Category: AA Baseball

Starting Pitching in Midseason Form for Offensively Challenged Missions

During the opening week of the MLB season, the San Diego Padres were virtually serving up batting practice to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the starting pitching rotation was the key culprit. But over the course of the next few weeks, their starting pitching began to stabilize and as a result, the major league Padres…

Former San Antonio Mission Cesar Vargas Sparkles in MLB Debut

Highly touted San Diego Padres prospect Cesar Vargas made his Major League debut on Saturday at Petco Park. Vargas was spectacular in five strong innings of work after being recalled to replace injured starter Robbie Erlin, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to an elbow strain. He had impressed the Padres with three…

San Antonio Missions’ Nick Torres Impressive in First Season at Double-A

San Antonio outfielder Nick Torres and longtime girlfriend Korrin Smith will exchange wedding vows this November in Oak Glen, California. The couple met almost four years ago while Torres played for the Corvallis Knights summer league team and Korrin was a mass communications student at Oregon State University. They have been inseparable every since. Torres popped the…

Tulsa Drills San Antonio Missions with Offensive Explosion

Tulsa’s offensive struggles over their first four games became a distant memory on Monday night as they drilled a season-high four homeruns in a resounding 10-1 victory over the Missions in front of 2,588 at Nelson Wolff Stadium. The Drillers had scored a total of only two runs in their first four games of the season. Kyle…

Nick Torres stroked a two-run homer to left field and reliever Jason Jester retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth as the San Antonio Missions held on late to even their series with a slim 5-4 win over the Springfield Cardinals in front 3,801 fans at Wolff Stadium on Friday night. Springfield won…

Late Inning Rally Falls Short for Missions in Season-Opening Loss to Springfield, 3-1

Mike Mayers tossed seven scoreless innings and second baseman Bruce Caldwell drove in all three runs as the Springfield Cardinals quelled a late rally to beat the San Antonio Missions, 3-1, before 5,807 fans at Wolff Stadium on Thursday night in the season opener for both teams. Mayers (1-0) retired the first ten batters he…

St. Paul Saints Sermon: Off-Season Update

With less the four months left until the St. Paul Saints open the season in their new downtown stadium, it’s time to begin a monthly examination of the team and what has been going on with them this off-season. The Minor League Sports Report will provide a monthly recap of the happenings with the team…

Abel Nieves Named American Association Playoff MVP

Oddly enough, on the day that Abel Nieves saw his 19-game hitting streak come to an end, he may have had his most important game of the playoffs for the Wichita Wingnuts. The second baseman proved to be the primary catalyst in the team’s dominant run to the American League Championship and this is why…

Wichita Wingnuts Finish Out Series Like Champions

After being the runner-up the last two seasons in the American Association Championship series, this year the Wichita Wingnuts took home the title, claiming the best-of-five series with an 8-3 victory Saturday night. These Wingnuts were not going to be denied this season, as they swept the series, and claimed their sixth victory in seven…

Wichita Wingnuts Brent Clevlen Named American Association MVP

The Minor League Sports Report named their American Association Most Valuable Player on Friday, and the award goes to Brent Clevlen of the Wichita Wingnuts. While players such as Winnipeg’s Tyler Kuhn and Casey Haerther, Lincoln’s Ian Gac, and Laredo’s Nick Van Stratten received consideration, no one was more deserving than the Wichita Wingnuts player…

Early Outburst Brings Wichita Wingnuts Within 1 Game of Championship

For the second straight night the Wichita Wingnuts jumped out to an early lead in their American Association Championship series game against the Lincoln Saltdogs. Unlike the previous night, however, the Wingnuts gave no impression to those pesky ‘Dogs that they were going to have a chance to get back into this game, as starter…

Tim Brown, David Espinosa Power Wichita Wingnuts to Victory: American Association Championship

Game 1 of the American Association Championship looked like it wasn’t going to be much of game at all. By the eighth inning the Wichita Wingnuts had a 10-0 lead and starter Tim Brown looked absolutely unhittable. It looked like Wichita would coast into a 1-o lead over their neighbors to the north, the Lincoln…

Nick Hernandez Named American Association Pitcher of the Year: Goldeyes Gazette

The Minor League Sports Report named Nick Hernandez of the Winnipeg Goldeyes as their American Association Pitcher of the Year on Wednesday. The 6-4, 215 pound left-hander had a huge season for the North Division Champion Goldeyes this season, and was a leading reason why they won the division. Hernandez pitched in his first American…

American Association Championship Series Preview: Border Battle Brews for Baseball’s Best

Lincoln Saltdogs vs. Wichita Wingnuts American Association Championship Series The Lincoln Saltdogs and the Wichita Wingnuts will square off starting Wednesday night to decide who the champions of the American Association are. The best-of-five series pits the Central Division Champions against their neighbor to the south in what should be a series for the ages.…

Laredo Lemurs Jeremy Strawn Named American Association Rookie of the Year: Laredo Line

The Minor League Sports Report named their American Association Rookie of the Year on Tuesday and the award goes to Laredo Lemurs pitcher Jeremy Strawn. The 23-year-old put together a dominant season worthy of the award, and proved himself to be one of the top starters in the league, even as a rookie. Jeremy is…

Joe Bisenius Skins Goldeyes as Lincoln Saltdogs Advance to Championship: American Association Playoffs

Clearly Lincoln Saltdogs starter Joe Bisenius showed how he has a short memory. After losing Game 1 of the American Association Division best-of-five series, a game he had been staked to a 4-0 lead, Bisenius rebounded to pitch what may be the best game of his professional career. The Lincoln right-hander came up with an…

Wichita Wingnuts Win 5-4, Advance to League Championship: American Association Playoffs

The Laredo Lemurs have been as good as their South Division rivals in virtually every facet of the game this season, except for one: head-to-head. The Lemurs found it very hard to beat the Wichita Wingnuts this season, giving the Wingnuts ways to snatch victories. Sunday night was no exception. After battling through close games…

Lincoln Saltdogs Sink Goldeyes to Force Game 5: American Association Playoffs

When the Winnipeg Goldeyes chose to play the first two games of their best-of-five series at home, they were probably feeling pretty confident that they would head to Lincoln with a 2-0 lead in the series, and would need just one win in Nebraska to advance to the championship. You know what they say about…