Author Archives: Craig Wieczorkiewicz

Twins trade Palacios to Rays for Odorizzi

The Twins and the Rays swapped former Midwest Leaguers in a two-player trade Saturday, as Minnesota sent shortstop Jermaine Palacios to Tampa Bay for RHP Jake Odorizzi. Palacios played for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2016 and the first half … Continue reading

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Reports: Hosmer agrees to 8-year, $144M deal with Padres

Former Burlington Bees first baseman Eric Hosmer reportedly has agreed to an eight-year, $144 million deal with the San Diego Padres. Thus far, Hosmer has played his entire career for the Kansas City Royals, who picked him third overall in … Continue reading

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Guide to the 2018 Midwest League coaching staffs

As spring training gets underway this week, you may be thinking ahead to the Midwest League season and wondering who the coaches for each team will be. Here are links to my posts about all of them: Beloit Snappers Bowling … Continue reading

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Ex-Hot Rods catcher Ciuffo suspended for drug violation

Major League Baseball announced four drug-related suspensions Saturday, with one former Midwest League player among the punished. Tampa Bay Rays catching prospect Nick Ciuffo, who played for the Bowling Green Hot Rods in 2015, was banned 50 games for a … Continue reading

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Two ex-Midwest Leaguers involved in A’s-Royals trade

The Kansas City Royals and the Oakland Athletics recently completed a four-player trade involving two former Midwest Leaguers. The Royals acquired right-handed pitchers Jesse Hahn and Heath Fillmyer in exchange for left-handed pitcher Ryan Buchter, designated hitter/first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss, … Continue reading

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