Latest Minor league baseball News

Twins prospect Ryan Costello found dead in New Zealand hotel

Nov. 18, 2019 11:27 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Minnesota Twins prospect Ryan Costello was found dead in his New Zealand hotel room Monday, days after joining his team in the Australian Baseball League. The 23-year-old third baseman died in his sleep, the Auckland Tuatara said. No cause was given. Concerns were raised when...

Yankees turn to young pitching coach for high-tech approach

Nov. 14, 2019 5:00 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Just four years ago, Matt Blake was varsity pitching coach at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, about 20 miles outside of Boston. Next spring, the 34-year-old will be guiding the high-priced arms of the New York Yankees. "The biggest thing is just finding out where the player...

Rebecca Veeck, daughter of St. Paul Saints owner, dies at 27

Nov. 13, 2019 10:24 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The life of Rebecca Veeck, daughter of St. Paul Saints owner and president Mike Veeck, will be celebrated next month in Charleston, South Carolina. Rebecca Veeck died Sept. 30 in Charleston after being diagnosed years ago with Batten disease, a rare genetic condition. She was 27. Her...

Boras bashes lack of competition, senses faster-paced market

Nov. 13, 2019 8:00 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Baseball’s most prominent agent criticized teams for a lack of competition, proclaiming rebuilding teams have caused four straight years of attendance drops, then said he senses a faster-paced free agent market that could lead to earlier signings this offseason. Scott Boras,...

Kapler says he didn’t do enough for alleged assault victim

Nov. 13, 2019 7:05 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — New San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Wednesday that he should have sought the guidance of experts four years ago when dealing with a 17-year-old girl who contacted him about an assault reportedly witnessed by Los Angeles Dodgers minor leaguers. The teen later accused one...

Cubs exercise Rizzo's $16.5M option, decline Morrow, Barnett

Nov. 3, 2019 10:44 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cubs have exercised a $16.5 million option for next season on first baseman Anthony Rizzo and declined options on right-handers Brandon Morrow, Tony Barnette and Kendall Graveman. Rizzo, who won his third Gold Glove on Sunday, agreed in 2013 to a $41 million, seven-year contract that...

Castillo declines to opt out of Red Sox contract

Nov. 3, 2019 1:15 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — To the surprise of no one, outfielder Rusney Castillo declined to opt out of his contract with the Boston Red Sox and will remain in their minor league system. Castillo agreed to a $72.5 million, seven-year contract in 2014 and has not appeared in a major league game since 2016. He could have...

Padres to turn to Tingler to end their losing ways

Oct. 31, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Padres introduced their new manager and hinted about old uniform colors they'll wear in 2020. It's easy to predict which the team's weary, patient fans are more excited about. When Jayce Tingler was presented at a news conference on Thursday, he was wearing the club's classic brown...

White Sox trade catcher Welington Castillo to Rangers

Oct. 31, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have traded catcher Welington Castillo to the Texas Rangers, who might not exercise an $8 million option for next season and allow him to become a free agent. Texas also got an international signing bonus pool slot worth $250,000 in the deal while sending minor league...

Royals hire ex-Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny as manager

Oct. 31, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Matheny walked through the doors of Kauffman Stadium a year ago to take a job as a special adviser with the Kansas City Royals, an out-of-the-spotlight position that allowed him to take stock of his career and his shortcomings. He had been fired by the Cardinals earlier in the...