Archive for the ‘Down on the Farm’ Category


Arizona Fall League – A home run competition with a difference

The fourth annual Arizona Fall League (AFL) home run derby is scheduled for Saturday, October 8 beginning at 6:35 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Fans attending the event will be treated to the Bowman Hitting Challenge. The event was born and raised by Bowman Baseball Cards back in its inaugural season in 2013. […]

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Of Unicorns and Roy Hobbs – Luis Lara

If you know anything about Dominican baseball, when you reach the ripe old age of 21 you are ancient if you have not signed. Prospects in the Dominican market are scouted at 13-15 to be “July 2nd” signings at 16. Whether you like it or not (and I am not a fan for various reasons), […]

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Dodgers Devin Smeltzer wants to ‘give back’

Left-handed pitcher Devin Smeltzer was the Dodgers’ fifth-round selection in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of San Jacinto Community College which is located in the greater Houston, Texas area. He had previously been selected by the San Diego Padres in the 33rd round of the 2014 June draft as a senior out of Bishop […]

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Kevin Malisheski – A sleeper in the 2016 MLB Draft

Right-hander Kevin Malisheski was selected by the Dodgers in the 38th round of 2016 First-Year Player Draft waiting until the 1,151st pick to get the call. The 18-year-old Malisheski was one of three high school pitchers the Dodgers selected in the final three rounds of the June draft. These were not picks made just because […]

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The Arizona Fall League celebrates 25th anniversary

The Arizona Fall League (AFL) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year having been born in 1992. The league was the brainchild of 3-time MLB Executive of the Year, Roland Hemond, to be created as a place where organizations could get their top prospects experience against fellow top talent and also as a place where teams […]

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Loons capture the Midwest League Championship

After giving up 16 runs in the opener of the Midwest League Championship Series, the Great Lakes Loons suddenly found themselves on the brink of its first title in their 10-year history in Midland. The Loons were back at it again on Sunday afternoon in the hunt for that elusive championship title. They had taken […]

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Great Lakes Loons shut out Clinton LumberKings again Loons one win away from first-ever Midwest League Championship

The Great Lakes Loons on Saturday, for the first time in five games, were playing a playoff game in the friendly confines of Dow Diamond. They had a much needed day off on Friday after having played four games on the road, two against the West Michigan Whitecaps in Comstock Park and two against the […]

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Loons Saige Jenco fuels playoff run

The Great Lakes Loons of the Midwest League for the first time in their 10-year history are in the championship round of the playoffs. The Loons run seemed unlikely even one month ago. However, they finished in a flurry winning 18 of their last 25 games and capturing the last wildcard berth in the Eastern […]

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Loons shut out LumberKings in Game-2 of Midwest Playoffs

In the past two days the Great Lakes Loons have actually lived a tale of two cities. On Tuesday evening they tallied five runs in the last three innings to defeat the West Michigan Whitecaps 5-2 and claim the Eastern Division Championship in the Midwest League. On Wednesday they scored five runs in the first […]

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Loons implode in Game-1 of Midwest League Division playoffs

The Great Lakes Loons are on the road again. Having eliminated the West Michigan Whitecaps – in an exciting third game of the series – to capture the Eastern Division Championship of the Midwest League, the Loons earned a berth in the league championship series. No sooner had they done so than they had to […]

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