Astros affiliate will get its stadium

The A Advanced affiliated of the Houston Astros, now playing in Buies Creek, will get its new stadium in Fayetteville. Today the groundbreaking will take place at 11.00 AM local time. While the rest of the state of North Carolina is waiting for the solar eclipse, people in Fayetteville have more important things to do. …

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Juremi Profar added to Rangers roster

Yesterday the Texas Rangers announced that they added the younger brother of Jurickson Profar to their Spring Training roster. Juremi Profar, 21-year old brother of Jurickson played at A-Advanced last season. With the now defunct High Desert Mavericks, Juremi won the Caliornia League pennant. Weird fact is that after the championship the team moved to the Carolina …

Baseball returns to Bakersfield and Adelanto

After the Mavericks and the Blaze were moved to the East coast at the end of the 2016 season, both Adelanto and Bakersfield will not be without professional baseball in 2017. The void left by the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros will be filled by the independent Pecos League.  The Pecos League, which is based …

A Advanced Astros to play in temporary home

The A Advanced affiliation of the Houston Astros in the Carolina League will play in a temporary home for the 2017 and 2018 season. Only after the 2018 season the team will move to a projected facility in Fayetteville. The team will move to Jim Perry Stadium of the Campbell University Campus, home of the …

Mariners buy majority share in Nuts

No, the Mariners will not become nut traders. The team has bought a majority share in the Modesto Nuts baseball club (A Advanced, California League). In the previous years, the Mariners spent time in Adelanto (High Desert Mavericks) and in Bakersfield (Blaze), the two cities that will be out of affiliated baseball next year. Both …

Mavericks say goodbye with championship

It it rather unique. A team that won the California League pennant in its first year and final year of existence. It is what happened to the High Desert Mavericks last night.  Recently MiLB announced that the Mavericks and the Bakersfield Blaze will be contracted and moved to the East coast where the Mavericks will …

Dutchies in the minor league play offs

In the mean time the minor league play offs are on their way. In many leagues, the championship series are about to start or have started already. AAA Shawn Zarraga and the Oklahoma City Dodgers have made it to the championship series of the Pacific Coast League. The team beat the Nashville Sounds in five games. …

Rangers start name-the-team contest for new Carolina League affiliate

Only hours after the announcement that the High Desert Mavericks will cease to exist after the 2016 season, the Texas Rangers launched a new website with a temporary logo of their future Carolina League afflilate in Kinston. With the patient (the Mavericks) not even deceased, the team started a name-the-team contest immediately. It proves once …

High Desert and Bakersfield to Carolina League

Sad news today. According to a source within Minor League Baseball, the California League will announce the contraction of the Bakersfield Blaze and the High Desert Mavericks later today. In the past few months, you could read here several posts with speculations about possible moves. Now it appears that those speculations were pretty close to …

Fayetteville a step closer to MiLB ballpark

The city council of the city of Fayetteville has unanimously agreed on a memorandum of understanding with the Houston Astros, continuing the city’s and the MLB team’s discussion about a new ballpark to support an Advanced A Carolina League team and outlining a basic framework as they move towards a more permanent agreement. In the agreement …

Cal League affiliation change in the making

A surprising move by the Seattle Mariners. The team acquired a 51% stake in the Modesto Nuts, now the Advanced A team of the Colorado Rockies. The Mariners on their turn are affiliated with the Bakersfield Blaze, which is currently leading the California League North Division. The reason behind this move is that the Mariners …

Stadium in Fayetteville feasible, dark clouds above Cal League teams

A feasibility study about the possibility of a minor league ballpark in Fayetteville had a positive outcome for the city. According to the study 4,500 seat ballpark could be created. The study also stated that 88% of the interviewed persons said that they would likely go to a game in the new ballpark in the …

Dutchies in the minors so far in the 2016 season

There are a lot of players from the Dutch Kingdom active in the Minor Leagues. The biggest chunk of them comes from Curacao and Aruba. Here is an overview of those players playing in AAA, AA, A Advanced and A Full Season.  AAA Roger Bernadina is having a good season so far. At bat he …

Mavericks California League days seem to be numbered

Yesterday it became clear that the city of Kinston in North Carolina has signed a stadium lease deal with the Texas Rangers to bring a A Advanced team to historic Grainger Stadium, former home of the Kinston Indians. According to the lease, signed in July 2015, the Rangers had two years until the start of …

Still baseball in the High Desert this season

The High Desert Mavericks will play at Stater Bros Stadium in 2016. Early January, the city of Adelanto nullified the lease contract that both parties signed in 2012. According to the contract, the Mavs had to pay only one dollar rent per year. According to the city this was an abuse of public money, a …

Mavericks present new unis

The High Desert Mavericks, A Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers in the California League, reveiled their new jerseys for the 2016 season. Even when the home field situation of the team is still unclear, the prepartions for the upcoming season are in full swing. The team will sport two home jerseys and two road …

Still nothing clear regarding 2016 season for Mavericks

Even though the High Desert Mavericks has stated in a tweet that they will play their 2016 season in Heritage Field at Stater Bros Stadium, nothing is engraved in stone yet. https://twitter.com/HDMavs/status/711699107614593024 https://twitter.com/ballparkreviews/status/711715374937542656 The lack of an answer to the tweet of Ballpark Reviews makes one think.... Especially when you read the article that appeared …

Mavericks hold yard sale (sort of)

The High Desert Mavericks, A Advanced affiliate of the Texas Rangers in the California League, held a Stadium Bazaar day in Stater Bros Stadium yesterday. In the visitors' clubhouse, the club gave the residents of Adelanto and the surrounding cities the opportunity to add some unique memorabilia to their collections. Highlighted in the sale were autographed bats, …