. 3 prospect, is the biggest name on the North Division roster, which was released

Barons' Semien perfecting leadoff skills

White Sox prospect goes 4-for-4, homers, scores three times
July 26, 2013

It's been about a decade since "Moneyball" was published and sparked debate on the merits of advanced statistics, scouting and a host of other topics. One of the slightly more overlooked, less controversial aspects of the book was its depiction of ideal leadoff hitters. Rather than the stereotypical speedy .300